Bess Truman Primary Center
“Where Little Cardinals
Learn to Fly”
800 N. Highway D
Webb City, MO 64870
(417) 673-6055 FAX (417) 673-6057
Parent & Student Handbook
.MEET THE STAFF
Principal -- Dr. Stacy Hollingsworth
Secretary -- Camie Schultz
Counselor -- Russell Ball
Nurse -- Amber Penner
Nurse Aide -- Kayla Willis
Lunch Clerk -- Heather Byrd
Bess Truman is excited to be partnering with you to provide an amazing school year! We look forward to fulfilling many hopes and dreams both parents and teachers have for your child, celebrating the small and large successes your child will achieve this school year! The amounts of growth we will all see will bring joy and excitement to all of our hearts!
We will continue to promote the mission to see each child develop the talents and skills necessary for a successful future. Thank you in advance for entrusting your child to our loving staff. Together we will get to experience the pleasure of celebrating each little cardinal soaring higher and higher! Thank you again for hoping, dreaming, and achieving with Bess Truman!
.BESS TRUMAN K-1 SCHOOL DAY
7:20 - 7:40…....Breakfast
7:40…………..Student pledge and dismissal from Multi-Purpose to go to classroom
10:45 - 11:05....Kindergarten Lunch
11:15 - 11:35....First Grade Lunch
2:45…………..Dismissal - Parent Pick Up Students (Multi-Purpose Room)
2:55…………..Dismissal - Bus Students
BESS TRUMAN PRESCHOOL DAY
For the convenience of parents with children in multiple buildings, below is a list of start and dismissal times for each building in the District:
School Start Time Pickup Time Bus Time
Bess Truman……………………..7:45 a.m. 2:45 p.m. 2:50 p.m.
Harry S Truman………………….8:00 a.m. 2:55 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Carterville Elementary………….. 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Eugene Field……………………..8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Madge T. James Kindergarten..….8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Mark Twain………………............8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Grades 5-6………………………..7:55 a.m. 2:55 p.m.
Grades 7-12………………............7:45 a.m. 2:45 p.m.
***Please note the above times and be courteous in planning your drop-off and pick-up routes. It gets difficult for the little ones to sit for extended lengths of time, especially after a long day of learning.***
Notify office by note or phone call BEFORE 2 PM if your child will have an alternate plan of pick up for the day.
Parent pick up begins at 2:40. Curbside pick up process—cars enter on left, zig zag through our parking lot to the North entrance (Multipurpose Room). Staff will radio student name for curbside pick up.
Statement of Philosophy
The Webb City R-7 School District feels that our ultimate goal is to promote the total development of the individual student so that he or she may become a useful and responsible citizen in our ever-changing society. We realize the major responsibility for formal vocational, academic, and aesthetic training rests with the school; however, the family, church, and community must share in the total educational process.
We realize the uniqueness of the individual and believe in the right of each person, regardless of ability or aspirations, to an education that is geared to his/her own needs in so far as the satisfaction of those needs does not interfere with the overall welfare of the group. It is important that the student be recognized for his/her own value as a human being through the academic program, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. This recognition should encompass each facet of school and community life.
Throughout the educational process, the democratic ideas of our heritage should be stressed so that the political, social, and economic values of our society will be perpetuated. By this, we hope each student will be given the opportunity to develop civic responsibility through awareness of and involvement in democratic processes.
Statement of Mission
The mission of the Webb City R-VII School District is to prepare today's youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow's world by guiding all students in the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills that will enable each to become a productive and responsible individual.
Statement of Objectives
In accordance with our statement of philosophy, we the educators of Webb City R-7 School District, are entrusted with developing and maintaining an educational environment in which all students may:
Requirements for Enrollment
Birth Certificate- Each child is required to furnish a state issued birth certificate for proof of age. If the parent does not have a birth certificate for the child, one may be secured by writing to the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the State Capitol Building of the state wherein the child was born or one may be obtained from the Jasper County Health Department for $15.00 for the State of Missouri.
