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Annual Parent Notice Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

St. Francis Area Schools receives federal funds for programs that are part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended (2015). Throughout the school year, we will continue to provide you with important information about this law and your child’s education. Based on current education law, teachers must have earned state certification and licensure, the training required to be a teacher.

We are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year. We are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. You have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher(s) or educational assistant(s). An educational assistant provides academic or other support for students under the direct supervision of a teacher. If you request this information, the district or school will provide you with the following as soon as possible:

  • if the teacher has met state certification and licensing requirements for the grade levels and subjects for which the teacher provides instruction;
  • if state certification and licensing requirements have been waived (is not being required at this time) for the teacher under emergency or other temporary status;
  • if the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline for which they are certified or licensed;
  • if the teacher has met state-approved or state-recognized certification, licensing, registration or other comparable requirements. These requirements apply to the professional discipline in which the teacher is working and may include providing English language instruction to English learners, special education or related services to students with disabilities, or both; 
  • if your child is receiving Title I or special education services from educational assistants, his or her qualifications.
  • Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the social, academic and critical thinking they need to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and educational assistants are highly skilled.

If you would like to request information about your child’s teacher(s) or educational assistant(s), or if you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or educational assistant, please contact Jan Gilpin, St. Francis Area Schools Employee Services, 763-753-7016 or email

Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child’s education.

St. Francis Area Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and services. It provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding non-discrimination policies and to coordinate compliance. Contact Brandon Nelson, St. Francis Area Schools Human Resources Director at 763-753-7039, email or 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis, MN 55070-9368.

Inquiries or complaints may also be directed to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington DC 20202, or by calling 800-421-3481 or 877-521-2172 (TTY).

Assurance of Compliance Equity Laws

As part of the Assurance of Compliance, all school districts must verify that there is a copy of each of the following laws in every building in the district. Visit the Minnesota Department of Education Assurance of Compliance for links to the federal and state laws.

Federal Laws

  1. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000d, et. seq.; 34 C.F.R. Part 100)
  2. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC § 2000e, et. seq.; P.L. 88-352)
  3. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (within Title VII) (42 USC § 2000e(k))
  4. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC §§ 1681-1688; 34 C.F.R. Part 106)
  5. Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (29 USC § 621; 42 USC § 6101; 29 C.F.R. Part 621)
  6. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (42 USC § 701; 34 C.F.R. Part 104)
  7. American with Disabilities Act (42 USC § 12101, et. seq)
  8. Denial of Equal Educational Opportunity Prohibited (20 USC § 1703)
  9. Fair Housing Act (42 USC § 3601, et. seq)
  10. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975 (42 USC § 6101 and 6102; 34 C.F.R. part 110)
  11. Prohibition against Discrimination Based on Blindness (20 USC § 1684)

State Laws

  1. Minnesota Human Rights Act (Minn. Stat. § 363A)
  2. Minnesota Statues, section 121A.031, prohibits student bullying
  3. Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.03 – requires school districts to have a policy prohibiting sexual/racial/religion harassment and violence
  4. Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.04 – prohibits sex discrimination in athletic programs
  5. Minnesota Rules, part 3500.0550 – relating to Inclusive Educational Program Plan
  6. Minnesota Rules, Chapter 3535.0100-.0180; 3535.2300-.2800; 3535.3000-.3700 – relating to equality of education opportunity, school desegregation, and prohibition of discriminatory practices

Title IX Coordinator
Chris Lindquist
Activities Director
3325 Bridge Street NW
St. Francis, MN 55070

Human Rights Officer
Brandon Nelson
Director of Human Resources
4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW
St. Francis, MN 55070