2013-2014Family HandbookThe District 197 Family Handbook is your resource to the many services and opportunities available in our schools,as well as information required to be provided to you on an annual basis.If you have questions about any information contained in this handbook, contact the department identified in thatsection or your building principal.Table of ContentsDistrict Information - Instructional ProgramsEducational Programs/Curriculum.................................2Early Learning / Early Childhood Screening................2-3School Formats.........................................................3-4Elementary School, Middle School, High School,Branch Out, Dakota County Area Learning SchoolSpecial Programs.........................................................4Special Education, English Language Learners,Extended Day Learning OpportunitiesTesting & Assessment...................................................4Extra-Curricular Activities.............................................5District Information - Non-Instructional ProgramsHealth Services.............................................................5Transportation..............................................................6Buildings & Grounds.....................................................6Indoor Air Quality...................................................6Pesticide Use.........................................................6LIVEGREEN Energy Program................................8Annual AHERA Notification....................................8Technology...................................................................8Child Nutrition..............................................................8School Meal Prices, Prepaid Meal Accounts..........8Free and Reduced Priced Meal Information......9-15District Policies and NotificationsData Privacy.......................................................16-17Protection of Pupil Records, Use of Photos,Military Recruiter Access, Background ChecksProtection of Pupil Rights...........................................17Bullying Prohibition Policy...........................................17Criminal Background Checks.....................................18Nondiscrimination Policy............................................18Emergency Closing Information.................................18Community EducationSchool-Age Care........................................................19Youth Enrichment.......................................................19Driver Education, ACT/SAT Prep, AquaticsAdult Enrichment........................................................19Adult Basic Education, Adults with Disabilities,Older Adult Program (TPAC)Parent Involvement ResourcesOnline Parent Access.................................................20Volunteering...............................................................20Employment Opportunities.........................................20- 2 -District InformationInstructional Programs & CurriculumSchool District 197 has a comprehensive curriculum reviewcycle that ensures a high quality, rigorous and relevanteducational program for all students.In the 2013-14 school year, the district will continue theexpansion of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)with opportunities for students in grades 7-10. The newMinnesota Social Studies Academic Standards will beimplemented in grades 5-12. All curricular adoptions meetMN Academic Standards and many include online resourcesfor parents, students and teachers. For more informationabout the district’s education program, visit www.isd197.org.Early Learning ProgramsThe Early Learning Program of the West St. Paul - MendotaHeights - Eagan Area Schools offers a variety of programmingopportunities for families with children birth to kindergartenage living in the district community. Programming includeshome visits and parent and child classes offered through EarlyChildhood Family Education (ECFE), child-only preschoolexperiences offered through our Community Preschool classes,and ECFE’s Building Bridges program for Spanish-speakingfamilies, which offers a traditional ECFE class in Spanish or aFamily Literacy option for English language learners.Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services areprovided for children from birth through kindergarten. If youhave questions or concerns regarding your child’s developmentplease call 651-403-7011 (Birth to Three Special ServicesTeam or Early Intervention Services for children age 3 throughkindergarten).District-community collaborations and partnerships providethe Early Learning program with the opportunity to offerinnovative programming and the highest quality early learningexperience for children. We invite you to join us and experienceall of the early learning opportunities that District 197 has tooffer for our community’s youngest learners and their families.For more information on Early Learning Programs,call 651-403-8353 or visit www.isd197.org. Para másinformación sobre los programas de la Niñez Temprana, porfavor comunícate 651-403-8366.
Early Learning Programs ContinuedEarly Learning programs locations:• Mendota Elementary School:Early Learning Office, Early Childhood Family Education(ECFE) North Site, Building Bridges Family LiteracyProgram and Community Preschool.• Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School:Community Preschool (PreK & Three School), Evening ECFEBuilding Bridges and Early Childhood Special Education(ECSE) Services.• Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School:Community Preschool, ECFE South Site and ECSEServices.• Friendly Hills Middle School: Early Childhood Screeningand ECSE Services.Early Childhood Screening: Required for Kindergarten,Call 651-403-7635 for an appointment.Early Childhood Screening is a free service of the school districtthat provides an overview of a child’s development. Screeningis best completed at age 3½ or before a child’s fourth birthday.Minnesota requires that all children be screened before enteringkindergarten at a public school. Please call our screening officeat 651-403-7635 to schedule your child’s appointment.During screening a nurse will check: hearing, vision*,immunization records, cognitive and motor skills, speechlanguage and communication and social/emotionaldevelopment. Parents will be provided with information ontheir child’s development, kindergarten readiness as well asother community resources. *While screening helps the districtidentify children who may benefit from available communityresources, vision screening, while helpful, is not a substitutefor a comprehensive eye exam.Screening appointments are held Monday-Thursday at FriendlyHills Middle School. If you receive district mailings, you will benotified after your child turns three with appointment information.If you have not received notification and your child is nearingage four, please call to schedule an appointment.Elementary Schools (K-4)Garlough Environmental Magnet, Mendota,Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet, PilotKnob STEM Magnet and SomersetThe district’s five elementary schools - two neighborhoodschools and three magnet schools - serve