FERPA, PPRA and ESSA and Right to Know
Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, formerly NCLB) and Right to Know Notification
These notices include information on:
- A parent's right to inspect/amend education records;
- The release of certain directory information without written consent (e.g. yearbook, honor roll, graduation programs) and your right to instruct us to not release that information;
- The release of information to military recruiters, college/university recruiters and prospective employers and your right to instruct us by Oct. 1 to not release that information;
- Your rights regarding the district's use of surveys and certain physical exams;
- And a letter informing parents of students in schools that receive Title I funds (Crawford-Rodriguez, Rosenauer, Holman and Johnson Elementary Schools and McAuliffe Middle School) of their Right to Know qualifications of teachers and our Title I parental involvement policy (#2415.04)
Mental Health Basics for Parents Video
Please take time to watch a new video created by our Director of School Counseling to help parents understand the Basics of Mental Health. The video includes information about concerns faced by teens, how to watch for them, and where you can find help.
Please be sure to use the “CC” (closed caption) and Settings icons (it looks like a gear) on this video to launch closed captions in any language.
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
A copy of our district policy against bullying harassment and intimidation (#5512) You may have received this policy in a condensed form from your building principal. It is important to note that this policy applies to all acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying that occur on school property, at school-sponsored functions or on a school bus.Our district uses a number of approaches to encourage students to respect each other and to report any and all behavior that could be construed as bullying. We encourage you to speak to your child about this subject and to discuss the protections offered through this policy.Please also see additional Anti-Bullying Information on our website for information to help the district, parents and students prevent, discuss and handle incidents of bullying. This site also lists the contact information for our District Anti-Bullying Coordinator and School Anti-Bullying Specialists.
Integrated Pest Managment (IPM)
An annual Integrated Pest Management Notice, which details our policy regarding the use of pesticides and a list of the pesticides used over the past year.
A copy of the Jackson School District's Integrated Pest Management Plan policy (Policy#7422)
Asbestos Management Plan (AMP)
Our Asbestos Management Plan Notice in accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 40 CFR 763 subpart E.
As part of this inspection process, we are required to notify parents, faculty, and staff annually of any pertinent changes in the district relating to asbestos-containing materials. The inspection reports are on file at each of our schools and a complete district-wide set is available in the Administration Building, 151 Don Connor Blvd., Jackson NJ 08527.
Health Curriculum and Family Life Instruction
The Jackson School District follows the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education, which also includes family life education and sex education. Information about these standards - including an easy-to-read outline of each standard and how they are applied in age-appropriate ways - can be found through the link below.Link to: Presentation on How Updated NJ Learning Standards in Health and Physical Education Will be Taught in the Jackson School District
NJ law allows parents to opt their children out of instruction in health, family life education or sex education.
18A:35-4.7. Parent's statement of conflict with conscience
Any child whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instructions in health, family life education or sex education is in conflict with his conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result therefrom.
Letters for Grade 5, 8 and 11 students will be sent via email to the student and the parent/guardian before the Health Lessons are presented:
for Grade 5 this will be in May 2024;
for Grade 8 this will be before the Second Semester;
for Grade 11 it will be on or before October 12 for Semester 1; On or before February 28, 2023 for Semester 2.
If an opt-out component is chosen - the emailed letter is to be returned fully completed - to the child's Physical Education Teacher by the date designated in the communication.
Parents/guardians may also submit a letter to their child's Physical Education Teacher if you would like to opt your children out of instruction in health, family life education or sex education.
- Please submit a signed letter to your child's Physical Education Teacher by October 1 of a given school year, or at any other time you are invited to do so by your child's Physical Education Teacher and/or Principal.
- (See the schedule above as to dates/times for emailed letter/communication from your child's Physical Education Teacher.)
Other Health Information
- Meningococcal Disease Frequently Asked Questions
- Viral Meningitis Frequently Asked Questions
- Preventing Meningococcal Disease Brochure
- Enfermedad meningocócica ¿Está protegido?
Physical Education and Health Requirements and Grading Information
For parents and students at the high school level, these are the rules and requirements for Physical Education and Health classes at the high schools. Acknowledging this on our annual notices form is required for your student to receive a Physical Education locker.
Media Violence and Youth
Information on Media Violence and Youth from the state of New Jersey. This information includes how parents can limit a child’s exposure to violence on television, cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
- Substance Abuse - #5530
- Pupil Discipline/Code of Conduct Policy - #5600 and Regulation #5600
- Sexual Harassment Policy - #5751
- Electronic Surveillance in School Buildings and on School Grounds Policy - #7441
- Preparedness for Toxic Hazard Policy - #8431
- Monitoring Devices on School Vehicles Policy - #8690
Outstanding Food Service Charges
Our policy for how the district will handle instances when a student may accrue an outstanding balance for food service charges, including our plan to provide a meal for that student and to contact his or her guardians to arrange for the account to be brought current. Policy #8550.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
This notice encourages families in financial need to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch services. You can now apply ONLINE for Free or Reduced Lunch and receive a determination IMMEDIATELY if you qualify. NOTE: If you received benefits last year, you must re-apply by Oct. 20 to avoid an interruption in your benefits.
- Think you don’t qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch? You might! Income limits have increased and MANY more families qualify now.
- Don’t eat school lunch? Still apply! If eligible, you may qualify for other benefits, discounts, or grants.
- Don’t think it matters? It does! The district receives additional funding based on the number of eligible students - and those funds support ALL students!
- Applications are CONFIDENTIAL. Citizenship status DOES NOT MATTER. Please Apply Today!
Visit the Free and Reduced Meal Page for applications in English and Spanish and also online applications.
Student Handbook and Appendix of Policies
The student handbooks for each school are located on each school's website. They are listed in several places - under "For Parents and Students" and at the bottom of the site under "Quick Links"
Each handbook references an Appendix featuring certain important policies. That Student Handbook Appendix can be viewed here.
For all of our district policies, view the BOE Policies Page.