TJES Student Handbook

NOTE: This handbook is for the 2008 - 2009 school year.

A new handbook will soon be available on line.  


Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Theodore Jamerson Elementary School (TJES). This handbook contains our school's policies and procedures. Please read this handbook carefully so that you will be familiar with how our school operates.

TJES Staff is dedicated to providing students with the best education possible. We take this responsibility seriously and depend upon student and parent support in helping us achieve this goal.

We are looking forward to a successful school year and would like to invite you to become actively involved in our school's activities. You can contact TJES at the following address and telephone number:

Theodore Jamerson Elementary School Monday - Friday 8:25 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
Phone (701) 255-3285 ext. 1304 or 1305 Fax (701) 530-0601



Grade Breakfast Morning Recess Recess Lunch

7:45 - 8:10


8:00 - 8:15


10:45 11:10
1st and 2nd

7:45 - 8:10


8:00 - 8:15


10:50 11:15
3rd and 4th

7:45 - 8:10


8:00 - 8:15


10:55 11:20
5th and 6th

7:45 - 8:10


8:00 - 8:15


  10:50 - 11:20
7th and 8th

7:45 - 8:10


8:00 - 8:15


  10:45 - 11:15

School Ends at 3:15

On behalf of the TJES staff I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit your child/children's classroom(s) at TJES anytime you like. To ensure the safety of all please check in at the office before visiting classrooms. The office also has schedules of specific daily classes.

We hope you will find this handbook helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at the above number.


F. Sam Azure, Principal

Mission Statement
Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, in partnership with parents, families, and community, is committed to nurture and enhance each student's high academic, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural development.

Vision Statement
Theodore Jamerson Elementary School envisions the following: All students come to school healthy and ready to learn All students perform at their highest academic level All students successfully complete our curriculum in preparation for their continuing education All students develop the skills and abilities necessary to become economically and socially responsible A safe alcohol/drug-free school environment A staff that participates in continuing professional development All academic and support systems consolidate to meet individual needs All parents, staff, and community work in partnership toward the educational success of the students All people treat each other with dignity and respect.

School Philosophy
We at Theodore Jamerson Elementary believe that: Each student is an individual with unique talents and skills. Each student is encouraged to develop a positive attitude toward self and learning. Each student is given the opportunity for awareness of different cultures. Each student will deliver quality performance and experience success. Each student is encouraged to continue life-long learning.

Contact Information:

**  If you need to contact you child, please DO NOT directly dial classrooms  **
** Call 1304 and  Personell will deliver messages  **



Phone: 701-255-3285 x
F. Sam Azure
Renee Connell
Office Secretary
Jana Jablonski
Parent Liaison
Mary Meyer
Lezlie Kalberer
Grade 1 & 2 Teacher
Margo Krabbenhoft
Grade 1 Teacher
Laura hoerner
Grade 2 Teacher
Linda Moericke
Grade 3 Teacher
Theresa Olson
Grade 4 Teacher
Tami Georgeson
Grade 5 Teacher
Jamie Higlin
Grade 6 Teacher
Natalie Deplazes
Grade 7 Teacher
Vicki Stevens
Grade 8 Teacher
Carol Melby
Gail Spilovoy
Resource Room
Bredna Jechort
Resource Room
Glenna Mueller
Reading/Math Center
Brenda Rhone
Reading/Math Center
Cyndee McLeoud
FACE 1542
Carissa Wilkinson
Tom Red Bird
Lakota instructor
Mark Anderson
Technology / G&T
Darcie Blue Earth
Social Worker
Mari Ferguson
Juanita Maxon
Para Professional
Misty Miller
21st Century
Sarah Klipfel
True Clow
Homer Cook
Pat L
Theressa Schuchard
Special Services
Kelly Schwehr
Special Services
Ron Melby
Jodene Uses Many
Para Professional

Children attending TJES must have:
• Official Birth Certificate
• Copy Of Social Security Card
• Degree Of Indian Blood
• Proof of Immunization against communicable diseases as required by the North Dakota Department of Health.

The registration packet must be filled out completely and turned into the school the day of enrollment. Parents enrolling children who previously attended TJES must fill out new forms and update any information necessary. TJES requires accurate emergency information for each child on the student's registration card. It is recommended you designate someone (preferably local) as a contact in case an emergency arises and we cannot reach you.

The teachers at each grade level have supply lists that will be given to students when they enroll. The supply lists are also available at most discount stores. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING WITH A PERMANENT MARKER!

