Public Notifications

The District is required through its various publications to provide the following information about various state and federal programs and requirements.

2017-18 District Compliance Officers

Affirmative Action

Larry Hunt, Dike-New Hartford Supt.: 319-989-2552 or larry.hunt@dnhcsd.org

Asbestos

Larry Hunt, Dike-New Hartford Supt.: 319-989-2552 or larry.hunt@dnhcsd.org

Equity

Irv Laube, H.S. Principal -Dike Facilities: 319-989-2485 or irvin.laube@dnhcsd.org
Brian Petullo, PreK-8 Principal – N.H. Facilities: 319-983-2206 or brian.petullo@dnhcsd.org
Section 504, Title VI, Title IX

Right-To-Know

Larry Hunt, Dike-New Hartford Supt.: 319-989-2552 or larry.hunt@dnhcsd.org

Sexual Harassment 

Larry Hunt, Dike-New Hartford Supt.: 319-989-2552 or larry.hunt@dnhcsd.org
Brian Petullo, New Hartford PreK-8 Principal- Alternate: 319-983-2206 or brian.petullo@dnhcsd.org
Thomas Textor, Dike Elem. Principal - Alternate: 319-989-2487 or tom.textor@dnhcsd.org

Student Abuse By An Employee Level I Investigators 

Irv Laube, H.S. Principal - Dike Facilities: 319-989-2485 or irvin.laube@dnhcsd.org
Brian Petullo, PreK-8 Principal - New Hartford Facilities: 319-983-2206 or brian.petullo@dnhcsd.org
Thomas Textor, Dike Elem. Principal – Alternate: 319-989-2487 or tom.textor@dnhcsd.org

District Level II Abuse Investigators –

Timothy Wolthoff & Kirk Dolleslager Grundy Co. Sheriff Dept.: 319-824-6933

Dike Address:

Box D, 330 Main St., Dike, IA 50624
Phone: 319-989-2552

New Hartford Address:

508 Beaver St., New Hartford, IA 50660
Phone: 319-983-2206

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY & AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 

The Dike-New Hartford Community School District shall provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action laws, directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies and agencies. This obligation to affirmatively implement equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment includes hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer or demotion, recruitment, advertising or solicitation for employment, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and layoff or termination.

Individuals who file an application with either school district will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the board, administration, and State Department of Education for the class or position for which they apply. In employing school district personnel, the board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In keeping with the law, the board shall consider the veteran status of applicants.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment by board members, administrators, certificated and support personnel, students, vendors, and any others having business or other contact with the school is prohibited. Persons, who believe they have suffered sexual harassment, shall report such matters to the superintendent of schools, the Compliance Officer, or to alternate officers Dike Elementary Principal Thomas Textor and the PreK-8 Principal Brian Petullo at New Hartford.

SEX OFFENDER WEBSITE

People move in and out of a school district now more than ever. The State of Iowa provides a website to check concerns regarding sex offenders: www.iowasexoffender.com.

EQUITY GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Students and parents/guardians are hereby notified that in accordance with federal regulations assuring all students of equal opportunities and treatment in the total program, grievance procedures have been adopted by the Board of Education. The first step of this procedure is an informal review whereby a student who believes she/he has been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status should discuss the problem with the teacher or principal. If a formal grievance (Level 2) is requested, it should be initiated within fifteen (15) working days of the alleged discrimination with the Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer (Equity Coordinator) for the facilities at Dike is Irv Laube, high school principal; and the Compliance Officer for the facilities at New Hartford is Brian Petullo, PreK-8 principal. Please feel free to call or visit anytime you wish to have more information, discuss a problem or to begin investigation procedures. In the event that a problem is not satisfactorily resolved at level two, then it may proceed to level three with the superintendent.

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievants to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights or other agencies available for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

“It is the policy of the Dike-New Hartford School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by the Dike-New Hartford School District, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457- 4416; web site: www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html.”

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

TITLE VI, IX AND SECTION 504 

The district has a policy against discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE/ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS PLAN (ESL/ELL) 

At Dike-New Hartford Community School district, we welcome all learners. In order to meet the needs of all students we ask that any families notify the office by September 10 if the primary language spoken in the home is something other than English. This will initiate the process to help in using of our district ESL/ELL Plan. Questions or notification can be made by calling the superintendent’s office at 319-989-2552.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT

Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the board. The board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by other students, by school employees, and by volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school district.

The board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization, of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Harassment against employees based upon the employee’s race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age or disability is also prohibited.

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district. (The complete Policy 104 Anti-Bullying/Harassment may be viewed in the administration or principal’s offices.)

USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES

The Dike-New Hartford Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses.  The video cameras will be used to monitor student behaviorto maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment.  Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding.  The content of the videotapes are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records.  Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.  Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.

CHAPTER 102 COMPLAINTS

Persons who believe they have been physically or sexually assaulted by a school employee may file a written report with Irv Laube, high school principal, or Brian Petullo, PreK-8 New Hartford principal, who are the Level I Compliance Officers, or Thomas Textor, Dike Elementary principal. If an incident has been found by the Level I Investigator to have occurred, the complaint will be submitted to the district's Level II Investigator (non-school employee) for a comprehensive investigation.

