Annual Notifications

Asbestos Information

4050    Environmental Health and Safety - Employee Indemnification


Toxic Hazards and Asbestos


The Board is concerned for the safety of students, staff, and the public and shall comply with all federal and state statutes and regulations to protect them from hazards that may result from industrial accidents beyond the control of District officials, from the presence of asbestos materials used in previous construction, and from hazardous materials present in the District.


The Board shall appoint a District employee to serve as the designated person who shall carry out the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Michigan Right-To-Know Rules and Regulations.


The Superintendent may appoint a person(s) to develop and implement the District's approved asbestos management plan and shall develop a specific job description, which shall ensure proper compliance with federal and state laws and the appropriate instruction and in-service of staff and students.


The Board shall, through either a separate contract, a sub clause to an existing contract, or as a part of a negotiated master contract, defend, hold harmless, and indemnify current and former District employees who have been assigned the responsibilities related to the AHERA regulations from any and all demands, claims, suits, actions, and proceedings brought against those individuals as agents and/or employees of the Board, provided that any such incidents arose while those individuals were acting within the scope of their respective employment contracts and were not intentional, negligent, or criminal acts.



Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 380.623b; 380.1256(1) (2); 380.1274b (Mercury in the schools); 388.864; 408.1001 (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act)


Non-Discrimination Policy

2450    Non-Discrimination and Complaint Procedure (Cf. 5030, 8015)


It is the policy of the Board of Education that the District will not discriminate against any person based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, handicap, age, or disability.  The District reaffirms its long-standing policy of compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination including, but not limited to, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d. et seq.; and 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et seq.; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681, et seq.; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794; The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 1210, et seq.; the Handicappers’ Civil Rights Act, MCL §§ 37.1101, et seq.; and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, MCL §§ 37.2101, et seq.


The administrator in charge of Special Education, or other appropriate administrator named by the District, is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding complaints of disability/handicap discrimination involving educational services, programs and activities.  The Superintendent, or other appropriate administrator named by the District, is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding discrimination complaints made by students (grades Pre-K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s), and involving sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, or marital status. The Superintendent, or other appropriate administrator named by the District, is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding all other complaints of discrimination. In the event the complaint is against the Superintendent of Schools, the Vice-President of the Board of Education is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator.


Inquiries or complaints by students and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on disability/handicap should be directed to:


The Administrator in Charge of Special Education

Reeths-Puffer School District

991 W. Giles Road

Muskegon, MI 49445

(231) 744-4736


Inquiries or complaints made by students (grades Pre K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, or marital status should be directed to:


Assistant Superintendent 

Reeths-Puffer School District

991 W. Giles Road

Muskegon, MI 49445

(231) 744-4736


In the event a complaint is against the Superintendent of Schools, the complaint should be directed to:


The Vice-President of the Board of Education

Reeths-Puffer School District

991 W. Giles Road

Muskegon, MI 49445


All other inquiries related to discrimination should be directed to:


Superintendent of Schools

Reeths-Puffer School District

991 W. Giles Road

Muskegon, MI 49445

(231) 744-4736


The Civil Rights Coordinators, as specified herein, are designated to receive and resolve complaints from any person who believes that he/she may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy.  Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against in violation of this policy should file a written complaint with the Civil Rights Coordinator within ten (10) calendar days of the alleged violation.  The Civil Rights Coordinator will take, then, the following action:  First, cause an investigation of the complaint to be commenced.  Second, arrange for a meeting to occur with the complainant, which may include School District staff who are knowledgeable of the facts and circumstances of the particular complaint or who have particular expertise that will assist in resolving the complaint. 


Third, complete the investigation of the complaint and provide, in writing, a reply to the complainant.  If the Civil Rights Coordinator determines that a violation has occurred, he/she shall propose a fair resolution of the complaint and deliver the determination to the complainant and the Superintendent.  In the event the complaint is against the Superintendent, a copy of the determination shall be delivered to the President of the Board of Education.   The complainant may appeal the Civil Rights Coordinator’s determination to the Superintendent, or, in the case of a complaint against the Superintendent, to the President of the Board, by so notifying the Superintendent or Board President in writing within the (10) calendar days of the Civil Rights Coordinator’s determination.  The Superintendent or Board President may conduct additional investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the complaint. 


