Families' Rights and Responsibilities

Families’ Commitment to School
 

By enrolling at SKTCS families have demonstrated their commitment to create a safe
learning community that values each individual. Each student, family, and employee
in our community agrees to:

  • Maintain punctual and regular attendance.

  • Encourage a positive school culture by supporting positive behaviors from students and adults

  • Seek peaceful resolutions to conflict.

  • Engage in productive and direct communication with adults regarding the needs of students.

  • Participate in the school culture by attending and participating in school meetings and events.

 

Family Educational Records and Privacy ACT (FERPA) and Confidentiality of Student Records
All records maintained by the school will be held in confidence under the strictest digital and physical security measures. Only individuals or entities that have a legitimate reason to have access to this information will be given permission to view
student files.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to
release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;

  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

  • Accrediting organizations;

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. This handbook serves as an annual notice of your rights under FERPA.

Families’ Right to Know
Families have the right to know the qualifications of their child’s teacher. In compliance with statutory requirements, parents may request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). The following may be requested:

  • Whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification have been waived;

  • The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;

  • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

Parents will be notified if a teacher or a paraprofessional who has been determined non-Highly Qualified is teaching their child for 20 consecutive days.

Family Involvement
It is imperative for the growth of your students and the health of our organization to have a healthy home-school connection. Therefore, we will have numerous opportunities for home-school collaboration through family visitation days, parent-teacher conferences, discussions, back-to-school nights, orientations, guest speakers, student presentations, and others throughout the year. 


The Aviary Parent-Teacher Volunteer Association
aviary@sktcs.org
An aviary is a peaceful place where birds gather. As our mascot is the Peace Dove, we felt this was an appropriate name for a group of stakeholders who support our students.


The Aviary will allow families and SKTCS faculty and staff to participate in school culture through volunteerism in classrooms, fundraising, event planning, and other aspects of school culture.


Continuing the theme and with reverence to the Olive Branch that represents peace, our committees will be called Branches.

Aviary Branches:


Fundraisers and Events Branch
Committee Chair: TBD
Email: fundraising@sktcs.org
This branch focuses on planning and executing opportunities to bring the community together through activities that raise funds for student needs (Ex.: school dances, the fall festival, book fair, Picture Day, Yearbook, Spirit Wear, Spirit
Nights, and school assemblies.)

Classroom Support Branch
Committee Chair: TBD
Email: support@sktcs.org
This branch support s our school staff by assisting with fundraisers to provide class supplies, organizing room parents to plan parties or assist the teacher with communication, Teacher Appreciation events, and creating a supportive classroom community for adults and students.


Community Partnerships and Volunteers Branch
Committee Chair: Susan Smith
Email: volunteer@sktcs.org
This committee seek s opportunities and connections between the school and members of our local business community for a symbiotic relationship through mentorships, internships within and outside of the school, as well as providing volunteers and donations.

The Community Partnerships and Volunteer Branch will also coordinate volunteer training (i.e. - Beacon) and find opportunities for volunteerism within the school.


All parents, grandparents, caregivers, and community members are welcome. No dues. Join anytime, participate at your convenience.
Join our team of volunteers today!
Fill out this form.

 

Volunteerism
Families may wish to volunteer time at school. Volunteer hours may come in the form of reading to a class, volunteering to set-up or breakdown an event, performing maintenance, running an extracurricular class, or even chaperoning a field trip. Adults must attend our annual volunteer orientation prior to signing up for any volunteer opportunities offered by teachers or the main office.


Family Conferences
All parents/guardians will meet with their student’s teacher in the fall regarding growth and goal-setting. These conferences are essential to helping students achieve their full potential. In the 2020 - 21 school year:

Save-the-Dates:
May 25th, 2021: Kindergarten Orientation
August 2021: Back-to-School Night (Known as Open House throughout SCCPSS)
September 3, 2021: 1st Quarter Progress Report Available in PowerSchool
October 7th, 2021: 1st Quarter Report Card/ K-8 Family Conferences and Curriculum Night @ Bull Street
November 4th, 2021: 2nd Quarter Progress Report
December 17th, 2021: 2nd Quarter Report Cards/ K-8 Family Conferences
January 28th, 2022: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
March 9, 2022: 3rd Quarter Report Cards
April 20, 2022: Family Forum

School Norms and Expectations for All Students, Employees, and Families
1. Use the SKTCS conflict resolution process to solve problems.
2. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.
3. Adhere to the school rules and policies.

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