In America, Homeless Children Are Never School-­‐less Children    

All school-age children are entitled to a free, appropriate public education and all necessary support services and assistance including but not limited to:

  • Compensatory education
  • Special education
  • English as a second language
  • Vocational courses or programs
  • Programs for gifted and talented students
  • Health services
  • Food and nutrition programs
  • School transportation

These services and assistance are provided to homeless pupils on the same basis as services provided to resident pupils.

The Dike-New Hartford Board of Education shall make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving education which may exist in district policies or practices. A homeless child may be identified accordingly:

  • ON THE STREET: living on the streets, without even nominal housing.
  • QUASI-HOMELESS: living in make-shift shelter such as cars, tents, abandoned buildings, etc.
  • SHELTERS: living in temporary residence facility for individuals or families (e.g. youth-runaway, family, or abuse shelters, or other shelter facility).
  • DOUBLING-UP: children and immediate family have moved in with other relatives or friends; without such arrangement they would be without home or shelter.
  • NEAR-HOMELESS: without entitlements (e.g. fuel or rent assistance) these families would be homeless.

PLEASE REPORT BY OCTOBER 30 ANY SUCH PERSONS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DIKE-NEW HARTFORD SCHOOLS. Information provided will be in confidence to state

DNR (DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES) ENERGY ANALYSIS & PLAN

Technical engineering analysis of all Dike-New Hartford district facilities have been completed. Most of the required improvements have been completed and a management plan of energy conservation operating procedures has been developed. The comprehensive plans may be reviewed in the superintendent's office of each district.

ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT

The only known friable asbestos materials identified and existing in the facilities at Dike are located above the ceiling in the lower elementary corridor (1957 building). The asbestos materials are in pipe joints and are in good condition. The presence presents no danger to students or the public and are monitored every 6 months. The only other asbestos containing materials known to remain in the facilities at Dike are the floor tile in the elementary, high school 2-story and industrial arts buildings. The presence of asbestos in the floor tile present no danger to students and the public and continue to be monitored every 6 months. Facilities at the New Hartford site are free of any known friable and non-friable asbestos containing materials.

The district has an AHERA plan on file for all district facilities. The plan may be inspected in the superintendent's office during normal working hours of 8:00-4:00 p.m. Direct any concerns or questions to the district's AHERA Compliance Officer who is the superintendent of the schools.

HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL DISCLOSURE PLAN

Comprehensive Hazardous Chemical Disclosure Plans for the Dike-New Hartford Community School have been prepared. The plans include signing of buildings and rooms in which materials may be stored. The plans are on file in the superintendent's office and may be inspected during normal working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The facilities have been inspected and the plans have been reviewed by OSHA.

Career and Technical Education

The Dike-New Hartford Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: - Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources - Applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing - Arts, Communication, and Information Systems - Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management - Health Science - Human Services

 It is the policy of the Dike-New Hartford Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Irv Laube, 330 Main Street, Dike, Iowa 50624, 319-989-2485 or email irvin.laube@dnhcsd.org or Brian Petullo, 508 Beaver Street, New Hartford, Iowa  50660, 319-983-2206 or email brian.petullo@dnhcsd.org.

 RADON TESTING & LEVELS

Dike-New Hartford School facilities have been tested for radon levels. The results for the most part revealed radon levels well below the pCi/L level necessitating corrective measures. All facilities registering levels of radon of concern to be monitored are served by tunnels, below ground services and/or unique ventilation system. Radon test results are on file in the Office of Superintendent of Schools and may be inspected between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LEAD IN DOMESTIC WATER

Samples from various Dike-New Hartford facility locations have been submitted to an approved hygienic laboratory for analysis. The analysis levels of lead is less than .001 milligrams per liter which is well below the EPA standard of .05 milligrams per liter. The report for each district may be reviewed in the superintendent's office.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT ANNUAL NOTICE

The Dike-New Hartford Community School District has adopted a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Parents of students under age 18 and students over age 18 may exercise the opportunity to review educational records of the students, to obtain copies of the records at a reasonable cost, to write a response to material in the record, to challenge the content of the record on grounds of inappropriateness, inaccuracy, or an invasion of privacy, and to have the records explained.

This law also requires the school district to designate as "directory information" any personally identifiable information taken from a student's educational records prior to making such information available to the public. The school district has designated the following information as directory information: your student's name, address and telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. The district routinely releases the names, addresses, and phone numbers of secondary students to military recruiters unless parents opt out.

You have the right to refuse the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information as directory information with respect to your student provided that you notify the school district in writing not later than September 15 of each school year. If you desire to make such a refusal, please complete and return this notice.

Educational records are maintained and accessed under U.S. Dept. of Education regulations, Sec.99.64. Parents may file an appeal with the U.S. Dept. of Education concerning failures of the institution to comply with the requirements of this act. A copy of the policy adopted under Section 99.64 may be obtained at the office of the Superintendent of Schools at 330 Main St., Dike, IA.