Information Guide

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

We’re glad you’ve chosen the MSD of Wayne Township. If you’re new to us, we hope you’ll quickly feel a sense of belonging in our schools and community. If you’re one of our returning families, we look forward to continuing our educational journey together.

I hope you’ll consult this document for answers as questions arise for you this year. Our Information Guide, Student Code of Conduct and Annual Notices provide much of the guidance you’ll need. School hours, breakfast and lunch information, and graduation requirements are just a few of the topics you’ll learn more about here.

We provide information for families in many other ways as well. Be sure you are signed up for our ParentSquare email system, one of the most important communication tools our district has to offer. I also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updated news on all our schools. And don’t forget to check out our district website, another great source of information.

We look forward to our parents and other community members returning to our schools as volunteers this year. Our HOSTS program is a great opportunity—call 317-988-8675 for more information.

We can all be proud of weathering the storm known as the COVID-19 pandemic during the past year. The strengths we gained by surviving that challenge will serve us well in the coming year. Welcome back! We Are Wayne!

Dr. Jeff Butts

Superintendent

SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

District administrative offices are located in the Education Center at 1220 South High School Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana 46241. Phone: 317-988-8600. District website: www.wayne.k12.in.us

Dr. Jeff Butts, Superintendent (317-988-8604)
Barry Gardner, Chief Financial Officer (317-988-8611)
Dr. Denita Harris, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (317-988-8608)
Pete Just, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Operations Officer (317-988-8667)
Mary Lang, Chief Communications Officer (317-988-8654)
Judy Stegemann, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools (317-988-8606)
Dr. Shenia Suggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources (317-988-8673)
Dr. Elizabeth Walters, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools (317-988-8684)

AREAS SERVED BY THE METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAYNE TOWNSHIP

MSD of Wayne Township Boundary map

MSD WAYNE BUILDINGS AND PROPERTIES

To view school boundary lines, click on the school name.

For questions regarding school attendance areas, please call our transportation department at 317-988-6375.

  1. Education Center
  2. Ben Davis High School
  3. Ben Davis 9th Grade Center
  4. Ben Davis University High School/ Wayne Township Preschool
  5. Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center
  6. Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center
  7. Bridgeport Elementary
  8. Chapel Glen Elementary
  9. Chapelwood Elementary
  10. Garden City Elementary
  11. Maplewood Elementary
  12. McClelland Elementary
  13. North Wayne Elementary
  14. Rhoades Elementary
  15. Robey Elementary
  16. Sanders School
  17. Stout Field Elementary
  18. Westlake Elementary
  19. Wayne Preparatory Academy
  20. Operations Center
  21. Transportation Center
  22. Emergency Services Education Center

INFORMATION GUIDE CONTENTS

  • 2021-22 School Calendar
  • Board of Education
  • Vision/Mission Statement
  • Educational Philosophy
  • What To Do If
  • Schools and Principals
  • End of Grading Periods/Parent Conferences
  • Hours of Operation
  • School Closings/Inclement Weather
  • Adult Education
  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary Student Attendance/Tardiness Guidelines and Procedures
  • Method of Distribution of Classes
  • Curriculum Programs
  • Protection of Pupils’ Rights
  • Health Services
  • Child Nutrition Services
    • Charge Procedure
    • Federal & USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
  • English Learners (EL)
  • Office of Special Services
  • Accident Insurance and Risk of Injury
  • Employment Certificates
  • Transportation
  • Student Safety and Protection of School Buildings and Grounds
  • High School Graduation Requirements
  • Student Records and Privacy
  • Student Use of Google Suite

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

To view the 2021 – 2022 School Calendar click here.

State law requires that school days lost because of emergency cancellations (closings) be made up if the total number of school days does not equal the minimum mandated.

