Federal code, state code, and Virginia School Board Association policy set certain requirements regarding annual notifications, public hearings, and postings. MLWGS has addressed these requirements below.
Acceptable Computer System Use Agreement
Each student and his or her parent (as well as each employee) must sign the school’s Acceptable Computer Use Agreement before using the school’s computer system. View policy here, which includes policy regulation and responsible use acceptance agreements for personnel and students.
Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Classes
The MLWGS facility was asbestos abated during the renovation. A facility containing no building material-incorporated ACM has no regulatory obligations per the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Re-authorization Act (ASHARA).
The approved operating budget can be viewed here.
Credits Required for Graduation
Minimum total units of credit for the MLWGS diploma are 31. See the Student Handbook for specific requirements.
MLWGS graduation requirements exceed requirements for graduation with a Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma. All students electing to attend MLWGS are required to maintain a full day schedule of classes.
Standard diplomas are no longer issued at MLWGS.
Eating Disorders Awareness Information
The state requires every school board to annually provide information to parents and pupils in grades 9-12 (MLWGS specific) regarding eating disorders. MLWGS provides a list of resources in the Student Handbook under Eating Disorders Awareness along with the Director’s notice to parents. Additional information and guidelines developed by the Virginia Department of Education, Va Code § 22.1-273.2 are available at their website http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml under the heading “Eating Disorders Awareness in the Public School Setting”. Additional assistance can be provided by the MLWGS Counseling Department; call 804-354-6800×3213 and ask to speak to your student’s counselor.
The school’s written procedures to follow in emergencies are outlined in the student handbook and discussed with staff and students in the first week of each school year. Student handbooks are available online and emergency procedures are discussed with students and parents during student orientation and Back-to-School events. Refer to Regional School Board Policy No. 2020 – School Crisis, Emergency Management, and Medical Response Plan. Also, see Operational Changes-Special Messages.
Student fees and fee schedule can be viewed here.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Parents and adult students have the right to inspect and review education records, amend education records, consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records, and file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. View the Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools. Also refer to the school FERPA policy and student records policy, which includes the school’s FERPA policy and defines the categories of information the school designates as directory information.
Freedom of Information (FOIA)
Free and Reduced Price Food Services
The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School offers a credit program for students who may need financial assistance with their meals. Policy information and enrollment can be viewed in Policy No. 7006 and Regulation 7006-R.
MLWGS is committed to the educational rights of homeless children that have been accepted into its program. Refer to Policy No. 1033.
MLWGS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. More detailed information, including contact information for Compliance Officers and procedures, can be found here for personnel and here for students.
MLWGS endorses parental involvement and encourages the regular participation of parents in all aspects of its program. Refer to Policy No. 6002.
Policies, Procedures, and Regulations
MLWGS maintains current copies of all adopted policies and regulations on its website. Printed copies of policies and regulations are available upon request to citizens who do not have online access. Policies can be accessed here.
PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
PPRA requires schools/divisions to provide notice of their policy controlling the administration of surveys on certain sensitive topics, including political or religious beliefs and behavior involving sex or illegal conduct. View Policy No. 3007 – Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires.
Regional School Board
Membership of the MLWGS Regional School Board can be viewed here.
Release of Student Records to Armed Forces Recruiters and Educational Institutions
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) requires MLWGS to notify parents of their option to opt-out from student information being provided to military recruiters or institutions of higher education. The opt-out option is available on the Directory Information form in PowerSchool to students and parents. If you did not see this election with your initial form completion, please revisit the document. Also see Policy No. 4045 – Student Records.
School Bus Rider Safety Rules
School bus rider safety rules can be viewed on the MLWGS Transportation page.
School Meals and Snacks
To reinforce the school’s nutrition education program, foods sold during regular school hours on school premises are described in Policy No. 4003.
Each year, the state requires that schools/divisions notify all parents of students in grades 5-10 about a physical condition known as scoliosis. This condition affects about two or three percent of all adolescents and causes a curvature in the spine. For additional information about scoliosis visit the University of Virginia Health System.
Standards of Learning (SOLs)
The Standards of Learning (SOL) describe the commonwealth’s expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education. Information can be view here and here.
Voluntary Retirement Savings Programs (403(b) Plans)
Employees of MLWGS are able to participate on a voluntary basis in retirement savings plans (403(b)) at any time during their term of employment. Refer to Policy No. 5050.1.