The following list provides a brief description of notifications required by state and/or federal law or regulation. It is not designed to provide a comprehensive description of the various requirements or notifications. See links in text below to find further information about topics.
Parents or guardians who would prefer to receive a printed copy of any of the “Required Notifications” below may contact the Charlottesville City Schools office via phone at 434-245-2400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Highlights and Handbook” distributed to all households in August also covers these topics.
Each school division must annually notify parents, employees and other building occupants about asbestos inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities. View a copy of the Charlottesville City Schools annual AHERA/asbestos notification here.
Availability of School Division Policies and Regulations
Each division must make an annual announcement at the beginning of the school year advising the public that current copies of all division policies and regulations are available on the division’s website. The announcement should also state that printed copies of school division policies and regulations are available to citizens who do not have online access. Charlottesville City Schools policies are available online, as well as at each city school. The CCS Highlights and Handbook (available online and mailed to households in August) contains summaries of many school division policies and gives instructions about how to find our policies online or at schools.
Upon approval of the school division’s budget by the appropriating body every year, the school board must publish the approved annual budget, in line-item form, including the estimated required local match, on the division’s website. Charlottesville City School’s budget information can be found here. A copy is also available in school offices.
Child Nutrition Programs
Each division which participates in the Free and Reduced Price Meals and Free Milk in Schools program must notify parents and the public about their programs.
Parents of all children in attendance at school must receive a notice containing an
application form and the following information:
- eligibility criteria for benefits
- application procedures
- an explanation that an application for benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete documentation including, for households applying on the basis of income and household size
- names of all household members
- income received by each household member, identified by source
of the income (such as earnings, wages, welfare, pensions, support
payments, unemployment compensation and social security and
other cash income)
- the signature of an adult household member
- the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application or an indication that he/she does not possess a social security number
- an explanation that households with children who are members of currently identified food stamp, FDPIR (food distribution program for households on Indian reservations) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
households may submit an abbreviated application for benefits for those children with the following information: the child’s name and appropriate food stamp or TANF case number or FDPIR case number or other identifier and the name and signature of an adult household member
- an explanation that the information on the application may be verified at any time during the school year
- how a household may apply for benefits at any time during the school year as circumstances change
- a statement to the effect that children having parents or guardians who become unemployed are eligible for free or reduced price meals or for free milk during the period of unemployment if the loss of income causes the household income during the period of unemployment to be within the eligibility criteria
- a statement to the effect that in certain cases foster children are eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside and that households wishing to apply for such benefits for foster children should contact the school the statement: “In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability”
- an explanation that Head Start enrollees and foster, homeless, migrant, and runaway children are categorically eligible for free meals and free milk and their families should contact the school for more information
- how a household may appeal the decision on the application; and
- a statement that Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals
The public notification must be made at the beginning of each school year. It must contain the same information given to parents and must be provided to the informational media, the local unemployment office and to any major employers contemplating large layoffs in the area from which the school draws its attendance.
The public announcement must contain a copy of the letter or notice sent to parents. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s document entitled Eligibility Manual for School Meals contains an explanation of the required notices. The document also contains a chart describing to whom, and under what conditions, information regarding free and reduced eligibility status may be disclosed.
In addition, schools must post a report of the most recent food safety inspection in a publicly visible location. A copy of the inspection report must be provided to members of the public upon request.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) directs divisions which participate in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program to have a written and clearly communicated system to address meal charges in place. The USDA directs the division’s system regarding unpaid meal charges to be delivered to all households at the start of the school year and to households that transfer into the school division during the school year.
Information about free/reduced lunch applications are posted on the web, given to media, and distributed to parents in August. The application is available online and on paper. Our policy about school meals and snacks (JHCH) establishes that students with an unpaid balance will be allowed to make lunch choices from the posted school menu. For additional information, see charlottesvilleschools.org/nutrition.
Code of Student Conduct, Compulsory Attendance Law, Parental Responsibility and Involvement
Within one calendar month of the opening of school, each division must, simultaneously with any other materials customarily distributed at that time, send to the parents of each enrolled student a notice of the Va Code requirements regarding parental responsibility and involvement, a copy of the school division’s standards of student conduct, and a copy of the compulsory school attendance law and the enforcement procedures and policies adopted by the school board. Each parent must sign and return to the student’s school a statement acknowledging receipt of the above materials and each school must maintain records of such signed statements.
