- Board of Education District Policies
- Bullying policy
- Drug-free environment
- Federal student privacy/Communications opt-out
- Free and reduced lunch
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Homeless Information
- Immunization requirements
- Non-discrimination statement
- Releasing student information
- Pesticide use
- Pest Management
- Section 504
- Student handbooks
- Website Accessibility
- School safety drills
The Board of Education believes that:
- Education is the shared responsibility of students, family, school and community
- All students can learn
- All learners deserve equity and opportunity in their education
- High expectations promote success
- Exemplary education is the result of professional growth and continuous school improvement
- All learners are entitled to a safe learning environment
- Education promotes a healthy sense of self and encourages personal achievement
- Learning is lifelong
The Lake Orion Community Schools Board of Education is charged with setting policies that govern the Lake Orion Community Schools. The Board of Education also hires the District's Superintendent to implement and enforce those policies. Board members serve four-year, staggered terms.
The Board of Education meets at least once a month to approve, add, or revise policies and to issue contracts and authorize payment of expenses. Board meetings also include reports from the superintendent, staff and schools. The meetings also afford an opportunity to showcase student and staff achievements. Usually held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, the meetings are open to the public and include time for public participation.
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LOCS Anti-bullying policy
It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students.
This policy protects all students from bullying/aggressive behavior regardless of the subject matter or motivation for such impermissible behavior.
Bullying or other aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties, including Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors, and volunteers, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes written, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, including hazing, gestures, comments, threats, or actions to a student, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety or personal degradation.
Demonstration of appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior.
This policy applies to all "at school" activities in the District, including activities on school property, in a school vehicle, and those occurring off school property, if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. Misconduct occurring outside of school may also be disciplined if it interferes with the school environment.
Any student who believes s/he has been or is the victim of bullying, hazing, or other aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the Principal or assistant principal. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board President.
A student may also submit a report or complaint to any of the above designated individuals through email, voicemail, regular mail or by leaving a sealed note addressed to the individual at that person's office or desk. The student may submit a report or complaint anonymously, but this may affect the ability to fully investigate the matter, when the complaining student is not available to provide additional information during the course of the investigation.
The identity of a student who reports bullying, hazing or aggressive behavior, as well as those students who provide information during an investigation will remain confidential to the extent possible and to the extent allowable by law. Only school personnel directly involved in the investigation of the complaint or responsible for remedying any violations will be provided access to the identity of the complaining student(s) and student witnesses, and then only to the extent necessary to effectively deal with the situation.
The identity of the student who files the report or complaint will not be voluntarily shared with the alleged perpetrator(s) or the witnesses unless the student (and his/her parent/guardian) give written permission to do so. Any investigation report will likewise not be voluntarily produced with the names of the reporting student(s) or witnesses. However, under certain circumstances, the District may be required by law to disclose the report and/or the student(s) names. Also, under certain circumstances, the identity of the reporting student may become obvious even without disclosure by school personnel.
School districts in the state of Michigan are required to compile and post the district cases of student bullying, students who are victims of violent offenses and the instances of opioid and ephedrine related injections. That report is posted below.
The Board of Education recognizes that the misuse of drugs is a serious problem with legal, physical, and social implications for the entire school community.
For purposes of this policy, "drugs" shall mean:
all dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute;
all chemicals which release toxic vapors;
all alcoholic beverages;
any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted pursuant to Board policy;
performance enhancing drugs as determined annually by the Department of Community Health;
any other illegal substance so designated and prohibited by law.
In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board hereby establishes a "Drug-Free School Zone" that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property. The Board prohibits the use, possession, sale, concealment, delivery, or distribution of any drug or any drug-related paraphernalia at any time on District property, within the Drug-Free School Zone, or at any District-related event.
