Annual Notifications

2016-2017 School Year

(updated September 2016)

To view annual notifications, please click on the title of the notification below.

Asbestos Notification

In compliance with the parent/guardian and staff notification requirements specified in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Asbestos Containing Materials in Schools: Final Rule and Notice, as directed by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, the following information regarding asbestos can be found in the AHERA Management Plan Book located in your building principal’s office:

  • Building Inspection
  • The Management Plan
  • The Response Actions
  • Periodic Surveillance Schedule
  • Re-inspection Schedule

Asbestos activities in the last year include: Regular six-month surveillance and scheduled re-inspection were performed for all sites. Normal operations and maintenance was performed at each site. Projects include removal of old floor tile in a classroom at Traverse City High School and an office area at Central Grade School.  Activities are determined from regular six-month periodic surveillance, inspections and scheduled projects. For more information, call 231.342.1720.

Concussions and Athletic Activities

To provide for the safety of student athletes, all athletic programs of the district shall comply either with the concussion protocols of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, or the protocols set forth in AG 5340.01, which shall meet all the requirements of state law and Department of Community Health guidelines regarding concussion awareness training and protection for youth athletes. The district shall comply with whichever standards are more protective.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is providing athletic participants at each MHSAA member junior high/middle school and high school with insurance that is intended to pay accident medical expense benefits resulting from concussion. The suspected concussion must be sustained while the athlete is participating in an MHSAA in-season covered activity (practice or competition). This program intends to assure that all eligible student-athletes in MHSAA member schools in grades 7 through 12, male and female, in all levels of all sports under the jurisdiction of the MHSAA, receive prompt and professional attention for head injury events even if the child is uninsured or under-insured. Accident medical deductibles and co-pays left unpaid by other policies are reimbursed under this program. Should you have need to make a claim under this new program, contact or 800.237.2917. For additional information, please contact TCAPS’ high school athletic directors:

District Policies and Administrative Guidelines

Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Board of Education has developed specific District policies and administrative guidelines regarding student and staff behavior. Policies and guidelines cover virtually all areas of behavior including smoking, drugs, dress, weapons, sexual harassment and use of the Internet. In addition, each building has a Student Code of Conduct that specifies the behavior expected of its students. The District’s Student/Parent Handbook also provides a compilation of information that every student and parent should know. Copies of the Elementary or Secondary Student/Parent Handbooks and all District policies and administrative guidelines are available online at or at the TCAPS Boardman Administration Center, 412 Webster Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, or by contacting any TCAPS’ school building principal.

FERPA Annual Notice for Directory Information

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

Per 34 C.F.R. § 99.37(d), a school or school district may adopt a limited directory information policy. If a school or school district does so, the directory information notice to parents and eligible students must specify the parties who may receive directory information and/or the purposes for which directory information may be disclosed.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, TCAPS may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised TCAPS to the contrary in accordance with TCAPS’ procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow TCAPS to include information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks or organizations that provide driver’s training education. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent [These laws are Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and 10 U.S.C. § 503(c)].

Disclosure of "Directory Information"

Except as otherwise stated in Board Policy 8330 (student records), school officials may disclose "directory information" without the prior written consent of a parent or eligible student unless the parent or eligible student specifically notifies the District that the parent or eligible student does not consent to the disclosure of directory information.

If you do not want TCAPS to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify TCAPS in writing by the third Friday of October. The Board designates the following as directory information:  

  • Student name and address
  • Parent name and address
  • Parent email address
  • Student & parent telephone numbers
  • Student’s date and place of birth
  • Student’s major field of study
  • Student’s participation in official recognized activities and sports
  • Student athletes’ height and weight
  • Dates of attendance
  • Date of graduation
  • Student honors, awards, degrees and scholarships earned
  • Student honor roll designations
  • Student grade placements
  • Photographs and videos of students participating in school activities, events or programs
  • Other information generally found in yearbooks
  • The Board further designates district-assigned student e-mail addresses as directory information for the limited purposes of (1) facilitating the student’s participation in and access to online learning platforms and applications, and (2) inclusion in internal school and district email address books.

Notification Regarding Staff Qualifications

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers and the qualifications of the paraprofessionals who provide services to their children. Parents may request and receive information about: (a) whether the teacher is State-certified, (b) whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status, and (c) the baccalaureate major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification. Parents may request information on the level of achievement of their child in each of the State academic assessments. If a student attending a school that receives any Title I, Part A funds is assigned to, or taught, for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified, the school must provide timely notice to the student’s parents.

Send inquiries to:

Dr. Cindy Berck
Director of Human Resources 
412 Webster Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

Pesticide Notification Advisory

Traverse City Area Public Schools utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to control pests. IPM is a pest management system that utilizes all suitable techniques in a total pest management system with the intent of preventing pests from reaching unacceptable levels or to reduce an existing population to an acceptable level. IPM utilizes a multiple technique approach including pest exclusion, biological, and other non-chemical pesticide controls. However, as with most pest control programs, certain circumstances may require that chemical controls also be utilized.

