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Section 9000 – General Public and Organizational Relations

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9000—GENERAL PUBLIC AND ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONS

9001 School Community Relations


9190 Interviews with Students
9230 School Volunteers
9250 Use of District Facilities
9300 Alcohol and Smoke Free Schools, Grounds, Vehicles, and
Facilities
9350 Public Gifts and Bequests
9370 Distribution of Materials in Schools
9400 Visitors to the Schools
9450 Concerns, Suggestions and Complaints
9510 Public School Academies
9540 District Government Relations
9620 Relations with Political Organizations
9720 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and School Partnerships
9840 Student Teaching and Internships
9900 Education Research Agencies

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9001 School Community Relations 9001

In keeping with its Vision, and in particular with its desire to earn the trust

of its communities, the Board seeks to establish a satisfactory working

relationship with all media, governmental, educational, and private agencies

having an interest in the operation of all public schools and who places children’s

needs first.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9190 Interviews with Students 9190

Any representative of the news media seeking to interview any student

during regular school hours must first gain the approval of the appropriate

program supervisor or designee. The program supervisor shall witness,

supervise and regulate all media interviews with students so that such interviews

do not interfere with the educational activities of the students involved.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9230 School Volunteers 9230

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of the use of

volunteers in the District as a viable, educationally sound practice. Through the

use of volunteers, supplemental educational assistance can be provided to the

students of the District. Volunteers serve at the will of the District and their

service is subject to review by the program supervisor.

Volunteers provide significant services by supplementing the work of paid

staff, but are not substitutes for paid staff. Typical assignments include

supplemental instruction as determined by the classroom teacher, clerical work,


and supervision of student activities. Volunteers shall be registered with the Staff

Resources office.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9250 Use and Leasing of District Facilities 9250

The Board of Education believes that the public schools are owned by the

community and that the schools play an important part in the intellectual growth

and social expression of a community. To this end, the Board encourages public

use of school facilities.

Permission to use school facilities shall not be considered an

endorsement of an activity or of an organization by the Board of Education.

School-sponsored activities shall have first priority. The Board delegates

its authority to authorize use of school facilities to the Superintendent with the
exception of use established through lease or other contract involving any

transfer of property rights. The Assistant Superintendents and their designees,

are hereby designated by the Superintendent to authorize the use of school

facilities. A coordinator will be designated in each service area who will be

responsible for maintaining an accurate calendar of all uses of school facilities

other than regular classroom activities. The Board of Education shall receive an

annual report of facilities use based upon the coordinator's calendar.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 333.12601 et seq.; OAG, 1987-1988, No 6460, p 167 (August
25, 1987); Lamb’s Chapel v Center Moriches Union Free School
District, 508 U.S. 384 (1993)

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9250-R Use and Leasing of District Facilities 9250-R
Use of facilities will be limited to groups that agree to follow these
principles and procedures:
1. Controlled substances including alcoholic beverages will not be permitted
on school property at any time.
2. No pyrotechnic devices or materials shall be used at any time in any
building or on any property by any person, for any reason, unless
permission is granted by the program supervisor.
3. Users of District facilities shall hold the District harmless from any loss,
damage, or expense that may arise during or be caused in any way by
use or occupancy of District facilities. Also, in the event that property loss
or damage is incurred during the use or occupancy of District facilities, the
amount of damage shall be determined by the Superintendent and a bill
for damages will be presented to the group using or occupying the
facilities during the time the loss or damage was sustained. Our insurance
carrier has the right to seek reimbursement from an outside group's
insurance company for damages to facilities and equipment when the
outside group is responsible for the damage.
4. Any group desiring to use the District facilities must designate a "contact
person" by name, address, and phone number, and provide such
information when making reservations.
5. Any group using District facilities when a facility is not open will be
required to pay a fee established annually by the Superintendent. The
Superintendent reserves the right to waive any and all fees, or any portion
thereof at his/her discretion. This fee may vary with unusual
circumstances. Restricted use of any kitchen facilities, at any time, may be
available on an "extra" fee basis and with more stringent use limitations.
The Vo-Tech kitchen facilities are generally not available for public use,
other facilities with access to kitchen equipment require special permission
from the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent.

