August 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians:

In accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Section 111( 1(h)(6) PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW, this is a notification from LAWRENCE COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS to every parent of a student in a Title I school that you have the right to request and receive information in a timely manner regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers. This information regarding the professional qualifications of your student’s classroom teachers shall include the following:

  • If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;
  • If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which Indiana qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
  • The teachers baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline; and
  • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Joanne Symcox, the school principal, at or 812-807-6002.


Lawrence County Independent Schools

Lawrence County Independent Schools – Title One Parent Compact

Families and schools must work together to help students achieve high academic standards.  Through a process that included teachers, families, students and community representatives, the following are agreed upon roles and responsibilities that we, as partners, will carry out to support student success in school and in life.

Staff Pledge

I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

  • Provide a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • Teach classes with an interesting and challenging curriculum that promotes student achievement.
  • Motivate my students to learn.
  • Set high expectations and help every child be successful in meeting the Indiana academic achievement standards.
  • Communicate frequently and meet annually with families about student progress and the school – parent compact.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to volunteer, participate, and observe in my classroom.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities that improve teaching and learning and support the formation of partnerships with families and the community.
  • Actively participate in collaborative decision making with parents and school colleagues to make our school accessible and welcoming for families.
  • Respect the school, students, staff, and families.

Student Pledge

I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

  • Come to school ready to learn and work hard.
  • Bring necessary materials, completed assignments and homework.
  • Know and follow school and class rules.
  • Communicate regularly with my parents and teachers about school experiences so that they can help me to be successful in school.
  • Limit my TV watching, video game playing, and internet usage.
  • Study or read every day after school
  • Respect the school, classmates, staff and families.

Family / Parent Pledge

I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

  • Provide a quiet time and place for homework and monitor TV viewing.
  • Read to my child or encourage my child to read every day (20 minutes, K-3, and 30 minutes for grades 4-6).
  • Ensure that my child attends school every day and gets adequate sleep, regular medical attention and proper nutrition.
  • Regularly monitor my child’s progress in school.
  • Participate, as appropriate, in decisions about my child’s education.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • Communicate the importance of education and learning to my child.
  • Respect the school, staff, students, and families

Title I Complaint Procedure

Definition of a Complaint

A complaint is a signed, written statement that includes: 1) an allegation that a requirement applicable to the Title I local educational agency (LEA) program has been violated; and 2) information the supports the allegation.

Who May Complain

Any parent, teacher, other concerned individual(s), or organization(s) may file a complaint.

All complaints must:

  • Be written;
  • Be signed by the person or agency representative filing the complaint and include contact information;
  • Specify the requirement of law or regulation being violated regarding the provision of Title I services and the related issue, problem, and/or concern;
  • Contain information/evidence supporting the complaint; and
  • State the nature of the corrective action desired.

Complaint Procedure

  1. Receiving Complaints: Complaints should be formally registered with Head of Schools.
  2. Investigating Complaints: Upon receipt of the written complaint within fifteen (15) business days.
  3. Resolving Complaints: The LEA will resolve the complaint within sixty (60) business days.
  4. Appealing Complaints: If the LEA fails to resolve the complaint or fails to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the complainant, the complainant can appeal to the Indiana Department of Education’s Title Grants and Support division.