In non-emergency situations, Michigan law now requires the notification of parents or guardians of school students prior to the application of a pesticide at their school. In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students and staff. However, you will be notified as soon as possible following any such application.

Advance notification of pesticide applications, other than a bait or get formulation, will be given by at least two methods. The first method will be by posting at the main entrance to the school. The second method will be by one of the following: email; telephone call where direct contact is made or a message is recorded on an answering machine; or by providing students with a written notice to be delivered to their parent or guardian.

Please be advised that parents or guardians of children attending a TCAPS school are entitled to receive advanced notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class mail postmarked at least three days prior to the pesticide application, if they so request. If you prefer to receive the notification by first class mail, please reply to this email with the information below. You may also call 231.342.1720 if you have any questions regarding this letter.

Traverse City Area Public Schools 2016/2017 Pesticide Treatments
US Mail Notification Request

Please be advised that you WILL receive notice via the methods identified in the advisory notice above and should only complete this form if you are requesting notification by first-class mail.


Parent/Guardian Name:________________________________

Student’s Name:______________________________________

Street Address:_______________________________________


Telephone Numbers: (Day)____________________________

Please Check One:
 I wish to be notified prior to a scheduled pesticide treatment inside of the building.
 I wish to be notified prior to a scheduled pesticide treatment on the outside grounds of the school.
 Both of the above


Project FIND Special Education / Section 504 Notice

Traverse City Area Public Schools offers evaluations, programs and services to individuals who are identified as having, or who are suspected of having, a disability as defined in either the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These services are available to eligible persons ages 0-26 who reside within, or attend a K-12 school program within, Traverse City Area Public Schools’ district attendance boundaries. Referrals are accepted from parents, staff members, community agencies and other interested parties. For more information about available services, parent/student rights or referral procedures, contact the Associate Superintendent of Student Services at 412 Webster Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 or call 231.933.5690. 

Requirements for Student Immunizations

The Board requires that all students be properly immunized pursuant to the provisions of the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Accordingly, the State of Michigan requires that all students be properly immunized at the time of registration or not later than the first day of school pursuant to those provisions. Before a child can be permitted to enter or attend school, parents/guardians must present documentation that a child has had the required doses of vaccine. Immunization requirements are to be in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Guideline #5320. The only exception is if the parents/guardians submit a signed waiver of immunization. A licensed health care provider will certify that a medical contraindication exists and that a specific immunization is or may be detrimental to the student’s health. The County Health Department will issue a waiver for non-medical reasons.

Student Accident Insurance

As a service to students and their families, our school is making available an 80/20 student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost. All school-sponsored and supervised activities and time spent in school are covered in accordance with the terms and limitations of the policy. For an increased premium, the policy will cover your child 24-hours a day, 12 months a year, rather than only during school-time. There are additional options available to cover interscholastic sports.

Brochures/enrollment applications are available online at External Please read the information carefully so that you understand the extent of the coverage. The Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company underwrites the plan. The agent is First Agency, Inc., 5071 West H Avenue, Kalamazoo, 269.381.6630.

Students with Disabilities

Students identified with a disability are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Education. Modifications, accommodations or interventions will be put into place, regardless of mitigating factors. In some cases, a 504 Plan, which is an accommodations plan for a student with a disability, may be indicated. Any service provided for a child with a disability must be aligned with the impairment. 

Title IX, Section 504, Age Discrimination Act, and Title II Americans With Disabilities Act and CTE Opportunities

The government has made legal provisions to ensure that no person is discriminated against on the basis of the protected classes of race, color, national origin, gender, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), age (except as authorized by law), religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, “Protected Classes”) in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. In order to protect these rights and assure compliance, Traverse City Area Public Schools has appointed Cindy Berck as Coordinator of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Age Discrimination Act, and Title II.

Inquiries concerning the application of, or grievances for, any of these regulations or concerns that the rights of an individual may have been violated should be directed to:

Dr. Cindy Berck
Director of Human Resources
Traverse City Area Public Schools
412 Webster Street
Traverse City, MI 49686


Any person who feels that the rights of an individual may have been violated in relationship to the provision of equal opportunity in any education programs, activities, or services may contact:

Ms. Jame McCall
Associate Superintendent Student Services
Traverse City Area Public Schools
412 Webster Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Mr. Sanders Frye
Early Childhood and 504 Coordinator
Traverse City Area Public Schools
412 Webster Street
Traverse City, MI 49686


All board policies, administrative guidelines and forms regarding harassment can be found at External

Harassment complaint forms can also be easily accessed below:

Translation Services

Translation of any documents, or during any meeting, will be provided for any parent who requests translating. The process to request translation is:

  • Contact your school and make a request. The school will then make the request through the Human Resources Department, and a translator will be provided
  • A school may use the Tele-Interpreter Service if no translator is available, or if translation services are an immediate need.