The Board Vice-President or President may elect to secure the services of an outside party to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding any complaint against the Superintendent. 


The Superintendent, or Board President in the case of a complaint against the Superintendent, shall affirm or reverse the Civil Rights Coordinator’s decision and, if warranted, implement the Civil Rights Coordinator’s proposed resolution or a modification thereof.  The Superintendent or Board President's decision shall be final.


Upon completion of, or at any point in, the grievance process, complainants have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201.  The complainant should first be directed to the following address:


Office for Civil Rights

600 Superior Avenue, Suite 750

Cleveland, OH 44114

(216) 522-4970 phone

(216) 522-2573 fax


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: Included in Text

Policy on Student Directory Information

8940    Student Records


The educational interests of students require the collection, retention, and use of data about individuals and groups of students while ensuring individual rights of privacy.  The school District will maintain educational records of students for legitimate educational purposes.


School student records are confidential and information from them shall not be released except as provided by law.  The information contained in school student records shall be kept current, accurate, clear, and relevant.  All student records, including those maintained in District electronic database(s), shall be safeguarded during collection, maintenance, and dissemination to protect against unauthorized access or accidental release.  The District may release directory information in accord with law, provided parent(s)/guardian(s) are given the opportunity to object to the release of this information.


Directory Information


The custodian of records may make certain directory information available without parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student’s consent if public notice of the categories of information designated as directory information has been given.  After such public notice has been given, the parent(s)/guardian(s) have the right to object to the release of the information within a specified reasonable time.  Directory information for this District includes the following information about the student: The student’s name, picture; major field of study; participation in recognized activities and sports and related information; grade placement; and honors and awards received.


Armed forces recruiting representatives and service academy recruiters are entitled to receive directory information for students in grades 9-12 that will include: The student’s name, address, and telephone number (if listed). 


Pursuant to federal law, a form will be sent to parent(s)/guardian(s) that allow them to opt out of the disclosure of directory information to the military recruiters, and that informs the recipients that failure to complete and return the form will result in the disclosure of the information to military recruiters.  Pursuant to federal law, high school principals may not exclude military recruiters from the school campus if they do not similarly exclude prospective employers or post-secondary institutions.


The District shall inform students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) annually and upon initial enrollment of their rights under law and Board policy with respect to student records, and of the procedures for exercising those rights.  This notice shall be modified to accommodate the needs of the disabled or those whose dominant language is other than English.


The Superintendent shall develop rules and procedures for implementing this policy and state and federal law with respect to student records.  The Superintendent shall designate one or more records custodian(s) for each site and/or media in which student records are kept, and shall provide them with appropriate training.  The District may charge an appropriate fee to cover the expense of providing copies of records requested by a parent or guardian.


The District shall protect the rights of privacy of students and their families in connection with any surveys or data-gathering activities conducted, assisted, or authorized by the Board or Superintendent.  Regulations established under this policy shall include provisions controlling the use, dissemination, and protection of such data.  


If students are to be surveyed or monitored by researchers, parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified of the dates of the planned activities, given an opportunity to review the survey instruments, and given the opportunity to opt out.


Annual notice will be given to parent(s)/guardian(s) of the administration of any health or physical screening, and the parent(s)/guardian(s) given the opportunity to opt out.


Student names and addresses shall not be disclosed to businesses or organizations that plan to use the information for commercial purposes.  Exceptions may be made where the purpose has been approved in advance by the Superintendent and where parent(s)/guardian(s) have given, in writing, express permission for this information to be disclosed.


For the purposes of this policy, whenever a student has attained 18 years of age, or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the consent required of and the rights accorded to the parents or guardians of the student shall only be required of and accorded to the student.



Approved:       April 24, 2006  

LEGAL REF: MCL 15.231 et seq.; 380.1134-1135; 380.1139, 20 USCA §1232g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act); 20 USCA 7908 (No Child Left Behind Act); Michigan Department of Education Memo dated 4/6/04.


