Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

August 2019 - CBE News

Great Relationships Produce Great Students

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!!!

We hope this letter finds you soaking in all the enjoyments of summer; from barbecues to sunshine! Once again, the summer days have flown by as we prepare for everyone’s return. We are excited to welcome (back) all the students to CBE and get them ready to have an awesome year! We are thrilled to have an amazing staff, students, and families to continue our strong CBE traditions as well as new initiatives! We know it will be an outstanding year!


We look forward to seeing you on August 19th for Back to School Night and August 22nd for the first day of school. Until then, enjoy your last weeks of summer vacation with your family/friends and all the wonderful things it has to offer!

REGISTRATION

2019-2020 STUDENT REGISTRATION DATES:

Wednesday, August 14 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 15 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.


2019-2020 EL STUDENT REGISTRATION DATE:

Thursday, August 15 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


2019-2020 MAKE UP REGISTRATION DATE:

Monday, August 19 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


IMPORTANT: No schedules will be released without a completed online registration and proof of residency if you have a new address! Once completed, parents and/or students may come on any of the registration dates and times to pick up student schedules, etc. Please note that the doors will be locked outside of these registration times.

ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Fargo Public Schools' registration forms and fee payments are available online for the 2019-20 school year. Log into your PowerSchool account and click on Registration Forms to complete the required forms from the convenience of your home computer. If you have moved, you must verify that your new address is within the Carl Ben Eielson attendance area by providing a copy of your new lease or utilities bill to our registrar, Curt Johnson. Mr. Johnson can be reached by phone at 701-446-1711, fax at 701-446-1998 or emailed at johnscu@fargo.k12.nd.us. For families without internet access, computers will be available to use during registration to complete your online forms and fee payment. We suggest that all parents answer “YES” to the question, “Is the student going to participate in co-curricular activities?” Last year, we found that most students chose to participate, and this will save you time later.


SchoolPay will allow you to make online payments using a debit or credit card for items such as lunch money, yearbook, activity fees, high school activity passes and more–all with no transaction fees! Parents/guardians will access this online platform through PowerSchool. If you have not created a PowerSchool account or connected all of your children to an existing PowerSchool account, please contact the main office at 446-1700 for assistance. For payment questions or assistance after your account has been created, please contact SchoolPay at 1-888-886-9729.


You will be able to pay the following fees:

  • Lunch
  • Activity Fees
  • Activity Pass - South High Season Tickets Purchase your student a High School Season Ticket for $30.00 (for entrance to all FPS high school home sporting events).
  • PTA: Join our CBEMS PTA for $10.00 per adult or $20.00 per family.
  • Yearbook: Purchase a student yearbook for $17.00.
  • Friends of Eielson: Friends of Eielson is the yearly fundraising event for our school. Donations will go directly to your child’s team to fund field trips, team building activities, and a variety of “outside of the classroom” opportunities otherwise unavailable to our students. You will receive a 2019-20 CBE window cling for your donation of $10.00 or more at a later date. Please consider supporting the students at Carl Ben Eielson.


You will be able to pay fees by cash (small bills only) or by check at registration. Computers will also be available for parents who would like to use Visa, Mastercard or Discover to pay online at registration.

NEW STUDENT AND 6TH GRADE informational meetings:

If you are new to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, we invite you to attend one of our Counselor Informational Meetings at any of the times listed below during registration. PLEASE complete your online registration and pay fees prior to the meeting. Once your online registration is complete, you will be given a copy of your schedule to bring to the Counselor Informational Meeting. The meeting will be held in the band room. You will learn about busing, school lunch, PowerSchool, dress code, reading a schedule, attendance expectations, discipline policy, and much more. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Carl Ben Eielson Middle School as well as the perfect time to ask questions that may benefit you and others new to Carl Ben Eielson.


Counseling Informational Meeting times

Wednesday, August 14th: 1:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, August 15th: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Monday, August 19th: 2:00 p.m.

EL (English Learners) Registration Information:

As in past years, our EL population will have a separate registration session complete with interpreters which will be held on Thursday, August 15th from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in our CBEMS Hangar.

