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Asbestos Notification
In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retarding capabilities. Virtually any building constructed before the late 1970's contained some asbestos. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials generally do not pose a health risk. Asbestos materials, however, can become hazardous when, due to damage or deterioration over time, they can release fibers. If the fibers
are inhaled, they can lead to health problems, such as cancer and asbestosis.

It is the intention of Hinton Community School to comply with all federal and state regulations controlling asbestos and to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure students and employees a healthy and safe environment in which to learn and work. You are welcome to review a copy of the asbestos management plan in our district administrative office of the school during regular business hours. Dave Tomlinson is our designated asbestos program coordinator, all inquiries regarding the asbestos plan and asbestos-related issues should be directed to him at 712-947-4329.
Open Enrollment
Iowa’s open enrollment law allows students residing in one school district to request a transfer to another school district upon the parents’ request. Students interested in open enrolling out of the school district must contact the business manager for information and forms. The school district recognizes alternative enrollment options such as magnet schools, alternative schools, homebound instruction or other possible enrollment options. Parents considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the State of Iowa should be aware of the following dates: March 1, 2018 - Last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2018- 2019 school year. September 1, 2017 – Last date for regular open enrollment request for the 2017-2018 school year for TK or Kindergarten students ONLY. Parents of open enrolled students whose income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend. Parents need to be aware that open enrollment may result in the loss of athletic eligibility. For further information, contact the school office.
Equal Educational Opportunity
It is the policy of the Hinton Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for
programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing
complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Betty Wendt, Equity Coordinator at 315 West Grand, Hinton, IA, 51108, and betty.wendt@hintonschool.com
The Level One Investigator
The Level One Investigator for investigation of abuse of students at the Hinton School is Tina Zimney. She may be contacted at Hinton School by phone 947-4428 or tina.zimney@hintonschool.com
Homeless Students
Do you know a homeless child or youth? Please read the definition provided below and contact the Homeless Liaison, Ms. Danica Held, at 947-4428, if you believe you know of a homeless student living in the district. We want these students to be in school, and will provide support for their enrollment upon identification. Homeless Definition: Homeless means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

• Sheltered/transitionally housed: Children who are placed by the state or have individually or with a family accessed and are living in a public or private shelter or transitional housing project on a
temporary basis

• Doubled-up: A child who lives with relatives or friends due to a loss of housing due to disasters, lack of employment, parents will not allow child to live at home, abandoned children, or other similar situations.

• Unsheltered: Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, sub-standard housing, bus or train stations, or similar situations of public and 36 private places not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

• Other: Abandoned children temporarily housed by hospitals, YWCA or YMCA organizations, etc.

• Note: Migrant children who meet the definition of homeless and children awaiting foster care who are housed in transitional or emergency shelters should be included in the categories of homeless identified above.
Human Growth and Development-Inspection of Educational Materials
Parents and other members of the school district community may view the instructional materials used by students in the office. Copies may be obtained according to board policy. Tests and assessment materials are only available for inspection with the consent of the superintendent. Persons wishing to view instructional materials or to express concerns about instructional materials should contact the principal in the school office. Information on human growth and development may be included in the grade appropriate curriculum on occasion. Parents may request to view the instructional materials prior to their use class by requesting access through the guidance counselor or building principal. If a parent wishes to excuse their student from that class, they must provide a written request to their child’s guidance counselor or building principal.
Educational Records (FERPA)
Student records containing personally identifiable information, except for directory information, are confidential. Only persons, including employees, who have a legitimate educational interest, are allowed to access a student’s records without the parent’s permission. Parents may access, request amendments to, and copy their child’s records during regular office hours. Parents may also file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if they feel their rights regarding their child’s records have been violated. For a complete copy of the school district’s policy on student records or the procedure for filing a complaint, contact the board secretary in the central administration office.

Student directory information is released without parental permission, unless the parent asks the school district not to release it. Parents must notify the school district at the beginning of the school year if they do not want the school district to release directory information. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, parent’s names, and heights and weights of athletes.
PPRA Model Notice and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires the Hinton School District to notify you and obtain consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (“protected information surveys”):

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;

2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;

3. Sex behavior or attitudes;

4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or

8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for
marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”), and certain physical exams and screenings. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, the Hinton School will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the administration of the surveys and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, as well as an opportunity to review the surveys. (Please note that this notice and consent/opt-out transfers from parents to any student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.)
Public Access to Outstanding Levies
Section 298.6, Code of Iowa requires school districts to provide public access to a list of all outstanding levies by rate, amount, duration, and the applicable maximum levy limitations. The information is to be provided at the beginning of the school year, and updated prior to certifying any levy by board approval or submitting a levy for voter approval. The information is to be posted on the district's internet website or, if the district does not maintain a website, distributed or posted throughout the district.

The Department of Management's website includes an Excel spreadsheet with the required information for all districts at this location: http://www.dom.state.ia.us/local/schools/index.html.
The spreadsheet, Outstanding Property Tax Levies and Maximum Levy Limits, is updated annually.

The Department of Education's website - http://reports.educateiowa.gov... - includes additional information required for the annual school district financial report card specified in section 279.63, Code of Iowa.