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Unicorn Party Education Policy

This policy is a series of additions and revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). The goal of this policy is to ensure that public schools provide students, teachers, and staff the tools and resources needed to be successful and achieve their goals.



Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)

Section 2103 (D) of Title II of the ESEA states, “reducing class size to a level that is evidence- based, to the extent the State (in consultation with local educational agencies in the State) determines that such evidence is reasonably available, to improve student achievement through the recruiting and hiring of additional effective teachers”. This will be revised to state “reducing class size to no more than 18 students per classroom, with States (in consultation with local educational agencies in the State) being able to reduce class sizes to improve student achievement through the recruitment and hiring of additional effective teachers”.

Teaching licenses and certificates shall be federally required instead of done through the State. Teachers will be able to qualify for their licenses or certificates in a multitude of ways including, but not limited to, hourly requirements, volunteering at schools, and exams. States will have the right to determine what is required to take the exams. Exams will be offered free of charge and any costs associated with the exams will be covered by the Federal Government.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

All students will have an IEP that follows them to all schools in all states that they attend and are reassessed every year at some point during the year at the discretion of the State. At the beginning of the year all teachers will have to review or assess all of their students' IEP plans. During the yearly IEP meeting, Goals will be discussed and planned with the students, families, and teachers.

The ESSA will be modified to require all public schools K-12 to modify their testing to become assessments that the students take every quarter. The students will take an assessment at the beginning of the year to see where they are at in each subject. The teacher will then be able to modify, create, or use existing assignments to help their students reach their learning goals. States will be able to determine how the assessments are to be administered, with regards to the teachers, staff, and students needs.

States have the discretion to set up evidence-based minimum goal requirements. If requirements are not met, the school district will have a third party investigator to discover why the goal requirement wasn’t met. If the majority of students are not reaching the goal requirement and the third party investigator discovers that it is the teacher that is not helping the students reach their goals then the teacher will be required to attend additional training. If it is a continuous issue with the teacher not helping students achieve their goals, the state or district has the right to choose consequences up to termination. If the investigator discovers that the child is not reaching their requirements due to the child’s actions and decisions, the investigator will work with the therapist to come up with a plan to help the student that they will present to the school. This can include parent-teacher-therapist conferences, changing classes, and additional therapy sessions.

Sexuality Education

Grade appropriate comprehensive sexuality education will be required in grades K-12 in all public schools. States will have the choice of how they want to teach these subjects. Parents will be advised about the classes before they start and given pamphlets to not only understand what the children are learning and why it is important but to be able to answer any questions that may come up at home. The minimum requirements for what should be covered in these classes are as follows:

  1. Preschool and Kindergarten

    1. Correct names for body parts

    2. Curiosity is normal and understandable

    3. Basic understanding of:

      1. Gender

      2. Sexuality

      3. Same sex parents

      4. Different family structures - i.e poly, divorced, single, etc.

      5. Different races, cultures, colors, genes, languages, etc.

    4. Don’t touch others private body parts and don’t let others touch yours

    5. Helping students to develop a positive self image

  2. Early Elementary (1st-3rd)

    1. Basics of plant and animal reproduction

    2. Help students to develop a positive self image

    3. Male and female anatomy

    4. Interpersonal relationships

      1. Healthy boundaries

        1. Set and respect

        2. Benefits of boundaries

  3. Upper Elementary (4th-5th)

    1. Puberty (growth and development)

    2. Introduction to HIV/AIDS

    3. Interpersonal relationships

      1. I.e. positive perception of others, interpersonal communication skills, collaborative conflict management skills, among others

  4. Lower Secondary (6th-8th)

    1. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    2. Sexual myths and stereotypes

    3. Birthing

      1. Vaginal

        1. Hospital

        2. Home

        3. Water

      2. C-Section

        1. Emergency vs scheduled

      3. Premie & incubator

  5. Upper Secondary (9th-12th)

    1. Relationship issues

      1. I.e. violence, abuse, bodily autonomy, informed consent, among others

    2. Reproductive decision making

      1. What must be covered: both male and female birth control options, multiple options for pregnancy, reproductive health

Mental Health

Section 2103 (I) (iii) of Title II of the ESEA will be changed to say that school-based mental health programs will be developed by partnering with public or private mental health organizations, and required of all students, teachers, and staff to regularly attend. A third party therapist will be located at each public school to conduct the mandatory meetings with students and teachers.

