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A Statement from Superintendent Mr. Justin M. Jennings

8/15/2017

Today at the statue of Charles H. Hackley on the Muskegon High School campus, graffiti with slurring racial comments was found painted on the statue. Upon the discovery of this disturbing image Muskegon staff alerted the authorities and then began work to immediately remove the graffiti. This type of racial discrimination and vandalism is prohibited in school district policy and will not be tolerated.

There are policies and procedures in place to deal with anyone in violation of school district policy or the law. We will keep our community, employees and the media updated as we learn more about this destructive incident. We believe in working to create a learning environment that provides the best for every child, every day. We do not tolerate “hate speech” or any behavior that threatens the well-being of our children.

We will be working with our staff and counselors to provide support for our students to provide comfort and to create a teaching moment to remind them that this type of behavior is neither welcome nor tolerated in our schools or our community. We will be holding a town-hall meeting in the near future to discuss this situation and to provide a forum to have a dialogue with the community.

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Office of Student Services District

Office of Student Services

Department Staff

Mr. Rodney Walker, Director

Mrs. Mancilla, Administrative Specialist

Discipline

The Office of Student Services along with the Board of Education and building administrators works diligently to provide K-12 students with a positive academic atmosphere that encourages student to learn beyond their textbooks. Discipline issues are dealt with swiftly and professionally. Utilizing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) the District has adopted a No Bullying policy and continues to work with the Board of Education, administrators, staff and the community to create innovative plans and policies to manage discipline issues. Student handbooks are printed and policies published and shared with students, staff and community on an annual basis. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with questions or concerns.

Health Related Plans

The Office of Student Services acknowledges the importance the role of healthy students plays in the district academic goals. The food service department is fully aware of this issue and goes above and beyond to accommodate our students who have been identified with assorted food allergies. Upon request Muskegon Public School lends support and assistance to those students with various health related issues. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.

Schools of Choice

Muskegon Public Schools participates in the MAISD School of Choice Program. This is a once-a-year spring event when Muskegon County students may apply to an out-of- district school of their choice. This does not guarantee admittance to the choice school. The role of SOC Coordinator is held by the Director of Student Services. Please contact the Office of Student Services with any questions.

School Safety

The Office of Student Services has an Emergency Preparedness Procedures Plan in place and has trained staff to effectively respond to various emergency situations. The role of Crisis Team Coordinator is currently held by the Director of Student Services. This team assist staff and students in responding to more in-depth, often student related, situations. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.

Title IX

Title IX has broad application. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The role of the District Title IX Coordinator is currently held by the Director of Student Services. He oversees and implements procedures and policies’, training, investigates complaints/grievances and interacts with law enforcement and staff. Please contact the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.