The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act contains notifications districts must share with parents. The following is a list of rights parents have regarding their child's education. We encourage you to contact us for more information.Teacher QualificationsThere are questions you may ask, including:
- Is my child's teacher licensed to teach the grades or subjects assigned?
- Has the state waived any requirements for my child's teacher?
- What was the college major of my child's teacher?
- What degrees does my child's teacher hold?
- Are there instructional aides working with my child? If so, what are their qualifications?
If you want to see the state qualification for your child's teacher you may ask us or find it on the DPI website by clicking here.Homeless Student Notifications (McKinney-Vento)Schools are required to notify parents of homeless children (and unaccompanied youth) of the following rights:
More information about the McKinney-Vento Act and staff contacts can be found by clicking here.Students with Limited English ProficiencyEnglish as a Second LanguageDistricts and schools using Title III funds must notify parents of the following:
- The availability of a local district staff person as a liaison for homeless children.
- Immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.
- The availability of educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth.
- Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child attended when permanently housed or when last enrolled.
- Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin or school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.
- Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children.
School districts are also required to notify parents of LEP children participating in a Title III program if the program is failing to help the child make progress on annual measurable achievement objectives. This notice must be provided no later than 30 days after the failure occurs and, as with all notices, must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents can understand.A child may not be admitted to or excluded from any federally assisted education program on the basis of a surname or language minority status.Educational OptionsThere are many educational options available to your children who reside in the School District of Beloit including choice of our 6 elementary school (grades 4K-3, 4 intermediate schools (grades 4-8), Beloit Memorial High School (grades 9-12), Beloit Learning Academy (alternative learning, grades 6-12), Roy Chapman Andrews Academy (project based learning, grades 6-12), and our district's virtual school. The State of Wisconsin also offers families the option to open-enroll out to a different public school district, private school (local: OLA and Rock County Christian), or homeschooling.
- The reasons for identifying the child as limited English proficient and for placing the child in a language instruction educational program for LEP students.
- The child’s level of English proficiency, including how the level was assessed and the status of the child’s academic achievement.
- The instructional methods to be used in the program in which the child is participating or might be assigned to and a description of all language programs that differ in content, use of English, and a native language.
- How the program will meet the educational strengths and needs of the child.
- How the program will help the child learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards.
- Specific exit requirements of the program, including when the transition will take place. Secondary schools also inform parents of the child’s expected date of graduation.
- For children with a disability, how the program will meet the objectives of an individualized education program (IEP).
- The notification must include written guidance that explains the following:
- The parent’s right to have his or her child removed, immediately upon request, from the language instructional program.
- The other possible programs or methods of instruction available and the parent’s option to decline enrolling his or her child.
- How parents will receive assistance in selecting another program or method if one is offered by the district.