FAQs 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this list of commonly asked questions will help you find the information you need. If your question is not answered here, please e-mail our webmaster . You may also call the office of Community Relations at 913-667-6200.


Questions
1)  We are new to the area. Which school should my child attend?
2)  How do I enroll my child for school?
3)  Can you share with me some general information about the school district?
4)  What grades attend elementary, middle and senior high schools?
5)  What time does school begin and end?
6)  Does the district offer before and after school care?
7)  What supplies will my child need for school?
8)  Is it possible to visit or observe the classroom?
9)  How is the school district performing academically?
10)  How many credits are required to graduate from high school?
11)  What programs are provided students with special needs?
12)  What are the ACT scores for the district?
13)  How can I find out how a school is performing academically?
14)  My child plans to participate in a school activity. Where do I find the physical form?
15)  What is the student dress code?
16)  How can I get a transcript of my student records?
17)  Where can I get a copy of the current school year calendar?
18)  What is the curriculum for my child's grade level?
19)  Where can I get a map of school boundaries?
20)  Can my child ride the bus to school?
21)  What's for lunch?
22)  What job opportunities are available in the district?
23)  Can my organization rent a district facility?
 
Answers
1)  Q We are new to the area. Which school should my child attend?
A

Use our school locator service. Type in any Johnson County address to see which schools serve that location.  Or.. call the office of Community Relations at 913-667-6200 to learn which school your child should attend.

2)  Q How do I enroll my child for school?
A

Enrollment can be completed at the school your child will attend.  If you are new to the area and unsure which school your child will attend, then you may use our school locator service.  You may also call 913-667-6200 and ask for the Community Relations Office. We will be happy to assist you.

Enrollment Dates for 2012-13 School Year
July 31 - All students, K-12, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
August 1 - All students K-12, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
August 2 - All students K-12, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon

>> District Calendar page 

What should I bring to enrollment?
Preschool, Kindergarten and new to the district 1st Graders:

  • By Kansas law, children must be five years old on or before August 31 to enter kindergarten.

Proof of identity:

  • Certified state copy of your child's birth certificate.  Parents may apply for a Kansas birth certificate for their child by visiting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Web site and downloading the appropriate form.

You will also need:

  • Immunization records or written validation of medical or religious exemption.  Download the Kansas list of required immunizations.
  • A copy of your child's most recent report card and your child's individual Education Program (IEP), if your child has one.  It is also helpful to bring proof of your legal guardianship if your last name is different from your child's last name.
  • New to Kansas students born on or after July 1, 1994, and up to the age of nine are required to have a health assessment in accordance with Kansas Statute 72-5214. Download a Health Assessment form (PDF) for your child's physician.

New students entering 2nd through 6th grade:
Proof of identity (one of the following):

  • Certified state copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Certified transcript of school records
  • Actual school records from the sending school

You will also need:

    • Immunization records or written validation of medical or religious exemption. Download the Kansas list of required immunizations.
    • A copy of your child's most recent report card, and your child's Individual Education Program (IEP), if your child has one. It is also helpful to bring proof of your legal guardianship if your last name is different from your child's last name.

  • New to Kansas students born on or after July 1, 1994, and up to the age of nine are required to have a health assessment in accordance with Kansas Statute 72-5214. Download a Health Assessment form (PDF) for your child's physician.

New students entering 7th through 12th grade:
Proof of identity (one of the following):

  • Certified state copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Certified transcript of school records
  • Actual school records from the sending school

You will also need:

Immunization records or written validation of medical or religious exemption.  Download the Kansas list of required immunizations.

  • A copy of your child's most recent report card and your child's individual Education Program (IEP), if your child has one.  It is also helpful to bring proof of your legal guardianship if your last name is different from your child's last name.
  • A physical is recommended for all new students entering the district and required for all students desiring to participate in district-sponsored sports.  Download a Health Assessment form (PDF) for your child's physician.
    • The annual physical must be obtained after May 1 for use in the following school year.
    • All items on the form must be completed.
    • A parent's signature is required for student participation.
    • A new physical is required each school year for sports participation.  

What does it cost to enroll?
Download Enrollment Fees  (PDF) 
Learn more about Free & Reduced Meals/Fees >> Click here. 

During the enrollment process, you may also:

  • Load your child's lunch account
  • Purchase yearbooks
  • Purchase activity tickets

Additional Information

  • Enrollment questions may be answered by contacting your child's school.
  • Transportation information can be found on our Web site. You may also call First Student, the district transportation provider, at 913-422-8501.
  • To get Free & Reduced information, please contact our Student Nutrition department at 913-667-6207.
3)  Q Can you share with me some general information about the school district?
A

For general information, click here. We also have a list of Fast Facts. >> Click here to download (PDF).  

4)  Q What grades attend elementary, middle and senior high schools?
A
  • Elementary - Kindergarten through fifth grade
  • Middle school - sixth through eighth grade
  • Senior high - ninth through 12th grade
5)  Q What time does school begin and end?
A
  • Morning Kindergarten - 8:50am to 11:50am
  • Afternoon Kindergarten - 12:50pm to 3:50pm
  • First through fifth grade - 8:50am to 3:45pm
  • Sixth through eighth grade - 7:55am to 3:00pm
  • Ninth through 12th grade - 7:50am to 2:50pm
6)  Q Does the district offer before and after school care?
A

The district works with Johnson County Parks & Recreation Department to offer parents before and after school care.  You will need to contact the organization directly for more information.

