Ms. Vicki Christopher, A-E
Mr. Chad Towers, F-K
Mrs. Kelly Baker, L-Ri
Ms. Katie Hunn, Ro-Z
Mrs. Jeanne Hutson, A-K
Mr. Stacey Smith, L-Z
Mrs. Melissa Tichy
Mr. Neil Berry, Principal
Dr. Samantha Sutton, A-Dar
Mr. Bret Pulse, Das-Hol
Dr. Ed Dreyer, Hom-Mil
Mr. John Christopher, Mim-Se
Mrs. Stacy Stewart, Sf-Z
Mrs. Jennifer Hull
Mr. Paul Boschert
School Resource Officer
Officer Tim Bateman
Fort Zumwalt West High School
O'Fallon, MO 63366
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From the Principal...
What an incredible twelve months for West High since the 2016-17 welcome back newsletter. Over the past 12 months your students have been recognized by three national publications including U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek as one of the top achieving schools in Missouri. If you pay attention to the Post-Dispatch you have also seen that we continue to be ranked as one of the top schools in every core academic area. As a matter of fact, West High was the only high school that ranked in the top ten in achievement in all four core areas: English, math, science, and social studies. I am so proud of your children and our teachers for making this type of achievement possible!
We start this process all over again in just a few weeks. This newsletter will provide you with information to help you prepare for Schedule Pick Up and the beginning of a new school year. Seniors and juniors can begin picking up their schedules August 1 from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. Sophomores pick up schedules Wednesday August 2, and we will welcome the class of 2021 on Thursday August 3. If you cannot make your pick up day you may attend the make-up day August 7 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm.
I also want to encourage the Class of 2021 to make sure they attend our Transition Day August 10. Students should plan to be dropped off around 8:45 am; the program begins at 9:00 am in the West High Auditorium. Our freshmen will receive some West High gear, follow their schedules, open lockers, meet new people, have lunch, and be finished by noon.
I look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks. Enjoy the remaining days of summer and come back ready to celebrate West High's 20th anniversary and raise the bar even higher in 2018!
Proud to be a Jaguar,
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Freshman Transition Day August 10
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Jag Connection Mentors
17-18 schedule pick up
All members of the Class of 2021 are invited to Transition Day Thursday, August 10. The day's activities include helpful breakout sessions for freshmen, time to walk their schedule, meet their teachers, meet Jag Connection mentors, make new friends, and learn the ins and outs of West High. Students will also learn about the lunch schedule and will be served pizza in the commons. Every freshman who attends will receive a Jaguar t-shirt and will be eligible for raffle drawings. The Class of 2021 should arrive at 8:45 am in the main gym for check in; activities will conclude at 12:00 pm. We look forward to seeing our newest Jaguars!
Prior to attending Schedule Pick Up, please log in to the Tyler 360 Parent Portal to complete and update forms for your student(s). Once logged in, click the "Online Registration" button.
Please note, the following forms are available for download at whs.fz.k12.mo.us
Health Inventory and Consent Form
Parking Permit Application (seniors only)
Free/Reduced Lunch Application
Immunizations: All seniors are required to have the "Meningococccal Conjugate" vaccine and show proof they have had the appropriate vaccination prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Any student who received a notice should bring physician's documentation of immunizations. If you did not receive a notice, immunizations are current.
Payment Options: Checks/Cash are needed for LifeTouch school photos, spirit wear and Food Service payments. All other payments and/or purchases can be made at one time with a credit card, cash, or check. Please do not mail any forms or money to FZW.
*Completed forms should be brought to Schedule Pick Up.
Forms will also be available at Schedule Pick Up days.
Locker assignments will be distributed with student schedules on Schedule Pick Up days. During the summer, staff use lockers for summer book and classroom storage. Some lockers will have staff items in them during Schedule Pickup days. These items will be removed by staff prior to the start of school. Please do not remove these staff items from assigned lockers.
Students are reminded that permanent markers, stickers and other materials that could cause damage to lockers are prohibited. Locker combinations are private information and should not be shared.
