General School Info

USD 360 Caldwell Schools

 

 

Board of Education

President & 619 SPED Board Representative-Amy Futhey, Vice-president-Chris Baker, Other members-Jennifer Brown, Gage Overall, Cliff Risley, Bryce Sommerhoff, and Scott York

Regular BOE meetings are held in the district office located at 22 North Webb.  Meeting times are at 7:00 PM unless noted in the preceding month minutes.   In order to address the board at a public forum a written request must be submitted to the clerk of the board.

BOE meeting dates set for 2015-16 are August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14,

January 11, February 8, March 7, April11, May 9, and June 13.

School Administrators

Alan Jamison…………………………………….Superintendent, Federal Programs Director

Kevin Schmidt……………………………………6-12 Principal, Perkins & VE2 Director, 504 Director

Aaron Roop ..………………………………………………….PreK-5 Principal, 504 Director

Kelly Nance ………………..………………………………………….….…K-12 Counselor

Pam Lungren……………………………………….Director of Food Service & Transportation

Denny McDorman…………………………Director of Buildings, Grounds, & Maintenance

Kurt Neal……………………………………K-12 Asst. Principal/Activities/Athletic Director

Cindy Conrady……………………………………………………….……Technology Director

Kristi Teeter………………………………………Director Chisholm Trail Learning Academy

Schools

Caldwell Children’s Center………………………………………620-845-2585ext.2026

Preschool ages 3 and 4

Caldwell Elementary School…………………………….………..620-845-2585  ext. 3

Grades K-5

Caldwell Secondary School……………………………….………….…..620-845-2585  ext.  2

Caldwell Middle School-Grades 6-8 & Caldwell High School-Grades 9-12

Chisholm Trail Learning Academy…………………………..………………620-845-2544

Non graded-Credit recovery school for high school diploma ages 18 and up-Virtual classes offered as well

School Safety Hotline

A statewide hotline to the Kansas Highway Patrol is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to report impending school violence.  Information received on this hotline will immediately be shared with local law enforcement and school officials.  The Kansas School Safety Hotline number is 1-877-626-8203.

 

School Website

School information is available on the school website at www.usd360.com and is updated on a regular basis.  The website has information about the school and has links for students and parents to access grades, contact teachers, and other items on the student information system.  This page also allows you to access the parent online information at goedustar.com.  At this site you can get more information on your student such as assignments, grades, behavior reports, and attendance reports.

 

School Communications

Upon enrollment contact information is gathered and inserted into the school data system.  SchoolMessenger is the automated phone system that the district uses to send home voice messages.  You may see a school number on your caller ID when the system has attempted to leave a notification.  You may also sign up for Textcaster which is a communication program that allows you to receive school announcements as texts on your cell phone.  You can find the Textcaster sign-up details on the district web site.

The district also has a Facebook page USD360_Caldwell and a Twitter account @USD360_Caldwell that is used to post information to district patrons and students that follow those social media sites.

 

School Attendance

School principals are required to notify authorities of excessive school absences.  It is difficult to teach students not in school.  Students may make up their work after being absent.  It shall be the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher for make-up assignments.  Parents are expected to notify the school when the parent finds it necessary to keep their child out of school.  The school will contact the parent if they are not notified.  The building administrators make the final determination if any absence is excused or unexcused.  The school day starts at 8:00AM and ends at 3:40PM.  Students may be asked to stay in until 4:00PM to complete missing assignments under the supervision of a teacher.

 

Transportation

USD 360 Caldwell Schools does not run bus routes.  Buses are run only for transporting students to and from school activities.  Students who receive services outside of Caldwell will be transported in a school vehicle to and from the point of service.  Parents are paid mileage by the school from their residence in the district to 2.5 miles from the school attendance center.  Out of district students are paid mileage at the point where they enter the district to 2.5 miles from the attendance center.  Mileage vouchers must be submitted monthly in order to receive payment from the district.