Visitors are always welcome at TJES. Call the office or stop in and let us know your plans. At times students and teachers are on field trips or in a testing situation so checking ahead would help with scheduling a good time to visit. TJES does require all visitors to stop in the office before visiting a classroom. This is for the safety of our students.

Instruction time is very important. Messages will be taken at the office and delivered to your child

Parents will be informed at regular intervals about their children's achievement in school. In addition to these report cards, parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled to discuss the student's progress. Grading scales are available from each classroom teacher. The teachers will confer with parents whenever necessary to constructively discuss the child's rate of progress in school and other matters of mutual concern. Parents are encouraged to inquire about progress or concerns at anytime during the school year.

TJES has a full range of services which include but are not limited to: School wide Title I, Learning Disabilities, Speech Language, Tutoring, Special Education Services for all disabilities, Counseling, Social Work, Bi-Lingual, 21st Century, Gifted and Talented, Mentoring and Transition.
Medical Service is the responsibility of the parent.

Parents of transfer students will be asked to sign a "Release of Records" form which will facilitate the arrival of records from the student's former school. Please provide the former school name, address and phone number.

The permanent record is kept in the school office and may include: basic information about students, parents' names, address, birth date and place, degree of Indian Blood, Tribal enrollment, gender, grades, grade level achieved, attendance, accident and health records, portfolios and other information that the school feels should be included. You may review your child’s record at any time by contacting the school office. Copies of court ordered documentation concerning the student which may include but is not limited to court ordered custody, divorce decree, court ordered placement, custody and voluntary placement must be on file at TJES.

Special education records are kept in a locked fireproof file in the special education office and may include:
• Family background information
• Intelligence test scores, both group and individual
• Aptitude test scores
• IEP’s
• Reports of psychological evaluations including intelligence, personality, and academic information obtained by test administration, observation or interviews
• Achievement level results
• Participation in extracurricular activities such as offices held, awards, and honors.
• Teacher anecdotal records
• Disciplinary information
• Special education files, including the record of the multidisciplinary staffing on which placement or non-placement was based, and all records relating to special education hearings and appeals
• Verified reports or information from non-educational persons, agencies or organizations

Parents, authorized representatives, and students have the right to:
• Inspect and copy permanent and special education records
• Control access and release of school student records and/or request a copy of information released
• Be notified of persons, agencies, or organizations having access to student records without parent consent documented by a sign in sheet

Notice is hereby given that access is afforded on a need basis to:
• Teacher of child
• Principal/Designee
• Office Staff
• Other service providers employed by the school

The school provides supervision from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. on the playground. Those arriving before 8:00 a.m. are not supervised on the playground. However, breakfast is served from 7:45- 8:15 a.m. and supervision is provided at the cafeteria at these times. Students must leave the cafeteria by 8:20 a.m. and arrive in their classrooms no later than 8:25 a.m.  Students are allowed in their classrooms at 8:20 a.m. Students are counted tardy after 8:25 a.m . Attendance will be taken in the morning and afternoon. School is dismissed at 3:15 p.m.. Students should go home immediately after school unless they are participating in an after-school supervised activity. No supervision is provided after school hours (3:15 p.m.) on the playground. Once students arrive at school, they may not leave without being signed out by his/her parent or with permission from the classroom teacher.

Students are encouraged to participate in the following after school activities:
• Parents will be notified at the beginning of each month of a list of activities being offered. Schedules, places the activities meet and guidelines to be followed will be included. Parents must sign and return the permission slip before a child is allowed to participate. In the case of inclement weather or other staff obligations, the activities may be cancelled.
• To participate in after-school or 21st Century activities, students must attend a full-day of school, with no behavior or tardy issues..

At TJES we focus on respect for self and others. As a matter of respect and in order to maintain the safety and well being of the students at TJES, to prevent the development and activities of gangs within the school, and to ensure a safe, drug free, effective educational environment in our school, the following Dress Code rules and procedures have been adopted.

Students are asked to wear clothing that reflects self-respect and self-discipline. Students are not allowed to wear a.) any apparel, including jewelry, which displays drugs, vulgar, offensive or profane words, symbols or sayings; b) clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs or any other things which denote affiliation or membership, either knowingly or unknowingly, with any gang or cult.

No hats, bandanas or hoods shall be worn during school hours. Head phones are not allowed in school. Shoes must be worn at all times. Items of clothing and makeup which the principal deems inappropriate will be addressed on an individual basis. No Heeleys.