students in gradesK-4. Schools range in size from 270-400 students and offera well-defined, comprehensive and inclusive curriculum.The mission of district elementary schools is to “improvestudent achievement through the development of qualitycurriculum and the support of effective instruction.”The basic skills in reading, oral and written communication,mathematics, science and social studies are stressedthroughout the elementary grades. Activities of the individualclassroom teacher are supplemented, based on the school,with specialized staff in music, Spanish, physical education,art and media instruction. In addition, each elementary hasits own school counselor who teaches students essentialskills for social and academic success.Middle Schools (5-8)Friendly Hills and Heritage E-STEM MagnetThe district’s two middle schools serve students in grades5-8. Generally, elementary students attending Mendotaand Pilot Knob feed into Friendly Hills, and students fromMoreland and Somerset attend Heritage. For Garloughstudents, it depends on where they reside.Both schools capitalize on the natural curiosity of youngadolescents. Students continue to delve into the coresubjects while also exploring new disciplines such as worldlanguage, technology education, and family and consumerscience. Students also have the option of taking band ororchestra. Schedules allow advanced students to takehigher level classes in the subject in which they excel (e.g.high school geometry). Additional elective courses and cocurricularactivities are offered for students at both FriendlyHills and Heritage.Middle schools are organized into “houses” to best serve theintellectual and developmental needs of young adolescentsin small, familiar environments. Houses are organized bygrade level, both physically within the building and bysubject, allowing students to study and learn in their smallcommunities. Teachers within the houses work together tointegrate the curriculum and allow for flexibility in planningand presenting of the material.- 3 -
English as a Second Language (ESL)The English as a Second Language Program offers Englishlanguage instruction as well as academic support in reading andwriting to 400 students representing 37 languages of the world.English as a Second Language (ESL) is available at all West St.Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area Schools. Instruction isprovided in small groups as well as through supported instructionin the regular classroom. Our goal is to make sure EnglishLanguage Learners have the skills they need to succeed in school.Contact the student’s building principal for more information.Extended Day Opportunities - Targeted ServicesTargeted Services are before and after school programs forstudents in middle and elementary school who need additionalacademic assistance. Targeted Services funding is providedby the State and allows districts to support extended daylearning opportunities by hiring licensed teachers and providingtransportation to participating students.Students are selected for program involvement based ondiagnostic tests and other criteria, with the services targetedto specific and unique needs. Watch for more information fromyour school on 2013-14 targeted services opportunities.Extra-Curricular ActivitiesStudents in middle and high school may enhance their schoolexperience by participating in a variety of sports and activities.Henry Sibley sports include: baseball, basketball (boys/girls),cross-country, dance, football, golf (boys/girls), gymnastics,hockey (boys/girls), Nordic ski (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls),softball, swimming (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), track andfield (boys/girls), volleyball (boys/girls), and wrestling.Henry Sibley co-curricular opportunities include Band (pep,jazz), Bowling, Business Professionals of America (BPA), ChessClub, Concert Choir, Debate, Drama Club, Key Club, LINK Crew,Math League, Model United Nations, Honor Society, One-Act-Play, Prom Committee, Robotics, Students Against DestructiveDecisions (SADD), Speech, Fiddles & Friends (strings), StudentCouncil, Summer Marching Band, Trap and Skeet, Winterguard,Winter Drumline, Ultimate Frisbee, Yearbook, and many others.In addition to the varsity sports at Henry Sibley, open to qualifyingstudents in grades 7-8, Friendly Hills and Heritage offer sportsand activities for middle school students. Registration andeligibility forms are available on the schools’ websites.• Fall sports include cross-country (boys/girls), football,soccer (boys/girls), swimming and diving (girls), tennis(girls), and volleyball.• Winter sports include basketball (boys/girls), swimming anddiving (boys), and wrestling.• Spring sports include baseball, softball, tennis (boys), andtrack and field (boys/girls).For information on grades 7-12 sports and activities, call theActivities Office at 651-403-7206 or visit each schools’ website.- 5 -District InformationNon-Instructional ProgramsHealth ServicesThe mission of the Health Services Program is to facilitate andstrengthen the educational process by promoting, improvingand protecting the health status of students. The district hasa full-time nurse supervisor with health paraprofessionalsand/or licensed school nurses (LSN) on duty in each school’shealth office. In addition to assisting with daily medicalinquiries, the program also provides emergency care, annualvision/hearing screenings, and classroom instruction onhealth issues.Visit www.isd197.org for more information about requiredimmunizations, dispensing of medications, screenings,emergency cards and more. For specific questions contactthe Health Office at your child’s school.Special Note About Student Health RecordsSchool District 197 protects the privacy rights of students asprovided by federal law and state statutes. A student’s healthrecords are classified as private data and are distributed onlyto parties with a legitimate educational interest on a needto-knowbasis. The district requires written consent fromparents/guardians to release all or part of a student’s healthrecord to other school personnel. If written informed consenthas not been secured, health information will be shared onlywhen it is in the best interest of the student’s health, safetyand education.Does your child have health insurance?If not, help may be available. Minnesota Health Care Programshave free and low-cost health insurance for children andfamilies who qualify. (Medical Assistance has no monthly cost.MinnesotaCare has a monthly premium based on householdincome.)Your child may be eligible if your household income is below:Family size Monthly income Yearly income2 $ 3,556 $ 42,6723 $ 4,478 $ 53,736Income is one factor for qualifying. Other rules and limits apply.For more information, call your county office or visit www.dhs.state.mn.us/healthcare. The income limits above are valid untilJune 30, 2014.To get a Minnesota Health Care Programs application:• Print one from the Internet: www.dhs.state.mn.us/healthcare• Call (877) KIDS-NOW toll free• Dakota County Human Services:1 Mendota Road West, #100, West St. Paul, MN 55118.Phone: (651) 554-5601. Fax: (651) 554-5709.
