• District, State, and Federal Guidelines

    Fines and Fees

    St. Bernard Parish Public Schools (SBPSB) is dedicated to providing a wide variety of educational opportunities to enrich and engage students throughout the learning cycle. 

    SBPSB ensures that fees associated with enrichment activities, consumables, courses, or services which exceed or extend the basic curriculum or constitute personal use or benefit, shall be used for the designated purpose, and may not exceed the reasonable cost for the goods or services. 

    Report cards and other academic records cannot be withheld for failure to pay a fee, pursuant to LA R.S. 17:112 (C); however, parents may be required to pick up the report card and other academic records on school property.

    SBPSB will disseminate information to parents using the school websites, parent meetings, and student handbooks with regard to:

    • descriptions of student fees,
    • dollar amounts of student fees,
    • process for payments, and
    • deadlines for payments.

    Should an economic hardship impact an ability to pay, please contact the school principal to apply for a hardship waiver.


    MEDICATIONS ADMINISTERED AT SCHOOL

    If a child requires medication of any kind during school hours, parents (legal guardians) should contact the student’s school to obtain a medication form and do the following:             

    1. Obtain medication form from the school.
    2. Complete Parent/Legal Guardian side of form.
    3. Have physician complete the Physician's side of form.
    4. Parent (legal guardian) must bring the medication and the medication card to the school. The student may not bring the medication, card, or refills to school.
    5. Bring the completed form and medication (in the prescription bottle from the pharmacy labeled with dosage and time to be given at school) to the student’s school. Please call the school before coming to make sure a school nurse is on campus and would be available to accept the medication(s).
    6. Meet with the nurse at the student’s school so that they can determine if (a) the medication is properly labeled; (b) the proper medication forms are complete; and (c) the medication policy is understood.
    7. If there are any changes in medication such as type, dosage, time, or physician, a new form must be completed.
    8. Medication orders must be renewed every school year. Previous orders expire on June 30th of each new school year.

    COMMUNICABLE DISEASES/MEDICAL DISORDERS

    According to the regulations of the Department of Health & Hospitals for the State of Louisiana, students or employees having the following communicable diseases or medical disorders shall be excluded from school until the following restrictions are met:

    Chickenpox: Until all lesions of the skin have healed or upon submission of a physician's certificate to return.

    Diphtheria: Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Hepatitis: (Jaundice) Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Impetigo: (Indian Fire) Until all lesions are healed or upon submission of a physician's certificate to return.

    Meningitis:Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Mononucleosis:Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Mumps:Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Pediculosis:Until satisfactory evidence of treatment is presented or upon submission of a physician’s certificate to return.

    Pink Eye: Until eye or eyes are completely cleared or upon submission of a physician’s certificate or until a physician issues a certificate to return.          

    Poliomyelitis:Until a physician issues a certificate to return.     

    Ringworm: (Scalp or Body)Until ringworm disappears or upon submission of a physician's certificate to return.

    Rubeola: (Red Measles) Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Rubella: (German Measles): Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Scabies: (Itch): Until satisfactory evidence of treatment is presented or upon submission of a physician’s certificate to return.

    Scarlet Fever: Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Staph Infections: Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Strep Throat: Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Tuberculosis:  Until a physician issues a certificate to return.

    Upper Respiratory

    Infections: (Colds, Influenza): Until severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., subsides and/or temperature is below 100 degrees.

    Whooping Cough: Until a physician issues a Certificate to return.                        

    Boils or any lesion with pus: Until all lesions of the skin have healed or upon submission of a physician's certificate to return.

    Head Lice: Until student is effectively treated and all nits are removed from the hair; students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for inspection and re-admission.

    Poison Ivy/Oak:*Until all lesions of the skin are "dry" or upon submission of a physician's certificate to return.

                                                    *Note: Considered communicable only if lesions are oozing fluid.

    Suspicious Rashes:Until skin is clear or upon submission of physician's certificate to return.

    Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea: Until symptoms subside.

    Fever: If a student’s temperature is 100.0° (F) orally or 99.0° (F)  axillary, (s)he must be excluded from class, and the school will notify the parent to pick up his/her child from school.  It is generally recommended that a student remain at home for a minimum of 24 hours after his/her temperature returns to normal.

    Some infections are transmitted when an infected person’s blood or body secretions come into contact with another individual.  If the student has exhibited vomiting, severe and/or uncontrollable nose bleeding, diarrhea, or has soiled their clothing, it is the responsibility of the parent (legal guardian) to pick up their child immediately.  The child may return to school when the condition subsides.


