Asbestos Management Plan
All Hastings Area School System buildings are involved in an Asbestos Management Plan that calls for periodic surveillance of asbestos found in each building. Twice a year an inspection of each building is made to determine if any change in the condition of asbestos has taken place or if any action is needed to maintain a safe environment. Each school building has a specific plan for monitoring asbestos, and the plan is located in each school office. A complete School System plan, for the monitoring of asbestos, is on file at the Administration Office and the asbestos manager’s office, which is located at Hastings Middle School. Any operations and maintenance activity needed for asbestos situations will be performed by trained school personnel when school is not in session. When new or replacement construction is necessary, a non-asbestos material will be used. Any major asbestos removal project will be done by a professionally licensed, and Environmental Protection Agency approved contractor. Any response action to asbestos that is planned or completed in the schools, other than the routine operations and maintenance program, will be reported annually to the public.
Drug & Weapon Free Zone Notifications
- Concealed Weapons Law
- Drug-Free Schools Policy
- Gun-Free Schools Act
- 7434 - Use of Tobacco on School Premises
Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening of Schools
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Public Release for Free & Reduced Price School Meals
Telephone: (269) 948-4417
Cost: Breakfast $1.70 • Lunch $2.90
Milk $0.50 • Fruit or Vegetable $0.50
Adult Lunch $4.00
Matt Moore, Food Service Director
Hastings Area Schools serves well over 225,000 Type A meals each year, plus a snack bar and a la carte items. We offer over four entrees per day in all schools. This provides a good healthy choice for each child. We also offer snack bars in the Middle and High schools for those students who want something extra for lunch. Not all snack bar items are sold in both schools. Breakfast is offered each morning! We offer cereal, juice, muffins, pop tarts, string cheese, fruit, graham crackers, and milk. If your child receives a free or reduced price meal, he/she will receive the same benefit for breakfast.
Debit card payment system: We use a computerized debit system for payment of all items. Parents can pay online with a debit or credit card or send in cash, check, or money order in advance for their student’s meals. Payments can be made for a week, two weeks, or even a month. The amount is put on a computerized system for your student’s account that corresponds to a picture identification card which is used for all purchases. Parents can request a list of items their child has selected for meals and snacks – it’s a great way to keep track of what your child is eating. This is a debit card system, not a credit card. Notes are sent home when the amount of money on the debit card is getting low. It is very important for the speed of the lunch line for students to use their ID cards. This also helps take care of any problems with accounts. The picture ID cards are used for all students, free, reduced cost meals, and full payment.
Applications for free or reduced price meals are available online and will be sent home on the first day of school. Please fill out online or return as soon as possible with complete information. The debit card system also allows for anonymity of students who receive free or reduced-price meals. Snack bar items are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Please Note: All Hastings Area School buildings function under a closed campus policy. Students are expected to remain on school grounds during the lunch period. Lunchtime is an important time for children. They need nourishment to give them the zest for learning and fun that’s in store for them in the active school day! Hastings Area Schools intend to provide food served with care so that students can benefit physically and emotionally.
Amount to add for each additional household member:
Application forms can be completed online and submitted, or the application will be sent to all homes with a letter to parents/ guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price school meals online, go to our website, www.hassk12.org and click on “For Parents” and then “Food Service Student Account.” You will log in using your food service username and password and follow the instructions. If you don’t know your login, please contact the secretary at your school or Erin Blakely at the Administration Office at (269)948-4400. Additional copies of the application form are available in the office of each school. Households should answer all questions on the form.Non-Food Stamp Households: An application which does not contain all of the following information cannot be processed by the school: (1) the total income by source for each household member (such as wages, child support, etc.); (2) names of all household members; (3) social security number for the adult household member who signs the application; and (4) the signature for a household member. Food Stamp/ FIP/ PDPIR Households: If you currently receive food stamps, Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits for your child, you only have to list your child’s name and Food Stamp or FIP/FDPIR case number and sign the application. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility, verifying data, or qualifying children for other federal and state programs, as authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture. The school or
other officials may verify applications at any time during the school year. Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible but has a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or if a household member becomes unemployed, the household should fill out an application
at that time.In most cases, Foster Children are eligible for these benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a household has foster children living with them, and they wish to apply for free or reduced-price meals for them, the household should contact the school for more information. Under the provisions of the policy Erin Blakely, 232 West Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058, (269)948-4400 will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. The household also has the right to a fair hearing. This can be done by calling or writing Erin Blakely, 232 West Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058, (269)948-4400.Each school and the Administration Office have a complete policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.Reapply: You may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year. If you lose your job, if your income decreases, if your family size increases or if you begin receiving Food Stamps or FIP/FDPIR, fill out an application at that time. "In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, to file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339 or (800)877-8339 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”You will be informed of application approval or denial.