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6. Religious organizations seeking use of facilities will be treated as any
other group or organization, and may not receive any special preference
nor be subject to discrimination in the implementation of this policy.
7. Groups and/or organizations from the private for-profit sector are
permitted to use the facilities under the same conditions as those applied
to non-profit and/or civic groups. However, the use of facilities for
profit-making activities shall be limited. Profit-making activities specifically
prohibited are those activities during which money changes hands; i.e., an
admission charge, a sales transaction or payment of a commission, etc. It
should be stressed that non-profit organizations and school sponsored
services, activities and events, including those run for the benefit of
student organizations, may engage in fund-raising projects and other
activities during which money changes hands (i.e. candy sales, craft fairs,
fee-for-services)
8. As many different groups as possible should be allowed to use the
facilities. Therefore, longterm, extended use of facilities by one group is
discouraged.
9. All equipment loaned to a group using facilities shall be returned to the
District in the same condition in which it was received. Any mechanical
malfunction shall be noted in writing. Use of the equipment should be
discontinued after the malfunction is discovered. If a group or an individual
damages equipment, they may not be allowed to use District equipment
and/or facilities in the future. The cost of repairs to damaged equipment
will be billed to the group to which the equipment was loaned, unless a
malfunction was noted before it was used by the group.
10. Unauthorized personal use of facilities and equipment by Lenawee ISD
personnel is strictly prohibited and could result in disciplinary actions.
Authorization of building and/or equipment usage shall come from the
Assistant Superintendent.

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9250-R Use and Leasing of District Facilities 9250-R-3
Any outside group or individual that would like to use the facilities for a
meeting or a special event must complete a room request form available at each
facility. The group or individual must designate a contract person with address
and telephone number who will be responsible for the facility when the group or
individual is using it. If a school or Lenawee ISD meeting must be scheduled after
an outside group has reserved the facilities, the outside group or individual may
be asked to schedule the facility at another time.

Leases and Rental Agreements of Facilities Owned by the Lenawee

Intermediate School District


The Board of Education reserves the right to approve all leases and rental

agreements concerning school facilities. In general, all leases and rental

agreements should be written in a consistent form by the District administration

or its counsel and, if written by District staff, it may be reviewed by counsel

before presentation to the Board for final action. The terms in such agreements

may differ depending on the circumstances. Such agreements must assure first

priority for school sponsored activities, all such leases shall include just

termination procedures. Lease or rental fees may be market-value, nominal,

waived, or based on the District's actual or estimated costs, including, where

applicable, personnel salaries and benefits, utilities, maintenance, repair, and

other direct and indirect expenses. In general, lease or rental of District facilities

after regular business hours may require the presence of an employee on-site

during the use, the cost of which shall be included in the lease or rental fees, and

must be specified in the written agreement.

Hourly Building Usage Fees

An annual fee schedule shall be determined by the Superintendent.

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9300 Alcohol and Smoke Free Schools, Grounds, Vehicles and Facilities 9300

Tobacco Products

No person, at any time, shall smoke, chew or otherwise use tobacco

products, of any kind, on District property, on property under the control of the

District, or in District vehicles.

Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages, of any kind, nor any "look alike" alcoholic

beverages, shall be used by any person in District buildings or on District

property, or in connection with any District sponsored activity, either on or off


District property, at any time.

Signs prohibiting the use of alcohol, tobacco or tobacco products will be

posted on school grounds.

General public violations will be handled in accordance with state law.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 333.12601 et seq.; 750.473; OAG, 1977-1978, No 5336, p.
502 (June 28, 1978); 20 USCA§7183.

