Annual Notices Newsletter


Please read this entire letter.  It contains information that United Township High School is mandated to pass on to you as a parent of a student in our district.  These mandates are in place for both your protection and ours.  If you have any questions about any of these policies or statutes, please contact the General Office at 752-1633.

Sincerely,

Jay Morrow, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer:

Jay Morrow
Superintendent
United Township High School District #30
1275 Avenue of the Cities
East Moline,  IL  61244

 

Notice to Parents of Right to Request Their Child’s Classroom Teachers’ Qualifications

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February 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 As a parent/guardian of a student at a school receiving funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you have the right to request the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct your child and the paraprofessionals, if any, who assist them.  You may request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers and their paraprofessional assistants: 

  • Whether the teacher has met state certification requirements.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status by which state licensing criteria have been waived.
  • The teacher’s college major.
  • Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
  • Whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact the school office at 309-752-1611

Sincerely,

Jay C. Morrow, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

Sharing of Directory Information

From time to time military recruiters, colleges, local businesses or other interests request information about our student body.  They have the right to do so.  However, we are careful to follow the statute and only release information that has been determined by law to be “directory information” by the state and federal governments.  This includes name address, gender, grade level, birth date and place, parents’ names and addresses; academic awards, degrees, and honors; information in relation to school-sponsored activities, organizations, and athletics; major field of study; and period of attendance in the school.
You may review more information on this item in your students’ planner located under Student Records.  You may call 752-1650 for information about lists we have sent out over the last year.  If you wish to remove your student’s name from any such list, we would need a letter with that request. Please keep in mind that sometimes these lists generate employment and/or scholarship opportunities for our students.

Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The federal No Child Left Behind legislation requires that we keep on file a list of all of our highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals for review by the public.  You may visit our Administrative Center to view our current list. Highly qualified for a teacher means that the teacher is giving instruction in the area for which they are certified.  From time-to-time a district cannot find a teacher certified for a particular class but may find someone working on the certification or already certified in a related area.  The NCLB legislation requires United Township High School to notify you if that is the case for any of your student’s classes.  We send out such letters in the fall of each year.

Media Relations

Several times each year news media, both newspapers and television stations, visit us to do articles related to student activities, school events, and community issues.  As a rule students volunteer to be a part of such news stories.  When filming for television, students sometimes are asked questions for background or opinions even if they are not a part of the story directly.  Other times students become part of the “shot” simply by where they are standing.  Please talk to your student about whether you would ever want them to be a part of such a news story and how you would like them to handle a situation where a classroom or hallway “shot” is being taken.  Let us know if there are special circumstances that may affect your student’s involvement in such articles or if you would like us to do our best to keep them out of such articles.

Legally, there is no expectation of privacy when in the classroom or hallway (and news media have a limited right to access) but we certainly respect and try to control situations where students may be involved in ways they or their parents do not want them to be or their personal privacy may be invaded.

Access to Curricula

It is our policy at United Township High School to have a written curriculum for every class and activity conducted on behalf of your child.  With the curriculum as a guide, the teacher or staff member writes units and lesson plans that align with the goals, objectives of the district, as well as, the Illinois State Standards for learning.

In addition to the classroom your student also participates in activities that are intended to enhance their education, broaden their perspectives, help them mature as young adults and otherwise improve their chances for success in our society.  Examples of these activities include our Developmental Education activities, assemblies, field trips, and various clubs organized around a particular interest.

You have the right to view the curriculum for any class or activity.  In addition to your right, we encourage you to provide input into our curriculum and activities.  Annual goal-setting meetings, our Citizens Advisory Committee, and various programmatic meetings all seek parent and community members.  We need your input in order to continue to effectively meet the needs of all our students.

Contact Numbers for United Township High School

 

Attendance A-K 752-1630    L-Z 752-1665
General Office 752-1633
Guidance 752-1640
Registrar 752-1650
Athletic Office 752-1621
Administrative Center 752-1611
United Township Education Center 752-6810 


Physicals and Immunizations

The Illinois School Code, chapter 122-Section 27-8, requires that all students must have a physical by a physician and show proof of this examination upon admission to ninth grade.  All students must present documented evidence of immunization against each of the following illnesses: at least three diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT), and a booster after the fourth birthday, and every ten years (TD); at least three oral polio vaccines and a booster after the fourth birthday (OPV); and two (2) measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines (MMR).  IF THE NINTH GRADE PHYSICAL FORM IS NOT COMPLETE, AND IF THESE IMMUNIZATIONS ARE NOT UP-TO-DATE, YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR SCHOOL. If you object to this requirement on religious grounds, your child shall not be required to comply, if you present to the principal a statement of objection signed by you.  However, your child will be excluded from school should an outbreak occur.

Medication in School

United Township High School District #30 policy states that medication will only be given at school when a physician states that the medication or treatment must be administered during the school day to allow the student to attend school.  NO MEDICATION WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE NURSE UNLESS THE MEDICATION HAS BEEN ORDERED BY THE PHYSICIAN AND A COPY OF THE PRESCRIPTION IS ON FILE IN THE NURSE’S OFFICE.  NO OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION WILL BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL, INCLUDING SUCH MEDICAT ION AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ASPIRIN, TYLENOL AND MIDOL.

Spraying Pesticides

A law passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1999 requires that school districts maintain a registry of parents and guardians who have requested to receive written notice prior to the application of pesticides on school grounds.

If you are interested in being added to this registry and receiving notification prior to pesticide application on school grounds, please inform Mike Snyder Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, at 752-1620.

Asbestos Information

This is to notify you that United Township High School District No. 30 has submitted its Asbestos Containing Building Materials Management Plan pursuant to the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response act f(AHERA, 40 CFR 763).

Copies of the management plan are available for inspection at the Administrative Office of the school during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and other times through special arrangement.  Appointments are necessary.

Arrangements to review the plan may be made by contacting:
Mike Snyder Supervisor for Buildings/Grounds
United Township High School District No. 30
1275 Avenue of the Cities
East Moline, Il.  61244-4100
Phone: 309 755-1620