Federal code, state code, and Virginia School Boards Association policy set certain requirements for school divisions regarding annual notifications, public hearings, and postings. Manassas Park City Schools has addressed each of the requirements below for the 2015-16 school year.
Parents or guardians who would prefer to receive a printed copy of any of the "Required Notifications" below may contact the school division's central office at 703-330-8850 or visit the MPCS Central Office at 1 Park Center Ct., Suite A, Manassas Park, VA
- Acceptable Computer System Use Agreement
- Each student and his or her parent (as well as each employee) must sign the division's acceptable computer use agreement before using the division's computer system. View School Board Policy IIBE, Acceptable Use of Technology , which includes policy regulation and responsible use acceptance agreements and procedures.
- Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs)
- The division must include information on its report card regarding the performance of various subgroups against Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). View the division's report card through the Virginia Department of Education website.
Availability of School Division Policies and Regulations
- Each division must make an annual announcement advising the public that current copies of all division policies and regulations are available on the division's website. The announcement also should state that printed copies of school division policies and regulations are available to citizens who do not have online access. Copies of the division's policies are available online through our website on our School Board Policy page . Those requesting paper copies may contact the school division's central office at 703-330-8850 or visit the MPCS Central Office at 1 Park Center Ct., Suite A, Manassas Park, VA
- Upon approval of the school division's budget by the appropriating body every year, the school board must publish the approved annual budget on the division's website. The school division's 2015-16 Adopted Budget, along with associated documents and presentations, can be accessed on the MPCS Financial Services webpage.
- Code of Student Conduct, Compulsory Attendance Law, Parental Responsibility and Involvement
- Each division must supply parents of each enrolled student a notice of the requirements regarding parental responsibility and involvement, a copy of the division's standards of student conduct, and a copy of the compulsory school attendance law and the enforcement procedures and policies adopted by the school board.
View these polices and regulations:
JEG-Exclusions and Exemptions from School Attendance
- Cost per Pupil
- The superintendent must prepare and distribute notification of the estimated average per pupil cost for public education in the division for the upcoming school year. The notice also must include actual per pupil state and local education expenditures for the previous school year. Refer to School Board Policy DIA, Reporting Per Pupil Costs.
- Parents must be notified regarding the academic and career guidance and personal/social counseling programs that are available to their children, including procedures by which parents may limit their child's participation in such programs. View our counseling program information online by grade level: Cougar Elementary, Manassas Park Elementary, Manassas Park Middle School, Manassas Park High School. Refer to School Board Policy IJ, Guidance and Counseling Program.
- Credits Required for Graduation
- Each division must notify the parents of rising juniors and seniors of the number of credits and subject area requirements necessary for graduation pursuant to the standards for accreditation. The counseling office at Manassas Park High School addresses this requirement on an individual student basis. Refer to School Board Policy IKF, Standards of Learning Tests and Graduation Requirements.
- Further, the division must notify parents of students with disabilities who have an IEP and who fail to meet the requirements for graduation of the student's right to a free and appropriate education to age 21. The division also must notify parents of students who fail to meet the requirements for graduation and who have not reached 20 years of age on or before August 1 of the school year of the right to a free public education. Refer to School Board Policy IAA, Notification of Learning Objectives .
- Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement Classes, and Special Programs
- Students and their parents must be notified of the availability of dual enrollment, advanced placement classes, the International Baccalaureate program, and Academic Year Governor's School Programs. The division publishes this information annually in the Manassas Park High School course catalog.
- Eating Disorders Awareness Information
- Every school board must annually provide information to parents of students in grades 5-12 regarding eating disorders. View the Information Sheet for parents developed by the school health department.
- Emergency Procedures
- Manassas Park City Schools conducts ongoing training and drills for emergencies throughout the school year. General information can be viewed on the School Safety webpage. Refer to School Board Policy EB, School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Response Plan.
- The school division's policy regarding student fees and the fee schedule must be provided to parents annually. View School Board Policy JN, Student Fees, Fines, and Charges, which includes fees for all schools.
- FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
- Divisions must provide parents and adult students annual notice of their rights to inspect and review education records, amend education records, consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records, and file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Refer to School Board Policy JO, Student Records , which includes the school division's FERPA policy.