FLYING INTO EIELSON 6TH GRADE CAMP

2019-2020 FLYING INTO EIELSON 6TH GRADE CAMP:

Monday, August 19 3:00 - 5:00 p.m


Getting nervous about coming to middle school? Afraid you might not know anyone on your team? Put those fears to rest by attending, “Flying into Eielson” Sixth Grade camp. Students will work with their team to get to know each other and the school through fun activities. Topics included will be:

Lunch: Finding Your Way
Meeting New Kids
Team Work
Bullying
Team Center Etiquette

Sixth graders should arrive at camp between 2:45 – 3:00 p.m., and check in at the front door.


Parents should return at 5:00 p.m. to pick up your student(s) or meet them for Back-to-School night.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Monday, August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

5:15 6th grade team meetings

5:45 7th grade team meetings

6:15 8th grade team meetings


Back-to-School night gives parents a chance to meet and visit with teachers. Our Back-to-School night is an open house format with a team meeting for the purpose of receiving general information about the teams, classes and Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school is Thursday, August 22nd and it is an A day. The doors will open at 7:45 a.m. and breakfast will be available for students.

BUS INFORMATION

Your bus route information can be found online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/transportation . Bus route books will be available at registration for those without internet access. There is no cost for bussing.

DAILY PERIOD SCHEDULE - 6TH GRADE

Period 1 8:40 to 9:27

Period 2 9:31 to 10:15

Period 3 10:19 to 11:03

Period 4 11:07 to 11:51

Period 5 11:55 to 1:01 6th Grade - Lunch

Period 6 1:05 to 1:49 6th Grade - Bruin Time

Period 7 1:53 to 2:37

Period 8 2:41 to 3:25

DAILY PERIOD SCHEDULE - 7TH & 8TH GRADE

Period 1 8:40 to 9:27

Period 2 9:31 to 10:15

Period 3 10:19 to 11:03

Period 4 11:07 to 12:13 7th/8th Grade - Lunch

Period 5 12:17 to 1:01 7th/8th Grade - Bruin Time

Period 6 1:05 to 1:49

Period 7 1:53 to 2:37

Period 8 2:41 to 3:25

ACTIVITIES

Fall starting dates for Activities @ Carl Ben Eielson:

August 19: 8th Grade Football

August 21: 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball

September 3: 6th Grade Cross Country (boys & girls)

September 23: 6th Grade Volleyball


Football will be having a parents and players meeting on August 15th @ 6:00 pm in the North Gym. Practice starts on Monday, August 19th, at 4:00 pm (one-hour practice). Please contact Coach Kyle Christoffersen at 701-446-2069 or christk2@fargo.k12.nd.us if you have additional questions.


7th and 8th grade Volleyball: There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, August 20th at 4:00 pm. 7th graders will meet in the Mustang team center and 8th graders will meet in Mrs. Van Soelen’s classroom (Room 207). The meeting will last 30 minutes.

PRACTICE WILL BEGIN on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st from 4:00 pm-5:15 pm.

Fall starting dates for Activities @ South High:

August 5: 7-12 Girls Golf

August 12: 7-12 Boys Tennis

August 12: 7-12 Cross Country - Boys & Girls

August 19: 7-12 Girls Swimming


The North Dakota High School Activities Association determines starting dates for practice to begin. If you have further questions regarding starting dates, you may call the Carl Ben Eielson Activities Office at 446-1706 or South High Activities office at 446-2006.

Co-Curricular fall meeting dates:

NorthAugust 12 @ 7:00 pm-Theater

DaviesAugust 13 @ 6:00 pm-Theater

South August 15 @ 6:00 pm-Theater

Ben FranklinAugust 19 @ 5:30 pm-Gym 2

Carl Ben Eielson August 20 @ 6:00 pm-Hangar

Discovery August 29 @ 6:00 pm-Auditorium

Sports Physicals

All Athletes in grades 7-12 will need a physical EVERY year. Only physicals that were given ON or AFTER April 15th, 2019, will count for the 2019-2020 school year.