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9350 Public Gifts and Bequests 9350-2
The District may receive gifts, which may serve to enhance and extend the
services provided by the Lenawee Intermediate School District. The following are
statements of standards or principles pertaining to gifts to the District:
1. All gifts to the District shall be immediately brought to the attention of the
Superintendent. Gifts may be directed by the donor or school officials to the
Lenawee County Education Foundation, and may be accepted by the
Superintendent on its behalf.
2. Contributions of equipment, real property or services that may involve major
costs for installation or maintenance, or initial or continuing financial
commitments from school funds may be presented by the Superintendent
for Board consideration and approval.
3. A list of contributions primarily for school use shall be reported to the Board
by the Superintendent's office at least annually.
4. The Board may accept gifts of cash. Donor's specifications for the
expenditure of monetary gifts may preclude acceptance of such gifts, but
will otherwise be honored in so far as practicable. The final decision on
items to be purchased with donated monies rests with the Superintendent.
5. Equipment contributed to the schools becomes the property of the District
and is subject to the same controls and regulations that govern the use of
other school-owned property.
6. It shall be the practice of the District to acknowledge receipt of gifts by
sending a "thank you" letter to the donor, limited to describing what has
been donated. The District shall refrain from placing a monetary value upon
gifts.
7. The District may refrain from accepting gifts, including those that pose
potential environmental hazards or other disposal challenges.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9370 Distribution of Materials in Schools 9370

The Board reserves the right to refuse distribution of any material by

outside individuals or groups to the students of the District.

Political Campaign Materials

In order to further citizenship training, the Board encourages the

nonpartisan responsible use of political materials for use in the appropriate

classroom setting.

Special Interest Materials

No special interest materials for distribution to staff and/or students shall


be permitted in the school or on the grounds without the prior approval of the

program supervisor.

Advertising in the Schools

No advertising of materials used for commercial purposes shall be

permitted in the school buildings or on the grounds of the District without prior

approval of the program supervisor. The decision of the program supervisor

shall be final.

Advertising in student publications shall be regulated by rules and

regulations developed by the Superintendent. Ads concerning drug

paraphernalia and any controlled substance are prohibited in any school-

sponsored publication or on school property.

Use of Religious Materials

Religious materials may be used in the program/classroom to study the

historical or cultural aspects of religion but such material is prohibited if used to

indoctrinate the practice of a religion.

Dissemination of Religious Materials

Materials that have a religious content may be made available to students

during non-instructional time. The District shall impose content neutral

restrictions, (as to time, place, and manner) on the dissemination of religious

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materials to ensure that students are aware that the materials are not being

endorsed or sponsored by the District.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: Good News Club v. Milford Central Schools, 121 S.Ct. 2093 (2001)

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9370-R Distribution of Materials in Schools 9370-R

No student shall be forced to participate in the distribution of any non-

school materials in the schools.

Political Campaign Materials

Subject to the approval of the Superintendent, each program supervisor

shall govern the distribution of political campaign materials on the campus and

grounds during election campaigns in order to afford opportunity for all

viewpoints to be considered. No student shall be forced to participate in the

distribution or receipt of any political materials.


Special Interest Materials

No mailing lists of students or employees of the District shall be given to

individuals, organizations, or vendors for distributing materials without the written

approval of the appropriate program supervisor unless otherwise required by law,

such as with the federal No Child Left Behind law provisions for military

recruiters.

Advertising in the Schools

Advertising in the student publications may promote products by brand

name except that commercial ads promoting the sales of any controlled

substance or drug paraphernalia are prohibited.

Distribution or posting of materials which are obscene, libelous or which

may inflame or incite students so as to create a clear and present danger of the

commission of unlawful acts on school property, or physical disruption to the

orderly operation of the district is prohibited.

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9400 Visitors to the School 9400

The Board welcomes and encourages visits to school by

parent(s)/guardian(s), other adult residents of the community, and interested

educators. In order that the educational program continues undisturbed when

visitors are present and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons in the

schools, it is necessary to invoke visitor regulations.

The Superintendent has the authority to prohibit the entry of any person to

a school of this District or to expel any person when there is reason to believe the

presence of such person would be harmful to the good order of the school. If
such an individual refuses to leave the school grounds or creates a disturbance,

the program supervisor is authorized to request from the local law enforcement

whatever assistance is required to remove the individual.

The Superintendent shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are

necessary for the protection of students and employees of the District from

disruption to the educational program or the efficient conduct of their assigned

tasks.

All visitors shall be required to report to the office upon entry. Notices to

this effect shall be posted at the appropriate entryways.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Visitors to the Schools

Parent/guardian visits shall be made in accordance with the following

guidelines:

A. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) visits shall be scheduled with the teacher and

the program supervisor.

