Pursuant to A4710 1R: Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act, the following protocol must be used to file a complaint alleging that Vineland Public Charter School is not in compliance with the provisions of the Act. The alleged occurrence of noncompliance must have taken place within one year of filing the complaint. Please note: the complaint process is different from an appeal for placement of a student. The complaint process only deals with alleged procedural compliance as outlined in the Act. This process will yield no change to prior student placement decisions.
The complaint shall include:
The name, address, and contact information of the complainant; and
A statement that the identified school district is not in compliance with the provisions of this act, and the specific facts on which the allegation of non-compliance is based.
An individual who believes that a school has not complied with the provisions of this Act may file a complaint with the Executive Director or designee. Based on the decision of the Executive Director or designee to affirm, reject, or modify the School's action in the matter, the individual may file a petition of appeal of the written decision to the following:
Board of Trustees - Based on the decision of the Board of Trustees to affirm, reject, or modify the school's action n in the matter, the individual may file a petition of the appeal of the written decision; to
Executive County Superintendent (investigation must be completed within 60 days) - Based on the decision of the Executive County Superintendent to affirm, reject, or modify the school's action in the matter, the individual may file a petition of appeal of the written decision; to
Commissioner of Education via Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:6-9 and the procedures set forth in State Board of Education regulations. Should the District found to be in non-compliance with the Act, remediation of the Gifted and Talented Program will take place.
The Board of Trustees recognizes its responsibility to identify gifted and talented pupils within the school and to provide these pupils with appropriate instructional adaptations and services. To that end, the Board directs each such pupil in the school to be identified and offered an appropriate educational program and services.
For purposes of this policy, Gifted and Talented pupils will be defined as those exceptionally able pupils who possess or demonstrate high levels of abilities, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the school and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.
The Board will develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications to be used for Gifted and Talented pupils indicating content, process, products, and learning environments.
The Executive Director will develop procedures, using multiple measures, for an ongoing identification process and appropriate educational challenges for Gifted and Talented pupils initiated in Kindergarten and reviewed annually through grade five. The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the school. These procedures will be reviewed annually.
The educational program offered to gifted and talented pupils will encourage and challenge them in the specific areas of their abilities, but will not replace the basic instructional program of the various grades of this school. The program offered to a gifted and talented pupil may be infused into the pupil’s regular instructional program, provided that a written description of the infusion has been prepared and filed in the pupil’s record.
Programs for the Gifted and Talented will be periodically evaluated for their continuing efficacy and adjusted accordingly.
The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any pupil identified as Gifted or Talented shall be consulted regarding any program designed to address the pupil’s particular needs.