Students are assigned a locker; however, lockers are the property of Fort Zumwalt School District and are subject to inspection by authorized school personnel at any time. From time to time, law enforcement officers will bring in dogs to sniff out narcotics near student lockers and in personal belongings. If a dog alerts officers to a student’s locker or personal belongings, that student’s items will be searched to ensure student safety.
new lunch prices
Due to USDA price equity standards, meal prices will increase by $.10 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Secondary student breakfasts will now cost $1.50 and lunches will cost $2.60. Milk costs $.60 and juice is $.40.
The Fort Zumwalt School District participates in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Children from families whose income has either temporarily or permanently fallen below certain federal guidelines can qualify for free and reduced price meals. The identity of qualified children is completely confidential and the district goes to great lengths to keep these children anonymous from their peers. Parents should consider taking advantage of the valuable program should their current financial circumstances
warrant participation. Applications are always available in the Main Office and will be available at Schedule Pickup. An application must be completed annually for each child.
Bus schedules will be available at Schedule Pick Up. For questions regarding bus transportation, please contact the Transportation Office at 636.240.3138.
Fort Zumwalt School District policy
requires that any person seeking to volunteer for the school must fill out an initial request form with the school office. You may also be asked to
complete additional forms depending on the amount of time you will be
volunteering or the type of volunteer activity. If you plan on volunteering at any time (special events, classroom
parties, field trips, etc.), you must fill out a form in advance and return it to the Activities Office. It is our goal to protect the safety and well-being of all our students with this process.
Parents/Guardians and patrons of the district are welcome to visit district schools and attend district events. All visitors during business hours, however, must sign in or check in at the building office before proceeding
anywhere in the building or on grounds. In addition, parents are
welcome to visit classrooms but are required to make advance arrangements with the teacher or principal and check in at the office prior to
going to the classroom. Due to the potential for disrupting the learning environment, the district discourages parents/guardians or others from
using district classrooms as places for simply visiting students and may refuse these requests.
Regular school attendance is vital to the academic success of any child. It is also habit forming and builds a lifelong pattern. When your child is going to be absent, we ask that you contact the school office at 636.379.0300. You may leave a message if there is no answer. If your child is absent and we do not receive a call from you, we will call to verify his/her absence. Parents have 48 hours to verify each absence.
Class of 2017 Graduation
Early bird pricing for yearbooks is $50 until August 15. Yearbook pricing increases to $55 August 16--don’t miss your chance to reserve your copy at the lowest price during Schedule Pick Up!
Yearbooks and Senior Ads may be purchased online. To order online, go to www.Balfour.com and follow these simple steps:
· Select "Shop Your School"
· Type Fort Zumwalt West and select as your school
· Select Yearbook or Senior Ad to purchase
Senior Yearbook Pictures
Seniors MUST be photographed by Cilento Studios before September 30 or they WILL NOT be
pictured in the yearbook. Call 636.237.2732 to schedule an appointment. Please note...ID photos taken during Schedule Pickup CANNOT be used as a senior portrait.
Additional packages, personalization and Senior Ad info will be available during Schedule Pickup and on the FZW website.
Details about the program will be available at Schedule Pick Up or at whs.fz.k12.mo.us
Varsity Baseball State Championship Game
Senior Yearbook Pictures
Seniors MUST be photographed by Cilento Studios before September 29 or they WILL NOT be pictured in the yearbook.
Call 636.237.2732 to schedule an appointment. Please note...ID photos taken during Schedule Pick Up CANNOT be used as a senior portrait.
Additional packages, personalization and Senior Ad info will be available during Schedule Pick Up and on the FZW website.
FERPA Opt-out Information: As required by Federal law, the Fort Zumwalt School District will release the names, addresses and telephone numbers of students to all eligible agencies, including, but not limited to, military recruiters and institutions of higher education that request the information. Parents/Guardians or emancipated students may request this information, or additional information designated as "General Directory Information" as defined in Board of Education Policy JO, not be released by contacting the WHS Counseling Office to request a FERPA Opt-Out form, completing the form and returning it to the WHS office. The form is also available via the Fort Zumwalt District website under Annual Parent Notifications.
