CBE News - Back to School

August 15, 2022

Great Relationships Produce Great Students

Hello CBE Families!

We are getting geared up for the 2022-23 school year. This newsletter contains A LOT of information and can be a bit overwhelming, but we are hoping it will serve as a resource for you as you prepare your child for back to school at Carl Ben Eielson. We are so excited to get the school year underway!


Mailed Back to School Packets include:

  • Activities Brochure
  • Picture Envelope
  • Supply List
  • Cycle Calendar
  • Band Letter/Supply List
  • Backpack Program

This Newsletter Features the Following:

  • Welcome information
  • Online Registration Information
  • Registration/Schedule Pick-up
  • New Student & 6th Grade Informational Meetings
  • Flying into Eielson 6th Grade Camp
  • Back to School Night
  • First Day of School
  • Arrival & Dismissal Times
  • Meal Prices
  • Immunizaiton Clinic
  • Student Handbook
  • Attendance Reminders
  • Who's Who at Carl Ben Eielson
  • Counseling Office
  • Nurse / Medication Information
  • CBE PTA
  • Entrance to the Building
  • Student Information
  • Parent Communication
  • Bus Information
  • Period Schedule
  • School Supply List
  • Band Letter and Supply List
  • CBE Activities
  • CBE Online Calendar
  • Upcoming Events
  • Youthworks Clothing Giveaway
  • Dispute Resolution Policy
  • FERPA
  • Rights of Noncustodial Parent

Online Registration 2022-2023

All returning Fargo Public Schools families must log in to their Parent PowerSchool account to fill out their family information and complete the registration information for the coming school year PRIOR to when their child(ren) come to orientation, back to school night, Flying into Eielson or participating in sports/activities. Click here to get to the parent PowerSchool login page. You may complete these forms at registration (dates and times below) if you do not have a computer or access to the internet.


Here are some of registration forms that you will complete online:

  • Parent/Guardian Information Form – Enter your name, address, phone number, and email address on our school record form. 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, Chloe Solum. Chloe can be reached by phone at 701-446-1711, fax at 701-446-1998 or emailed to solumc@fargo.k12.nd.us .
  • Student Information Form
  • Yearly Student Health Information Sheet – This information will be shared with our school nurse.
  • Parental/Guardian Release Forms – Media Release/Field Trip/Photographic Likeness Permission Form, FERPA, Online Account Permission Form
  • Co-Curricular/Athletic Participation Verification – Parent/Guardian-Student Meeting, Concussion Verification Form, HIPAA Medical Release (We recommend you mark "yes" when asked if they are going to participate in a co-curricular activity if your student might participate in drama, music, speech, or a sport.)

You can also choose to pay your child’s 2022-23 school fees online via credit card using SchoolPay, which is also accessed through your PowerSchool account. You may use SchoolPay at home to take care of the following fees:

  • Deposit money in your student’s lunch account
  • Pre-purchase a yearbook - $20
  • Purchase a District Student Activity Pass - $30
  • Go to the Non-Profit link on the left side to Join the CBE PTA - $10 per person - $20 per family
  • Friends of Eielson (team fundraiser)
  • Carl Ben Eielson Fall Activity Fee - $30


If you need help getting logged onto your Parent PowerSchool account, please call the Main Office at 701-446-1700.


IMPORTANT: No schedules or PLD (personal learning device - computers) 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 below to pick up student schedules, etc.


*Acceptable proof of residency are current: mortgage documents, lease agreement, or a utility bill (i.e. Xcel Energy, Cass County Electric, or City of Fargo). Proof of residency may also be required if it is outdated or missing.

Registration Dates and Times

2022-2023 STUDENT REGISTRATION DATES:

Wednesday, August 17 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 18 10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.


2022-2023 *ENGLISH LEARNER STUDENT REGISTRATION DATE:

Thursday, August 18 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

*Interpreters will be available


2022-2023 MAKE UP REGISTRATION DATE:

Monday, August 22 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.**


**Make up registrants will enter through door number 9 on Monday, August 22nd. The main office/building will be closed from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. due to make-up registration.

New Students & 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 17th: 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 18th: 11:00 a.m. or 12:15 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 18th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in our CBEMS Hangar.

Flying into Eielson 6th Grade Camp

Monday, August 22nd, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m


6th grade students please join us on Monday, August 22nd, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Carl Ben Eielson for the annual 6th grade Flying into Eielson Camp! Students will work with their team to get to know each other and the school through fun activities.


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.

ALL REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ATTENDING THIS CAMP.

Back to School Night

Monday, August 22, 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.


