- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Notice of Asbestos in School Buildings
- Drug-Free Environment/Protection
- Discrimination and Harassment
- Free-and-Reduced Lunch Application and Benefits
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Parental Inspection of Instructional Materials
- School Property
- Search and Seizure
- Special Education and Section 504
- Personal Curriculum
- Student Privacy and Parental Access to Information
- Title I Funds: Parent Involvement
- Programs for Multilingual Learner Students
- Wellness Policy
- Physical Examinations and Screenings
- Title IX
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit
- Water Testing
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Bloomfield Hills Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.
However, Bloomfield Hills Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the Bloomfield Hills Schools to the contrary in accordance with Bloomfield Hills Schools procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the district to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
- The annual yearbook;
- Honor roll or other recognition lists;
- Graduation programs; and
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. [Note: These laws are Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and 10 U.S.C. § 503(c).]
If you do not want Bloomfield Hills Schools to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district during the annual online registration process. Bloomfield Hills Schools has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]
- Student's name
- Telephone listing
- Electronic mail address
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Dates of attendance
- Grade level
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Degrees, honors, and awards received
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended
- Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user
- A student ID number or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student ID badge, but only if the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user's identity, such as a PIN, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.
Each school building within the School District has been inspected for the presence of asbestos-containing materials as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). A copy of the Building Inspection and Management Plan for each building is available in the building’s main office. The plans may be inspected by members of the public and by School District employees during normal business hours. A copy of the plan will be made available upon request for a nominal fee.
The Board of Education has adopted a policy to provide students and staff with an environment that is free of pests, pesticides, and harmful chemicals to the extent required by law. The Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) includes routine inspections or surveys of all school facilities and various strategies to prevent pests from becoming a problem. Pesticides are used only as a last resort and parents will be notified prior to a pesticide application in a school building or on school grounds.
The Board of Education recognizes that the misuse of drugs is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire school community. In accordance with the federal and state law, the Board establishes a “Drug-Free School Zone” that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property. The Board prohibits the use, possession, concealment, delivery, or distribution of any drug or any drug-related
paraphernalia, including alcohol and marijuana, at any time on School District property, with the Drug-Free Zone or at any School District-related event. Further, the Superintendent, or his/her designee, will take the necessary steps to ensure that an individual eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly delivers or distributes controlled substances so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute within the Drug-Free School Zone to another person is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If you feel that you may qualify for Free-and-Reduced priced lunches, please make sure to fill out an application or update your existing status. There are many other benefits available if your child does qualify, beyond receiving reduced price or free meals in our schools. To complete the Online Free/Reduced lunch application, parents/guardians can Login to ParentPortal and complete the application. Click on your child's name, then click "Food Service Free & Reduced Lunch Application" under School Links.
- Families that qualify can receive free or reduced price meals. Families that were approved last year must fill out a NEW form within the first two weeks of school to continue assistance.
- Download the Free and Reduced Application by clicking the link on the right hand side of the food service page under "resources". Make sure to complete the sharing information survey as well to qualify for other district benefits such as "pay to participate".
- Confidentiality - All children receiving free or reduced meals are kept confidential.
- Free/reduced meals include 1 entree, half cup fruit, half cup vegetable and carton of milk. To qualify students must take at least an entree with either a fruit or vegetable.
- All other items, including bottled beverages, extra sides and snacks, are not included in the meal and must be paid for separately.
- Green "MyTray" signs are at all of the registers if the students are confused about what is included in the meal.
- Our nutrition staff are always happy to assist students with what comes with a meal as well.
- Families who qualify for reduced or free lunches can deposit money in their student's account to purchase extra menu or snack items.
- Milk: $ .75 for skim, lowfat white, or fat free chocolate
- A la Carte items: Varying prices
- 2022-23 Letter to Families about School Lunch
- 2022-23 Paper F/R lunch application
- To complete the Online Free/Reduced lunch application, parents/guardians can Login to ParentPortal and complete the application. Click on your child's name, then click "Food Service Free & Reduced Lunch Application" under School Links.
- 2022-23 How to apply for Free and Reduced lunch
- 2022-23 Frequently asked Questions for Applications
- 2022-23 Sharing information with other Programs
- Special Dietary Needs Form
- Meal Accountability Procedures
The School District, in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, will ensure that homeless children and youth in transition have access to a free and appropriate public education, including preschool, and be given a full opportunity to participate in state and District-wide assessments and accountability systems. A student may be considered eligible for services if he/she is presently living:
• In temporary shared housing, a shelter, or transitional living program;
• In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives;
• At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building; or
• In a temporary or transitional foster care placement.
The Board of Education has designated Cassandra Jones as the School District’s Coordinator under the Homeless Assistance Act. For questions or assistance, please contact the Cassandra Jones, Social Worker and District McKinney-Vento Liaison at 248-341-5629.
Parents have the right to inspect, upon request, any instructional material used as part of the School District’s educational curriculum. Parents will be provided access to instructional materials within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal. The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, including printed and representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or assessments.
