Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

August 2021 - CBE News - Back to School

Great Relationships Produce Great Students

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Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!!!

It is with great pride and excitement to serve Carl Ben Eielson Middle School as Principal. The middle school years are critical times of development for students and families alike, and I look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child has a successful middle school experience.

Whether you are new to Carl Ben Eielson Middle School or a returning student/family, we look forward to you being a part of Carl Ben Eielson and hope you become involved in our school. We look forward to seeing you on August 23rd for Back to School Night and August 25th for the first day of school.


All Fargo Public Schools families must complete/update registration information via PowerSchool for the 2021-22 school year PRIOR to the beginning of the school year. Log into your PowerSchool account and click on 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

For families without internet access, computers will be available to use during registration to complete your online forms and fee payment. (See registration dates and times below)

We suggest that all parents answer “YES” to the question, “Is the student going to participate in co-curricular activities?” 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! 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. (Use the non-profit link within schoolpay.)
  • Yearbook: Purchase a student yearbook for $20.00.
  • 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 2021-22 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, American Express or Discover to pay online at registration.


Beginning July 1, 2021 Fargo Public Schools implemented a $1.00 convenience fee on credit and debit card transactions, due to increasing processing costs. Payments made over $200 will incur a 3.99% processing fee for charges not related to student registration, food services, or student activities. This charge is collected through SchoolPay and used to offset processing costs. Read more about why this processing fee is being implemented here.


If you do not have internet access or need assistance completing the online registration forms, please attend one of the registration sessions below.

If you complete your online registration forms, you may pick up your students schedule during the registration dates/times below.


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

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


Tuesday, August 17 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Monday, August 23 8:00 - 10:30 am**

**Make up registrants will enter through door number 9 on Monday, August 23rd. The main office/building will be closed during these hours due to staff meetings and to assist with make-up registration.

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 to pick up student schedules, etc. Please note that the doors will be locked outside of these registration times.

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

Tuesday, August 17th: 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 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 Tuesday, August 17th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in our CBEMS Hangar.



Monday, August 23rd, 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
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.


Monday, August 23, 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.

Please see our PTA flyer below.

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


Your bus route information can be found online at . There is no cost for busing.


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


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


Fall starting dates for Activities @ Carl Ben Eielson:

August 23: 8th Grade Football

August 23: 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball

August 30: 6th Grade Cross Country (boys & girls)

September 20: 6th Grade Volleyball

Football will be having a parents and players meeting on August 19th @ 7:00 pm in the North Gym. Practice starts on Monday, August 23rd, at 4:00 pm (one-hour practice). Please contact Coach Kyle Christoffersen at 701-446-2069 or if you have additional questions.

7th and 8th grade Volleyball: There will be an information meeting on Monday, August 23rd 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 TUESDAY, AUGUST 24th from 4:00 pm-5:15 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, 2021, will count for the 2021-2022 school year.

Fall starting dates for Activities @ South High:

August 2: Boys Soccer

August 9: 7-12 Girls Golf

August 9: 7-12 Boys Tennis

August 9: 7-12 Cross Country - Boys & Girls

August 16: 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 9 @ 7:00 pm-Theater

South August 10 @ 6:00 pm-Theater

DaviesAugust 10 @ 6:15 pm-Theater

Carl Ben Eielson August 19 @ 6:00 pm-Hangar

Ben FranklinAugust 23 @ 5:30 pm-Auditorium

Discovery September 2 @ 6:00 pm-Auditorium

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.


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.)


Research shows that attendance is the single most important factor in school success. Attendance is located within our main office or by calling Ms. Aikens at 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 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 after 3:30 p.m. that day.


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. Upon entering the school office, visitors will be asked to present a government issued ID, such as a Driver’s License, which can be scanned into the system. Once entry into the building is approved, the Raptor Visitor Management System will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. This new system will strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. 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.


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.

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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. 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.

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 2021 -202 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.


The hot lunch program will be in full operation the first day of school. The USDA has issued a waiver allowing all students to receive a free reimbursable breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year. Students that bring meals from home but would like to purchase a milk should be charged the $0.35 as it is considered an extra and not a reimbursable meal per USDA regulations. School meal costs are listed below. Keep in mind that a la carte items may be 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.

Online lunch payments can now be made through SchoolPay by credit or debit card. To access SchoolPay, login to your PowerSchool account and select SchoolPay. Student lunch account payment envelopes are also 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 (cash or check). 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.

