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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 13:14

October 2019 Superintendency Message

A message from Assistant Superintendent Lori Rasmussen:

An Ordinary Day 

As we have been out reading in our schools, one couldn't help but notice the many dedicated people who work diligently to provide our students with a remarkable school experience. One wouldn't have to look far to see boundless amounts of work and service being rendered. In an ordinary day you might witness a maintenance worker repairing a drinking fountain, a custodian mowing the lawn, buses picking up and delivering our precious students,  and a student resource officer ensuring the safety of our students. As you walk into the school, the tremendous smell of lunch being prepared would waft through the air. One could hear the sounds of learning throughout the halls. One might hear a teacher's voice delivering a thoughtful lesson, students collaborating, a parent volunteer tutoring a child with reading, or the silence of students working on a project using their chromebooks. Add to this, the sight of a secretary comforting a student who doesn't feel well and a principal greeting students warmly in the hall. What a wonderful, ordinary day! As I reflected on the many visits to schools it occurred to me the enormity of daily effort  that goes into providing students with a quality education. You've heard the quote "It takes a village to raise a child." This African proverb  means that an entire community of people must interact with children in order for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. Our community epitomizes this concept. Weber District is honored to be part of a community where the whole child is valued. Where every Weber School District employee strives to ensure all students are safe, challenged, supported, and engaged. The fine efforts of employees, parents, and community members to move good forward in our district provides an extraordinary education for our students. Thanks to all! 

Speaking of a village. . . here are some numbers behind the story-

  • Weber School District was formally established in 1905
  • Weber School District is the 7th largest district out of 41 district's in the state
  • We currently have 45 schools
  • There are 33,000 K-12 students in Weber School District
  • There are 400 Preschool students
  • There are over 3600 employees
  • We serve over 18,300 meals daily
  • Buses pick up students at 6,693 bus stops daily
Monday, 30 September 2019 09:54

How to file an OCR Complaint

Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This includes discrimination based on a person’s limited English proficiency or English learner status; and actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, including membership in a religion that may be perceived to exhibit such characteristics (such as Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh individuals).

Discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  This includes discrimination based on pregnancy, parental status, and sex stereotypes (such as treating persons differently because they do not conform to sex-role expectations or because they are attracted to or are in relationships with persons of the same sex).

Discrimination against persons with disabilities is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance).  This includes discrimination against individuals currently without an impairment that substantially limits of a major life activity, but who have a record of or are regarded as having a disability.

Discrimination on the basis of age is prohibited by Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

These civil rights laws extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries and museums that receive federal financial assistance from ED. These include all public schools and most public and private colleges and universities.

Weber School District is committed to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all our students and employees. Weber School District prohibits discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), or retaliation on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected classification in all educational  programs, activities, admissions, access, treatment, or employment practices. Board Policy 4120 and 7100 prohibits discrimination based on race, color and national origin, sex, handicap or disability, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,  and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Equal Access Act, and Utah Code 34A-5-106. Related inquiries and complaints may be directed to a school administrator or to the weber School District Director of Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (801) 476-7869. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, (303) 844-5695 or, if you believe you have been discriminated in your employment, the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) at (801) 530-6801 or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-4000..

SPANISH VERSION: Cómo presentar una queja o reclamo ante la Oficina de Derechos Civiles (OCR)

Title IX

If you believe your student has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, in its educational programs and activities, or harassed in a manner that is creating a hostile environment for your student, you are directed to Policy 4120, paragraphs 1.5A through 1.5G which outlines procedures for filing a Title IX complaint. 

The Title IX Coordinators for Weber School District are the Supervisors of Elementary Education and of Secondary Education.  Their contact information is below:

  • Elementary: Dave Hales
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  • Secondary: Clyde Moore
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Section 504

If you believe your student has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability, you are directed to Policy 4120, paragraphs 2.7A through 2.7G, which outlines the procedures for filing a Section 504 complaint. The Section 504 Coordinator for Weber School District is Karen Miller, in Equity, Justice & Inclusion Department.  Ms. Miller can be reached at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:47

Title IX of the Education Amendment

The Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Schools may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. All districts and charter schools must have a designated Title IX coordinator with their contact information prominently posted in visible areas of the schools, including handbooks, and on the school's website to ensure protections to students who are being discriminated based on their sex.

If you believe your student has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, in its educational programs and activities, or harassed in a manner that is creating a hostile environment for your student, you are directed to Policy 4120, paragraphs 1.5A through 1.5G which outlines procedures for filing a Title IX complaint. 

The Title IX Coordinators for Weber School District are the Supervisors of Elementary Education and of Secondary Education.  Their contact information is below:

Elementary: Dave Hales          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secondary: Clyde Moore         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Resources

Title IX Resource Guide

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:47

Bullying Investigation

We take reports of bullying and/or harassment very seriously.  In an effort to be as responsive as possible we have created a centralized reporting form.  This system ensures a consistent, immediate response and allows for collection of data to further inform our decision making.

While an immediate response is important, our focus is on preventing these incidents and their impact on our students.  We are here to offer answers, support and guidance in dealing with concerns of bullying and harassment in our schools.

