Privacy and Education Policies
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapters 711 of the State Board Regulations, our special education programs ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and that each family has the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards. Specific details about our special education programs can be found in our Policies and Procedures manual, which is located at the bottom of this page.
According to state and federal special education regulations, annual public notice to parents of children who reside within a school district is required regarding child find responsibilities. School Districts, Intermediate Units, and Charter Schools are required to conduct child find activities for children who may be eligible for services via the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. School districts are also required to conduct child find activities for gifted students. The referrals or requests for evaluations may be made to the following office that is responsible for services including assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the Child Find program.
Innovative Arts Academy Charter School
330 Howertown Road Catasauqua, PA 18032
The required listing of potential signs of developmental delay and other risk factors that could indicate a disability are included in the special education policy manual under the heading of Disability Categories. The school cannot ignore clear indicators that a child might need special education services, merely because the child’s parents have not requested such an evaluation. The Innovative Arts Academy Charter School also performs Child Find procedures on a continual basis by distributing information to the public through the local intermediate unit. For more information on the district’s Child Find Process, please contact the Director of Special Education.
What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you fill out a form or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
• To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)
How do we protect your information?
Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
We use regular Malware Scanning.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.
Do we use ‘cookies’?
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.It won’t affect the user’s experience that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.
We do not include or offer third-party products or services on our website.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
We have implemented the following:
• Remarketing with Google AdSense
We, along with third-party vendors such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Can change your personal information:
• By emailing us
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
We do not collect information from children under 13
children under 13.
Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?
In order to remove your child’s information please contact the following personnel:
We adhere to the following COPPA tenants:
• Parents can review, delete, manage or refuse with whom their child’s information is shared through contacting us directly.
or contacting us directly.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
• Within 7 business days
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
• Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
• Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at
• Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.
and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
330 Howertown Road
Catasauqua, Pennsylvania 18032
This policy has been jointly developed and agreed upon by the Innovative Arts Academy and parents of current students. The parent is the child’s first teacher, and even after entering school, the continued involvement of the parent is critical to the success of the child while in school. In order to accomplish this goal all parents will be given the opportunity to participate in the education of their children. Each parent will receive a copy of the Parent Involvement Policy at the beginning of each school year.
Procedures for School Visitation
Upon entering the building, all parents/visitors must report to the main office and secure a visitor’s pass as outlined in the school’s safety plan. All classroom observations and extended school visits must be scheduled in advance by sending an email to the building principal. The email must include the date of the observation, time frame of the observation, classrooms to be observed, and the reason for the observation(s). Once the principal receives this written request via email or other form of communication, an observation appointment will be scheduled with affected teachers. All requests to conduct formal observations must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the intended observation date and time. The Principal may reschedule or postpone observations in accordance with the school safety plan as necessary in emergency situations.
Innovative Arts Academy is dedicated to providing quality education for every student. To accomplish this objective, we will develop and maintain strong partnerships with parents. Teachers will keep parents informed of grade level learning objectives, and all students will be expected to work toward mastering these objectives. Our school recognizes the fact that some students will need extra assistance to achieve their full potential. The extra assistance is available to students through the Title I program. Innovative Arts Academy intends to include parents in all aspects of the Title I program. Students will be given every opportunity for success through the development and enhancement of the home/school partnership.
Parent Involvement in Developing the Policy
Parents, members of the community, and school staff will meet to discuss the design and implementation of the Parent Involvement Policy. Innovative Arts Academy will recruit participation through various avenues of publicity. Meetings
will be planned at convenient times and locations for all concerned parents. The school will host meetings for parents about Title I at least two meetings during each school year. Parents will be informed of Title I guidelines. Copies of the Parent Involvement Policy will be distributed. Parents will be encouraged to become involved in revising and updating the policy as necessary. The meetings will be held at a convenient time and location. Childcare will be provided to ensure parent participation and attendance. Written notices will be directed at attracting as many parents as possible.
In accordance with Title I regulations, the school must develop a parent/student compact with the parents of students participating in the program. This compact will enable the school and parents to share responsibility for student performance and success. The compact must explain how students, parents, and staff will share responsibility for promoting student performance and success. All parents will be given a copy of the compact detailing the responsibilities that teachers, parents and students have in helping students accomplish their goals. Parents are asked to discuss the contents of the compact with their child.
Types of Parent Involvement
There are many ways in which parents can be involved with their children’s education. Innovative Arts Academy values both parental contributions and those that take place at school. Many types of parental involvement are needed in a home-school partnership that will help all our children succeed.
Parent involvement opportunities include:
- Supporting their child/children’s learning at home
- Volunteering in the classroom (must possess appropriate clearances)
- Volunteering to help with field trips, and other Title I Reading projects and activities
- Parent/Teacher conferences throughout the year
Matching Programs to the Needs of Our Parents and Students
Parent and student needs will be assessed through questionnaires and parental suggestions as well as a variety of other measures targeted at creating a successful school environment. Workshops and programs will be tailored to meet the unique needs of our students and parents. Parents will be informed of involvement activities through the school office. The school will welcome and promote parent suggestions.
Communication with Parents from School Staff
Parents will be welcomed through various avenues of communication throughout the school year. Newsletters, conferences, personal contacts, and written notices will be utilized to establish and maintain an open line of communication. Staff members will be trained in positive communication activities as well as effective ways to work with parents and community members. In order to evaluate parent communication methods, parents will be ask to complete a survey about the effectiveness of the program and offer suggestions for improvement. The evaluation procedure will include assessment of successes in the Parent Involvement Policy as well as recommendations for improvement. The school will revise its Parent Involvement Policy based on the results of this annual review.