- Graduation Requirements
- At the beginning of each school year, every school must provide to students in all grade levels a notice of all requirements for Board of Education-approved Diplomas. View the graduation requirements (minimum credit and course requirements) approved by the Virginia Department of Education: Advanced Studies Diploma | Standard Diploma | Modified Standard Diploma .
- View the school division's graduation requirements in School Board Policy IKF, Standards of Learning and Graduation Requirements. The division also publishes graduation requirements annually in the high school program of studies.
- High School Credit-Bearing Courses Taken in Middle School
- For any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student's transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course in accordance with policies adopted by the school board. Notice of this provision is provided to parents with the final middle school report card. Refer to School Board Policy IKFA, Middle School Students Taking High School Credit Courses..
- Homeless Students
- Each division must give public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths. Refer to School Board Policy JECA, Admission of Homeless Children.
- Every school must provide to parents the learning objectives to be achieved at their child's grade level. Refer to School Board Policy IAA, Notification of Learning Objectives. In high school, this requirement is met by providing students with a syllabus for each of their courses. Parents also may find it helpful to view course descriptions detailed within the MPMS Program of Studies and the MPHS Course Catalog.
- Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students
- Divisions receiving federal funds to provide LEP programs must inform the parents of LEP students of the reasons for the identification of their child as limited English proficient, as well as the details of the division's language instruction program and information pertaining to parental rights. Refer to School Board Policy IGBF, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). For more information about our LEP programs, please visit the ESOL Program webpage .
- National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
- In accordance with federal code, Manassas Park City Schools will inform parents of children selected to participate in any NAEP assessment that their child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish any authorized assessment, and is not required to answer any test question. Further, parents will be informed of their right of access to assessment data.
- Divisions must notify students, parents and others that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. More detailed information, including contact information for our Compliance Officers and procedures, can be found in School Board Policy JFHA (students), GBA (for personnel) Prohibition Against Harassment and Retaliation (for students).
- Parental Involvement Policy
- Divisions and schools that receive Title I funds must distribute their parental involvement policy to parents of students in Title I programs. Refer to School Board Policy IGBC, Parental Involvement.
PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
- The PPRA requires divisions to provide notice of their policy controlling the administration of surveys on certain sensitive topics, including political or religious beliefs and behavior involving sex or illegal conduct. View School Board Policy KFB, Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires.
- Promotion, Retention and Remediation Policies
- Every school must provide to parents a copy of the division's promotion, retention and remediation policies. View School Board policies IKEB, Promotion/Retention/Acceleration and IGBE, Remedial and Summer Instruction Program.
- Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults
- School boards must provide information developed by the office of the Virginia Attorney General to students regarding laws governing the prosecution of juveniles as adults for the commission of certain crimes. Open the Laws Regarding the Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults , as developed by the Office of the Attorney General. Refer to School Board Policy JFCL, Notification Regarding Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults.
- Release of Student Records to Armed Forces Recruiters and Educational Institutions
- Divisions must notify parents that they will release the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students to all recruiters or institutions of higher education upon request, unless parents specifically request that this information not be released. View School Board Policy JO, Student Records.
- Report Cards
- Divisions that receive Title I funds must prepare and distribute to parents an annual district report card showing specified information. The Virginia Department of Education now posts this information on its website. Report cards for schools, school divisions and the state provide information about student achievement, accountability ratings, attendance, program completion, school safety, teacher quality, and other topics. Reports may be viewed on the Manassas Park Division Report Card webpage . Refer to School Board Policy CMA, Manassas Park School Division Annual Report Card.
- School Bus Rider Safety Rules
- A copy of bus rider safety rules shall be sent to parents at the beginning of the school year. The information shall include a request that parents or their designee accompany their young children to and from the bus stop. View the bus safety rules on the Department of Transportation webpage.
- School Lunch Program
- Each division that participates in the Free and Reduced Price Meals program must notify parents and the public about the programs. Information about the division's Free and Reduced Price Meals Program is provided to parents at the beginning of each school year and is available on the Food Services webpage . Refer to School Board Policy EFB, Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program .
Services for Students Identified as Hearing Impaired or Visually Impaired
Each school board shall annually post information distributed by the Department of Education describing educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. View Services for Students Identified as Hearing or Visually Impaired.
- Each year, the state requires that school divisions notify all parents of students in grades 5-10 about a physical condition known as scoliosis. This condition affects about two or three percent of all adolescents and causes a curvature in the spine.
