Annual Acknowledgements & Info Review
- Child Custody
- Athletics Handbook & Concussion Protocol
- Student Acceptable Use Policy
- Transportation Rules
- PERMISSION TO SHARE IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION
- Parent Forms
- Change of Address
- Student Info Review FAQ
Required Notification Regarding Child Custody
To access e-mail and/or the Internet at school, students under the age of eighteen (18) must obtain parent permission and must sign and return this form. Students eighteen (18) years and older may sign their own forms.
Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. The Dexter Community School District’s Internet connection is provided for educational purposes only. Unauthorized and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege.
The Dexter Community School District has implemented technology protection measures which block/filter Internet access to visual displays that are obscene, child pornography or harmful to minors. The District also monitors online activity of students in an effort to restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors. Nevertheless, parents/guardians are advised that determined users may be able to gain access to information, communication and/or services on the Internet which the Dexter Community School District has not authorized for educational purposes and/or which they and/or their parents/guardians may find inappropriate, offensive, objectionable or controversial. Parents/Guardians assume this risk by consenting to allow their students to participate in the use of the Internet. Students accessing the Internet through the school's computers assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for unauthorized or inappropriate use of the Internet.
The Dexter Community School District has the right to monitor, review and inspect any directories, files and/or messages residing on or sent using Dexter Community Schools’ computers/networks. This also encompasses the District’s Google Apps for Education on and off the Dexter Community Schools’ computers/networks. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Parents and students must complete and return the Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement annually.
Dexter Community Schools codes of conduct and all school rules apply to all students using DCS transportation. You can review these in the Parent-Student Handbook. In addition, the following rules apply to students who are being bused, waiting for a bus, or being dropped off at a bus stop. [Click here for a printable copy of these rules.]
- Each student shall ride designated buses ONLY. We cannot accommodate changes for playdates, babysitting, etc.
- Each student shall be at the designated bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled time and ready to board the bus. At drop off time a responsible person must be there to receive students in grades Y5 – K-2. The driver is responsible for the maintenance of this schedule and cannot wait for tardy pupils.
- Students shall remain at least 10-20 feet well back from the roadway while waiting for the bus.
- Students who must cross the street at a bus stop shall not do so until they receive a signal from the bus driver. When crossing a street is necessary, it shall always be done at least 10 feet in front of the bus so that the driver may adequately observe them. This means that the student/parent should be able to see the face of the bus driver. The driver shall hold the bus with warning lights flashing (red lights) and stop sign out until the crossing has been completed.
- Students shall enter the bus in an orderly fashion, go directly to their seats and remain seated until the destination is reached (bottoms on seats, feet in front of you on the floor, not in the aisle).
- All students will have assigned seats. The bus driver may move students as needed.
- Students shall keep their hands, arms, and heads inside the bus in their own personal space.
- All articles such as athletic equipment, books, laptops, musical instruments, etc., must be kept out of aisles.
- Students shall observe all behavior rules related to safety and the well-being/respect of others.
- Students are not to touch other student's belongings or other student's body parts in any way.
- There shall be NO eating on the school bus. Students may drink water.
- There shall be NO shouting, roughhousing or throwing things on the bus or at the bus stop.
- Personal audio devices including cell phones must have headphones to listen to music/videos.
- There shall be NO taking of pictures or video by students on the school bus at any time.
- Students must identify themselves to the bus driver when requested.
- Students shall remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop before attempting to get off the bus.
- Students may leave the bus only at the consent of the driver.
- The emergency exits must be used for emergencies only. Students are not to touch safety equipment on the bus unless directed by the driver to do so.
- Students must comply with driver and monitor directions at all times. If a parent/ student has a concern about transportation policies, it should be addressed with the Transportation Department.
Safety is our number one priority. Disruptive or otherwise inappropriate behavior during busing may lead to discipline such as verbal and/or written correction up to and including suspension for up to ten days or revocation of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year.
Consent for Disclosure of Immunization Information to Local and State Health Departments
Immunizations are an important part of keeping our children healthy. Schools and State and Local health departments must monitor immunization levels to ensure that all communities are protected from potentially life-threatening diseases and, if necessary, respond promptly to an emerging public health threat. It is important that disease threats be minimized through the monitoring of students being immunized. Sharing immunization and personally identifiable information including the students name, Date of Birth, gender, and address with local and state health departments will help to keep your child safe from vaccine preventable diseases. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, requires written parental consent before personally identifiable information from your child’s education records is disclosed to the health department. If your child is 18 or over, he or she is an “eligible student” and must provide consent for disclosures of information from his or her education records. You may withdraw your consent to share this information in writing at any time.
As part of the DCS Annual Acknowledgements form completion, parents and guardians indicate their preference regarding release of this information to MDHHS. Alternatively, you may complete this form to opt in at any time.
Change of Address Form (use this to change mailing address, emails, or phone numbers. Proof of residence required for home address changes).
New Student Parent Input Form (not required, but available for families who want to share info)
Records Release Request (required when students transfer to Dexter from another K-12 school)
Transportation Request Form (required annually for all families)
Update to Current Student Medical Information Form (use as needed for CURRENT students only. New enrollments share this information as part of registration and should only use this form to make changes.)
Each year, parents and guardians of returning students must complete an information review and acknowledge receipt of the handbook and district policies. Emails with instructions to complete back-to-school paperwork online were sent to families on August 23. It is important that you complete this process as soon as possible. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
What if I didn't get an account email to review my student's information? Only students who attended Dexter Schools last year need to complete this process. If you didn't receive a letter for your student who DID attend last year, check your spam and then contact your child's school office for further assistance.
The formatting looks weird on my phone, how can I fix this? We have found that it is difficult to complete these forms on a phone. We suggest you use a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You can do this at the library or school offices if you don't have access to those devices at home, just let us know.
How do I know when I am done? When you click on Forms on the left side of your screen, then click on the All Forms tab in the window that opens, check that all the items in the Returning Students list and the All Students list have either a green leaf (submitted) or a yellow leaf (submitted but awaiting approval). If there's a blue leaf (empty), the form still needs your attention. We will send reminders out to families who do not complete all the forms.
How can I upload supporting documents? I am having trouble doing it in the system. If you have difficulty uploading documents directly into your parent account, you can email them or bring them in to your school office. Changes of address won't be complete without supporting documents.
How long will it take for pending forms to be approved? It may take a few days during the busy season. Please contact your school office if you have urgent information that you want to make sure is up-to-date.
Where can I get my new student's ID Number to pay for school lunch, etc.? Your class placement letter will have it or your school building can provide it.
Why can't I list myself as emergency contact or pickup person for my own kid?! Parents and guardians are by default the first people we contact for those issues (unless there is legal paperwork indicating otherwise.) Emergency contacts and school pickups are permissions for people OTHER THAN PARENTS AND GUARDIANS to be able to be back-up for students. You may see old indications of yourself as an emergency contact for one kid or not another - we are working to clean up this data. When parents are listed as emergency contacts, it can interfere with the system's ability to send confidential information because we don't send that to emergency contacts.