Social Security Number- The child’s social security number is required.
Immunization Requirements- Missouri State Law states "Students will not be allowed to attend school at all without the proper immunizations or exemptions." Immunizations are given free at the Jasper County Health Department. Call (toll-free) 1-877-879-9131 for an appointment.
Proof of Residency- Webb City R-7 School District provides educational service only to those students who are eligible as defined by law. Proof of residency of the parent or the court appointed legal guardian must be provided. Proof of residency is determined by the ability to provide a utility bill in the name of the parent or legal guardian or other documentation acceptable to the School District.
All questionable residency issues will be referred to the Superintendent of Schools.
For your child to be successful, he/she must attend school every day. Parents of students with excessive absences may be required to meet with the principal to develop a solution. Chronic attendance problems, which are unresolved, will result in notification of the Children’s Division, Juvenile Office and/or the Prosecuting Attorney. Every effort should be made to schedule doctor appointments for non-school hours. Family vacations should be taken in the summer or during Christmas or Spring breaks. Limit the times that you must take your child out of school before dismissal of school because it interrupts the classroom and takes away from instructional time. Please notify the office before 2:00 p.m. if it is necessary to pick your child up before dismissal time.
Arriving to school on time is another major component of good attendance. Students not in their classrooms before the tardy bell will be considered late. Please check with your child’s school if you have questions on when your child must be at school.
The state of Missouri has a Compulsory Attendance Law that our district follows. That Law is as follows:
Statute 167.031, RSMo, states that any parent, guardian or other person having custody or control of a child between the ages of seven (7) and the compulsory attendance age for the district, must ensure that the child is enrolled in and regularly attends public, private, parochial school, home school or a combination of schools for the full term of the school year. The term "compulsory attendance age for the district" shall mean seventeen (17) years of age or having successfully completed sixteen (16) credits towards high school graduation in all other cases. Children between the ages of five (5) and seven (7) are not required to be enrolled in school. However, if they are enrolled in a public school their parent, guardian or custodian must ensure that they regularly attend.
In an effort to keep the lines of communication between parents and the school, building administrators will take the following actions when certain attendance milestones have been reached. The following actions will be taken after a certain number of absences:
It is essential that instructional time be protected during the school day. The instructional environment in the educational institution has to be protected from disruption and allotted a consistency that will ensure a continuous development for optimum educational value. It is the philosophy of the Webb City R-7 school district to provide students the best educational process possible.
Visitors and Building Security
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority for our school district. All schools within the Webb City School District will remain locked during the times that school is in session. Visitors to the building will be required to request entrance into the building utilizing an intercom located at the primary entrance of each facility. After entering the building, all visitors must report to the office and receive a visitor’s badge before access will be allowed to the school. Visitors without a badge will be sent back to the office by staff members to check in.
If school is dismissed early because of bad weather, it is announced on radio and television. Notification will also be given on social media networks and calls will be made through our automated calling system. If you work, arrangements need to be made as to where your child should go.
A child should not attend school if:
You can eliminate this problem by following these recommendations.
Please contact the school if you suspect your child has lice. If you need assistance on how to treat it, information is available at the school.
Communicable Diseases The following list is a guide as to the length of exclusion from school for the more common communicable diseases.
The school nurse may exclude children from school for the following: Pediculus (head lice), Ringworm, Pink Eye, Impetigo, and an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or above.
Illness and Accidents In case of an accident or illness, the parent will be notified as quickly as possible. Minor injuries and illnesses may be attended to by the secretary, with anything questionable being reported to the school nurse. Anything other than a minor injury will be reported to the school nurse immediately.
It is very important that you keep the school informed of your current address and telephone number. TWO emergency numbers must be listed on your child’s enrollment card. If you do not have a telephone, please make arrangements with a relative or neighbor to contact you if you are needed at school.
It is very frightening for a child to be hurt or sick. This fear increases when the parent cannot be located.
