School districts are required to provide all residents with various annual notices and specific policies. These items are updated periodically and listed below.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX declares that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”. Title IX is not a “sports law”; it is an “education law”. For any questions concerning Title IX, please contact Dr. Misty Slavic, Title IX Compliance Officer at 412-429-2210 or by emailing email@example.com.
Child Find - Notice of Services for Protected Handicapped StudentsIn compliance with state and federal law, the Chartiers Valley School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities. Click here to view the entire Child Find Annual Notice. For additional information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services provided to protected handicapped students or eligible students, contact Dr. Amy Wodnicki, Director of Student Services at 412-429-2638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent's Right to KnowFederal law allows for parents/guardians to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s). Specifically, individuals have the right to ask for the following information:
- Whether the student’s teacher met state qualifying and licensing criteria for the grade level or subject he/she is teaching;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status;
- The teacher’s college major, the baccalaureate degree, and/or any advanced degrees earned by the teacher;
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
To obtain this information, please submit your request in writing to Sharon Drudy at the address listed below. Each request should include the student’s name, his/her teachers’ names and the school he/she attends. Please be certain to include your name, address and a telephone number at which you can be contacted during the day.
Chartiers Valley School District
Human Resources Department
2030 Swallow Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Highly Qualified Teachers
Federal law requires that all public school teachers in core accadmeic subjects be Highly Qualified.
A highly qualified teacher in Pennsylvania is one who:
- holds full certification;
- has at least a bachelor’s degree;
- has completed a content area major;
- has passed a content area test; and
- has completed teacher education course work.
In 2018-19, 100 percent of the teachers in the Chartiers Valley School District met or exceeded the highly qualified criteria.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Chartiers Valley School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Chartiers Valley School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Chartiers Valley School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
- The annual yearbook;
- Honor roll or other recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
- School directories
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.*
If you do not want Chartiers Valley School District to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by August 28. Chartiers Valley School District has designated the following information as directory information:
- Student's name
- Telephone Listing
- Electronic mail address
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and heigh of members of athletic teams
- Degrees, honors and awards received
- Most recent educational agency or institution attended
*These laws are: Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and 10 U.S.C. 503(c).
Disclosure of Athletic Opportunities
Effective July 1, 2012, PA General Assembly passed Act 82 Article XVI-C, the Disclosure of Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities in secondary schools including grades seven to 12. This will include public schools, joint schools, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and cyber charter schools.
The state Department of Education started to collect data from all educational agencies starting in the 2012-13 school year. All agencies including Chartiers Valley School District are required to post the information online and make the disclosures available to the public.
All non-school (booster clubs, alumni and other non-school) contributions and purchases are included in the yearly disclosure.
2019-2020 High School Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure
2019-2020 Middle School Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure
Spring 2019-20 Keystone Exams Administration In the 2020-21 school year, LEAs may choose to schedule a Keystone Exam make-up opportunity for the entire Spring 2019-20 cohort of students to meet graduation requirements or other purposes. If an LEA chooses not to administer the Keystone Exams for the entire cohort, the LEA must communicate that decision publicly at a meeting of the board of directors or board of trustees and post the decision on the LEA's website.
Per Act 158, all LEAs are required to notify students, parents, and guardians of the LEA's high school graduation requirements and publish such requirements on its website. Importantly, no student who was enrolled in a Keystone trigger course during the spring of the 2019-20 school year may be denied the opportunity to take any Keystone Exam they were scheduled to take during the spring 2020 administration and LEAs should provide information on updated testing and makeup windows available to those students.