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Safeline Phone Numbers

West Bloomfield School District has designed the Safeline program to keep track of students who are absent.  When a child is going to be absent, the parent may call a special Safeline number from 6:00 p.m. until school start time the following morning. The parent of any child who is absent, with an unreported absence, will be called shortly after the beginning of the school day.

Doherty Elementary - 248.865.6002
Gretchko Elementary - 248.865.6572
Roosevelt Elementary - 248.865.6622
Scotch Elementary - 248.865.3282
Sheiko Elementary - 248.865.6372
Abbott Middle School - 248.865.3672
Orchard Lake Middle School - 248.865.4482
West Bloomfield High School - 248.865.6722
West Bloomfield Transition Center - 248.539.0532

 

Annual Notifications

Community Education

Preschool Academy: We offer a variety of educational programs for children ages 3 and 4 years. Our curriculum prepares children for Kindergarten readiness and success. Junior Kindergarten (available at ACS and Sheiko) prepares 4 year olds for Kindergarten and is held 3 to 5 full days with extended day options. Stepping Stones (available at ACS and Sheiko) is a full-day program for 3 year olds. Parents choose from 3 to 5 scheduled full-days with extended day options. Traditional Preschool (available at ACS and Gretchko) 1/2-day classes are available for 3 and 4 year old children: T/Th for 3 year olds and M/W/F for 4 year olds. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state funded preschool program for qualifying 4 year olds. The GSRP runs Monday through Thursday at Scotch and Sheiko. Please visit the West Bloomfield School District website, www.wbsd.org for additional information. Register at ACS or call 248-865-6466 for more registration information.

Laura Poxon, Coordinator, 248-865-6457

Kids Klub/Tween Time: Before and After School Child Care offers a variety of activities in a safe and welcoming environment for elementary and middle school students. Kids Klub/Tween Time is offered at all elementary buildings and at both middle schools. Register at ACS, online, or with Collete Goestenkors at 248-865-6468. Please visit the West Bloomfield School District website, www. wbsd.org for additional information.

Collete Goestenkors, Coordinator, 248-865-6468

Enrichment and Recreation: The youth program is designed to strengthen students’ academic standing by providing quality academic and recreational opportunities for toddlers through teenagers. Yearround programming is offered after school, evenings and Saturdays. A variety of exciting classes are available in the areas of science, math, art and dance designed to support and complement our K-12 curriculum. Our aquatics program, under the supervision of The West Bloomfield Aqua Club features Junior and Senior Competitive Swim teams, Middle and High School Swim Conditioning and swim lessons. Our FIRST robotics program is offered to Kindergarten through 8th grade students, keeping kids engaged in 3 levels of completion. FLL Jr., FLL and FTC requiring students to design, create and run robots through courses and problem solve with presentations, all complementing the district’s STEAM curriculum. Computer, fitness and special interest classes are available for teens through adults. Summers are filled with a variety of academic, sports and enrichment-based camps along with 11 weeks of day camps.

Andrea Foglietta, Coordinator, 248-865-6462

Rights of Appeal

Board Policy 8360 outlines the rights to appeal for students. Although the policy is very extensive, the following elements are fundamental. In essence, the policy requires:

• the student to first present the case to the individual who made the decision in question.
• if unresolved, the case to then be presented to the principal or designee.
• the case to be appealed to the superintendent’s designee, if still unresolved.
• if still unresolved, the case to be appealed to the Board of Education for final determination.

Students have the responsibility to process these appeals in cases where a reasonable doubt exists concerning the fairness or equity of a decision. Contact your Principal.

Records and Information

Federal law requires school districts to notify parents, guardians, and eligible students (18 years of age or over) of their right to inspect and review educational records, and to seek an amendment of the records if they believe them to be inaccurate. Requests to inspect and review or seek an amendment to a student’s educational records should be directed to the student’s building principal. Disclosures of personally identifiable information will not be made to third parties without the consent of a parent, guardian, or eligible student, except as otherwise permitted by law. Complaints regarding compliance with Federal laws regarding the maintenance of educational records may be made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office.