Inclement Weather

If it necessary to close school, begin late, or dismiss early, notifications will be on radio station KLEY in Wellington 1130 AM and 93.5 FM, TV stations KWCH channel 12, KAKE channel 10, and KSN channel 3.  Messages will also be delivered though the School Messenger automated phone system and the Textcaster notification system to your cell phone if you are registered. The district will also post the information on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Notification will be as soon as the decision has been made along with specific explanations.  School closings will be made through the district office administration.

School Insurance

All Caldwell students (grades K-12) will be insured against accidents and injuries by a policy purchased by the Board of Education through Student Assurance Services of Stillwater, Minnesota.  This is a LIMITED POLICY WHICH COVERS A PORTION OF THE EXPENSE NOT COVERED BY THE FAMILY INSURANCE.  It covers both athletic and school time injuries. It is a responsibility of the student and/or parent to inform the office when they need to file a claim.  Claims MUST be made within 90 days.

The KSHSAA Catastrophic Insurance which covers major athletic injuries has also been purchased by the Board of Education.

 

Textbook Rentals/Lunch Fees

Rental fees are to be paid at enrollment or arrangements made for payment at a later date.  A list of school fees and textbook rental are available in the elementary and secondary school offices.  Students in lab classes will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of projects and materials.

Due to the availability of gift cards from the Kansas Star Casino, only textbook rental fees will be waived provided the waiver is in at the school office by August 28, 2015.  Only those people qualifying for free meals will be eligible for the textbook rental waiver.  Please have separate checks if possible for book rental and lunch payments.  Approved price for school lunches; Pre K-12 are $2.55 per meal; and adults are $3.45 per meal.  Approved prices for school breakfast; grades Pre K-12 are $1.75 and adults are $2.10 per meal.

Immunization of Students

All students of Kansas schools are required to be immunized against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.  Hepatitis B and varicella are required at certain grade levels.   Students enrolling in school will provide proof of all required immunizations.  Students who have not completed the required immunizations may enroll or remain enrolled while completing the required immunizations if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in a required series.  Failure to timely complete all required series will be deemed non-compliance.  Students may be excluded from school until proof of required immunizations is provided to the school.  The only exceptions are:  (1)   An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that immunizations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; (2) An written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to immunizations.  (K.S.A. 72-5209. . . K.S.A. 72-5208 to 72-5211a)

 

School Lunch Program

USD #360, 22 N. Webb, Caldwell, Kansas announces its participation in the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM AND SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM, administered by the State Board of Education.  Local officials have adopted the following family income guidelines for determining eligibility for free and reduced meal prices.

INCOME-ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES, SCHOOL YEAR 2015-16

Family Size Free & Reduced Meal Prices

1……$11,770……………21,775                               7……$36,730…………….….67,951

2……$15,930……………29,471                               8……$40,890…………….….75,647

3……$20,090……………37,167                               9……$45,050……………..…83,343

4……$24,250……………44,863                               10… .$49,210………………..91,039

5……$28,410……………52,559                               11…..$53,370………….…….98,735

6……$32,570……………60,255                               12…..$57,530………………106,431

For each additional household member add $4,160 for free lunches and $7,696 for reduced lunches.

 

Affirmative Action Plan

USD #360 believes in the principal and practice of equal opportunity under the law.  Neither the Board of Education nor any employee of this school district shall illegally discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, handicap, or any other statutorily prohibited basis.  All policies and regulations of the Board of Education shall be enforced in compliance with this policy.

As a means of assuring equal employment opportunity in the School District, the Superintendent of Schools, is directed to implement the Affirmative Action Plan by all reasonable means and to report to the Board.

The Board fully supports the provisions and requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.  The Board further supports the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 concerning the treatment of handicapped persons; and P.L. 94-142 concerning the education of handicapped children.  The Superintendent of Schools is directed to proceed with implementing the requirements of those federal statutes.

Any person having inquiries concerning Unified School District #360 compliance with Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 is directed to contact the Superintendent,  22 N. Webb, Ph. 620-845-2585, Ext 2005.  The superintendent has been designated by Unified School District #360 to coordinate the school district’s efforts to comply with Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.