A+ Schools program
The A+ Schools Program provides opportunities for students to attend community colleges and state-funded vocational/technical schools with tuition benefits. This program is an excellent insurance program for students to guarantee an affordable college education if they meet high school A+ requirements:
2.5 cumulative GPA at graduation
95% cumulative attendance at graduation
Complete 50 district approved tutoring hours beginning sophomore year
Maintain good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of alcohol and drugs, as defined by district policy
Be enrolled in an A+ school for three years immediately prior to graduation
Proficient or Advanced score on Algebra I EOC or meet other criteria established by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education
Seniors wishing to enroll in the program must do so by September 12; students in grades 9-11 may enroll in the program at any time during the school year.
Tutor training dates will be available at Schedule Pick Up. Every A+ student must attend a training session before beginning tutoring and must meet program expectations prior to beginning tutoring.
Yearbook & Senior PHOTO information
NewsChannel 5 Pep Rally
The fall sports season begins July 31.
Students must have a current physical and attend a brief start of season meeting
offered that day. Meeting times and
practice/tryout times for each fall sport are available on the WHS website under the Activities Office link.
The Fall CAPS (Coaches, Athletes, Parents and School) meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Each athlete new to FZW, along with a parent, must attend this meeting to participate in the fall season. Parents will also have the
opportunity to meet and speak with coaches.
A current physical dated no earlier than February 1, 2017, is required to begin sports practice or tryouts. Forms may be picked up in the Main Office or the
Activities Office and are also available for download on the West High website
under the Activities Office link.
Fort Zumwalt School District proudly sponsors a variety of student activities/athletics that encourage participation in the extracurricular areas. Some of the club activities available to students are not affiliated with our District. These clubs are independently run and do not operate under the policies or control of Fort Zumwalt. The coaches/sponsors for these clubs are not employed by the school
district and activities, schedules and games are planned separate from the
district calendar. Any questions concerning the operation or management of these activities should be directed to the coach/sponsor or, if available, the regional organization.
Stay Safe and Sober
Lawrence E. Smith Insurance for Students
Missouri schools are not required to buy insurance or pay student medical expenses associated with school injuries. Fort Zumwalt School District, however, has purchased an accident insurance policy as a public service to assist parents who may be without insurance or need to supplement their own personal insurance plan deductibles or copays. The school policy will not provide 100% reimbursement for all medical expenses incurred. The plan has limitations and benefits as outlined below. The school district cannot assume responsibility for payment of medical expenses that are not covered by the accident insurance policy.
The school policy covers students, grades Early Childhood through 12, while they are participating in school scheduled, school supervised and school funded classes, sports and activities during the regular school term. Students are also covered while they are traveling as a school-sponsored group in a school bus or van operated by a licensed adult driver to and from school premises and a school sponsored event site. Injuries sustained during individual travel or travel in privately owned vehicles are not covered by the school policy.
Optional Student Insurance for Students
Parents may also purchase additional insurance protection for accidents that may occur while students are away from school, at home, during the weekends and vacation periods, including the summer months. For information regarding this optional coverage, call the Lawrence E. Smith & Associates Insurance Agency at 1.800.325.1350 or request information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
insurance options for students
At the start of the school year (August 18 at WHS), all students at the secondary level will participate in a presentation pertaining to school discipline and will have access to a student discipline guideline packet. Parents can ask their son or daughter to see their copy of our discipline guidelines established by the Board of Education or can access this information directly by the Fort Zumwalt School District website. Please discuss this information with them and emphasize behavioral expectations.
At the high school level, we will also be closely monitoring student driving to ensure that all safety and parking regulations are being followed. Students chronically late to school or disobeying other parking regulations will face loss of driving privileges. We are committed to providing a safe and orderly learning environment for the students and staff of Fort Zumwalt School District.
