Most, if not all, school districts in Michigan maintain websites to communicate with their parents, students and communities. Districts are free to post a variety of materials on their websites, but they are also required by state statute to post a great deal of information. A list of major requirements that districts should be aware of as they maintain their websites can be found below in order of most to least common.
Budget and Transparency Reporting
A school district must post a variety of financial and budget information within 15 days after adopting its annual budget. The statute also includes certain format requirements for presenting the information (MCL 388.1618).
Michigan Merit Curriculum
A school district must notify students and parents about the available personal curriculum options to earn a high school diploma (MCL 380.1278b(5)(p)).
School Safety Drills and Cardiac Response Plans
School districts are required to conduct a variety of safety drills and prepare cardiac response plans. Districts are also required to post documentation about school safety drills on their websites (MCL 29.19).
Open Meetings Act
Freedom of Information Act
If a district would like to charge fees for public record searches, there are a number of requirements the district must comply with in Michigan’s FOIA Statute. Requirements that could impact a district’s website are here: MCL 15.234.
Local Financial Stability and Choice Act (Emergency Manager Law)
If the school district is in a financial emergency and has a consent agreement, it may have a continuing operations plan. If it does, it may be required to submit quarterly compliance reports, which must be posted within seven days after the report is submitted to the state treasurer (MCL 141.1548). Local inspector and auditor reports may also be required to be posted (MCL 141.1552).
If a school uses pesticides, there are parental notification requirements that may include a posting on the school’s website (MCL 324.8316).
There are extensive requirements for ISDs to post financial and expense information on their websites (MCL 380.620).
ISD Career and Technical Education Audits
If there is an audit of an ISD’s CTE program, that audit must be posted within 30 days (MCL 380.681).
Deficit Elimination Plans
If a district is required to submit a deficit elimination plan and it is approved by the state superintendent, it must be posted. Monthly monitoring reports must also be posted (MCL 380.1220(3)).
Performance Evaluation Systems
If a school district has implemented a performance evaluation system as of July 19, 2011, and it has met a number of requirements, it may be required to post information about its evaluation system (MCL 380.1249).
When a school district advertises for competitive bids, it must post the advertisement on both the Department of Management and Budget website and the school district’s website for at least two weeks (MCL 380.1267(2)).
State statute requires that a school district post the Adequate Yearly Progress status and accreditation status of each of its schools on the district’s website. Given changes to both federal and state accountability programs, it is unclear whether schools are able to meet these requirements (MCL 380.1280e).
An intermediate school district is required to post its common calendar on its website (MCL 380.1284a).
If a district offers online courses, it must provide on its website a link to the syllabi for all of the online courses offered by the district or ISD, and a link to the statewide catalog of online courses maintained by Michigan Virtual University (MCL 388.1621f(7)(a)).
If a school district wishes to sell excess telecommunications capacity, it must hold a public hearing on the issue after proper notice, including a posting on the district’s website (MCL 484.2307(6)(c)).
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