The enforcement of the Dress Code shall be as follows: a) the student may be sent home to change clothing, or if that is not possible, the principal will determine where and under what conditions the student will remain in school; b) repeated offenses will require a parent conference.

Staff is not responsible for articles of student apparel or personal belongings that are lost, stolen, or damaged. Toys, money, cards, cell phones and electronic games are not permitted.

Do to safety reasons, inappropriate jewelry and other accessories will not be allowed.

Students displaying hickeys must cover these areas while in school. If a student arrives at school with visible hickeys, the parents will be notified and the students will be instructed to return home and put on attire (clothing) that will cover the hickeys and then will be permitted to return to school. If the hickeys are in a location that cannot be covered with attire (clothing) or if they refuse to cover the hickeys, they will be placed in the reteaching room until the hickeys are no longer visible.

TJES expects your child to be in attendance everyday. School begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:15 for ALL grades.

PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR NOTIFYING THE SCHOOL WHEN AND IF YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN ARE ABSENT by calling 701-255-3285 Ext. 1304/1305, Otherwise school personnel will contact you.

TJES takes pride in continuing to improve our average daily attendance. TJES has attendance recognition procedures in place.

When students miss five days of school, a letter will be sent home. If absences continue to occur after 10 days, the family will meet with the principle, social worker and a UTTC staff member. If a student accumulates 15 or more days, Burleigh County or Morton County Social Services will be notified, you will also meet with the TJES Stay in School Committee. Regular and faithful attendance is a required if you want your child/children to be successful in school life. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency.

The parent must sign out the student in the school office if they leave for any reason.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten students missing more than twenty days will return to Preschool for the rest the academic year. We so have a successful curriculum for kindergarten students.

Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, along with Burleigh County Social Services, Burleigh County Sheriff, Police Youth Bureau, UTTC Security, UTTC Counselor, TJES School Board Member have began a campus/community effort to impact school attendance through preventive and early intervention services to students and families in order to create a positive experience between home, school and Campus/Community services.

The TJES Stay in School project has uniform procedure that will assist students and families to be in school on a regular basis. The School TEAM has the Discretion of By-Passing Phase II if the Situation Warrants.

The Procedure is as Follows:
Phase I: After five (5) tardies or five (5) missed days from school, a form letter is mailed to the students home informing the parents of the student’s missed days.

Phase II: After ten (10) tardies or ten (10) missed days of school, the parent(s) meet with the School Principle, Mr. Azure, the School Social Worker, Ms Blue Earth and a UTTC staff member. A completion of release of information may be completed at this meeting.

Phase III: After fifteen (15) tardies or fifteen (15) missed days from school, the parent(s) and students are referred to the “TJES Stay In School Team: which is a team composed of representatives from Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, Burleigh County Social Services, Burleigh County Sheriff Department, Police Youth Bureau, UTTC Security, a TJES School Board Member and UTTC Counselor.

Your child needs to report to the elementary office when arriving after 8:30 a.m.

Tardy: Students must be here by 8:30 AM to avoid being tardy. If your child/children is absent or tardy they will NOT be permitted to participate in any after-school activites scheduled that day.
Anytime your child/children is/are tardy they will have to serve a day of after school detention. Each child is allowed 3 tardies before they will be required to serve detention time. If your child/children has a doctor or dental appointment that causes them to be tardy to school they are REQUIRED to have a doctor excuse to be excused form serving detention time.

Student Health is available to see your child (if you are a UTTC student) and help determine if they should attend school or stay home. If your child is suspected of having a communicable disease, we ask that you keep your child home until they are no longer contagious. Parents/guardians should notify the school office or student health when these types of diseases are discovered.

Breakfast/Lunch is provided free of charge at the school cafeteria with supervision by TJES staff. Students must follow designated route to and from the cafeteria.
All students are required to take what is offered. Milk is required unless a doctor’s excuse is provided. Appropriate social skills are expected in the cafeteria. Please notify the office of special nutritional concerns. Students may not purchase beverages from the pop machine in the cafeteria during school hours.

Candy, gum, sunflower seeds, etc., will not be allowed in the school or cafeteria except by special permission of student’s teacher.

TJES takes pride in continuing to improve student’s academic success. Parent support and involvement is necessary for students to do well in school. We welcome your participation in the school and as a support to your child by providing a learning environment at home.

All students will be taught social skills at TJES. These procedures are followed in all areas of the school by all students and staff. A training session for parents is provided each year so social skills can be taught and reinforced at home.

