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Annual Notification to the Public


ASBESTOS PLAN: The district engages in a continuous asbestos surveillance program to assure that there are no asbestos problems or danger to students and employees. A copy of the district asbestos management plan is available for review at the district office. ZSD Policy 6890 Asbestos Plan Contact: Craig McCloud, Asbestos Program Manager


ASSET PRESERVATION/MAINTENANCE PLAN: The Asset Preservation System (APS) is a school building maintenance plan model for state assisted facilities. It is intended to facilitate the development of a district plan, according to its unique needs, or supplement an already existing maintenance plan. The APS can benefit all districts regardless of their size and amount of state funding assistance. Read the ZSD Plan

Carl D. Perkins/Career Technical Education:Contact: Mike Torres, CTE Program Administrator


CHILD IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES: The district conducts Childfind activities for the purpose of locating, evaluating, and identifying students with a suspected disability who are residing within district boundaries. Childfind activities apply to children who are not currently receiving special education and related services. Parents having concerns about their child's health, hearing, intellectual functioning, language, learning, movement, serious behavioral needs, speech, or vision can call the school office. A copy of Policy 2161 - Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students can be found here. Contact: Justin Irion, Special Education Director


CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM: Information on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, free and reduced meals and/or free milk; and application forms. Policy and Procedure Document #1 6700 & Document #2 6700P. Contact: Cecily Widner, Food Service Supervisor


CONFIDENTIALITY--FERPA: Parents in the school district have rights to confidentiality under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The parent or eligible student has a right to:

-Inspect and review the student's education records;
-Request amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights;
-Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records;
-File with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the agency to comply with the requirements of the act;
-Obtain a copy of the policy adopted under section 99.6.

A copy of this policy is available by request at the district office. Policy and Procedure Document FERPA #1 3231 & Document FERPA# 2 3231p Contact: Doug Burge, Superintendent


DRUG FREE SCHOOLS: Congress has adopted legislation requiring drug-free schools. A study by the National Commission on Drug-Free Schools indicated that drug and alcohol use among our nations youth remains widespread. Appreciable numbers of students begin to use alcohol in the elementary grades and increasing numbers begin to use illicit drugs in middle school. Zillah School District is committed to drug-free schools. The board has established a policy requiring that each student adhere to all the rules of conduct adopted by the district. Failure to do so shall be cause for corrective action enforced by school officials.

Use and/or possession of alcohol and illicit drugs is unlawful, wrong, and harmful. A student shall not knowingly possess, use, transmit, be under the influence of, or show evidence of having used any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind while:

-On the school grounds during and before and immediately after school hours;
-On school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group(s);
-Off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event.

Discipline sanctions up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution will be imposed on students who violate the standards of conduct. Examples of sanctions may include notification of parent/guardian, notification of authorities, referral for substance abuse evaluation, curtailment of participation in district sports, suspension, expulsion, and/or completion of a drug/alcohol rehabilitation or treatment program not at district expense. (Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule.)

Information about the drug/alcohol counseling and rehabilitation program may be obtained from the building administrator or student service counselors. Compliance with the above standards of conduct is mandatory for all students and will be enforced without exception. Safe and Drug Free School Coordinator: Doug Burge, Superintendent


HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM: Referral Timeline - begins with the start of the school year with an open enrollment period that will conclude December 1, screening, assessment and selection will follow.  Referral Process - Anyone may refer a student for testing for the Highly Capable Program.  Referrals can come from parents, teachers, school specialists, friends, family, community members, or even the student them self. Highly Capable Student Referral Form for more information contact: Justin Irion, Special Programs Director. Highly Capable (Spanish)


INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA): Notice of Procedural Safeguards, Policy and Procedure Document #1 2161, and Document #2 2161p Contact: Justin Irion, Special Education Director


LEARNING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LAP): Contacts: Jusin Irion, Special Programs Director


FOSTER CARE:  Policy Document & Procedure Document Contact: Sonia Ruggles, Foster Care Liaison


NOTICE OF NON DISCRIMINATION: Zillah School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts* and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator
Doug Burge, Superintendent
213 4th Ave, Zillah WA 98953
[email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Justin Irion, Special Education Director
1301 Cutler Way, Zillah WA 98953
[email protected]

Compliance Coordinator for State Law
Doug Burge, Superintendent
213 4th Ave, Zillah WA 98953
[email protected]


PESTICIDES: The Washington State Legislature requires all school districts to adopt a pesticide policy and related procedures for implementing the policy. It is our intent to take steps that will promote a safe and healthy environment to our students and our community. Information regarding the use of pesticides in the district is available at the district office. Contact: Pesticides Program Manager: Craig McCloud, Business Manager


PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA): Provides parents with annual notice of of policies regarding surveys, instructional materials, physical examinations and personal information used for marketing. Policy and Procedure Document 3232 and Document 3232p. Contact: Doug Burge, Superintendent


RELEASING INFORMATION: Schools may release specific directory-type information, including names, address, and phone number, without prior parental consent if the school both provides notification that it reserves the right to release such information and defines what kind of information will be considered directory information. However, under FERPA, parents must be given the right to opt out of directory information release. Though schools may release directory information without obtaining the prior consent of parents, school officials use their discretion as to whether they release such information to third parties. For further information or specific questions contact the building principals: Ryne Phillips (HES), Paula Dasso (ZIS), Tracy Savage (ZMS), Mike Torres (ZHS)


SCHOOL REPORT CARD-OSPI: OSPI maintains the website for the ZSD School Report Card.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND BULLYING: The district and the Board of Directors recognize their responsibility to provide a working environment for employees and a learning environment for students that is free from all types of discrimination, including sexual harassment and bullying. Sexual harassment is illegal, and procedures have been developed that provide for receiving and investigating a complaint from any staff member or student. To make a confidential report, contact the school office. Contact: Doug Burge, Superintendent


TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS: Title 1 Schools If you are a parent in a Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information in a timely manner. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information: Whether OSPI has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches. Whether OSPI has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances. The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees. Whether any teachers' aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications. If you would like to receive any of this information, please call the district office. Contact: Jane Yerges


TITLE 1 PARENT INVOLVEMENT: Policy Document 4130 & and Procedure Document 4130p. Contact: Justin Irion, Special Programs Director


TITLE I PART A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged Contact: Justin Irion, Special Programs Director


TITLE IX: Zillah School District No. 205 provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Title IX and Section 504 Compliance Officer Doug Burge at (509) 829-5911 or 213 Fourth Avenue, Zillah WA 98953.