Policy on Drug Free Schools

Alcohol, Inhalants, Steroids and Drug Abuse (Cf. 7215)


The Board of Education recognizes its obligation to provide students with the best education possible.  Students are the future leaders of our Nation.  One of the most important aspects of an education is that a student becomes aware of the harmful effects of alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs.


The illegal use of alcohol, inhalants, steroids and/or drugs has no place in school or society.  Students who abuse alcohol, inhalants, steroids and/or drugs not only perform poorly in school, they perform poorly in life.


Alcohol, inhalants, steroids and/or drug abuse costs our Nation billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.  Thousands of people die each year and many more are disabled because of alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs. 


Students who say “no” to alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs will be better prepared to meet life’s many challenges.  Students who give in to peer-pressure and use alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs will be letting down their friends, their family, and themselves.


Students should feel proud when they resist the temptations of alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs.  Saying “no” to alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs is the right answer.


The Board of Education and the School District encourage students who are experiencing problems with alcohol, inhalants, steroids and/or drug abuse to seek assistance for such problems through treatment, counseling and/or rehabilitation programs voluntarily.  Information regarding these programs is available at the counseling office.


The Board of Education and School District will not tolerate students who refuse to say “no” to alcohol, inhalants, steroids and drugs.  Students, who unlawfully possess, use or distribute alcohol, inhalants, steroids and/or illicit drugs on school premises or at a school activity or event will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and referral to the police for prosecution, in accordance with the District’s “Student Code of Conduct.”  Students may also be required to complete successfully an appropriate rehabilitation program.



Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF:   MCL 380.1170

Smoking Policy

9300    Alcohol and Smoke Free Schools, Grounds, Vehicles and Facilities 


Tobacco Products

No person, at any time, shall smoke, chew or otherwise use tobacco products, of any kind, on School District property, on property under the control of the School District, nor in School District vehicles.


Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages, of any kind, nor any "look alike" alcoholic beverages, shall be used by any person in District buildings or on District property, nor in connection with any District sponsored activity, either on or off District property, at any time.

General public violations will be handled in accordance with State Law.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 333.12601 et seq.; 750.473; OAG, 1977-1978, No 5336, p. 502 (June 28, 1978); 20 USCA§7183.

8230    Tobacco Products            


The use and/or the possession by any student, regardless of age, of any tobacco product are prohibited in any school building, at school-sponsored events, regardless of location, or on any school property.


Possession of tobacco products by any student under the age of 18 years may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities. (Cf. 2790)


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 380.1170; 333.12601 et seq.; 722.642; 750.473; OAG, 1977-1978, No 5202, p 167 (July 11, 1977); OAG, 1977-1978, No 5336, p 502 (June 28, 1978)




Parent's Right-to-Know Notification

Reeths-Puffer Schools receive Title 1, Part A funding to supplement educational services for students at risk of not meeting grade level learning targets.  Any parent of a student has the right to request the professional qualifications of their of their student's teachers and any Title staff (including paraprofessionals) working with their child.  Reeths-Puffer Schools is required to notify individual parents if their child is to be taught for four or more weeks by a professional who does not meet the Highly Qualified requirements.

Notification of Rights Under FERPA




The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:


1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.


2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Reeths-Puffer Schools to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.


If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.


3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.


One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.


A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.


4. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:


Family Policy Compliance Office

U. S. Department of Education

600 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605 

Anti-Bullying Policy

8260 – Anti-Bullying (Cf. 8018)  


It is the policy of the District to provide a safe educational environment for all students.  Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited.  This policy shall be interpreted and enforced to protect all students and to equally prohibit bullying without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus.


A.     Prohibited Conduct:


         1.      Bullying - Bullying of a student at school is strictly prohibited.  For the purposes of this policy, “bullying” shall be defined as:


                  Any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication, that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:


                  a.      Substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more students;


                  b.      Adversely affecting a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the District’s educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;


                  c.      Having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health;


                  d.      Causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.


         2.      Retaliation/False Accusation – Retaliation or false accusation against a target of bullying, anyone reporting bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying is strictly prohibited.


