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Annual Notices

Kenowa Hills Public School has implemented an asbestos management plan approved by the Michigan Department of Public Health on July 31, 1989. The plan includes information about building inspections and our actions in response to the presence of asbestos-containing building materials as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. A copy of the plan is available for inspection at the administration building and in all school buildings during normal business hours. As requested, we will survey all asbestos-containing materials at least every six months. Accredited inspectors will inspect every three years. We are confident that the proper management of asbestos-containing building materials will protect human health and the environment. Our asbestos program coordinator is Sam Wiltheiss. Please email him at swiltheiss@khps.org or call 616-784-2511 x2202 if you have any concerns regarding asbestos.

A water-quality confidence report for Alpine Elementary School is available upon request. This report is for any building in the district that utilizes a well for domestic water. The report is for the previous year and may be obtained by emailing swiltheiss@khps.org or calling 616-784-2511 x2202.

Kenowa Hills is committed to providing students and staff with the safest and best environment possible. Some ways we accomplish this include working with state and federal regulators, such as the Michigan Department of Public Health, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to maintain compliance with established requirements and guidelines. We attend training and workshop sessions regarding environmental issues and stay current with publications and regulations. We also provide training to our staff. If you have questions about asbestos, radon, lead, water-quality issues, pesticides, handicap access or any environmental issues, please contact Sam at 616-784-2511x2202 or swiltheiss@khps.org.

Kenowa Hills Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the district’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc., to prevent pest from becoming a problem. As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to school grounds or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the application by the following two methods: 1. Posting at primary entrances to your child’s school including the main entrance and those with a sidewalk leading directly to a parking lot. 2. Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school. Please note that notification is not given for 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 promptly notified following any such application via the posting methods identified above. You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Sam Wiltheiss, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds at 616-784-2511 or swiltheiss@khps.org. Parents or guardians of children attending the school are also 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 3 days before the application, if they so request. If you would like to be notified by mail, please contact Sam Wiltheiss, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, by calling 616-784-2511. Please leave your name, mailing address and schools your children attend, and you will be placed on the advance notification by US Mail list.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited basis will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter us to us by mail at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

Kenowa Hills Public Schools receives funds under Title I. This requires us to notify all parents that you may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher, including: Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the level(s) and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. Whether your child is provided services by Title I paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. Those requesting information may do so by contacting Mr. Bill Dinkelmann, Assistant Superintendent, Kenowa Hills Public Schools, 2325 Four Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544, phone 616-784-2511 x8202.

If you find your family in transitional housing due to economic reasons (living in a shelter, hotel/motel, or doubled up with another family), your children may qualify for assistance with their educational needs including school supplies, transportation and food service (free lunch and breakfast). Please contact your building secretary if you believe you may qualify for services. You may also contact our district homeless liaison, Cindy Ruscett, at 616-784-2511 Ext. 2252 if you are unable to reach your building secretary. Kenowa Hills Public Schools is committed to a nondiscrimination policy in all of its programs in relation to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability and genetic information.



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