School Attendance Matters to All:
The holiday and ski season is upon us, and I wish you all a safe and joyful time with family and friends. Our schools observe excessive absences during this time of year. When making travel plans, please ensure that arrangements do not conflict with school time. When students miss school, they are not present for instruction and key concepts that teachers may not be able to recreate. Absences form gaps in learning for those who miss school, and also negatively impact the students who are in attendance. When several students are absent, teachers often alter their instructional plans, and even reschedule assessments or other activities. Therefore the impact of several students being absent disadvantages the entire class.
From the Boardroom:
To further emphasize RUSD's commitment to providing a safe, inclusive and nurturing learning environment for all students, the Board of Trustees unanimously passed the following resolution in support of immigrant students last night.
WHEREAS, the Reed Union School District Board of Trustees believes that the physical safety and the emotional well-being of all children, and ensuring that our schools are safe and welcoming for all students and their families, are paramount to students being able to achieve, and does not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Reed Union School District staff shall not ask about a student's immigration status or that of the student's family members, and pursuant to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) shall not disclose without parental consent or as otherwise required by law, the immigration status of any student or any other personal information; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Reed Union School District Superintendent will ensure the annual review of FERPA with all RUSD teachers and school office employees.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Reed Union School District Board of Trustees at a regular meeting held on the 14th day of November, 2017.
As promised in my last Headline News update, here are the RUSD Safety Committee's newly established safety goals for 2017-18. The Safety Committee is comprised of administrators, staff, parents and law enforcement. We look forward to sharing our 2017-18 progress and accomplishments with you next fall.
1. Safe School Environments
1.1 Bully Prevention and Intervention
1.2 Diversity and Inclusion
1.3 Great Kindness Challenge
2. Campus Safety and Security
2.1 Fences and Gates (continue working on appropriate locations)
2.2 Consistent School sign-in procedures at each campus
2.3 Consistent discipline practices and terminology
2.4 Password protected site for parents to access student information
2.5 Structured parent communication for emergency preparations