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Equity and Advocacy Parent Tool Box
Parent & Student Toolkit
Educational Equity is a federally mandated monitoring office for the K-12 public school system at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) which monitors civil rights compliance in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regulations.
Referral Process (Child Find) to Special Education
Franklin Discovery Academy is responsible for Child Find Identification and evaluation for all students grades K to 6th, who are current students at Franklin Discovery Academy, who are suspected of having a disability, and are in need of an evaluation for possible special education.
If your child is having significant difficulty with communication, behavior, academic learning, or fine/gross motor skills, or experiencing delayed development for his/her age, he/she may be a child with a disability that requires specialized instruction through special education. If you suspect that your student at Franklin Discovery Academy may have a disability, even though he or she is advancing from grade to grade, please contact our Special Education Department at (801) 785-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: If your child , aged 0-21, is not a current student at Franklin Discovery Academy, please contact their current school or the school district you reside in. Franklin Preschool is a private preschool and does not participate in child find. Students in preschool should be evaluated by the school district they reside in or their contracted provider such as kids on the move
Carson Smith Scholarship information
If you are the parent of a child with an IEP enrolled in a public school, the district is required by Utah Code Section 53A-1a-704 (10) to inform you of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program. Further information, including applications, can be found here:
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Franklin Discovery Academy receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records 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 who wish to ask the Frianklin Discovery Academy to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want
changed, and specify why it should 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 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 provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from 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. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the school’s or school district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer, contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically 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, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to
enroll,or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. Franklin forwards records on request from other schools or school districts.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Franklin Discovery Academy to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance OfficeU.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without
- Directory informaton. See handbook for more information regarding directory information
- To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
- To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34. (§ 99.31(a)(2))
- To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their
behalf,if applicable requirements are met. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§ 99.31(a)(4))
- To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38. (§ 99.31(a)(5))
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction, if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§ 99.31(a)(7))
- To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§ 99.31(a)(8))
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(9))
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36. (§ 99.31(a)(10)
- Information the school has designated as “directory information” if applicable requirements under § 99.37 are met. (§ 99.31(a)(11))
- To an agency caseworker or
other representativeof a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))
- To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, under certain conditions. (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(K))
Procedural Safe Guards (IDEA)
Public Notice of Records Destructions
Students special education records may be destroyed no sooner than five years after a student last attended Franklin Discovery Academy. First records destruction will begin no sooner then the summer of 2022 for students who last attended in the 2016-2017 school year.
If your student received special education services through Franklin Discovery Academy during the 2016-2017 school year and want to claim copies of your records before they are destroyed, please contact Franklin Discovery Academy at (801) 785-6500 and ask for the special education department before April of 2021.
Tax Form: Dependent with a Disability Exemption
See your tax professional regarding this forms impacts on your taxes. Please let us know if you would like a signed form for your student.
April 25, 2017
The Boyer Company 101 S. 200 E., Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mr. Sam Urie
Franklin Discovery Academy 320 E Gammon Road Vineyard, UT
I am the Project Manager responsible for the construction of Franklin Discovery Academy located at 320 E Gammon Road in Vineyard Utah that was completed in August 2016 and received a final Certificate of Occupancy from the Utah State Office of Education on October 20, 2016 and after review of all building documents and to the best of my knowledge, no
Brent L Pace Project Manager
The Boyer Company
A copy of this letter can be purchased from the state of Utah. The money DOES NOT go to Franklin Discovery. https://deq.utah.gov/legacy/programs/air-quality/asbestos/index.htm