Possible school make-up days will occur in the following order if cancellation of school occurs:

Day 1 & 2 – No Make-up Days

Day 3 through 7 – eLearning Days

Day 8 and beyond – 5 or more days prior to the possible make-up day: January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday); February 21 (Presidents’ Day); May 30 (Memorial Day); June 2 (Last Day of School)

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAYNE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION

Michael Nance, President
Benjamin Wakefield, Vice President
Raimeka Graham, Secretary
Brandon Bowman
Karen Burke
Shirley Deckard
Susan Graves

For contact information for individual board members, click here.

The Board of Education adopts a calendar of regular board meetings and working sessions each year. Regular board meetings are held monthly in the Board Room of the Education Center, 1220 South High School Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. unless a different time or location is designated by a majority of the board. Working sessions also occur once a month and begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Education Center Board Room. Special meetings are also open to the public. Information on board meetings may be obtained by calling 317-988-8600, or at www.wayne.k12.in.us. Correspondence to board members may be sent to 1220 South High School Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46241.

VISION STATEMENT

We Are Wayne! Great Schools. Great Community. Inspiring excellence through great experiences.

MISSION STATEMENT

Provide multiple opportunities for learning that meet or exceed the present and future goals and aspirations of our students, in partnership with our community.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Students are the focus of the MSD of Wayne Township. The school corporation’s major responsibility is to help all students develop to their fullest potential as citizens in a democratic republic. The MSD Wayne Board of Education has adopted the following statement of policy which embodies that belief:

We believe in public education delivered by the MSD of Wayne Township that provides personalized learning for each student with equity, civility, and inclusivity in a safe, nurturing environment supported by a highly effective staff and the Wayne Township community.

WHAT TO DO IF…

You have a problem: Call your child’s teacher or counselor to arrange a conference. If necessary, confer with principal.

A student becomes ill at school: A student who becomes ill during school hours is taken to the nurse’s office. If it is necessary to send the student home because of illness, the parent or another person designated by the parent in writing will be notified and requested to provide transportation. It is very important that the school is provided with medical emergency information and alternate persons to call for assistance in the event a parent cannot be reached.

A student is absent: Please call the school within the first hour of each school day of the child’s absence. Also, please send a note listing the dates of absence and reason for the absence when your child returns to school. The Ben Davis High School Attendance Line telephone number is 317-988-7300.

You want a message delivered: Only emergency messages may be delivered to students. In case of emergency, call the school principal.

You plan to move: Please provide the information needed to forward school records to the building principal in your new school district.

A student has a bus behavior problem: Questions regarding discipline of students on buses are to be referred by parents to the director of transportation at 317-988-6375.

You would like to know more about the MSD of Wayne Township: Additional information about our school district and its many programs may be found at www.wayne.k12.in.us.

Other: Your principal should be able to assist you with most school-related matters.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAYNE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS

Ben Davis High School
1200 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-7000
Principal: Sandra Squire

Area 31 Career Center
1200 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-7261
Principal: Patrick Biggerstaff

Achieve Virtual K-6
47 Beachway Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Phone: 317-988-7144
Principal: Matthew Dodson

Achieve Virtual 7-12
47 Beachway Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Phone: 317-988-7144
Principal: Derek Eaton

Ben Davis University High School
1155 South High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-7800
Principal: Steve Samuel

Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center
1150 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-7500
Principal: Dominic Day

Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center
7320 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-8800
Principal: Kelin Mark

Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center
2805 South Lynhurst Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-8100
Principal: Dan Wilson

Bridgeport Elementary
9035 West Morris Street
Indianapolis, IN 46231
Phone: 317-988-6200
Principal: Pam Hardy

Chapel Glen Elementary
701 Lansdowne Road
Indianapolis, IN 46234
Phone: 317-988-6500
Principal: Shatara Smith

Chapelwood Elementary
1129 North Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-6400
Principal: Terri Mathews

Garden City Elementary
4901 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Phone: 317-988-8300
Principal: Virginia Poindexter

Maplewood Elementary
1643 South Dunlap Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-6600
Principal: Julie Moore

McClelland Elementary
6740 West Morris Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-8000
Principal: Jennifer Nichols

North Wayne Elementary
6950 West 34th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-6100
Principal: Karen Boatright-Scherz