TransportationDistrict 197 owns and operates a bus fleet of nearly 60 busesfor transporting students safely to and from school. Districtguidelines provide for students to be transported as follows:• Elementary school students (grades K-4) who live morethan 0.75 mile from school.• Middle school students (grades 5-8) who live more thanone mile from school.• High school students (grades 9-12) who live more thantwo miles from school.All eligible students who reside within School District 197and plan to ride a bus MUST REGISTER for service beforeAugust 1 of each year. The district can optimize school busroute planning if it knows which students will actually ridethe bus. Students WILL NOT be listed for service unlessthe transportation department receives a registration form.Forms received after August 1 will be put on hold andstudents may not have bus service for the first two weeksof school. Student transportation requests received afterthe first two weeks of school will be processed within 2-3business days. Please only register for service when you aresure your child will be riding a bus. Complete one form perchild. Forms are available at the District Office, TransportationOffice, on the District 197 website at www.isd197.org/services/transportation or by calling 651-403-8320.For 2013-14 School District 197 is expanding its fee-basedtransportation option to all students in grades K-12 who livewithin district walk boundaries. Students may still walk toschool, however now they have a choice to ride a bus for thefull school year or seasonally (November 15-April 15) for a fee.Full Year = $235 per year, per studentSeasonal = $117 per year, per studentFamily cap = $470Families receiving free or reduced-price services can requestthis service and receive a 50% fee waiver ($117 per year perstudent or $58 per student seasonal, family cap of $235).Learn more at www.isd197.org/services/transportation.Student Transportation Safety PolicyThe District 197 School Board Policy 709: StudentTransportation Safety Policy covers transportation safetytraining, conduct and consequences for misbehavior, busdriver training, operating rules and procedures, vehiclemaintenance standards, school transportation safety director,and student transportation safety committee. This policy isavailable on the district’s website, at each school office or bycontacting the transportation department at 651-403-8320.The following bus and bus stop rules should be followed byall riders and reinforced by parents/guardians.Rules at the Bus Stop• Get to your bus stop 5 minutes before your scheduledpick up. The school bus driver will not wait for students.• Respect the property of others while waiting at your stop.• Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.• Use appropriate language.• Stay away from the street, road, or highway.• Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus.• After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.• If you must cross the street, always cross in front of thebus where the driver can see you. Wait for the driver tosignal to you before crossing the street.• No fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.• No alcohol, tobacco, or drug use.Rules on the Bus• Immediately follow the directions of the driver.• Sit in your seat facing forward.• Talk quietly and use appropriate language.• Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.• Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.• No fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.• Do not throw any object.• No eating, drinking, or use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.• Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on theschool bus.• Do not damage the school bus.Buildings & Grounds/Health & SafetyDistrict 197 is committed to providing its students andstaff with a safe, clean and comfortable environment. Thedepartment’s scope of responsibilities include managementof new construction, building renovations and maintenanceand operating mechanical systems for the district’s eightschool buildings and transportation facility. Other areasof responsibilities include Health and Safety management,which includes OSHA compliance, indoor air quality, asbestosmanagement and fire/security systems.Indoor Air QualitySchool District 197 has an Indoor Air Quality Team responsiblefor ensuring that students and staff enjoy an appropriatelearning environment. The team is led by Mark Fenton,Facilities Manager: 651-403-7325.Pesticide UseMinnesota State requires schools to inform parents andguardians if it applies certain pesticides on school property.Specifically, this law requires schools that apply these pesticidesto maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applicationsand to make the schedule available to parents and guardiansfor review or copying at each school office. To be notified ofpesticide use in District 197, see the form on the next page.- 6 -
Buildings and Grounds/Health & Safety Cont’dChild NutritionAnnual AHERA NotificationThe Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)requires that each district notify workers and building occupantsannually regarding asbestos-related activities. Until the lateseventies, asbestos was commonly used in commercial andresidential building materials, such as floor tile, fireproofing spray,and thermal system insulation used on pipes, tanks, and boilers.In the fall of 1988, all of our school buildings were inspected forasbestos-containing materials according to AHERA protocol,using accredited inspectors. Based on the inspection results,management plans were developed for each school whereasbestos was found. These plans are on file and available forreview by contacting the principal’s office.AHERA also requires that we conduct periodic surveillanceinspections every six months to evaluate the condition ofasbestos-containing materials and completely re-inspect ourbuildings every three years. This is done to verify that thesematerials are maintained in a safe condition.The Environmental Protection Agency and the MinnesotaDepartment of Education recommend that asbestos-containingmaterials in good condition be maintained in-place wheneverpossible. Therefore, the district has limited its asbestos removalto areas where renovation or maintenance activities are planned.If you have any questions regarding this matter, contact theBuildings and Grounds Office at 651-403-7325.LIVEGREEN Sustainability ProgramLIVEGREEN is the district’s sustainability program that promotesenergy saving and recycling initiatives. LIVEGREEN teamsin every building help implement low-cost/no-cost efficiencystrategies to reduce ever-increasing energy costs, promoterecycling and composting and focus on conserving resources.Through this program, every school in the district has earned“Energy Star” status from the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency and the U.S. Department of Energy.TechnologyThe commitment by our community to support technology hasmade a big difference in District 197. Our schools are outfittedwith state-of-the-art educational technology providing them theopportunities to integrate digital tools into everyday learning.Learning with technology is no longer bound to a computer lab.Teachers use laptops, iPads, iPods and interactive whiteboardsto improve classroom instruction, spark students’ imaginationsand provide for a more engaged learning environment.Our students are “digital natives” and are going to live in a worldwhere technology is part of all that they do. By applying this ideato their educational experience we are preparing them to besuccessful in the 21st century world that awaits them.- 8 -School Meal Prices 2013-14Breakfast• Elementary (K-4) $1.50• Secondary (5-12) $1.85• Adult $2.00• Reduced (K-12) FREE• Milk (purchased à la carte) $0.50Lunch• Elementary (K-4) $2.30• Secondary (5-12) $2.70• Reduced (K-12) $0.40• Adult $3.70• Milk (purchased à la carte) $0.50Individual meal components may be purchased a la carte:• Entree $2.35• Side Dish $0.75Each student will have their own personal account in whichthey can place money for purchases. Payment to accountsmay be made to a student’s individual school with a personalcheck or cash only. Personal checks (payable to District 197Child Nutrition) or cash amounts may also be sent directlyto the District Child Nutrition Office for individual or multiplestudents with a noted designation of how the money is tobe divided. The Child Nutrition Office is able to place moneyin a student’s account for all schools. Each student’s FullName and PIN or Student ID Number must be written on allpersonal checks or envelopes containing cash.All students may use the money in their accounts topurchase individual cartons of milk and additional entreesor side dishes. Middle and High School students may alsopurchase snacks using their meal accounts. Parents maydesignate funds so that only the school breakfast and lunchmay be purchased. Parents are able to make this choicewhen making a payment on the MyPaymentsPlus websiteor by contacting their school’s Child Nutrition representative.Elementary students will be allowed to charge up to the costof two meals and Middle and High School students up tothe cost of one meal during the school year until mid May,at which time no charging will be permitted. Students at themeal charge limit will be given a peanut butter sandwich andmilk until adequate funds are deposited into their account.Account balances are available by contacting the ChildNutrition representative at their child’s school or by setting upan account with MyPaymentsPlus. Parents do not need todeposit money through MyPaymentsPlus in order to have anaccount and can still enjoy the benefits of viewing purchasehistory and low balance notification.