The materials sent to parents must include a notice that by signing the statement of receipt, parents expressly reserve their rights protected by the constitutions or laws of the United States or the Commonwealth and that parents have the right to express disagreement with a school’s or school division’s policies or decisions. These policies are referenced in both the Highlights and Handbook (distributed to all households in August) and in the forms required annually for new and returning students.
Cost per Pupil
The superintendent must prepare and distribute notification of the estimated average per pupil cost for public education in the division for the upcoming school year. The notice must also include actual per pupil state and local education expenditures for the previous school year. The notice may include federal funds spent for public education in the division. This figure is reported here: charlottesvilleschools.org/fast-facts and a hard copy is available upon request.
Parents must be notified annually regarding the academic and career guidance and personal/social counseling programs which are available to their children. The notification must include the purpose and general description of the programs, information regarding ways parents may review materials to be used in guidance and counseling programs at their child’s school and information about the procedures by which parents may limit their child’s participation in such programs. To learn more, refer to Guidance and Counseling Services or Career Assessment, Planning & Placement. You may also contact the school counselor at your school or the Director of Student Services at 245-2400.
Credits Required for Graduation
Each division must notify the parents of rising eleventh and twelfth grade students of:
- requirements for graduation pursuant to the standards for accreditation, and
- requirements that have yet to be completed by the individual student for graduation.
The division must notify parents of students with disabilities who have an IEP and who fail to meet the graduation requirements of the student’s right to a free and appropriate education to age 21, inclusive.
Graduation requirements are outlined in the “Highlights and Handbook” distributed to all families in August, as well as in the “Program of Studies” and on the Virginia Department of Education web site. Students meet with school counselors to review their progress toward graduation. Charlottesville City Schools will notify parents of students who fail to graduate or to achieve graduation requirements as provided in the standards for accreditation and who have not reached 20 years of age on or before August 1st of the school year of the right to a free public education. If the student is one for whom English is a second language, the division will notify the parent of the student’s opportunity for a free public education in accordance with Virginia state code.
Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement Classes and Special Programs
Students and their parents must be notified of the availability of dual enrollment, advanced placement classes, career and technical education programs, including internships, externships, apprenticeships, credentialing programs, certification programs, licensure programs, and other work-based learning experiences, the International Baccalaureate program and Academic Year Governor’s School Programs. The notification must include the qualifications for enrolling in such classes, programs and experiences, and the availability of financial assistance to low-income and needy students to take the advanced placement and International Baccalaureate examinations.
Charlotesville High School offers a wide array of dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes, along with a dual degree program through a partnership with PVCC. In addition, the school also provides credential-bearing classes and the opportunity to pursue internships and workplace experiences. Students have the option of taking courses at any level while pursuing a high school diploma, and no fees for enrollment or testing are charged to CHS students. Further information is available in the Program of Studies and on our web site on the Charlottesville City Schools Dual Enrollment, Dual Degree, and AP Classes.
Eating Disorders Awareness Information
Every school board must annually provide information to parents of pupils in grades five through 12 regarding eating disorders. The information must be consistent with guidelines developed by the Virginia Department of Education. Va. Code § 22.1-273.2. More information is available at Virginia Department of Education Eating Disorders Awareness in the Public School Setting (see specifically, “Eating Disorders Parent Information Sheet“). Also refer to the School Health Advisory Board. Information is sent home annually.
Each school’s written procedures to follow in emergencies such as fire, injury, illness and violent- or threatening behavior must be outlined in the student handbook and discussed with staff and students in the first week of each school year. Refer to Charlottesville City Schools Policy Manual, Section E.
School divisions receiving federal funds to provide a language instruction educational program must, not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year, inform the parents of English learners of the following:
- the reasons for the identification of their child as an English learner and in need of placement in a language instruction educational program
- the child’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed, and the status of the child’s academic achievement
- the methods of instruction used in the program in which their child is, or will be participating, and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instructional goals, and the use of English and a native language in instruction
- how the program in which their child is, or will be participating, will meet the educational strengths and needs of their child
- how such program will specifically help their child learn English and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation
- the specific exit requirements for the program, including the expected rate of transition from such program into classrooms that are not tailored for English learners and the expected rate of graduation from high school (including four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates and extended-year adjusted cohort graduation rates for such program) if federal funds are used for children in high schools
- in the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program of the child
- information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance detailing
- the parents’ right to have their child immediately removed from such program upon their request
- the options that parents have to decline to enroll their child in such program or to choose another program or method of instruction
- information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than one program or method is offered by the division
For those children who have not been identified as English learners prior to the beginning of the school year, the division must give the notifications listed above to parents within the first two weeks of the child being placed in a language instruction educational program.