B.     Reporting an Incident


         If a student, staff member, or other individual believes there has been an incident of bullying in violation of this policy, s/he shall promptly report such incident to the appropriate principal or designee, or the responsible school official(s) as defined below.


C.     Investigation


         All reported allegations of a policy violation or related complaint about bullying shall be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the building principal or designee.  A description of each reported incident, along with all investigation materials and conclusions reached by the principal or designee shall be documented and filed separately with similar materials in the District’s central administrative office.


D.     Notice to Parent/Guardian


         If the principal or designee determines that an incident of bullying has occurred, s/he shall promptly provide written notification of same to the parent/guardian of the victim of the bullying and the parent/guardian of the perpetrator of the bullying.


E.      Annual Reports


         At least annually, the building principal or designee, or the responsible school official shall report all verified incidents of bullying and the resulting consequences, including any disciplinary action or referrals, to the Board of Education.  The annual Board report may be given in writing, in person at a regular Board meeting, or as otherwise requested by the Board of Education.


F.      Responsible School Official


         The Superintendent (“Responsible School Official”) shall be responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of this policy throughout the District.  The foregoing appointment shall not reduce or eliminate the duties and responsibilities of a principal or designee as described in this policy.


G.     Posting/Publication of Policy


         Notice of this policy will be:  (a) annually circulated to all students and staff, (b) posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District, (c) annually discussed with students, and (d) incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks.


H.     Definitions


         1.      “At School” means in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises.  “At School” also includes any conduct using a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if the device or provider is owned by or under the District’s control.


         2.      “Telecommunications Access Device” means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, 1931 PA 328, MCL 750.219a, as may be amended from time to time.  As of January 2012, “Telecommunication Access Device” is defined to mean any of the following:


                  a.   Any instrument, device, card, plate, code, telephone number, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, counterfeit number, or financial transaction device defined in MCL 750.157m (e.g., an electronic funds transfer card, a credit card, a debit card, a point-of-sale card, or any other instrument or means of access to a credit, deposit or proprietary account) that alone or with another device can acquire, transmit, intercept, provide, receive, use, or otherwise facilitate the use, acquisition, interception, provision, reception, and transmission of any telecommunications service.


                  b.   Any type of instrument, device, machine, equipment, technology, or software that facilitates telecommunications or which is capable of transmitting, acquiring, intercepting, decrypting, or receiving any telephonic, electronic, data, internet access, audio, video, microwave, or radio transmissions, signals, telecommunications, or services, including the receipt, acquisition, interception, transmission, retransmission or decryption of all telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services provided by or through any cable television, fiber optic, telephone, satellite, microwave, data transmission, radio, internet based or wireless distribution network, system, or facility, or any part, accessory, or component, including any computer circuit, security module, smart card, software, computer chip, pager, cellular telephone, personal communications device, transponder, receiver, modem, electronic mechanism or other component, accessory, or part of any other device that is capable of facilitating the interception, transmission, retransmission, decryption, acquisition, or reception of any telecommunications, transmissions, signals, or services.


         3.      “Telecommunications Service Provider” means that term as defined in Section 219a of the Michigan Penal Code, supra, as may be amended from time to time.  As of January 2012, “Telecommunications Service Provider” is defined to mean any of the following:


                  a.   A person or entity providing a telecommunications service, whether directly or indirectly as a reseller, including, but not limited to, a cellular, paging, or other wireless communications company or other person or entity which, for a fee, supplies the facility, cell site, mobile telephone switching office, or other equipment or telecommunications service.


                  b.   A person or entity owning or operating any fiber optic, cable television, satellite, internet based, telephone, wireless, microwave, data transmission or radio distribution system, network, or facility.


                  c.   A person or entity providing any telecommunications service directly or indirectly by or through any distribution systems, networks, or facilities.





Approved:  March 19, 2012

LEGAL REF:  MCL 380.1310b, Matt’s Safe School Law

Notice of Pesticide Application

The Board of Education will insure that proper notification is provided to parents and staff members when a pesticide is to be applied: the type of pesticide and its potential side effects, the location of the application, and the date of application, prior to its application.