Instructions for Completing the Application for Educational BenefitsInstructions for Completing the Application for Educational BenefitsComplete the Application for Educational Benefits for school year 2013-14 if any of the following apply:− Any household member currently participates in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), or theSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Distribution Program on IndianReservations (FDPIR), or− One or more children in the household are foster children (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibilityfor the child), or− Total household income (gross earnings, not take-home pay) is within these guidelines:Maximum Total IncomeHousehold $ Per $ Per $ Twice Per $ Per 2 $ Per WeekSize Year Month Month Weeks1 21,257 1,772 886 818 4092 28,694 2,392 1,196 1,104 5523 36,131 3,011 1,506 1,390 6954 43,568 3,631 1,816 1,676 8385 51,005 4,251 2,126 1,962 9816 58,442 4,871 2,436 2,248 1,1247 65,879 5,490 2,745 2,534 1,2678 73,316 6,110 3,055 2,820 1,410Additional 7,437 620 310 287 144Children and Foster Status: List all children in the household in Section 2.• Indicate that a child is in foster care by checking the box.• Include any regular income, for example SSI, to children other than foster children. Do not list occasionalearnings like babysitting.Case Number: Complete Section 3 if any household member currently participates in one of the programslisted in that section. If Section 3 is completed, skip Section 4 (adult names and incomes).Adults / Household Incomes: List all adult household members, whether related or not, in Section 4. Includean adult who is temporarily away, such as a student away at college. Do not complete Section 4 if a casenumber was provided in Section 3, or if the application is for foster children only.List each adult household member’s gross incomes (not take-home pay) and how often each income isreceived. For example “W” for Weekly.• List gross incomes before deductions.• If an income varies, list the amount usually received.• For farm/self-employment income only, list net income after subtracting business expenses.• Examples of “other income” to include in the last column are farm/self-employment, Veterans benefitsand disability benefits.• Check the “No Income” column after a person’s name if they have no income.Do not include as income: foster care payments, federal education benefits, MFIP payments, combat pay, orvalue of assistance received from SNAP, WIC, FDPIR or Military Privatized Housing Initiative.Signature: The form must be signed by an adult household member in section 6.Social Security Number: The person signing the application must provide the last four digits of their SocialSecurity number in section 6 unless:• A qualifying case number was provided in Section 3, or• All children in the household who need school meal benefits are foster children, or• The person signing the application does not have a Social Security number and has indicated this inSection 6.- 10 -
Office Use OnlyTotal Household Size: _____ Total Income: $ __________ per ________Approved (check all that apply): Case Number – Free Foster – FreeIncome – Free Income – Reduced-PriceDenied: Incomplete Income Too High Other: ________________Signature – Determining Official: _______________________ Date: _________Signature – Confirming Official: _______________________ Date: _________Change Status To: ________ Reason: _________________ Withdrawn: _____Office Use OnlyDate Verification Sent: _______ Response Due: ________ 2 nd Notice: ______Result: No Change Free to Reduced-Price Free to PaidReduced-Price to Free Reduced-Price to PaidReason for Change: Income Case number not verifiedFoster not verified Refused Cooperation Other:Signature – Verifying Official: _________________________ Date: __________Signature of Adult Household Member (required) _________________________________ Print Name: _______________________________ Date: _________Social Security number – last 4 digits (required if Section 4 is completed): * * * - * * - __ __ __ __ OR I don’t have a Social Security numberAddress: ___________________________________ City _______________________ Zip_________ Home Phone: _____________ Work Phone: ___________$_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____$_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____$_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____ $_____ per ____Household Incomes: Write in each gross income and how often it is received: weekly (W), bi-weekly (every other week) (BW), twice per month (TM),monthly (M). Do not write in hourly pay. If income fluctuates, write in the amount normally received. Attach additional page if necessary.5. If your children are approved for school meal benefits, this information may be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs to identify children who are eligiblefor Minnesota health insurance programs. Leave the box blank to allow sharing of information. See back page for more information.Do not share information with Minnesota Health Care Programs.6. I certify (promise) that all information on this application is true and all income is reported. I understand that the school will get federal and state fundsbased on the information I give. I understand that if I purposely give false information, my children may lose meal benefits and I may be prosecuted.Last Name First Name if NOincomeGross Wages/Salaries—all jobs(before deductions)Pension, SSI,Retirement, SocialSecurityPublic Assistance,Child Support,AlimonyUnemployment,Worker’s Comp,Strike BenefitsAny Other Income,including net Farm/Self-Employment* Child is the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court. If all children applied for are foster children, skip Sections 3 and 4.4. Names of all Adults in Household (all household members not listed in Section 2).Include all adults living in your household, related or not. Attach additional page if necessary.___/___/___ $____ per______/___/___ $____ per______/___/___ $____ per______/___/___ $____ per______/___/___ $____ per___Last Name First Name Date of BirthMonth/Day/YearGradeSchool ifFosterChild*Any RegularIncome toChildExample: SSI3. Benefits (if applicable)If any household member receives benefits froma program listed below, write in the name of theperson and case number, check the appropriatebox, and skip Section 4.___________________ ___________________Name_________________Case NumberMinnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations- Medical Assistance and WIC do not qualify -Application for Educational BenefitsFree and Reduced-Price School Meals School Year 2013-14 State and Federally Funded ProgramsReturn Completed Form to: Child Nutrition Office, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights, MN 55118 Phone: (651) 403-73201. Check here if this is the first application at this school district or nonpublic school for any child listed below.2. Names of all Children in Household including Foster Children. Attach additional page if necessary.