Biting Episodes of biting and students who exhibit repeated instances of significant aggressive behavior will be reported to the principal, with possible expulsion from class.
Non-Participation In order for a child to be allowed to remain inside during the recess period, the parent must inform the school in writing.
Please try to arrange for your child’s medication to be given before or after school. It will only be given at school if these rules are followed:
All medication and parent permission notes will be turned in and dispensed from the principal’s office. The school will provide no medication to students.
The Webb City R-7 School District provides transportation to qualifying students. Bus routes have been established to best serve the needs of all pupils. In order to accomplish this task, it is required that students be picked up and delivered to the same address each day. If your child arrives home when you are not there, your child should always have an alternate place nearby to go. While students may be picked up at one address and delivered to another, as long as both addresses are within an existing route, neither address can vary from day to day. Only students on the driver's official roster will be allowed to ride the bus.
The school should be notified when a permanent change of address occurs. If for any reason the child is to be picked up at school by the parent, a note must be sent with the child or he/she will be put on the bus. The parent must sign the child out at the office when taking the child. Teachers will not release students until the office is made aware they are leaving.
Bus Transportation - Behavior
Bus transportation is provided to qualifying students according to bus routes approved by the Board of Education. Maintenance of proper behavior of all students when being transported to and from school and on school activities is required. Students who misbehave on school buses may be issued pink slips which serve as notification of the infraction and disciplinary action taken. Students who receive three pink slips may be denied transportation privileges for 10 days. Students who receive four pink slips may be denied transportation privileges for the remainder of the year. It is requested that all parents are cooperative with school officials to assure a safe and orderly transportation program. Administrators will use discretion in assigning consequences as necessary.
Some of the most important phases of a person’s educational development is that of learning proper behavior, cooperation, respect, and self-discipline. Without these characteristics, it is difficult for a person to maintain the proper attitude to develop intellectually. It is the school’s responsibility, as part of the total educational process, to assist the student in the development of these behaviors. Below are the district-wide rules referred to as the Cardinal Code:
Cardinal Code #1: I will maintain a safe environment for myself and others.
Cardinal Code #2: My words must be appropriate.
Cardinal Code #3: I will behave in a manner that is appropriate for being in school.
Cardinal Code #4: I will behave in a way that allows the lesson to continue smoothly
Cardinal Code #5: I will interact positively with adults and peers.
Cardinal Code #6: I will show respect for my property, school property and property of
The following guidelines have been established so that the student will know what is considered inappropriate behavior.
Students are NOT allowed to:
In the process of learning acceptable behavior it becomes necessary to impose consequences for inappropriate behavior. The following methods will be used:
The District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free of any form of bullying or intimidation. Bullying is strictly prohibited on school grounds, or school time, at a school sponsored activity or in a school related context. Bullying is the intentional action by an individual or group of individuals to inflict intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior, or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities, or benefits of any student without exception; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying may consist of physical actions, including gestures, or oral, cyberbullying, electronic, or written communication, and any threat of retaliation for reporting acts of bullying.
Cyberbullying means bullying as defined above through the transmission of a communication including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image by means of an electronic device including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. The District may prohibit and discipline for cyberbullying that originates on any District campus or at a District activity if the electronic communication was made using the school’s technological resources, if there is a sufficient nexus to the educational environment, or if the electronic communication was made on the District’s campus or at a District activity using the student’s own personal technological resources. Further, students who engage in significant acts of misconduct off campus which materially and adversely impact the education of District students will be subject to discipline.
