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Solanco School District Annual Notices
Numerous federal and state laws require school districts to provide students, parents, and/or the public with notices.
The documents below will help you to better understand your rights. The Solanco School District invites parents and guardians of students to review the following information. Please contact your child’s principal with any questions or concerns about the information contained in these notices. You may also contact the Office of the Superintendent at 717-786-8401 with questions or concerns.
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Documents & Policies
AHERA NOTIFICATION (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act)
As required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the District has maintained a Management Plan including Periodic Surveillance as stipulated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s AHERA Regulations, Section 763.84. Re-inspection of our buildings is a regular part of our continuing Asbestos Management Plan. If you wish to obtain a copy of the Management Plan, a copy will be furnished within thirty days of receipt of a written request at the cost of reproduction, total cost to be paid in advance. For more information, please contact Bruce Bennett, Director of Facilities, at 717-786-8401.
Child Nutrition Programs
In accordance with the regulations set forth by the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010, which reauthorized the School Lunch Programs of the Child Nutrition Act, the Solanco School District provides annual notice to parents and guardians.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Under federal law titled Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), websites must provide parental notification and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under the age of 13. The law permits school districts to consent to the collection of personal information on behalf of all of its students, thereby eliminating the need for individual parental consent given directly to the website.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA), parent and guardians within schools operating with Federal Title I funds are annually notified the right to request professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals as well as information on assessments provided within the school entity.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (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 education records. Copies of the student records plan shall be submitted to the Department of Education, upon request.
Integrated Pest Management
The district shall utilize integrated pest management procedures to manage structural and landscape pests and the toxic chemicals used for their control in order to alleviate pest problems with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. The district shall integrate IPM education into the curriculum in accordance with relevant academic standards. If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Bennett, Director of Facilities, at 717-786-8401.
Language Instruction Education Program for English Learners
In accordance with the Board’s philosophy to provide a quality educational program to all District students, and to increase the English language proficiency of students who are English Learners (EL), the District shall provide an effective Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) that meets the needs of English Learners. The goal of the LIEP shall be to demonstrate success in increasing English language proficiency and student academic achievement so that EL students can attain the academic standards adopted by the Board and achieve academic success. EL students shall be identified, assessed and provided appropriate instruction in accordance with the LIEP, and shall be provided an equitable opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in educational programs and extracurricular activities, consistent with federal and state laws and regulations.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Act (homeless students) requires the Solanco School District to provide annual notice about educational rights to parents and guardians.
Solanco School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender and handicap in its activities, programs or employment practices as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact the Office of the Superintendent (717-786-8401) or at the Solanco Central Office at 121 South Hess Street, Quarryville, PA 17566. Solanco’s Title IX Coordinator is assistant superintendent Dr. Robert Dangler. For further information please read our Board Policies on:
Open Records – Right to Know
The Right-to-Know Law is Pennsylvania’s open records law. It requires government agencies in the Commonwealth to provide access to and copies of public records.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
This policy sets forth guidelines regarding the conduct of surveys and collection and use of information for marketing purposes, consistent with law and regulations. Personal information means individually identifiable information, including a student’s or parent’s/guardian’s first and last name; home or physical address, including street name and the name of the city or town; telephone number; or social security number.
Public Complaint Policy
The School Board welcomes inquiries, suggestions, and constructive criticism from parents/guardians, district residents or community groups regarding the district’s programs, personnel, operations and facilities. The Board has adopted procedures for seeking appropriate resolution to complaints.
School Health Act
In accordance with the School Health Act, Pennsylvania requires immunizations and examinations for students. In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases, the Board requires that established policy and administrative regulations be followed by students, parents/guardians and district staff.
Section 504 Services
Section 504 refers to a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The primary purpose of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against. Section 504 states,
“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”
This law requires that every public school in the United States identify, evaluate, and provide appropriate services to disabled individuals as defined by Section 504. In addition, procedural safeguards must be provided to the parents/guardians of identified students. The Office of Civil Rights and/or U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Section 504.
The district is required to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities who are determined, through the evaluation process, to need special education and related services under IDEA and 22 Pa. School Code §14. A school age child with a disability, who is determined to be in need of special education and related services, is identified as a child with a disability eligible for special education in need of specially designed instruction. For a list of disability categories under IDEA.
121 South Hess St.
Quarryville, PA 17566
How We’re Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
School during COVID was challenging, and we worked hard to ensure our schools were both safe and open. The link to the right accesses our Health and Safety Plan, which describes what measures we are taking regarding COVID.