Requirements for Student Immunizations

Due to an immunization rule change from the Michigan Department of Community Health, waivers exempting children from receiving immunizations can no longer be obtained from a school or childcare. Non-Medical waivers based on religious or philosophical beliefs must first be certified at the Oakland County Health Division. Parents/guardians of children who are unable to receive vaccinations due to medical reasons should consult their healthcare provider for a medical waiver form.

For more information, go to  www.oakgov.com/health or contact Nurse On Call (NOC) at 1-800-848-5533. You will need to provide up-to-date immunization records required by law for all students.       

Kindergarten enrollees must also show proof of vision screening.


Disclosure of Personal Information

If you do not want the following information available to the public, notify your building principal before October 1, 2016. In accordance with FERPA (20USC 1232[g]) the Board of Education of SLCS has designated the following as “directory information:”

•  The student’s name

•  The names of the student’s parents

•  The student’s address

•  The student’s date of birth

•  The student’s class designation

•  The student’s achievement awards or honors (not scholastic grades)

•  The student’s extracurricular participation

•  The student’s weight and height, if a member of an athletic team

•  The student’s photograph

•  The name of the school district the student attended before enrolling

While all other information concerning students of the District remains confidential and will be released only in accordance with the school District’s Student Record Policy, “directory information” will be released to a requesting party unless a parent or an eligible student advises the school district that such information should not be released regarding that particular student, by contacting the student’s building principal.

High school students and their parents/guardians may prevent disclosure of a student’s name, address and telephone number to military recruiting representatives (who can only use that data to provide information to students concerning educational and career opportunities available in the U.S. Armed Forces or service academies) by submitting a signed written request to that effect to the school principal.


Contingency Plans

Occasionally, school systems have to send students home early due to weather conditions, power outages, boiler failure and so on. Although we try to avoid sending students home early, there have been times in the past and there will, no doubt, be times in the future when this action is necessary.

Please discuss this possibility with your children, and devise a plan for them to follow. Your plan might involve going straight home and calling a parent at work. It might involve going to the neighbor ’s home, if the neighbor agrees. It might involve a high school child staying at home with the younger children.

Whatever plan is decided upon, make sure your child(ren) know it and follow it, for their safety and your peace of mind.  Whenever possible, students at the elementary level will not be released unless a contact has been made with a parent,  guardian, or other individual listed on their emergency card.

Please continue to keep emergency contact information up to date for all students regardless of their ages.


District Policies & Procedures

The South Lyon Board of Education developed specific District policies regarding student and staff behavior. Policies and/or procedures cover virtually all areas of behavior including smoking, drugs, dress, weapons, sexual harassment and use of the Internet. Each building’s Parent/Student Handbook also provides a compilation of information that every parent and student should know. Copies of building handbooks, The Student Code of Conduct and District policies are available at each school building or at www. slcs.us.


Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

  • Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)–

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;

2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;

3. Sex behavior or attitudes;

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

5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or

8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

  • Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –

1. Any other protected information survey, regarding loss of funding;

2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and  safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and

3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

•Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –

1. Protected information surveys of students;

2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and

3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. South Lyon Community Schools will directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for parents to opt their child out of participation in the specific activity or survey.

South Lyon Community Schools will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:

  • Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
  • Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
  • Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.

Parents who believe their rights have been violated during the school year may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Project FIND Special Education/ Section 504 Notice

The South Lyon Community School District 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, the South Lyon Community School 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 South Lyon Community Schools Office of Special Education at 62500 W. Nine Mile Road, South Lyon, MI 48178, or call 248-573-8220.


Title IX Policy

It is the policy of South Lyon Community Schools to comply with all of the guidelines for Title IX as adopted by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District has established a Title IX grievance process. Questions regarding that grievance process should be directed to the Title IX coordinator, the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at 248-573-8130.


