Asbestos: Ongoing safety and health program includes the proper management of the maintenance and disposal of asbestos and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Using qualified and certified inspectors, Mukilteo School District has identified all friable and non-friable asbestos containing building materials located in District facilities. All friable materials that present a potential health hazard have been properly removed. The District has developed a comprehensive operation and maintenance program with a goal of preventing fiber release episodes and the requirements for necessary notifications should an event occur. Each district building maintains an inventory of asbestos containing building materials for that building. The inventory is available for public inspection and can be obtained by checking with the building office.
Integrated Pest Management: Mukilteo School District intends to comply with all federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the management of vegetation and/or pests. Through the integrated Pest Management Program, Mukilteo School District promotes a prudent approach in dealing with environmental concerns and the establishment of levels at which action is taken. The program does not rule out the use of pesticides but requires their use to be thoughtfully considered.
Notification and Dissemination of Information about Student Offenses and Notification of Threats of Violence and Harm [Board Policy 3143 and Procedures 3143-P]
Mukilteo School District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all its students and staff. All students, including those who have committed or been adjudicated for offenses, have constitutional rights to public education. Including notification of:
- Student offenses from the County Sheriff’s office, the courts, Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Corrections, and other school districts.
- Threats of violence or harm.
Principals have statutory disclosure obligations upon receipt of information about registered student sex or kidnapping offenders. In addition, principals have a responsibility to develop a protocol for safety planning, which will include student meetings, designing and monitoring student safety plans, and implementing safeguards when students change schools or change sex offender levels or status with parole or probation.
The District has a School-based Threat Assessment Program and investigates reports of possible threats of violence or harm [Board Policy 3225 and Procedures 3225-P].
Student Records Notifications
The district shall maintain student records necessary for the educational guidance and/or welfare of students, for orderly and efficient operation of schools and as required by law. All information related to individual students shall be treated in a confidential and professional manner and shall only be released to third parties consistent with state and federal law.
Other districts shall be provided with records upon official request from the District. At the time of transfer of the records, the parent/guardian or adult student may receive a copy of the records at their expense if requested and shall have an opportunity to challenge the contents of the records.
Mukilteo School District is required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA - Sec. 99.7) to provide annual notification of FERPA rights. The District shall maintain those student records necessary for the educational welfare of students, for orderly and efficient operation of schools, and as required by law.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents of elementary and secondary students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include, but are not limited to, the right to:
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)–
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
- Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
- Sex behavior or attitudes;
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
- Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
- Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
- Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –
- Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
- Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
- Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. (This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions.)
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
- Protected information surveys of students and surveys created by a third party;
- Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
- Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
These rights transfer from the parents/guardians to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law.
Mukilteo School District has developed and adopted a policy regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. Mukilteo School District will directly notify parents/guardians of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. Mukilteo School District will also directly notify parents/guardians of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent/guardian to opt their child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. Mukilteo School District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the district has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents/guardians will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents/guardians will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.
Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this direct notification requirement:
- Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing, sales, or other distribution
- Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the Department of Education
- Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents/guardians and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the request. Requests should be made to the school principal in writing and specify the records the parent/guardian or eligible student wishes to inspect. The principal or another school district official will arrange for access and notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Alternatively, the school may copy the records and provide them to the parent/guardian or eligible student, but it is not required to do so.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Requests for amendments should be made in writing, with specific changes and rationale, to the school principal.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible student, the school will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Two of the most common examples of disclosure without consent include disclosure of directory information and disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest in the information.
Directory information is defined as the student's first and last name; photographic and electronic images; email address; dates of school attendance; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors, and awards received; and most recent school attended. Parents and guardians may opt out of the sharing of directory information by completing the opt-out form. The district does not release directory information for commercial purposes.
- A school official typically includes a person employed by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer, contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent/guardian or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent/guardian, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing their tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20202
More FERPA information may be found at the Department of Education website.
Disclosure of personally identifiable information without obtaining consent:
A school may disclose personally identifiable information from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student in the following circumstances:
- To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions
- To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer
- To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
- To state and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a state statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, to: develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; administer student aid programs; or improve instruction
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions
- To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency
- Information the school has designated as “directory information”
- To an agency caseworker or other representative of a state or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with state or tribal law
- To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966
*(High School Only) Directory Information for the U.S. Military: Federal law requires high schools to release home contact information for all high school students to military recruiters unless parents/guardians deny the release of this information.
Withholding records: A student shall be responsible for the cost of replacing materials or property which are lost or damaged due to negligence. A student's diploma may be withheld until restitution is made by payment or the equivalency through voluntary work as agreed to by the District. The student or the student’s parents/guardians may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the Superintendent and Board of Directors.
FERPA Opt-Out Notice: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), requires that Mukilteo School District, with certain exceptions, obtains your written consent prior to the disclosure of information from your child’s education records. The form is available at each school’s office.