FERPA Rights

 Parents are advised of the following rights:

  • To inspect and review the student’s educational records.

  • To request an amendment to those records if needed.

  • To limit the disclosure of directory information.

  • To file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if the Board refuses to amend records believed to be misleading or  inaccurate.

(District Policy: Article IV – Section 13 for more information)


Release of Student “Directory Information”

It is the policy of Ionia County Intermediate School District to release “directory information” to representatives of the armed forces and other agencies which may request such information. “Directory information” may include student’s name, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height and/or weight (if a member of a team which requires disclosure to participate), awards received, grade placement, honor roll, scholarships, school photographs or videos of students participating in school activities, events or programs. The district commonly uses student directory information for the following purposes: school yearbook, programs for athletic events, musical/drama presentations, graduation and/or award ceremonies, academic honor roll, school and/or district newsletters, web sites and/or social media. Parents may elect not to have his/her child’s directory information disclosed for one or more of the listed uses by completing the opt-out form (available in the school office) within the first 30 days of the school year.

(District Policy: Article IV – Section 13 for more information)

Concussion Policy

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.

For more information and forms, visit www.ioniaisd.org/resource-library (Resource Library > Search “Concussion”)

Pesticide Application Notification

Ionia County Intermediate School District utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan intended to reduce the incidence of pest infestation while also reducing the need for chemical pesticide applications. As required by State of Michigan law, parents will receive advance notice regarding the non-emergency application of a pesticide, other than a bait or gel formulation, that is made to the school or day care grounds or buildings. This notice will be given 48 hours prior to the application by means of a posting at the main entrance of each building being treated and a posting inside the main lobby of each building being treated.

To review the Integrated Pest Management System Book, or to request written notification by first class U.S. mail prior to applications, please contact:

Maintenance and Operations Director

Ionia ISD Administrative Offices

2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846

(616) 527-4900


Asbestos Management Plan

Ionia County Intermediate School District has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings. Based on the findings of this inspection, a comprehensive management plan was drafted. This plan details the response actions the district will be taking regarding asbestos-containing materials found in our buildings.

For more information or to review the Asbestos Management Plan (during normal business hours), please contact:

Maintenance and Operations Director

Ionia ISD Administrative Offices

2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846

(616) 527-4900

(District Policy: Article VII – Section 1 for more information)


Student Survey Participation

No student shall be required – as part of the school program of the District’s curriculum, without prior written consent of his/her parents, to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student’s or his/her parents

  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family

  3. Sexual behavior or attitudes

  4. Illegal, anti-social or self-incriminating behavior

  5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close, family relationships

  6. Legally recognized relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers

  7. Religious practices, affiliation or beliefs of the students or his/her parents

  8. Income

Parents have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey or evaluation created by a third party before it is  administered by the school to the student.


McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Coordinator)

Pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Act, children who are identified as meeting the Federal definition of “homeless” will be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the same manner as all other students of the District. Homeless children and youth are defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or are living with friends/relatives due to loss of housing.

If you feel your child qualifies for homeless services, contact the McKinney-Vento Coordinator for the Ionia Intermediate School District.

Freedom Acres Principal

Ionia ISD Administrative Offices

2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846


Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age, 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.

The district’s Compliance Officers shall handle inquiries or complaints regarding the Board’s non-discrimination policies for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975.

The Board designates the following individuals to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinators (also known as “Civil Rights Coordinators”):

Ted Paton
Associate Superintendent of CTE

Jackie Nurenberg
Human Resources Coordinator

Ionia County Intermediate School District

2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846

(616) 527-4900

(District Policy: Article III – Section 12; Article IV – Section 8; Article V – Section 2 for more information)

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (“ADA”) and the implementing regulations (collectively “Section 504/ADA”), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Board of Education does not discriminate in admission or access to, or participation or treatment in its programs or activities. As such, the Board’s policies and practices will not discriminate against students with disabilities and will make accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities. No discrimination will be knowingly permitted against any individual with a disability on the sole basis of that disability in any of the programs, activities, policies, and/or practices in the District.

The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s 504 Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator:

Jackie Nurenberg

(Human Resources Coordinator)

Ionia County Intermediate School District

2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846

(616) 527-4900

Personal Curriculum


A personal curriculum is a documented process that modifies certain requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum. State statute allows personal curriculum modification in order to:

  • Go beyond the academic credit requirements by adding more math, science, English language arts, or world languages credits.

  • Modify the mathematics requirement.

  • Modify, if necessary, the credit requirements of a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

  • Modify credit requirements for a student who transfers from out of state or from a nonpublic school and is unable to meet the MMC requirements.

  • Career Technology Education classes can be used as an option to meet graduation requirement (see CTE Options for Meeting the MMC Requirements on the Ionia County ISD website under Personal Curriculum.)

When is a Personal Curriculum Modification Appropriate?

A personal curriculum may be appropriate for a student who has demonstrated one or more of the following:

  • The ability or desire to access advanced or specialized content that cannot be met through electives (e.g., district lacks the resources to provide the course/content, or schedule does not allow student to access district offering).

  • The ability to succeed in accelerated or advanced math, science, English language arts, or world languages.

  • The academic need to modify the Algebra II credit requirement.

For a student with an IEP:

  • A documented need to make modifications because the student’s disability affects access to and/or demonstration of proficiency in the curriculum.

  • Lack of progress on the MMC despite documented interventions, supports, and accommodations.

For a transfer student:

  • Transferring from out of state or from a nonpublic school after successful completion of the equivalent of two years of high school credit.

Is a Student Eligible for a High School Diploma if They Have a Personal Curriculum?

A student who completes a personal curriculum and fulfills any additional local board of education graduation requirements is to be awarded a high school diploma.

Who Can Request a Personal Curriculum?

  • Parent or legal guardian

  • Student with adult status (age of majority)/Emancipated minor

  • School personnel

Please visit www.ioniaisd.org/resource-library (Resource Library > Search “Personal Curriculum Documents”)


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA and U.S. Department of Education regulations.

Please visit www.ioniaisd.org/specialeducation/special-education/safeguards  (Services > Special Education > Procedural Safeguards)


Freedom of Information Act

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to maintain the public records of this District and to make such records available to residents of Michigan for inspection and reproduction. Any person may make a written request for pubic records of the District in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

FOIA requests should be submitted in writing to:

FOIA Coordinator

Ionia Intermediate School District

2191 Harwood Road

Ionia, MI 48846

For FOIA Procedures and Guidelines, please visit www.ioniaisd.org/FOIA (About Us > FOIA)


It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all of its students. Ap-propriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of students, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, and volunteers.

(District Policy Article IV – Section 9 for more information)