    School Registration Policy

    When registering their children for school, parents (legal guardians) must provide the following information:

    1. Proof of residence – Parents (legal guardians) must submit the following documents:
      1. If you own your current home, a copy of your Homestead Exemption notification.
      2. If you rent or if you are living with someone that is renting, original lease or rental agreement with the names of each person living at that residence listed on the agreement including the landlord’s name and telephone number.
      3. If you own a home, rent, or reside with someone, the following documents are required:
        1. Original, current Entergy bill indicating the point of service AND any 3 of the following 5 documents:
          • Original “Bill of Sale”
          • Original, current water bill indicating address.  Deposit receipt is NOT acceptable.
          • Original, current Atmos gas bill indicating address.  Deposit receipt is NOT acceptable.
          • Original, current Medicaid/Medicare card and eligibility letter with St. Bernard address. Louisiana Driver’s License with the current St. Bernard address.  Louisiana I.D. is NOT acceptable.                 
    2. A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (long form);
    3. Report card from previous school;
    4. Custody papers - Divorced parents or legal guardians must present the most recent original copy of the custody judgment with appropriate signatures and seal so that a copy may be placed in the school file;
    5. Immunization records - A physician’s or Health Department’s verification must be submitted for the following required immunizations:
      1. Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis booster - At least one booster after age 4;
      2. Polio booster - At least one booster should be received after age 4;
      3. Rubeola or red measles inoculation - At least one booster should be received after age 4, or record of the child having had the disease;
      4. Rubella or German measles inoculation - or record of having had the disease;
      5. Mumps inoculation - or record of having had the disease;
      6. Hemophiles influenza (HIB) - required by age 5;
    6. Social Security card (for the student) - to be copied and returned to the parent (legal guardian).
    7. All parents (legal guardians) must complete a McKinney-Vento Homeless survey form during registration. (Qualification for being considered homeless is outlined on page 35).

    If the above records are not available at this time, parents (legal guardians) should register their children and submit all required records within 15 days.  Assignment of a student to a classroom will be delayed until all records are in proper order.  Persons desiring information concerning the school which their children will attend should contact the School Board Office, (504)301-2000.    

    Any other questions concerning registration should be directed to the individual schools.

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Procedures

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines the term “homeless person” as one who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes, but not limited to, families that have lost housing and live in shelters or transitional housing, motels, on the streets, in cars, abandoned buildings, or campgrounds, or students who have been abandoned and are awaiting foster care.  The School District, through its Title I grant, is able to provide support services to assist homeless children with enrollment in school.  To determine eligibility, please contact:

    Ms. Deborah Seibert, Homeless Liaison

    St. Bernard Parish School Board                                                

    200 East St. Bernard Highway

    Chalmette, LA 70043

    Telephone - (504)301-2000


    State/Federal Guidelines Regarding Availability of Student’s Records

    The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 amended the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) to require that each local education agency (LEA) fulfill their obligations under PPRA and under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to take special care to ensure all privacy rights of students and complete compliance with the legal requirements governing those records.

    THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

    According to FERPA, parents/guardians and/or eligible students (those that are 18 years of age or older) have the right to:

    • Inspect and review the education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a written request for access;
    • Request an amendment of education records that are believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA;
    • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and
    • File a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the St. Bernard Parish School Board to comply with the requirements of FERPA at the following:

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Washington, DC 20202-5920

     

    Procedure for Inspection of Records

    To inspect a student’s record, all requests must be in writing and sent to:

    Mr. Tommie Powell, Supervisor of Child Welfare

    St. Bernard Parish School Board                                                                                               

    200 East St. Bernard Highway

    Chalmette, LA 70043

    Telephone – (504)301-2000

    Amendments to a Student’s Record

    If, after an inspection to a student’s record by a parent (legal guardian), or eligible student, the person inspecting said record believes that the educational record contains information that is inaccurate, misleading, or is otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights, an amendment to clarify that discrepancy may be requested.  This request must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent of the St. Bernard Parish School Board at the address listed above for review.  This request must clearly identify the part of the record that should be amended and specify why it should be changed.  All disagreements and/or proposed amendments will be resolved informally, if possible, either by the Superintendent/designee.  Only the Superintendent can authorize such a necessary change in the educational record of a student.

    If the requested change/amendment is not approved, the parent (legal guardian), or eligible student may request a hearing on the matter.  This request for a hearing must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent of the St. Bernard Parish School Board at the address listed above.  This request must be received within thirty (30) days after the date of the notification denying the initial request for the amendment.

    The right to challenge the educational record is not a grade grievance mechanism, and there is no right to a hearing regarding a matter of grade dispute.  In the matter of a grade dispute, the matter is directed to the school principal, and the decision of the principal is final.