In addition, parents of English learners will be notified regarding parental involvement opportunities in the same manner as notice is given regarding other Title I programs.
For more information, parents may refer to the Charlottesville City School Board policy on Limited English Proficient Students, English as a Second Language or contact Program Director Beverly Catlin at 434-245-2421.
The school division’s policy regarding student fees and the fee schedule must be provided to parents annually and posted on the division’s website.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
School divisions must provide parents/guardians and adult students annual notice of their rights to inspect and review education records, amend education records, consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records and file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools.
School divisions must give notice of the categories of information, if any, which they have designated as directory information. This requirement may be met by providing parents a copy of the division’s FERPA policy (See Policy JO and JO-R ).
The division must allow a reasonable period of time after such notice has been given for a parent to inform the division that any or all of the information designated should not be released without the parent’s prior consent.
Gifted Education Plan
Each division is required to make its comprehensive plan for the education of gifted students accessible through the division’s website. The division must also ensure printed copies are available to citizens who do not have online access.
At the beginning of each school year, every school must provide to students in all grade levels a notice of all requirements for Board of Education-approved diplomas. These requirements are published in the “Highlights & Handbook” mailed to households in August. Refer to Standards of Learning and Requirements.
High School Credit-Bearing Courses Taken in Middle School
For any high school credit-bearing course taken in middle school, parents may request that grades be omitted from the student’s transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course in accordance with policies adopted by the local school board. Notice of this provision must be provided to parents with a deadline and format for making such a request. Information is provided in the “Highlights and Handbook” distributed to all families. In addition, refer to Instruction Acceleration.
Each division must give public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths. The notice must be given where such children and youths receive services such as schools, family shelters and soup kitchens. The notice must be in a “manner and form” understandable to homeless students and their parents/guardians, “including, if necessary and to the extent feasible,” in their native language. Information is provided in the “Highlights and Handbook” distributed to all families, posted in schools, and shared with community partners serving the homeless. Refer also to Homeless Education Services.
- what information, including personally identifiable information, will be collected, if any;
- whether any information will be automatically collected simply be accessing the web site, and if so, what information;
- whether the web site automatically places a computer file, commonly referred to as a cookie, on the user’s computer, and if so, for what purpose; and
- how the collected information is being used or will be used.
At the beginning of each school year, every school must provide to parents or guardians the learning objectives to be achieved at their child’s grade level. For grade schools, this is done in Charlottesville City Schools’ Instructional Goals and Objectives document.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Parents of children selected to participate in any NAEP assessment must be informed before the administration of any assessment that their child may be excused from participation for any reason, is not required to finish any authorized assessment and is not required to answer any test question.
Parents and members of the public must have access to all assessment data, questions and complete and current assessment instruments of any NAEP assessment except personally identifiable information and questions that may be reused in the future. School divisions must make reasonable efforts to inform parents and the public about their right of access to assessment data. If access is requested in writing, it must be provided within 45 days of the request and be made available in a secure setting that is convenient to both parties.
School divisions are required to notify students, parents, and others that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age and are further required to publish the compliance officer for students and employees. Refer to Charlottesville City School’s Equal Educational Opportunities/Nondiscrimination and Prohibition Against Harassment and Retaliation. The nondiscrimination notice and compliance offer information is printed on a “nondiscrimination notice” at the bottom of every page of our web site, on many of the division’s publications, and in required offices. See also our policy against harassment (GBA).
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
Districts and schools that receive Title I funds must distribute their parental involvement policy to parents of students in Title I programs. Information is distributed through the “Highlights and Handbook” given to all families. Parents may refer to the Charlottesville City Schools Title I Program or contact Dr. Kendra King at 434-245-2400.
Postsecondary Education and Employment Data
Postsecondary Education and Employment data is published annually by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia.
PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
The PPRA requires school divisions to provide notice of their policy controlling the administration of surveys on certain sensitive topics including political or religious beliefs and behavior involving sex or illegal conduct. Refer to the Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires.