Advisory To Parents / Guardians


Dear Parent or Guardian:


State of Michigan law requires that schools and day care centers that may apply pesticides on school or day care property must provide an annual advisory to parents or guardians of students attending the facility.  


Please be advised that Reeths-Puffer Schools utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control pests.  IPM is a pest management system that utilizes all suitable techniques in a total pest management system with the intent of preventing pests from reaching unacceptable levels or to reduce an existing population to an acceptable level.  Pest management techniques emphasize sanitation, pest exclusion, and biological controls.  One of the objectives of using an IPM approach is to reduce or eliminate the need for chemical applications of pesticides; however, certain situations may require the need for pesticides to be utilized. 


As required by State of Michigan law, you will receive advance notice regarding the non-emergency application of a pesticide such as an insecticide, fungicide or herbicide, other than a bait or gel formulation, that is made to the school or day care grounds or buildings during this school year.  Please note that notification is not given for the use of sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants or anti-microbial cleaners.  In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but you will be notified following any such application. 


Advance notification of pesticide applications, other than a bait or gel formulation, will be given by at least two (2) methods.  The first method will be by posting at the main entrance to your school / day-care center.  The second method will be by posting in the Educational Services Building (Administration Office) located at 991 W. Giles Road.


Please be advised that parents or guardians of children attending the school or day care center are entitled to receive the advance notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class United States mail postmarked at least three (3) days before the pesticide application, if they so request.  If you prefer to receive the notification by first class mail, please complete the attached form and submit as indicated.


Please be advised that parents or guardians of children attending the school may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request.  For more information please contact Mr. Adam Ingalls, Facilities Director, at (231) 744-4736 x2400 or email at

Right to Inspect Instructional Materials

7420    Inspection by Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Instructional Material 


The parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be permitted to inspect all instructional materials used by the District in evaluating, surveying, or analyzing students in furtherance of an instructional program.  Instructional materials shall include teacher’s manuals, audio/visual materials, or other supplementary materials.


The District shall give parent(s)/guardian(s) notice of their rights under this policy.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: 20 USCA § 1232g (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 [FERPA])


Student Welfare Policy

8450    Student Welfare (Cf. 8590)   


The Board and Superintendent will endeavor to provide a suitable environment conducive to the general health, safety and welfare of each student in school attendance and in school-sponsored activities.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 333.26301-26306

8590    Student Safety     


The District will endeavor to provide a safe environment for students while in school attendance or in extra-class activities.


Bicycle Use

Each building Principal will formulate plans and procedures for the safe use of and parking of bicycles on school property and publish them in the appropriate student handbooks.


Walkers and Riders

Any student who uses school-provided transportation shall be under the jurisdiction of the vehicle driver while in the vehicle and shall be subject to all rules and regulations developed by the Superintendent and building Principals to cover such activities.  Such rules and regulations shall be published in the appropriate student handbooks.


Students who walk to and from school are urged to become familiar with traffic safety laws governing such activities.


Eye Protective Devices

Building Principals shall assume the responsibility of seeing that sufficient eye protective devices are available to accommodate all classes or persons requiring them.  All guidelines and rules shall be published in the appropriate staff and student handbooks.


Mercury Elimination

The District prohibits the purchase, storing, or use of free flowing elemental mercury or items or instruments containing free flowing elemental mercury.  Each building administrator will be responsible for enforcing this policy and reporting any violations to the District MIOSHA compliance officer.


Safety Patrols

Building Principals are authorized to organize student safety patrols to assist in the safety of students to and from school and/or loading/unloading school buses.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 324.81101; 380.1274b; 380.1288; R 340.1301-1305; OAG, 1981-1982, No 6097, p 727 (August 31, 1982)

Sex Education Policy

7115    Sex Education 


Pursuant to state law, sex education may be provided by the District as an elective. In order to offer this instruction, a sex education advisory board must be established. Students will not be permitted to take the class unless the student’s parent/guardian is notified in advance of the course and its contents, is given an opportunity to review course materials, is allowed to observe the instruction, and is notified of the right to have the student excused from the class. The Superintendent, with the cooperation of the certified staff and a licensed medical doctor, nurse or other person certified by the State Board of Education, shall develop a comprehensive sex education curriculum that complies with statutory curriculum requirements. All instruction and materials shall be age-appropriate and medically accurate. Prior to the adoption of any revision to materials or methods of instruction in sex education, the Board shall hold two public hearings. The hearings shall be held at least 1 week apart and shall be posted pursuant to MCL 380.1201.