Participation Fees

Middle School activity fees are $30 (7th & 8th graders) unless the athlete is participating at the varsity level at South (high school is $50). These fees must be collected before the student can participate. Carl Ben Eielson Activity fees can be paid online through SchoolPay or turned in to our Main Office.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES


The front doors open daily at 7:45 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

The northwest outside door near the gym will open at 8:00 a.m. Students who use this entry prior to 8:34 a.m. will proceed immediately to the Hangar and will be dismissed from there to go to their Period 1 class.


Each morning at 8:00 a.m. teachers are available in their room for make-up or extra work. Appointments must be made with your individual teacher in advance and you must obtain a pass from the teacher to allow you to their classroom on that morning.




8:40 a.m.

All students must be in their Period 1 class.


3:25 p.m.

End of last Class/Period 8 (Students may remain in the building if they are in a supervised activity.)

FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE - 446-1710


Absences: Parents/guardians are reminded to call the attendance office at 446-1710 to inform us of your child’s absence before 9:00 a.m., the morning of the absence. Feel free to call the attendance number at any time, 24 hours a day, to leave a message. This message should include the student’s name, ID number, grade, the date(s) and reason they will be absent. If no phone contact has been made, the student must present a written excuse, signed by his/her parent to the attendance office when returning to school. Any absence not verified by phone or note will be considered unexcused.


Tardiness/Returning to School: Students coming to school after classes have begun or returning to school after an appointment must stop by attendance for a return slip. They need a signed note or doctor’s note to check in unless we have already received a phone call.


Homework Requests

We encourage students and parents to view the Daily Planner via PowerSchool for homework. Homework may also be requested through the attendance office if a child is absent for more than two days. To make this request, call the attendance office prior to 10:00 a.m. (446-1710). Homework may then be picked up in the main office between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m. that day. After 4:15 you may pick up homework on the counter across from the counseling office. There is a black-tiered filing system labeled with the student name requesting homework for the day.

ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Although we would always hope that our parents feel welcomed in our building, the safety of our students is our top priority. For that reason, Fargo Public Schools has put in place security measures in elementary and middle schools. To access the building while classes are in session, please push the button by the Main Entrance. You will be greeted by office personnel and “buzzed” in. Once inside, please come to the Main Office where we will be happy to address your needs.

E-ALERT DIRECTIONS - PARENTAL COMMUNICATION

Communicating with parents is always our goal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School. This Summer Newsletter is printed and sent to each parent. In an effort to contain costs, subsequent newsletters are posted online only.


Content E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. You will receive an email notification when newsletters, daily announcements or School Board agendas are posted. Click here to sign up and begin the process of setting your subscriptions.


Content E-Alert Directions:


In order to provide the best possible communication between our district and your household, we request that you complete 3 easy steps to sign up and subscribe to E-Alerts for sites and sections that you find relevant.


Click the link above to sign up and begin the process of setting your subscriptions.


Step 1 - Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email Address

Step 2 - Select the areas of Fargo Public Schools that you wish to receive notifications

Step 3 - Click Sign Up at the bottom of the page


You will receive an email that will contain a link to verify your account.


You may unsubscribe at any time by using the Unsubscribe Link at the bottom of the email notification.

NURSE NOTES


Health Information needs to be completed online. Since little of the information on this card may change from year to year, the data is stored and you will simply be doing an update of this information as needed. Please remember that our school nurse needs permission to administer Ibuprofen, Tums, or Tylenol (Acetaminophen). If you wish this to be an option, please indicate this online.


Emergency Care Plan: If your student has a health issue that will require more than standard first aid care, a special form called the “Emergency Care Plan” will need to be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. These forms will be available at registration from the school nurse and are on line as well.


Medication at School: Daily medication, short-term antibiotics, and OTC medications: A “Medication Administration” form must be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. Medications brought to school must be in their original containers.


