Information on the Pinckney Community Schools Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan can be found through the following link:

 

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

 

In order to accommodate any requests for information utilizing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),  Pinckney Community Schools has set forth the following guidelines in order to process such requests:

 

Pinckney Community Schools Freedom of Information Act Procedures and Guidelines

 

If you have further questions in reference to a FOIA request, please feel free to contact the Board of Education office at (810) 225-3900.

PRIVILEGES, RESPONSIBILITIES & DISCIPLINARY ACTION

PRIVILEGES

Users may access available technology to facilitate learning and enhance educational exchange. Access to the Pinckney Community School’s technological resources is a privilege, not a right. All users of these resources must abide by the rules set forth in this policy, general school rules and additional rules that may be established by the District.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Users are responsible for utilizing District technology only for facilitating learning and enhancing educational information exchanges based on District curriculum and instructional goals.
  2. Users must comply with District technology etiquette including rules regarding the Internet, the conservation of time, file space, and unauthorized use.
  3. Users are responsible for maintaining the privacy of passwords and are prohibited from publishing or sharing passwords with other system users without District authorization.
  4. Users are responsible for maintaining appropriate use of electronic mail. School officials reserve the right to monitor any or all activity on the district’s computer system and to inspect individual files. Users should not expect that their communications on the system are private.
  5. Users must not access, display or transmit pornography, obscenities or other material deemed inappropriate for educational purposes. The district maintains software filters that block access to visual depictions that are obscene, depict child pornography, are harmful to minors, or are deemed inappropriate for minors. However, the district does not guarantee that school officials will monitor or control user access to such materials or that users will not have access to such materials while using the District’s technological resources.
  6. Users are responsible for properly using and caring for District technology including hardware and software. Any use which infringes upon or compromises the legitimate educational uses of the district’s technological resources or which jeopardizes resource availability of other users is prohibited.
  7. Users are responsible from installation of computer viruses on District equipment. Users are responsible for using the virus protection software maintained on the network to further prevent the transfer of computer viruses to District equipment.
  8. Users must adhere to copyright and trademark laws and applicable licensing of text or files on the Internet, or from other resources. Users must also comply with all other applicable laws, both state and federal, with respect to their use of thedistrict’s technological resources.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

  1. Users may be disciplined for violating any of the above technological responsibilities as well as other school policies or rulesdeveloped by the district. Users may be disciplined for any improper or prohibited activity including, but not limited to:
    1. using a computer ID other than his/her own;
    2. modifying or defacing hardware or software;
    3. improperly exiting established menus or applications;
    4. using District technology without authorization;
    5. using software prohibited in labs and classrooms.
  2. Users will be required to make full financial restitution for any damages or unauthorized expenses that the District incurs from violation of this agreement.
  3. Users violating any of the responsibilities may face additional disciplinary action deemed appropriate in accordance with the District disciplinary policy.

Limit on District liability: The Pinckney Community Schools makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, regarding the use of its technological resources, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delay, non-delivery or any service interruption. Furthermore, the district is not responsible for any damage to user hardware or software incurred from a computer virus or other malfunction of the district’s computer system or other technological resources. The Pinckney Community Schools shall not be responsible for any claims for damages arising from the use of the district’s technological resources.

To: Pinckney Schools Parents and Guardians

Subject: Plans for elementary schools next year

Date: January 24, 2014

Hello,

During the first half of our school year, we as a district spent a lot of time developing a deficit plan that will help provide a framework for financial sustainability for the years to come. Throughout this process, we were continually generating potential strategies to help minimize our expenditures in which some made it into our plan and some did not.

One of the major suggestions I proposed involved restructuring our two remaining elementary schools (Country & Farley), with one being a Pre,K,1 and the other a 2,3 building. The motivation for doing this was the potential for maximizing our staffing by putting all of the grades together in one building. At the same time, I knew that moving in this direction would create additional obstacles for our staff and parents, which is something I have spent the past two months researching and reflecting upon.

Over the course of the past 8 weeks, I have been gathering input from a variety of sources that include staff, administrators, parents, transportation director and board members about the pros and cons of moving in such a direction. During our longer than usual winter break, I spent a considerable amount of time evaluating what the best course of action for our district is longterm, knowing that a clear vision needed to be established upon returning to school in January.

At last nights board meeting, I announced to the board that our intentions are to keep both Country and Farley Elementary Schools K-3 buildings. Although there were many factors that were taken into consideration when making this decision, three primary concerns were the driving force behind coming to this resolution.

The first and probably the most difficult to overcome is the negative impact this change would have on our transportation of students. Susan Joerin (transportation director) and I spent a lot of time exploring several options and Susan even spent time visiting other districts such as Dexter and Chelsea to learn from their current systems. Unfortunately, every option we brainstormed would only complicate our existing transportation system, causing students to be on the bus even longer than they currently are now. Given we just had a major change this year going from a three-tiered system to a two-tiered, I don't feel comfortable asking our community to tolerate another major change.

The second issue we had to consider is the very unique special education programs we currently house in our schools such as the Discovery and Journey programs, which support students with complex learning needs. Changing the configuration to our buildings would require us to duplicate these programs in both schools, causing us to increase staffing. Obviously, this would be counterproductive in what we are trying to accomplish.

The final and in my mind, the most substantial reason not to change our schools is the potential risk of losing the community support and trust that I feel we have been gaining over the past four months. Although we have been making many big decisions that includes the closing of Lakeland Elementary, our community support and trust has increased and this is something we cannot lose. I firmly believe that if we changed the configuration of our elementary schools, we would be at great risk of losing the momentum we are gaining and if we do not have the support and trust of you, our community, we will not survive, let alone thrive.

Like I said, there are many other factors that I took into consideration in making this decision, but the three I stated were the primary factors. Our next steps are now to begin looking at how best to assign students to both Farley and Country, with the goal of minimizing this impact to our community as much as possible.

I will continue to keep our community informed as much as possible as we work in the upcoming weeks ahead on these very tasks. Thank you for your continued support as we move forward together.

Have a great weekend,

Rick Todd

Superintendent, PCS