Secondary Disclosure Document Instructions
The following contents and format must be followed in your disclosure document which you create for each school year. We will now be using PowerTeacher to create and publish our disclosure documents. Instructions on that are coming soon.
Disclosure Document Contents
Teacher Name’s Course YYYY-YY
Full School Name
Room # | Phone & Teacher’s Extension | Email Address
Grade Level or Course Description
- Thinking from the prospective students’ point of view, provide a brief generalized description (1-2 paragraphs) of the class/course of study.
Course Goals and Objectives
- Describe general outcomes the course is designed to achieve and goals established for the class.
- If the class is based on a state core course, include a statement such as: Utah has developed a Core Curriculum which outlines specific standards for student learning. The Core curriculum includes ideas, concepts, and skills which provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built. The state Core can be accessed on the Utah State Office of Education website..
- List the major text(s) to be used; include author, publisher, year, ISBN, etc. and other pertinent materials to be used, if there are any, including required readings.
- Specifically note any materials that may be viewed as sensitive. Board policy I-7 requires parents be given advanced notice of such material and provided the opportunity to review materials. Parents may request other materials be substituted for their student.
- Include information about technology resources that may be used with students.
Format and Procedures
- Describe briefly the types of instructional activities you will use with students - like group learning projects, presentations, labs, etc.
Course Requirements (Assignments, Attendance, Tardies, Discipline, etc.)
- Emphasize that students are expected to attend school regularly, be on time, and come prepared to learn.
- Describe the types of assignments, readings, papers, presentations, etc. that students will be asked to complete.
- Outline behavioral expectations for students in the class. This is where specifications for attendance, participation, respect for others and other citizenship rules should be spelled out.
- A statement about such things as cheating or plagiarism might be included here.
- Define your grading system. If you weight assignments, quizzes, homework, or tests differently – explain it. (Attendance, per se,
should not be used in the calculation of academic grades; however, grades may suffer as a result of missed assignments, etc.)
- Students are allowed by district Policy S-4 to make-up work with excused absences (illness, extracurricular activities, religious observance, family activities,). Clarify how late work, missed assignments, homework, tests, or quizzes may be made up and graded.
- Describe extra credit, if allowed, and how it will affect a student’s grade.
- Clarify how you will determine/calculate a student’s grade for the term/semester/year.
- Describe how parents will be notified about progress, how they might access grades through eSIS, etc.
Tentative Course Schedule
- Discuss any specific scheduled dates or activities that you have set, such as dates of exams, presentations, trimester or quarter breaks, days off, etc.
- A tear-off section or signature page should be attached so students and parents may sign they have received a copy of the Course Disclosure Document.