Under the provisions of Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976), district-wide results from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) will be supplied to any individual who requests it.

Federal law also provides for “public release without permission” of certain student directory information. West Bloomfield School District defines directory information to include name of student, photograph, major area of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height, if on an athletic team, dates of attendance, awards, most recent previous school attended, and film or video image. Federal law also requires school districts to provide military recruiters, upon request, with students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers, unless directed by a parent, guardian or eligible student not to disclose such information. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school, school system or postsecondary institution where a student seeks or intends to enroll. Parents, guardians, or eligible students who do not wish any or all of the above items released must notify Assistant Superintendent for Talent Development and Management, Eric Whitney, West Bloomfield School District, 5810 Commerce Road, WB, MI 48324, by letter within two weeks of this notice.

School Lunches

The Nutrition Services Department for the West Bloomfield School District serves nutritious meals daily to students in each building. Breakfast and lunch prices for 2018-19 school year are as follows:

• Elementary Breakfast $1.25/Lunch $2.60
• Middle School Breakfast $1.50/Lunch $2.95
• High School Breakfast $1.50/Lunch $3.05
• Adult Lunches $3.90

School lunch includes the main entrée, grain, vegetable, fruit and milk. A la carte milk prices are $.50 for students and adults.

If a doctor has determined that your child has a disability, and the disability would prevent your child from eating a regular school meal, the Nutrition Services Department will make substitutions prescribed by a licensed physician a no extra charge. This includes food and milk allergies. The physician’s statement, including diet and/or substitutions, must be submitted to the Nutrition Services Office before appropriate changes can be made. Please call or email to request the Physician’s form.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals
All Free/Reduced Meal Applications can be found and submitted online at LunchApp.com by going to https://lunchapp.com/. There are no forms to fill out and return. LunchApp.com allows parents to easily apply for meal benefits for children. Go toLunchApp.com and click Start An Application and it will walk you through the process in just a few minutes. Your completed application will be electronically submitted to your school district so your children can receive benefits quickly and confidentially. If you need assistance filling out the online application, please call the Nutrition Services Department at 248.865.6732. Breakfast is provided daily to all students free of charge at Roosevelt Elementary.

Payment System
The district is currently reviewing new online payment options for our families. We hope to have an new system in place shortly. Thank you for your patience.

• Set up an account
• Deposit money at your convenience into your child’s Food Service account
• Set email reminders to notify you when you child’s account gets low
• Set up recurring payments or auto-replenishment
• Check your child’s Food Service Account balance
• View an activity report so you can see what your child has purchased in the previous 30 days

To set up an account, all you will need is:

• A valid email address
• A credit card or ACH Check Information
• Your child’s student identification number (If you are unsure of your student’s ID number, please contact the school office)

There is a convenience fee of $2.50 per transaction for Visa/MasterCard and $1.75 for Electronic Check. Students may also pay by cash or check (made payable to West Bloomfield Nutrition Department) at the cashing station. Please include your child’s full name written legibly on the check or envelope with the words “lunch money” along with your payment. A $30 fee will be assessed for non-sufficient fund checks.

Each child in your family can be set up on the same account. You will need to indicate which students to attach to your account. Once all information is entered, PFI will email a validation code for you to confirm registration. Each time you log on, school messages and the balance(s) of the student(s) on your account are displayed on the Home Page. You can deposit money into multiple accounts with one transaction. Once the money is put on the account, it typically appears in your child’s lunch account in 2 hours. Once your account is established, please visit the “My Account” menu option to set up preferences for your email options. You can also submit your opinions via an ongoing survey.

Anne Stevens, Food Service Director, 248.865.6732

Transportation

Transportation is provided for all resident students who live more than 1 mile from their school by Durham School Services. The safety of every child is our primary concern when riding the bus. In order to ensure safety, all students are required to conduct themselves according to school district transportation rules and regulations. Students are expected to be at their bus stop 10 minutes prior to pick up time. Students are to be ready to board when the bus arrives. If a student is not at his/her bus stop when the bus arrives, the bus will not stop. Please allow drivers time to familiarize themselves with new routes before calling regarding changes. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to a safe and productive year.