Bullying, as defined in this policy, is strictly prohibited. Students are encouraged to report any incident of bullying which they have witnessed or incurred, by contacting their building principal. District employees are required to report any instance of bullying of which the employee has witnessed within two (2) school days of the occurrence. Employees shall report the occurrence to the building principal, who is the person the District designates to receive reports of incidents of bullying. A principal who receives a report of an incident of bullying shall initiate an investigation into the allegations within two (2) schools days of receipt of the report. The principal may assign other employees to assist in the investigation, or request that the superintendent assign an outside investigator. The investigation shall be completed within ten schools days from the date of the written report of bullying unless good cause exists to extend the investigation. No employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to reprisal or retaliation for making such a report. Any person who engages in reprisal or retaliation against an employee or student who reports an act of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Students who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to consequences depending on factors such as: age of student(s), degree of harm, severity of behavior, number of incidences, etc. Possible consequences to a student for violation of this policy include: loss of privileges, classroom detention, conference with teacher, parents contacted, conference with principal, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, expulsion and law enforcement contacted.
The District shall give annual notice of the policy to students, parents or guardians, and staff. This policy shall be included in all student handbooks. This policy shall also be posted on the District’s web page (as a Board policy) and a copy shall be placed in the District Administrative Office.
The District shall provide information and appropriate training to District staff who have significant contact with students regarding the policy. All staff with significant student contact shall be trained on the requirements of this policy on an annual basis.
The District shall provide education and information to students regarding bullying, including information regarding this policy prohibiting bullying, the harmful effects of bullying, and other applicable initiatives to address bullying, including student peer-to-peer initiatives to provide accountability and policy enforcement for those found to have engaged in bullying, reprisal, or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying. The District shall instruct its school counselors, school social workers, licensed social workers, mental health professionals, and school psychologists to educate students are victims of bullying on techniques for students to overcome bullying’s negative effects. Such techniques include but are not limited to, cultivation the student’s self-worth and self-esteem; teaching the student to defend himself or herself assertively and effectively; helping the student develop social skills or encouraging the student to develop an internal locus of control. District administrators will implement programs and other initiatives to address bullying, to respond to such conduct in a manner that does not stigmatize the victim, and to make resources or referrals available to victims of bullying.
The Webb City School Board has adopted the following guidelines.
It is our priority to always provide the safest environment possible for all children. Because of this, pets will not be allowed at school. While children enjoy bringing pets for show-and-tell, there are too many risks involved with allowing pets to interact with the students. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.
Safety is a major concern at school, but building safety habit involves the cooperation of home and school.
Smoking and Tobacco Regulation
The use of tobacco in any form is prohibited inside any school facility or on school grounds.
No student will be allowed to use school technology without an approved consent form.
Drug Free Policy
The Webb City School District is committed to the goal of a drug free school environment for its students. The use and abuse of illegal drugs and/or alcohol is not normally associated with elementary age students and it is hoped that it will never be a problem in the R-7 School District.
The district has taken a strong stand by adopting the following mandatory policy that applies to all students:
The use of illegal drugs and alcohol is deemed to be wrong and harmful. The unlawful use, possession, distribution, transfer, and/or sale of alcohol, narcotic or noxious substances, counterfeit drugs, depressants, drug paraphernalia, stimulants, prescription medication, or hallucinogens of any type in any school facility, on any school property, or in conjunction with any school sponsored activity is expressly prohibited. Controlled substances will be confiscated and offenders will be subject to legal prosecution.
Consequence: Loss of privilege, up to 10 days out-of-school suspension, 11-180 days out-of-school suspension, expulsion, notification of law enforcement officials, documentation in student’s discipline record.
We ask that all parents assist the School District by reinforcing the importance of maintaining a drug free school environment.
The Board of Education recognizes the need to assure, to the best of its ability, the maximum safety of its students from all forms of violence and/or potential harm caused by guns and other weapons. Any student who brings a firearm, or other dangerous weapon to school, or school sponsored activities, shall be suspended from school for a period of not less than one year. In order to assure compliance with the Federal and/or Missouri State Laws related to the suspension of students, the Superintendent of Schools shall recommend to the Board of Education any necessary modification of this policy on a case-by-case basis (Adopted 5-9-95).
The following are meal prices for the 2016-2017 school year.
Full Price Reduced Price
Meal money is to be sent in a sealed envelope, marked with the following information:
These envelopes are kept for future reference. Please make sure you have all the above information on the envelope.