In addition, divisions must also directly notify parents, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when the following activities will occur:
- activities involving the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information
- the administration of any survey concerning sensitive information
- any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening.
Promotion, Retention and Remediation Policies
At the beginning of each school year, every school must provide to parents and guardians a copy of the division’s promotion, retention and remediation policies. See Charlottesville City Schools policy IKEC and regulation IKEC-R. Also, refer to the Remedial and Summer Instruction Program. The “Highlights and Handbook” document reviews this information.
Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults
School boards must provide information developed by the office of the Virginia Attorney General to students regarding laws governing the prosecution of juveniles as adults for the commission of certain crimes. Refer to the Notification Regarding Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults. For more information, also refer to the Charlottesville City Schools’ Code of Conduct and Information about Discipline. The Code is given to all families in August.
Pupil/Teacher Ratios in Elementary School Classrooms
School boards must annually report to the public the actual pupil/teacher ratios in elementary school classrooms by school and also the actual pupil/teacher ratio in middle school and high schools by school. Refer to the Opening of School Enrollment Update as presented by the Office of Human Resources each September. Reports may be found (by searching “opening of student enrollment” in our Electronic School Board.
Release of Student Records to Armed Forces Recruiters and Educational Institutions
Divisions must notify parents that they will release the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students to all recruiters or institutions of higher education that request them unless the parents specifically request that this information not be released. Permission is requested in the back-to-school paperwork and described in the “Highlights and Handbook.” Refer to Student Records for more information.
Report Cards/School Quality Profiles
Divisions that receive Title I funds must prepare and distribute specified information to parents. Federal law refers to the distribution of this information as a “report card.” The Virginia Board of Education, in the Standards of Accreditation as revised in January 2018, now uses the term “School Quality Profile.” The Virginia Department of Education now posts the information on its website or for more information on Charlottesville City Schools, refer to Assessment Data. Click here to go to the Charlottesville City Schools Quality Report.
School Bus Rider Safety Rules
A copy of bus rider safety rules shall be sent to parents at the beginning of the school year as part of the “Code of Student Conduct.” The information shall include a request that parents or their designee accompany their young children to and from the bus stop. Refer to Code of Student Conduct, Student Transportation and School Bus Information or contact Pupil Transportation Supervisor for City of Charlottesville, Sherri Eubanks at 434- 970-3532. The “Highlights and Handbook” document (sent to all households in August) also requests that parents/guardians (or their designee) are required to escort 1st-graders and younger students to and from the bus.
Services for Students Identified as Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Visually Impaired
Each School Board shall annually post information distributed by the Department of Education describing the educational and other services available through the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to the families of those students who are identified as deaf, hard-of-hearing, or visually impaired. School boards shall annually post this information on the school division’s Web site and inform the parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired of its availability. School boards shall ensure that packets of such information are available in an accessible format for review by parents who do not have Internet access. Refer to Virginia Department of Education, Sensory Disabilities.
Sex Offender Registry
Every school board must annually notify the parents of each student enrolled in the school division of the board’s policy regarding sex offenders and of the availability of information in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry and the location of the Internet website. For more information, refer to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry or see CCS policy KN and corresponding regulation KN-R. See also “Highlights and Handbook.”
Each division must, at least annually, conduct a public awareness campaign (also known as a child find program) to inform the community of the rights of persons, ages two to 21, inclusive, to a free appropriate public education and the availability of special education programs and services, to generate referrals, and to explain the nature of disabilities, the early warning signs of disabilities and the need for services to begin early. To learn more, refer to Special Education and Student Services.
Standards of Learning (SOLs)
At the beginning of each school year, every school must provide to parents or guardians a copy of the Standards of Learning applicable to their child’s grade or course requirements and the approximate date and potential impact of the child’s next SOL testing. Schools distribute this information.
Schools that receive Title I funds must provide parents individual reports regarding their student’s level of achievement and academic growth on the state’s academic assessments, if applicable and available, as soon as practicable. The reports must be given in an understandable format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand. Charlottesville City Schools handles these notifications on a case by case basis.
At the beginning of each school year, divisions that receive Title I funds must notify the parents of each student attending schools that receive Title I funds that the parents may request and the division will provide (in a timely manner) information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including whether the teacher (1) has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction and (2) is teaching under emergency or other provisional status and (3) is teaching in the field and discipline of the teacher’s certification. The notification must also inform parents that they may request information whether their child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. Charlottesville City Schools handles these notifications on a case by case basis.