Sex Education Advisory Board

The Sex Education Advisory Board (Advisory Board) shall consist of 18 members who shall serve staggered terms of 3 years.  One half of the members shall be parents who have at least one child attending a school operated by the District, and a majority of those parent members shall be individuals not employed by a school district.  The Superintendent shall recommend persons for membership to the Board of Education and shall include pupils of the District, educators, local clergy, and community health professionals. The Superintendent shall use a selection process that reasonably reflects the District population. 


The Advisory Board must establish goals and objectives designed to reduce rates of sex, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, review materials and methods, and make implementation recommendations to the Board of Education.  


The recommendations shall incorporate the mandates of MCL 380.1507b and such other material as the Advisory Board finds to be pedagogically sound. Every two years, the Advisory Board shall evaluate, measure, and report upon the attainment of the goals and objectives. The report shall be made available to parents in the school district.   


To comply with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and Michigan Statutes, the Superintendent will, in writing, inform the professional staff of the federal requirements concerning sex education and the prohibitions and restrictions concerning distribution of contraceptives or materials that encourage sexual activities. The District will comply with federal and state guidelines concerning age appropriate sex education.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: 20 USCA 7906 (NCLB); MCL 380.1282; 380.1507; 380.1507b; 380.1169; 380.1506; 380.1766; 388.1766a.  

Notice to Staff Members on Federal Regulation Concerning Drug Prevention

5350    Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace


The use, distribution, dispensation and/or manufacturing of controlled substances, as defined by state and federal law, or alcoholic or “look-alike” alcoholic beverages by District employees on District grounds, in District buildings and/or in connection with any District activity, is prohibited.


Any District employee who violates the above policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.  In addition, the employee may be required to participate, satisfactorily, in an alcohol and/or drug assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the Board.


Any District employee who has been found guilty of violating a criminal drug statute in the workplace shall notify the Superintendent within five days after a conviction relating to the drug offense.


The Superintendent shall notify the appropriate federal, state, or local law enforcement agency within ten days after receiving notice of a workplace related drug conviction on the part of the employee.

The Superintendent shall develop an alcohol and drug-free awareness program for District employees.  District employees who request assistance for alcohol and/or drug counseling and/or rehabilitation shall direct their request to the Superintendent. 


The Superintendent shall provide alcohol and drug-free awareness information which shall include the following:

a.      The dangers of alcohol and/or drug abuse in the workplace;

b.      The employer’s policy of maintaining an alcohol and drug-free workplace;

c.      Available alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs; and

d.      The penalties the Board may inflict upon employees for alcohol and/or drug abuse violations.


The Superintendent may utilize the services and assistance of the District's insurance carrier, local or county health departments, local or regional medical health center or other substance abuse agencies in the immediate area.


This policy shall be published in the District's faculty and staff handbooks.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: 49 CFR 382.601 (Anti-Substance Abuse Act)

Policy on Discriminatory Harassment of Employees or Applicants

5035    Discriminatory Harassment of Employees or Applicants  


Discriminatory harassment of School District elected officials, employees, or applicants for employment, vendors, contractors or other doing business with the School District, students, parent(s)/guardian(s), invitees, volunteers or guests will not be tolerated.


Discriminatory harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct relating to an individuals’ sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, height, weight, marital status or handicap/disability when:

  • Submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, to obtain employment; or

  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct or communication by an employee/applicant is used as a factor in decisions affecting such employee/applicant’s employment; or

  • Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an employee’s employment, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment environment, or otherwise adversely affects an employee’s employment opportunities.

Any employee or applicant who believes that he/she has suffered harassment shall immediately report the incident(s) to:


Human Resources Director

Reeths-Puffer Schools

991 W. Giles Road

Muskegon, MI 49445

(231) 744-4736


No employee or applicant for employment, reporting an incident of discriminatory harassment will suffer any form of reprisal.