Credit for school meals is not the policy of Webb City School District. However, if a child forgets to bring his/her money, (s)he may charge, but not to accumulate more than five (5) meals or milk. After five (5) charges, your child will be asked to bring his/her lunch until this bill is paid in full. The lunch clerk will send home billing statements periodically when there is a negative balance on the account.
Parents who desire to eat with their child need to make advance arrangements. Parents should notify the school before 9:00 a.m. if they want to purchase a school lunch. Parents who bring food may only do so for their child.
District Achievement Tests for students in first through sixth grades are given in the spring. All first grade students are given the Cognitive Abilities Test. Some students may be recommended for individualized testing. Parental permission will be sought in these cases.
School Counseling Program
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and social/emotional needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills students acquire in the areas of academic, career and social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Library Media Center
A large selection of books is provided for student check-out. Each book is electronically recorded when the child takes it from the Library Media Center. If the item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the student will be responsible for the replacement cost.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled the first and third quarters of school. Our goal is 100% attendance at these conferences. Parents are also urged to hold conferences with the teacher any time the need arises.
Parents are urged to communicate with the teacher and share knowledge of the child. Cooperation between the parent and teacher can benefit the child. Conflicts can be avoided if there is always an understanding between the home and the school.
Parties, Snacks, and Birthdays
There are three parties scheduled per year: Halloween, Christmas, and Valentines. The treats for the party will be similar for each classroom.
Birthdays may be celebrated at school by arranging ahead of time with the child’s teacher. Homemade foods cannot be brought for snacks. All food must be prepackaged. Please send napkins. Teachers are required to keep parties to ten minutes or less for birthdays.
Invitations for parties outside of school should not be brought to school unless the all students of the same gender are invited.
Holiday or other gift exchange between students will not be allowed at school.
The school does not provide insurance for students who are injured on school property during routine educational programs or activities. If you do not have any type of medical coverage and would be interested in obtaining a low cost accident policy, forms may be obtained at the Principal's office.
Student Directory Information
Release of Student Information
It is the belief of the Webb City R-7 School District that every effort should be made to protect the safety, security and privacy of all students served. To that end every effort will be made to not disclose personally identifiable information relative any student without authorization from the one authorized to make that decision; a court order or other legal mandate(s).
Certain directory information, however, will be released unless the school district is notified to the contrary:
Names and pictures of students in conjunction with participation in officially recognized activities and sports, information relative to the student’s weight, height (in appropriate athletic programs) and grade level, degrees, honors and awards received; the names of parents in conjunction with recognition of student performance, degrees, honors, and awards received.
Additionally, under Section 9528 of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, student’s names, addresses and telephones must be made accessible to a military recruiter and/or institutions of higher education (post-secondary education institutions) unless the school district is notified to the contrary. Under the Federal Family Rights and Privacy Act, parents may opt out of this requirement. Any parent, or student eighteen years of age or older, may notify the school of their desire to opt out of this requirement such directory information will not be made available to the military recruiter and.or institutions of higher education (post-secondary educational institutions).
Notifications shall state the name of the student, date of student’s birth, date submitted and original signature of person making the request.
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Webb City R-7 School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
The Webb City R-7 School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.
The Webb City R-7 School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Webb City R-7 School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at 411 N. Madison during regular school hours on days that school is in session. For more information call: (417) 673-6000.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.
Board of Education Regulation 2130, the Webb City School District’s non-discrimination and student rights regulation, enforces Board of Education Policy, which prohibits harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation. Regulation 2130 has five (5) subsections. Subsection A defines types of and gives examples of prohibited discrimination and harassment. Subsection B explains how employees or students who believe they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, or who have witnessed discrimination or harassment can report such behavior and to whom they should report the behavior (for example, Subsection B (4) (a) provides that in each school building initial complaints can and should be submitted orally or in writing to the building principal). Subsection C explains and details how the District is to investigate reports of discrimination or harassment. Subsection D details how the District is to respond when an incident of discrimination or harassment is reported, as well as during and after the investigation into the reported incident is concluded. Any decision made pursuant to Regulation 2130 may be appealed by using the grievance procedure contained in Regulation 1310 by filing a written complaint/appeal with the District’s Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator within fifteen (15) business days from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such an occurrence or the decision made under Regulation 2130. Further complaint/appeal procedures can be found in Regulation 1310. Finally, Subsection E prohibits the District from retaliating against any individual based on that individual reporting an act of discrimination or harassment.