Note: Starting in 2017-18, school divisions will be required to send notifications to parents in Title I schools if their children are taught four or more weeks by a teacher who is not properly licensed in Virginia to teach the class to which the students are assigned.
Testing Transparency and Parent Opt-Out
At the beginning of each school year, school divisions that receive Title I funds shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving Title I funds that the parents may request, and the division will provide (in a timely manner), information regarding any state or division policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated, including information about the parental right to opt a child out of an assessment, where applicable. Charlottesville City Schools handles these notifications on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, divisions that receive Title I funds shall make widely available through public means (including by posting in a clear and easily accessible manner on the division’s website and, where practicable, on the website of each school in the division, for each grade, information on each assessment required by the state.
For more information, refer contact Director of Student Services & Achievement Dr. Kendra King at (434) 245-2400 or KingK1@charlottesvilleschools.org
To see an overview of information about Title I schools and their various notifications, click here. In addition, each topic is individually addressed on this page.
Voluntary Retirement Savings Programs (403(b) Plans)
Divisions which have 403(b) retirement plans must notify employees about the plan at least once each year. Information is annual distributed to all staff. Refer to Voluntary Retirement Savings Program and Current Employee Benefits and HR Information.
Youth Health Risk Behavior Survey
The school board must notify parents of each student enrolled in a middle or high school selected for participation in the survey of student health risk behaviors that their child may be randomly selected to participate in the survey, unless the parent denies consent for the student’s participation in writing prior to administration of the survey. The notice must be in writing and be given at least 30 days prior to administration of the survey. Refer to Administration of Surveys and Questionnaires. Parents have the right to review the survey prior to its administration.
Required Public Hearings
Before the school board approves its budget for submission to the appropriating body, the board must hold at least one public hearing to hear the views of the citizens. Public notice of the hearing will be given at least ten days before the hearing in The Daily Progress newspaper and on the Charlottesville City Schools website.
Alternatives to Animal Dissection
School boards must provide notice that they provide alternatives to animal dissection. This notice may be given in the relevant biological sciences syllabi, student course selection guides or local school division policies or directives. Teachers will also present this option at appropriate times during the year.
Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States must be posted in a conspicuous place in each school.
Child Abuse Reporting
A notice must be posted in each school stating the reporting obligations of staff. Refer to Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting. The notice shall also include the Virginia Department of Social Services’ toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline.
Comprehensive Plan (formerly Six-Year Plan)
Prior to the adoption of the division’s comprehensive plan or revisions thereto, the plan or revisions must be posted on the division’s Internet website, if practicable, and a hard copy of the plan must be made available for public inspection and copying. Refer to Charlottesville City Schools Strategic Plan 2017 – 2023.
Each school board must present a report to the public by November 1 of each odd-numbered year on the extent to which the objectives of the division’s comprehensive plan have been met during the previous two school years.
Fair Labor Standards Act
All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, including school divisions, must post Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Each employer of 50 or more employees shall post and keep posted, in conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees and applicants for employment are customarily posted, the Employee Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
Employers are required to post a notice approved by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding GINA, which protects employees from discrimination on the basis of genetic information. View the Equal Opportunity poster published by the EEOC.
Each employer must post, in conspicuous places on the premises of the employer where notices to employees and applicants for employment are customarily posted, a notice prepared or approved by the Secretary of Labor regarding the federal minimum wage law. Refer to the Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The statement “’In God We Trust,’ the National Motto, enacted by Congress in 1956, must be posted in a conspicuous place in each school.
Online Courses and Programs
Divisions must post information regarding online courses and programs available through the division on their websites. The information should include the types of online courses and programs available, when the division will pay course fees and other costs for nonresident students. Refer to Charlottesville City Schools Virtual Education.
USERRA (Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Act)
Employers are required to provide employees with notice of their rights, benefits and obligations. Employers may provide the notice by posting Your Rights Under USERRA, where employee notices are customarily placed.
Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act
Schools must post all notices related to unemployment insurance furnished by the Virginia Unemployment Commission.
School divisions must post, at a location frequented by employees, notice of compliance with the provisions of the Virginia Workers Compensation Act. Refer to the Workers Compensation Notice.