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Annual Notifications

Overview

School Districts are required by state and federal regulations along with the Minnesota Department of Education to share the following annual notices:

  • Integrated Pest Management (and Pesticides)
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Asbestos in School Buildings
  • Radon

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS 

Regular Business Meetings - Board Room

Mondays: Sept 11; Oct 9; Nov 13; Dec 11; Jan 8; Feb 12; Mar 11; Apr 8; May 13; June 10, 6:00 p.m.

Work Sessions & Special Meetings -  Board Room

Sept 25; Oct 23; Nov 27; Jan 22; Feb 26; Mar 25; Apr 22; May 27; June 24, 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Location:  School District Office, 11500 193rd Avenue NW, Elk River, MN 55330

HEALTH SERVICES INFORMATION 

Each school contains a Health Services Office staffed with a trained Health Services Assistant and supervised by a Licensed School Nurse. Notify your school’s health office of any medical needs that your child has that may affect their school day. Medical action plans can be downloaded at  www.isd728.org/healthservices. The updated form can be completed and returned to your child’s school. If you have questions, call Rhianon Herman at 763-241-3433.

Student Medications 

Minnesota Medication Law emphasizes that school health staff will give medication at school only in exceptional circumstances when a child’s health may be jeopardized without it. If your child needs to take medication at school, by law we can give medication under the following conditions:

  • Written order from your child’s physician/licensed prescriber.
  • Written authorization from parents or guardians.
  • Medication must be kept in the Health Services office in a current labeled pharmacy container or original packaging. Ask your pharmacist to provide duplicate containers of the prescription with one kept at home and the other at school.

We recommend you call your child’s Health Services personnel regarding self-carry laws and school requirements. We encourage parents/guardians to bring medication to the Health Services office.

If this is not possible, contact us as to when your child will bring it to use and how many capsules/tablets you are sending. Narcotic pain medications will not be given at school. If your child needs narcotic pain medications, they are not ready to return to school.

Note: You are in violation of this state law if your child takes medication outside of the School Health Services office that has not been processed through that office. This includes all nonprescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Student Immunizations

To protect children from specific communicable diseases, Minnesota law requires that all school children be immunized allowing for certain specified exemptions.

Exemptions: No student is required to receive an immunization if they have a medical contraindication or if they have laboratory evidence that immunity exists. No student is required to have an immunization that is contrary to the conscientiously held beliefs of his or her parent/ guardian. A medical waiver must be signed by a physician and conscientious objections must be notarized.

Minnesota law requires that all students in Early Childhood, Kindergarten and those entering 7th and 12th grade must provide written proof of their immunizations before school begins in September (the law requires the district to not allow a child to attend school until the immunization record is received). Your child’s current school immunization record can be found on your Parent Portal account at www.isd728.org/ParentPortal. If your child is transferring into ISD 728, the law allows a 30-day grace period for your student’s records to arrive from their previous school. Further immunization information and current forms are available in each School Health Services office or can be downloaded at  www.isd728.org/healthservices.

SCHOOL DELAYS, CLOSING, EARLY DISMISSALS

There may be times when adverse weather or an emergency will result in school delays, closings or early dismissals.

Weather: In cases of extreme weather, school delays or closures are normally announced by 5:45 a.m. On days schools are closed, all after school and evening activities and Community Education’s EdVenture Club are canceled. However, the EdVenture Club Inclement Weather Program is available for pre-registered students.

Emergencies: These are managed on an individual basis, typically in coordination with local public agencies. In all cases, including those when students are relocated, families are urged to follow the instructions provided by the school district and/or emergency agencies.

Communication Methods:

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from

discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at

(202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can

be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA.

The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or (2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

To read ISD 728’s Policies on; Equal Opportunity (Policy 102), Disability Nondiscrimination (Policy 402), Student Disability Nondiscrimination (Policy 521), and Student Sex Nondiscrimination (Policy 522) see 728 School Board at: www.isd728.org/domain/1224

RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION 

By law, specified student data identified below are classified as Directory Information, meaning that if requested in writing, the school district must provide it:

  • Name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Dates of attendance
  • Awards received
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Height/weight of athletic team members
  • Most recent previous educational agency or institution

Parents can opt-out by submitting a letter to the ISD 728 Technology Department at 11500 193rd Avenue NW, Elk River, 55330. The military is entitled to additional information as defined by Federal and state statutes, making email addresses available to the Military for recruitment purposes only. More information is available here: www.isd728.org/studentrecords

To read ISD 728’s Protection and Privacy of Public Records Policy see 728 School Board Policy 515 at:  www.isd728.org/domain/1224

HIRING POLICY AND BACKGROUND CHECKS

ISD 728 complies with MN Statute §123B.03 and conducts a criminal history background check on all individuals who are offered employment in a school and on all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services to a school. The District may, at its discretion, request a criminal history background check on any individual who seeks to enter a school or our grounds for the purpose of serving as a school volunteer or working as an independent contractor or student employee. Eligibility to provide services to a school is conditional upon a determination by the district that the results of any background check does not preclude the individual from providing services to the district.

To read ISD 728’s Equal Employment Opportunity see 728 School Board Policy 401 at:  www.isd728.org/domain/1224

SCHOOL BUS INFORMATION 

ISD 728 contracts with Vision Transportation to provide high quality, safe and efficient school bus services for its students. Families will be receiving an email during the week of August 21, 2023, with their child’s transportation information. Parents/Guardians are highly encouraged to check Campus Parent Portal located at www.isd728.org/parentportal after August 29, 2023, to see if any late route, time or stop changes have been made to begin the new school year. 

If you have not yet indicated your transportation plans for 2023-2024 or your transportation needs have changed, please submit a K-12 Student Transportation Information Form, which is available in Campus Parent Portal. Directions and more information can be found at www.isd728.org/transportation, along with a printable copy of the transportation form which can be downloaded and returned via email, fax or mail according to the directions at the bottom of the form.

FOOD SERVICES 

During the 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session, lawmakers signed into law the Free School Meals Program for students beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. All students will be eligible for one reimbursable breakfast and one reimbursable lunch per day free of charge. ISD 728 Food Services contributes to our learner's success by offering a wide variety of healthy food choices and teaches students to develop healthy lifelong eating habits.

ISD 728 will continue to collect the Application for Educational Benefits to determine if students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  Students qualifying for benefits increases federal and state funding to support learning experiences for students. Qualifying for benefits also helps your family reduce fees in other areas of your child’s school experience. Families can apply anytime during the school year and are encouraged to do so if there is a change in household income. For additional information, please visit  www.isd728.org/FARM or call 763-241-3515. Please help ISD 728 students by completing the application!

**Milk Break for elementary students and a la carte Smart Snack choices are separate from the Free School Meals Program so families will still be required to pay for these items.

School Districts are also required to provide mandatory notifications on School Board Policies

  • 419 Tobacco Free Environment

  • 413 Harassment and Violence

  • 503 Student Attendance

  • 505 Distribution of Nonschool-Sponsored Materials

  • 506 Student Disciple

  • 514 Bullying Prohibition 

  • 520 Student Surveys 

  • 524 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety

  • 526 Hazing Prohibition

  • 527 Student Use and Parking of Motor Vehicles; Patrols, Inspections and Searches

  • 529 Notification to Staff Re. Violent Students

  • 534 Student Meals

  • 609 Religion

  • 624 Online Instruction

  • 709 Student Transportation Safety 

To read the policies above visit:  www.isd728.org/domain/1224