Annual Advisory to Parents/ Guardians - Pest Management

As part of South Lyon Community School’s pest management program, pesticides are occasionally applied. In accordance with Department of Agriculture Regulation #637, parents have the right to be informed prior to any pesticide application made during the days school is in session. If you need prior notification, the following information should be provided to the District:

· parent/guardian name

· student name

· school student attends

· parent/guardian/student address

· day and evening contact phone numbers

Please indicate whether you wish to be notified of a scheduled pesticide treatment inside of the school building, a scheduled   pesticide treatment on the outside grounds of the school, or both. All currently scheduled pesticide treatments can be viewed on the District website at www.slcs.us.

Requests for notification must be made in writing on the forms provided by each school. Questions regarding pesticide spraying may be directed to Chris Bullinger, Manager of District Facilities and Grounds at 248.573.8920, or email bullingerc@slcs.us.


South Lyon Community School District Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 2015-2016 Notification

The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) requires that each year District workers and building occupants receive notification about asbestos activities such as response actions and inspections. The purpose of this correspondence  is to meet those requirements and familiarize you with the asbestos related activities that have been conducted in South Lyon Community Schools during the past year.

Management Plans - The existing Management Plans are located in the Main Office of each building and are available for review. A copy of each Management Plan is also located at the Griswold Operations Center, 22727 Griswold Rd., South Lyon, MI 48178.

Periodic Surveillance - The AHERA regulation requires surveillance of the condition of asbestos containing materials every six months. This monitoring is being conducted as required by the asbestos standard. Re-Inspection (the AHERA regulation requires a three year re-inspection) of the condition of asbestos containing materials in all school buildings. All monitoring is being conducted by State of Michigan accredited asbestos inspectors, and results are located in the management plans.


Section 504 Notice of Nondiscrimination

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the South Lyon Community School District are hereby notified that this District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. Any person having inquires concerning the South Lyon Community School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 is directed to contact Maureen Altermatt, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 345 South Warren, South Lyon, Michigan 48178, 248-573-8130, who has been designated by the South Lyon Community School District to coordinate the District’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, the ADA, and Section 504.


Nondiscrimination Policy

South Lyon Community Schools will not discriminate and will comply with the requirements of:

  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The District appoints the Assistant Superintendent, Maureen Altermatt, as the District’s Compliance Officer whose responsibility it will be to ensure that Federal and State regulations are complied with and that any inquiries and complaints are dealt with promptly in accordance with law. She shall also ensure that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is provided to students, their parents, staff members and the general public.

Contact information for the Compliance Officer is as follows:

South Lyon Community Schools
Compliance Officer
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services
345 South Warren, South Lyon, MI 48178


Stormwater Management

Learn more about Stormwater Management 

South Lyon Community Schools is committed to the environment and strives to be a good steward of the land within its jurisdiction and to use appropriate Best Management Practices to contribute to the improvement of water quality within the Rouge River Watershed where the district is located.

South Lyon Community Schools encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors to get involved through opportunities provided by the local water shed groups including the Huron River Watershed and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Why worry about stormwater?

Many people may not realize that stormwater collected in drains located on the curbs of their streets does not flow to their local water treatment plant. Rather, this water remains untreated and is discharged directly into the waterways. During this journey to the waterways, stormwater collects and carries a broad range of pollutants. Stormwater is a non-point source of pollution thus making it extremely difficult to address and the single greatest threat to our water quality and watershed health.  Non-point source pollution comes from many diffuse runoff sources such as rainfall, snowmelt, flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants as it goes. Some of these pollutants occur naturally, such as nutrients from sediments, manure, or pet wastes. Others pollutants such as fertilizers, automotive grease, and oil occur from our interaction with the environment. Stormwater acts as a carrier of non-point source pollution and therefore considered a major cause of water quality problems both in Michigan and nationwide.

Public Notice of Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)

To this end, the school district has developed and has implemented a “Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)” to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable and protect water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Part 31, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).

A copy of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is available for review on the district’s website http://www.slcs.us/departments/griswold_operations_center/stormwater_management.php. Any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Management Plan should be directed to Mr. Chris Bullinger at (248) 573-8920.



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