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Indian Policies and Procedures

Warner Unified School District

The following Indian Policies and Procedures (IPP) will serve as the guide for the successful and equitable participation of all Native American children in our district programs and also, delineate the procedures and policies which shall be used to involve and inform parents and tribal officials in the planning and evaluation of district programs which involve Native American children.

The superintendent and school board of the Warner Unified School District will actively pursue the involvement of parents and tribal officials and will disseminate all information necessary to keep parents and tribal officials informed and aware of programs and opportunities for all children living on tribal lands. These policies and procedures will be reviewed annually and revisions will be made within 90 days of the determination that requirements are not being adequately met.

Indian Policies and Procedures

The following Indian policies and procedures become effective upon school board approval.

Policy 1: The LEA will disseminate relevant applications, evaluations, program plans and information related to the LEA's education program and activities with sufficient advance notice to allow tribes and parents of Native American children the opportunity to review and make recommendations. [34CFR222.94(a)(1)]

Procedure 1:

The District Administrator will, as soon as reasonably possible after such information becomes available, but not later than one week in advance of any meeting, mail (and/or send home with students) to Native American parents and Tribal officials a copy of the following documents:

  • Completed Applications
  • Evaluation of all educational programs; and
  • Plans for education programs the District intends to initiate or eliminate.

All interested parents can also receive a copy of the applicable school planning documents such as the Local Control Accountability Plan.

Parents of Native American children, tribal officials and the public will be given notice of any and all meetings related to equal participation or the content of the educational program by including information about meeting times and locations in the questionnaire to be disseminated in the fall. The location, date and time of any meeting described above shall be posted in the same manner as a legally posted Board meeting. Each year, at the regularly scheduled August Board Meeting, parents and tribal officials are invited to attend and participate in a public hearing scheduled to gather comments on the District’s Indian Policies and Procedures.

The Warner Unified School District will disseminate information and seek timely input regarding all educational programs.

The completed applications, evaluations, and program planning will be made available to parents of Native American children, Tribal officials, and the Indian Advisory Committee and a summary will be prepared and disseminated 7 days in advance of public hearings held annually to afford all interested parties the opportunity to review the documents with sufficient time to provide thoughtful input at the public meetings. These hearings will be publicly advertised by posting the Agenda on the Warner Unified School District’s website in addition to the three locally posted places to allow all interested parties to attend. In addition, representatives from the District and Indian Advisory Committee will schedule quarterly meetings to seek input.

Parents of Native American children, tribal officials, the Indian Advisory Committee and any other interested persons can review assessment data to help develop or modify educational programs and services allowing for the participation of Native American students on an equal basis in the district.

Minutes from the Indian Advisory Committee meetings will be posted on the District's website for all patrons and Tribal officials to review. This will allow for ongoing dissemination of information.

POLICY (2): The Warner Unified School District will provide an opportunity for the Los Coyotes, Mesa Grande and Iipay Tribes and parents of Native American children to provide their views on the District's educational program and activities, including recommendations on the needs of their children and on how the District may help those children realize the benefits of the educational programs and activities. [34CFR222 .94(a)(2)]

(i) Notify tribes and the parents of Native American children of the opportunity to submit comments and recommendations, considering the tribe's preference for method of communication, and

(ii) Modify the method of and time for soliciting Native American views, if necessary, to ensure the maximum participation of tribes and parents of Native American children.

Procedure 2:

  1. The district maintains an Indian Advisory Committee (IAC) which meets four times per year.
  1. Each year, at the regularly scheduled August board meeting, parents and tribal officials will be invited to attend and will be given opportunity to comment on educational programs and the completed applications. This is an item on the August agenda with ample time provided for discussion and comment.
  1. A meeting is scheduled each year, to inform all parents whose children participate in special programs, about the nature and progress of children in these programs. Parents and tribal officials will be invited to attend the meetings.
  1. The district also maintains a School Site Council to provide a forum for input and evaluation of the entire district program. An effort will be made yearly to involve parents of Native American children on the council.

In order to allow Native American parents and tribal officials to make commentary concerning (1) the needs of their children and the ways in which they can assist them in realizing the benefits of the education programs; (2) the overall operation of the District's education program; and (3) the degree of parental participation allowed in the same, the Board will send home with students and a questionnaire requesting their input and recommendations and will thereafter hold an annual Board meeting where such commentary may be reviewed by Native American parents, Tribal officials, and the Board.