Self-Administration Medications: If a student needs to carry a medication on them while at school a “Medication Self-Administration” form must be completed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s Health Care Provider. If a student needs an Asthma inhaler, make sure they have their inhaler with them. The “Medication Self-Administration” form should be brought to school as soon as possible.


Medication forms also need to be renewed each school year. The school nurse will be available at registration and all appropriate paperwork can be obtained at that time. If your student will be seeing their physician prior to registration, all required forms are also available on the Carl Ben Eielson website under “Quick links - District Forms – Medication Forms” or at this link below. http://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/Page/446


IMMUNIZATION REMINDER
This is a reminder that every child entering grade 7 is REQUIRED to receive a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and Meningococcal vaccine. To receive optimum disease coverage and ensure school requirements are met prior to entering grade 7, it is recommended your child receive these two vaccinations once they turn 11 years of age. All students in 7th and 8th grade should have one dose of Tdap and Meningococcal recorded on their immunization record before the start of the 2018 -2019 school year. Please bring a copy of the updated immunization record to the school. For questions pertaining to your child's immunization record, please call your child’s healthcare provider or Fargo Cass Public Health at 701-241-1360.

NUTRITION SERVICES

The hot lunch program will be in full operation the first day of school. School meal costs are listed below. If students bring a sack lunch, they may purchase milk for $.35 a carton. Keep in mind that many a la carte items are available at an additional cost.


Grab and Go Breakfast will be available again this year. The program is designed to help improve the number of students eating breakfast each day when they do not have time for a hot breakfast. Students can grab a brown bag breakfast from the concession stand to bring into their first period class. They would eat at that time or at the instructor’s discretion for a later time. The cost is the same as our hot breakfast program.


Online lunch payments can now be made through SchoolPay by credit or debit card without any fees! To access SchoolPay, login to your PowerSchool account and select SchoolPay. For families without internet access, a computer is available in our counseling office for use to submit online payments.


If you should decide that the above systems of payment do not work for you – student lunch account payment envelopes will be available in the main office throughout the school year. Students must fill out the envelope with their name, id number, amount of money being applied to their account and deposit monies into the envelope. The envelope may then be deposited into the Lunch Money Box located on the counter in the main office. Checks should be made payable to Fargo Public Schools.


During the school year, all lunch money must be paid online or by a separate check/cash as all lunch monies are handled through Food Services personnel and not through office personnel. Due to a limited amount of cash on hand in our office and food services department, we cannot make change for large bills. Please make certain that your student either has the correct amount of cash or that your check is made out for the correct amount. We appreciate your understanding regarding this matter.


2019-2020 Nutrition Services New Prices

Secondary Meal Prices

Breakfast $1.55

Lunch $2.70

Reduced Price Breakfast $0.00

Reduced Price Lunch $0.40

Adult Breakfast $2.15

Adult Lunch $3.50


*You may apply online for assistance at: https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ApplicationScreen.aspx

MAIN OFFICE MESSAGES

OFFICE REQUEST

Due to a limited amount of cash on hand in our office and food services department, we cannot make change for large bills. Please make certain that your student either has the correct amount of cash or that your check is made out for the correct amount. All checks should be made payable to Fargo Public Schools.


STUDENT MESSAGES

We encourage you to email your student directly with personal messages. (studentIDnumber@fargoschools.org) It is the school’s policy to give only medical/family emergency messages to students. Most of the calls we receive deal with information that should be dealt with at home before the child leaves for school. Before messages are accepted, questions may be asked to determine whether or not an emergency exists. Messages should be phoned in prior to 2:00 p.m. Student messages are delivered to students at the end of period 7. If you find it necessary to drop off something for your child (instrument, textbook, assignments, lunch money etc.), you may bring these items to the main office.

STUDENT INFORMATION

ASSIGNMENT BOOKS

Each 6th grade student will be issued an assignment book in BRUIN TIME on opening day. They should record daily class assignments in this book. Replacement assignment books will be available in the Main Office at a cost of $5.00 until supplies run out.


BACKPACKS

Students will be allowed to use backpacks to carry books between school and home, but the backpack must be left in the student’s locker during the school day.