The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug use in the schools. Such guidelines shall:
emphasize the prevention of drug use;
provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention program which:
addresses the legal, social, psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use;
provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs, performance- enhancing drugs, and alcohol;
meets the minimal objectives as stated in the essential performance objectives for health education as established by the State's Department of Education;
include a statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession, sale, and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful;
provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students which clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity;
include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions;
provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs available to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to the appropriate programs;
require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, sale, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;
require the notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory;
provide a biennial review of the school district's program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced;
provide for a student assistance program which includes guidelines for preventive, intervention, referral, treatment, and after-care. Such a program must be comprehensive in nature addressing all issues affecting students' academic, social, and emotional well being in the educational setting which may negatively affect behavior and interfere with their ability to learn;
establish means for dealing with students suspected of drug use or suspected of possessing, selling, or distributing drugs in school and ensure that the District's policy and administrative guidelines on Search and Seizure AG 5771 and Policy 5771 and Suspension and Expulsion AG 5610 and Policy 5610 are complied with fully.
The Board prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of any drug or any drug-related paraphernalia at any time on District property or at any District-related event.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Lake Orion Community Schools may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.
The primary purpose of releasing certain directory information is to allow Lake Orion Community Schools to include this type of information, such as names and photos, in certain school publications, such as newsletters, websites, and social media postings. Examples could include photos of students on a field trip, participating in a special project, student work being publicly recognized for excellence, recognition of an award or accomplishment, etc.
If you do not want Lake Orion Community Schools to utilize this information for the described purposes above, you must notify the District in writing using this form by the end of the second week of the school year, or 10 school days after initial enrollment. If not turned in with initial enrollment documents, forms should be returned to the student's school front office, hand-carried or by mail.
The Lake Orion Community School District serves meals every school day. Students may be able to get meals free or at a reduced price. Applications are available at every building throughout the school year. All students are encouraged to complete an application to establish eligibility.
Many of the supplemental grants and aid our school district receives from the State of Michigan and the Federal Government are based on the total number of students eligible for free and reduced price meals. These funds enhance the educational opportunities of every student in our district.
Questions? Please call the Food Services Department, 248-814-0201
Parents of students attending a school receiving Title I funds may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teacher(s).
What is FOIA?
From FOIA.gov: Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
Children who are identified as meeting the Federal definition of "homeless" will be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the same manner as all other students of the District. To that end, homeless students will not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless.
The District shall establish safeguards that protect homeless students from discrimination on the basis of their homelessness. The District shall regularly review and revise its policies, including school discipline policies that may impact homeless students, including those who may be a member of any of the Protected Classes (Policy 2260).
Homeless children and youth are defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and include children and youth who meet any of the following criteria:
share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations
live in emergency or transitional shelters
are abandoned in hospitals
have a primary night time residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, or
live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing1, bus or train station, or similar setting
If there are any questions, individuals can reach out to:
Lake Orion Community Schools-Central Enrollment
455 E. Scripps Rd, Room 110
Lake Orion, MI 48360
The State of Michigan Department of Education now requires that Hepatitis B immunization is required for all kindergartners and any student new to the district, grades 1-12, in the 2000-2001 school year. As in the past, a parent/guardian must provide dates when the immunization for hepatitis was given; a physician signed statement that the child “is in the process” of completing the three vaccination series for Hepatitis B; or a signed waiver statement that for religious or other objections, the parent does not choose to have their child(ren) immunized against Hepatitis B. This information should be given to the school before a child is allowed to attend classes.
Public Act 89 of 2000 mandates that an immunization assessment be done on each sixth grade student beginning with the school year 2002-2003. This new set of laws that amend the School Code, the Public Health Code, and the annual School Aid Act was passed so that there would be a means of assuring that children are adequately immunized against preventable diseases before they reach adolescence when some of these diseases become a greater threat to their health.
Use of Personal Information
We do not collect any personal information unless you voluntarily provide it by sending us e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. Personal information submitted will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless otherwise stated at the time of collection. When a user submits personally identifiable information, it is used only for the purpose stated at the time of collection.
LOCS families complete a photo/video consent form with each year’s registration, with the ability to opt-out at that time. Where additional consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school/district will seek consent from the appropriate person. Directory information will be handled under the “Directory Information” section of Board Policy 8330. In the case of other personal information of students, the school will seek the consent from the student and/ or parent depending on the circumstances and the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure.