Privacy Act Statement / How Information Is UsedThe National School Lunch Act requires that the household member signing the application must provide the last four digits of their SocialSecurity number unless the application is for a foster child, or they do not have a Social Security number, or they provide an active assistancenumber from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food DistributionProgram on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). Provision of a Social Security number is not mandatory, but if a Social Security number is required fora complete application and the household does not provide the information, the application cannot be approved.We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, and for administration and enforcementof the lunch and breakfast programs. We may share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help themevaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look intoviolations of program rules.At public school districts, each student's eligibility status is also recorded on a statewide computer system used to report student data to theMinnesota Department of Education as required by state law. The Minnesota Department of Education uses this information to: (1) administerstate and federal programs, (2) calculate compensatory revenue for public schools, and (3) judge the quality of the state's educational program.Children who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals may be eligible for Minnesota Health Care Programs. Your child’s eligibilitystatus for school meals (qualified for free or reduced-price meals) may be shared with Minnesota Health Care Programs unless you tell us not toshare your information by checking the box in Section 5 of the application. You are not required to share information for this purpose and yourdecision will not affect approval for school meal benefits.Nondiscrimination StatementThis explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly: In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy,this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint ofdiscrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.Children’s Ethnic and Racial Identity (Optional)Please provide the following information, which is used to determine the school’s compliance with civil rights laws. If the information is left blank, arepresentative of the school is required to identify the ethnic and racial identity of participants for civil rights reporting.1. Choose one ethnicity:Hispanic/LatinoNot Hispanic/Latino2. Choose one or more races (regardless of ethnicity):AsianAmerican Indian or Alaskan NativeBlack or African AmericanNative Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderWhite Revised May 2013
Instrucciones para completar la Solicitud de Beneficios EducativosInstrucciones para completar la Solicitud de Beneficios EducativosComplete la Solicitud de Beneficios Educativos para el año escolar 2013-14 si le aplica cualquiera de lassiguientes condiciones:- Cualquiera de los miembros de la unidad familiar participan actualmente en los programas Minnesota FamilyInvestment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), o Food Distribution Programon Indian Reservations (FDPIR), o- Uno o más de los niños de la unidad familiar son hijos de crianza (una agencia de beneficencia o un tribunaltienen responsabilidad legal por el niño), o- Los ingresos totales de la unidad familiar (ingresos brutos, no la paga neta) están dentro de los siguientesparámetros:Ingreso total máximoTamaño de launidad familiar$ Por año $ Por mes $ Dos vecesal mes$ Cada 2semanas$ Porsemana1 21,257 1,772 886 818 4092 28,694 2,392 1,196 1,104 5523 36,131 3,011 1,506 1,390 6954 43,568 3,631 1,816 1,676 8385 51,005 4,251 2,126 1,962 9816 58,442 4,871 2,436 2,248 1,1247 65,879 5,490 2,745 2,534 1,2678 73,316 6,110 3,055 2,820 1,410Adicional 7,437 620 310 287 144Los niños y la condición de hijo de crianzaIndique a todos los niños de la unidad familiar en la Sección 2.• Marque la casilla correspondiente para indicar la condición de hijo de crianza de cada niño.• Incluya cualesquiera ingresos regulares, como SSI, de los niños que no sean hijos de crianza (no incluyaingresos ocasionales como trabajo de niñero).Número de asistencia Complete la Sección 3 si cualquiera de los miembros de la unidad familiar participaactualmente en uno de los programas indicados en esa sección. Si llena la Sección 3, salte la Sección 4 (nombrese ingresos de los adultos).Ingresos de los adultos / la unidad familiar Indique todos los miembros de la unidad familiar,independientemente del parentesco, en la Sección 4. Incluya a cualquier adulto que se encuentre ausentetemporalmente, como un estudiante universitario..Indique los ingresos brutos de cada miembro adulto de la unidad familiar, no la paga neta, y cuán frecuentementelos recibe. Por ejemplo, “S” por semanalmente.• Indique los ingresos brutos antes de las deducciones.• Si algún ingreso varía, indique el monto que se recibe usualmente.• Únicamente para ingresos de trabajo agrícola/por cuenta propia, indique los ingresos netos después dedescontar los gastos de negocios.• Ejemplos de “otros ingresos” que se pueden incluir en la última columna son ingresos de trabajo agrícola/porcuenta propia, beneficios de veterano y beneficios por discapacidad.• Marque la columna “Sin ingresos” después del nombre de una persona si no tiene ingresos.No incluya como ingresos: pagos de cuidado de hijos de crianza, beneficios educativos federales, pagos delprograma MFIP, paga de combate o el valor de la asistencia recibida de los programas SNAP, WIC, FDPIR o laIniciativa de Viviendas Militares Privatizadas.Firma Un miembro adulto de la unidad familiar debe firmar el formulario.Número de Seguro Social La persona que firme la solicitud debe proveer los últimos cuatro dígitos del númerode Seguro Social, a no ser que:• Se haya suministrado un número de calificación de asistencia en la Sección 3, o• Todos los niños que viven en la unidad familiar y necesitan beneficios de comidas escolares son hijos decrianza, o• La persona que firma la solicitud no tiene un número de Seguro Social y lo ha indicado en la Sección 6
Solicitud de Beneficios EducativosComidas escolares gratuitas y de precio reducido Año escolar 2014 Programas con financiamiento estatal y federalEnvíe la forma completa a: Child Nutrition Office, 1897 Delaware Ave. Mendota Heights, MN 55118- Fono: 651-403-73201. Marque aquí si esta la primera solicitud que cualquiera de los niños indicados a continuación ha presentado en este distrito escolar o escuela pública.2. Nombres de todos los niños queviven en la unidad familiarincluyendo hijos de crianzaAdjunte hojas adicionales si las necesitaApellido NombreFecha deNacimientoMes/Día/AñoGradoEscuela Sies hijo decrianza*Cualquieringresoregular delniñoEjemplo: SSI___/___/___ $____ por_______/___/___ $____ por_______/___/___ $____ por_______/___/___ $____ por_______/___/___ $____ por____3. Beneficios (si corresponde)Si cualquiera de los miembros de la unidad familiar recibebeneficios de cualquiera de los programas indicados acontinuación: indique el nombre de la persona y el número decaso, marque la casilla correspondiente y salte la Sección 4.