B. The program supervisor or designated representative shall accompany

the parent(s)/guardian(s) on the visit if the parent(s)/guardian(s) so

desires. Such visits are for becoming acquainted with school

instruction, programs, personnel, operation, and/or the facility.

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C. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) shall refrain from giving directions or making

evaluations of personnel or critiquing operating procedures during their

visits.

D. If a school visit leaves the parent(s)/guardian(s) with a concern, this

concern should be discussed with the building program supervisor.

E. Board members who have students in the schools and therefore have

parental/guardian opportunities to converse with their student’s

teacher, counselor, or administrator shall make it clear that they are


speaking and/or visiting as a parent/guardian and not as a member of

the Board.

Unauthorized persons loitering in or about any District facility, or on school

grounds, may be asked to leave the premises. Any such person failing to leave

the premises after being asked to do so shall be considered to be in probable

violation of trespassing statutes and law enforcement officers shall be notified

and requested to remove the individual from the building or the grounds.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 380.1137(2)

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9450 Concerns, Suggestions and Complaints 9450

All concerns, suggestions and complaints regarding programs in the

District should be resolved at the lowest possible administrative level, usually a

program supervisor. Unresolved concerns, suggestions and complaints should

be discussed with the Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent.

Whenever a complaint is made directly to the Board as a whole or to a

Board member as an individual, it shall be referred to the Superintendent for

study and possible solution. Any employee involved will be informed and shall

be given every opportunity for explanation, comment and presentation of the


facts as the employee sees them.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 15.261 et seq.

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9510 Public School Academies 9510

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education of the Lenawee

Intermediate School District to renew, or cause to be reviewed, applications for

the contractual authorization of Public School Academies. The Board of

Education reserves the right of refusal for any application for the authorization of

a Public School Academy, so long as the Board is not acting on the basis of

patently illegal discrimination against a protected class of citizens/applicants.

The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to establish an

application fee and criteria for reviewing such applications, including but not
limited to the following principles: maintenance of quality educational

opportunities; avoidance of duplicating existing educational opportunities;

protection of quality cooperative local public school programs; potential stability

in operation; competent staffing and knowledgeable members of the Board of

Directors; clearly articulated educational goals and methods for evaluating

performance; sufficient financial support for administrative services provided by

the Lenawee Intermediate School District to the Public School Academy;

inclusive proposed admission criteria recognizing needs of diverse populations

(students with disabilities, students at-risk minority status); and, interest in and

ability to purchase services (fiscal, student, transportation, information, and

instructional) from the Lenawee Intermediate School District, or one or more of its

constituent local public school Districts.

Applications will be reviewed if they are submitted on the forms provided,

in substantial conformance with these criteria and the standards established in

the law. The Superintendent or designee(s) shall review applications and

recommend approval, modification, amendment, or rejection of the application to

the Board of Education in a timely manner.

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The recommendation for approval, modification, or amendment shall include: the

proposed length of term of the contract, not to exceed 5 years, with the ability to

request Board of Education renewal of the agreement; contractual obligations

running to either parties beyond the routine provisions expected in all Public

School Academy contracts; and, the proposed start of the Academy's operations.

It shall be the policy of the Board of Education to authorize designated

administrative staff to advise interested citizens, applicants, and local public

school officials about the complexity of Public School Academies, their potential
impact, and the procedures for authorizing and monitoring their existence in

Lenawee County.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 380.501, et seq; 380.1311b