    Information Disclosures without Consent

    The School may release information from a student’s record without consent when the disclosure meets those approved conditions set forth under the FERPA regulations.  An official having access to a student’s record is:

    • A person employed by the School Board as a supervisor, an administrator, an academic/research or support staff member (including all health or medical staff), and law enforcement unit personnel;
    • Any elected School Board member;
    • Any person or company employed or under contract with the School Board to perform any special educational assignment for the School Board instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); and/or
    • Any parent (legal guardian) 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 educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school, school district, or institution of post-secondary education where the student has interest to enroll.  All transfers of student records will include grades, attendance, and current disciplinary information (if requested).  If the student was ever expelled, information such as the date of the expulsion and the reason for the expulsion would be included.

    The School may also disclose education records or information from those records without consent to state and local law enforcement officials and/or other officials within the juvenile system acting in an official capacity in accordance to state law.

    Notice and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities

    The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U,S.C. 1232h, requires the school district to notify the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and obtain consent or allow parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to opt  their child out of participating in certain school activities.  These activities include any student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following areas (“protected information surveys”):

    • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent (legal guardian);
    • 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 (legal guardians); or
    • Income, other than as required by law to determine specific educational program eligibility. This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”), and certain physical exams and screenings.

    Disclosure of Directory Information

    According to current FERPA regulations, information designated as “directory information” may be disclosed without consent.  The following has been designated as “directory information”:

    • Student’s name, address, telephone listing;
    • Student’s date and place of birth;
    • Student’s grade level, school, dates of attendance, major field of study;
    • Student’s previous schools (if any), most recent educational agency or institution attended;
    • Student’s photograph;
    • Student’s electronic mailing address;
    • Student’s participation in extra-curricular activities, degrees, honors, and rewards received;
    • Parent’s (legal guardian’s) name, address, telephone listing;
    • Weight and height of athletic team members; and/or
    • Participation in official school recognized activities and sports.

    A parent (legal guardian) and eligible student, however, may limit directory information disclosure or opt-out entirely and not release any directory information to outside groups or individuals who do not have a direct relation to the school.  Some of these outside groups or individuals include:

    • Clothing retailers for uniforms, prom/formal wear;
    • Driving schools;
    • Higher education institutions;
    • Project Graduation;
    • Scholarship programs/recruiting agencies;
    • Summer, cheerleading, dance camps;
    • Military;
    • Marketing programs;
    • Non-profit organizations (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local recreation’s athletic clubs, local churches); or
    • Parent (legal guardian) organizations.

    A parent/legal guardian and eligible student may also limit directory information disclosure or opt-out entirely and not release any directory information to outside groups that have a relationship to school-sponsored functions.  Some of these include:

    • A playbill showing a student’s role in a drama production;
    • The annual yearbook;
    • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
    • Graduation program; and/or
    • Sports activity sheets (such as a football program showing height and weight of team members).

    If a parent/legal guardian or eligible student would prefer to have directory information excluded from the directory data, except as provided by law, he/she may complete the “Disclosure of Directory Information” form.  This form is located directly behind the Table of Contents of this Guide to Student Conduct and must be completed within the first two (2) weeks of the beginning of school or within the first two (2) weeks of the official entry of the student at his/her school.  This form must be completed and presented to the principal of the student’s school for each academic year.

    The full text of the FERPA regulations can be found at 20 U.S.C. 1232g.  The implementing regulations concerning FERPA can be found at 34 CFR 99.1 through 99.67.

    Various Other Federal Statues Affecting Educational Records

    Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, various federal laws have been enacted to revise portions of FERPA such as the No Child Left Behind Act, the USA Patriot Act, and the Protection of Pupil Rights Act.    Our school district complies with all state and federal privacy and educational record laws.  Copies of these statues, their implementation regulations, and other information concerning parent (legal guardian) and student rights can be obtained from the Board by written request to:

    Mr. Tommie Powell

    St. Bernard Parish School Board                                                

    200 East St. Bernard Highway

    Chalmette, LA  70043

    Telephone – (504)301-2000

    PUBLIC INFORMATION/COMMUNICATIONS RELEASES

    Since the school system is a vital and integral part of the community, keeping the public informed about the educational progress of the school, any accomplishments, awards, etc., students (pictures, comments, etc.) are sometimes included in the school information that is distributed to the public via the news media.  Periodically, interviews, video recordings, broadcasting events and activities, newspaper articles containing photographs, and voice recording of students are used.  The school web site and the local television system are also used to highlight many student activities and educational achievements.  In order to continue to promote our educational accomplishments, each parent (legal guardian) is asked to sign and return to the student’s school the “Public Information/ Communications Release” form on Page ii of this document to permit such participation by your child.   Permission for this is sought for all students because they are our lifeline to the public even if the parents (legal guardians) have chosen not to limit the release of student directory information. 


