Official Notices

The following are topics that require notice to families and the community.

McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children or unaccompanied youth as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, which includes:

  • Families doubled up with friends or relatives due to loss of housing.
  • Children living in motels, hotels, trailer parks and campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations.
  • Children living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  • Children living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, and bus or train stations.

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures that children have a right to:

  • Attend the school they last attended before they became homeless (school of origin) OR enroll in their neighborhood school.
  • Immediate enrollment in school even if they lack required documents, such as school records, immunization records, or proof of residence.
  • Free transportation to school of origin, when feasible.
  • Free meals at school.
  • Assistance for school fees, school supplies, and connecting to social service supports.

To access McKinney-Vento services, please call your child’s school or Ginnie Ayres at (360) 804.2558.

If your family is in a temporary living situation resulting in loss of housing due to eviction or economic hardship, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights and services under the McKinney Vento Act. We encourage you to fill out the Student Housing Questionnaire (English | Spanish).

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator, Joanne Dickinson, (360) 804.2539, dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu

Section 504/ADA Coordinator, David Paratore, (360) 804.2603, paratored@monroe.wednet.edu

The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:

Ginnie Ayres, (360) 804.2558, ayresg@monroe.wednet.edu

Mailing address for all of the above: 200 East Fremont Street, Monroe, WA 98272

Student Directory & Photo Release

Student Directory Information

Most information about our students is confidential and cannot be made public without the consent of parents/guardians. However, a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows each student’s “directory information” to be released without specific consent from parents.

Directory information, which is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, includes:

  • student’s name, address and phone number
  • current and the most recent previous school attended
  • diplomas and awards received
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • participation in officially recognized sports and activities
  • grade level, dates of attendance, withdrawal and/or graduation
  • photograph, videotape and other images in which the student appears

Monroe School District will release directory information upon request to law enforcement and Child Protective Services without the consent of parents. Monroe School District does not release directory information for commercial use.

If you do NOT want your child’s directory information to be released, including your student's photo or video image, please complete Section 1 of the Do Not Release Directory Information form and return it to your child's school. This includes sharing directory information with media outlets and partner organizations. The choices made on this form will remain on your student’s record as long as he/she is enrolled in the Monroe School District, or until a new form is submitted. You have the right to make changes to this form at any time. If no form is on file, permission for the release of directory information is granted. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.

Student Directory Information Requests by Outside Organizations

The law permits the school district to disclose student directory information without parental consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school 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 school 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.

Student Directory Information Request by Military Recruiters

Federal law requires the school district to provide military recruiters with student's’ name, address and phone number unless parents have informed the district not to do so.

If you do not want the school district to disclose directory information, or if you want your child’s contact information withheld specifically from military recruiters, please fill out section 2 of the Do Not Release Directory Information form and return it to your child's school.

Student Records

Under federal law and Monroe School District Board Policy 3231, Monroe School District is prohibited from releasing identifiable student records (except student directory information) without parent/guardian permission. Student records include, but are not limited to:

  • Grades
  • Achievement test scores
  • Attendance records
  • Disciplinary records

You should know the following regarding student records:

  • You have the right to review your child’s student records in the presence of school personnel.
  • You may ask the school to amend a record you believe is inaccurate. To do so, clearly identify in writing the change requested and specify why the record is inaccurate.
  • Student records may be disclosed without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests.

If you have questions or concerns about the student records policy or wish to review or amend student records, contact your school principal.

If you believe the school district has failed to protect your student’s privacy rights, you may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Contact:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-590