Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School"Developing Scholars and Leaders"
In compliance with state and federal law, the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School will provide 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 program and extracurricular activities 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 disability that 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 provisions of services to protected handicapped students, contact the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School at 814-461-9600.
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FSPECIAL EDUCATION OVERVIEW.
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.
(1) If a parent or eligible student wishes to inspect and/or review the student’s education records, they must be granted access within 45 days of the day Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School receives a written request.
(2) If a parent or eligible student wishes to have copies of the student’s education records, they must be granted copies within 45 days from the day Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School receives a written request. All requests must be in writing, dated, and signed by the parent or eligible student. The written request must identify the record(s) they wish to review/inspect or receive copies of. The request must be hand delivered or mailed to the school CEO/CAO. If a request is made for copies of the student’s education records, the copies must be made within 45 days of
the day Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School received the written request.
If a request is made for the inspection or review of the student’s education records, the school CEO/CAO must make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected within 45 days of the day Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School received the written request. The school CEO/CAO must accompany the parent or eligible student the entire time the records are being inspected.
(3) Parents or eligible students who wish to ask Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School to amend a record must write the school CEO/CAO, clearly identify the part of the record they want to have changed, and specify why it should be changed. If RBWCCS Schools decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for the amendment.
(4) Parents or eligible students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter 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 RBWCCS School Board; a person or company with whom Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (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.
(5) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School , with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised RBWCCS to the contrary in accordance with RBWCCS procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories- names, addresses and telephone listings- unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. If you do not want Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must communicate in writing to the CAO/CEO.
Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School has designated the following information as directory information:
_ Student’s name
_ Telephone listing
_ Electronic mail address
_ Date and place of birth
_ Dates of attendance
_ Grade level
_ Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
_ Honors, and awards received
_ The most recent educational agency or institution attended
These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education
bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation
that provides funding for the Nation’s armed forces