Lynne Robertson, 248-865-3680

Special Services

Special Education: Some students need special help in order to be successful in school. Assistance is available for all children who qualify for special education services at local district buildings or within Oakland County. Additional special services include evaluations for students suspected of having a disability. Please contact the Special Services office or speak with your child’s teacher and/or building principal if you suspect your child has a disability.

Immunizations: State of Michigan Law requires the following immunizations: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, (HIB) Haemophilus Influenza Type-B, Varicella (Chicken Pox) or current lab immunity, and Pneumococcal Conjugate. Students who enroll in kindergarten, students new to the district and all 7th grade students must provide a record of immunization to the school office in order to begin school. Immunizations are available from the Oakland County Health Department or from your family physician. West Bloomfield School District appreciates the cooperation of parents in providing the school offices with the necessary immunization records.

Section 504: Section 504 is a portion of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It prohibits discrimination against persons with handicapping conditions within public schools. The Act requires that schools provide reasonable accommodations for children with disabilities. If you suspect your child has a mental or physical condition which requires evaluation for possible accommodations within the school setting, please contact the school social worker, your child’s counselor and/or the building principal.

Diane Swatosh, 248-865-6474

Bilingual and ESL

The West Bloomfield School District’s English as a Second Language ( ESL) Program is designed to give support to students whose first language is not English. The ESL program provides English Language Learners (ELLs) with an opportunity to acquire proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Our program fosters a positive learning environment in which each student’s first language, culture and ethnic heritage is valued. English is taught by ESL teachers and trained paraprofessionals through the content areas by including a strong language development component through a wide range of services. The services range from enrollment in our Newcomer Center for Non-English Speaking students, to small group instruction (delivered by a trained ESL teacher ), bilingual tutoring (provided to bilingual students within the classroom) and sheltered English/Content Area classes offered at the high school throughout the year. With the help of ESL staff and classroom teachers, our ELLs will be learning language and academic skills at the same time in order to be successful in the mainstream classroom.

Hadeel Azzo, 248-865-6428

Operations

ASBESTOS

In accordance with Section 763.84 of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), or the “Asbestos in Schools Rule,” West Bloomfield School District (WBSD) is notifying employees and building occupants, or their legal guardians, of activities conducted within the past school year involving the asbestos inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities, including re-inspection and periodic surveillance activities, that are planned or in progress at school district facilities.

Six Month Periodic Surveillances: Six month periodic surveillance activities were completed in September 2017 and March 2018.

Asbestos Abatement Projects - Completed: No asbestos abatement projects were conducted at any district facilities during the 2016-2017 school year.

AHERA Management Plans are available for review in each school building office or at the West Bloomfield Maintenance Building (3340 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake, Michigan). Summaries for all of the asbestos abatement projects conducted prior to the 2016-2017 school year are located in the AHERA Management Plans, while complete documentation is maintained in the Maintenance Building.

Questions regarding the asbestos program for WBSD may be addressed to Mr. Ted Stinson, Operations/Maintenance Supervisor for West Bloomfield School District at (248) 865-3684.

STORMWATER

West Bloomfield School District is committed to the environment and strives to be a good steward of the land within its jurisdiction and to use appropriate Best Management Practices to contribute to the improvement of water quality within the Rouge River Watershed where the district is located. West Bloomfield School District encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors to get involved through opportunities provided by the local water shed groups including Clinton River Watershed Council, Huron River Watershed Council, Friends of the Rouge and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Why worry about stormwater?

Many people may not realize that stormwater collected in drains located on the curbs of their streets does not flow to their local water treatment plant. Rather, this water remains untreated and is discharged directly into the waterways. During this journey to the waterways, stormwater collects and carries a broad range of pollutants. Stormwater is a nonpoint source of pollution thus making it extremely difficult to address and the single greatest threat to our water quality and watershed health. Non-point source pollution comes from many diffuse runoff sources such as rainfall, snowmelt, flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants as it goes. Some of these pollutants occur naturally, such as nutrients from sediments, manure, or pet wastes. Others pollutants such as fertilizers, automotive grease, and oil occur from our interaction with the environment. Stormwater acts as a carrier of non-point source pollution and therefore considered a major cause of water quality problems both in Michigan and nationwide.