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9510-R Public School Academies 9510-R
The Board of Education Policy on Public School Academies establishes
the direction for how the Lenawee Intermediate School District will interact with
interested citizens, applicants, and area educators on the development of public
school academies in Lenawee County. The following procedures are included to
implement that policy. Included below are general parameters to be followed, in
addition to the criteria provided in the policy; the application form to be
exclusively used and a model contract for granting the authority to operate a
public school academy. An application fee is established at $100.00 due upon
submission of the application. Applications shall be reviewed by the
Superintendent. Administrative staff and other staff should refrain from conferring
directly with potential applicants unless they have been authorized to do so by
the Superintendent.
The administration of the Lenawee Intermediate School District shall use
these guidelines when considering an application for a public school academy
and developing a recommendation for Board of Education action:
1. Is Voluntary. An essential element in any viable public school academy or
optional alternative program is the opportunity, the option, of choosing to
participate. Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) make this choice, as do
teachers. They choose to take part on the basis of their own needs and the
style, as well as the emphasis and orientation of the program.
2. Stresses Involvement. Students, parent(s)/guardian(s), faculty, community,
and administration are involved in planning, operating, and evaluating the
public school academies in one way or another.
3. Is Locally Developed. Each program is "home grown," reflecting the needs,
interests, resources, and facilities of the area. Existing programs from other
geographic areas often serve as models or sources of ideas, but these are
adapted and changed to fit the local situation. Optional programs also move
out into the community to use its resources actively and energetically.

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4. Rearranges Resources. An optional public school academy uses its resources

differently from the regular or conventional program. People, facilities, and

materials are all combined in new and often creative ways.

5. Has Well-Defined Goals. Public school academies go through a planning and

development process that evokes clearly stated purposes and objectives. The

sponsoring institution holds the public school academy school personnel

accountable for attaining stated goals.

6. Has Representative Enrollment. Rather than serving only a selected target


group of students, public school academies should be designed to attract

diverse and representative enrollment. Representative enrollment by race,

gender, disability, and economic status needs to be a priority in a democratic

choice design. In addition, factors of academic ability and availability of

transportation should be eliminated as barriers to enrollment and participation.

7. Maintains Relationships with the Public School System. Believing that the

establishment of optional public school academies can be beneficial to all

those involved, programs work to build a close relationship with the existing

public schools within their area.

8. Departs Significantly. By definition, an optional program or public school

academy is a significant departure from the existing program. It often tests out

one or more of the following:

Different roles for administrators, teachers, and students

Different patterns of governance, management, and administration

Different student reporting and evaluation methods

Different/varied methods of instruction

Different/varied methods of organization of students for learning,

including personalized instruction and independent study

More flexible uses of the school day or year

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focused instructional content

9. Teaches Basic Skills. Optional learning programs offer basic subjects, but in

personal and responsive ways. They are not just add-on enrichment or

elective courses. Attention to skills development and subject matter often

occurs within a supportive web of goal setting, building on successes and

strengths, supportive peer groups, and multi-disciplinary approaches.

10. Develops Talents and Interests. Optional programs help students develop a

sense of identity and personal effectiveness. These programs strive for


quality work and utilize a strength based approach to instruction. Teachers,

too, are called upon to use the full range of personal and professional talents.

11. Personalizes Student Learning. Optional programs put people - their

interests, needs, and how they learn at the center of things. Students are the

focus for organizing the educational program.

12. Meets Requirements. Since the public school academy option is the student's

basic program. it makes arrangements to meet requirements for

accreditation, attendance, or graduation Common in the school District or

area.

The guidelines are included to balance the various roles the Lenawee

Intermediate School District plays in the development of public school academies

and are not intended to be exclusive nor listed in priority.

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9540 District Government Relations 9540

The Board seeks to establish a satisfactory working relationship and to

open lines of communication with all governmental agencies having an interest in

the activities of the schools in the District. This may be accomplished through

the creation of ad hoc committees, inter-local memberships, or appointment of

representatives to serve as liaison with specific organizations.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9620 Relations with Political Organizations (Cf. 7760) 9620

Political candidates or political parties shall be prohibited from promoting

candidates or political party activities in student programs and classrooms during

school hours except as they might be invited to speak, either as part of a class

project or as part of the instructional program.

Such organizations may use school facilities according to Board policy.

The circulation of petitions is not permissible when done during an

employee or student’s assigned working hours.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9720 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and School Partnerships 9720

Relations with Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

The Board believes that the education of students is a joint responsibility,

one it shares with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the school community. To insure

that the best interests of the student are served in this process, a strong program

of communication between the home and school must be maintained.