Rhoades Elementary
502 South Auburn Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-6700
Principal: Aretha Britton

Robey Elementary
8700 West 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46234
Phone: 317-988-6000
Principal: Ben Markley

Stout Field Elementary
3820 West Bradbury Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-6800
Principal: Tim Wickard

Westlake Elementary
271 North Sigsbee Street
Indianapolis, IN 46214
Phone: 317-988-6900
Principal: Robert Irvine

Sanders School
4730 West Gadsden Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-8500
Principal: Taryn Richard

Wayne Preparatory Academy
5248 West Raymond Street
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-6300
Principal: Bob Boehman

Wayne Township Preschool
1155 South High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Phone: 317-988-7900
Principal: Heather Pierce

END OF GRADING PERIODS/PARENT CONFERENCES

Report cards will be distributed and parent conferences held according to the schedule listed below. Conferences may be arranged at other times by contacting the school. Progress reports may be sent home during the grading periods when pupils are not working to capacity or when performance has noticeably improved.

Preschool – grade 12 parent-teacher conferences:

Each school will determine their evenings for parent-teacher conferences.

End of grading period:

September 24, 2021
December 17, 2021
March 11, 2022
June 1, 2022

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF WAYNE TOWNSHIP HOURS OF OPERATION

Student Arrival: Students arriving before the opening of the building or staying after the building closes will not be supervised if they are not part of a scheduled activity.

When on a Two-hour Delay Schedule:

  • No breakfast program
  • Ben Davis High School campus will be closed until 9:15 a.m.
  • No morning special education preschool
  • No a.m. preschool; however, childcare is open at regular time

BEN DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL

  • Student Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

BEN DAVIS UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

  • Student Hours: 9:20 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 11:20 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

BEN DAVIS 9TH GRADE CENTER

  • Student Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL 7TH & 8TH GRADE CENTER

  • Student Hours: 9:20 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 11:20 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

LYNHURST 7TH & 8TH GRADE CENTER

  • Student Hours: 9:20 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 11:20 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CHAPEL GLEN ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CHAPELWOOD ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

GARDEN CITY ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MAPLEWOOD ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MCCLELLAND ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 8:30 m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

NORTH WAYNE ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

RHOADES ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ROBEY ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 8:30 m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

STOUT FIELD ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WESTLAKE ELEMENTARY

  • Student Hours: 7:30 m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

SANDERS SCHOOL

  • Student Hours: 8:40 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 10:45 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ACHIEVE VIRTUAL

  • Student Hours: Hours are varied.
  • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WAYNE PREPARATORY ACADEMY

  • Student Hours:
    • Middle School: 9:05 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
    • High School AM: 9:05 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
    • High School PM: 1:05 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: 11:10 a.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

WAYNE TOWNSHIP PRESCHOOL

  • Student Hours:
    • AM: 9:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
    • PM: 12:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Two Hour Delay Start Time: See NOTES above
  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

EDUCATION CENTER

  • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

EMERGENCY SERVICES EDUCATION CENTER (ESEC)

  • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

OPERATIONS CENTER

  • Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Office Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS/INCLEMENT WEATHER

It may become necessary to close school because of emergency situations. That makes it critical for parents and students to make sure the contact information we have on record is accurate and current.

MSD Wayne typically keeps schools open as long as the district can transport students safely and keep them learning in a safe environment. State law requires that school days lost because of emergency closings be made up if the total number of school days does not equal the minimum mandated.

If extreme weather or a facility problem forces us to delay, send students home early, or close for the day, we’ll send a ParentSquare message home to families, post the information on our website, share the information on Facebook and Twitter, and notify the following local television and radio stations:

Radio: WTLC/1310 – WXNT/1430 – WIBC/93.1 – WRWM/93.9 – WFMS/95.5 – WZPL/99.5 – WJJK/104.5 – WTLC/106.7 – WNTR/107.9

Television: WRTV 6 – WISH 8 – WTHR 13 – WXIN 59 – WTTV 4

When we keep our schools open during inclement weather, we recognize the right of parents and guardians to decide whether or not to send their children to school under such conditions. We will not consider those absences unexcused. Parents and students should also recognize that school bus schedules may be delayed because of weather conditions. In these situations, we will respect parental decisions about school attendance or tardiness. Parents and caregivers may view the real-time location of their child’s bus with the Here Comes the Bus website and mobile device. More information is available here .