Notification of Asbestos Re-Inspection

Subject:  Notification of possible materials within the school buildings which may contain asbestos.

This letter officially notifies all employees, students and parents that there may be materials within the school buildings which may contain asbestos.  This bulletin has been directed to each of you to make you knowledgeable about potential health hazards.

On October 22, 1986, a law became effective pertaining asbestos abatement in public schools.  The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of developing formal guidelines for local educational agencies to follow.

We believe that Caldwell Schools have fulfilled the 1982 asbestos-in-schools rule of inspection and removal of friable materials which may have contained asbestos.  The new law and regulations will require annual inspections of the buildings and development of a possible plan of action to remove all materials which may contain asbestos.  The school district will make every reasonable effort to ensure that exposure to asbestos material does not occur.

American Metropolitan Environmental Inc. out of Wichita, Kansas has been contracted to conduct three year asbestos re-inspections and those reports are on file in the district office.  Maintenance staff monitors asbestos every six months for changes in condition.

The results of the three year re-inspections are on file in the management plan in the district office at 22 N. Webb, Caldwell, Kansas.  Anyone is welcome to view these anytime during normal school hours.

Annual Notification Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records which are kept and maintained by USD 360.  In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:

  1. The right to review and inspect all of your educational records except those which are specifically exempted.
  2. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons with certain limited exceptions. Disclosure of information from your educational records to other persons will only occur if:
    1. we have your prior written consent for disclosure;
    2. the information is considered “directory information” and you have not objected to the release of such information; or
    3. disclosure without consent is permitted by law.
  3. The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe that the records are misleading, inaccurate or otherwise in violation of your rights. The right includes the right to request a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD 360 has failed to comply with FERPA
  5. The right to obtain a copy of USD 360’s policies for complying with FERPA. A copy may be obtained from the District office.

For purposes of FERPA, USD 360 has designated certain information contained in educational records as directory information which may be disclosed for any purpose without your consent.  The following information is considered directory information:  name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation of officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous school attended by the student, class designation, major field of study and photographs.  You have a right to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information.  If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect with USD #360, at 22 N. Webb, Caldwell KS 67022, within five (5) days of enrollment.  If a refusal is not filed, USD #360 assumes there is no objection to the release of the directory information designated.

Special Education Services and Related Services in USD 360

Unified School District 360, Caldwell Schools, strives to provide for the educational needs of all students.  Federal and state legislation requires each local board of education in Kansas to provide special education and related services to exceptional children.  In Kansas, exceptional children include children with disabilities including the handicapped and intellectually gifted.

These services are provided for our students through membership in the Sumner County Educational Services, Interlocal District 619.  Through membership in the cooperative we join four other districts in providing appropriate education to all our exceptional students.

Acquisition of these services through a cooperative is necessary due to reasons of small incidence of exceptional students, economy in providing the services, and the ability to serve the varying needs of these students.

Infants and Toddlers

USD 360 does not directly provide services for infants and toddlers.  However there is a close relationship with the agency that works with the special needs of these children.  Information can be obtained through the elementary office.

Screenings and Referrals

Free developmental screenings for children from birth to five years of age are available throughout the school term.  Parents can contact the special education office or the elementary office to schedule an appointment.

Parent Referrals

Parents can make referrals to determine if special education or related agencies are needed.  Parents should contact their child’s principal, counselor, or teacher to begin the referral process.

Confidentiality of Records

All special education records are treated as confidential.  The records are available to parents plus staff that have a need to know, such as the child’s teachers, principal, or counselor.  Records will usually be sent to a receiving school without permission, otherwise parental permission must be obtained in order to release records to other agencies, professionals, or individuals.  Records are kept in a locked file in the special education office.

For information regarding these programs, services, and procedures for referral for comprehensive evaluation for the exceptional child, please contact your Board of Education office at 620-845-2585, or Heather Bristor, Director of the Sumner County Educational Services Interlocal, District 619, 221 West 15th, P. O. Box 427, Wellington, KS 67152, Phone 620-326-8935.

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