Below are the legal notices posted for Baldwin City USD 348:

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT

For purpose of FERPA, USD 348 has designated certain information contained in educational records as directory information, which may be disclosed for any purpose without your consent. The following information is considered directory information: name, address, telephone numbers, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous school attended by the student, class designation, major field of study, and photographs. You have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect with USD 348 on or before the first day of school. If a refusal is not filed, USD 348 assumes that there is no objection to the release of the directory information designated.

ASBESTOS INFORMATION

The management Plan for Asbestos in School is located in the principal’s office in each attendance center and in the District Office. Also, the abatement project manual for Baldwin High School Industrial Arts building is located in the District Office. Anyone who would like to review these plans is invited to make the request in person at the appropriate center during business hours Monday through Friday. Section 763.85 (b) or the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires that re-inspections be done “at least every three years”.  The district was last inspected on Feb 4, 2016.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

USD 348 does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age when considering applications for employment. Any questions regarding the Board’s compliance with Title VI, Title IX, Americans with Disability Act, or Section 504 may be directed to the local Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached at (785) 594-2721, 715 Chapel, Baldwin City, KS 66006-0067, or the Kansas Title IX Coordinator who can be contacted at (785) 296-2424, 120 S.E. 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1182, or to the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.

NOTICE TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Student files maintained by the East Central Kansas Cooperative in Education are considered to be confidential. Safeguards and procedures to govern access of pupil records to all parents have been established within the schools and the Cooperative Office. These procedures are consistent with the intent of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended and the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education files are maintained at the Cooperative Office by the director of the Cooperative and in each of the schools of participating districts by the building principals. A list of the types and locations of education records collected, used and maintained by the Cooperative as well as the officials responsible is available to parents or eligible student upon request. Records shall be released without prior consent only to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has a legitimate education interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the Cooperative discloses education records without consent to officials or another school district in which a student intends to seek to enroll. Under regulations of IDEA, parents or eligible students have the right to: a) inspect and review the student’s record; b) request an amendment of the student’s education records; c) refuse to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information, except to the extent that federal laws authorize disclosure without consent; d) file a complaint with the Kansas State Board of Education or the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with state and federal confidentiality policies and procedures. Policies are in English but may be translated if needed. Contact the Cooperative Office at 785-594-2737 for further information.

SPECIAL EDUCATION INFORMATION

Federal and state laws guarantee “a free appropriate public education” to all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity. These laws apply to all children who have visual, auditory, health or physical impairments, as well as those who have speech and language, emotional and learning disabilities and those who are mentally retarded. The law also requires that, “to the maximum extent appropriate, handicapped children, are educated with children who are not handicapped.” The East Central Kansas Cooperative in Education provides special education to student’s ages 3-21 with special needs in the Baldwin, Eudora and Wellsville School Districts. The ECK Cooperative employs school psychologists, speech therapists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, as well as a number of special education teachers trained to work with various exceptionalities. The Cooperative also serves children with high intellectual ability by providing enrichment and accelerated activities to augment the school’s curriculum. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s needs and live in the Baldwin, Eudora, or Wellsville school districts, contact the East Central Kansas Cooperative in Education at 785-594-2737, or your school principal.

EMERGENCY SAFETY INTERVENTION

Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) is the use of seclusion or physical restraint in situations when a student presents a reasonable and immediate danger of physical harm to themselves or others. The district’s policy on ESI can be found here.