Annual Professional Performance Review
Asbestos Management Plan Notification
In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987 (40 CFR Part 763), Fort Plain Central School District conducts periodic asbestos review and required inspection. Asbestos projects shall be conducted according to all applicable local, state and federal regulations.
The Asbestos Management Plan for each building is available for review during normal business hours at the Business Office. For more information, please contact LEA asbestos designee Paul VanAvery, 518-993-4000, ext. 2003.
Child Abuse Hotline
If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online.
Closing and delay information
In the event of a school closing or delay, parents will be notified in the following ways:
REMIND: Receive text messages on your phone by subscribing to the REMIND app. Just text @fpcsd1 to 81010 to sign up, if you haven’t already.
Web: Announcements will be posted on the homepage of fortplain.org.
Facebook: Information will be posted to the Fort Plain CSD Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FortPlainCentralSchoolDistrict).
Television: WTEN Channel 10, WNYT Channel 13, WXXA Channel 23, Capital News 9, WKTV Channel 2 – Utica , and WRGB Channel 6.
Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
Eligibility is based on the five-week interim report or 10-week report card. On the Wednesday after report cards or interim reports are issued, the building principal will publish a list of students who have failing grades in one or more subjects for the period. The students on this list are not eligible to participate in any culminating extracurricular activities for 14 consecutive calendar days.
Students who continue to be ineligible to participate after 14 consecutive days shall not be eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity until they meet the minimum standards of eligibility. Examples of activities are as follows: the performance of a play, club meetings, club trips, etc. Students are eligible to continue to take part in practices, rehearsals, etc.
How a student can regain eligibility
To become eligible to participate again, the student will have to take the initiative – and follow the procedure below. Any time after two weeks, a student may once again become eligible by obtaining passing averages in at least all but one of his or her courses. The average must be for the immediate prior seven week period. The student must then obtain verification of a passing average by having each of his or her teachers sign the eligibility form. The necessary form may be obtained in the building principal’s office. It is up to the building principal to formally remove the student’s name from the ineligibility list.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination in Education and Employment Policy
The Fort Plain CSD does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, handicap, or age in employment or in providing student access to educational program, courses and activities.
This policy in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Any alleged grievances should be reported to the appropriate compliance officer:
David W. Ziskin, Superintendent 25 High Street, Fort Plain, NY, 13339. 518-993-4000.
Fire Inspection Notification
Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for the current school year of all the schools and buildings of the Fort Plain Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, and employees therein, has been completed and the report thereof is available at the District Office during normal business hours. For additional information, please contact Director of Facilities, Operations & Transportation, Paul VanAvery, 518-993-4000, ext. 2003.
There ere are many ways in which you can become involved in the educational programs offered to your child.
The best and most productive is to take an active interest in your child’s school work each and every night. In addition, your attendance at key events such as open house, parent- teacher conference days,
morning program, and extra curricular activities in which your youngster is involved, sends the right message to your child. Finally, there are parent organizations which foster involvement in specific school/community activities. Those organizations and key contact people can be found on the bottom right. Our goal is to provide an environment in which students achieve academically, socially and physically.
Certain unacceptable behaviors cannot and will not be tolerated.
It is our stated objective to involve parents throughout the disciplinary process. However, certain types of behavior will result in suspension from school for periods ranging from one day to one year, depending on severity and re-occurrence.
These behaviors include direct insubordination, fighting, assault, theft, vandalism, endangerment, use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco or any action which constitutes a serious impediment to the learning process of others.
In all cases involving suspension of five or less days, parents will be invited to a conference with the building principal. Long-term suspension(more than five days) will involve a formal hearing with the superintendent.
Schools are only effective with good discipline. We wish to work with parents in fostering behavior that is conducive to learning for all students. A full text of the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is available through the building principal.
Grade Promotion and Placement Policy
Decisions about student promotion and placement guided by recommendations of teachers and staff members, past academic performance, and parent/guardian input. Past academic performance refers to a variety of indicators of student achievement and growth. Promotion and placement decisions are not based solely on student performance on New York state assessments in grades 3-8 English language arts or mathematics. The district’s promotion and placement policy was adopted by the board of education following a review by the district administration.
New York State education law requires schools to notify the school community that pesticide products may be used during the school year. Parents/guardians and staff members may request 48-hour advance written notification of certain pesticide applications.
If an emergency application is necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the notification list.
To be included in a 24-hour notification, please contact the Director of Facilities, Operations & Transportation Paul VanAvery, 518-993-4000, ext. 2003. A new request must be submitted each year.
Idling School Buses on School Grounds
State law requires school districts to take steps to minimize the idling of the engines of school buses and other school vehicles on school grounds. While students are boarding and departing school buses, the engine should be turned off. Students should be instructed about the importance of getting on and off buses in an orderly and efficient fashion to minimize loading and offloading time. Bus engines should also be off while parked at sporting events and other school activities. Exceptions to this “no idling” policy can be made in cases of emergency, mechanical issues or for necessary heating.
The Fort Plain Central School District provides an accident insurance policy for injuries that occur in school or during school activities. This policy covers costs not covered by the parents’ own insurance within limits.
Please be sure that any student accident is reported to the building nurse immediately. The school cannot assume responsibility for student accidents beyond the limits of our policy. For specific information, please contact the school nurse.
Student Directory Information
Parents and 18-year-old students have the right to opt out of the disclosure of directory information by contacting their school principal.
Parents should also inform the principal if they do not wish their child’s likeness to be included on the district website, Facebook page, or in occasional photos or videos taken by district staff for school-related purposes.
Parents not wishing information about their child to be used in either district publications, release to the media or on the district website should write a letter to the principal of their child’s school. The signed and dated letter should state that directory information about (name of student) should not be released under FERPA. You do not have to give a reason. This letter must be sent annually by Sept. 30.
In accordance with The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, the school district routinely discloses names, addresses and telephone numbers of juniors and seniors to military recruiters upon request, unless a parent requests such information not be disclosed without their written consent. Typically, disclosed information includes names, addresses and telephone numbers. If parents do not wish this information be released, they should send a letter to the school principal.
Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment [PPRA], districts must notify parents and students:
That parents have the right to inspect student surveys concerning one or more of the eight protected areas of student information. Access must be granted within a reasonable amount of time after the request and before administration of the survey.
That parents can opt out their child out of the administration of any such survey, activities that involve the collection/disclosure of a student’s personal information for marketing purposes and any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening except for hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings or as permitted or required by state law.
Of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when survey activities are scheduled.
Parents must be notified “directly, such as through US mail or email,” at least annually (at the beginning of the school year) and “after any substantive change in privacy policies.” For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents must be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys.
Schools must get prior written parental consent before students are required to submit to surveys that are funded by Department of Education funds and that contains questions about one or more of the eight protected areas.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents/guardians have the right to know the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers, including:
- Whether a teacher has state certification for the grade levels and subjects he or she is teaching;
- The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and any other certifications or degrees; and
- Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Parents/guardians may request their child’s classroom teacher’s professional qualifications by contacting the district office.