7)  Q What supplies will my child need for school?
A
The elementary and middle schools supply lists can be found by visiting the webpages for each school. The high schools do not post supply lists because the class requirements vary. For a listing of schools, go to www.usd232.org/schools


8)  Q Is it possible to visit or observe the classroom?
A

Teachers and administrators strongly believe that education is a shared responsibility between parents/guardians and school personnel.  At times parents/guardians may wish to visit or observe in a classroom.  In compliance with the Board of Education's policy, all visitors are under the jurisdiction of the building principal who has the responsibility to develop rules and procedures to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment. 

To assure a successful school visit or observation, teachers and administrators ask visitors to follow these guidelines:

·   Please arrange a mutually agreed upon date and time with the building principal for the requested visit or observation.

·   For security reasons, visitors are required to check in at the school office before proceeding to contact any other person in the building or on the school grounds.

·   Principals reserve the right to decline the request for classroom observation or visit if it is determined that such a visit would cause undue disruption in the educational process.

·   All observation sessions will be planned so as not to create conflict with the teacher and student schedule.  Principals may limit the frequency and duration of any observation in order to avoid distraction or disruption to the teacher's schedule and classroom atmosphere.

·   To protect the learning environment, the parent/guardian should be the only visitor in the classroom during the observation.  An observer, other than the parent/guardian, must be approved by the principal and have written consent from the parent/guardian describing the reason for the visit and/or observation.  Out of respect for the teaching environment, parents/guardians are asking not to bring younger siblings or children while visiting/observing in the classroom.

·   During the observation, the principal or his/her designee may be present in the observed setting, in order to accommodate follow-up discussion or clarify questions that may arise.

·   All aspects of individual student confidentiality must be preserved and respected.

 
Student observers considering a career in education should contact Michele Morse, Associate Director of Human Resources, at 913.667.6200.

9)  Q How is the school district performing academically?
A
We have prepared detailed information for you. Click here to view School Report Cards, Standard of Excellence, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and ACT Scores.

10)  Q How many credits are required to graduate from high school?
A
USD 232 sets higher standards for students. 25 credits are needed for graduation from high school. Click here to learn more.
11)  Q What programs are provided students with special needs?
A

A number of services for students of all capabilities (gifted to mentally or physcially challenged) are offered by the Special Services Department. Please call 913-667-6208 for more information.

12)  Q What are the ACT scores for the district?
A

Students in the district continue to rise above national and state standards. Click here to learn more about ACT scores for USD 232.

13)  Q How can I find out how a school is performing academically?
A

The district publishes report cards for each building.  Click here to download the report card of your choice.

14)  Q My child plans to participate in a school activity. Where do I find the physical form?
A
15)  Q What is the student dress code?
A

The Board of Education established clothing guidelines to ensure an appropriate environment for education. Please see the Student & Family Handbook or the handbook for your student's school.

16)  Q How can I get a transcript of my student records?
A

Please contact the registrar at the school from which you graduated to request an official copy of your transcript.  

  • De Soto High School: 913-667-6250
  • Mill Valley High School: 913-422-4351
17)  Q Where can I get a copy of the current school year calendar?
A
Visit the district's calendar Web page to download the school calendar. > Click here.
18)  Q What is the curriculum for my child's grade level?
A

Visit the Web page of the Department of Teaching & Learning, or contact your child's principal.

19)  Q Where can I get a map of school boundaries?
A
You may download a PDF of the district boundary lines, or a map of any school from this website. Click here to view school maps.  For more information about school boundary lines, please contact the Operations & Planning Department at 913-583-9833.

20)  Q Can my child ride the bus to school?
A

The State of Kansas mandates that any student living 2.5 miles or more from their school is to be provided transportation by the local district.  Bus transportation for USD 232 is provided under contract by First Student.
>> Click here for the Transportation Webpage.

Who do I call?
If you have questions and concerns about student conduct and disciplinary action or interpretation of student guidelines, please contact you school principal. For questions and concerns about these topics, please contact First Student, (913)422-8501:

Driver conduct
Bus safety
Student injury on bus
Bus routes and/or schedules
Bus rider eligibility

Questions on transportation of students within our Special Services programs should be directed to the Director of Special Services at 913-667-6208. Safety is a major concern in USD 232.  We continually stress the importance of the students being safe riders.  The bus ride is an extension of the school day and students are still under the supervision of school and bus personnel. For more information, contact Jack Deyoe, Director of Operations, at 913-667-6220.

21)  Q What's for lunch?
A

For menus, pricing and related forms, visit the student nutrition web site by clicking here.

22)  Q What job opportunities are available in the district?
A

Visit our Employment Web page for more information.

23)  Q Can my organization rent a district facility?
A

Contact District Operations at 913-667-6220 to discuss your facility needs.  Download a Facility Use Request Form. >> Click here.