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Notice of Nondiscrimination
Independent School District 761 (Owatonna Public Schools) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Director of Human Resources
Owatonna Public Schools
515 West Bridge Street
Owatonna, MN 55060
Telephone No.: 507-444-8602
The school district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and its implementing regulations, not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in its education program or activity extends to admission and employment. The school district is committed to maintaining an education and work environment that is free from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment.
District Title IX Coordinator:
Director of Human Resources
515 West Bridge Street, Owatonna
Staff Trained on Title IX:
Marc Achterkirch, Activities Director
Mallory Herman, Human Resources Generalist
Shari Mensink, Special Education Supervisor
Christina Picha, Director of Human Resources
Employment and Services Criminal History Background Checks
The school district has adopted a policy, the purpose of which is to promote the physical, social, and psychological well-being of its students. Pursuant to this policy, the school district shall seek criminal history background checks for all applicants who receive an offer of employment with the school district. The school district also shall seek criminal history background checks for all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services to the school district, regardless of whether compensation is paid. These positions include, but are not limited to, all athletic coaches, extracurricular academic coaches, assistants, and advisors. The school district may elect to seek criminal history background checks for other volunteers, independent contractors, and student employees.
Under Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.11, school boards are to adopt a long-term, comprehensive strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning. This plan addresses the following five goals:
- All children are ready for school.
- All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
- All students are ready for career and college.
- All students graduate from high school.
- Annual Media Opt-Out
- Directory Information
- Right to Inspect Records
- Opt Out of Recruiter Access
- Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility
- Locker Searches
Owatonna Public Schools are proud to promote the success of our students, staff, and programs. These accomplishments may draw the attention of newspapers, television stations and other media who visit our schools to photograph, film, and identify students and staff during various activities. The District also uses names, images and video clips of students in materials such as newsletters, website content and posting to social media platforms.
To restrict the District and those acting under its permission the ability to feature your student, please use this Media Opt-Out Form. If the District does not receive this form, your student will be included in materials for public promotion. A separate signature form is required for each child in school. Please sign and return this form to your child's school. Should you choose to opt-out, a new form will have to be completed each school year.
"Directory information" relating to a student shall be public information, which the school district may disclose from the education records of a student. In order to make any or all of the directory information "private," the parent or eligible student must make a written request to the building principal by October 1. The written request must include the name of the student and parent, as appropriate; home address; school presently attended by student; parent's legal relation to student, if applicable; specific category or categories of directory information, which is not to be made public without the parent's or eligible student's prior written consent.
"Directory information" includes the following information relating to a student: the student's name, photograph, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (i.e., full or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, and honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. "Directory information" does not include a student's social security number, a student's identification number (ID) or other unique personal identifier, identifying information on a student's religion, race, color, social position or nationality, or data collected from non-public school students.
For more information, please see Policy 515 (Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records)
Independent School District No. 761 gives notice to parents of students currently in attendance in the District, and eligible students currently in attendance in the District, of their rights regarding pupil records. Parents and eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records; seek amendment of the student's education records to ensure that those records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights; consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law and the regulations promulgated thereunder authorize disclosures without consent.
Copies of the school board policy and accompanying procedures and regulations are available to parents and students upon written request to the Superintendent's office, or on the website.
The school district must release, without parent or student consent, the names, addresses, and home telephone numbers of students enrolled in the 11th and 12th grades to military recruiting officers and post-secondary institutions within 60 days after the date of the request. Data released to military recruiting officers under this provision may be used only for the purpose of providing information to students about military service, state and federal veterans’ education benefits, and other career and educational opportunities provided by the military and cannot be further disseminated to any other person except personnel of the recruiting services of the armed forces. In order to refuse the release of this information, the parent or eligible student must make a written request to the responsible authority, the building principal, by October 1. The written request must include the name of the student and parent, as appropriate; home address; student's grade level; parent's legal relation to student, if applicable; specific category or categories of information, which is not to be released to the public, including military recruiters.
Pursuant to Minnesota statutes, school lockers are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when school officials have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules. As soon as practicable after the search of a student’s personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials.
Click here to read the full policy (502) regarding the search of student lockers, desks, personal possessions and student's person.
PPRA affords parents of elementary and secondary students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include, but are not limited to, the right to:
- Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
- Receive notice and an opportunity to opt out
- Inspect, upon request and before administration or use
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.
Independent School District #761 will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. Independent School District #761 will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. Independent School District #761 will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this direct notification requirement:
- Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing, sales, or other distribution.
- Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
- Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Click here to read the full notice with the list of protected areas.
For more information:
Lori Volz, Director of Finance and Operations
For more information, visit the Owatonna High School's Counseling & Career Center webpage