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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 47
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: November 15, 2006
SUBJECT: PUBLIC SCHOOL ANNUAL “SCHOOL APPROVAL REPORT” (THE SCHOOL APPROVAL “BLUE CHECK LIST”) EF-I-291
Please complete the EF-I-291 for 2006-2007 that is located inside the MEDMS application. https://www.medms.maine.gov/MEDMS/MEDMS_Welcome.aspx?ReturnUrl=/medms/default.aspx
It will appear in the Application drop-down menu under “Forms” and the Action drop–down menu under “School Approval.” Please direct the person with permission to view the system to respond to each of the indicators, choosing either complete, incomplete, or the school was granted a waiver by the Department. Choosing incomplete 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. The form should be submitted on-line via the MEDMS system no later than December 8, 2006. PLEASE NOTE: It is no longer necessary to submit a paper copy to the Department.
This year we are attempting to use the information contained on the form to meet three significant goals: (1) to provide the Department with documentation of each school’s compliance with the statutes and regulations; (2) for administrators to have a more complete list of the requirements to use as a self assessment; and (3) to identify what action you have taken in response to the moratorium on the Local Assessment System.
Please note that a supplemental section has been added to the form. The questions address the Local Assessment System moratorium.
Failure to meet any Health and Safety requirements shall be grounds for Provisional Approval and /or possible penalties per section 14.03 of Chapter 125, including the withholding of state subsidy.
Please feel free to contact Edwin N. Kastuck, Ph.D., School Approval Services, by e-mail or phone 624-6776 if you have any questions. Questions regarding the MEDMS system should be directed to the MEDMS Help Desk at 624-6896.
To access the full text of Chapters cited (please click on the Rule #):
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 Maine
Ch. 104 Education Programs for Gifted and Talented Children
Ch. 115 Certification, Authorization and Approval of Educational Personnel
Ch. 125 Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units
Ch. 126 Immunization Requirements for Children
Ch. 127 Instructional Program, Assessment, and Diploma Requirements
Ch. 161 Purchase and Storage of Hazardous Chemicals
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