OFFICIAL NOTICES

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was signed into law by Congress in 1986. AHERA is the statute that mandated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Asbestos in Schools Rule.” That Law requires all school buildings to be inspected in order to identify the presence of any asbestos-containing building materials. Subsequent to these inspections, it is required that an AHERA management plan is written to outline site-specific procedures for controlling potential exposure to asbestos fibers.

In accordance with AHERA, all Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas buildings have been examined for asbestos-containing materials by EPA accredited inspectors. The individual building inspection reports are on file at each school’s administrative office.

It is noted that the inspection of District facilities determined that there is no asbestos-containing material in any District building. The AHERA management plan is on file at the District Service Center.

This report serves as the annual notification for the Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas for the current school year.

Child Find (Annual Public Notice Regarding Developmental Screenings)  

  • The Gardner Edgerton School District provides a free appropriate public education to all exceptional students within school district boundaries. This includes special education and related services provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state laws for all students with exceptionalities (0-21 years of age). Services are provided in each child's neighborhood school when possible.

  • The Gardner Edgerton School District offers developmental screenings for children up to 5 years (who are not kindergarten eligible).  We also coordinate services with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (ITS) and USD 231 Parents as Teachers (PAT) for children birth to 3 years of age. If you live in the Gardner Edgerton district boundaries and have a child from birth to age 5 and have concerns about his or her development, please call the Special Services Office at (913) 856-2080 to set up an appointment for screening.

  • There are other rights, which by federal and state laws are afforded to you and your exceptional child. A copy of these rights may be obtained free of charge by contacting the address or phone number below.  

  • If you have a child you feel may need special education service(s), please contact your child’s building principal or Gardner Edgerton Special Services, 231 E Main, Gardner, KS 66030 — phone (913) 856-2080. 

This report serves as the annual notification for the Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas for the current school year.

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The district shall implement and enforce an internet safety plan meeting the requirements of both the federal and the Kansas Children’s Internet Protection Acts (CIPA). The superintendent or designee shall develop a plan to implement the Children’s Internet Protection Acts. The full policy can be found HERE.

This report serves as the annual notification for the Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas for the current school year.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights concerning educational records, which are kept and maintained by USD 231. In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:

  1. The right to review and inspect your educational records except those specifically exempt. Records will be available within 45 days of the district receiving an access request.

  2. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons with certain limited exceptions. Disclosure of information from your educational records to other persons will occur only if:

    • we have your prior written consent for disclosure;

    • the information is considered "directory information," and you have not objected to the release of such information; or (“For purposes of FERPA, USD 231 has designated certain information as “directory information,” which may be disclosed for any purpose without prior consent The primary purpose of this designation is for district use of the information in school publications, such as newsletters, drama playbills, recognition listings, honors received, graduation programs, sports team rosters and yearbooks, etc. USD 231 considers the following “directory information:” student name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of teams, honors received, the most recent previous school attended, class designation and photographs.”)

    • disclosure without your prior consent is permitted by law. Including:

  3. The district may disclose, without your consent, personally identifiable information to school officials with a legitimate educational interest.

  4. The district shall disclose, without your consent, education records to officials of another school district in which a student seeks to enroll or intends to enroll. (See note below on these points.)

  5. The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe the records are misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of your rights. This right includes requesting a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.

  6. The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD 231 has failed to comply with FERPA's requirements. The address of this office is 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 4074, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

The right to obtain a copy of USD 231 policies for complying with FERPA. A copy may be obtained from The Board of Education Office, 231 E. Madison Street, Gardner, Kansas 66030.

You have the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. If you refuse, you must file a written notification with USD 231 at the Board of Education Office on or before September 1. If a refusal is not filed, USD 231 assumes you have no objection to releasing the designated directory information.

This report serves as the annual notification for the Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas for the current school year.

Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI)

For information concerning USD 231's use of Emergency Safety Interventions, please visit the Emergency Safety Intervention page found HERE.

This report serves as the annual notification for the Unified School District No. 231, Johnson County, State of Kansas for the current school year.

McKinney-Vento Act / Homeless Services

The district, in accordance with state and federal law and the Kansas state plan, will ensure that homeless children in the school district have access to a free and appropriate public education.  Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Students or parents with questions or needs related to homeless services should visit HERE.

For further information regarding educating homeless children and youth, please refer to the Kansas State Department of Education website.

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