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Public Notices

Career and Technical Programs

Creston CSD offers career and technical programs in the following service areas: agriculture, food and natural resources, applied sciences, technology, engineering, manufacturing, business, finance, marketing and management, and human services.

Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 created a category of student information known as "Directory Information." For public schools, this information includes the student's name, address, date and place of birth, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Schools may release this information without obtaining written permission. Parents or adult students who do not wish such information released should submit their objection, in writing, to the building principal.

Grievance Procedure

District patrons wishing to file a grievance concerning possible discriminatory practices may obtain a copy of the Board policy 102 at the Central Office, 801 N. Elm Creston, IA 50801.

Hazard Communication Compliance

The Creston Community School District has taken measures to identify all chemical substances on the premises. Identification of the substances was completed with the assistance of NIOSH/OSHA publications: Occupational Health Guidelines (#81-123); NIOSH/OSHA publication Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (780210); and/or manufacturer's MSDS sheets. A list of chemicals has been generated and cross-referenced by names found on the respective MSDS sheets and by common names referred to by employees. These chemicals have been classified as hazardous in whole or in part according to OSHA regulations.

Instructional Fee Waivers

Students whose families meet the guidelines for free and reduced-price meals, the Family Investment Program (FIP), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should visit with Amber Tate at the Food Service Office and sign the waiver form. This waiver must be completed annually.

Level I Investigator

All districts in Iowa are responsible for selecting a designated investigator to handle any complaints which deal with abuse of students. If a student, school district employee or other member of the school district community believes a child has suffered abuse, which shall include sexual and physical abuse, by a school district employee in the course of their employment, it should be reported to the designated investigator immediately. Please contact your building administrator for specific names and contact information.

MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheets) Procedures

The Creston Community School District inspects incoming shipments as they arrive on the premises to determine whether or not a MSDS sheet has been received for each chemical substance. The Maintenance Director is responsible for this procedure. (All school employees have been instructed that upon receiving any MSDS sheet in their materials, to pass them on to him.) All original MSDS sheets are kept on file and copies are sent to all buildings.

No Smoking/Vaping - Tobacco Free Environment

In compliance with the State law, all school district-owned buildings, grounds and vehicles shall be off limits at all times regarding smoking/vaping and tobacco use.

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Creston Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the district's Equity Coordinator, Deron Stender ( 801 North Elm, Creston, IA 50801.

Notice to any Homeless Families in the Creston Community School District

  • The Creston Community School District will work with all children and youth to ensure enrollment.
  • Transportation issues will be addressed.
  • Special Services are available to all students in the Creston District.
  • A student will not be denied enrollment for lack of records from a previous school.
  • No student will be denied enrollment for lack of immunization records.
  • Fees and charges may be waived at the discretion of the Superintendent.

For additional information, please contact: Creston Community School District, 801 N. Elm St., Creston, IA 50801, 641-782-7028

Open Enrollment Information

To open enroll your child to another district for the 2023-2024 school year, applications must be

submitted to receiving districts by dates set by the Board of Directors.  For youngsters who will begin kindergarten in the fall, applications are due to the receiving district by September 1, of the upcoming school year. A separate application must be completed for each child.

Transportation assistance is available to those who qualify under specific income guidelines. Students who open enroll may not be eligible for athletic participation according to the Iowa High School Athletic Association guidelines. The information provided above is a very basic overview. If you have questions, please call 782-7028.

Postsecondary Enrollment Option

All students in grades eleven and twelve as well as ninth and tenth grade talented and gifted students may enroll in post-secondary courses meeting the following criteria:

  • the course is taken from a public or accredited private post-secondary educational institution;
  • a comparable course is not offered in the school district. A comparable course is one in which the subject matter or the purposes and objectives of the course are similar, in the judgment of the principal or his/her designee to a course offered in the school district;
  • the course is in the discipline areas of mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, vocational-technical education, or a course offered in the community college career options program;
  • the course is a credit-bearing course that leads to a degree;
  • the course is not religious or sectarian; and
  • the course meets all other requirements set by the Board

Students successfully completing qualified post-secondary courses will receive both high school and college credit. Courses taken may be in either the academic or vocational-technical areas. Tuition and other costs directly related to a course up to the amount established by law shall be paid by the district.

Students taking post-secondary courses during summer months when school is not in session shall be responsible for all costs associated with courses in which they are enrolled. Students taking courses are responsible for transportation without reimbursement to and from the location where the course is offered.

The Presence of Asbestos within District Buildings

The Institute for Environmental Assessment was requested by the Creston Community Schools to review and prepare an asbestos management plan identifying the presence of asbestos within District school buildings.

The Institute's federally certified inspectors, planners, public health and engineering consultants worked in conjunction with school administrative personnel to identify asbestos-containing building products. Asbestos is a mineral fiber associated with increased levels of disease when inhaled. The risk rating procedures which the Institute used in commenting on the asbestos were developed in conjunction with national experts in the areas of industrial medicine, toxicology, industrial hygiene and engineering. After reviewing the characteristics of District buildings, we prepared a management plan for each building, a copy of which is maintained at the central district office and also in the administrative office for each major building describing the asbestos plan and the intended response.

Asbestos is dangerous only when it is broken loose from building material into fine, dust-like fibers and inhaled. Assuming the District maintains its operations and maintenance procedures and, if asbestos is to be removed or abated, that such removal is done under carefully controlled conditions, the asbestos should not represent a detectable risk to any building occupant. The District implemented its management plan as of July 9, 1989, and has conducted periodic surveillance of all asbestos-containing building materials identified in that plan. This periodic surveillance is conducted to provide a continuous assessment to ensure safety-conscious management of asbestos-containing materials. In addition to the periodic surveillance the district occasionally has an abatement project which we must identify.

The detailed plan and updated information for each building, or for the entire District, is open to public review and is located in the office of each building. If you have any questions, please contact the District's Business Manager, Billie Jo Greene, 782-7028.

This is an annual notice required by the Federal Environment Protection Agency through the Asbestos Hazard and Emergency Response Act.

Protection of Pupil Rights

Occasionally we request students complete surveys for analysis or evaluation of specific programs or areas of concern. Although this information is important to us in program development, students

are not required to participate in any surveys giving personal information unless they or their parents wish to do so. Any surveys or materials used in connection with these surveys will be made available

upon request to the parents. Notification will be given ahead of time of any surveys containing questions of a personal nature.

Student Records

Parents or students (18 & older) have the right to:

  1. Inspect/review student's educational records.
  2. Request an amendment of the educational records.
  3. Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in educational records.
  4. File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education re: alleged noncompliance with the law.
  5. Obtain a copy of the records policy

Notice: Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement and Detention

State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.

State law also places limits on school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.

If you have any questions about this state law, please contact your school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website.