CELL PHONES

Students may bring cell phones to school for use before and after school. During the school day – cell phones must remain locked in student lockers. Students who do not follow this procedure will have their phones confiscated and turned in to the office for a parent to pick up. Phones will NOT be released to students for pick up – a parent must retrieve the phone from office personnel or administration.


ID CARDS

Students will receive their ID card within two weeks after student picture days. The card is coded with an identification number for each student. Displaying your ID at all times is not required. Students who purchased a high school season pass will receive a ticket/pass to get into high school sporting events prior to receiving your official ID card. This temporary card will need to be exchanged for your official ID card once they are received. Replacement cost for an ID is $5 in the main office.

This card will be used to pay for student meals/extras, check out books from the library, school parties, for school bus identification as a FPS student, and for season pass to FPS activities if purchased by parent/guardian. ID will display an “A” on the card if a $30.00 fee is paid.


PADLOCKS

Each student will be provided with a padlock for his/her hall locker & Phy. Ed locker. These lockers are for individual use only and may not be shared with another student. Locks have individual combinations and should be kept confidential. If the padlock does not open or close properly, your child should bring it to the office for a replacement. The replacement charge for a lost padlock is $5.00. Students must use the school’s padlocks.


STUDENT HANDBOOK

The student handbook is viewable online from the Carl Ben Eielson webpage, under Quick Links. You will find information regarding the policies and procedures of our school. We encourage parents and students to read and become acquainted with the rules and guidelines of Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.


STUDENT DRESS CODE

Fargo Public Schools AP6325


The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of Fargo Public School K-12 students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals.


GENERAL STATEMENT

The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected group.


The following is expected at all times:

· Clothing with opaque fabric that covers the student’s entire chest, sides of body, and midriff, and undergarments must be worn.

· Pants/Jeans or the equivalent (i.e., skirt, sweatpants, leggings, dress, or shorts) long enough to cover the student’s private areas must be worn.

  • Pants/Jeans or the equivalent should be secured not to reveal undergarments.

· Footwear must be worn.

· Clothing advertising or promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, gang affiliation or depiction of violence may not be worn.

· Vulgar clothing of any kind may not be worn.

  • Vulgar is defined as pictures, images, words, silhouettes of individuals, or sayings that depict sexually suggestive expressions or actions, profanity, obscenity, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or which degrade the integrity of individual groups.

· Hats, hoods, or head coverings may not be worn in the building with the exception of a religious purpose, documented medical need, or with special approval by the administrator for special school events/celebrations/circumstance.


PROCEDURES

When a student’s attire does not adhere to the expectations above, the student will be provided one of the following options:

· Alternative clothing, if available at school in the student’s possession, to be dressed according to policy for the remainder of the day.

· Parent or guardian may be contacted to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

· Be provided with temporary school clothing, if available in an appropriate size for the student, to be dressed according to policy for the remainder of the day.


Failure to comply with this policy will result in a violation defined in AP 6310 Student Behavior, Discipline, and Reporting.


The policy and enforcement is not based on a race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, or status with respect to marriage or public assistance, or status in any group protected by federal or state law.

Adopted 8/11/92

Reviewed 1/15/2003

Revised 1/2013

Revised 7/2019

PTA -CARL BEN EIELSON


Carl Ben Eielson PTA has already been hard at work preparing for another productive, rewarding and fun year. Join us for Root Beer Floats at Back to School Night!


Starting in September, meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Plans for this year include:

Parent education sessions on vaping and social media

Providing teacher meals during parent-teacher conferences

Supporting Day of Compassion


To make this year a success, we NEED your support. Membership dues can be paid online at the same time you are taking care of your other school registration forms. Once in SchoolPay, click on the Parent Groups option on the left and select Carl Ben Eielson PTA. Yearly dues are $10 per person or $20 per family.


Stay informed by joining the CBE PTA Facebook page, Carl Ben Eielson PTA. We will keep this page updated with information regarding future PTA meetings, volunteer opportunities and other important event dates.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

Click the link(s) below to view the school supply list(s) for the 2019-20 school year. The school supply lists are also posted on the Carl Ben Eielson website under, "Quick Links".