The Board feels that it is the parent(s)/guardian(s) who have the ultimate

responsibility for their children's in-school behavior, including the behavior of

students who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still, for all practical
purposes, and according to IRS regulations, under the parent(s)/guardian(s)

authority. During school hours, the Board, through its designated administrators,

acts in loco parentis or in place of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

The Board directs that the following activities be implemented to

encourage parent(s)/guardian(s) -school cooperation:

A. Parent/Guardian-teacher conferences to permit two-way communication

between homes and school, including use of advanced technologies.

B. Open houses in District schools to provide parent(s)/guardian(s) with the

opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the faculty, and sample the

program on a first-hand basis. Each school in the District shall hold an

open house periodically.

C. Meetings of parent(s)/guardian(s) and staff members to explain and

discuss matters of general interest with regard to child-school, child-home,

or child-school-home relationships.

D. Meetings of staff members and groups of parent(s)/guardian(s) of those

students having special abilities, disabilities, needs, or problems.

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For the benefit of students, the Board believes that parent(s)/guardian(s)

have a responsibility to encourage their child's career in school by:

Supporting the school programs in requiring that the students observe all

school rules and regulations, and by accepting their own responsibility for

students' willful in-school behavior.

Sending students to school with proper attention to their health, personal

cleanliness, and dress.

Maintaining an active interest in the student's daily work and making it


possible for the student to complete assigned homework by providing a

quiet place and suitable conditions for study.

Reading all communications from the school and signing and returning

them promptly when required.

Cooperating with the school in attending conferences set up for the

exchange of information of the student's progress in school.

Schools should schedule meetings, programs, and events so that working

parent(s)/guardian(s) can attend.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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9840 Student Teaching and Internships 9840

The Board may consider the use of student teachers and interns in

classes and programs maintained by the District with or without a written contract

with involved colleges and universities. Student teachers and interns shall be

registered with the Staff Resources Office.

Approved: October 4, 2004


LEGAL REF: MCL 380.1531b

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9840-R Student Teaching and Internships 9840-R

When placing student teachers and interns in the District, the

Superintendent and staff shall:

1. Provide for placement of student teachers and interns with outstanding

teachers who shall serve as supervisors;

2. Protect students from being over-exposed to student teaching, and teachers

from excessive supervisory responsibilities toward student teachers and

interns;

3. Ensure placement of student teachers and interns without regard to race,


color, sex, age, creed, national origin or handicap; and

4. Make provisions with higher education institutions to provide for cooperative

selection of students to be placed in the District's schools.

Student Teacher Selection

Prospective student teachers shall complete a standard application form

and be interviewed by the program supervisor who shall determine whether the

student is acceptable.

Supervising Teacher Selection

The program supervisor shall be responsible in determining those

teachers on staff who may be designated as supervising teachers. This shall be

done with the prior approval of the teaching staff.

The duties and responsibilities of supervising teachers and program

supervisors regarding student teachers and interns can be found in the

appropriate staff/faculty handbooks on file in the District and school offices.

If at any time a student teacher or intern becomes unacceptable, the

District reserves the right to refuse that student teacher or intern further teaching

experience within the District.

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Student teachers shall not be used as substitute teachers in case of teacher

illness or other personal reason. However, special arrangements may be made

with the universities to allow student teachers or interns to substitute in order to

provide the opportunity for the supervising teacher to attend approved in-service

programs or workshops.

A written contract shall be negotiated with and signed by a duly authorized

representative of the university and shall include an agreement whereby the

District is relieved of its responsibility and liability for Worker’s Compensation


claims which may result from accidents to student teachers and interns

performing their assigned responsibilities within the District.

In all instances, the student teacher or intern shall be under the direct

supervision of the program supervisor.

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9900 Education Research Agencies 9900

The contribution of appropriate educational research to teaching and

school administration is recognized by the Board. The District shall cooperate

when possible with colleges, universities, and other recognized agencies to

promote educational research that shall:

1. Increase professional knowledge of teaching and learning processes and

the social setting in which they operate;

2. Clarify perception of instructional and administrative problems;

3. Establish instructional and management objectives; and


4. Assess progress toward accomplishment of District’s Vision.

All requests for use of District staff, students, or facilities for purposes of

educational research shall be submitted in writing to the Superintendent. The

Superintendent's decision shall be final as to the appropriateness and value of

the proposed research and whether or not to engage in the research/study.

Approved: October 4, 2004

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