The Board acknowledges the need for a reasonable degree of in-school storage of student possessions and will provide storage places, including desks and lockers, for that purpose. Where lockers are provided, students may lock them against incursion by other students, but lockers remain School District property. Students do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to School District personnel or their designees in lockers or other in-school storage places provided by the School District.
The Board also authorizes the use of canines, trained in detecting the presence of drugs or devices. Canines are used to determine the presence of drugs in locker areas and other places where such substances may be concealed. Canine detection is usually conducted in collaboration with law enforcement authorities or other certified organizations and is not used to search individual students without legally
sufficient suspicion, a warrant or parental permission has been obtained.
School authorities are authorized to take reasonable steps to safeguard the safety and well-being of the students by, among other things, implementing the School District’s Student Code of Conduct. Within the discharge of their responsibilities, School District personnel may search students, student property, and school property in the manner permitted by law.
The School District is required, by law, to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools located within the School District, as well as homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.
Child find extends both to children who may be eligible for special education under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and those who may be eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).
If you believe your child may qualify under either the IDEA or Section 504, please contact the District’s Director of Special Services.
The Personal Curriculum (PC) is a Michigan Department of Education (MDE) endorsed process, permitting modification of specific credit requirements and/or content expectations based on the individual learning needs of a student. It is designed to serve students who want to accelerate or go beyond the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) requirements and students who need to individualize learning requirements to meet the MMC requirements. For more information from MDE about personal curriculums, please click here.
Under the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), no student will be required as a part of the school program or the School District’s curriculum, without prior parental consent, to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents;
- Mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family;
- Sexual behavior or attitudes;
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
- Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;
- Legally-recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; or
- Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure, or use of student information for marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”), and certain physical examinations and screenings.
Parents have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey or evaluation created by a third party before the survey/evaluation is administered or distributed by the school to the student. The parent will be given access to the survey/evaluation within a reasonable period of time after the request is received by the building principal.
Eastover Elementary School within Bloomfield Hills Schools receives Title I funding. In accordance with law, the Board of Education has adopted a parent involvement policy (also known as a parental and family engagement policy). The School District is committed to establishing and maintaining positive relationships with families
and the community. To that end, the School District will provide a variety of opportunities for families and other members of the community to become involved in children’s education.
Parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers in writing submitted to HR. The request may include:
- Whether the teacher has met Michigan qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which s/he provides instruction;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- The teacher’s baccalaureate degree(s), major, any other graduate certification or degree(s) held, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
- Whether the student is provided services by a paraprofessional and, if so, the paraprofessional’s qualifications.
Parents/guardians of limited English proficient (LEP) students participating in a language instruction program will be notified, no later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, of the following:
- Placement and reason why their child was identified as LEP;
- The student’s academic achievement level and level of English proficiency (including method of measurement);
- The methods used for language instruction;
- How the language program will meet the student’s instructional needs;
- How the program will help the child to learn English and meet the academic standards required for promotion or graduation;
- The exit requirements for the language program; and
- An explanation of parental/guardian rights, including the parent’s right to enroll or remove a child from the language instruction program.
The School District is committed to creating a school environment that enhances lifelong wellness practices. As required by law, the Board has adopted a Wellness Policy, which is periodically reviewed. The Board’s policies and/or administrative regulations can be found here.
In the absence of an emergency or an IEP or Section 504 plan, the School District does not provide physical examinations and screenings on school premises. In the event the School District does provide physical examinations and screenings, parents may opt-out their student from participation by sending the request, in writing, to their student’s building principal, or by submitting this Physical Examinations and Screenings Opt-Out Form.
Title IX Coordinators
7273 Wing Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Title IX Coordinators oversee the district's Title IX compliance and are also a district employee:
- Margaret Schultz, Director of Instructional Equity and Title IX Coordinator - (248) 341-6842
- Kimberly Hempton, Director of Elementary Education and Title IX Coordinator - (248) 341-6315
- Sarah Fairman, Director of Secondary Education and Title IX Coordinator - (248) 341-6921
Any questions, comments, or suggestions related to BHS SWMP can be directed to Ken Vavruska at email@example.com.
Bloomfield Hills Schools participates in the School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program, which is a program jointly administered by the Michigan Department of Education and Department of Environmental Quality. This program provides school funding costs associated with the mitigation of potential lead exposure from drinking water, fixture replacement, filter purchases, plumbing assessments, or technical assistance incurred between July 2, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
The School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program requires schools submit proof of public notification of the number of fixtures providing water for drinking or food preparation, testing results, number of fixtures replaced, and other corrective action plans prior to reimbursement.
Maintenance and Operations regularly tests the water in student-occupied buildings to ensure safe drinking water for all building occupants. In August 2017, all water testing came back "normal" with no action required or cause for concern.
Water Testing Reports:
Bloomfield Hills High School
Bloomfield Hills Middle School
Bloomin' Preschool Fox Hills
Booth Doyle Center
Conant Elementary School
East Hills Middle School
E.L. Johnson Nature Center
Lone Pine Elementary School
Way Elementary School
West Hills Middle School
Wing Lake Developmental Center