If weather or another emergency situation requires the MSD of Wayne Township to close a school or schools immediately and sending students home would be unsafe, students will be transported to a temporary location for pickup by parents or until school can safely resume or until students can be transported home. The MSD of Wayne Township will notify parents as to where their children have been taken and what parents should do.

ADULT EDUCATION

The Adult Education program at Ben Davis High School offers a variety of opportunities for continuing education. Additional information on enrollment, cost and class schedules is available by calling the telephone numbers listed below.

  • HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT CLASSES
    • Extended Day Program – 317-988-7342
    • Achieve Virtual Education Academy (on-line high school) – 317-988-7144
  • CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASSES – 317-988-7261
  • ESEC (Emergency Services Education Center) CLASSES – 317-988-7703
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES – 317-921-4800
  • VINCENNES UNIVERSITY CLASSES
    • Aviation Classes – ATC Airport – 317-381-6000
    • Truck Driving Classes – Plainfield Logistic Center – 317-381-6028
    • Non-Credit Industry Certification Classes – 800-809-8852
  • IUPUI COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICE – non credited classes – 317-278-9170
  • WAYNE TOWNSHIP ADULT EDUCATION is headquartered at Ben Davis University High School (BDU) located at 1155 S. High School Road at Door #2 with office hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The office phone number is 317-988-7975. Classes are also offered in Hendricks, Morgan, and Marion counties at seven sites. Students can express interest online 24-hours a day for classes at any location via www.adulted.info landing page. The website is translated in 102 languages and our receptionist is bilingual in Spanish. With proper notification, WTAE has staff who are able to translate in Japanese, Arabic, Yoruba, and Spanish.
    • Provides free English Language Learner (ELL) classes focused on speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build a stronger ability to communicate. Students who have never attended school will learn to read with individual tutoring support. Highly qualified students who are college educated from their home countries will be matched with a life coach to provide guidance on career pathway options.
    • Provides free High School Equivalency (HSE) classes to build skills in reading, writing, language, and math. WTAE also offers a fast track High School Equivalency (HSE) Bootcamp for students with qualifying scores. This program provides intensive instruction paired with High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) sessions. After the first year pilot, 92% of students participating earned their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma (previously known as GED). Any student that participates will have a $115 sponsorship for the HiSET testing fee. Most importantly, enrolled WTAE students will be invited to a cap and gown graduation ceremony held the first Saturday in June by our Board, Superintendent, and Cabinet.
    • Provides free Citizenship classes to prepare for the United States and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview and exam. This class will provide the content knowledge needed to participate in American democracy, learn about civic engagement, as well as pass the 100 questions on the exam. Any community member who earns their citizenship will be invited to celebrate at graduation, the first Saturday in June.
    • Provides a self-pay walk-in for High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) registration times on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4 – 7 p.m. at BDU at 1155 S. High School Road, door #2. Interested students must bring $115 cash and one government-issued photo ID (driver’s license) and proof of residency if the photo ID is not from Indiana. For questions related to HiSET, please call 317-988-7969 to speak with the registrar. Registration sessions and frequently asked questions are posted on adulted.info/hiset. Please know, self-pay students are not eligible for the cap and gown ceremony.
    • Provides free income-generating career certifications that can be earned within 3 to 14 weeks. These classes are free and typically cost $2,000 – $5,000. Currently, WTAE provides classes for paraprofessional, medical assisting, dental assisting, sterile processing technician, pharmacy technician, welding, heating and cooling, QuickBooks, and truck driving. The class schedule and locations are located online at info/careers. WTAE provides career placement support and 100% employment is expected. Interested applicants must complete a 12-hour enrollment process including: placement testing, competitive resumes, references, career assessment, personal budget, essays, student commitment forms, and a life coach interview to be qualified for a seat. The process is in place to ensure you are dedicated to your goal and that you are adequately prepared to enter the career field you’ve selected because there is only one opportunity for a scholarship. These classes are funded by the Department of Workforce Development and the City of Indianapolis.