Therapy for Teachers and Staff

All teachers and staff will be required to go to a monthly counseling session provided to them by the state and/or school district. Before a teacher or staff member is hired they will have to complete a set number of hours to be determined by the state or district, with a minimum of 2 hours with a third party therapist. The therapist is able to require more sessions and/or provide recommendations on hiring.

Therapy for Students

All students will be required to go to a therapy session bi-monthly that is provided by the state and/or school district. The therapist will make recommendations, if warranted, and teachers and staff need to make accommodations to better meet the needs of the student.

Emotional and Social Skills

The RULER program will be implemented in all public schools. The RULER program is an acronym for the five skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating. All public schools will be required to send one principal and two educators or mental health professionals to participate in the RULER training institute. They will then be given the tools and assistance to implement this program at their school. Refresher programs will be given at the beginning of each school year to ensure teachers and staff are up to date on the program as well as teach new teachers.

Emotional and social development skills will be taught in all public schools grades K-12. In grades 4-12 these skills will be taught in congruence with life skill courses. States and school districts can choose if they want to combine emotional/social skills with life skills in grades K-3. These courses will be taught and only graded on a pass/fail basis with consideration of developmental and mental differences. Examples of life skill that must be included, but not limited to, are:

  1. The difference between consent, coercion, and abuse

  2. Healthy boundaries

    1. Sharing

      1. Personal vs communal

    2. Respecting and setting

  3. Understanding body queues

  4. Healthy emotional expression

Life Skills

Life skills will be taught in grades 4-12 in all public schools. The minimum requirement for life skills classes are as follows:

  1. Grades 4 and 5

    1. Nutrition

      1. Different for every body

      2. Developing a healthy relationship with food

        1. Over eating

        2. Under eating

    2. Emotional expression and identification

    3. Good hygiene

    4. Organizational skills

  2. Grades 6 thru 8

    1. Emotional expression and identification

    2. Nutrition

      1. Maintaining a healthy relationship with food

        1. Over eating

        2. Under eating

    3. Good hygiene

    4. Organizational skills

  3. Grades 9-10

    1. Emotional expression and identification

    2. Nutrition

      1. Maintaining a healthy relationship with food

        1. Over eating

        2. Under eating

      2. How to cook delicious and healthy foods

    3. Good hygiene

    4. How to do laundry

    5. How to do dishes

    6. Organizational skills

  4. Grade 11

    1. Emotional expression and identification

    2. Nutrition

      1. Maintaining a healthy relationship with food

        1. Over eating

        2. Under eating

      2. Grocery shopping

      3. How to cook delicious and healthy food

    3. Home maintenance

    4. Vehicle maintenance

      1. How to change a tire

      2. How to check and change the oil

    5. Good hygiene

  5. Grade 12

    1. Taxes

    2. Financial management

    3. Home ownership

    4. Talking points and signs of a good doctor

      1. Testimonials from staff, strangers, and students (with parental and student permission)

        1. Have different disabilities and body sizes in the testimonials

    5. Roommate politics

Homeschooling

All school curriculum will be made available by the state and be required for all parents/guardians to use for homeschooling. The same assessments that are required in public schools will also be required in home schools. Students and parents will also have mandatory meetings every nine weeks with the third party therapist working with the school district. They will also be able to have access to the therapist if schooling issues pop up between the mandatory meetings.

Public schools will also be required to allow homeschooled students to participate in all sports and afterschool programs.

Parents will have to take exams and training programs in order to be able to homeschool their children. This will help to ensure that their childrens receive a quality education and reach their improvement and learning goals.

Students with Disabilities

All schools will be required to follow all ADA requirements.

Students with a 504 plan will be required to have reviews of their plan at the beginning and middle of the school year.

Disciplinary Guidelines

When an issue comes up that warrants disciplinary action, all persons involved in the incident (student, faculty, staff) must meet with the on campus third party therapist. The therapist will make a recommendation for appropriate disciplinary action. The school must take this recommendation into consideration when giving discipline and the therapist is also allowed to go to the school board if they feel that the disciplinary action was overly harsh, without consequence. All disciplinary action must be considered consequences and have the goal of changing behavior not punishment. Out of school suspension is the second to last resort with expulsion being the last.

Budget minimum?

Algorithms that will allow us to do a state by state budget minimum?

Parental Involvement Leave Act

  • Act for school hours giving the parents mandated time off work for school functions like IEP/Therapy/Meet the teacher/Parent teacher conference

  • Parental summer involvement


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