__________________ ________________Nombre Número de caso Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations(FDPIR)- Medical Assistance y WIC no califican* El niño es la responsabilidad legal de una agencia de beneficencia o tribunal. Si todos los niños por los que se solicita son hijos de crianza, salte las Secciones 3 y 4.4. Nombres de todos los adultos que viven en launidad familiar(todos los miembros de la unidad familiar noindicados en la Sección 2)Incluya a todos los adultos que viven en su unidadfamiliar, independientemente del parentesco.Adjunte una hoja adicional si la necesita.Apellido NombreMarquesi NOtieneingresos Ingresos de la unidad familiar: Apunte cada ingreso bruto y con cuánta frecuencia se recibe: semanalmente (S),bisemanalmente (una semana sí y otra no) (BS), quincenalmente (Q), mensualmente (M). No indique la paga porhora. Si algún ingreso varía, indique el monto que se recibe regularmente. Adjunte una hoja adicional si la necesita.Sueldos y salariosbrutos - todos losempleos - antes delas deducciones -Pensión, SSI,jubilaciónSeguro SocialAsistencia pública,manutención demenores, pensiónalimenticiaDesempleo,compensación atrabajadores,beneficios porhuelgaCualquier otroingreso, incluido elneto de trabajoagrícola/por cuentapropia$_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____$_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____$_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____ $_____ por ____5. Si sus hijos reciben aprobación para recibir beneficios de comidas escolares, la información se podrá divulgar a los Programas de atención médica de Minnesota (MinnesotaHealth Care Programs) para identificar a niños elegibles para los programas de seguro médico de Minnesota. Deje la casilla en blanco para permitir que se divulgue lainformación. Consulte el dorso para obtener más información. No divulgar información a los programas de atención médica de Minnesota.6. Certifico (prometo) que toda la información contenida en esta solicitud es cierta y que se han reportado todos los ingresos. Entiendo que la escuela recibirá fondosfederales y estatales según la información que yo provea. Entiendo que si doy información falsa a propósito, mis hijos podrán perder los beneficios de comida y yopodría ser enjuiciado.Firma de un miembro adulto de la unidad familiar (obligatoria) ________________________Nombre en letra de imprenta: ________________________ Fecha: _________Número de Seguro Social – últimos 4 dígitos (obligatorio si se llena la Sección 4): * * * - * * - ___ ___ ___ ___ O No tengo número de Seguro SocialDirección: _________________________________ Ciudad ___________________ Cód. postal________ Teléfono del hogar: _____________ Teléfono del trabajo: ________Total Household Size: _____ Total Incomes: $ __________ per ________Approved (check all that apply): Case Number - Free Foster - FreeIncome – Free Income – Reduced-Price Office Use OnlyDenied: Incomplete Income Too High Other:Signature - Determining Official: _________________________ Date: _______Change Status To: ________ Reason: ________________ Withdrawn: ______Signature – Confirming Official: _____________________ Date: ___________Date Verification Sent: ________ Response Due: ________ 2 nd Notice: ______Result: No Change Free to Reduced-Price Free to Paid Office Use OnlyReduced-Price to Free Reduced-Price to PaidReason for Change: Income Case number not verified Foster not verifiedRefused Cooperation Other:Signature – Verifying Official: ______________________ Date: ___________
Declaración sobre la Ley de Privacidad / Cómo se usa la informaciónLa Ley Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares exige que el miembro de la unidad familiar que firma la solicitud suministre los últimos cuatro dígitos del número de Seguro Social amenos que la solicitud sea para un hijo de crianza o que no tenga un número de Seguro Social, o si provee un número de asistencia activo de los programas Minnesota FamilyInvestment Program (MFIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) o Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). No es obligatorio proveer unnúmero de Seguro Social, pero si se exige el número de Seguro Social para completar una solicitud, y si dicho número no se provee, no se puede aprobar la solicitud.Usaremos su información para determinar si su hijo es elegible para recibir comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido, así como para fines de administración y cumplimiento delos programas de almuerzos y desayunos. Podremos divulgar su información de elegibilidad a los programas de educación, salud y nutrición a fin de ayudarlos a evaluar,financiar o determinar los beneficios de sus programas, a los auditores para fines de revisiones de programas y a los funcionarios de cumplimiento de las leyes a fin deayudarlos a investigar violaciones de las reglas del programa.En los distritos escolares públicos, la condición de elegibilidad de cada estudiante también se registra en un sistema de computadora estatal que informa los datos sobre losestudiantes al Departamento de Educación de Minnesota según lo exige la ley estatal. El Departamento de Educación de Minnesota usa esta información para: (1) administrarlos programas estatales y federales, (2) calcular ingresos compensatorios para escuelas públicas, y (3) juzgar la calidad del programa educativo del estado.Los niños elegibles para recibir comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido pueden ser elegibles para los programas de atención médica de Minnesota. La condición de elegibilidadde su hijo para recibir comidas escolares (calificación para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido) se podrá divulgar a los programas de atención médica de Minnesota amenos que usted nos pida que no lo hagamos marcando la casilla de la Sección 5 de la solicitud. No se le exige compartir información para estos fines y su decisión no afectarála aprobación para recibir beneficios de comidas escolares.Declaración de no discriminaciónEsto explica lo que puede hacer si cree que lo han tratado de manera injusta: "De conformidad con el derecho federal y con la política del Departamento de Agricultura deEE.UU., se prohíbe a esta institución discriminar sobre la base de su raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, edad, o discapacidad. Para presentar una queja por discriminación, escribaa USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llame al (866) 632-9992 (voz). Personas con discapacidades deaudición o del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339 o al (800) 845-6136 (en español). EL USDA es unproveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades para todos.Mayo de 2013Identidades étnicas y raciales de los niños (opcional)Sírvase proveer la información siguiente que se usa para determinar el cumplimientode las leyes de derechos civiles por parte de la escuela. Si se deja en blanco lainformación, se requiere que un representante de la escuela identifique las identidadesétnicas y raciales de los participantes para fines de informes de derechos civiles.1. Elija una etnia: Hispano/latino No hispano/latino2. Elija una o más razas (independientemente de la etnia): Asiático Amerindio o nativo de Alaska Negro o afroamericano Nativo de Hawai u otra isla del Pacífico Blanco