KINDERGARTEN

Any child with legal settlement in the MSD of Wayne Township who will be five years of age on or before August 1, 2021, is eligible for admission to kindergarten. A birth certificate, immunization records, and two proofs of residency must be presented at the time of registration.

Full-day kindergarten classes are offered at all elementary schools. Depending upon enrollment other options may be offered.

Pre-registration enrollment for entrance to kindergarten for the next school year for students who will be five years of age on or before August 1, 2022 will take place in all elementary schools beginning April 13, 2022. Registration hours are 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m.

ELEMENTARY STUDENT ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

  • Students will be counted “tardy” if they arrive at school after the official start of school and before half of the school day is complete. (This time will vary from school to school.)
  • The school day is divided into two parts: m. and p.m. Students should be counted in attendance for a half day if they attend for a portion of the morning or afternoon. If students arrive in the morning, before the half-day time limit, they should be counted for a full attendance day. The same shall apply if a student leaves school early.
  • There will be two awards issued to students for attendance at the elementary level—Perfect Attendance and Outstanding Attendance.
  • If a student attends every day that school is in session and is present for every minute of every session, he/she shall be awarded a PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD. In order to qualify for a PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD, a student may not have any tardies or any early releases from school.
  • A student will qualify for an OUTSTANDING ATTENDANCE AWARD if he/she has no more than a total of six tardies or early release days for the year.

METHOD OF DISTRIBUTION OF CLASSES

The MSD of Wayne Township, exercising sound educational practice to prepare students for the future, assigns students to classes in the following manner:

  • At the elementary level, the general assignment is one of heterogeneous arrangement. There are provisions that allow for adjustment of curriculum to student needs.
  • At the secondary level, the school assigns students or permits selection of courses by the students that allow mixed or random placement in classes, except for certain classes where placement is based on various criteria, including standardized test scores, previous academic performance and teacher observations or student performance.

Neither sex, race, national origin, or religion is used as a criteria for assignment of students to any classes.

CURRICULUM PROGRAMS

  • Family life and AIDS education are a part of our educational offerings. Videos and other materials used have been approved by the Board of Education as recommended by an advisory committee of parents, nurses, teachers, and administrators. A notice of the opportunity for parents of students in grades 4-6 to view and discuss family life and AIDS education videos will be sent home with each student. A separate notice will be sent in the mail if requested in writing by the parent. At grades 7-9, notice of the use of these videos will be given to parents in a newsletter or mailing. The school will assist those parents who wish to preview the material. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school if he/she wishes the student to have alternative activities or be excluded from seeing any such videos.
  • It is not the intention of this program to supplant or replace the home or religious training, but to supplement the roles of parents and clergy by reinforcing their efforts to transmit knowledge and help students develop values about social, moral, mental, and physical consequences of human sexual behavior. Abstinence is taught as required by state law.
  • Drug education is taught as part of the health program. Making good decisions and responding appropriately to negative peer pressure are emphasized.
  • Teachers are sensitive to the community’s beliefs regarding evolution and creationism. Most textbooks used are from the state adoption list and all are approved by the Board of Education. Parents participate in the textbook selection process by reviewing textbooks.

PROTECTION OF PUPIL’S RIGHTS

Parents may review all instructional materials, including teacher manuals or other supplementary materials, which will be used in connection with any survey, questionnaire, analysis, or evaluation administered to students. No student will participate without prior written consent of the student’s parent, or of the student if he/she is 18 years of age or older, in any survey, analysis, or evaluation which contains information concerning: political affiliations; mental or psychological problems potentially embarrassing to a student or the student’s family; sexual behavior and attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of other individuals with whom the student has close family relationships; legally-recognized, privileged or similar relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers; or income, other than information required to determine participation in programs or eligibility for receipt of federal financial assistance.