- 4 doses of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP) vaccine and, if a dose was not received on or after the fourth birthday, a booster dose at school entry is required. Most children will have 5 doses.
- 3 doses of any appropriate polio vaccine and if a dose, was not received on or after the fourth birthday, a booster dose at school entry is required. Most children will have 4 doses.
- 2 doses of any appropriate live Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine received after the first birthday, at least 28 days apart, and with one of the doses at or after 15 months of age or current laboratory evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.
- 3 doses are required, for the Hepatitis B vaccination.
- 1 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) is required or reliable history of the disease. Requirements for children seven through 18 years of age.
- 4 doses of any appropriate diphtheria and tetanus vaccine are required. If a dose, was not given in the last 10 years, a booster dose of Td is required.
- 3 doses of any appropriate polio vaccine are required.
- 2 doses of the MMR vaccine are required. The first dose must be given on or after the first birthday. The second dose must be given at least 28 days from the first dose.
- 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccination are required.
- 1 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) is required on or after the first birthday but prior to the 13th birthday OR two doses are required, administered at least 28 days apart if the child received the first dose on or after the 13th birthday. Children who have not received the required immunizations will be excluded from school until parents provide proof that all required immunizations have been given, or have a waiver on file. Parents will receive written notification of the necessary immunizations needed for their child before the child is excluded from school.
- Meningococcal: 1 dose for children 11 years of age or older.
Notification of Mandatory Special Education Act
THIS MEANS THAT CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DO NOT NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE SCHOOL AGE TO BENEFIT FROM SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES.
It is important that help be obtained for those with disabilities at the earliest possible age. In the State of Michigan, this help is free and available through your public schools. A team of educational specialists evaluates the child to determine the type and degree of disability and the best program placement. This evaluation often includes medical specialists.
Pre-primary Special Education services are available for the: MENTALLY IMPAIRED, EMOTIONALLY IMPAIRED, PHYSICALLY AND OTHERWISE HEALTH IMPAIRED (POHI), HEARING IMPAIRED, VISUALLY IMPAIRED, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE IMPAIRED, and SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABLED.
So, if you have, or know of, a pre-school child who may benefit from these services, call:
Hastings Area School System
232 W. Grand Street, Hastings, MI 49058
PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION REQUEST
Privacy & Protection Acts/Notifications
- 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.
- Student's name
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Telephone listing
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Electronic mail address
- Degrees, honors, and awards received
- Date and place of birth
- Major field of study
- Dates of attendance
- Grade level
- The most recent educational agency or institution attended
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent
- Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family
- Sex behavior or attitudes
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior
- Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships
- Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents
- Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
- Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding
- 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
- Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
- Protected information surveys of students
- Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes
- Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
- Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
- Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
- Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the Hastings Area School System receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students may ask the Hastings Area School System to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write to the building principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want to be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information 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 interests. 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 service instead of using its own employees or officials (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. Upon request, Hastings Area School System discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Hastings Area School System will forward the records as requested.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Hastings Area School System to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
School Insurance Information
Sexual Harassment Policy
Annual Parent Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications
B. If the teacher is teaching under an emergency status for which state licensing requirements have been waived;
C. The type of college degree major of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate; and
D. If your child is receiving Title I services from paraprofessionals and, if so, his/her qualifications.