- Sex Offender Registry
- Every school board must notify parents of the board's policy regarding sex offenders. View School Board Policy KN, Sex Offender Registry Notification. The Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry can be accessed online through the Virginia State Police website.
- Special Education
- Each division must conduct a public awareness campaign (also known as a child find program) to inform the community about special education programs and services. View School Board Policy IGBA, Programs for Students with Disabilities .
- Standards of Learning (SOLs)
- Every school must provide to parents the Standards of Learning applicable to their child's grade or course requirements and the approximate date and potential impact of the child's next SOL testing. Test administration varies by school and is available on the district website calendar. Refer to School Board Policy IKF, Standards of Learning and Graduation Requirements
- State expectations for student learning and achievement can be accessed through the Virginia Department of Education website for the following subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science, History & Social Science, Family Life, Economics & Personal Finance, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Computer Technology, Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education.
- Student Achievement
- Schools that receive Title I funds must provide each parent information on the achievement level of their child on each of the state academic assessments. Manassas Park City Schools handles such notifications on an individual student basis.
- Teacher Qualifications
- Divisions that receive Title I funds must notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I funds that the parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers. Further, schools receiving Title I funds must give timely notice to parents if their child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified, as defined by federal law. Manassas Park City Schools handles all such notifications on an individual student basis, when applicable. Information regarding the professional qualifications of the division's teachers may be obtained through the Manassas Park Human Resources Department.
- Voluntary Retirement Savings Programs (403(b) Plans)
- Divisions that have 403(b) retirement plans must notify employees about the plan. View School Board Policy GBR, Voluntary Retirement Savings Program . To learn more about retirement benefits for Manassas Park employees, please contact Human Resources at 703-330-8550 or visit the Human Resources Benefits web page .
- Youth Health Risk Behavior Survey
- The school board must notify parents of each student enrolled in a middle or high school selected for participation in the survey of student health risk behaviors that their child may be randomly selected to participate in the survey unless the parent denies consent for the student's participation in writing prior to administration of the survey. The school division will provide such notice at least 30 days prior to administration of the survey. Refer to School Board Policy KFB, Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires .
Required Public Hearings
- Before the School Board approves its budget for submission to the city governing body, the board must hold at least one public hearing to hear the views of the citizens. Public notice of the hearing will be given at least 10 days in advance posted on the school's website event calendar.
- Alternatives to Animal Dissection
- School boards must provide notice that they provide alternatives to animal dissection. Manassas Park City Schools provides such notice in relevant science course syllabi. Additionally, teachers bring attention to alternatives at relevant times during the school year.
- Bill of Rights
- In accordance with Virginia School Boards Association Policy IEC , the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States is posted in a conspicuous place in each Manassas Park City school.
- Child Abuse Reporting
- A notice must be posted in each school regarding suspicion of child abuse or neglect and subsequent reporting. View the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) poster, A Guide for School Employees to Recognize and Report Child Abuse , which includes the VDSS toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline. Refer to School Board Policy JHG, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting.
- Comprehensive Plan
- Each school board must present a report to the public by November 1 of each odd-numbered year on the extent to which the objectives of the division's comprehensive ("strategic") plan have been met during the previous two school years. For more information about our Strategic Planning process, visit the division's plan website.
- Fair Labor Standards Act
- All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, including school divisions, must post Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Each employer of 50 or more employees shall post on the premises of the workplace a notice regarding Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
- Employers are required to post a notice approved by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding GINA, which protects employees from discrimination on the basis of genetic information. View the Equal Opportunity poster published by the EEOC .
- Minimum Wage
- Each employer must post, in conspicuous places on the premises of the workplace, a notice prepared or approved by the Secretary of Labor regarding the federal minimum wage law. View the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage poster published by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- National Motto
- In accordance with Virginia School Boards Association Policy IEB , the statement "In God We Trust," the National Motto enacted by Congress in 1956, is posted in a conspicuous place in each Manassas Park City school.
USERRA (Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)
- Employers are required to provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations under USERRA. View Your Rights Under USERRA: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
- Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act
- All employers in Virginia, including school divisions, must post all notices related to unemployment insurance furnished by the Virginia Unemployment Commission. View the Virginia Employment Commission Notice to Workers concerning unemployment insurance .
- Workers' Compensation
- School divisions must post, at a location frequented by employees, notice of compliance with the provisions of the Virginia Worker's Compensation Act. View the Workers' Compensation Notice published by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission .