Title I

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance through state education agencies (SEAs) to local education agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.  Public schools with poverty rates of at least 40 percent may use Title I funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds, to operate a schoolwide program to upgrade the entire educational program. The school designs, in consultation with parents, staff, and district staff, an instructional program to meet the needs of students. The programs must be based on effective means of improving student achievement and include strategies to support parent and family engagement.

The Stone County School District serves Stone Elementary School and Perkinston Elementary School through schoolwide programs.  These funds are utilized primarily to provide salaries and benefits for instructional interventionists, paraprofessionals, anlead teachers.  Instructional supplies and technology are also provided for classrooms.  Title I funding also provides a portion of salaries for school nurses and SRO services.



2023-2024 Student Handbook

Perkinston Elementary School Facebook Page

Stone Elementary School Facebook Page

Waste-Fraud-Abuse Email Address (Right-click and select "Copy Email Address" then paste into your chosen email program)

 Title II

The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase student academic achievement consistent with the challenging state academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders. These funds are utilized to provide professional development for teachers, principals and other school leaders.

Title III

Title III grants are awarded to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to: help ensure that English Learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English; assist all English Learners, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in academic subjects so that all English Learners can meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet; assist teachers, principals and other school leaders, and LEAs to develop and enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare English Learners, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English instructional settings; and promote parental, family, and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families, and communities of English Learners. Currently we receive no Title III funding


District EL Plan

MDE English Learner Guidelines


Migrant Student Identification and Support


 Title IV

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) improve school conditions for student learning; and 3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. These funds are used to purchase instructional supplies and or equipment that meet the allowable purchases guidelines.  Title IV funds also provide stipends for a CCR Coordinator, Behavior Interventionist, and At-Risk Coordinator. 

Title V

The Rural Education Initiative is designed to address the unique needs of small, rural local education agencies (LEAs) that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and receive formula grant allocations under other programs in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.  Title V funding provides technology, dues, and fees for blended learning to support at-risk students and subgroups.

Title IX

Stone County School District McKinney-Vento Liaison
Niki Robinson [email protected] 601-928-7247

All school districts are required to maintain compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act which provides specific rights for homeless students. Every school district must designate a McKinney-Vento Liaison to assist in identifying, supporting, and ensuring the rights of homeless students and families.  These rights include waiving certain requirements, such as proof of residency, when students are enrolling and allowing categorical eligibility for certain services, such as free lunch. The Act also states:

Students who are homeless may attend their school of origin or the school where they are temporarily residing.

Parents or guardians of homeless students must be informed of educational and related opportunities.

Students who are homeless may enroll without school, medical, or similar records.

Students who are homeless and their families receive referrals to health, dental, mental health, substance abuse, housing, and other needed services.

Students who are homeless have a right to transportation to school.

Students must be provided a statement explaining why they are denied any service or enrollment.

Students must be enrolled in school and receive services, such as transportation, while disputes are being settled.

Students are automatically eligible for Title I services.

School districts must reserve a portion of Title IA funds to serve homeless students.

School districts must review and revise policies that serve as barriers to homeless students.

Schools must post information in the community regarding the rights of homeless students and unaccompanied youth in schools and other places where homeless families may frequent and written in a language they can understand.

School districts must identify a McKinney-Vento Liaison 

SCSD Parent Rights Under McKinney Vento 2023-2024


GENERAL Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1- 800-437-0833.

SCSD FERPA Policy https://stone.msbapolicy.org/DistrictPolicies/ViewsAdmin/SelectedDocumentReadOnly/tabid/6031/Default.aspx?docId=278117

FERPA Informational Video and Information

Opt Out Letter for Parents

Parent & Family Engagement

A portion of Title I funding is reserved for parent and family engagement.  This funding is utilized for parent and family engagement activities and communication.  We use this funding to purchase School Status for communication and to conduct events such as Family Literacy and Math nights and Lunch & Learn and Pastries for Parents sessions.  We encourage you to attend annual Title I meetings to contribute to parent and family engagement discussions.  


District Parent & Family Engagement Policy

School Improvement

The Mississippi Department of Education identifies schools for additional assistance and support, which includes professional development, leadership coaching, additional funding, and assistance to support the school’s transformation goals. We identify the schools that need the most assistance for their students to have the same opportunities for growth and success that exist for students in other schools. The Office of School Improvement (OSI) is responsible for supporting the systemic improvement and turnaround efforts of the lowest-performing schools.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a federal law, requires that each state identify two types of schools for support and improvement:

Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) - CSI Quick Reference

Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) - TSI Quick Reference

Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)

This funding is used to purchase evidence based instructional resources, including paying salaries for Math and ELA instructional support.

SMS Parent Notification Letter


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to LEAs through Section 18003 of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools.

ESSER funds are available for obligations by LEAs on March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2022, which includes the Tydings period (General Education Provisions Act §421(b)(1)).

Stone County School District is utilizing ESSER funds for the following:

Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of the LEA with State, local, tribal and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies to improve responses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus​

Provide principals and school leaders with resources to address the needs of the school​

Activities to address the unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, ELs, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless students, foster care youth (including outreach and service delivery) ​

Develop and implement procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs

Training and PD for staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases ​

Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities ​

Planning for and coordinating long-term closures, including providing meals, technology for online learning to all students, carrying out requirements under IDEA, and ensuring other educational services can continue

Purchasing of educational technology (hardware, software, connectivity) that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and classroom instructors including low-income students and students with disabilities ​

Providing mental health services and supports