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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 35
POLICY CODE: CM
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: September 17, 2004
SUBJECT: PUBLIC SCHOOL ANNUAL “SCHOOL APPROVAL REPORT” (THE SCHOOL APPROVAL “BLUE CHECK LIST”) EF-I-291 ANNUAL
Over the past several months, Department personnel have reviewed the previous Public School Annual School Approval Report document known as the School Approval Blue Check List, EF-I-291 Annual, and have expanded it to include more details for each of the categories covered by applicable statutes and regulations governing schools, in an attempt to meet two significant goals: (1) to provide the Department with documentation of each school’s compliance with the laws and regulations; and (2) for administrators to have a more complete list of the requirements to use as a self assessment tool.
On the attached EF-I-291 for 2004-2005, please respond to each of the indicators, choosing either the C column for completed; I for incomplete; or W to indicate that the school was granted a waiver by the Department. Choosing I as a response does not excuse the school from that requirement. It means that the school understands that the requirement must be met and is working to meet the regulations in the best interests of students.
Please submit the completed
document to Edwin N. Kastuck, Ph.D.,
To access the full text of Chapters cited:
Ch. 33 Use of Timeout Rooms, Therapeutic Restraints and Aversives in Public Schools and Approved Private Schools
Ch. 51 Child Nutrition Programs in Public Schools and Institutions
Ch. 81 Uniform School Bus Standards for Pupil Transportation in
Ch. 104 Education Programs for Gifted and Talented Children
Ch. 115 Credentials Review Standards for Certification of Education (and Auxiliary
Ch. 125 Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units
Ch. 126 Immunization Requirements for Children
Ch. 127 Instructional Program, Assessment, and Diploma Standards
Ch. 161 Purchase and Storage of Hazardous Chemicals
http://www.maine.gov/education/forms/SchApproval/efi291fy05.rtf is the official web site for the school approval report form for Public Schools. Please remember to download to your computer as a document before attempting to fill it out. You can then return it as an attachment to Mr. Kastuck in your e-mail to him.