Nondiscrimination
Sumter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in itsprograms or activities. For inquiries regarding the policy, contact the Chief Operations Officer or the Director ofSpecialized Programs, Sumter School District, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150 or call 803-469-6900.
 Section 504
Section 504 is an Act that prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance.
The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who: has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing,hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working); has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, Sumter School District recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding personnel and students.No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system. The school district has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate and comparable educational services.
If there are questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Doncella Gibson, coordinator of specialized assessments, at 469-8536, extension 123.
Parent’s Right To Know Teacher Qualifications
Under NCLB, parents/guardians have the right to obtain information regarding the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Specifically, parents/guardians have the right to know what type of certificate the teacher holds, what subjects the teacher is certified to teach, and the teacher’s major and any graduate degrees.Most of this information is accessible through the State Department of Education’s Division of Quality Website, www.scteachers.org/titleii/parents.cfm. You may search for this information by entering the teacher’s name directly or by
accessing a listing of all teachers by district or school name. Only teachers currently employed in South Carolina’s school districts are included in this listing. Information obtained through the Teacher Qualification Search Website is intended for informational use only and is not an official record.If a child attends a Title I school and is taught four consecutive weeks by a teacher not meeting the criteria of Highly Qualified, the school will send a letter home explaining the teacher’s qualifications.If parents do not have access to the Internet or wish to receive additional information,please send a letter of request addressed to the child’s school principal giving the name of the teacher and the grade or subject the person teaches, as well as the specific information you are requesting. The information will be provided to you within a reasonable period of time,normally within three weeks of receiving your request.
Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to the following:
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (protected information survey) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S.Department of Education:or political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;or mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;or sex behavior or attitudes
; or illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; or critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships; or legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors or ministers;or religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or parents; and/or income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.Receive notice and an  opportunity to opt a student out of the following:or any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;or any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance,administered by the school or its agent and not necessary to  protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening
permitted or required under state law; and/or activities involving collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from  students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.Inspect, upon request and before administration or use,
the following: or protected information surveys of students; or instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales or other distribution purposes; and/or instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum. These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law. Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the following:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5901
Asbestos Management Plan Notification
In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA),Sumter School District had inspections performed at each of our school buildings for asbestos containing building materials in 1988 and 1989. The inspection reports and asbestos management plans have been on file in each school’s administrative office since that time, as required by the AHERA Regulations. Re-inspections are performed every three years. Sumter School District continues to manage asbestos containing materials in place in each school until at such time the asbestos containing materials can be properly removed and disposed of at an approved landfill.