Reporting Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment:

Complaint Form
Response Form
Witness Statement Form
Investigation Report

 

Board Policy regarding bullying:

WSD 5201 Bullying Policy [ENGLISH]
WSD 5201 Bullying Policy / Politica de Intimación Acoso Escolar [SPANISH]

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 13:47

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: No person in the Unites States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Protections include providing equity in educational opportunities for minority students as well as for students who have limited proficiency in English.

If you believe your student has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sexual orientation, in its educational programs and activities, or harassed in a manner that is creating a hostile environment for your student, you are directed to Policy 4120, paragraphs 1.5A through 1.5G which outlines procedures for filing a Title VI complaint

 

Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:51

WeberTube

WeberTube Discontinued

Hello Weber School District Parents, Teachers, and Staff,

On September 12th, 2019, the server that housed WeberTube has been discontinued. We realize that for several years some of our teachers have used WeberTube as a way to upload and share video content with parents and/or students. However, the server that we have used to house these videos these many years has reached end of life. For this reason we have opted to discontinue the server and, by extension, WeberTube.

Thank you, wonderful WSD parents, teachers, and staff, for all you do.

Please check with your teacher to find the classroom tool they are using.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 10:09

Student Data Collection Notice

Necessary Student Data

Necessary student data means data required by state statute or federal law to conduct the regular activities of the school.

  • Student Name, Date of birth, and Sex
  • Parent and student contact information and Custodial parent information
  • A student identification number (including the student’s school ID number and the state-assigned student identifier, or SSID)
  • Local, state, and national assessment results or an exception from taking a local, state, or national assessment (click here for more information on assessments)
  • Courses taken and completed, credits earned, and other transcript information
  • Course grades and grade point average
  • Grade level and expected graduation date or graduation cohort
  • Degree, diploma, credential attainment, and other school information
  • Attendance and mobility
  • Drop-out data
  • Immunization record or an exception from an immunization record
  • Race, Ethnicity, or Tribal affiliation
  • Remediation efforts
  • An exception from a vision screening required under Section 53G-9-404 or information collected from a vision screening described in Utah Code Section 53G-9-404
  • Information related to the Utah Registry of Autism and Development Disabilities (URADD), described in Utah Code Section 26-7-4
  • Student injury information
  • A disciplinary record created and maintained as described in Utah Code Section 53E-9-306
  • Juvenile delinquency records
  • English language learner status
  • Child find and special education evaluation data related to initiation of an IEP

Optional Student Data

We may only collect optional student data with written consent from the student’s parent or from a student who has turned 18.

  • Information related to an IEP or needed to provide special needs services
  • Biometric information used to identify the student
  • Information required for a student to participate in an optional federal or state program (e.g., information related to applying for free or reduced lunch)

Certain sensitive information on students collected via a psychological or psychiatric examination, test, or treatment, or any survey, analysis, or evaluation will only be collected with parental consent. You will receive a separate consent form in these cases. See our Protection of Pupil Rights Act (PPRA) notice for more information.

Prohibited Collections

We will not collect a student’s social security number or criminal record, except as required by Utah Code Section 78A-6-112(3).

Data Sharing

We will only share student data in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which generally requires written parental consent before sharing student data. FERPA includes several exceptions to this rule, where we may share student data without parental consent. For more information on third parties receiving student information from us, see our Metadata Dictionary.

Student data will be shared with the Utah State Board of Education via the Utah Transcript and Records Exchange (UTREx). For more information about UTREx and how it is used, please visit the Utah State Board of Education’s Information Technology website.

Benefits, Risks, and Parent Choices

The collection, use, and sharing of student data has both benefits and risks. Parents and students should learn about these benefits and risks and make choices regarding student data accordingly. Parents are given the following choices regarding student data:

  • Choice to request to review education records of their children and request an explanation or interpretation of the records (see our annual FERPA notice for more information)
  • Choice to contest the accuracy of certain records (see our annual FERPA notice for more information), potentially leading to the correction, expungement, or deletion of the record
  • Choice to opt into certain data collections (see the section above on optional data collections)
  • Choice to opt out of certain data exchanges
    • Information that has been classified as directory information (see our directory information notice for more information)
    • Parents of students with an IEP may have their information shared with the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD). If included in this data exchange, parents will receive a separate notice within 30 days of the exchange, informing them of their right to opt out, per Utah Code Section 53E-9-308(6)(b)
  • Choice to file a complaint if you believe the school or its agents are violating your rights under FERPA or Utah’s Student Data Protection Act. If you have a complaint or concern, we recommend starting locally and then escalating to the state and US Department of Education

Your local school district or charter school

Report your concern with the WSD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Utah State Board of Education

Report your concern with the USBE hotline

The US Department of Education

Report your concern here

Storage and Security

In accordance with Board Rule R277-487-3(14), we have adopted a cybersecurity framework called the CIS Controls.  

[Note:  Per 34 C.F.R. § 99.37(d), a school or school district may adopt a limited directory information policy.  If a school or school district does so, the directory information notice to parents and eligible students must specify the parties who may receive directory information and/or the purposes for which directory information may be disclosed.]

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Weber School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, Weber School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the Weber School District to the contrary in accordance with Weber School District procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Weber School District to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

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 manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – 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.  [Note:  These laws are Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and 10 U.S.C. § 503(c).] 

If you do not want Weber School District to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the Weber School District in writing by September 15th.  Weber School District has designated the following information as directory information: 

  • Student's name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user
  • A student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student ID badge, but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.
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