SCHOOL PICTURES

Wednesday, August 28th

Thursday, August 29th


Every student will have their picture taken on the above dates during their Physical Education class. Picture order forms are included in this mailing. If you wish to order student pictures, please complete the order form and send it with your student on their scheduled picture day. Students will give the order form to the photographer. Checks should be made payable to Carl Ben Eielson PTA. You may also pay by credit card through Scherling’s - please see their order form for details. Picture retake day is scheduled for the morning of October 3rd. If you would like your student pictures retaken, please send the original pictures with your student on October 3rd to turn in to the photographer. Additional order forms are available in the main office.

How to receive school supplies:

United Way of Cass-Clay will be distributing supplies on these dates:


Saturday, August 10th
8-11:30am
FARGODOME (1800 North University Drive, Fargo)


Tuesday, August 13th
4-7pm
FARGODOME (1800 North University Drive, Fargo)


  • Registration forms will be available at the door of the FARGODOME. Our volunteers can assist you in completing the registration form if you have any questions. Only one form is needed PER FAMILY. Please note that it is NOT necessary to print and complete the registration form beforehand.

  • These supplies are available for all students attending K-12 schools in Cass or Clay Counties during the 2019-2020 school year. The name of the school your child attends will be expected, please plan accordingly.

  • Students and families receiving supplies must have a form of ID for each child. Acceptable forms of ID include a social security card, school ID, or report card listing the student’s name.

Do You Have Questions About The School Supply Drive?

Fargo Public Schools Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal regulations require that each district adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes pertaining to Title programs.


If a parent, school personnel or any interested person wishes to file a complaint, the following process must be followed:


The written complaint must be sent via mail or e-mail to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)
Fargo Public Schools
415 North 4th Street
Fargo, ND 58102


Fargo Public Schools Title Managers
Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson anderja@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us
Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklin franklb@fargo.k12.nd.us
Patty Cummings cumminp1@fargo.k12.nd.us
Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us


Any complaint must include:

  • The date;
  • The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;
  • A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and
  • The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.

Reconsideration
Once a response is received from Fargo Public Schools staff, the person making the complaint has the right to have their complaint reconsidered. The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440


The Secretary of Education

U.S. Department of Education

555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20208


7/2016

Revised 7/2017, 7/2018

FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AFFIRMS THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS TO PRIVACY ACT

Privacy Rights:

The Fargo Public School District extends official notification of their commitment to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which afford parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible student”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.


  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible student should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.


  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or student when notified of the right to a hearing.


  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff, persons who sit on the Emergency Threat Response Team, and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks including serving on the Emergency Threat Response Team. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. (The District may also disclose “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, honors and awards. If the parent does not want directory information released, they must contact the school where the student attends within two weeks.)


  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:



Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education,

400 Maryland Avenue S.W.,

Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

The Fargo Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, marital status, public assistance status, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, or participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer in its education/activities and employment practices. The Fargo Public Schools seeks to provide access to all its programs for those interested persons who might have differing levels of ability. This includes those with impaired vision and hearing loss. Furthermore, Fargo Schools’ district policy 5060 assures that the district and its employees will not retaliate against any persons who file a complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination regarding these or any other OCR enforced statutes. Additionally, the School District will discipline any individual who retaliates or takes adverse action against any person who reports alleged discrimination and/or harassment or who testifies, assists, or participates in any investigation relating to a discrimination and/or harassment complaint. If you have concerns or need information regarding the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible, please contact the 504 Coordinator, David Burkman, Principal, Woodrow Wilson High School at 701.446.1000. For more information regarding Title IX compliance, call Brad Franklin, Principal, Jefferson Elementary School or Patricia Cummings, Director of Special Education, District Office at 701.446.1000. You may also write to the coordinators at Fargo Public Schools, 415 N 4th Street, Fargo, ND 58102. Fargo Public Schools also acknowledges your right to file a discrimination complaint at any time with: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544.