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Policies & Regulations

Grievance Policy

Parents or guardians should contact the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School if they wish to get information or have an issue related to the following: 
• Disagreement with a teacher or staff member at the school 
• Student records, except if the school is no longer open 
• Discipline decisions, except if it could involve expulsion or special education 
• Issues with another student at the school 
• Student has been expelled or there are other serious discipline issues 
• Student isn’t receiving needed special education services 
• Student is in danger and the school has not responded 
• Any other serious legal, safety, or special education issues that the school has not addressed 

If Sci High – through its Title I Programming – is not providing services in accordance with state and federal regulations, a parent may file a complaint in accordance with the Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators (page 12), which is available online at: http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v115/28v115.doc. Parents may also request a copy of this bulletin by calling the LDOE's toll free number at 1-877- 453-2721.

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Protecting Student Information

At Sci High, we take the protection of student information very seriously. Data from our Student Information System (PowerSchool) is sent to certain classroom applications via managed connections through secure File Transfer Protocol and is encrypted in transit. The educational application sites used in Sci High classrooms have valid SSL certificates. These tools access only what is required for classroom use. The personally identifiable information used by the majority of these applications is limited to only full name.

All of our vendors adhere to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and most are voluntary signatories of the Student Privacy Pledge. Under FERPA, we provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to inspect and review the education records of their children which are already in existence and maintained. Parents also have the right to request that inaccurate or misleading information in their child's education records be amended.

LA Act 837 permits LEAs (Local Education Agencies) such as Sci High to share student information with the education services with which they are contracted. In accordance with LA Act 677, parents and students can click on the icons on this page to view the Privacy Policies of each of the ed tech services used at Sci High.

We use ACTSERCollege BoardDRC, and ELPT for assessments as well as  LCTS and eScholar for required Louisiana State Department of Education reporting.

We use Clever to securely sync some classroom rosters with PowerSchool. Clever is a data Application Program Interface (API) that is in over half the schools in the country. They are a leader in security, with a published whitepaper on protecting student data. Data in transit to Clever is always encrypted using configurations of TLS/SSL and data in storage is encrypted with algorithms and key management. Clever's API calls are authenticated, they have ongoing audits and external audit reviews, and their infrastructure is compliant with the most stringent internet security standards. Click the icons to the right to read the Privacy Policies of the Clever integrated applications used at Sci High.

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Some applications are integrated with Google's GSuite platform. To access these tools, students log in with their student gmail accounts and their log-ins are then Google authenticated. Google for Education forces HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) for all transmissions between users and GSuite services and uses Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) for all its services. Click the icons below to read the Privacy Policies of the GSuite integrated applications used at Sci High. 

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Other sites used at Sci High are not integrated with any other systems, but still adhere to student privacy standards. Student accounts are created within the site itself. Click the icons below to read the Privacy Policies of these tools.

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These services are not used by students, but by faculty and staff. They do receive student data, however. Click the icons below to read about data sharing with SchoolMessenger, Kickboard, and HSFC.

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Asbestos Management Plan

Federal law requires all schools to inspect their buildings for asbestos-containing materials and to develop Asbestos Management Plans for those materials found. Our school has completed this Asbestos Management Plan.

Mandated Reporting

All teaching or child care providers (anyone who provides or assists in the teaching, training, and supervision of a child), as well as organizational or youth activity providers (amongst many other mandatory reporters) must report to the proper authorities instances in which they have reason to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect, or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child's death.

Department of Child and Family Services toll-free hotline 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437).

Wellness Policy

This policy outlines Sci High’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing commercial distractions.