HEALTH SERVICES

Health services are provided at each school. At certain grade levels and by referral, school nurses help conduct screening for hearing and vision.

Parents are requested to advise the school nurse if their child must take prescribed drugs where failure to have prescribed medication during the school hours could jeopardize the child’s health. Parents should notify the school nurse if their child has special medical needs.

If a student is injured at school, including during athletics, parents have the responsibility to determine if their child should receive medical attention. School personnel may offer parents their opinions regarding a specific injury or illness, but decisions about the need for medical treatment are the responsibility of the parent, except in emergency situations. Parents should not expect the school staff to make these decisions.

CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES

Lunches and breakfasts which qualify as reimbursable under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are available in all buildings in the school district. Menus are available in each school cafeteria, on the district website and online at MealViewer.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to ALL students as part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students wishing to purchase any ala carte items must have money on account (elementary) or pay with cash.

Parents must still complete a Textbook Application to determine if they qualify for textbook assistance.

The Child Nutrition Department also offers parents an online program to deposit money into their child’s school meal account. Please visit the online payment system.

Charge Procedures

The MSD of Wayne Township offers breakfast and lunch daily to all students at no cost.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) requires school food authorities to establish written administrative guidelines and procedures for charges. The MSD of Wayne Township will adhere to the following charge procedure.

Prepayments:

All elementary purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins. Money can be turned in at the classroom, and the money is sent to the building child nutrition manager to be deposited into the student’s account.

Parents can also set up an online payment account at: www.schoolpay.com

At the secondary locations, students may prepay through the school child nutrition office or online at: www.schoolpay.com

Charges:

Any student or adult wishing to purchase ala carte items (or adult meals) must have money on account or pay in cash (secondary).

  • Students and adults may not charge any ala carte items.
  • If the child nutrition manager suspects that a student is misusing this procedure, the parent/guardian will be contacted.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified weekly via a letter and/or email of all unpaid charges.
  • Parents/guardians of students who graduate or withdraw from the district and have money remaining in the meal account must contact the Child Nutrition Office to (1) request a refund, or (2) transfer the account balance to another student’s account.

For assistance and/or questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 317-988-7950.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs, are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

ENGLISH LEARNERS (EL)

The MSD of Wayne Township serves approximately 3,276 English learners, approximately 1,175 newcomer/immigrant students; 803 of our newcomer/immigrant students are in the Language Assistance Program. English language development services are provided for students whose first acquired language is a language other than English. The goal of the program is to ensure that English learners develop a fluent level of English proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, while working on grade level academic content.

Learn more about the Language Assistance Program (LAP) and available services. Additional information may be obtained by calling the LAP Coordinator at 317-988-8653.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL SERVICES

The MSD of Wayne Township is committed to meeting the educational needs of each student by generating positive outcomes for all students. The Office of Special Services’ believes that all students deserve an inclusive educational experience that supports them in meeting their individual goals and dreams. We believe that advocating for students in conjunction with multiple stakeholders will help to reduce ableism in our schools and society. Through our advocacy, we will continue to dismantle inequitable practices and reduce disparate outcomes for students with disabilities.

We provide specialized instruction and related services for students ages three to twenty-second birthday to address the needs of their disabilities through a continuum of services in both general education classrooms and special education classrooms. In addition to special education teachers, students with disabilities may receive support from paraprofessionals, nurses, school psychologists, consultants, social workers, bus drivers and aides, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.

Students with disabilities have many rights and protections under federal and state law. All children with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education that is designed to meet their individual needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. We want our students with disabilities to have learning opportunities with their non-disabled peers in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate. Parent participation and input is vital to this process. If you believe your child may qualify for special education services, please contact an administrator at your child’s school.

Child Find

Child Find is the process of locating, identifying and evaluating all students 3 years of age, but less than 22 years of age, who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. MSD Wayne Township provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to any child who qualifies as having a disability, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Indiana’s Article 7.

