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Required Notifications

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.

504 Nondiscrimination Compliance Officer is the Associate Director.

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 Classes

A complete list of advanced placement classes can be found annually in the Course Catalog. Information includes the qualifications for enrolling in classes and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take the advanced placement examinations.  Refer to Policy No. 3016.

Asbestos

The MLWGS facility was asbestos abated during its 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 Reauthorization Act (ASHARA). 

Attendance

Refer to MLWGS Policy No. 8003 – Compulsory Attendance and VA Code 22.1-279.3.C(iii) for information.

Bill of Rights

An engraved copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights is posted in the first floor commons of MW.

Budget

The Regional School Board approved operating budget can be viewed here. The budget can also be made available in hard copy form as needed upon request.

Budget Public Hearing

Before the Regional School Board approves its budget, the RSB must hold at least one public hearing to hear the views of the citizens. Public notice of the hearing will be given at least ten days before the hearing in a newspaper having a general circulation. 

Counseling

MLWGS offers academic and career guidance and personal/social counseling that are available to students. View the Counseling website for information. Refer to Policy No. 3011

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.

Dual Enrollment Classes

A complete list of dual enrollment classes can be found annually in the Course Catalog. Information includes the qualifications for enrolling in classes and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take the advanced placement examinations.  Refer to Policy No. 3016.

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.

Emergency Procedures

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

Fees

Student fees and fee schedule can be viewed here.  Also, see Policy No. 4015.

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)

Mr. Michael Smith is the designated FOIA officer for MLWGS. Specific FOIA information can be viewed in Policy No. 6000, 6000.1, 6000-R, and forms 6000-F1 and 6000-F2

Free 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

Homeless Students

MLWGS is committed to the educational rights of homeless children that have been accepted into its program. Refer to Policy No. 1033.

Internet Privacy

Internet Privacy Policy No. 2070 of MLWGS has been adopted for its mlwgs.com website. This policy is intended to explain our current Internet privacy practices but shall not be construed as a contractual promise. We reserve the right to amend our Internet Privacy Policy and Internet Privacy Policy Statement at any time without notice.

Learning Objectives

At the beginning of each school year, parents or guardians are provided the learning objectives for their child to include a copy of the syllabus for each of their child’s courses.  Most MW classes are not SOL classes but parents seeking additional information on the SOL’s may visit the VDOE website. Refer to Policy No. 3001.1.

Nondiscrimination

MLWGS does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, genetic information or disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. More detailed information, including contact information for Compliance Officers and procedures, can be found here for personnel and here for students.  See Policy No. 0011

Parental Involvement

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.

Pupil/Teacher Ratios

In 2019-2020, the average pupil/teacher ratio at MW is 13:1.

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. 

Services for Students Identified As Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Visually Impaired

Families are encouraged to explore free services available from Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Parents that do not have access to the internet may seek information from the MW Counseling Department. 

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. 7006.

Scoliosis

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 of the spine. For additional information about scoliosis visit the University of Virginia Health System

Sex Offender Registry

The Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry can be accessed online through the Virginia State Police website. 

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 viewed here and here.

Student Conduct

Student conduct is reviewed annually at the start of each school year or upon enrollment at MW through review of the digital Student Handbook that each enrolled student at MW has access to. A digital signing statement is required from each student and their parent that denotes their understanding of student conduct and that parents reserve their rights to express disagreement with school policy or decisions.  Refer to Policy No. 8002

Unlawful Manufacture, Distribution, Dispensing, Possession for Use of a Controlled Substance

MLWGS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace. Employees view Policy No. 5090.