In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes discriminatory  harassment, the totality of the circumstances, the nature of the harassment and the context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred will be investigated.  The Human Resources Director has the responsibility of investigating complaints of discriminatory harassment of employees or applicants.  In cases where the alleged harassment involves a member of the Board of Education, the School District will appoint outside legal counsel to investigate the complaint.  The results of an investigation and any action taken thereon will be communicated to the complaining person.


In the event the complaint is against the Superintendent, the Vice-President of the Board shall be automatically designated as the investigator for such complaints.  The Vice-President of the Board may elect to employ District legal counsel or other qualified, independent investigators to assist him/her in the investigation, at his/her sole discretion.  The results of the investigation shall be turned over to the President of the Board of Education.


The school District considers discriminatory harassment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, handicap, or disability to be a major offense, which will result in disciplinary action of the offender.  Disciplinary action against a school District employee may include termination of employment.  Disciplinary action against a student may include expulsion.  Disciplinary action against a Board of Education member may range from Board of Education public censure to removal of the Board Member from an officer position he/she may hold.  Disciplinary action against vendors, contractors or others doing business with the school District, students, parent(s)/guardian(s), invitees, volunteers or guest may include up to prohibition of school property. 


Notice of this policy will be periodically circulated to all school buildings and departments within the District, and incorporated in teacher, student and parent/guardian handbooks.  All new hires of the District will be required to review and sign off on this policy and its related complaint procedure.

Training sessions on this policy and the prevention of discriminatory harassment shall be held for all Board members, administrators, teachers, and employees of the District.  In addition, students will have available as part of their curriculum and instructional program, sessions on this policy and the prevention of student-to-student discriminatory harassment.


See Appendix A of this section in the Board Policy Manualfor for examples of sexual harassment.



Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: MCL 37.2101 et seq., (Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act); 380.11a; 20 USCA §1681; 34 CFR §106.8; 34 CFR §106.9 (Title IX of the Education Amendments)

Ethics Policy

5695    Ethics  


A teacher, in the performance of his/her duties, shall:

  • Recognize basic dignities of all individuals with whom he/she interacts in the performance of his/her duties;

  • Exercise due care to protect the mental and physical safety of students, colleagues and subordinates for whom he/she is responsible;

  • Be accountable for maintaining his/her integrity and shall avoid accepting anything of substantial value offered by another which is known to be or which may appear to be for the purpose of influencing his/her judgment or performance of his/her duties;

  • Accurately represent his/her qualifications;

  • Be responsible to present any subject matter in a fair and accurate manner.


Approved:       April 24, 2006

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

5020    Equal Employment Opportunity


The Board shall be an equal opportunity employer.  The objective of the Board is to attract and retain individuals qualified and/or trainable for the positions in the system by virtue of job-related standards of education, training, experience, and personal qualifications.


The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring compliance and continued implementation of this policy.



Approved:       April 24, 2006

LEGAL REF: 42 USCA 2000e-8, 2000e-12; 44 USCA 3501 et seq.; 42 USCA 12117 (The Equal Employment Opportunities Act); 29 USCA §§627, 630 (Age Discrimination in Employment Act); 42 USCA §1981 et seq. (Civil Rights Act); 28 CFR §42.405 (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act); 42 USCA §2000e, et seq. (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act); 20 USCA §1681; 34 CFR §106.8; 34 CFR §106.9 (Title IX of the Education Amendments); MCL 37.1101-1607 (Person’s with Disabilities Civil Rights Act); 37.2101-2804 (Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act); Michigan Constitution Article I, §2

Completed School Safety Drills

Documentation on completed School Safety Drills is posted at the bottom of the home page of the District web site ( under Reports.  

Participation in School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program

Reeths-Puffer Schools is committed to protecting the health of students, teachers, and staff.  We are participating in the School Drinking Water Quality Reimbursement Program, which is a program jointly administered by the Michigan Department of Education and the Department of Environmental Quality.  The District is required to give public notice of each schools participation.


Twin Lake Notice