500 Student Policies Goals and Guiding Principles

500 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities For Students

OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the Board's goals and objectives for assisting the students of the school district in obtaining an education.  Each student shall have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series.

It is the goal of the Board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in the students enrolled in the school district.  Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use it and its education program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth.  In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same opportunity.

The board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, national origin, religion or disability.  This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the Board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.

In the delivery of the education program, students shall treat the employees with respect and students will receive the same in return.  Employees have the best interests of the students in mind and will assist them in school-related or personal matters if they are able to do so.  Students should feel free to discuss problems, whether school-related or personal, with the guidance counselor or other employees.

Board policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

This section of the board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies.  The term parents for purposes of this policy manual shall mean the legal parents.  It shall also mean the legal guardian or custodian of a student and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law.

 

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, shall be directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District, Estherville, Iowa 51334; or by telephoning 712-362-2692.

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 10220 N. Executive Hills Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City, Mo. 64153-1367, (816) 891-8156 or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA. (515) 281-5294.  This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district's central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99   

                                                               6/06

                                                                9/15

         

Legal Reference:         Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 - Federal Register

 

 

 

501 Student Attendance

501. 1 Resident Students

RESIDENT STUDENTS

Children who are residents of the school district community will attend the school district without paying tuition.

The residence of a student means the place, abode, or dwelling of the student.  Generally, the legal dwelling of minors is the same as their parents.  However, a student may establish a dwelling with someone other than the parents and attend public school in the school district without paying tuition if the primary purpose for residing in the school district is not for the purpose of obtaining a free public education.  Further, students who have reached the age of majority and who are still eligible to attend an Iowa secondary school may declare their residence independent of the residence of the parents.

Each case involving the bona fide residence of a student will be decided upon its individual merits by the superintendent.

 

Legal Reference:         Lakota Cons. Ind. School v. Buffalo Center-Rake Comm. School, 334 N.W.2d 704 (Iowa 1983).

                                  Mt. Hope School Dist. v. Hendrickson, 197 N.W. 47 (Iowa 1924).

                                  Oshel v. Creston Comm. School Dist., DPI Admin. Doc. 570 (1981).

                                  33 D.P.I. Dec. Rule 80 (1984).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 257.6; 282.2, .6, .7; 285.4 (1995).

                                  1956 Op. Att'y Gen. 185.

                                  1946 Op. Att'y Gen. 197.

                                  1938 Op. Att'y Gen. 69.

                                  1930 Op. Att'y Gen. 147.

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                                6/06

                                                                  9/15

501. 2 Nonresident Students

                                              NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

Students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school but who are not legal residents of the school district may be admitted into the school district at the discretion of the superintendent upon application and payment of tuition.  The tuition rate shall be the current per-pupil cost of the school district as computed by the board secretary and as authorized by the Iowa Department of Education.

Resident students whose families move from the school district after the start of a semester and who wish to complete the semester in the school district may be permitted to attend without the payment of tuition at the discretion of the superintendent and approval of the Board.  Students who plan to open enroll to the nonresident district may complete the school year without approval of the superintendent or board.  These students, other than students in grades eleven and twelve, must have the recommendation of the principal, as well as an adult who resides in the school district, identified for purposes of administration.

Students in grades eleven or twelve who are no longer residents of the school district, but were residents in the preceding school year, may continue to attend school until they graduate without the payment of tuition.  These students must have an adult, who resides in the school district, identified for purposes of administration.

Nonresident students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and who have evidence they will become legal residents of the school district prior to the third Friday in September may be allowed to attend without the payment of tuition.

                                                                                                   

Legal Reference:         Lakota Cons. Ind. School v. Buffalo Center-Rake Comm. School, 334 N.W.2d 704 (Iowa 1983).

                                  Mt. Hope School Dist. v. Hendrickson, 197 N.W. 47 (Iowa 1924).

                                  Oshel v. Creston Comm. School Dist., DPI Admin. Doc. 570 (1981).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 257.6; 282.1, .2, .6, .7, .24 (1995).

 

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

 

Approved:    4/14/97             Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                9/15

 

 

501. 3 Compulsory Attendance

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Parents within the school district who have children age six and under age sixteen by September 15, and in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the children attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the Board.  Students shall attend school the number of days school is in session in accordance with the school calendar.  Exceptions to this policy include children who:

          ·           have completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma;

          ·           are attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;

          ·           are attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;

          ·           are attending an accredited nonpublic school; or,

          ·           are receiving competent private instruction.

It is the responsibility of the parent of a child to provide evidence of the child's mental and physical inability to attend school or of the child's qualifications for one of the exceptions listed above.

It shall be the responsibility of the parents to notify the student’s attendance center as soon as the parent knows the student will not be attending school on that day.  The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student’s reason for absence.

Students who are absent without permission are considered truant.  To be truant means the student fails to attend school regularly as per school district requirements or fails to attend competent private instruction under Chapter 299 A.  Truant students will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Administrative regulations shall be developed by the administration regarding this policy and shall also indicate the disciplinary action to be taken for absences.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 259A; 279.10-.11; 299.1-.1A; 299A (1995).

                                  1978 Op. Att'y. Gen. 379.

 

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  601.1  School Calendar

                                  604.1  Competent Private Instruction

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Revised:    8/99   

                                                            6/06

                                                                 9/15

501. 4 Entrance - Admissions

ENTRANCE - ADMISSIONS

Children in the school district community will be allowed to enroll in the school district's regular education program beginning at age five.  The child must be age five on or prior to September 15 to participate in the school district's kindergarten program.  The child must be age six on or prior to September 15 to begin the first grade of the education program.

The Board shall require evidence of age and residency in the form of a birth certificate or other evidence before the student may enroll in the school district's education program.  It shall be within the discretion of the superintendent to determine what is satisfactory evidence for proof of age.

Prior to enrollment, the child must provide the administration with their health and immunization certificate.  Failure to provide this information within the time period set by the superintendent shall be reason for suspension, expulsion or denying admission to the student.

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 282.1, .3, .6; 299 (1995).

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 258.

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  507.1  Student Health and Immunization Certificates

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                                6/06

                                                                    9/15

 

 

501. 5 Attendance Center Assignment

ATTENDANCE CENTER ASSIGNMENT

The Board shall have complete discretion to determine the boundaries for each attendance center, to assign students to the attendance centers, and to assign students to the classrooms within the attendance center.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the Board annually regarding the assigned attendance center for each student.  In making the recommendation, the superintendent shall consider the geographical layout of the school district, the condition and location of the school district facilities, the location of student population, possible transportation difficulties, financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent or the board.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.11; 282.7-.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                   9/15

501. 6 Student Transfer In

STUDENT TRANSFERS IN

Students who transfer into the school district must meet the immunization and age requirements set out for students who initially enroll in the school district.

The school district shall request the student's cumulative records from the previous school district.  If the student cannot offer proof of grade level, the superintendent will make the grade level determination.  The superintendent may require testing or other information to determine the grade level.

The superintendent shall determine the amount of credits to be transferred.  If the student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is within the superintendent's discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.

The Board may deny admission if the student is not willing to provide the board with the necessary information.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1988).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 282.1, .3; 299A (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  505.3  Student Honors and Awards

                                  507     Student Health and Well-Being

                                  604.1  Competent Private Instruction

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                   9/15

501. 7 Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

STUDENT TRANSFERS OUT OR WITHDRAWALS

If the student's parents wish to withdraw or transfer the student from school prior to completing and graduating from the education program, they shall notify the superintendent in writing as soon as possible of the decision to withdraw or transfer the student from the education program.  The student or parent should present this written notice at the office and receive instructions regarding the return of textbooks, library books, locker equipment, hot lunch tickets, etc.

The notice shall state the student's final day of attendance.  If the student is not enrolling in another school district, the school district shall maintain the student's records in the same manner as the records of students who have graduated from the school district.

If the parents wish to have the student's cumulative record sent to the new school district, the parents shall notify the superintendent in writing.  This notice shall include the name of the school district and the person at the new school district to whom the student's cumulative records should be sent.  If the new school district requests the student's cumulative records, the school district will forward the cumulative records and notify the parents the records have been sent.  The notice shall inform the parents of their right to review the records sent.

If the student is of compulsory education age and not transferring to another public school district or an accredited nonpublic school, the parents shall notify the superintendent that the student is receiving competent private instruction and file the necessary competent private instruction reports.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1988).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 274.1; 299.1-.1A (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  506     Student Records

                                  604.1  Competent Private Instruction

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                   9/15

501. 8 Student Attendance Records

STUDENT ATTENDANCE RECORDS

As part of the school district's records, the daily attendance of each student shall be recorded and maintained on file with the permanent records of the board secretary.

It shall be the responsibility of the principals to ensure that such reports are filed with the board secretary, the custodian of school records.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

                                  506  Student Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                    9/15

 

501. 9 Student Absences - Excused

STUDENT ABSENCES - EXCUSED

Regular attendance by students is essential for students to realize their individual learning potentials and to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Student absences approved by the principal shall be excused absences.  Excused absences shall count as days in attendance for purposes of the truancy law.  These absences include, but are not limited to, illness, family emergencies, recognized religious observances, and school-sponsored or approved activities.

Students whose absences are approved shall make up the work missed and receive full credit for the missed school work.  It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete the work missed.

Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored activities must attend school one-half day the day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.

It shall be the responsibility of the parent to notify the student's attendance center as soon as the parent knows the student will not be attending school on that day.  The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student's reason for absence.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

                                  503  Student Discipline

                                  504  Student Activities

                                  506  Student Records

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:   8/99

                                                              6/06

                                                                   9/15

 

501.10 Truancy - Unexcused Absences

TRUANCY - UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Truancy is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established in the school calendar by the board.  Truancy is the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse.  These absences shall include, but not be limited to, tardiness, shopping, hunting, concerts, preparation or participation in parties and other celebrations and employment.  Truancy will not be tolerated by the Board.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including suspension and expulsion.  It shall be within the discretion of the principal to determine, in light of the circumstances, whether a student may make up work missed because of truancy.

The truancy officer shall investigate the cause for a student's truancy.  If the truancy officer is unable to secure the truant student's attendance, the truancy officer should discuss the next step with the administration.  If after school board action, the student is still truant, the truancy officer shall refer the matter over to the county attorney.

The school will participate in mediation if requested by the county attorney.  The building principal shall represent the school district in mediation.  The school district will monitor the student's compliance with the mediation agreement and will report violations of the mediation agreement to the county attorney.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.  The administrative regulations shall indicate the disciplinary action to be taken for truancy.

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).

 

Cross Reference:        206.3  Secretary

                                  410.3  Truancy Officer

                                  501     Student Attendance

                                  503     Student Discipline

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  506     Student Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:    6/06                      Reviewed:    8/99

                                                                                                                          9/15

 

501.10E1 Harassment Complaint Form

501.11 Student Release during School Hours

STUDENT RELEASE DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Students will be allowed to leave the school district facilities during school hours only with prior authorization from their parents, unless the parent appears personally at the student's attendance center to arrange for the release of the student during school hours, or with the permission of the principal.

Approved reasons for release of a student during the school day shall include, but not be limited to, illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, religious instruction, classes outside the student's attendance center, employment for which the student has been issued a work permit and other reasons determined appropriate by the principal.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 294.4 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2(4).

 

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

                                  503  Student Discipline

                                  504  Student Activities

                                  506  Student Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                   9/15

501.12 Married/Pregnant Students

MARRIED/PREGNANT STUDENTS

The Board encourages pregnant students to continue to attend the education program as long as they are physically able to do so.  The pregnant student may notify the principal, school nurse, or the guidance counselor as soon as she is aware of the pregnancy.  The school may require that a pregnant student provide the principal with a written note from her doctor relative to special conditions that might exist and specific suggestions as to how long the student may continue to attend classes.  If the student is unable to attend school because of her physical condition, the student may be excused and arrangements made to continue her studies during her absence.  The student shall resume classes upon the recommendation of her physician.

Students will have access to professional staff, such as counselors or nurses, who are qualified to provide guidance to students concerning marriage and pregnancy.

The right to participate in activities of the school will not be restricted solely because of marriage, pregnancy, or parenthood.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 216; 279.8; 280.3 (1995).

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  604.2  Individualized Instruction

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Revised:    8/99  

                                                            6/06

                                                                 9/15

 

501.13 Students of Legal Age

STUDENTS OF LEGAL AGE

Students who have attained legal age may continue the education program without payment of tuition as long as they are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and are residents of the school district.

Parents will be allowed to access and view the student's records without written permission from the student if the student is still a dependent for tax purposes.  In most cases, with the discretion of the principal or the superintendent, the student will be able to make decisions and sign documents rather than requiring parental permission or signature.

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1988).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 22; 282.2, .6, .7; 285.4; 599.1; 622.10 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

                                  506  Student Records

 

 

Approved:   41/4/97              Reviewed:    8/99

                                                               6/06

                                                                   9/15

 

501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District

OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A SENDING DISTRICT

The school district will participate in open enrollment as a sending district.  As a sending district, the Board will allow resident students who meet the requirements to open enroll to another public school district.

Parents requesting open enrollment out of the school district for their student shall notify the school district as per Iowa Code in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment.  The notice shall be made on forms provided by the Department of Education.  The forms are available at the central administration office.

Open enrollment requests out of the school district that, if denied, would result in students from the same nuclear family being enrolled in different school districts, will be given highest priority.  Other open enrollment requests out of the school district shall be considered in the order received by the school district with the first open enrollment request given a higher priority than the second open enrollment request and so forth.

The Board, or its designate, shall take action on the open enrollment request within one month of the request. The parents may withdraw the open enrollment request prior to the start of the school year by written notification to the superintendent.

The superintendent shall notify the parents by mail within three days of the Board's action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  Approved open enrollment requests shall be transmitted by the superintendent to the receiving district chosen by the parents within five days after the Board's action on the open enrollment request.

The Board may approve a student's request to allow the receiving district to enter the school district for the purposes of transportation.

 

Open Enrollment Out of the School District to an Alternative Receiving District

Parents of students attending the school district under open enrollment may make an open enrollment request to a different public school district, an alternative receiving district, within the time period of the original open enrollment request.  This open enrollment request shall be filed in the same manner as other open enrollment requests in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment in the alternative receiving district.

It shall be within the complete discretion of the Board, or its designate, to approve or deny the open enrollment request to an alternative receiving district.  In exercising that discretion, the Board may consider several factors including, but not limited to, the potential impact of the transfer on the student, the effectiveness of the education program, the financial situation of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent and the Board.  The Board shall take action on the open enrollment request to the alternative receiving district at the next regular board meeting.  Prior to the Board's action, parents may withdraw the open enrollment request.  The Board reserves the right to delegate to the superintendent the handling of such requests.

The superintendent shall notify the parents by mail within five days of the Board's action to approve or deny the open enrollment request to an alternative receiving district.  Approved open enrollment requests shall be transmitted by the superintendent to the alternative receiving district chosen by the parents within five days after the Board's action on the open enrollment request.

Approved open enrollment requests to an alternative receiving district shall be effective the following semester or at the beginning of the next school year.  It shall be within the discretion of the Board to make the open enrollment request to an alternative receiving district effective immediately based upon the circumstances of the open enrollment request and with mutual agreement of the alternative receiving district's board.

Renewal of Open Enrollment Requests

An open enrollment agreement shall remain in place unless cancelled by the parent or terminated as outlined in provisions of subrule 178(10).

An open enrollment request out of the school district from parents of a special education student shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factor for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's needs.  The area education agency director of special education serving the receiving district shall determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student shall remain in the school district until the final determination is made.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to maintain open enrollment request applications and notice forms.  It shall also be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.

Generally, open enrolled students of high school age are not eligible for participation in interscholastic sports during the first ninety days of open enrollment.

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Revised:    8/99                           Reviewed:    6/06

                                                             11/8/04

                                                                 9/15

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 17.

                                  1990 Op.  Att'y Gen. 75.

 

 

Cross Reference:        501    Student Attendance

                                  506    Student Records

 

 

 

501.15 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receving District

OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A RECEIVING DISTRICT

The school district will participate in open enrollment as a receiving district.  As a receiving district, the Board will allow nonresident students, who meet the requirements set by the Board, to open enroll into the school district.  The Board shall have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.

The Board designates the superintendent to determine the appropriate action on open enrollment requests in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment as per state code.  The superintendent shall notify the sending school district within five days of the determination to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  The superintendent shall notify the parents within fifteen days of the determination to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  The superintendent shall also forward a copy of the action with a copy of the open enrollment request to the Department of Education.

Open enrollment requests into the school district will not be approved if insufficient classroom space exists.  Open enrollment requests into the school district will also not be approved for students who have been suspended or expelled by the administration or the board of the school district the student is or was attending until the student has been reinstated into the school district from which the student was suspended or expelled.  Once the student is reinstated, the student's open enrollment request will be considered in the same manner as other open enrollment requests.

Open enrollment requests into the school district that, if denied, would result in students from the same nuclear family being enrolled in different school districts, will be given highest priority.  The Board, in its discretion, may waive the insufficient classroom space reason for denial for students of the same nuclear family to prevent the division of a nuclear family between two school districts.  Other open enrollment requests into the school district shall be considered in the order received by the school district with the first open enrollment request given a higher priority than the second open enrollment request and so forth.

Generally, students in high school open enrolling into the school district shall not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school district.  Such students may be eligible to participate if:

          ·           The school district and the sending district participate jointly in the sport;

          ·           The sport in which the pupil wishes to participate is not offered in the sending district;

          ·           The sending district was dissolved and merged with one or more contiguous school districts for failure to meet the accreditation standards;

          ·           The student is open enrolling because the sending district has entered into a whole grade sharing agreement with another school district for the student's grade;

          ·           The student's parent is an active member of the armed forces and resides in permanent housing on government property provided by a branch of the armed services;

          ·           The student paid tuition for one or more years to the school district prior to open enrolling into the school district; or

          ·           The student attended the school district under a sharing or mutual agreement between the school district and the sending district for one or more years prior to open enrolling into the school district.

Parents of students whose open enrollment requests are approved shall be responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement unless the parents qualify for transportation assistance.  Upon a parent's request, the Board may approve transportation into the sending district. The Board's approval is subject to the sending district's approval.

Open enrollment requests into the school district shall be for four years or more.  The four-year requirement shall not apply to students who will graduate within four years, to students who move to another school district, or when the parent petitions for permission to open enroll the student to an alternative receiving district.

Open Enrollment Into the School District as an Alternative Receiving District

The Board, through the superintendent, shall take action on open enrollment requests to the school district as an alternative receiving district within fifteen days of receipt of the open enrollment request.  The superintendent shall notify the parents of the action to approve or deny the open enrollment request within ten (10) days. If the open enrollment request is approved, the Department of Education will be notified.

Open enrollment requests into the school district as an alternative receiving district shall be considered by the Board in the same manner as open enrollment requests into the school district as a receiving district.

Approved open enrollment requests into the school district as an alternative receiving district shall be effective the following semester or at the beginning of the next school year.  It shall be within the discretion of the Board to make the open enrollment request into the school district as an alternative receiving district effective immediately based upon the circumstances of the open enrollment request and with the mutual agreement of the Board of the school district the student is attending.  The superintendent shall notify the parents of the effective date of the open enrollment into the school district as an alternative receiving district within fifteen days of the mutual agreement.

Attendance center assignments, athletic eligibility and transportation of students open enrolling into the school district as an alternative receiving school district shall be handled in the same manner as students open enrolled into the school district as a receiving district.

An open enrollment request into the school district from parents of a special education student shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factors for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the school district is appropriate for the student's needs and whether the enrollment of the special education student will cause the class size to exceed the maximum allowed.  The area education agency director of special education serving the school district shall determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student shall remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.

The policies of the school district shall apply to students attending the school district under open enrollment.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.

 

Approved:    4/14/97                           Revised:    8/99                       Reviewed:    6/06       

                                                                                                                             9/15

                     

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 17.

                                  1990 Op. Att'y Gen. 75.

 

 

Cross Reference:        501.6    Student Transfers In

                                  501.7    Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

                                  501.14  Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a

                                               Sending District

                                  506      Student Records

                                  507      Student Health and Well-Being

                                  606.6   Insufficient Classroom Space

 

501.16 Homeless Children and Youth

HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The Board will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving education which may exist in district policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the superintendent of the school district.

 

 

Legal Reference:         No Child Left Behind, Title X, Sec. 722, P.L.107-110 (2002)

                                  42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq. (1994).

                                  281 I.A.C. 33 (2005)

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  503.3  Fines - Fees - Charges

                                  506     Student Records

                                  507.1  Student Health and Immunization Certificates

                                  603.3  Special Education

                                  711.1  Student School Transportation Eligibility

 

Approved:    4/14/97                           Revised:  6/06                          Reviewed:    9/15        

502 Student Rights and Responsibilities

502. 1 Student Appearance

STUDENT APPEARANCE

The Board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment.  The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school setting.

The Board expects students to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time, place and occasion.  Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed.  While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated.  When, in the judgment of a principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

                                  Bethal School District  v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).

                                  Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

                                  Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).

                                  Torvik v. Decorah Community School, 453 F.2d 779 (8th Cir. 1972).

                                  Turley v. Adel Community School District, 322 F.Supp. 402 (S.D. Iowa 1971).

                                  Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F.Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970).

                                  Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        500  Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for

                                          Students

                                  502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:   9/99                       Reviewed:    6/06 

                                                                                                                 12/15

 

 

502. 2 Care of School Property/Vandalism

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY/VANDALISM

Students shall treat school district property with the care and the respect they would treat their own property.  Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school district property may be required to reimburse the school district.  They may be subject to discipline under board policy and the school district rules and regulations.  They may also be referred to local law enforcement authorities.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8; 282.4, .5; 613.16 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    802.1  Maintenance Schedule

 

Approved:    41/4/97                  Reviewed:    9/99                           

                                                                    6/06

                                                                       12/15

 

 

 

 

 

502. 3 Freedom of Expression

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Student expression, other than student expression in student-produced official school publications, made on the school district premises or under the jurisdiction of the school district or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the school district; therefore, student expression must be responsible.  Student expression must be appropriate to assure that the students learn and meet the goals of the school activity and that the potential audience is not exposed to material that may be harmful or inappropriate for their level of maturity.

Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.  The expression shall not, in the judgment of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons, be obscene or indecent, or cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational program.  The administration, when making this judgment, shall consider whether the activity in which the expression was made is school-sponsored and whether review or prohibition of the students' speech furthers an educational purpose.  Further, the expression must be done in a reasonable time, place, and manner that is not disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation of the school district.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  Employees shall be responsible for insuring students' expression is in keeping with this policy.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         U.S. Const. amend. I.

                                  Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

                                  Bethel School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).

                                  New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).

                                  Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

                                  Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.22; 282.3 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  603.9  Academic Freedom

                                  903.5  Distribution of Materials

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99       

                                                                    6/06

                                                                       12/15

502. 4 Student Complaints and Grievances

STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Student complaints and grievances regarding board policy or administrative regulations and other matters should be addressed to the student's teacher or another licensed employee, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint.  It is the goal of the Board to resolve student complaints at the lowest organizational level.

If the complaint cannot be resolved by a licensed employee, the student may discuss the matter with the principal within 5 days of the employee's decision.  If the matter cannot be resolved by the principal, the student may discuss it with the superintendent within 5 days after speaking with the principal.

If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the superintendent, the student may ask to have the matter placed on the board agenda of a regularly scheduled board meeting in compliance with board policy.

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        210.8  Board Meeting Agenda

                                  213     Public Participation in Board Meetings

                                  307     Communication Channels

                                  502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  504.3  Student Publications

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99       

                                                                    6/06

                                                                       12/15

502. 5 Student Lockers

STUDENT LOCKERS

Student lockers are the property of the school district.  Students shall use the lockers assigned to them by the school district for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school.  It shall be the responsibility of each student to keep their assigned lockers clean and undamaged.

To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned locker, the principal of the building may periodically inspect all or a random selection of lockers.  Either students or another individual may be present during the inspection of lockers.  Student lockers may also be searched, at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with board policy regulating search and seizure.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code ch. 808A (Supp. 1997).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.14 (1997).

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Approved  41/14/97                   Revised:    10/13/97                Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                                                                 6/06

                                                                                                                        12/15

502. 6 Weapons

WEAPONS

The Board believes weapons and other dangerous objects in school district facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons or dangerous objects.  Weapons and other dangerous objects shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district.

Parents of students found to possess a weapon or dangerous objects on school property shall be notified of the incident.  Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects shall be reported to the law enforcement officials, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled for not less than twelve months and will be referred to law enforcement authorities.  The superintendent shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis.  For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term "firearm" includes any weapon which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.

Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials shall be exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons or other dangerous objects for educational purposes.  Such a display shall also be exempt from this policy.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382.

                                  McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 724 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503  Student Discipline

                                  507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                    6/06

                                                                     12/15

 

 

502. 7 Smoking-Drinking-Drugs

SMOKING - DRINKING - DRUGS

The Board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, other controlled substances, or "look alike" substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

The Board believes such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.  Use, purchase or being in possession of cigarettes, tobacco or tobacco products for those under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.  Possession, use or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school board.  If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

The Board believes the substance abuse prevention program shall include:

·         Age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve, which address the legal, social, and health consequences of tobacco, drug and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use tobacco, drugs or alcohol;

·         A statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful;

·         Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of any of its activities;

 ·         A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the policy and a description of those sanctions;

·         A statement that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program;

·         Information about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students;

·         A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and

·         Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                    6/06

                                                                    12/15

Legal Reference:         34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (1993).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 124; 279.8, .9; 453A (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(9); .5(3)(e), .5(4)(e), .5(5)(e), .5(21).

 

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503  Student Discipline

                                  507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

 

 

 

502. 8 Search and Seizure

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

School district property is held in public trust by the Board.  School district authorities may, without a search warrant, search students, or protected student areas based on a reasonable suspicion that a board policy, school rule or law has been broken.  The search shall be in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors to the school district facilities.  The furnishing of a locker, desk, or other facility or space owned by the school and provided as a courtesy to a student, even if the student provides the lock for it, shall not create a protected student area and shall not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect to the locker, desk, or other facility.

School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search.  Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.  Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement authorities.  The Board believes that such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         U.S. Const. amend. IV.

                                  New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).

                                  Cason v. Cook, 810 F.2d 188 (8th Cir. 1987), cert. den., 482 U.S. 930 (1987).

                                  Iowa Code ch. 808A (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8).

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503  Student Discipline

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:  10/13/97                  Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                                                                 6/06

                                                                               12/15

502.8E1 Search and Seizure Checklist

502.8R1 Search and Seizure Regulation

SEARCH AND SEIZURE REGULATION

I.        Searches, in general.

          A.         Reasonable Suspicion:  A search of a student will be justified when there are reasonable grounds for the suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or school district policy, rules, or regulations affecting school order.

                      Reasonable suspicion may be formed by considering factors such as the following:

                      (1)        eyewitness observations by employees;

                      (2)        information received from reliable sources;

                      (3)        suspicious behavior by the student; or,

                      (4)        the student's past history and school record although this factor alone is not sufficient to provide the basis for a reasonable suspicion.

          B.         Reasonable Scope:  A search will be permissible in its scope or intrusiveness when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search.  Reasonableness of scope or intrusiveness may be determined based on factors such as the following:

                      (1)  the age of the student;

                      (2)  the sex of the student;

                      (3)  the nature of the infraction; and

                      (4)  the exigency requiring the search without delay.

II.  Types of Searches

          A.         Personal Searches

                      1.         A student's person and/or personal effects (e.g., purse, backpack, etc.) may be searched when a school official has reasonable suspicion to believe the student is in possession of illegal or contraband items or has violated school district policies, rules, regulations or the law affecting school order.

                      2.         Personally intrusive searches will require more compelling circumstances to be considered reasonable.

                                  (a) Pat-Down Search:  If a pat-down search or a search of a student's garments (such as jackets, socks, pockets, etc.) is conducted, it will be

                                  conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student and with another adult witness of the same sex present, when feasible.

                                  (b) A more intrusive search, short of a strip search, of the student's person handbags, book bags, etc., is permissible in emergency situations when the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors are threatened.  Such a search may only be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student, with an adult of the same sex present unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which may be caused by following these procedures.

          B.         Locker & Desk Inspections

                                  Although school lockers are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times.  The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring the lockers are properly maintained.  For this reason, lockers and desks are subject to unannounced inspections and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in the locker or desk.  Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of lockers or desks may be conducted by school officials in the presence of the student or another individual.  Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

                                  The contents of a student’s locker or desk (coat, backpack, purse, etc.) may be searched when a school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion that the contents contains illegal or contraband items or evidence of a violation of law or school policy or rule.  Such searches should be conducted in the presence of another adult witness when feasible.

          C.         Automobile Searches

                      Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right.  The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots.  The interior of a student's automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school official has reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:    10/13/97                Reviewed:    9/99    

                                                                                                                  6/06

                                                                                                                  12/15

 

 

502. 9 Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies

INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS BY OUTSIDE AGENCIES

Generally, students may not be interviewed during the school day by persons other than parents and school district officials and employees.

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, school district officials, and employees to interview students shall be made through the principal's office.  Upon receiving a request, it shall be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the request will be granted.  Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal shall attempt to contact the parents to inform them of the request and to ask them to be present.

If a child abuse investigator wishes to interview a student, the principal will defer to the investigator's judgment as to whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student's parents, whether the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, and who will be present during the interview.

Students will not be taken from school without the consent of the principal and without proper warrant.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 232; 280.17 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 102.

                                  441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 275.

 

Cross Reference:        402.2   Child Abuse Reporting

                                  502.8   Search and Seizure

                                  503      Student Discipline

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                    6/06

                                                                       12/15

502.10 Student-to-Student Harassment

STUDENT-TO-STUDENT HARASSMENT

Harassment of students by other students will not be tolerated in the school district.  This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned and/or school-operated buses, vehicles or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Harassment prohibited by the district includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status or disability.  Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the investigation procedure which may result in discipline, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

          ·      submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or a student's education or of a student's participation in school programs or activities;

          ·      submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or

          ·      such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:

          ·      verbal or written harassment or abuse;

          ·      pressure for sexual activity;

          ·      repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications

          ·      unwelcome touching;

          ·      suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, etc.

Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status or disability means conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble students when:

 

 

          ·      submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student's education or of a student's participation in school programs or activities;

          ·      submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or

          ·      such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:

          ·      verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse;

          ·      repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

          ·      implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, etc.;

          ·      demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student.

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment.  The building principal will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment.

Retaliation against a student because the student has filed a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited.  A student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion.

It shall also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop administrative rules regarding this policy.  The superintendent shall also be responsible for organizing training programs for students and employees.  The training shall include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed.

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99

                                                                    6/06

                                                                    12/15

 

Legal Reference:                     20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i (1988).

                                              29 U.S.C. §794 (1988).

                                              42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7 (1988).

                                              42 U.S.C. §§12001 et. seq. (Supp. 1990).

                                              Iowa Code §216.9; 280.3 (1995).

Cross Reference:                    403.5  Harassment

                                              502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                              503     Student Discipline

                                              506     Student Records

 

 

502.10E2 Witness Disclosure Form

502.10R1 Student to Student Harassment Investigation Procedures

STUDENT-TO-STUDENT HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

Harassment of students by other students will not be tolerated in the school district.  This policy is in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property, or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned and/or school-operated buses, vehicles or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Harassment prohibited by the district includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status or disability.  Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the investigation procedure which may result in discipline, up to and including, suspension and expulsion.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

          ·      submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition or a student's education or of a student's participation in school programs or activities;

          ·      submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or

          ·      such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment as set out above, may include, but is not limited to the following:

          ·      verbal or written harassment or abuse;

          ·      pressure for sexual activity;

          ·      repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications

          ·      unwelcome touching;

          ·      suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, etc.

Harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, marital status or disability means conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb, or trouble students when:

          ·      submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student's education or of a student's participation in school programs or activities;

 

          ·      submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for decisions affecting the student; or

          ·      such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's performance or creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

Harassment as set forth above may include, but is not limited to the following:

          ·      verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse;

          ·      repeated remarks of a demeaning nature;

          ·      implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, etc.;

          ·      demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student.

Harassment and abuse are violations of school district policies, rules and regulations and, in some cases, may also be a violation of criminal or other laws.  The school district has the authority to report students violating this rule to law enforcement officials.

Students who feel that they have been harassed should:

          ·      Communicate to the harasser that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so.  If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser, the student should ask a teacher, counselor or principal to help.

          ·      If the harassment does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the student should:

                 --     tell a teacher, counselor or principal; and

                 --     write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor or principal including;

                        ·      what, when and where it happened;

                        ·      who was involved;

                        ·      exactly what was said or what the harasser did;

                        ·      witnesses to the harassment;

                        ·      what the student said or did, either at the time or later;

                        ·      how the student felt; and

                        ·      how the harasser responded.

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

  A student who believes that the student has been harassed shall notify Karla Lester, the designated investigator.  The alternate investigator is Sandra Fandel.  The investigator may request that the student complete the Harassment Complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment, including, but not limited to, letters, tapes, or pictures.  Information received during the investigation shall be kept confidential to the extent possible.

The investigator, with the approval of the principal, or the principal has the authority to initiate a harassment investigation in the absence of a written complaint.

INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE

The investigator shall reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the complaint.  The investigator shall interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The alleged harasser may file a written statement refuting or explaining the behavior outlined in the complaint.  The investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall make written findings and conclusions as to each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the principal.  The investigator will outline the findings of the investigation to the principal.

RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT

Following receipt of the investigator's report, the principal may investigate further, if deemed necessary, and make a determination of the appropriate next step which may include discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion.

Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action, the principal may, at the principal's discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The principal shall file a written report closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to the complaint.  The complainant, the alleged harasser and the investigator shall receive notice as to the conclusion of the investigation.

POINTS TO REMEMBER IN THE INVESTIGATION

          ·      Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential.

          ·      Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated.

          ·      No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation process.

          ·      Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.

CONFLICTS

If the investigator is a witness to the incident, the alternate investigator shall be the investigator.

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    9/99   

                                                                    6/06

                                                                     12/15

 

 

 

503 Student Discipline

503.1 Student Conduct

STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board believes inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises.

Students shall conduct themselves in a manner befitting their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education or participation; conduct that is violent or destructive; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.

A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned or school-operated chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school district activities shall be suspended by the principal.  Notice of the suspension shall be sent to the board president.  The Board shall review the suspension to determine whether to impose further sanctions against the student which may include expulsion.  Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:

          ·      an act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or

          ·      any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or

          ·      intentionally points any firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above and the other person are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.

Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the building principal's office.  It shall be within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.

Detention means the student's presence is required during nonschool hours for disciplinary purposes.  The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day or after school has been dismissed for the day.  Whether a student will serve detention, and the length of the detention, shall be within the discretion of the licensed employee disciplining the student or the building principal.

Suspension means either an in-school suspension, an out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities or loss of eligibility.  An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision.  An in-school suspension will not exceed ten consecutive school days.  An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, which includes school classes and activities.  An out-of-school suspension will not exceed ten days.  A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes and practice but will not participate in school activities.

Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded.  The conditional suspension shall mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty.  Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms shall result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.

Expulsion means an action by the Board to remove a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, for a period of time set by the Board but no longer than one school year.

Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement shall take place.  The Individual Education Program (IEP) shall be evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension.

If a special education student's suspensions, either in or out of school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team shall meet to determine whether the IEP is appropriate.

 

In sum, good citizenship in school is based on respect and consideration for the rights of others.

Students shall conduct themselves in such a way that the rights and privileges of others are not violated.  They shall be required to respect authority and conform to the rules and regulations of the school.

All employees of the district share the responsibility for seeing that student behavior meets standards of conduct that are conducive to learning. 

The aim of all school disciplinary rules and supervision are:

(1) to encourage the student to take responsibility for his/her own actions; and

(2) to gradually increase a student’s self-discipline.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Approved:  4/14/97                    Revised:    10/99                       Reviewed:     6/06  

                                                                                                                           2/16              

                                                                                                        

Legal Reference:         Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975).

                                  Brands v. Sheldon Community School District, 671 F.Supp. 627 (N.D. Iowa 1987).

                                  Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F.Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970).

                                  Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555 (Iowa 1972).

                                  Board of Directors of Ind. School Dist. of Waterloo v. Green, 259 Iowa 1260, 147 N.W.2d 854 (1967).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 282.4, .5; 708.1 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        501     Student Attendance

                                  502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  502.6  Weapons

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  603.3  Special Education

                                  903.5  Distribution of Materials

 

 

503.1R1 Student Suspension

STUDENT SUSPENSION

Administration Action

A.      Probation

          1.     Probation is conditional suspension of a penalty for a set period of time.  Probation may be imposed by the principal for infractions of school rules which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.

          2.     The principal will conduct an investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of probation.  The investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against the student and an opportunity to respond.  Written notice and reasons for the probation will be sent to the parents.

B.      In-School Suspension

          1.     In-school suspension is the temporary isolation of a student from one or more classes while under administrative supervision.  In-school suspensions may be imposed by the principal for infractions of school rules which are serious but which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.

2. The principal shall conduct an investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of an in-school suspension.  The investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against the student and an opportunity to respond.  In-school suspension will not be imposed for more than ten school days.  Written notice and reasons for the in-school suspension will be sent to the student's parents.

C. Saturday School

          1.   Saturday school is an appropriate alternative for students in violation of school conduct rules or poor attendance and promptness habits.  Principals have the authority to schedule additional time at school on Saturday mornings for those students determined to need more structured time above and beyond the normal school week.  Such Saturday schools must be constructive use of time planned by the staff in charge.

D.      Out-of-School Suspension

          1.     Out-of-school suspension is the removal of a student from the school environment for periods of short duration.  Out-of-school suspension is to be used when other available school resources are unable to constructively remedy student misconduct.

          2.         A student may be suspended out of school for up to ten school days by a principal for a commission of gross or repeated infractions of school rules, regulations, policy or the law, or when the presence of the student will cause interference with the maintenance of the educational environment or the operation of the school.  The principal may suspend students after conducting an investigation of the charges against the student, giving the student:

                      a.         Oral or written notice of the allegations against the student and

                      b.         The opportunity to respond to those charges.

                      At the principal's discretion, the student may be allowed to confront witnesses against the student or present witnesses on behalf of the student.

          3.         Notice of the out-of-school suspension will be mailed no later than the end of the school day following the suspension to the student's parents and the superintendent.  A reasonable effort shall be made to personally notify the student's parents and such effort shall be documented by the person making or attempting to make the contact.  Written notice to the parents shall include the circumstances which led to the suspension and a copy of the board policy and rules pertaining to the suspension.

D.      Suspensions and Special Education Students

          1.         Students who have been identified as special education students may be referred for a review of the student's Individual Education Program (IEP).  The IEP may be revised to include a continuum of intervention strategies and programming to change the behavior.

          2.         Students who have not been identified as special education students may be referred for evaluation after the student's suspension to determine whether the student has a disability and is in need of special education.

 

 

Approved:  4/14/97                 Revised:    10/99                          Reviewed:    6/06  

                                                                                                                        2/16

 

503.1R2 Violent & Aggressive Behavior

VIOLENT AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

The Board of Education recognizes that there are certain behaviors that, if tolerated, would quickly destroy the type of learning environment to which the students and staff of the Estherville Lincoln Central Schools are entitled. 

Those behaviors, categorized as violent and aggressive, will not be tolerated and shall, therefore, result in immediate action being taken.  All acts of violence and aggression, threats, or notes that suggest violent or aggressive acts, shall result in those involved being placed on a compulsory BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT PLAN (BMP).  The BMP is the charge of the principal and others may be involved in its monitoring and implementation.  The BMP shall clearly outline the training or help program the student should experience, who’s involved, length of time, and other appropriate information related to the student and incident.  In addition to this BMP, each situation shall result in specific consequences as determined by the seriousness of the act, age and grade of the student, program status of the student, and other considerations including consideration of expulsion from school for acts of a serious or chronic nature. 

Acts of violence and aggression or threats of such must be well documented and communicated at least to the principal, superintendent, liaison officer, and parents or guardians.  The school board will be informed and involved only where necessary by law.  The police and/or others should be notified immediately if the above group has determined it as appropriate.  It is mandatory to involve the police if there is any violation of the law.

The following behaviors are defined as violent and aggressive:

  1. Possession or threat with or use of a weapon (Code No. 502.6)
  2. Physical Assault -

Physical assault is an act of striking a person or that person’s property with the intent of causing hurt or harm.

  1. Verbal Abuse –

Verbal abuse shall include, but is not limited to swearing, screaming, obscene gestures or threats, whether this is orally, by telephone, or in writing, at an individual, his/her family, or a group.

  1. Intimidation –

Intimidation is an act intended to frighten or coerce someone into submission or obedience.

  1. Extortion –

Extortion is the use of verbal or physical coercion in order to obtain financial or material gain from others.

  1. Bullying –

Bullying is the use of physical or verbal coercion to obtain control of others or to be habitually cruel to others who are weaker.

  1. Gangs –

Gangs are groups of individuals who share common beliefs, attitudes and attire in exhibiting unlawful and/or anti-social behavior.

  1. Sexual Harassment (Code No. 502.10)
  2. Written Documented Threats –

Written documented threats are notes that suggest physical threats to individuals, their property, or school property.

  1. Bomb Threats  (Code No. 804.3)
  1. Stalking –

Stalking is the persistent following, contacting, watching, or any other such threatening actions that compromise the peace of mind or the personal safety of another.

  1. Racial Slurs –

Racial slurs are insulting, disparaging, or derogatory comments made directly or by innuendo regarding a person’s racial origin.

 

Approved:    5/14/01                    Reviewed:    6/06                                                                            

                                                                   2/16

 

 

503.1R2E Behavior Management Plan

503.2 Expulsion

EXPULSION

Only the Board may remove a student from the school environment.  The removal of a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, is an expulsion from school.

Students may be expelled for violations of board policy, school rules or the law.  It shall be within the discretion of the Board to discipline a student by using an expulsion for a single offense or for a series of offenses depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.

It shall be within the discretion of the superintendent to recommend to the Board the expulsion of a student for disciplinary purposes.  Only the Board may take action to expel a student and to readmit the student.  The principal shall keep records of expulsions in addition to the Board's records.

When a student is recommended for expulsion by the Board, the student shall be provided with:

          1.         Notice of the reasons for the proposed expulsion;

          2.         The names of the witnesses and an oral or written report on the facts to which each witness testifies unless the witnesses are students whose names may be released at the discretion of the superintendent;

          3.         An opportunity to present a defense against the charges and provide either oral testimony or written affidavits of witnesses on the student's behalf;

          4.         The right to be represented by counsel; and,

          5.         The results and finding of the board in writing open to the student's inspection.

In addition to these procedures, a special education student must be provided with additional procedures.  A determination should be made of whether the student is actually guilty of the misconduct.  A staffing team should determine whether the student's behavior is caused by the student's disability and whether the conduct is the result of inappropriate placement.  Discussions and conclusions of this meeting should be recorded.

If the special education student's conduct is not caused by the disability, the student may be expelled or suspended for a long-term period following written notice to the parent and pursuant to the school district's expulsion hearing procedures.  If the misconduct is caused by the disability and a change in placement is recommended, the change must be made pursuant to the placement procedures used by the school district.

 

Legal Reference:         Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975).

                                  Wood v. Strickland, 420 U.S. 308 (1975).

                                  Southeast Warren Comm. School District v. Dept. of Public Instruction, 285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 21.5; 282.3, .4, .5 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8).

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503  Student Discipline

 

Approved:  4/14/97                    Reviewed:    10/99   02/16

                                                                      6/06

503.3 Fines-Fees-Charges

FINES - FEES – CHARGES

The Board believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others.  Students may be assessed fines, charges, or fees for the materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, for participating in activities, or for misuse of school property.

The superintendent shall inform the Board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for fines, charges, or fees annually.  Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

                                  1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 227.

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 532.

 

Cross Reference:        501.16  Homeless Children & Youth

                                  502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503      Student Discipline

 

Approved:  4/14/97                    Revised:    10/13/97                Reviewed:    10/99

                                                                                                                   6/06

                                                                                                                     2/16

 

503.3E1 Standard Fee Waiver Application

503.3E2 Fees Currently Authorized by Law

 

Fees authorized by Law:       Textbook fees (Iowa Code 301.1)

                                           School Supplies *

                                           Eye and ear protective devices (280.10,.11)

                                           Driver education instructional fee (282.6)

                                           Tuition for summer school (282.6)

                                           Transportation for resident pupils attending public

                                              school who are not entitled to transportation (285.1)

 

Dillon’s Rule:              School boards may exercise those powers expressly given by statute or

                                  necessarily implied. 

 

 

 

 

 

  • There is no case law or department decisions defining school supplies.  However, a 1993 attorney general opinion, which affirms a 1979 opinion states:  “We have addressed what fees may be charged for necessary school supplies under Iowa Code Section 301.1.  We held that the cost of items which were necessary or essential to the instruction of a class must be properly characterized as tuition rather than school supplies.  Examples were art supplies for art classes and chemicals for science classes.  In contrast, pencils, pens and paper used by students to take notes would be properly characterized as school supplies.”  Op. Att’y Gen. #93-7-3(L).

 

503.3R1 Student Fee Waiver & Reduction Procedures

STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES

The Board recognizes that while certain fees charged students are appropriate and authorized, certain students and their families are not financially able to pay the fees.  The school district will grant either full waivers, partial waivers or temporary waivers depending upon the circumstances and the student or student’s parents’ ability to meet the financial criteria.

A. Waivers -

1. Full Waivers - a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition program, Family Investment Program, Supplemental Security Income guidelines, or transportation assistance under open enrollment.  Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.

2. Partial Waivers - a student will be granted a partial waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or the student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition program.  A partial waiver shall be based on the same percentage as the reduced price meals.

3. Temporary Waivers - a student may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees charged by the district in the event the student’s parents are facing financial difficulty.  Temporary waivers may be applied for at any time throughout the school year and shall not extend beyond the end of the school year.

B. Application - Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver shall make an application on the form provided by the school district.  Applications may be made at any time but must be renewed annually.

C. Confidentiality - The school district will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.

D. Appeals - Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Superintendent.

E. Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to school property are not fees and will not be waived.

 F. Notice - the school district will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials and printed in the handbook:

                                  Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free

                                  and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP),

                                  Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance

                                  under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to

                                  have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students

                                  whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty

                                  may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Parents

                                  or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial

                                  hardship should contact the school nurse for a waiver form.  This

                                  waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be

                                  completed annually.

 

Approved:    10/13/97                Reviewed:    10/99

                                                                      6/06

                                                                       2/16

 

 

 

503.4 Good Conduct Rule

GOOD CONDUCT RULE

Participation in school activities is a privilege.  School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during their school years and for their lifetimes.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.  The principal shall keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop rules and regulations for school activities.  Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.

 

Legal Reference:         Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555 (Iowa 1972).

                                  In re Jason Clark, 1 D.P.I. App. Dec. 167 (1978).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 280.13, .13A (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8); 36.15(1).

 

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503  Student Discipline

                                  504  Student Activities

 

Approved:  4/14/97                    Revised:   11/10/97                 Reviewed:    6/06

                                                Revised:   10/99                                           2/16

 

 

503.4R Good Conduct Rule Regulations

GOOD CONDUCT RULE

NOTE:  In addition to the ELC Good Conduct Policy, students will also be subject to the requirements established by the new Department of Education Academic Eligibility Rule [36.15(2)].  Additional information will be provided to students and parents at the beginning of the 2006-07 school year.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY                                                                                             

The staff, administration and Board of Directors of the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance the classroom education of its students.  Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school and district throughout the twelve (12) month calendar year, whether away from or at school.  Students who wish to exercise the privilege or participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate.  Participation in these activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting the eligibility criteria established by the Board, administration, and activity coaches and sponsors.  The High School Principal or Activities Director shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Policy.

The following activities are covered by this policy:

Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contest, FFA, National Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs (e.g. Spanish Club, E-Club, French Club, Drama Club, Key Club, Music Club, Pepper Club, etc.), all honorary and elected offices (e.g. Homecoming King/Queen/Court, class officer, student council officer or representative), performances and state contests for cheerleading and drill team, mock trial, quiz bowl contests, and any other activity where the student represents the school district outside the classroom.  The following are NOT covered by this policy because the students are required to perform as part of their classroom grade:  district concerts, marching band contests, jazz festivals and contests, show choir festivals and contests, large group music festivals, and parade of bands.

1. Attendance Regulations

A. A student shall be in school one-half day on the day of performance, practice, scheduled contest, program or trip.  If the event is after school or in the evening, the half-day of required attendance shall be the afternoon (a minimum of the last three periods.)  Any exception must be cleared in advance through the administration.

B.   If a student will miss a class or classes because of a performance, scheduled contest, program or trip, he/she must turn in assignments to teachers in advance or make special arrangements for such assignments with the teachers involved. The majority of the time the student know in advance (except in the case of make-up contests or events caused by inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances) through their coach(s) or sponsor(s) when such activities will take place and the time in which they will be excused from their classes.  It is the student’s responsibility to notify their teachers well in advance to make arrangements for their assignments. Failure to do so may result in no credit given for the assignments not completed in advance.

GOOD CONDUCT RULE

2. Academic Requirements - High School

A. All participants in the extra-curricular program shall be enrolled or dual enrolled as full-time students.

B. A student must have passed four and one-half (4.5) academic courses the semester prior to his/her participation and must be currently passing four and one-half (4.5) academic courses.

C. For students in athletics, music, or speech activities, be under 20 years of age.

D. For students in athletics, music, or speech activities, be enrolled in high school for eight semesters of less.

E. For students in athletics, have not been a member of a college squad nor trained with a college squad, nor participated in a college contest nor engaged in that sport professionally.

F. Have met all transfer requirements, if the student is a transfer students, or be eligible under state law and regulations if the student is an open enrollment student.