2021-2022 Nutrition Services New Prices

Secondary Meal Prices


Elementary $0

Secondary $0

Reduced $0

Adult $2.15


Elementary $0

Secondary $0

Reduced $0

Adult $3.50

Extra Milk $0.35

*You may apply online for assistance at:

This application is not required for free meals this year, however, to prove eligibility for other school benefits (such as waived fees for sports, exams, band rentals, etc.) households must fill out an eligibility application so benefits can be determined.



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.


We encourage you to email your student directly with personal messages. ( 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.


Welcome Back Bruins Family!

We hope you have had an amazing summer! With the new school year around the corner, the Carl Ben Eielson (CBE) Parent Teach Association (PTA) is excited to host the 2021-2022 Back to School Night! This event will be a gathering place for 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!

Back to School Night

Where | Carl Ben Eielson Middle School

1601 13th Ave S, Fargo

Date | Monday, August 23rd

Time | 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M

We would first like to introduce ourselves as your 2021-2022 Parent Teacher Association Officers – Julie Peterson Klein – President, and Mary Brown – Treasurer/Secretary. We are so excited to begin this school year!

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 13th at the CBE Middle School. All meetings will have an in-person and virtual option to accommodate all members! In the upcoming school year the PTA will be hosting fun and educational activities for all!

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 can be paid on MemberHub or SchoolPay. 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. And there’s more - This year all membership dues will be matched up to $500!

As we celebrate a post-pandemic world, we can already tell it is going to be a great year at Carl Ben Eielson (CBE). Stay connected to our school by following the Carl Ben Eielson Facebook page and by joining the CBE PTA Facebook group.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

Julie Peterson Klein - PTA President

Mary Brown - PTA Secretary/Treasurer



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.


Student cell phones should be keep their locker during school hours.

Fargo Public Schools holds high expectations for student behavior, academic integrity, and responsible use of existing and emerging technology, such as cellular phones, Smartphones, iPods, iPads, MP3 players, laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs), e-readers, and other personal electronic devices capable of transmitting data or images. Students who possess and/or use such devices at school or school-sponsored events shall demonstrate the greatest respect for the educational environment. Standards for responsible use at school, on buses or at school activities:

1. Students shall not use any electronic devices that in any way disrupts or detracts from the educational environment.

2. Use of electronic devices for educational purposes will be optional and at the discretion of the teacher. Electronic devices should not be visible unless designated by the teacher for classroom use. 3. It is the student's responsibility to secure his/her electronic devices to show care for their technology devices and personal information. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items or individual service plan charges related to use of electronic devices.

4. All electronic devices, including cellular phones, iPods, MP3 players, PDAs, e-Readers, and other devices capable of transmitting data or images shall be turned off anytime the device is not in use for educational purposes.

5. Students are expected to respect the network and adhere to the Responsible Use Policy (RUP) when using personal electronic devices. Students will be expected to access the district's Wi-Fi network during designated school activities unless connections are unavailable.

6. Photographing or recording of another person may be allowed for educational purposes as defined by the teacher. Any use of an electronic device, other than for educational purposes, will be considered an infraction of this policy. Messages and photos on an electronic device are subject to viewing by administration given reasonable suspicion of a crime or school infraction.

7. The USE of cellular phones or other personal electronic devices is strictly prohibited in locker rooms and restrooms.

Violations of these guidelines may result in loss of use privilege, detention, and/or confiscation of the entire device based on the discretion of school administration, teachers or other school personnel.


Students will receive their ID card with their schedule after registration is completed. 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 $30.00 fee is paid.


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.


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.


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.


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. o 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.


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.

Revised 6/2021


Click the link(s) below to view the school supply list(s) for the 2021-22 school year. The school supply lists are also posted on the Carl Ben Eielson website under, "Quick Links".

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Wednesday, September 1st

Thursday, September 2nd

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 CBE PTA. You may also order online and pay by credit card through Scherling’s - please see their order form for details or go to their website and use access code J46KW5. Picture retake day is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, November 2nd. If you would like your student pictures retaken, please send the original pictures with your student on November 2nd to turn in to the photographer. Additional order forms are available in the main office.

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
Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz

Missy Eidsness

Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman
Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklin

Patty Cummings

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman

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.

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


Revised 7/2017, 7/2018


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 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.