Public Notice of Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)

To this end, the school district has developed and has implemented a “Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)” to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable and protect water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Part 31, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES). A copy of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is available for review on the district’s website at http:// wbsd.org/Page/3784. Any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Management Plan should be directed to the Supervisor of Facility Operations, Energy Management & Sustainability at (248) 865-3684.

Cross Connection Program: Ordinance 24-16, 24-25 of the West Bloomfield Township (WBT) Cross Connection Control Program requires annual inspection and testing of backflow prevention devices. Testing for 2015- 2016 has been completed and associated forms have been sent to West Bloomfield Township and The Cities of Orchard Lake and Keego Harbor.

Ted Stinson, 248-865-3684

Technology

The West Bloomfield School District offers a variety of opportunities for K-12 educators and students to use technology to transform learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Aside from the daily integration of technology with pedagogy and content, G Suite (Google Apps for Education), computer science programs, and STEAM activities allow West Bloomfield students the ability to consume, curate and create with technology.

Daily learning activities are supported by 1:1 technology 2rd-12th grade, 2:1 technology K-2nd grade, high speed fiber networks, interactive panels/whiteboards in every classroom, sound systems, computer labs, maker materials in building iCenters and a a variety of instructional software.

District AUPs can be found on the wbsd. org Teaching and Learning page under Instructional Technology, Technology Policies. These AUPs describe appropriate access to and utilization of technology and networks.

Allyson Dewar, 248-865-6442
Katherine Law, 248-865-6484

FERPA

 

Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The federal law known as 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:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day West Bloomfield School District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their education records should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The principal or designee will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of 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 West Bloomfield School District to amend their child’s or their education record should submit a written request to the school principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specifying why they believe it should be changed. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested, 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 hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student at the time they are notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. 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. A designated school official with a legitimate educational interest includes a person employed by the school district as an administrator or teacher, or another person designated by the Board of Education. A school official also includes a liaison officer who, while not employed by the District, may be granted access to student educational records (including video footage) at the direction and supervision of a school administrator. A school official also may include a contractor or consultant who, while not employed by the school district, performs an institutional service or function (such as design and maintenance of the District’s security camera system) for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school district with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from student education records.

  1. The right to refuse to allow the disclosure of “directory information”.

“Directory information” regarding a student may be released to any requesting person or party, in addition to the eligible student, his/her parent, or legal guardian, without written consent. The Board of Education has defined “directory information” to include a student’s:

  • Name
  • Address and telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • Enrollment status
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Degrees, honors and awards received
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended

Each year, the Superintendent, or appointed designee, will provide public notice to students, parents, and/or legal guardians of the District’s intent to make directory information available to students, parents, and/or legal guardians.

Eligible students, parents, and/or legal guardians may refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such directory information upon written notification to the District within thirty (30) days after receipt of the District's public notice. Parents may submit written notification to the building principal of their child’s school.

The District is required to provide United States Armed Forces recruiters with at least the same access to student directory information as is provided to other entities offering educational or employment opportunities to those students as is permitted and/or required by law. "Armed forces of the United States" means the armed forces of the United States and their reserve components and the United States Coast Guard. An eligible student or the parent or legal guardian may submit a signed, written direction to the District that the student’s directory information not be accessible to United States Armed Forces recruiters. In such case, the information will not be disclosed.

  1. The right to file the right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington DC 20202-5280

As permitted by FERPA, West Bloomfield School District also forwards education records, without student or parental consent, to other agencies or institutions in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer.

The District will comply with a legitimate request for access to education records within a reasonable period of time, but not more than forty–five (45) days after receiving the request or within a shorter period as may be applicable by law to students with disabilities. The requesting party may be charged a processing fee for the information.