Jordyn Sengl and Marshall Vaccaro
AND Dress Code
Student dress and grooming should be neat, clean and of good taste so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe
atmosphere within the school district. Student dress and grooming will be the responsibility of the individual and parents/guardians within the
1. Dress and grooming will be clean
and in keeping with health, sanitary
and safety requirements.
2. All students must wear shoes, boots
or other types of footwear (house
shoes/slippers are not allowed).
3. Items of clothing or jewelry
associated with a controlled
substance are not permitted.
4. Dress and grooming will not disrupt
the educational environment, teach-
ing/learning process or cause undue
attention to an individual student.
5. Class activities that present a con-
cern for student safety may require
the student to adjust hair and/or
clothing during the class period in
the interest of maintaining safety
6. Additional dress regulations may be
imposed upon students
participating in certain
7. Students shall not wear the following:
a. hats, bandannas, shower caps, or
other non-therapeutic headgear
inside the school building.
b. muscle shirts/halter
tops/midriffs/backless or racer back
apparel/sagging pants/short shorts
above mid-thigh (undergarments
cannot be exposed, including
boxers and bra straps)
ors/visible tattoos that indicate
membership in, affiliation with, or
support of any gang or similar
organization associated with
violence, drugs, intimidation or
other criminal activity (including
rebel flags and swastikas)
d. clothing which promotes drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, and/or its
e. clothing with sexually suggestive
messages, messages that promote
the occult, or messages of vulgar
f. clothing with holes above mid-
thigh or exposing undergarments
g. jewelry and chains that may be
used as a weapon or that present a
8. All high school students must carry
their ID badges at all times and
present them immediately and
respectfully upon request from any
staff member. Staff will request to
view ID badges when determining or
verifying a student’s name.
When, in the judgment of the principal, a student's appearance disrupts or mode of dress does not comply with the above criteria, the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.
Fort Zumwalt West High School is a Closed Campus. Students are not
allowed to leave the building during the school day without permission. This includes going to their car (high school), out for lunch, etc. Should a student violate the closed campus
policy, he/she may be disciplined for
truancy and high school students may lose their parking privileges. Please help us protect the integrity of this policy by not allowing your child to sign out for frivolous reasons.
Symphonic Band and United Sound
august/September calendar of events
The following items are required in order to
receive a permit:
current proof of insurance
payment of $50*
*Students paying with check will receive their permit at the time of the application approval. Debit/Credit card payment is also available at the end of the Schedule Pick Up line. Receipt of debit/credit payment must be shown to receive actual permit.
Only seniors may purchase a parking permit during Schedule Pick Up August 1.
Juniors with VERIFIED FALL activities (signed and verified by coach/sponsor) may begin purchasing permits August 2. All other juniors will will be eligible to purchase a parking permit after school begins.
Automobiles parked on Fort Zumwalt School District property are subject to inspection by authorized school personnel. If reasonable suspicion warrants, school officials will conduct a search of the vehicle to ensure student safety.
