Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICES


Non-Discrimination Policy

Horizon Honors Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies:

To file complaints, contact:
Betsy Fera
Executive Director
Horizon Honors Schools
480-659-3000
[email protected]
16233 South 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85048



Sexual Harassment/ Title IX Policy

Any person who believes they have been subjected to sexual harassment by a student, staff member, or third party may file a grievance with the Title IX Coordinator. To file Title IX complaints, contact:

Kara Lashar

Finance Director/Title IX Coordinator

Horizon Honors Schools

[email protected]

480-659-3000

16233 South 48th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85048



Equal Educational Opportunities Policy
The right of a student to participate fully in classroom instruction shall not be abridged or impaired because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and disability, or any other reason not related to the student's individual capabilities. The right of students to participate in extracurricular activities shall be dependent only upon their maintaining the minimum academic and behavioral standards established by the Governing Body, and their individual ability in the extracurricular activity.



Complaint Policy
Horizon Honors is committed to investigating each complaint and to taking appropriate action on all confirmed violations of policy.  The Executive Director shall investigate and document complaints filed as soon as reasonable.  In investigating the complaint, the Executive Director will maintain confidentiality to the extent reasonably possible. If after the initial investigation the Executive Director has reason to believe that a violation of policy has occurred, the Executive Director shall determine whether or not to hold a hearing. If the person alleged to have violated policy is a teacher or an administrator, the due process provisions of the School's Policy GCQF shall apply, except that the supervising administrator may be assigned to conduct the hearing.

The Executive Director also may recommend a suspension without pay, recommend dismissal, or impose other appropriate discipline. If the person alleged to have violated policy is a student, the Executive Director may impose discipline in accordance with policies JK, JKD and JKE. If the Executive Director's investigation reveals no reasonable cause to believe policy has been violated, the Executive Director shall so inform the complaining party in writing.

The complaint must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days after the complaining party knew or should have known that there were grounds for a complaint/grievance. Once the written complaint has been filed using the forms provided by Horizon Honors, the Executive Director shall require the immediate supervisor or site administrator to investigate and respond in writing to the complaining party within five (5) working days. If the immediate supervisor or site administrator does not respond, the Executive Director will have ten (10) additional working days to respond in writing to the complaining party. If the Executive Director does not respond within the established time, then the complaining party may request in writing that the issue be brought before the Governing Body.  The Governing Body will then review the record of the investigation and have thirty (30) days to respond to the complaining party in writing.




FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that is administered by the Family Policy Compliance Office in the U.S. Department of Education, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99. FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights in respect to their education records.

If a parent or eligible student believes that Horizon Honors is violating FERPA, that person has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. The address is:

The Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Telephone number: (202) 260-3887



Student Surveys
Student surveys will be prepared, administered, retained, and communicated to parents and students in a manner consistent with state and federal laws. The requirements of the Arizona Revised Statues shall be as specified in the relevant statutes and subsequent regulations. Horizon Honors will comply with all statutes pertaining to surveys including the requirement that notwithstanding any other law, the school shall obtain written informed consent from the parent of a pupil before administering any survey that is retained by the school or the department of education for longer than one (1) year and that solicits personal information about the pupil regarding a number of characteristics which are listed in the statute A.R.S. 15-117. Horizon Honors will comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).



Child Find
Any parent with questions regarding developmental stages or issues relating to their child between the ages of birth to three may receive information in a school office. The information contains a list of agencies that provide assessment and services in all areas of development. Any parent that suspects their Horizon Honors school-age child may have a disability should contact their Elementary School Master Teacher or Secondary School Counselor.



McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.



Staff Resumes

Credentials are available by request though the Horizon Honors Main Office.



Fundraising

Horizon Honors has multiple fundraising activities throughout the school year to cover the gap between state funding and the cost to provide our extensive programs. However, participation in any and all fundraising activities are not required to have your child enrolled at a Horizon Honors school.



Campus Safety
As stated in the mission statement, “Horizon Honors is committed to providing a safe learning environment.” Horizon Honors has an Emergency Response Plan that details student and staff procedures in the event of an emergency. The School Safety Committee reviews and updates the plan on a regular basis.



Emergency Drills

A variety of emergency drills are held monthly to train community members on the safest, quickest way to respond to emergency situations.



Silent Witness

Community members may call 480-659-3010 to submit safety concerns via voicemail to school officials, including anonymous tips if desired.


 

Closed Campus
All exterior doors and gates, with the exception of the school’s offices, are locked at all times. Visitors must sign in at a Horizon Honors office and are required to present ID.



Public Conduct on School Property

Any person visiting the campus must follow all federal, state, and local laws and follow all Horizon Honors Schools policies. A person may also interfere with or disrupt a school function by failing to comply with the directions of school officials or law enforcement officers (Policy KFA.)



Animals on Campus
Pets and other animals are not permitted on school property, or in school vehicles, unless the animal is a service animal or is present for an educational purpose (Policy IMG.)



Asbestos Management
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) in Schools Final Rule and Notice (40 CFR Part 763.84c) requires Horizon Honors to “Insure that workers and building occupants, or their legal guardians, are informed at least once each school year about inspections, response actions, and post response action activities, including periodic re-inspections and surveillance activities that are planned or in progress.” A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is located in the Facilities Management Office. For more information, contact the Horizon Honors Facilities Manager at 480-659-3000.



Pest Control

Pesticides or herbicides are applied by a licensed professional on non-school days. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals used in pest control are kept on file in the Horizon Honors Facilities Management Office. Notice of Pesticide Application with dates are located in the Horizon Honors Offices.



Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug-Free Campus

The possession and/or use of tobacco products, alcohol, or drugs used for nonmedical purposes on school property, in school vehicles, or during school-sponsored activities is strictly prohibited. Medical marijuana and imitation drugs are also not permitted (Policy JICH.)



Media Release Information

Student Media Release forms must be completed by a parent or legal guardian for each student, each school year. Student’s name, student’s likeness, and information about student achievements may be used for education and/or promotional purposes. Examples of purposes may include school yearbooks, honor rolls, social media, emails, marketing materials, school websites, and media coverage. Information published may include the student’s name, grade, hometown, interviews, photos, and video.

Horizon Honors has the right to use a student’s name and likeness in any manner and without any compensation. Inspection or approval of the final versions of the photos/video and/or any accompanying written materials will not be granted.

The following activities and situations may occur in absence of parental/guardian permission: media coverage that is not Horizon Honors-initiated; events or activities that are open to the public such as sporting events, Spring Fling, Summatives, music events, performances, commencement, etc.; or coverage that involves a photo or video where students are only part of a crowd or in the background and such students are not otherwise identified. Horizon Honors is not responsible for students that may be included in photographs and/or videos taken by school event spectators/attendees.



Organization & Schools Logos

The use of any Horizon Honors’ logo is prohibited.

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