Pursuant to Subsection D (3) of Regulation 2130 , students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment with Webb City R‑7 School District may appeal a final decision rendered by the District following the conclusion of its investigation of alleged discrimination or harassment under Subsection C by following the appropriate grievance procedure (Title IX or Section 504) outlined in District Regulation 1310. Copies of Board of Education Regulation 1310 and 2130 may be obtained from the District’s Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Brenten Byrd, 411 N. Madison, Webb City, MO 64870, Phone: 417-673-6000. Regulations 1310 and 2130 are also accessible on the District’s website home page by accessing the Parent Information link then the Board Policies, regulations and forms link. The Webb City School District’s website can be accessed at: www.wcr7.org
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Webb City R-7 School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Dr. Kevin Cooper, Assistant Superintendent
411 N. Madison
Webb City, MO 64870
District Grievance Procedure
Students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment with Webb City R-7 School District have the right to file a formal complaint alleging noncompliance with regulations outlined in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
It shall be a violation of District policy for any student, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of this District to harass or unlawfully discriminate against a student through conduct of a sexual nature, or regarding race, color, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or perceived sexual orientation as defined by the Policy.
Level 1 – Principal or Immediate Supervisor
Employees claiming sex discrimination may first discuss the grievance with their principal or immediate supervisor, with the object of resolving the matter informally. A student or parent with a sex discrimination complaint may discuss it with the teacher, counselor, or building administrator. Level 1 of the grievance procedure is informal and optional and may be bypassed by the grievant.
Level 2 – Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
If the grievance is not resolved at Level 1 with the District’s Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, it may be formalized by filing a complaint in writing on a Compliance Violation Form. This form may be obtained from the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator. The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance and the remedy requested. The filing of the formal, written complaint at Level 2 must be within fifteen (15) working days from the day of the event, giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such an occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator. A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian. The Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator shall investigate the complaint and attempt to solve it. A written report from the Compliance Officer to the complainant regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after the receipt of the complaint.
Level 3 – Superintendent
If the complaint is not resolved at Level 2, the grievance may proceed to Level 3 by presenting a written appeal to the Superintendent within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator. The grievant may request a meeting with the Superintendent of his/her designee. The Superintendent or his/her designee has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal. The Superintendent or his/her designee will render a decision within ten (10) working days after receiving the written appeal.
Level 4 – Board of Education
If the complaint is not resolved at Level 3, the grievance may proceed to Level 4 by presenting a written appeal to the President of the Board of Education within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Superintendent. The grievant may request a meeting with the Board of Education. The Board of Education has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal. A decision will be rendered by the Board of Education at their next regularly scheduled meeting. The grievant will be notified in writing the decision within ten (10) working days after the Board of Education action.
The procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file a formal complaint with the Missouri Civil Rights Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, or other agencies available for mediation or rectification of rights grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.
Title IX Section 504 Coordinator
Webb City R-7 School District
Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
The Webb City R-7 School District is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to the Every Student Succeeds act of 2015, have the right to know.
Upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:
In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent:
Standard Complaint Resolution Procedure for Improving America’s Schools Act Programs
This complaint resolution procedure applies to all programs administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA).
A complaint is a formal allegation that a specific federal or state law or regulation has
been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by school district personnel or by Department of Education personnel.
