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Laws and Policies

Online Policy Manual

The Cheyenne Mountain School District Policy Manual is now available online, and can be accessed in electronic format at the following location:

CMSD 12 Online Policy Manual
 

Student Photos and Video Images

Classroom activities and school events are sometimes photographed or videotaped by District staff members or by various non-school groups (newspapers, TV, universities, etc.).  Additionally, the District frequently posts photographs and videos on District or school websites. If parents DO NOT want their child’s photograph or video image to be published for news media or school publicity purposes, use the link below to access the opt-out form.

Opt-out form to return to your child's school.

Choosing to opt-out of publication applies only to classroom activities and school events that are not open to the public.  Public events such as sporting events, theatre productions, concerts, award presentations, etc. are open to the public and are not subject to this option.

Participation in State Assessments

In accordance with Board of Education policy, a parent or guardian of a student enrolled in the district may request that his or her child be exempt from participating in one of more state assessments. This exemption policy applies only to mandatory state assessments and shall not apply to district or classroom assessments. Parents are not required to provide a reason for the exemption, and the request for exemption may either apply to all or specific state assessments. A request for exemption will be valid only during the school year in which it is requested. Parents must submit a request for exemption to the school principal in writing (email is preferred).

 

Download the Board of Education policy regarding assessment exemption procedures for parents/guardians.

 

Note on college readiness assessment: Beginning Spring 2017, Colorado will switch to the Colorado SAT from the Colorado ACT as the mandatory college readiness assessment for all 11th grade students. The SAT will replace the ACT as the college readiness exam that will appear on a student's transcript as required by Colorado law (C.R.S. 22-7-1016). For questions regarding this change in assessments, parents are encouraged to contact Mrs. Thompson, College Counselor, at 630-5031.

CBI Convicted Sex Offender Site

Colorado Revised Statute 22-1-124 requires each public school in Colorado to provide parents of school-age children access to law enforcement agency information related to registered sex offenders.  To access the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Convicted Sex Offender Site use the link below.

CBI
 

Service Animals in Our Schools

The Cheyenne Mountain School District complies with Colorado and federal regulations concerning the rights of persons with service animals and will permit service animals on school premises and in school-owned vehicles.  The District will hold information sessions at each school in which a service animal will be present so that students can be instructed on proper procedures for interacting with the animal.

Federal Laws and Policies

Federal law requires public school districts to each year provide notification to parents and eligible students of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Below are two links to the United States Department of Education website which provide comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding FERPA:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Parents Guide to FERPA

Release of Directory Information

 

FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in school records that generally would not be considered harmful or breach confidentiality if disclosed. The most common directory information typically includes: name,  electronic mail address, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, grade level, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, honors and awards received, and the most recent school attended.

Colorado law specifically prohibits the release of student telephone numbers and addresses without consent, except to military recruiters (high school only) as required by law.

A school may disclose directory information (but only directory information) to anyone, without consent, unless parents each year notify (in writing) the principal of their child's school that they wish to opt out of these disclosures.  Parents wishing to opt out of these disclosures must provide the written notification by September 7 (or the following Monday if September 7 falls on a weekend) of each school year.

Nondiscrimination/Sexual Harassment

In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Cheyenne Mountain School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates.

 

Download complaint form.

 

Designated compliance officer:

 

Dr. Walt Cooper, Superintendent

1775 LaClede Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80905

719-475-6100

 

E-mail can be sent to Dr. Cooper by clicking the small envelope next to the name below:

Cooper, Walt Superintendent of Schools

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex/gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

Website Accessibility

Content and templates within the CMSD12.org domain are published with a commitment to providing information that's accessible to individuals with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities. Our objective is to fulfill our commitment by following ADA standards and best practices for website accessibility.

 

Efforts by our technology team to ensure the Cheyenne Mountain School District complies with the latest standards and best practices are routinely made in good faith. Content and templates are periodically evaluated using third party software available from The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

 

Because we encourage teachers, administrators, staff, and others to update and change their web-based content regularly in order to provide timely and accurate communication, accessibility issues will inevitably arise.  So, if you are unable to access any page within the CMSD12.org domain, we ask that you report the trouble by emailing help@cmsd12.org or calling the District 12 Administration office at 719-475-6100.