District Policies and NotificationsSchool District PoliciesPursuant to statute, the School Board has adopted formal policies addressing student rights and expectations. To review thefull text of these policies, visit www.isd197.org/schoolboard/policies.Protection and Privacy of Pupil Educational Records*Parents/guardians of a School District 197 student and eligiblestudents (18 years or older), have the right under federal andstate laws to review their student’s educational and healthrecords.Parents have the right to require an amendment to studentrecords to ensure they are not inaccurate, misleading orotherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.They have the right to direct the district not to divulge to thepublic certain “directory information” relating to the student– including name, telephone number, e-mail address, dateand place of birth, date of attendance, enrollment status, andprevious educational institutions attended. They may alsorequest that the name(s) and phone numbers of parents bewithheld.Requests for non-disclosure must be made in writing andreceived by the district by Oct. 1. (Requests should be sentto Kathy Mutch, Superintendent’s Office, 1897 Delaware Ave,Mendota Heights, MN 55118.) Note that a request is effectivefor only one school year. Parents also have the right to consentin writing before the district discloses to the public any otherinformation within the student’s educational records. However,parental consent is not required for disclosure to district staffmembers who have a legitimate educational interest in thestudent. The school district also forwards educational recordsupon request to a school in which a student seeks or intendsto enroll.The district’s information policies and regulations may beexamined at the District Office. A complaint for any failure tocomply with the student privacy requirements may be filedwith the Student and Family Education Rights and PrivacyOffice, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202.A complaint must contain specific allegations of fact givingreasonable cause to believe that a violation of the federalstatute or regulations has occurred.*See Policy 515 for complete information on the protectionand privacy of pupil educational records.Military Recruiter Access to Student DataMinnesota Law states that a secondary institution shall releaseto military recruiting officers the names, addresses and hometelephone numbers of students in grade 11 and 12 within 60days after the request, except as otherwise provided. Parents/guardians and eligible students (18 years or older) have theright to request that their student’s data not be released tothe military. To request non-disclosure to the military, parents- 16 -need to contact the Henry Sibley High School principal by Oct.1 each year.Data released to military recruiters under this subdivision:(1) may be used only for the purpose of providing informationto students about military service, state and federal veterans’education benefits, and other career and educationalopportunities provided by the military; and (2) shall not befurther disseminated to any other person except personnel ofthe recruiting services or the armed forces.Note that a request for non-disclosure to the media onlypertains to the school district’s release of such data. Militaryrecruiters may have additional means of collecting studentcontact information and thus students may still be contactedby a recruiter.Internet and Electronic Resources UseThe ability to use technology tools and conduct electronicinformation research skills are now fundamental to preparationof citizens and future employees. Access to the school districttechnology system and to the Internet enables students andemployees to explore thousands of libraries, databases,bulletin boards, and other resources while exchangingmessages with people around the world. The school districtexpects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the schooldistrict technology system and the Internet throughoutthe curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction tostudents in their use.The Internet and Electronic Resources Acceptable Use andSafety Policy (524) defines acceptable student and employeeuse of the school district technology system, providesguidelines for use of personal devices within the districtand sets forth policies establishing acceptable and safeuse of the Internet and web 2.0 tools, including electroniccommunications. The policy covers uses of the school districttechnology system and Internet resources or accounts on oroff district property and/or personal electronic resources whileat work or on district property and/or the district system.At the start of each year, all parents/guardians and students ingrades 5-12 must sign and Internet and Electronic ResourcesAcceptable Use Agreement. Parents/guardians with questionsor concerns about the Acceptable Use Agreement shouldschedule a meeting with the school principal to discussalternative learning options.
Protection of Pupil RightsThe Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires School District 197 to notify parents/guardiansand allow them to opt their 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. Sexual 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; or8. 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 (“marketingsurveys”), and certain physical exams and screenings.At this time, there are no such activities scheduled for the 2013-14 school year. Should any surveys and activities be scheduledafter the school year starts, School District 197 will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the administrationof the surveys and activities, notification of the surveys and activities and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out, aswell as an opportunity to review the surveys. (Please note that this notice and opt-out transfers from parents to any student whois 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.)Bullying Prohibition PolicyA safe and civil environment is needed for students to learnand attain high academic standards and to promote healthyhuman relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptivebehavior, is conduct that interferes with students’ abilityto learn and teachers’ ability to educate students in a safeenvironment. The school district cannot monitor the activitiesof students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullyingbetween students, particularly when students are not underthe direct supervision of school personnel.However, to the extent such conduct affects the educationalenvironment of the school district and the rights and welfareof its students and is within the control of the school district inits normal operations, it is the school district’s intent to preventbullying and to take action to investigate, respond, remediate,and discipline those acts of bullying which have not beensuccessfully prevented. The purpose of this policy is to assistthe school district in its goal of preventing and respondingto acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, and other similardisruptive behavior.*See Policy 514 for complete information on bullyingprohibition.Use of PhotosPhotos and videos taken at school or Community Educationactivities may be submitted to the media or used in print orelectronic district and school publications (e.g. newsletters,websites, calendars, social media, etc.). Written requestsnot to use these visuals will be honored. Contact your child’sschool office for more information or requests may be mailedto your student’s principal.- 17 -