MSD Wayne Township is responsible for locating all children ages 3, but less than 22 years of age with a suspected disability who reside within MSD Wayne Township boundaries.

After receiving a referral for a suspected disability from a parent or school personnel, a team of qualified professionals reviews all available information, including input from the parents, student and interventions implemented, to determine if a child who is having academic, behavioral, communication, or health problems is suspected of having a disability. Within 10 school days of a parent request, the school must provide the parent written notice responding to the request. If the school agrees to evaluate the student, the parent must provide written consent before the evaluation may begin. Once consent is received by school personnel, the school will evaluate him or her at no cost to the parent within 50 school days.

Children who are identified as having a disability are eligible to receive special education and related services, at no cost to the parent.

Section 504 is a federal statute that provides protection against discrimination for children and adults with disabilities. This federal law is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights and functions as a fairness principle to “level the playing field” for individuals with disabilities. The two main requirements of Section 504 are nondiscrimination and equal opportunity to receive a free and appropriate public education. Similar to the IDEA, Section 504 regulations include a “child find” requirement, require publicizing a notice of non-discrimination, require an annual notice to parents, and require providing parents with a notice of procedural safeguards. Students being considered for Section 504 services must be referred, evaluated, and provided services in accordance with Section 504 regulations and school procedures. Should questions arise, contact Dr. Tara Rinehart, Director of Special Services and Section 504 Coordinator, at 317-988-8600.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE and RISK OF INJURY

Student accident insurance is available in all schools in the district. This insurance is not provided by the school district but may be purchased by individual students. Students or parents interested in this insurance can find more information here .

Parents should realize that there are risks and dangers involved when students participate in curricular and extracurricular activities and assume all risk of injury and damage incidental to such participation. Parents and students are advised that this risk of being injured is particularly inherent in sports. This risk exists even with good student talent, good facilities, good equipment, carefully taught fundamentals, and proper supervision. Cases of severe injury are rare, but the possibility exists. For this reason, student accident insurance is strongly advised for students who are not covered on a parent health plan. The investment of a small premium could save a family thousands of dollars in medical expenses.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) carries catastrophic insurance for major injuries incurred during participation in approved IHSAA sports programs (does not apply to club sport programs). The policy pays a premium on a catastrophic coverage from $25,000 to $1,000,000. Coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the IHSAA policy. It should be noted that neither the MSD of Wayne Township nor the IHSAA carry any kind of first dollar medical insurance for injuries.

TRANSPORTATION

In areas where school bus transportation is furnished, the parents and students are reminded that this is a privilege and not a right. At the beginning of the school term, each student receives a copy of bus conduct rules. Continued or serious misbehavior will result in disciplinary action which may include denial of bus riding privileges. The bus driver has the same supervisory responsibility for the student as does the teacher in the classroom. Parent questions on bus schedules should be referred to our transportation department at 317-988-6375.

Student drivers must have their cars registered and display a parking sticker. They must obey all school parking lot rules and must park in the designated lot. Permission to park on school property may be denied for unsafe operation of a vehicle or other disciplinary violations.

STUDENT SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

Stopped or parked cars in unauthorized areas on school property are a potential hazard to the safety of students. The cooperation of parents and visitors in helping to keep these areas and other approaches to school property clear at all times is requested. Cooperation in each of the following is asked:

  • Please follow building procedures for student arrival and dismissal times.
  • Please obey all signs and give cooperation to traffic officers.
  • Unauthorized motor vehicles and motor sports are prohibited on school property.

All taxpayers are concerned about the cost of school vandalism and cooperation is solicited from area residents to assist school security personnel by reporting observed violations which concern school property. Call for security at 317-988-6375 during school hours. Calls after school should be made to the office of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), 317-327-3811. Emergency calls should be placed to 911.

Every school in the MSD of Wayne Township has a safety plan. In addition, a Safe Schools Hotline has been established at 317-988-7722, where school safety tips or requests for information may be left anonymously. Our district website’s home page (www.wayne.k12.in.us) also features an online reporting tool called Safe Schools Alert.

