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OSSU School Calendar

OSSU Strategic Plan
Our current strategic plan outlines major goals and action steps for 2013-2017.  

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Annual Notifications:

Seclusion and Physical Restraint 
RULE 4500
The purposes of these rules are to:
a. Create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment in schools;
b. Promote positive behavioral interventions and supports in schools; and
c. Ensure that students are not subjected to inappropriate use of restraint or seclusion.
These rules are applicable to all learning environments that receive public funding, or 
over which the Vermont Department of Education has regulatory authority

For full text and sample forms click on link

FERPA -Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Orleans Southwest Supervisory Member Districts, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your childs education records.  However, [the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] 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 directory information is to allow the [Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] to include this type of information from your childs education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:


     A playbill, showing your students role in a drama production;

     The annual yearbook;

     Honor roll or other recognition lists;

     Graduation programs; and

     Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.


Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parents prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their students information disclosed without their prior written consent. 1


If you do not want [the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] to disclose directory information from your childs education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by: refer to individual school handbooks. [Member school district’s] has designated the following information as directory information:  [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]

  •  Student Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph / Video
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of student
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  •  Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Student id number, user id, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access educational records with a PIN, password, etc (a student's SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose


1 These laws are: Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 7908)  and 10 .S.C.  503(c).