Students are expected to come to class with materials, supplies and completed homework. Assignments are expected to be completed on time. Late assignments may result in a reduction in grade. Students may be required to complete unfinished work after school. Makeup work must be completed on a 1 day missed, 2 days makeup, or at teacher’s discretion.

Any students receiving an incomplete on their report card must satisfy all the requirements assigned by the teacher within 15 school days.

Homework assigned by the classroom teacher is expected to be completed and turned in on time. Teachers may require students to finish work after school. Students may use the Homework Center when available.

TJES has several phones for school use. Students may use the phones for emergencies with permission from the staff person in that area. Students are encouraged to plan ahead for after school activities. Overuse may result in permission being denied.

Student cell phone use is prohibited during school hours.

Students are required to wear non marking gym shoes to class. If a student can not participate in gym, a note from a physician is required.

Student discipline relies on the cooperative effort of students, staff, and parents. Each classroom has consequences for misbehavior. A copy of rules and guidelines will be sent home by the classroom teachers.

Consequences for inappropriate behavior may include a verbal or written warning. Teachers may work out a specific behavior plan with the student and his/her parent(s). Such plans would be aimed at correcting specific student behaviors. Consequences may include exclusion from extra-curricular activities.

Depending on the severity of the infraction, detention, reteaching room or suspension may be necessary. A parent will be contacted if a student commits an offense warranting in-school isolation, suspension, or recommendation for expulsion.

The playground is a fun place. TJES students are taught social skills for all situations. These skills are expected to be used on the playground. Playground safety is the main concern. The following rules are to ensure everyone's safety. Please review these rules with your child so they can participate on the playground in a fun and safe manner.

Students are expected to:
• respect each other
• not leave the playground without permission
• attend recess unless written documentation is provided by a physician
• use play equipment appropriately
• follow instructions of playground supervisors

Activities not allowed include, but are not limited to:
• fake fighting/fighting or tackle games
• throwing snowballs or other inappropriate items
• skateboarding, roller blading
• using aluminum/wooden bats or hardballs

Consequence: Any student who violates the playground rules will be asked to stand in a time out area after the first warning. If the problem continues or if they are thought to cause harm to others the student will report to the office. Parents will be called if the problem continues to exist. An incident report will be filled out to address the area of concern. A copy will be given to the principal, classroom teacher and TJES office.

Discriminatory Harassment Defined

TJES provides students an environment free of any form of harassment. It is the policy of TJES that all students have a right to learn in a safe, physical and emotional environment free from any type of harassment, intimidation, or victimization. TJES maintains a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment conducive to learning. Harassment is strictly prohibited.

Harassment Defined:
Harassment occurs when intentionally cruel incidents (hostility and/or aggression) are deliberately directed towards a person(s.) A person is being harassed when he or she is exposed to negative actions on the part of one or more persons. Harassment also occurs when actions of one or more persons create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for an individual or small group of individuals.

Harassment encompasses a wide range of hurtful behaviors:

Physical: action oriented harm to another person's body or property such as pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, unwanted physical contact, and any other forms of violence.

Verbal: using words to hurt or humiliate another person such as name calling, hurtful sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumors, taunting, and any other verbal threats.

Intimidation: arousing fear in an individual by emotional tormenting, gestures, ridicule, put-downs, exclusion from a group, humiliation and any other frightening behaviors. Intimidating by virtue of the display of gang colors, gang paraphernalia, gang signing, gang gestures, and other gang related actions is also prohibited.

First incident parents will be notified

Bullying: deliberate hostility, intentional cruelty, or aggression towards a victim that is weaker and less powerful than the bully with an outcome that is painful, distressing, or intimidating for the victim. Bullying can take the form of physically injurious actions as well as verbal forms of harassment. With bullying there is always a power imbalance which makes the ill treatment of a victim possible.

Racial, Cultural, and Sexual: see policies JCED (Sexual harassment) and JCEE (Discriminatory Harassment)

Sexual: unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior. Sexual harassment may result from someone’s words, gestures, or actions (of a sexual nature) that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, offended, demeaned, frightened, helpless or threatened. The target of sexual harassment and the harasser do not have to agree about what is happening; sexual harassment is defined by the girl/boy targeted.

Complaints: Any student who believes he or she has been the victim of prohibited harassment should make a prompt, oral or written complaint to the teacher, supervisor, building administrator or designee.