G. Mid-quarter, quarter, and semester grades are utilized in determining ineligibility as indicated below:

1)   Mid-quarter grades:  Students must be passing at least four and one-half (4.5) academic courses at the time that the mid-quarter grades are issued.  If a student is not passing four and one-half (4.5) classes, they will need to complete five (5) hours of supervised study time with the teacher of the subject they are failing, another teacher in the same academic discipline of the subject that the student is failing, the high school tutors, or the high school guidance counselors.  Hours must be completed outside of the student’s regularly scheduled classes and class time. Scheduled study halls, before school and after school will be the acceptable times to complete the study hours.  A time log will be provided to the student and must be completed by the supervisor(s) immediately following each study period.  These five hours will be for each class that they are failing less than the required four and one-half (4.5) classes (i.e. passing two (2.5) then the student would need to complete ten (10) hours of supervised study time.)  These hours of supervised study time must be completed within ten (10) school days from when the student is notified of their academic deficiencies by the Activities Director/Principal.  The student will remain eligible for this time period as long as appropriate progress is being made (i.e. 2 ½ hours for each course within the first five (5) school days.) Successfully completing the study hours in the prescribed time period and completing the appropriate documentation will be deemed as progress towards successful completion of the course at the end of the quarter, thusly the student would not become ineligible at mid-quarter time.  Failure to complete the hours, failure to make appropriate progress, failure to complete the appropriate documentation, or refusing to complete the study hours will result in the student’s loss of their eligibility until the end of the quarter.

2) Quarter grades:  Students not passing four and one-half (4.5) academic courses at the end of each quarter shall be ineligible until the first day of the next eligibility period (first class day following the mid-quarter grade reports.)  Students who become ineligible for summer activities (softball/baseball) because of 4th quarter grades will be ineligible for four and one-half (4.5) weeks from the date of notice by the principal/activities director.  Notice will be given the day the ineligibility period ends and will become eligible that day.  Students that do not participate in summer activities (softball/baseball) are ineligible until the mid-quarter of the fall quarter unless eligibility is regained through approved summer school classes.

3) Semester grades:  Students not passing at least four and one-half (4.5) academic courses at the end of the first or second semester are ineligible for the entire succeeding semester.  However, a student who becomes academically ineligible at the end of the second semester may regain eligibility through summer school attendance and successful completion of approved courses (by the principal) that enable the student to meet the district’s eligibility standards.  Such course work must be completed prior to the start of the fall semester.

H. Special education students or students covered by a Section 504 plan shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress, as determined by the student’s staffing team towards the goals and objective on the student’s IEP or accommodation plan.

3. Student Good Conduct and Related Rules

A. Any student who, after a hearing at which the student shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis of the allegation, and given an opportunity to tell the student’s side, is found to have violated the ELC good Conduct Rule will be deemed ineligible for a period of time, as described below.  A student may lose eligibility under the good Conduct Rule for preponderance of evidence of any of the following behaviors:

1) Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine (use includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s breath.)

2) Possession, use, or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age.

3) Possession, use, or purchase of illegal drugs or the unauthorized possession, use, or purchase of otherwise lawful drugs.

4) Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system excluding minor traffic offenses, regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s).

5) Inappropriate or offensive conduct, such as fighting, insubordination (talking back or refusing to cooperate with authorities), violations of ELC Internet policy resulting in suspension of such privilege for a period of one year or more, hazing, or harassment of others.

6) In situations where there are multiple violations or charges, the administration will determine the ineligibility period based on the number and type of violations or charges.

B. When the administration believes it is more likely than not that the student violated the good Conduct Rule during school year or summer, the student is subject to a loss of eligibility as follows:

            First Occurrence

1. Minimum of two (2) public performance dates.

2. Ten (10) hours of school/community service.

3. If not community service, then a minimum of four (4) public performances.

4. An additional two (2) public performances if not reported to the principal or activities director within four (4) calendar days of the violation.

            Second Occurrence

1. Minimum of six (6) public performances.

2. If violations involves substance abuse, then six (6) hours of counseling (at student’s/parent’s expense) within the time frame and at an agency prescribed by the administration.

3. If the violation involves substance abuse, then twenty (20) hours of school/community service.  All other violations would include forty (40) hours of school/community service.

4. If counseling and/or school community service is not completed, then twelve (12) public performances.

5. An additional four (4) event suspension if not reported within four (4) days.

            Third Occurrence

1. One year suspension.

2. Student must appeal to the administration to be reinstated after the one year has elapsed.

3. Minimum of three (3) letters of reference from parents/guardian, employer, counselor, or clergy.

4. Provisions of the appeal will include school attendance, behavior, and academic performance and, in cases of substance abuse, an outside agency’s evaluation.

          Special Circumstances:  A student who has not been convicted of a policy violation, but                          voluntarily seeks help by entering an inpatient treatment program (i.e. 30 or 45 days) for                           substance use/abuse, will be eligible for extracurricular activities immediately upon                                              his/her return to school (first and second occurrence.)

C. The period of ineligibility attaches immediately upon a finding of the violation if the student is currently engaged in an extracurricular activity and, if not or if not completed during the current activity, is begun or carried over to the time the student seeks to go out for the next activity or contest.  Students will not be allowed to begin a season in progress in order to serve their ineligibility.

D. Any student suspended out-of-school for violation of school rules will be ineligible to participate in any extracurricular or co-curricular practice or performance until reinstated by the principal or activity director.  In-school suspensions will be handled administratively.

E. All students begin high school with a clean slate.  High school begins the day after the last scheduled class day for eighth grade.

F. Students who go 365 days without violation will be placed back on step 1 (first occurrence.)  The date of a violation is determined by the date on which the violation actually occurred.

G. If the period of time between the violation and the students participation in any activity covered by this policy is twelve calendar months or more, the student shall not serve an ineligibility period for the violation.

H. If denial of a violation is followed by a later conviction, the denial serves as the first offense and the second offense penalty is instated.

I. Students that are ineligible at the end of an activity are not eligible for any ELC letters or awards.

J. An ineligible student shall attend all practices or rehearsals but may not “suit up” nor perform/participate.  A student who is placed on suspension (ineligibility) must remain as a member of the activity, continue to practice throughout the duration of the suspension, and successfully complete the activity in good standing.  Failure to do so shall be deemed as not to have served the prescribed period of suspension and the student shall remain on suspension until the ineligible period is properly completed.  Ineligible students are not allowed to participate in scrimmages against outside competition or in the football soap scrimmage.  Scrimmages against outside competition do not count toward contests or performances in which a student must sit out.

K.   Unless the student violated the Good Conduct Policy while on school grounds or at a school event or activity off school grounds, there will be no academic consequences (e.g., detention, suspension from school, school/community service) for the violation.

L. A student is said to have violated the ELC Good Conduct Policy if:

1) Found so by a court of law.

2) Admits to violating one of the standards.

3) Witnessed breaking one of the standards by one or more ELC staff members.

4) Accused upon signed, sworn testimony of one or more citizens which must be made in writing at the principal’s office or activity director’s office within thirty (30) days of said violations.  If the accused claims innocence, a three member panel appointed by the principal will, within five school days, conduct a hearing to determine guilt or sustain innocence.

5) Upon thorough investigation, the school personnel determine the student, beyond a reasonable doubt, committed the act.

6) Participation in a diversion program or other educational programs required by Juvenile Court Services.

4. If information comes via the “rumor route” about violations of the Good Conduct Policy, it will be investigated by the appropriate administrator.  The student(s) will be informed of the situation and be given the opportunity to explain his/her side of the story.  At such meeting(s), the parents/guardians shall be invited to attend.

5. If a student transfers in from another school or school district and the student has not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good conduct Rule in the previous school or school district, the student shall be ineligible until the full period of ineligibility has been completed if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our district of the fact of the student’s violation in the previous district.

6. Appeal Process

Step 1:  A student or parent contesting the declared ineligibility based on these rules shall be required to schedule an oral hearing with the principal and two faculty members selected by the superintendent within five (5) days of receiving notice of declared ineligibility. The student shall have, in writing, his/her objections to the decision at the time of the hearing.  The committee shall consider the evidence and make a decision with twenty-four (24) hours of the hearing and shall forward, in writing, its finding and decision to the student and parent.

Step 2:  A student may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools, in writing, within three (3) days and the superintendent shall then schedule a hearing with two (2) Estherville Lincoln Central Community School Board members present.  The committee shall consider evidence presented, including statements made by the student, and make a written finding of its decision with three days of the hearing, sending a copy to the student and parent.

 

503.5 Corporal Punishment

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Corporal punishment is defined as the intentional physical punishment of a student and is prohibited.  It includes the use of unreasonable or unnecessary physical force or physical contact made with the intent to harm or cause pain.  No employee is prohibited from:

          ·           Using reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain, in order to accomplish any of the following:

                      --          To quell a disturbance or prevent an act that threatens physical harm to any person.

                      --          To obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a pupil's control.

                      --          For the purposes of self-defense or defense of others as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.3.

                      --          For the protection of property as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.4 or 704.5.

                      --          To remove a disruptive pupil from class or any area of school premises or from school-sponsored activities off school premises.

                      --          To protect a student from the self-infliction of harm.

                      --          To protect the safety of others.

          ·           Using incidental, minor, or reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control.

Reasonable physical force should be commensurate with the circumstances of the situation.  The following factors should be considered in using reasonable physical force for the reasons stated in this policy:

          1.         The size and physical, mental, and psychological condition of the student;

          2.         The nature of the student's behavior or misconduct provoking the use of physical force;

          3.         The instrumentality used in applying the physical force;

          4.         The extent and nature of resulting injury to the student, if any;

          5.         The motivation of the school employee using physical force.

Upon request, the student's parents shall be given an explanation of the reasons for physical force.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977).

                                  Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975).

                                  Tinkham v. Kole, 252 Iowa 1303, 110 N.W.2d 258 (1961).

                                  Lai v. Erickson, PTPC Admin. Doc. 83-12 (1983).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8); 103.

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 275.

 

Cross Reference:        402.3  Abuse of Students by School District Employees

                                  502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503     Student Discipline

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99    2/16   

                                                                6/06

504 Student Activities

504.1 Student Government

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The student council provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for student leaders, promotes the common good, gives students a share in the management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearinghouse for student activities, seeks to interest students in school district affairs and helps solve problems that may arise.  Members of the council are student representatives who have direct access to the administration.

The principal, in conjunction with the students and licensed employees, shall set forth the guidelines for the student government's elections, operations, and other elements of the government.

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  504  Student Activities

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99  

                                                                6/06

                                                                4/16

504.2 Student Organizations

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Secondary school student-initiated, noncurriculum-related groups and student curriculum-related groups, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use school facilities for group meetings during non-instructional time.

Non-instructional time shall mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class.  Meetings shall not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations.  It shall be within the discretion of the principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations.  Activities relating to and part of the education program shall have priority over the activities of another organization.