A cookie is a small text file stored by your browser that allows the website to “remember” your preferences (such as calendar settings and site bookmarks) on the site from visit to visit, or to maintain your “logged in” status when visiting protected areas. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Web browsers have settings allowing you to reject cookies, or selectively accept cookies, or delete cookies previously accepted. Please be aware that rejecting or deleting cookies from our website may make certain functions unavailable to you.
Like most standard website servers, we use website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyze trends in how our website is accessed and utilized. Information monitored includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location of visitors (country, city), browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, time spent on pages, and keywords used to find our site via search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyze broad demographic trends in our visitors, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website.
This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.
This website takes precaution to protect our users' personal information. Whenever users submit personal information (such as contact info or credit card info) via online forms, registration, or online purchase, upon submission that information is encrypted via the highest level of SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) available. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. Under no circumstances are credit card numbers permanently stored on our website servers.
Mark Snyder, Director of Communications and Marketing, email@example.com, 248-693-5403
Federal law provides for “public release without permission” of certain student directory information. 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. Parents, guardians, or eligible students who do not wish any or all of the above items released must notify the Office of Superintendent.
Advisory to Parents/Guardians Pesticide Use
The Department of Agriculture and the State of Michigan have passed regulation 637 Pesticide Use. One of the requirements is that school districts provide notice to parents or guardians.
As a part of the Lake Orion Community School District’s pest management program, pesticides are occasionally applied. You have the right to be informed prior to any pesticide application made to the school grounds and buildings. In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice following any such application. If you need prior notification, please mail your name, address, student’s name, city, zip code, phone number and the name of the school your student attends, to:
Lake Orion Community Schools
Director of Operations
455 E. Scripps Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360
Questions? Contact Wes Goodman at 248-814-1798.
Lake Orion Community Schools utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control posts. IPM is a pest management system that utilizes all suitable techniques in a total pest management system with the intent of preventing pests from reaching unacceptable levels or to reduce an existing population to an acceptable level. Pest management techniques emphasize pest exclusion and biological controls. However, as weight most pest control programs, pesticides are occasionally applied.
You have the right to be informed prior to any application of an insecticide fungicide or herbicide made to the school grounds or buildings during the school year.
If you would like prior notification, please complete the attached form and submit to:
Lake Orion Community Schools Operational Services Department
455 E. Scripps Road
Lake Orion, MI 48360
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . ."
OCR enforces Section 504 in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from ED. Recipients of this Federal financial assistance include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies. The regulations implementing Section 504 in the context of educational institutions appear at 34 C.F.R. Part 104.
The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.
Accessibility Statement for lakeorionschools.org
Lake Orion Community Schools is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.
Measures to support accessibility
Lake Orion Community Schools takes the following measures to ensure accessibility of lakeorionschools.org:
- Include accessibility throughout our internal policies.
- Integrate accessibility into our procurement practices.
- Appoint an accessibility officer and/or ombudsperson.
- Employ formal accessibility quality assurance methods.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.lakeorionschools.org is partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard.
Additional accessibility considerations
The district website has regular monitoring by SiteImprove and has an accessibility checker embedded in the Finalsite website platform.
We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of LakeOrionSchools.org. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on lakeorionschools.org:
- Phone: 248-693-5403
- Coordinator e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visitor address: 315 N. Lapeer Street, Lake Orion, Mich., 48362
- Twitter: @lkorionschools
- General district e-mail: email@example.com
If a visitor cannot access material on our website, please contact us and we will work to resolve the problem.
Web accessibility coordinator: Mark Snyder, Director of Communications and Marketing
In July 2014, the State of Michigan passed legislation requiring schools to conduct a certain number of safety drills.
For each school year, the legislation requires:
- five fire drills
- two tornado drills and
- three lockdown drills
At least one drill must take place during a lunch or recess period when students are outside the classroom. Information about the completed drills must be posted on the school district's website for a minimum of three years.
Visit each school's website for the updated drill report from the current school year.