Annual Notices

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to students’ education records.

The Right to Inspect and Review Education Records: Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review students’ education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. The request should be submitted in writing to the school principal, identifying the record(s) that the parent or eligible student requests to access.

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 Bloomfield Hills Schools to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify what is inaccurate or misleading.

The Right to Consent to Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information: Parents or eligible students have the right to consent to disclosure of personally-identifiable information (PII) 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 interest. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School 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. 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. NWEA maintains Student Information for and on behalf of Bloomfield Hills Schools in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), for the primary purpose of providing assessment and research services. Please be advised that: a) Student Information will be maintained in part on behalf of Bloomfield Hills Schools by NWEA and its contractors in order to provide assessment and research services to the school district; b) NWEA employees, and employees of NWEA’s contractors shall be deemed school officials for the purpose of access to PII derived from Student Information only if they have a legitimate interest in maintaining, organizing, or analyzing the data for assessment and research purposes; c) PII derived from Student Information and maintained by NWEA shall not be further disclosed to third parties, except as allowed by FERPA and authorized by the school district.

Directory Information: Bloomfield Hills Schools designates the following personally-identifiable information contained in a student’s education record as directory information, which may be disclosed without prior written consent: The student’s name, address, and phone number (unless unlisted), date of birth, class designation (for example, first grade), extracurricular participation, achievement awards or honors, weight and height if a member of an athletic team, photograph, athletic eligibility status, name of the school the student currently attends, classroom and teacher assignments, and names of the student’s parents. Directory information is considered to be in the category of general school information. A parent has the right to refuse disclosure of any or all information by notifying the District by letter within two weeks of receiving the annual notice. The letter should be sent to:

Transfer of Student Records: Upon request, the District will disclose education records without consent to Officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for the purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. States are required to establish a procedure to facilitate the transfer of student disciplinary records with respect to suspension or expulsion by local school district to any private or public school that the student enrolls, intends to enroll, or is instructed to enroll. The Michigan Department of Education has determined that a student’s school record includes a student’s disciplinary record, including any suspension or expulsion action against the student. Therefore, in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act and the Michigan Department of Education, when a student transfers from Bloomfield Hills Schools to a public or private school, Bloomfield Hills Schools will transfer the disciplinary records of the student, with respect to suspensions and expulsions, to any private or public school to which the student is transferring and in which they are enrolling.

The Right to File a Complaint: The parent or eligible student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Bloomfield Hills Schools to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office/U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8520.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the Bloomfield Hills Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other reason prohibited by applicable laws, in its programs, services, activities, or employment practices. Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to the Section 504 Coordinator: Jennifer Perrone, Director of Special Education, 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, 248.341.5415. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Kelly Bohl, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations, 7273 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, 248.341.5425. To obtain a copy of this information in a language other English, contact the Learning Services Team at 248.341.6304.

Asbestos Management Plan

The District has developed a comprehensive Asbestos Management Plan as required by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is available for review in each school office or through the Physical Plant Services Office, 3456 Lahser Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. If you have any questions or wish to review the plans, please call 248.341.5480.

District Pesticide Notification

Bloomfield Hills Schools implemented an “Integrated Pesticide Management” program (IPM) for the purpose of reducing or eliminating the use of herbicides or pesticides in District buildings and sites.
There are times, however, that a pesticide or herbicide application is necessary. Prior to these times, unless an emergency occurs, you have the right to be notified of these applications. This notification is in compliance with State Regulation #637, revised effective Aug. 13, 1995. If you desire to be notified of scheduled applications during the school year, please contact your child’s building secretary and request your name be placed on the notification list. A list will be retained by school personnel to contact you regarding dates of any application that may occur when school is in session. During the summer of 2016, school break periods, and prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the grounds department will be applying weed-controlling herbicides to all sites. This letter is your notification of that application. Notification will also be posted at the main entrances of all buildings where applications occur.

Storm Water Management

Bloomfield Hills Schools has a comprehensive Storm Water Management Program as required by the Environmental Protection Agency. The program is designed to help the District improve the quality of the storm water discharged from District facilities. The written plan is available for review through the Physical Plant Services Office, 3456 Lahser Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. If you have any questions or wish to review the plan, please call 248.341.5480.