SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Title IX)
Title IX protects individuals from discrimination, based on their sex. If you are the victim of sex discrimination or wish to report a case of sex discrimination, you may do so anonymously. Scroll down the page for anonymous reporting options.
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
Sonoran Schools is committed to a policy of equal educational opportunity for all students and to a policy of nondiscrimination (including non-harassment) based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
All individuals associated with the school, including, but not limited to, the administration, staff, and students are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from harassment or discrimination based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, immigration status, or sexual orientation and gender identity. Students with disabilities will have equal access to Sonoran Schools and will be provided with such accommodations, modifications, and related services as are required by applicable state and federal law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 and their regulations.
Arizona Child Find
Arizona Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04) that requires Public Education Agencies (PEAs) to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21.
Child Find Activities:
Sonoran Schools is responsible for providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for children in grades K-12, which includes special education and related services to children with disabilities at public expense, under public supervision and direction and without charge to parents.
For all new students to the school, classroom teachers will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. The teacher will look at the child’s ability in the areas of academics, vision, hearing, communication, social/emotional, adaptive development and motor skills. If any concerns are noted the parent will be notified in writing within 10 days and the child may be referred for additional help.
It is Sonoran Schools’ responsibility to locate, identify and evaluate school-aged children (grades K through 12) within their geographic boundary of responsibility with disabilities, this includes children who are suspected of being a child with a disability who needs special education and related services, even though they are advancing from grade to grade. For infants and toddlers aged birth to 2 years 10 ½ months, Sonoran Schools will refer the child to AzEIP. For a child aged 2 years 10 ½ months to 5 years, Sonoran Schools will refer the child to the child’s district
If you have further questions, contact Shannon Wise, Exceptional Student Services Director, at (480) 940-5440 or [email protected]
Title 1 Intervention Services
Title I, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to meet the needs of special educationally disadvantaged children at preschool, elementary, and secondary school levels.
The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children – particularly those from low income schools and who are identified as most academically at risk – have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
What are Title 1 services?
- Intervention services for students who are most academically at risk as determined by student achievement data and teacher feedback.
- Instruction by a Highly Qualified specialist or a Highly Qualified teacher
- Title 1 students receive intervention by push-ins, pull-outs, summer school, before and after school interventions.
- Extended learning time beyond the regular instructional hours.
What are not Title 1 services?
- Is not for impoverished students only
- Is not homework help/support
- Is not general or topical tutoring
- Is not after school child care
- Is not academic counseling
- Is not discipline
- Is not special education
- Is not Structured English Immersion
Parents Right to Know notice
In accordance with the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act Section 1111(h)(6) Parents Right to Know, please let this serve as your notification that every parent of a student in a Title I school has the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of his child’s classroom teacher. This information includes, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels 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; and
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. If at any time your child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified, the school will notify you. If you have questions, contact your school principal.
- Teacher resumes are available upon request.
Click on the following links for more information:
Exceptional Student Services
At Sonoran Schools, we make every attempt to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive (inclusive) environment with accommodations, modifications, and supplementary aids and services to capitalize on academic instruction and social /emotional development with their non-disabled peers.
What is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly called “Section 504,” is a federal law that protects students from discrimination based on disability. Section 504 assures that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to students without disabilities. To be eligible, a student must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
You have the right to be informed by Sonoran Schools of your rights under Section 504. This is a notice of you and your child’s rights under Section 504 and the rights you have if you disagree with our decisions.
Your Child’s Education
Your child has the right to:
- Receive a free and appropriate public education.
- Participate in and benefit from the district’s educational programs without
- Be provided an equal opportunity to participate in the district’s nonacademic and extracurricular activities.
- Be educated with students who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent
- Be educated in facilities and receive services that are comparable to those provided to
students without disabilities.
- Receive educational and related aids and services without cost, except for those fees imposed on the parents of children without disabilities.
- Request resonable accommodations.
- If qualified under Section 504, students can receive accommodations, including testing accommodations, and/or related aids and services to allow the student an equal opportunity to participate in school activities. Special note: Students with disabilities do not automatically qualify for testing accommodations on College Board or ACT exams. College Board and/or the ACT must still approve all accommodations. Visit College Board or ACT for more information regarding accommodations.
Your Child’s Education Records
You have the right to:
- Review your child’s educational records and to receive copies at a reasonable cost. You will not be charged if the cost would keep you from reviewing the records.
- Ask the school to change your child’s education records if you believe that they are wrong, misleading, or are otherwise in violation of your child’s privacy rights. If the district refuses this request, you have the right to challenge the refusal by requesting an impartial hearing.
- A response to your reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child’s education records.
The Section 504 Process
- Your child has the right to an evaluation before the school determines if he or she is eligible under Section 504.
You have the right to:
- Receive notice before the school takes any action regarding the identification,
evaluation, and placement of your child.
- Have evaluation and placement decisions made by a group of persons, often called a “504 team,” including persons who know your child, the meaning of the evaluation information, and the placement options available.
- Have evaluation decisions based on a variety of sources, such as aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendations, physical conditions, medical records, and parental observations.
- Refuse consent for the initial evaluation and initial placement of your child.
- If your child is eligible under Section 504, your child has a right to periodic re-evaluations, including re-evaluations before any significant change is made in your child’s placement.
If You Disagree with the School’s Decision
If you disagree with decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, or placement under Section 504, you may request mediation or an impartial due process hearing. You and your child have the right to take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. Hearing requests and other concerns can be made to our Section 504 Coordinator, Ms. Shannon Wise, Student Services Director, at 480-940-5440.
