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Capitol ceremony celebrates 2014-15
Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition
MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Tri-County Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said.
The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal and Dianne George, 1st Grade Teacher. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year.
“Tri-County Elementary has received 9 Title 1 School of Recognition Awards from the state of Wisconsin. Our state has been honoring Title 1 schools for the last 12 years. We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the State for recognizing our hard work, rapport, and dedication to educating all children,” said, Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal.
Important Family Access Message
Skyward rolled out a new look and additional features for Family Access. The new look became permanent in July 2014. Some of the new features include:
- Ability to view one or all of your children on screen
- More Language selections through Google Translator in Family Access
- Improvements on the navigation bar
- Easier access to attendance information
- An updated calendar with the ability to color code items (attendance, Assignments, test, etc.)
- The ability to show only the current term
- Additional course information
- As before parents can change their log and password for easy access
Annual Notice Regarding Homeless Children
Homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) are defined as:
* Children and youth who lack a fixed, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
* Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
* Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
* Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, the Tri-County Schools provides the following assurance to parents of homeless children:
* There shall be immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.
* All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.
* Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin shall be possible. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child attended when permanently housed or when last enrolled.
* Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin or school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.
* Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include: special notices of events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.
Please contact Anthony Marinack, homeless liaison for the Tri-County Area School District for additional information about homeless issues. Mr. Marinack can be reached at (715) 335-6366 Extension 1020.
2014-15 School Year Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Notification
As a result of recent federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act –AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent new inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos containing building materials. Tri-County Area School District has a goal to be in full compliance with this law and is following the spirit, as well as, the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the Tri-County Area School District shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by the school district were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors and samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the district prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for handling the asbestos located within its buildings safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, the Tri-County Area School District has completed its AHERA 3-Year Reinspection requirement each three years.
This inspection was completed in January 2013 by Badger Environmental Services.
The six-month periodic surveillance inspections were done on schedule.
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. Also the law requires for all buildings to be re-inspected three years after a management plan is in effect.
Short-term workers (outside contractors – i.e., telephone repair workers, electricians and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.
Public Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy — (Code #411) No person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap as required by S. 118.13 Wisconsin Statutes. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The district encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Tri-County Area School District.
Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to: Anthony Marinack, District Administrator, 409 S. West Street Plainfield, Wisconsin 54966. Spanish translation of this notice is available in offices.