Our CBE PTA will be providing ice cream treats on Back to School Night.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Thursday, August 25th and it is an A day. The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and breakfast for purchase will be available for students.

Arrival and Dismissal Times

Our front doors open daily at 8:00 a.m.


All Students should enter through the main entrance, door number 8, and will proceed to the Hangar/lunchroom. Students will be dismissed from the Hangar at 8:40 am.


Teachers are available in their classroom each day for make-up work or extra assistance. 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.


8:45 a.m. Period 1 class begins.


3:30 p.m. End of last Class/Period 8 (Students may remain in the building if they are in a supervised activity.)

Student Picture Days

Wednesday, August 31st

Thursday, September 1st


ALL STUDENTS
need to be photographed for their Student ID Card, even if they are not ordering a picture packet. There is NO CHARGE for your initial Student ID Card. Pictures will be taken on the above dates during their Physical Education class. Picture order forms are included in this mailing. Picture retake day is scheduled for the morning of Friday, October 14th. If you would like your student pictures retaken, please send the original pictures with your student on October 14th to turn in to the photographer. Additional order forms are available in the main office.

School Meal Prices

A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K-12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits expired after the last school day of the 2021-22 school year.* Therefore, effective for the 2022-23 school year, families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals.


Meal prices for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Elementary Breakfast $1.45
  • Elementary Lunch $2.45
  • Secondary Breakfast $1.60
  • Secondary Lunch $2.75
  • Adult Breakfast $2.25
  • Adult Lunch $3.60
  • Extra Milk $0.40


For more information about Free or Reduced-Priced Meals or the Student Fees Assistance and Benefits Application, visit the FPS Nutritional Services Department website. If you need assistance with the application, call FPS Nutrition Services at 701.446.1153.

Back-to-School Vaccine Clinics

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-time childhood immunizations are essential because they help provide immunity before kids are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. As that protection wears off, teens need vaccines to extend protection. Being up-to-date with immunizations is critical in keeping kids and communities safe and healthy. Fargo Cass Public Health will hold back-to-school vaccine clinics on August 17 and 18, from 8 am – 4 pm. Fargo Cass Public Health is located at 1240 25th St S, Fargo. These are walk-in clinics, but appointments are welcome during regular immunization clinic hours and can be made by calling the Fargo Cass Public Health Clinic at 701.241.1383. Visit ForAllofUs.com for more information.

ATTENDANCE- Did You Know?

Teaming Up to Help Students Succeed in School: Attend to Win!


Did You Know?

  • Students who miss 9 days of school each year or less tend to stay on track for graduation

  • Missing 10% of school days can negatively affect student performance (that’s just two days a month)

  • Absenteeism is a predictor of dropping out of high school

  • Good habits start when school starts! So do bad habits: students who miss 2-4 days in August/September go on to miss nearly a full month of school each year

Together, We Can Make a Difference for Your Child!

  • Kids listen (even if it looks like they don’t): talk positively about the power of an education to improve your child’s life outcomes: high school graduates earn 38% more on average than those without a diploma

  • Set goals, praise progress: kids respond well to goals and learn best through honest and positive feedback

  • Stand firm on healthy daily routines: commit to

    • homework before devices, and

    • the 8-10 hours of sleep per night that your child’s brain needs to self-manage

  • Unless they are really sick, send them to school

  • Report absences as soon as possible & follow up with teachers for homework and resources should your child be absent

  • School avoidance is a real thing: if you suspect your child is avoiding school, talk to your child as gently as possible to find out why. If you need help, reach out to our teachers, counselors, and school administrators

  • Stay in the know about your student’s social circle; peer pressure may lead to absenteeism

  • Keep track of your child’s attendance; write it down so you both can see if absences are adding up

  • You are not alone! Reach out to school staff or other community agencies if you need support: the sooner, the better for helping your child attend to win!


For absences, please call the Attendance Office directly at 701-446-1710. Feel free to call the attendance number at any time, 24 hours a day, to leave a message. This message should include the name of the person calling, 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.


If you are planning on picking up your student during the school day, please call the Attendance Office as early as possible so that we can get your student a pass and have them ready in the office.

Who's Who at Carl Ben Eielson

Principals follow with their grade level which means students will have the same principal every year that they attend Carl Ben Eielson. Counselors will have the same students each year based on the first letter of their last name.


Administration

Grade 6 - Mrs. Natalie Richter, Assistant Principal

Grade 7 - Mr. Brad Franklin, Principal

Grade 8 - Mr. Brian Marcus, Assistant Principal


Counselors

Ms. Rachel Johnson - Last names A-G

Ms. Krista Ronnevik - Last names H-N

Mrs. Kylie Wallman - Last names O-Z


Student Support Personnel

Mrs. Andrea Roach, Admin. Assist.