Criminal Background ChecksIn accordance with MN Statute 123B.03, District 197 willconduct a criminal background check on all newly hired employees,overnight field trip volunteers, volunteer coaches,extra-curricular academic volunteers not under the direct supervisionof another staff member, and private music instructorsoperating on school district property. Any of the aboveindividuals who have had an authorized criminal backgroundcheck conducted within the last 12 months by another Minnesotaschool district or the Minnesota Department of Educationmay be exempt from this requirement. For further information,please contact the District 197 office of human resources at651-403-7027.NondiscriminationEmergency Closing InformationIn the event of an emergency or severe weather, school closingor delays will be posted online at www.isd197.org. Theywill also be announced on local television and radio stations.The district will also notify families by phone and e-mail via thedistrict’s parent notification system. (To ensure proper deliveryof such notifications, please be sure your child’s school hasyour current contact information on file.)The decision to dismiss schools early once they have begunfor the day will be made only in the most extreme emergency.Non-public schools in District 197 generally close when thepublic schools close, although the final decision is up to eachindividual non-public school. All other student and public activitiesare usually canceled when schools are closed.The West St. Paul - Mendota Heights - Eagan Area SchoolBoard complies with federal and state laws and regulationsprohibiting discrimination and harassment. No person shall, onthe grounds of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex,marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexualpreference, age or disability, be excluded from participationin, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected todiscrimination under any educational program or in any termsor conditions of employment. The district’s harassment andviolence policy (Policy 413) is available online or from theHuman Resources Department.Community EducationTriDistrict Community EducationSchool District 197 is committed to lifelong learning. Because of this commitment, District 197has partnered with South St. Paul Schools and Inver Grove Heights Community Schools to offerTriDistrict Community Education, a program that provides classes, services and events thatengage learners of all ages from birth through older adults in a wide range of diverse learningopportunities. More information about these opportunities can be found on the following pages.The TriDistrict Community Education catalog is published three times a year; watch for thefall 2012 catalog to be delivered to your home just after the start of the school year. For moreinformation and to register, please call 651-403-8313 or visit www.tridistrictce.org.- 18 -
Early Learning ProgramA variety of classes for children ages birth to five and theirparents are offered through the Early Learning Program. Formore information about Early Learning, please see page 2.School Age Care (SAC)For more information about SAC, please visitwww.197sac.tridistrictce.org or call 651-403-7546.Elementary Programs (Extra Innings & SAC Attack)SAC offers safe and engaging childcare for elementary schoolstudents before and after school and on non-school days(Extra-Innings) as well as in the summer (SAC Attack). Socialand educational activities, skills development, service learning,and recreation are all a part of the program. The elementaryprograms are conveniently located in District 197 elementaryschools.Middle School Program (Encore)SAC provides a safe and caring place for middle schoolstudents before and after school and on non-schooldays (Encore) as well as during the summer (SAC Storm).Quality time is devoted to experiential learning, homeworkhelp, service learning, recreation, social skill development,leadership development and team-building activities. Themiddle school programs take place at various locationswithin District 197.Adult EnrichmentBased on the needs and interests of community members,Adult Enrichment offers classes and activities for adults ages18 and up. Some of the most popular classes include yoga,cookie bake and take, zumba, and community weight losschallenge. For more information or to register for classes visitwww.tridistrictce.org or call 651-403-8313.Adult Basic EducationAdult Basic Education (ABE) offers free GED preparationcourses, basic literacy classes, and English language classesfor adults ages 16 and up. For more information, call 651-457-9441 or visit www.abe.tridistrictce.org.Adults with DisabilitiesAdults with cognitive and/or developmental disabilities areinvited to attend classes designed especially to meet theirneeds and interests. Classes include arts/crafts, sports, fieldtrips, and more. For more information or to register, call 651-403-8313 or visit www.accessproject.tridistrictce.org.Older Adult Program (TPAC)The Older Adult Program offers a variety of social andeducational classes, activities, and trips/tours for older adultsin District 197. The program is located in Thompson ParkActivity Center (TPAC) in West St. Paul. For more information,please call 651-403-8300 or visit www.tpac.tridistrictce.org.Youth EnrichmentYouth enrichment offers activities for students in grades K-12in the areas of academics, arts/crafts, sports and recreation,music and theater, and special interests. Most classes areoffered in schools in the District right after school. For moreinformation or to register for classes call 651-403-7546 or visitwww.youth.tridistrictce.org.Driver EducationTriDistrict Community Education’s Driver Education programoffers both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Allclasses are taught by certified licensed instructors.ACT/SAT PrepThe Advantage Education Program provides an introductionto the ACT and SAT test formats and strategies for answeringquestions, as well as instruction for the specific subject areatested. Students who complete this course on averageimprove their scores significantly.AquaticsSwimming and water safety lessons are available from TinyTots up to Level VI.- 19 -
Parent Involvement ResourcesResearch shows that when schools and families work togetherto support learning, everyone benefits – students do better inschool and in life; parents become empowered; teacher moraleimproves; schools get better; and communities grow stronger.School District 197 is committed to working with parents andfamilies to improve learning and achievement for all students.Parents of middle school and high school students are invitedto sign up for SchoolView Parent Portal, a web-based systemthat offers parents 24/7 access to information that allows themto stay on top of their student’s progress.Parents can go online anytime to check their student’s:• course/daily schedule• homework assignments• grades• attendance (with an option for automated e-mailnotification just minutes after a student is markedabsent in a class)To sign up for this free service, contact your child’s school.VolunteeringDistrict 197 welcomes volunteers into its schools and programs!Tutors, mentors, reading buddies, program assistants andparticipants on committees and advisory councils are alwaysneeded. The district also appreciates on-call volunteers whocan help in the classroom at events, and with things such asmailing, stuffing folders and folding newsletters.If you are able to devote time to students and your schooldistrict, please call one of our school principals to discuss thebest fit for you. For general questions about volunteering, todonate your time to out-of-school opportunities, or to find outmore about volunteering your time to build a community thatsupports young people, please call Community Education at651-403-8313. Join us today!Employment OpportunitiesSchool District 197 has openings for substitute teachers,paraprofessionals, custodians and child nutrition employees.All substitutes must have a love of children and a desire tohelp students learn. Substitute teachers must also have a validMinnesota teaching license. Visit www.isd197.org or call 651-403-7027 for more information.Don’t miss the ISD 197 Foundation’sWarrior 5K and Family Mile onSeptember 28!- 20 -