TJES encourages informal, deliberate, and prompt resolution of concerns about harassment. If the complaint is not resolved informally, the facts surrounding the incident(s) should be submitted to the principal in writing and signed by the complaining student or his/her parent or guardian. Complaints of harassment shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated by appropriate personnel. Corrective action for harassment will be taken.

Penalties for Harassment: The school administration will determine appropriate consequences for violating this policy. Consequences may include any or all of the following:
• Referral to SAT Team

Administering approved disciplinary practices and procedures at the building level
• Notifying the principal or other designee
• Notifying law enforcement officials

Prosecution under state laws such as 1 5-49-08 (Penalty for willful disturbance of school)
• Suspension from school
• Recommendation for expulsion
• A written incident report will be filed.

TJES does not allow violent behaviors. Violent behaviors are considered but not limited to assault, disorderly conduct, larceny/theft, robbery, sexual offenses, terroristic threat, threats/intimidation, trespassing/loitering, truancy, vandalism/property damage, homicide and kidnapping.
A written incident report will be filed.

TJES does not tolerate weapons possession. Possession is defined as using, attempting to use, displaying, carrying, attempting to sell, or selling a weapon. A weapon is defined as anything that can cause bodily harm, including but not limited to knives, lasers, razors, clubs, metal chains or knuckles, explosives, nunchakas, guns and any object used as a weapon. Copies of weapons including guns, starter pistols, and other look-alikes are to be considered as weapons for the purpose of this policy.

The gun-free schools act of 1997 dictates mandatory expulsion of 1 year for possessing a firearm on campus.

A student will be suspended immediately in accord with Administrative Rule JDD/JDE-R if the building administrator or designee determines:

A student who is defined as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act may be placed in an alternative educational setting for up to 45 calendar days, during which time a determination will be made as to whether bringing a weapon as defined by IDEA Regulation 300.520(d)(3) to school was a manifestation of the students disability.

Smoking by TJES students is strictly prohibited. The first reported smoking incident will result in the student’s parent(s) being notified. The second incident will result in the notification of the parents and Bismarck Police Youth Bureau. North Dakota state law strictly prohibits underaged students from smoking.

TJES follows a strict policy towards alcohol and other illegal drugs. Students may not possess, consume, or be under the influence of drugs. Drugs may include but are not limited to tobacco, inhalant use, alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine and other illegal drugs. This also includes abuse of over the counter medications or medications prescribed by a medical doctor.

• Staff member immediately reports student to the principal
• Principal calls parents/guardian and notifies Burleigh County Sheriff (misdemeanor offense)

Student is suspended from all extracurricular activities as determined by the rules of the North Dakota High School Activities Association

First Offense:
• suspension for the remainder of the day (in-school or out of school)
• student with their parent complete assigned drug education activity
• if assigned activity is not completed within 3 school days, then the student
will be suspended for one additional day in parent’s custody

Repeat Offense:
• one day suspension in parent custody
• attend appropriate chemical health class
• chemical evaluation by an appropriate community agency at no cost to school

A written incident report will be filed.

If there is reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs
• Staff member immediately reports student to the principal.
• Principal and reporting staff and/or counselor confer with the student as soon as possible
• If it is determined the student is under the influence, see above policy.

If the nature of the problem cannot be determined, parent is contacted and conference scheduled which will include the principal and appropriate staff to review and gather information.
• A written incident report will be filed.

Intimidation by virtue of the display of gang colors, gang paraphernalia, gang signing, gang gestures, and other gang related actions is prohibited. Gangs and gang colors (as interpreted by TJES) will not be allowed:
• gang related items will be confiscated
• a written incident report will be filed

The Police Youth Bureau (PYB) may be called by school or parents for services when there are serious behavioral concerns.

The Burleigh County Sheriff will be called when there is a serious concern that a child is or may be violating the law (illegal use or possession of drugs, disorderly conduct or serious threats etc.).
A written incident report will be filed.

Burleigh County Social Services will be called when there is suspected abuse or neglect as defined by state law. TJES makes referrals for educational neglect. Educational neglect is defined as excessive absences from school which inhibits student learning.

TJES maintains documentation on but not limited to
• violence (including but not limited to gang related incidents)
• safety
• substance abuse
• inappropriate behaviors
• video
• bullying

The use of the network is a privilege, not a right. Violations can result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Violating copyright laws
• Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
• Illegal or inappropriate use of data in folders or work files
• Any school related material appearing on the network without administrative approval
• Using another’s ID/password
• Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
• Vandalism of computers, software, or networks which includes uploading, creating, or transmitting computer viruses as well as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy equipment and/or data
• Employing the network for commercial purposes

Students that ride the UTTC van/bus must obey the policies set forth by the TJES Board and directions from the driver and rider. Riding the van/bus is a privilege not a right. TJES van/bus drivers and rider are responsible for the safety of the students on the van/bus while entering, riding, and departing the vehicle. The driver and rider will notify the principal, transportation supervisor, and parents if a student is not following the bus policy.

