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Board approves first readings of eight new policies

Last Thursday night, Sunnyside School Board members approved the first reading of eight new policies. The policies cover everything from homework to AIDS prevention education.

Policy 5347, titled "Employee, Volunteer, Visitor Identification," notes that every school employee will be issued and wear an identification badge, and that all volunteers and visitors will be issued proper identification when they enter a school.

Policy 2442 deals with homework. The policy states that the board feels homework is an important part of the educational process, then outlines the various purposes for which homework can be assigned. The purposes include practice, preparation, extension and creativity.

The third policy board members looked at was titled "Meeting Conduct, Order of Business and Quorum." The policy looks at the different types of meetings that can be called, including regular meetings, special meetings and emergency meetings.

Policy 2108 deals with remediation programs. The policy states that the district will offer programs that are designed to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students, and includes programs like special education, learning assistance and Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The policy states how the district will determine a student's needs, as well as how the various programs will be operated.

Policy 3413, "Student Immunization and Life Threatening Health Conditions," was included in the first readings because of a change to the immunization services. The policy states that the district will provide parents of students in sixth grade and above with information about meningococcal disease at the beginning of each school year.

Changes were also made to the policy regarding Title I parental involvement. The policy invites parents to volunteer to help with any district program, and to be involved with the decisions as to how 1 percent of the district's Title I funds are spent.

Board members voted to delete policy 4230, which deals with student involvement in communicating information about various school and non-school programs.

The final policy approved by board members was policy 2126, which includes AIDS prevention education.

The policy states that at least one month before teaching AIDS prevention education, parents will have a chance to review the material their children will be seeing.

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Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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