    Student Access to the Internet Computer Network

    Possible Risks Involved in Student Use of the Internet Computer Network

    • There is the possibility that material which some students, parents (legal guardians), or teachers may find controversial, offensive, objectionable, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate for minors, may be present or otherwise available on the Internet.
    • Some services on the Internet could be considered offensive, and students must take responsibility for their own actions in navigating the network.
    • It is virtually impossible to prevent students from getting undesirable materials while preserving the student’ status as a full member of the Internet community.
    • The school board policy cannot formalize precise limits upon a student’s access. Rather, it is the student’s responsibility to follow standards set by their parents (legal guardians).

    Student Responsibilities in Internet Usage

    • Students have a responsibility to use appropriate language when using the internet. The School Board will not tolerate a student’s use of profanity or obscenity on the Internet, and the use of such inappropriate language on the Internet may result in school disciplinary action and the student losing internet privileges.
    • As community members, students must respect the rights of others in both the local community and on the internet at large. Offensive, obscene, harassing, abusive or inflammatory language, pictures, or materials, and/or personal attacks are unacceptable uses of the internet, and students who engage in such communications on the internet may be subject to school disciplinary action and/or loss of internet privileges.
    • Students have the responsibility to follow copyright laws and rules, and must respect all copyright issues regarding software, information, and attributions of ownership in their exercise of internet privileges. A student’s failure to do so may result in school disciplinary action, the loss of internet privileges, and/or prosecution under applicable state and federal law.
    • Students must recognize the privacy rights of others, and refrain from re-posting personal communications without the original author’s prior consent. Failure to do so may result in school disciplinary action and/or the student’s loss of internet privileges.
    • Students may use the internet only for legal activities. A student who engages in illegal activities, including but not limited to tampering with computer hardware or software, computer piracy, hacking, unauthorized entry into computers or knowledgeable vandalism or destruction of computer files will be subject to school disciplinary action, lose internet privileges, and may be prosecuted for criminal violations under applicable state and/or federal law.
    • Students are responsible for avoiding the knowing or inadvertent spread of computer viruses. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance by spreading computer viruses are considered criminal activity under state and federal law.  A student who engages in such activity will be subject to school disciplinary action, lose internet privileges, and may be prosecuted for criminal violations under applicable state or federal law.
    • A student must accept full responsibility for usage of his or her account. A student’s failure to fulfill this responsibility by giving his or her password to another may result in school disciplinary action and/or the loss of internet privileges.
    • A student must take responsibility for his or her own messages, actions and words on the internet. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities may result in school disciplinary action and/or loss of internet privileges.
    • Students have the responsibility to display exemplary behavior when using the internet, and must conduct themselves as representatives of both their respective schools and the community as a whole. Failure to fulfill this responsibility may result in school disciplinary action and/or loss of internet privileges.

    School Board Policies and Procedures

    St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Board Policies and Procedures can be accessed by visiting the district’s website (www.sbpsb.org). This manual consists

    of the policies of the St. Bernard Parish School Board; some major regulations and/or procedures adopted by the School Board and intended to facilitate the

    implementation of School Board policy may also be included.


    School Board Policies and Procedures

    St. Bernard Parish Public School System’s Board Policies and Procedures can be accessed by visiting the district’s website (www.sbpsb.org). This manual consists

    of the policies of the St. Bernard Parish School Board; some major regulations and/or procedures adopted by the School Board and intended to facilitate the

    implementation of School Board policy may also be included.


    Equal Opportunity Provisions

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal civil rights laws and regulations that are applicable to this agency.  Therefore, no one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); Sex (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972); disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973); or age (Age Discrimination Act of 1975) in attaining educational goals and objectives and in the administration of personnel policies and procedures.  Anyone with questions regarding this policy may contact Mr. Tommie Powell, Supervisor, at (504) 301-2000, 200 East St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA  70043.

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board seeks to provide to all of its students and employees equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, age, disabilities, veteran status, or gender.  The Board further seeks to provide a safe learning and work environment acknowledging the worth and dignity of each individual.  To that end, the Board expressly prohibits discrimination and/or sexual harassment prohibited by federal law.

    Inquiries concerning the above may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C. 20201, or inquiries concerning Title IX of the 1977 Education Amendments may be directed to Mr. Tommie Powell at (504) 301-2000; inquiries concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to Mrs. Cheramie Kerth at (504) 301-2000; or, inquiries concerning sexual harassment may be directed to Mr. Tommie Powell at (504) 301-2000.