Any parent or guardian, surrogate parent, teacher, administrator, school board member, or other person directly involved with an activity, program, or project operated under the general supervision of the Department may file a complaint. Such a
complaint must be in writing and signed; it will provide specific details of the situation and indicate the law or regulation that is allegedly being violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted.
The written, signed complaint must be filed and the resolution pursued in accordance with local district policy: submitted to the Superintendent of the Webb City R-7 School District. If the issue cannot be resolved at the local level, the complainant may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Education. If there is no evidence that the parties have attempted in good faith to resolve the complaint at the local level, the Department may require the parties to do so and may provide technical assistance to facilitate such resolution.
Any persons directly affected by the actions of the Department may file a similarly written complaint if they believe state or federal laws or regulations have been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by the Department itself.
Anyone wishing more information about this procedure or how complaints are resolved may contact local district or Department personnel.
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education NCLB COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
The Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Title IX Part C. Sec. 9304(a)(3)(C) requires the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) to adopt procedures for resolving complaints regarding operations of programs authorized under the Act, including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV (Part A), Title V, Title VI, and Title VII and Title IX, part C.
Who May File a Complaint
Any local education agency (LEA), consortium of LEAs, organization, parent, teacher, or member of the public may file a complaint.
Definition of a Complaint
There are both formal and informal complaint procedures.
A formal complaint must be a written, signed statement that includes:
Alternatives for Filing Complaints
It is federal and state intent that complaints are resolved at a level nearest the LEA as possible. As described below, formal complaints filed with the SEA will be forwarded to the appropriate LEA for investigation and resolution. Informal complaints made to the SEA will be subject of an initial investigation by the SEA, but will be forwarded to the LEA if a formal complaint evolves. Precise processes in both instances are described below.
Informal and Formal Complaints Received by the Local Education Agency
Informal and formal complaints filed with the LEA concerning NCLB program operations in that LEA are to be investigated and resolved by the LEA according to locally developed procedures, when at all possible. Such procedures will provide for:
Appeals to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education will be processed according to the procedures outlined in sections below.
Informal Complaints Received by the SEA Office
Informal complaints (i.e., verbal and/or anonymous) to the SEA by individuals (who may ask not to be identified to the LEA) concerning program operations in an LEA will be investigated by the SEA, according to procedures deemed most appropriate by the SEA, within 10 days of receipt of the complaint. Findings of this investigation shall be reported to the complainant within 10 additional days. In the event that the complainant requests further investigation or a hearing, the complainant must file a signed written complaint. This formal complaint will be processed according to procedures outlined in sections below.
Formal Complaints Initially Received by the SEA Office
Appeal to the SEA
Within 10 days of conclusion of the investigation and/or evidentiary hearing(s), the SEA will render a decision detailing the reasons for its decision and transmitting this decision to the LEA, the complainant, and the district school board. Recommendations and details of the decision are to be implemented within 15 days of the decision being given to the LEA. This 15-day implementation period may be extended at the discretion of the SEA Division Director. The complainant or the LEA may appeal the decision of the SEA.
Formal LEA Complaints Against SEA
Complaints Against LEAs Received from the United States Department of Education
Surrogate Parent Program
Pursuant to the requirements of state law 162.997-999 RSMo, the State Board of Education is required to appoint a surrogate parent at such time as it becomes evident that a child with a disability does not have a parent or a person acting as a parent to participate in matters dealing with the provision of special education. For purposes of surrogate parent appointment, “parent” is defined as a biological parent, a guardian, or a person acting as a parent of a child including, but not limited to, a grandparent, a stepparent, or a foster parent with whom the child lives. The term does not include the State if the child is a ward of the State. The term does not include a person whose parental rights have been terminated.
The local school district is given the responsibility to determine when a child with a disability who requires special education and who resides in the District is without a parent. The District must notify the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of the need to appoint a surrogate parent. Training for persons serving as surrogate parents will be provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the District.
More information on volunteering to serve as a surrogate parent can be obtained from the District's surrogate parent contact person, Brenten Byrd, Director of Student Services at 417-673-6000.