- Published: Monday, 19 September 2016 12:28
Welcome to the District Offices of Poplarville School District.
Our address is 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470.
You can reach us at (voice) (601) 795-8477 or (fax) (601) 795-0712.
Superintendent of Schools: Carl Merritt
Federal Programs Director and Director of Curriculum: Konya Miller
Special Services Director: Shannon Anderson
Technology Coordinator and Student Data: Stephen Seal
Director of Finance: Samantha Sandifer
Transportation Director: Ed Sternod
Maintenance Director: Gene Stevens
Food Services Director: Gwen Seal
School Board Members:
Samuel Gentry, Lisa Graves, Violine Jordan, Shirline Magee, Tommy Strahan
Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as specified under Public Law (PL) 112‐95, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; Chapter 447 of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.); 49 U.S.C. & 40102; and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 1 & 1.1
Understanding that airborne UAS/drones poses a safety hazard, the Poplarville School District forbids anyone from flying a drone or any remote‐controlled aircraft in the skies over any of its school campuses or school properties, including, but not limited to individual schools within the district, football stadiums, and athletic fields without authorization for the FAA.
The FAA has serious concerns about the safety of operating UAS near people or stadiums. Therefore, any school personnel and/or students operating UAS/drones shall familiarize themselves with the FAA website: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/. (The site provides links at the left side and bottom of the home page to the three different types of UAS Operations.)
Additionally, the following three links are beneficial as a reference by illustrating the Do’s and Don’ts of UAS flying pictorially and also the various types of No Drone Zone signage examples for designated prohibited areas, and should be reviewed by any staff and/or students operating or considering operating UAS/drones.
The superintendent or his/her designee shall report any unauthorized operation of UAS/drones over school property to law enforcement authorities and/or the FAA.
Any person violating this policy could be subject to immediate removal from school property and could be banishment from school property. Violators will also be reported to appropriate law enforcement to include the FAA.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA):
PSD NOTICE FOR DIRECTORY INFORMATION
According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), directory information about students may be released by the Poplarville School District without parental consent, provided annual notification has been given and the school does not have on file written denial to release directory information.
The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Poplarville School District to celebrate the accomplishments of its students by sharing information with the community. To do this, the District may submit press releases to the local media (newspapers, radio, television, online news blogs) that include student directory information, such as names, grade levels, information related to student accomplishments, photographs and video recordings. In addition, we may choose to display such information at various school functions, post information on the District website and media channels, and/or publish information in District-sponsored publications.
Poplarville School District has designated the following information as directory information:
Student’s name, address, parent’s telephone listing
Photographs and videos used for informational or news-related purposes of a student participating in school or school-sponsored activities that have appeared in school publications including, but not limited to, both printed and digital media.
Information in relation to officially recognized activities and sports
Degrees, honors and awards received
Dates of attendance
Examples of District-sponsored publications and videos include:
A playbill or program, showing your student’s role in a theatre production, musical performance or other Poplarville School District event;
The annual yearbook;
Honor roll, scholarships, awards or other recognition lists;
Graduation programs; and
Sports activity sheets or athletic team rosters
Directory information will also be made available to qualified agencies upon request. Qualified agencies include, but are not limited to colleges and universities, scholarship providers, trade/technical schools, and potential employers. Federal No Child Left Behind legislation requires Poplarville School District to provide all branches of the military with three directory information categories for students – names, addresses, and telephone listings – unless parents/ guardians (or students 18 years of age or older) have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without prior written consent. Parents/guardians have the right to have directory information withheld upon written request.
Any student information beyond that in directory information described above will only be distributed based on applicable FERPA rules and guidelines (34 CFR § 99.31).
To review all FERPA guidelines, visit this link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html