16-17 Leader in Me League
1: Senior/Junior Schedule Pick Up, 7:30 am-1:30 pm
2: Sophomore Schedule Pick Up, 7:30 am-1:30 pm
3: Freshman Schedule Pick Up, 7:30 am-1:30 pm
7: Make Up Schedule Pick Up (all grades), 1:00-7:00 pm
Regular School Office Hours Resume, 7:00 am to
8: Fall CAPS Meeting, 6:00 pm
10: Freshman Transition Day 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
ACT Registration Deadline for September 9 Exam
16: 2017-18 School Year Begins
17: Open House from 6-8 pm
18: Student Discipline Assemblies
Varsity Girls' Golf Home Opener 3:30 pm vs. Liberty
Varsity Boys' Swimming Home Opener 3:30 pm vs. Marquette
Varsity Football Home Opener 7:00 pm vs. Eureka
21: Academic Assembly and Solar Eclipse Activities
Varsity Girls' Tennis Home Opener 3:30 pm vs. Troy
Varsity Boys' Soccer Home Opener 7:00 pm vs. St. Charles High/FZEast Tournament
24: C Day/Student Early Release @ 12:55 pm
25: First Varsity Boys' Cross Country Meet @ McNair Park, 4:00 pm
First Varsity Girls' Cross Country Meet @ McNair Park, 4:30 pm
29: Varsity Softball Home Opener 4:15 pm vs. Troy
31: C Day/Student Early Release @ 12:55 pm
4: Labor Day Holiday/No School
5: Varsity Girls' Volleyball Home Opener 5:00 pm vs. Troy
9: ACT Exam Day
13 ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar, 2:45-5:15 pm (register
14: D Day/Student Early Release @ 11:55 am
Mid-Point First Quarter
ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar, 12-2:30 pm
21: C Day/Student Early Release @ 12:55 pm
First Quarter Progress Reports Distributed
22: West Middle School Band Night @ Varsity Football vs. Francis Howell 7:00 pm
ACT Registration Deadline for October 28 Exam
28: C Day/Student Early Release @ 12:55 pm
29: Varsity Softball Senior Night vs FZS @ 4:15 pm
Senior Picture Deadline/Last Day to be Photographed for Inclusion in the Yearbook
PUBLIC NOTICE: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.
The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/Guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Fort Zumwalt School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed during regular school hours, on days school is in session, in the office of the Superintendent of Schools.
Local school districts in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth to age twenty-one (21) that reside in the district. This census must be compiled by December 1 of each year. This information is treated as confidential and must include name of the child, parent/legal guardian’s name/address, birth date and age of the child, the child’s disability, and the services provided to the child. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact Dr. Henry St. Pierre, Fort Zumwalt’s Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, at 636-272-6620, ext 18349.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.
PUBLIC NOTICE: 504 and Title II
The Fort Zumwalt School District, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education, and operates a public elementary or secondary education program and/or activity, is required to undertake to identify and locate every qualified person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education and take appropriate steps to notify disabled persons and their parents or guardians of the District’s duty.
The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that it will provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified disabled person in the District’s jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s disability. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of non-disabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations.
The Fort Zumwalt School District has developed a 504/Title II Procedures manual for the implementation of federal regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Subpart D. This Procedures Manual may be reviewed at 555 East Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are
1. the right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Fort Zumwalt School District 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 [or appropriate school official] 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.
2. 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 the Fort Zumwalt School District to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], 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 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 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. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the school’s or school district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed by the school or school district as an 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, the school 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. [NOTE: FERPA requires a school or school district to 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.]
4. the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] 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
See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent.
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. A school 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))
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools (continued)
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))
State law prohibits anyone from smoking in any school building. District policy further bans smoking from any school property. Any smoking, use of tobacco/nicotine products and all forms of electronic cigarettes/devices shall be prohibited on the school district property for all students and employees. These restrictions on the use of tobacco/nicotine products also extend to all citizens and patrons attending school-sponsored events and meetings held in district buildings and to any group or organization contracting for public or private use of district facilities. This shall include district buildings, grounds (including grass areas around the buildings), district-owned/leased vehicles, and school-sponsored events.
This guide explains how to file a complaint about any of the programs that are administered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).
1. What is a complaint?
For these purposes, a complaint is a written allegation that a local education agency (LEA) or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) has violated a federal statute or regulation that applies to a program under ESSA.
2. Who may file a complaint?
Any individual or organization may file a complaint.
3. How can a complaint be filed?
Complaints can be filed with the LEA or with the Department.
Complaints Filed with the LEA
4. How will a complaint filed with the LEA be investigated?
Complaints filed with the LEA are to be investigated and attempted to be resolved according to the locally developed and adopted procedures.
5. What happens if a complaint is not resolved at the local level (LEA)?
A complaint not resolved at the local level may be appealed to the Department.
Complaints Filed with the Department
6. How can a complaint be filed with the Department?
A complaint filed with the Department must be a written, signed statement that includes
1. a statement that a requirement that applies to an ESSA program has been violated by the LEA or the Department, and
2. the facts on which the statement is based and the specific requirement allegedly violated.
