HINCKLEY-FINLAYSON PUBLIC SCHOOL
P.L. 81-874 INDIAN CHILDREN
It is the philosophy and policy of the Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools that it is dedicated to democratic practices and believe every individual must be given the opportunity to be educated to the maximum of their ability within the financial limitations of the school district. All children are provided equal opportunity to participate in all school programs and activities.
Parents of all children are provided Local Indian Committee meeting times, applications, evaluations, and program plans. Dissemination of these items are done through the School Newsletter, items sent home with the child, and newspaper articles. Items and programs specifically pertaining to Indian children are also disseminated through the Local Indian Committee and home visits by school personnel (principal, counselor, nurse, Indian education aide).
It is the policy of this district to provide all parents the opportunity to present their views regarding (1) applications, (2) recommendations concerning the needs of their children and the ways in which they can assist their children in realizing the benefits to be derived from the educational program of the L.E.A., and (3) planning and development of educational programs assisted with P.L. 81-874 funds.
Parents of Indian children have, in addition to the normal procedures of individual contact with school authorities, Systems Accountability Committee, and the Board of Education, the opportunity to participate and express their concerns and recommendations through the counselor or Indian education aide and the Local Indian Education Committee.
Tribal officials will have the same opportunities for input and for participation in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the project as the parents of Indian children. Information will be distributed to tribal officials at the start of the annual planning process so proper input may be provided. Tribal officials, LIEC, and parents of Indian children will be provided with the opportunity to meet at least annually at the December Board of Education meeting to review policies, procedures, application, evaluations, planning and development of programs and educational programs assisted with P.L. 81-874 funds as they relate to Indian children.
The elementary counselor will monitor and report to the LIEC and tribal officials, Indian children participation to insure their equal participation in the educational programs. When it is determined that Indian children are not participating on an equal basis in educational programs, the elementary counselor, will notify the LIEC and building principals. In the event the situation is not corrected, the Superintendent of Schools will be notified. In event it is not corrected at that level, the Board of Education will be notified. If necessary, a task force or ad hoc committee will be established to prepare a modified educational program to ensure equal participation in the program by Indian children, and to review comments recommending changes in the LEA’s policies and procedures and recommend modifications of the policies and procedures, if necessary, to respond to the Indian input.
P.L. 874 application, evaluation of education programs assisted with 874 funds, and program plans for education programs the LEA plans to initiate/eliminate relative to P.L. 874 will be disseminated to tribal officials and parents via mail and presentation at LIEC meetings.