Curriculum-Related Organizations

It shall also be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related.  One or more of the following questions will be answered affirmatively if the group is curriculum-related:

          ·           Is the subject matter of the group actually taught in a regularly offered course?

          ·           Will the subject matter of the group soon be taught in a regularly offered course?

          ·           Does the subject matter of the group concern the body of courses as a whole?

          ·           Is participation in the group required for a particular course?

          ·           Does participation in the group result in academic credit?

Secondary school curriculum-related student organizations may use the school district facilities for meetings and other purposes before and after the instructional school day.  Employees shall be assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum-related organizations.

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99

                                                                 6/06

                                                                 4/16

504.3 Student Publications

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Students may produce official school publications as part of the curriculum under the supervision of a faculty advisor and the principal.  Official school publications include material produced in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook, or writing classes and distributed to the student body either free or for a fee.

Any expression made by students, including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy.  The school district, the board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by employees or officials except as provided by law.  A faculty advisor shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.  The production of official school publications shall be guided by the law and by the ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.

Persons, other than students, who believe they have been aggrieved by student expression in a student-produced official school publication shall follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy 214.1.  Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced official school publication has been restricted shall follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy 502.6.

The superintendent shall be responsible for developing a student publications code.  This code shall include, but not be limited to, reasonable rules including time, place, and manner of restrictions.  The superintendent shall also be responsible for distributing this policy and the student publications code to the students and their parents.

 

Legal Reference:         Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

                                  Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F.2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).

                                  Iowa Code § 280.22 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  504    Student Activities

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99  

                                                                 6/06

                                                                 4/16

504.3R1 Student Publication Code

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS CODE

A.      Official school publications defined.

          An "official school publication" is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook, or writing classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee.

B.      Expression in an official school publication.

          1.         No student shall express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which is:

                      a.         obscene;

                      b.         libelous;

                      c.         slanderous; or

                      d.         encourages students to:

                                  1)       commit unlawful acts;

                                  2)       violate school rules;

                                  3)       cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity;

                                  4)       disrupt or interfere with the education program;

                                  5)       interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

                                  6)       infringe on the rights of others.

          2.         The official school publication shall be produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

C.      Responsibilities of students.

          1.         Students writing or editing official school publications shall assign and edit the news, editorial and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the student publications code and the law.

          2.         Students shall strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.

          3.         Students shall strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

   

D.      Responsibilities of faculty advisors.

          Faculty advisors shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

E.      Liability.

          Student expression in an official school publication shall not be deemed to be an expression of the school district.  The school district, the board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

F.       Appeal procedure.

          1.         Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in their exercise of expression in an official student publication shall seek review of the decision through the student grievance procedure, under board policy 502.6.

          2.         Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student publication shall file their complaint through the citizen grievance procedure, under board policy 214.1.

G.      Time, place and manner of restrictions on official school publications.

          1.         Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school premises.

          2.         Distribution in a reasonable manner shall not encourage students to:

                      a.         commit unlawful acts;

                      b.         violate school rules;

                      c.         cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity;

                      d.         disrupt or interfere with the education program;

                      e.         interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

                      f.          infringe on the rights of others.

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99  

                                                                 6/06

                                                                 4/16

504.4 Student Performances

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Students, as part of the education program, may participate in contests or other public and private events approved by the superintendent that will be of benefit to the student and the education program.  Performance at such events is a privilege.

Students, who perform at such events, serve as ambassadors of the school district and must conduct themselves in the same manner as required in the regular school day.  Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.

Students will be allowed to perform in these events only with proper permission and supervision and when the events do not disrupt the education program or other school district operations.  The events must be approved by the superintendent, unless it involves unusual travel and expense, in which case the board must approve of the performance.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy. In developing the administrative regulations, these guidelines should be followed:

                      ·           Performances by student groups below the high school level should be allowed on a very limited basis;

                      ·           All groups of students should have an opportunity to participate; and,

                      ·           Extensive travel by one group of students should be discouraged.

It shall be within the discretion of the superintendent to determine whether the event will benefit the education program and the participating students.  Contests or other performances by students unapproved by the superintendent shall be the responsibility of the parent and the student.

 

Legal Reference:         Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 280.13-.14 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.6.

 

Cross Reference:        502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503.4  Good Conduct Rule

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  904     Community Activities Involving Students

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Reviewed:    10/99  

                                                                 6/06

                                                                 4/16

504.5 Student Fund Raising

STUDENT FUNDRAISING

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with the permission of the Board.  Fund raising by students for events other than school-sponsored events is not allowed.  Collection boxes for school fund raising must have prior approval from the principal before being placed on school property.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

A master list of fundraisers will be submitted to the Board annually for review.

 

Legal Reference:         Senior Class of Pekin High School v. Tharp, 154 N.W.2d 874 (Iowa 1967).

                                  Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  503     Student Discipline

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  704.5  Student Activities Fund

                                  904.2  Advertising and Promotion

 

Approved:   4/14/97              Revised:    10/99

                                                              6/06

                                                              4/16

504.5R Student Fund Raising Regulation

STUDENT FUNDRAISING

Some fundraisers may be conducted for specific purposes:  i.e. uniforms, trips, etc.  When such fundraisers are held, the designated purpose shall be adhered to unless circumstances should arise that the initial purpose cannot be met.

For aforementioned fundraisers, records will be maintained by the responsible faculty member to include individual student records when necessary, and affiliated company contracts, and/or related records.  Because fundraisers are monies under the auspices of school district activity funds, it is important that strict records are kept and copies of the records shared with the building principal.

Money that is earned by a student for a specific cause cannot be spent on other items.  Nor, can students pass on their earnings to siblings or other students.  If a student fails to raise the required amount for the designated purpose, responsibility for payment falls to the legal guardian.  A ceiling will be set as to how much a student may earn through fundraising and application toward the individual’s function.  Money earned beyond that limit shall be placed in the appropriate activity fund.

If a situation should arise that there are too few students meeting the fundraising requirements to meet the purpose of the fundraiser, an alternative plan shall be presented to the administration and communicated to all concerned, including the Board and parents, that allows qualified students to participate in an alternative activity.  The balance of unspent funds shall be placed in the appropriate activity fund.

 

Approved:  1/01                                       Reviewed:    6/06

                                                                                 4/16

504.6 Student Co Curricular Activities

STUDENT CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Board believes that student activities at school are a vital part of the total educational program and should be used as a means for developing wholesome attitudes and good human relations as well as a means of self-realization.  Students who take part in an approved activity must realize that they represent the school and community, and that their behavior and appearance are of the utmost importance.  The sponsor of the activity subject to the district’s policies and regulations as well as any specific rules sets students forth.

Co-curricular Activity: An activity sponsored by the school in which the student performs or appears before the public.

Activities included but not limited to the following:  Athletics, Vocal and Instrumental Music,

Speech, Drama, FHA, FFA, Dancing and Cheerleading.

Non-school Sponsored Sports

A high school student who participates in school sponsored athletics may participate in a non-school sponsored sport during the same season upon approval of the administration.  Such outside participation shall not conflict with the school sponsored athletic activity.

Penalty:  Three weeks suspension or the remaining one third of the season.

Community Night

Wednesday night shall be recognized as “community night”, and efforts shall be made to complete school activities by 6:30 p.m.  Any exceptions must have prior administrative approval.  Sunday activities are also discouraged.

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1683; 1685-1686 (1988).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 106.41 (1993).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 280.13-.14 (1997).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.6.

 

Cross Reference:        504.6R  Eligibility

                                  508.2    Community Night

 

Approved:   4/97                  Revised:    11/98                         Reviewed:    10/99

                                                                                                                  6/06

                                                                                                                  4/16

505 Student Scholastic Achievement

505.1 Student Progress Reports and Conferences

STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

Students shall receive a progress report at the end of each grading period. Students who are doing poorly, and their parents, shall be notified prior to the end of the semester in order to have an opportunity to improve their grade.  The Board encourages the notification of students who have made marked improvement prior to the end of the semester.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held at least once each semester to keep the parents informed.

Parents, teachers, or principals may request a conference for students in grades kindergarten through twelve in addition to the scheduled conference time.  Parents and students are encouraged to discuss the student's progress or other matters with the student's teacher.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 280 (1999).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 256E.1(1)(b)(1) (Supp. 1999)

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), .3(7); .5(16).

 

Cross Reference:        505  Student Scholastic Achievement

                                  506  Student Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:    11/99                     Reviewed:  7/06   05/16

 

505.2 Student Promotion - Retention - Acceleration

STUDENT PROMOTION - RETENTION - ACCELERATION

Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based on the student's achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.

The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgment of the licensed employee and the principal.  When it becomes evident a student in grades kindergarten through eight may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the Board to retain students in their current grade level.

Students in grades nine through twelve will be informed of the required course work necessary to be promoted each year.  When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for the year, the student and parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the Board to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve with exceptional talents may, with the permission of the principal and parents, take classes beyond their current grade level.  Enrichment opportunities outside the school district may be allowed when they do not conflict with the school district's graduation requirements.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the appropriate regulations.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 279.8; 280.3 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(7); 12.5(16).

 

Cross Reference:        501  Student Attendance

                                  505  Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:    11/99                     Reviewed:   05/16

 

505.2R Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration Regulation

STUDENT PROMOTION - RETENTION - ACCELERATION

In general, students shall be placed at the grade level to which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and emotionally.  Normally, the educational program shall provide for the continuous progress of students from grade to grade, with students spending one year in each grade.

The philosophy of the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District concerning retention is to be sensitive to individual student needs, to identify deficiencies early, to effect corrective actions, to enlist parental support, to help students and parents learn to be responsible and accountable, and to retain students only in appropriate instances.  The purpose of this policy is to ensure that steps are taken early to correct the students educational difficulties.

Retention should only be done when it will benefit the student.  If retention is to be done at all, it should be done early in the student’s educational career.

Consideration for retention should include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Instances where the student evidences below average maturity in the physical, emotional, and cognitive areas of development.

2. Instances where the student evidences below average acquisition of skills, attention span, and related time on task.  Cooperativeness in acceptance of and completion of task may also be considered.

3. Instances where the student evidences excessive absences from school.  The general health of the student should be considered in relation to the absenteeism.

