Hempfield School District Disclosures
Annual Notice to Parents
In compliance with state and federal law, the Hempfield School District will provide to each protected handicapped student, without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services, or accommodations, which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in, and obtain the benefits of, the school programming to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in, or access to, an aspect of the school program.
These services and protections for “protected handicapped students” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs.
For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students contact the Director of Student Services, 717-459-9006.
This notice is to inform you that the Hempfield School District has had its AHERA three-year asbestos re-inspection, as stipulated in the EPA’s AHERA Section 763.84 regulation and that this information has been used to update its Asbestos Management Plan. This updated management plan is available for review at the school district’s Asbestos Program Manager’s Office at 350 Mumma Drive, Landisville, PA 17538. Also, a copy for each individual building is on file at its respective school’s main office. Please call ahead to make arrangements to view the management plan. If you have any questions regarding the information in the management plan, please contact the Hempfield School District’s Asbestos Program Manager at (717) 898-5632.
Automated Calling System
Hempfield School District uses an automated calling system for informing parents of emergency situations, student absences, detention reminders at the secondary level, and certain health-related information. This system uses the primary phone number for each student as listed in the Sapphire Community Web Portal, followed by each student’s emergency contact numbers. If you do not wish to be notified of emergencies or student absences, please contact the Technology Department at 717-898-5596. Parents can update contact information directly in the Sapphire Community Web Portal or by contacting the school office.
Child Find Notice
In compliance with state and federal laws, notice is given by Hempfield School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as part of its school program. The purpose of these activities is to identify those students who may be in need of special education and related services. All information gathered about a child is subject to the confidentiality provisions contained in federal and state law. Hempfield School District has policies and procedures that govern the collection, maintenance, destruction, and disclosure to third parties of this information.
Discrimination and Harassment
The Hempfield School District, an equal opportunity employer, will not discriminate in employment, educational programs, or activities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, or physical handicap. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Tab Musser, Compliance Officer, Hempfield School District, 200 Church Street, Landisville, PA 17538. Harassment of students and staff will not be tolerated.
The Hempfield School District provides gifted education services to school-age students identified as gifted who require these services to reach their potential. In compliance with state and federal law (Chapter 16), notice is hereby given by the Hempfield School District that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of gifted education services. If your child is identified by the school district as possibly in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures.
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of gifted education services, you may request a screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the school district’s public school program. Requests for evaluation and screening can be made at the individual school or you can contact Eileen Little, Gifted Coordinator for Hempfield School District, 717-618-1997.
McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. If you would like more information on the how students qualify under this law, please contact the district Homeless Liaison, Shaunte DePaso, 717-459-9009.
Notification of Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the students educational records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The school principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request an amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible students when the school is notified of the request for a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extend that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate education interest. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school system to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance, with U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Photographs and videos of students may be used for classroom projects, the district website, and other school-related purposes. If you do not wish your child to be photographed, please submit a written notice to your child’s school, and we will ensure that their image is not used for these purposes. Parents will be notified in advance of individual student interviews for external media organizations or any other situations where an outside organization may be taking photographs of specific students. Public events such as athletics and concerts are not covered by this notice. Photos posted on our websites and social media accounts will not contain student names, unless such student is being identified as the recipient of an award or honored for an achievement.