Annual Notices

Annual Notices

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.

See 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, websites, 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.

See 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 the 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 Click Here


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 daycare 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.

For the 2023-2024 Notice to Parents, click HERE.

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

See 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 the 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 

Shelley Devers - Director of Human Resources

Ionia County Intermediate School District
2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-4900

See District Policy: Article III – Section 12Article IV – Section 8Article 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:

Shelley Devers - Director of Human Resources
Ionia County Intermediate School District
2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, MI 48846
(616) 527-4900


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.

For Procedural Safeguards - Click Here


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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 public 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 Click Here


It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all of its students. Appropriate 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.

See District Policy Article IV – Section 9 for more information