Waiting for and Loading the Bus - Grades 3-8th
• allow bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus
• no pushing or running to the bus
• passengers must wait for a signal from bus driver before crossing street
• depart only at designated stops

Bus Rules
• passengers must fully comply with TJES social skills
• wear a seatbelt when available
• remain seated at all times
• keep head, hands, arms, and legs in the vehicle at all times
• never throw objects from the vehicle
• never shout to pedestrians or occupants in other vehicles
• no loud or boisterous behavior
• never touch emergency exit equipment except in an emergency
• wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up to leave the bus
• a video camera may record activity

Bus Route
• TJES provides transportation to students that live near the designated bus stops
• bus stops are determined on a yearly basis
• passengers are picked up and returned only at bus stops-- no exceptions
• bus times are set-- be there on time or you will be left
• bus times may change depending on weather and road conditions

Late Bus Pass
• students need a pass before riding the late bus
• prior arrangements must be made

Parent Responsibility
• get their child to the bus stop on time
• safety of child from bus stop to home
• teach child appropriate bus behavior
• liable or damages if child defaces vehicle in any way

Bus Infractions include but are not limited to:
Pushing, Littering, Shouting, Insubordination, Assault, Vandalism, Promiscuous Behavior, Harassment of a Student, Fighting, Tripping, Weapon, Profane Language Threatening Other Students, or driver and rider, possession of Tobacco, Alcohol or other drugs.

Failure to abide by the stated rules and policies may result in the loss of your bus privileges.

1st Offense: Written report to the principal, transportation supervisor, and parents. Bus privileges may be suspended up to 3 days.

2nd Offense: May result in a suspension of bus privileges for up to 5 additional days.

3rd Offense: May result in a suspension of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year. Parents have the right to appeal the consequences to the Theodore Jamerson School Board.

TJES has written policies concerning, Grievance Procedures, HIV, Library, Technology, Parent Involvement and Computer Check-out. Please contact the school for additional information or if you have any questions.

Parent Procedural Safeguards Overview

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 (PL. 105-17) includes Procedural Safeguards to protect the rights of you and your child with a disability, as well as give families and schools a way to solve disagreements. Section 601(a)(1)(A)(B)

• You have the right to receive prior written notice on matters regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child, or the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Sec. 615(b)(3)

• You have the right to obtain an independent education evaluation of your child. sec. 615(b)(1)

• You have the right to request a due process hearing on the identification, evaluation, educational placement or FAPE, which must be conducted by an impartial hearing officer. You must notify the school and either the BIA Agency/Area Education Office or the Office of Indian Education Programs at (505) 248-7529 when you intend to request a due process hearing. Sec. 615(b)(7) and Sec. 615(f)(1) & 615(g)

• You have the right to give or confuse consent before your child is evaluated, reevaluated or placed in a special education program for the first time. Sec. 614(a)(1) & 615(a)(C)(1) & 614(c)(3)

• You have the right to see and examine all your child’s educational records. Sec. 615(b)(1)

• You may request mediation to resolve disagreements about your child’s education through the BIA voluntary mediation process. Sec. 615(b)(6)

• You have the right to present any complaints on any matter relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of FAPE for your child. Sec. 615(b)(6)

• Your child has the right to remain in his or her current educational placement with specific exceptions unless you and the school agree otherwise, while administrative or judicial proceedings are pending. This is known as the “stay-put” provision. Sec. 615(j) & 602(15)(C)

• You have the right to bring civil action in Federal Court to appeal a final hearing decision. Sec. 615(i)(2)

• You have the right to reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees from a court for actions or proceedings brought under IDEA, if you prevail. Attorney’s fees may be reduced or denied, under certain circumstances. Sec. 615(i)(3)

• You must notify the BIA Agency/Area Education Office when you intend to remove your child from school and place him/her in a private school at BIA expense if FAPE has not been provided. Sec. 612(a)(10)(C)(iii)

• Your child may be removed from his/her current educational placement and placed in an interim alternative educational setting or suspended or expelled from school under certain circumstances. Sec. (615)(k)(1)


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