You have the right to file a complaint of discrimination with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), or to file a complaint in federal court. Generally, an OCR complaint may be filed within 180 calendar days of the act that you believe was discriminatory.
All schools managed by Sonoran Schools utilize English Language models in accordance with the ARS § 15-751 – 757 English Language Education for Children in Public Schools and the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS). Sonoran Schools utilizes the Pull-Out Model (explained in the next section as ‘Model 1’) at all campuses, unless a particular campus must use the Two-Hour Model as described under ‘Model 3’ in the next section.
A MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) is also utilized for all students, including ELs, to ensure access to Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS). Through the use of Structured English Immersion (SEI) instructional practices at all levels, ELs’ academic needs are addressed in the mainstream classroom.
**The SEI class’s objective is for students to acquire English language fluency within an acceptable period of time. As determined by relevant research, EL students acquire proficiency in English in 2-3 years, while Academic language takes an additional 2-5 years.
The EL instructional models employed at Sonoran Schools reflect the guidance from OELAS (Office of English Language Acquisition Services). Sonoran Schools use the Pull Out Model and the Two Hour Model to provide the required Targeted and Integrated minutes for English Language Development. Instruction at all schools managed by Sonoran Schools is characterized as Sheltered English Instruction and is based on the Six Principles of English Language Instruction. Each campus chooses a specific curriculum that meets the English language and academic needs of each student and supports the 6 principles for EL instruction. Supplemental curriculum is used to aid in the access of academic content, which is detailed in the MATERIALS section. In addition to curriculum, teachers responsible for delivering EL services will utilize the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol for lesson plans, in order to ensure best practices for EL instruction are used in the delivery of services.
- Objective 1: 100% of EL students who take the AZELLA will show growth in their language proficiency when compared to the current year’s placement or previous year’s AZELLA scores
- Objective 2: Each school will increase the percentage of EL students attaining Fluent English Language Proficiency when compared to the previous year.
- Objective 3: 100% of teachers responsible for instruction of EL students will transition to a SIOP lesson plan
- Objective 4: 100% of Evaluators will use SIOP to observe and evaluate EL instruction
K3 Move On When Reading
What is Move On When Reading?
Arizona’s Move On When Reading law, Arizona Revised Statute §15-701, was passed to ensure K-3 students receive effective reading instruction. As a requirement of the statute, students receive an initial screening, on-going diagnostic and classroom-based reading assessments, and progress monitoring on their reading ability. Instruction is then adjusted to help students become skilled readers.
Students who do not meet reading proficiency by the end of third grade as demonstrated by their AzMERIT reading scores shall not be promoted from 3rd grade (ARS §15-701). When a student’s score “falls far below” on the state’s reading assessment, schools are required by the law to provide additional reading services to help the student become a successful reader. Students who qualify as English Language learners or for Exceptional Student Services fall under specific guidelines and may receive an exemption.
Why target reading?
Reading proficiency is crucial for academic success. The National Reading Panel identified five critical areas of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Over the years, research has consistently demonstrated that students benefit from explicit instruction in these areas.
How does Sonoran Schools help?
Sonoran Schools is dedicated to helping your child reach reading proficiency, setting a foundation for future academic and career success. To that end, our teachers and students receive additional reading support to ensure students meet their goal:
- Teachers receive a total of 90 hours of intensive training in reading instruction through Spalding Education International.
- K-3rd grade students receive supplemental online reading instruction that adjusts to meet their individual reading needs through i-Ready Reading.
- Struggling readers receive additional reading support, during small group instruction.
What can parents do?
Read at least 20 minutes every day or night to your child. Research has shown that reading to your child in their home language is equally beneficial. Follow your child’s progress on i-Ready Reading and provide opportunities for them to complete one or two lessons each week at
Parents can find more information here:
What homeless families need to know
Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is included in No Child Left Behind as Title X-C. The 2002 reauthorization requires that children and youths experiencing homelessness are immediately enrolled in school and have educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified and their needs are being met. (Arizona Department of Education)
Definition of homelessness under McKinney-Vento
If your family lives in any of the following situations:
- in a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground
- on the street
- in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
- doubled-up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing,
You have the right to:
- go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there
- continue in the school you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended
- receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless
- enroll in school without giving a permanent address
- enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school records and/or immunization records
Educational Assistance under McKinney-Vento
- If your family lives in any of the above conditions, you may be eligible for some assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act. Our school’s Homeless Liaison can assist in determining your eligibility for our programs.
This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for sonoranschools.org. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:
- What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
- What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
- The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
- How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.
We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request.
Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at anytime by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:
- See what data we have about you, if any.
- Change/correct any data we have about you.
- Have us delete any data we have about you.
- Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.
Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for”https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.
We also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.
Title IX: Sexual Harassment
Title IX protects individuals from discrimination, based on their sex. If you are the victim of sex discrimination or wish to report a case of sex discrimination, you may do so anonymously.
All employees have undergone Title IX training. Click on the links below to view the training materials:
Title IX protects individuals from discrimination, based on their sex. If you are the victim of sex discrimination or wish to report a case of sex discrimination, you may do so anonymously. Title IX complaints can be reported here:
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Questions relating to Sonoran Schools’ compliance with this provision and/or complaints alleging violation of this provision, as it applies to students, should be filed with:
This form is for parents, students, and staff to easily be able to submit a complaint. Click HERE to submit a complaint.
STUDENT AND PARENT RIGHTS
Sonoran Schools wants to inform parents of their rights to receive services and participate in federal and state education and wellness programs. After reviewing the information in this section, please contact us if you have any questions regarding you or your student’s educational rights.
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