Mrs. Sheila Beauchene, Office Assist.

Mrs. Pam Armstrong, Activities Secretary

Mrs. Chole Solum, Student Services/Registrar

Attendance - To Be Determined


School Resource Officer

Officer Dave Carlson


School Nurse

Mrs. Cheri Koch

Counseling Office

Periodically our counseling department will have a featured column in our parent/family newsletter.

Our counselors are:

Ms. Rachel Johnson who serves students with last names beginning with letters A-G

701-446-1715

Ms. Krista Ronnevik who serves students with last names beginning with letters H-N

701-446-1714

Mrs. Kylie Wallman who serves students with last names beginning with letters O-Z

701-446-1713


What do our counselors do?

Provide social-emotional, academic and career supports to all students.

This includes:

-Individual and Group Counseling

-Guidance Lessons

-Testing

-Scheduling

-Transitions

-Collaboration with staff and families

-Advocate for students

Nurse Notes

The Nurse is a support staff that works with medication issues, consultations and safety issues. The school nurse will not diagnose medical issues.

  • Hours -typically 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

  • Monday-Friday

  • If you have questions call Nurse Cheri Koch at 446-1721.


Health Information needs to be completed online. 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 student 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 student 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 2022-23 school year. Please bring a copy of the updated immunization record to the school.


You can reach the nurse at 701-446-1721 or by email: cbmnurse@fargo.k12.nd.us.

Carl Ben Eielson PTA Important Information

The school year is just around the corner and the Carl Ben Eielson (CBE) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is excited to host the 2022-2023 Back to School Night! This event will be a gathering place for staff, classmates and families to reunite after the summer break, and to get a peek at what is in store for the upcoming school year! Join us for ice cream treats and fun on Back to School Night! We will also have sample items from the CBE Online Clothing Store which is scheduled to open by late August.


We are excited to introduce two new 2022-2023 Parent Teacher Association Officers – Darla Bakko – Secretary and Dana Blotske – Vice President! Julie Peterson Klein – President and Mary Brown – Treasurer are returning PTA Officers that are looking forward to another year serving CBE students and families!


Julie Peterson Klein, President

jklein@bell.bank

Dana Blotske, Vice President

dblotske@live.com

Darla Bakko, Secretary

miss_verbitsky@hotmail.com

Mary Brown, Treasurer

mary.brown701@outlook.com


Join the Carl Ben PTA for bimonthly meetings on the first Monday of every other month from 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. The kick off meeting will be held on September 12 at the CBE Middle School Library. All meetings will have an in-person and virtual option to accommodate all members!


To make this school year a success we need your help! Become a member of the PTA today to keep educational and fun events happening at our school. Together we can create a thriving environment for our children to learn and grow. Membership dues or open donations can be paid on MemberHub [fargocbe.memberhub.com] or SchoolPay. MemberHub is encouraged. 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. And there’s more - this year all membership dues will be matched up to $500!


Stay connected on the latest school updates by following the Carl Ben Eielson Facebook page [facebook.com] and joining the CBE PTA Facebook group [facebook.com].


We can’t wait to see you soon!


CBE PTA

Entrance to the Building During School Hours

Fargo Public Schools is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do so. The Raptor system will allow us to better screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools to provide us with a safe environment for our students and staff.


Upon entering the school building, visitors will be asked to present an ID, such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. Once entry into the building is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of their visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

Student Information

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 & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Student cell phones are not allowed to be used in the classroom. More information will be provided on our Eielson Today/Daily Announcements.


ID CARDS

Students will receive their ID card a couple weeks after school 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 an activity pass ID card to get into FPS high school sporting events. Replacement cost for an ID is $5 in the main office. ID cards 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. The student ID will display an “A” on the card if a $30 fee is paid. Activity pass cards will be available early to allow entrance into sporting events.


LOCKER LOCK

Each student will be provided with a padlock for his/her locker(s). 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. Students must use the school’s locks.

Parental/Family Communication

Communicating with parents and families is always our goal at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School.


You may subscribe to CBE News and Daily Announcements on our website by going to “Content E-Alerts” on Carl Ben Eielson’s website. Parents/guardians can sign up to receive alerts about new Daily Announcements, Newsletters, etc., for each school your students attend. E-Alerts are sent to users who have subscribed to a homepage or website section of interest. You will receive an email notification that content has been modified.


You may also want to add our school calendar to your personal calendar. This will help you stay informed about all the activities that are happening at Carl Ben Eielson.