For the safety of our students, all visitors must report to the principal’s office.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Indiana State Board of Education adopts course and credit requirements for earning a high school diploma. Current course and credit requirements went into effect for students who entered high school in the fall of 2012 (Class of 2016). Students have the option of earning an Indiana Diploma with the following designation(s):

  • General;
  • Core 40;
  • Core 40 with Academic Honors (AHD); or
  • Core 40 with Technical Honors (THD).

To earn an Indiana Diploma, students in the graduating classes of 2019 – 2022 must:

  • Meet course and credit requirements; and
  • Pass the Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE)/qualify for a GQE waiver; or complete the Graduation Pathways (if offered by the school). See guidance here.

Graduation Pathways will be required starting with the class of 2023 (additional information can be found below).

The Indiana General Assembly made completion of the Indiana Diploma with Core 40 designation a requirement for all students beginning with those who entered high school in the fall of 2007. The law includes an opt-out provision for parents who determine their students could benefit more from the Indiana Diploma with General Designation. The legislation also made Core 40 a minimum college admission requirement for the state’s public four-year universities beginning in the fall of 2011. High Schools must offer students the opportunity to earn any diploma designation approved by the State Board and cannot require students with a disability to complete locally required credits that exceed state credit requirements to earn a diploma, unless otherwise required as part of the student’s IEP. More information can be found here.

Students in the 2019 – 2022 graduating cohorts may satisfy this requirement for graduation in one of three ways:

  • Pass the GQE (ISTEP+ grade 10 in English/Language Arts and Math)
  • Qualify for a GQE waiver if unable to pass the GQE by the senior year
  • Successfully complete the graduation pathways, if offered by the school
    • Note: there is a waiver option for the postsecondary readiness competency requirement for the graduation pathways but the other two components (diploma requirements and employability skills) would still have to be met.
    • Sample Waiver Form for Schools

* Graduation Pathways become a requirement for students expected to graduate in the 2023 cohort.

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STUDENT RECORDS AND PRIVACY

Parents and eligible students (18 years of age and older) may review their present and past school records. Upon request to the principal, arrangements will be made for parents or eligible students to review and discuss their educational records. The principal or designee will be present during the review to answer questions and interpret data. If a parent or eligible student questions the validity of any educational record, the person may ask for a meeting with the Superintendent or his designee to discuss the correction. If the conference with the Superintendent or his designee does not meet the satisfaction of the parent or eligible student, the person may request a further hearing into the matter. Complete procedures for inspection, fee schedules, location and identification of school officials for education records are listed in the School Board policy.

STUDENT USE OF GOOGLE SUITE

The MSD of Wayne Township is committed to providing the best educational experience for our students. One tool necessary to this experience is Google Suite. MSD Wayne students use Google Suite, which is made up of web-based tools that facilitate collaboration and communication among students and staff when creating, sharing, and storing documents and assignments online. Each of the Google Suite tools can be accessed from any Internet connection at school, home, or elsewhere. Google Suite’s Privacy Statement describes how Google products and services collect and use information when used with Apps for Education accounts. The Privacy Statement can be found here

Student accounts are created through an automated process during which student information (first name, last name, user name) is transmitted to and stored by Google on behalf of the district. This information is used only to create, manage, and maintain user accounts; Google’s Privacy Policy prevents Google from sharing personal information. Google does not access content stored on Google Apps unless the district gives it explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting purposes. More information about Google Apps for Education and its privacy policies can be found here. Student use of Google Suite is subject to the District’s Policy A200-Responsible Use of Technology. In addition to the core Google applications, the district may make additional applications available provided that any such app supports student achievement while reasonably ensuring a safe and secure environment.

Parents/guardians or eligible students (18 years of age or older) must notify the building principal in writing if they object to their student’s use of Google Suite.

Download printable version of the 2021-22 Information Guide, Code of Conduct and Annual Notices here.