Native American parents and Tribal officials will be given notice of any and all meetings by including in the above-referred questionnaire to be disseminated as to the location of legally posted Board notices. The location, date and time of any meeting described above shall be posted in the same manner as a legally posted Board meeting.

The Indian Advisory Committee of the Warner Unified School District will meet quarterly for the purpose of addressing comments and concerns of parents of Native American children regarding the District's educational programs and activities. The meeting agendas are posted and all meetings are open to the public allowing for tribal officials as well as parents of Native American children the opportunity to submit comments and recommendations for consideration.

A school board representative is a non-voting member of the Indian Advisory Committee. This representation allows for the discussion of the needs of the students and ideas to be brought forward to both the Indian Advisory Committee as well as the School Board. The Warner Unified School District and Indian Advisory Committee representatives will schedule meetings with the Mesa Grande and Iipay Tribe to discuss ongoing programing goals.

At each of the monthly school board meetings, a section of time is set aside for communications from the public on non-agenda items. This is a time to offer comments and suggestions regarding programming for Native American students. Based upon suggestions, preferred methods of communication as well as ways to maximize participation from tribal officials as well as parents of Native American children will be seriously considered.

Information will be included in student handbooks/enrollment packets regarding opportunities to provide input to the District.

POLICY (3): The Warner Unified School District will annually assess the extent to which Native American children participate on an equal basis with non-Native American children in the District's education program and activities. [34CFR222.94(a)(3)]

(i) Share relevant information related to Native American children's participation in the LEA's education program and activities with tribes and parents of Native American children; and

(ii) Allow tribes and parents of Native American children the opportunity and time to review and comment on whether Native American children participate on an equal basis with non-Native American children.

Procedure 3:

The Warner Unified School District will take the following measures to annually assess the extent to which Native American children participate on an equal basis with non-Native American children in the District’s education program and activities.

  1. All students are tested yearly using both the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress and the MAP Test, multiple times throughout the year. Test results are charted to help us visualize growth and to assure that all students are making equal progress in the core curriculum.
  2. Any new policies, procedures, or educational issues which shall affect the children or parents living on Native American lands shall be actively distributed to tribal officials and parents. Minutes from the site council meetings and board meeting shall be forwarded to tribal contacts for posting.
  3. The district will distribute our yearly P.L. 81-874 applications and program evaluations to tribal parents. Parents and tribal officials will, also, be invited yearly to our August board meeting.
  4. The Warner School District will share its assessment of district funding, Native American student participation, related academic achievements and other related data will be shared with the parents of Native American children and tribal officials by posting at tribal offices.

POLICY (4): The Warner Unified School District will modify the IPPs if necessary, based upon the results of any assessment or input described in this document. [34CRF222.94 (a) (4)]

Procedure 4

The district has an approved parent complaint procedure in place. This is the procedure which would be used by Native American parents and tribal officials should the need arise. Furthermore, parents or tribal officials are welcome to contact staff member directly.

The Indian Policies and Procedures will be reviewed at the Indian Advisory Committee meeting. Recommended changes will be forwarded to the Warner Unified School Board as well as the tribal officials and parents of Native American children for review and consideration. If necessary, the Indian Advisory Committee may suggest revisions at other times of the year as appropriate. Any updates will be sent to parents of Native American children and tribal officials within 20 days of adoption by the Warner Unified School Board.

The IAC will assist the District's with effective methods of allowing the input of Native American parents and Tribal members. If necessary, the IAC shall make recommendations to the Board to modify its policies and procedures.

POLICY (5) : The Warner Unified School District will respond at least annually in writing to official recommendations made by tribes or parents of Native American children, and disseminate the responses to the tribe and parents of Native American children prior to the submission of the IPPs by the LEA. [34CRF222 .94(a)(5)]

Procedure 5:

The Warner Unified School District will at least annually respond in writing to official recommendations made by the Indian Advisory Committee from tribal officials, or parents of Native American children, and disseminate the responses to all parties by posting at tribal offices, prior to the submission of the IPPs by the District.

POLICY (6): The Warner Unified School District will provide a copy of the IPPs annually to the affected tribe or tribes. [34CR F222.94 (a)(6)]

Procedure 6:

The Warner Unified School District will annually provide a copy of the current Indian Policies and Procedures to the Los Coyotes, Mesa Grande and Iipay tribes to be posted at tribal offices.

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