Our school supply list, our student handbook, a link to PowerSchool, PTA information, and several other useful links are also available on our website. https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/cbe

BUS INFORMATION

Your bus route information can be found online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/transportation . There is no cost for busing.

DAILY PERIOD SCHEDULE - 6TH GRADE

Period 1 8:45 to 9:32

Period 2 9:36 to 10:20

Period 3 10:24 to 11:08

Period 4 11:12 to 11:56

Period 5 12:00 to 1:06 6th Grade - Lunch/Bruin Time

Period 6 1:10 to 1:54

Period 7 1:58 to 2:42

Period 8 2:46 to 3:30

DAILY PERIOD SCHEDULE - 7TH & 8TH GRADE

Period 1 8:45 to 9:32

Period 2 9:36 to 10:20

Period 3 10:24 to 11:08

Period 4 11:12 to 12:18 7th/8th Grade - Lunch/Bruin Time

Period 5 12:22 to 1:06

Period 6 1:10 to 1:54

Period 7 1:58 to 2:42

Period 8 2:46 to 3:30

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

Click the links below to view the school supply lists. The school supply lists are also posted on the Carl Ben Eielson's website under, "Quick Links".

CBE Activities

Fall starting dates for Activities @ Carl Ben Eielson:


August 22: 8th Grade Football

August 22: 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball

August 29: 6th Grade Cross Country (boys & girls)

November 21: 6th Grade Volleyball


Football will be having a parents and players meeting on August 18th @ 7:00 pm at CBE. Practice starts on Monday, August 22nd, at 4:00 pm. 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: Practices will begin on Monday, August 22nd, at 4:00 pm.


Sports Physicals:

All Athletes in grades 7-12 will need a physical EVERY year. Only physicals that were given ON or AFTER April 15th, 2022, will count for the 2022-2023 school year.


Co-Curricular fall meeting dates:

NorthAugust 4 @ 7:00 pm-Theater

South August 9 @ 6:00 pm-Theater

DaviesAugust 11 @ 6:00 pm-Theater

Discovery August 18 @ 6:00 pm-Auditorium

Ben FranklinAugust 30 @ 6:00 pm-Auditorium

Carl Ben Eielson September 1 @ 6:00 pm-Hangar


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 paid by cash or check in the Main Office.

Upcoming Events by date

August 17

  • Registration/Schedule pick-up 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • New Students & 6th Grade Student/Parents Meetings 1:30 & 2:30 p.m.


August 18

  • EL Registration (interpreters available) 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Registration/Schedule pick up 10:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
  • New Students & 6th Grade Student/Parents Meetings 11:00 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.


August 22

  • Make up Registration 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Flying into Eielson Camp 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Begins
  • 8th Grade Football Begins
  • Back to School Open House 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

5:15 p.m. - 6th Grade Team Meetings

5:45 p.m. - 7th Grade Team Meetings

6:15 p.m. - 8th Grade Team Meetings

August 25

  • First Day of Classes


August 31

  • Student Picture Day - taken during phy ed class


September 1

  • Student Picture Day - taken during phy ed class
  • Co-curricular Activities Meeting for parent/guardian and student - 6:00 p.m.


September 5

  • No School - Labor Day
Big picture

Fargo Public Schools Dispute Resolution Policy

Dispute Resolution Policy - Fargo Public Schools AP 5052/6052


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

700 7th Street South

Fargo, ND 58103


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)Tamara Uselman uselmat@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

The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.


State Superintendent The Secretary of Education

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


North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services

100 Railroad Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

7/2016 Revised 7/2017, 7/2018, 10/2021, 2/2022

Fargo Public Schools Affirms The Family Educational Right To Privacy Act (FERPA)

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

Rights of Noncustodial Parents

Fargo Public Schools - AP 6410


When parents of a student are separated, involved in divorce proceedings or are divorced, the building principal will respect the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents equally except when a court order exists concerning special restrictions. “Special restrictions” means such things as temporary restraining orders preventing or restricting custody, court orders concerning supervised custody and similar orders. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the school principal with a copy of such a court order concerning special restrictions about students or student information.


Parent rights include access to student records and school mailings, attendance at parent/ teacher conferences and Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings, and authority to request that a student is released early or are absent from school for a legitimate reason.


It is the responsibility of the noncustodial parent to inform the school office of his/her name, address and phone number if they wish to be consulted regarding their child or wish to be placed on the school’s mailing list.


Adopted 3/27/90

Reviewed 1/15/2003,1/2013

Revised 10/2013

Reviewed 10/2020

The Fargo Public School District is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The District prohibits discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law.