Annual Notices

The PCM district is required to provide notice to the public of designated State and Federal regulations, as well as some district policies. These annual notices pertain to certain state and federal mandates, laws, and regulations. The required notices are listed below.  In addition to being placed on our website, these required notifications are distributed in other ways, including by email, in our annual newsletter, and in our handbooks. For questions related to annual notices, please contact Erin Vander Werf, HR Director at the PCM District Office at 515-994-8222.
Abuse of Students by School Employees (Chap. 102) Policy
 
 
Please visit this website for specific procedures related to reporting and investigation of abuse of students by a school employee (Chap. 102).
Access to Student Records Policy and Regulations
 
 
For more information on student records and your rights, please click here.
Anti-Bullying & Harassment Policies
 
Policy 104 (link)
Regulation 104.R1 (Link)
Exhibit 104.E1 (link)
Exhibit 104.E2 (link)
Exhibit 104.E3 (link)
 
For more information on the district anti-bullying & anti-harassment procedures and guidelines, visit the district Bullying website
Child Nutrition Programs
 
For information about the PCM Nutrition program, please visit the Nutrition page on our website or contact Kerri Roling, PCM Director of Nutrition, kroling@pcmschools.org, 515-994-8222.
 
Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement
 
State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property. State law also limits school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.
 

Policy 503.05 Corporal Punishment

Policy 503.6:  Physical Restraint and Seclusion of Students

Regulation 503.6-R (1): Physical Restraint and Seclusion of Students

 

If you have any questions about this state law, please contact Stephanie VerHelst, Director of Student Services, sverhelst@pcmschools.org, 515-994-8222. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.

Open Enrollment Policies
 
 
More information, including forms, can be found on the district's Open Enrollment page
Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
 
It is the policy of the PCM Community School District not to discriminate in educational programs and employment practices on the basis of: race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs). There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact or submit the grievance form to the district’s Equity Coordinator (for programs) or Superintendent (for employment) at 400 E. Hwy 163, PO Box 610, Monroe, IA 50170 or (515) 994-8222

 

Policy 103 Equal Education Opportunity

Regulation 103-R (1) Equal Educational Opportunity -- Grievance Procedures

Exhibit 103.E (1) Equal Education Opportunity -ANNUAL NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Exhibit 103.E(2) Equal Education Opportunity - CONTINUOUS NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

 

Equity Coordinator:  Jeremy Swink, 400 E Hwy 163, Monroe, IA,  50170; 515-994-8222 Ext 8813
Superintendent: Dr. Michelle Havenstrite, 407 E Plainsmen Road, Prairie City, IA  50228; 515-994-8222 Ext 7781
Fines, Fees, and Charges
 

The PCM Board of Education approves fees and charges related to the expense of school, such as textbooks and materials annually. 

 

Registration fees are paid during the online registration process. There are also optional fees, such as booster club membership, school PTO membership, and student activity passes available for purchase during online registration. Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under Open Enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.

 
 
 
INCLUDE 21-22 FEES HERE!
General Education Interventions
 
 
Health Education
Health education is required in kindergarten through 12th grade to teach from a multicultural, gender-fair approach with global perspectives incorporated at all levels in the education program. The education program requirements for human growth and development are written in law from kindergarten through 12th grade. 
 
Homeless Children and Youth
 

The PCM school district will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving education which may exist in district policies or practices.  A homeless child or youth as defined by law as a child or youth from the age of 3 years through 21 years who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:

  • a child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital; or is awaiting foster care placement;
  • a child or youth who has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • a child or  youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or
  • a migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described above.

 

The district shall make available to the homeless child or youth all services and assistance including, but not limited to, compensatory education, special education, English as a second language, vocational courses or programs, programs for gifted and talented, health services, and food and nutrition programs, on the same basis as those services and assistance provided to resident pupils.

 
 
If you need further assistance/information, please contact the building principal, counselor, or Kristen Souza, Homeless Liason, ksouza@pcmschools.org, 515-994-8222.
Individuals with Disabilities Act
 
Any child with a disability who requires special education has the right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. 
 
 
 
 
Or contact Student Services/Special Education Director, Stephanie Ver Helst, sverhelst@pcmschools.org, 515-994-882 ext. 
Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
 
 
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) applies to the programs and activities of a state education agency (SEA), local education agency (LEA), or other recipients of funds under any program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  It governs the administration to students of a survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight protected areas:

  1. political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
  2. mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
  3. sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  7. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
  8. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

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 (ED).

 

PPRA also concerns marketing surveys and other areas of student privacy, parental access to information, and the administration of certain physical examinations to minors.  The rights under PPRA transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law.

 

PPRA Information