7. How will a complaint filed with the Department be investigated?
The investigation and complaint resolution proceedings will be completed within a time limit of forty-five calendar days. That time limit can be extended by the agreement of all parties.
The following activities will occur in the investigation:
1. Record. A written record of the investigation will be kept.
2. Notification of LEA. The LEA will be notified of the complaint within five days of the complaint being filed.
3. Resolution at LEA. The LEA will then initiate its local complaint procedures in an effort to first resolve the complaint at the local level.
4. Report by LEA. Within thirty-five days of the complaint being filed, the LEA will submit a written summary of the LEA investigation and complaint resolution. This report is considered public record and may be made available to parents, teachers, and other members of the general public.
5. Verification. Within five days of receiving the written summary of a complaint resolution, the Department will verify the resolution of the complaint through an on-site visit, letter, or telephone call(s).
6. Appeal. The complainant or the LEA may appeal the decision of the Department to the U.S. Department of Education.
8. How are complaints related to equitable services to nonpublic school children handled differently?
In addition to the procedures listed in number 7 above, complaints related to equitable services will also be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, and they will receive all information related to the investigation and resolution of the complaint. Also, appeals to the United States Department of Education must be filed no longer than thirty days following the Department’s resolution of the complaint (or its failure to resolve the complaint).
9. How will appeals to the Department be investigated?
The Department will initiate an investigation within ten days, which will be concluded within thirty days from the day of the appeal. This investigation may be continued beyond the thirty day limit at the discretion of the Department. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Department will communicate the decision and reasons for the decision to the complainant and the LEA. Recommendations and details of the decision are to be implemented within fifteen days of the decision being delivered to the LEA.
10. What happens if a complaint is not resolved at the state level (the Department)?
The complainant or the LEA may appeal the decision of the Department to the United States Department of Education.
Programs include Title I. A, B, C, D, Title II, Title III, Title IV.A, Title V
In compliance with ESSA Title VIII- Part C. Sec. 8304(a)(3)(C)
Local education agencies are required to disseminate, free of charge, this information regarding ESSA complaint procedures to parents of students and appropriate private school officials or representatives.
Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) Complaint Procedures
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Applicants for admission or employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral and applicants for employment, and all professional organizations that have entered into agreements with the Fort Zumwalt School District are hereby notified that the School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. In addition, the School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Information on additional prohibited behavior is outlined in Board of Education Policy AC.
Any person having inquiries concerning the Fort Zumwalt School District’s compliance with the laws and regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, is directed to the respective Compliance Coordinator listed below, who oversees the School District’s efforts to comply with the laws and regulations implementing the laws and regulations cited above.
The Fort Zumwalt School District has established grievance procedures for persons unable to resolve problems arising under the statutes above. The School District’s Compliance Coordinator will provide information regarding those procedures upon request.
Any person who is unable to resolve a problem or grievance arising under any of the laws and regulations cited above may also contact the Office for Civil Rights:
One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 268-0550
Facsimile: (816) 268-0559
Jeremy Moore, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Compliance Coordinator for Student Complaints
555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, Missouri
Dr. Jackie Floyd, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel
Compliance Coordinator for Staff Complaints
555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, Missouri
Dr. Henry St. Pierre, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services
Compliance Coordinator for 504 Complaints
555 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, Missouri
PUBLIC NOTICE: Sexual Harassment
This school is committed to maintaining an environment for its students that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is prohibited and is defined as unwelcome or inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, imposed on the basis of sex, by an employee of the school or fellow student. If a student believes he or she is being sexually harassed, the student should bring the concern to the attention of a principal. The principal will fully investigate the concern and will notify the student and his/ her parents of the result of the investigation. If the investigation substantiates the sexual harassment has occurred, the district will take appropriate disciplinary action against the offender. There will be no retaliation against or adverse treatment of any student who uses the complaint procedure to resolve a concern.