4. Instances where there is parental support for the decision to retain the student.

Early promotion or skipping of a grade shall be considered in rare and extreme cases, and then only with the unanimous approval of the teacher, principal, superintendent, and parents.  Teachers are urged to utilize methods and materials of instruction which will broaden the interests and achievements of those students who are academically superior and use promotion of skipping grades only in an extraordinary situation.

In determining retention for students in grades K-8, the following guidelines shall be considered:

  • If at all possible, the student will be promoted with his/her age level class.
  • Different interventions shall be tried based upon a plan collaboratively designed by parents and school personnel.
  • Appropriate development curriculum will continually be reviewed, so that accelerated curriculum is not the cause of students being below grade expectations.
  • If curriculum adjustments and other interventions prove to be unsuccessful, then retention may be considered at the K-2 level.
  • Program adaption should be the norm for students having difficulty with the regular curriculum in grades 3-5.  As a last resort, retention may be considered.
  • Students in grades 6-8 should be monitored on a subject by subject basis.  Satisfactory progress should be determined before promotion is given for a particular subject area.  Again, adaptive curriculum plans should be developed that encourages continual progress for certain students.
  • Summer school should be an option for students to help their academic progress. 

At least thirty (30) days before the end of the school year, the principal shall notify the parents and the superintendent of the decision to retain a student.  Parents shall be notified of their rights of appeal.  When a retention occurs, a record of that recommendation and its reasons shall be included in the student’s folder.

 

505.3 Student Honors and Awards

STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

The school district will provide a program that establishes honors and awards including, but not limited to, academic letters, scholarships and good citizenship awards for students to assist students in setting goals.  Students will be made aware of honors and awards and the action necessary on the part of the student to achieve them.  It is possible that students who have not attended the school district for their entire education or have not attended an accredited public or private school will not be eligible for honors and awards.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        501.6  Student Transfers In

                                  504     Student Activities

                                  505     Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99                                                              

                                                                     7/06

                                                                     5/16

505.4 Testing Program

TESTING PROGRAM

A comprehensive testing program is established and maintained to evaluate the education program of the school district and to assist in providing guidance or counseling services to students and their families.

No student shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
  • mental and psychological problems of the student or the student's family;
  • sex behavior and attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;
  • legally recognized, privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;
  • religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
  • income, (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program for receiving financial assistance under such program.)

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

It shall be the responsibility of the Board to review and approve the evaluation and testing program.

 

Legal Reference:         No Child Left Behind, Title II, Sec. 1061, P.L. 107-110 (2002).

                                  Goals 2000:  Educate America Act, Pub. L. No. 103-227, 108 Stat. 125 (1994).

                                  20 U.S.C. § 1232h (1994).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 280.3; 256B; 282.1, .3, .6 (2003).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.5(13), .5(21).

 

Cross Reference:        505     Student Scholastic Achievement

                                  506     Student Records

                                  607.2  Student Health Services

 

Approved:   4/14/97                    Reviewed:    11/99                 Revised:     2/05

                                                                      7/06

                                                                      5/16

505.5 Graduation Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the Board and the Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate.  Students who are in good standing and who meet the graduation requirements set by the Board are allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and in senior activities.  It is possible that students who are serving discipline at the time of the graduation ceremony or other senior activities will not be allowed to participate.  Students are not required to participate in the graduation ceremony.

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community Schools Board of Education requires that students successfully complete the following courses to earn a diploma:

English                                     8 semesters (8 credits)                       Required:  English 9

                                                                                                         English 10

                                                                                                         Speech

                                                                                                         American Literature

                                                                                                         Intermediate Composition

Science                                     6 semesters (6 credits)                       Required:

                                                                                                         Physical Science in 9th Grade

                                                                                                         Biology in 10th Grade

                                                                                                        

Mathematics                              6 semesters (6 credits)                       Required:  Algebra I

                                                                                                           Or Its Equivalent

Social Science                          6 semesters (6 credits)                       Required: 2 semesters  

                                                                                                            American History

                                                                                                         American Government

Computer                                  1 semester   (1 credit)

Physical Education                    8 semesters  (4 credits)

Career Technical Education        1 semester (1 credit)

 

Personal Finance                       1 semester (1 credit)

Health                                       1 semester (1 credit)

Fine Arts                                   1 semester (1 credit)

Elective Courses                       13 semesters (17 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS:                                                                                                                48

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Notes:  Vocal Music Class, Treble Choir, and Band Class will meet daily.  Students successfully completing the defined curriculum will earn full credit each semester for these courses with their letter grade from these courses being calculated into the student’s grade point average.  Jazz Band and Swing Choir will be assigned a credit value of one-half (1/2) credit per semester.  Grades from these two offerings will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average.

In order for students to earn the Fine Arts credit, classes must qualify as appreciation or skill building in the areas of music, visual art or the performing arts.

All Physical Education classes will meet on an every other day basis.  Students will earn one-half (1/2) credit each semester.  Letter grades will be assigned to designate the levels of student achievement with those grades being calculated into the student’s grade point average.

The changes graduation requirements will be phased in over a period of four years.  This will affect the total number of credits needed for graduation.  The following chart reflects the transition of credits.

                     Yr. of Graduation                                             # of Credits Needed                               

                                                                                                  To Graduate      

                      Class of 2007                                                    48 – No Change                                                  

                      Class of 2008                                                   50 – Additional 2 credits used as electives

                      Class of 2009                                                   52 – Additional 4 credits used as electives

                                 

                       Class of 2010                                                   48 – Follow 8 English, 6 Science,                                                                                                                                                                                    6 Soc. Science, 6 Math for Graduation

                  

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described by the Individual Education Program (IEP).  Prior to graduation, the IEP team shall determine whether the graduation requirements have been met.  If necessary, other special situations will be considered and alternative requirements required.

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 279.8; 280.3, .14 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2; .3(7); .5; 41.10(9).

Approved:    10/86                Reviewed:    5/95                         Revised:     6/99

                                                                                                               1/02

                                                                                                               8/06

                                                                                                               3/09

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505.5R Estherville Lincoln Central School District Expectations

ESTHERVILLE LINCOLN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District believes that earned credits are one major indicator of student learning.  It is also the belief of the school district that the educational program and the curriculum development process should support the following expectations for all graduates of the Estherville Lincoln Central Schools:

  • Demonstrate interactive written and oral communication.
  • Use various strategies for managing complex issues.
  • Use resources and technology appropriately.
  • Assume responsibility for their actions.
  • Demonstrate consideration for individual differences and various cultures.
  • Create a positive self-image.
  • Become a valuable community contributor within our democratic society.
  • Value physical and emotional well-being.

The professional staff is directed to apply various assessments in order to determine whether the above expectations are being met.

 

 

Approved:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

505.6 Early Graduation

EARLY GRADUATION

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve.  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in Board policy.

A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a student and will become an alumnus of the school district.  However, the student who graduates early may participate in commencement exercises and be subject to all pertinent Board policies.

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2; .3(7); .5.

 

Cross Reference:        505  Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Revised:    11/99                     Reviewed:    7/06

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505.7 Commencement

COMMENCEMENT

Students who have met the requirements for graduation will be allowed to participate in the commencement proceedings provided they abide by the proceedings organized by the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the principal to solicit input from each graduating class regarding the proceedings for their commencement.

Failure of a student to participate in commencement will not be a reason for withholding the student's final progress report or diploma certifying the student's completion of high school.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.2; .3(7); .5.

 

Cross Reference:        505  Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99

                                                                       7/06

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505.7R Commencement Regulation

COMMENCEMENT

The commencement ceremony shall be a secular ceremony.  Students who have met the requirements for graduation will be allowed to participate in the commencement proceedings provided they will abide by the proceedings established by the administration.  If a student desires to be excused from graduation activities, application may be to the high school principal stating the reasons.

Failure of a student to participate in commencement will not be reason for withholding the student’s diploma.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The senior with the highest cumulative point average for all academic courses taken in grades 9-12 will be named valedictorian and the senior with the next highest will be named salutatorian.  In case of a tie, these persons would be named as co-valedictorians or co-salutatorians.

The students, so recognized, must have spent four semesters in the Estherville Lincoln Central High School and must have attended Estherville Lincoln Central High School during their senior year.

The student must have entered high school the same year as the class.  For example, a senior in the Class of 2000 entered high school as a freshman in the fall of 1996.  The one exception would be for the student who dropped behind because of illness.

 

505.9 Homework

HOMEWORK

Homework can be an effective teaching/learning activity.  It is important that students develop the daily habit of independent learning outside of the classroom.  Plus, it is recognized that home involvement in a student’s academic development further promotes the parent-school partnership in the education of our youth.

All homework should have a specific purpose relative to the curriculum and previous instruction, and not be assigned as busy work.  It should not be given for disciplinary purposes.  The quantity of homework should also be reasonable, and consistent with the following guidelines. *

                        K-1 - No homework, but give students a job assignment, i.e. bring five

                        pictures of things that begin with the letter “A”.

                        2-4 -      10-30 minutes of homework.

                        5-6 -      20-40 minutes of homework.

                        7-8 -      30-75 minutes of homework.

                   **   9-10 -    60-90 minutes of homework

                   **   11-12 - 60-120 minutes of homework

                        * The number of minutes are the suggested total minutes of homework,

                           not minutes per class.

                        ** Based on 5-6 classes

 

All homework should involve some type of immediate follow-up and evaluation, so skills and knowledge are reinforced and students are kept informed of their academic standing.

It is important that the schools teach study skills, so students know how to be independent, self-directed learners.  It is also suggested that homework assignments be discouraged before vacations.

 

 

Adopted:   5/00                                                                                                                                     Reviewed:    7/06

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506 Student Records

506.1 Student Records Access

STUDENT RECORDS ACCESS

The Board recognizes the importance of maintaining student records and preserving their confidentiality.  Student records containing personally identifiable information shall be kept confidential at collection, storage, disclosure and destruction stages.  Student records shall be maintained by the Board secretary and housed in the central administration office following completion of the student’s schooling.

Parents and eligible students shall have access to the student's records during the regular business hours of the school district.  An eligible student is a student who has reached eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education.  Parents of an eligible student shall be provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined by the Internal Revenue Code as a dependent.  In that case, the parents may be provided access without the written permission of the student.  A representative of the parents or eligible student, who has received written permission from the parents or eligible student, may inspect and review a special education student's student records.  Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the school district has a court order stating such or when the district has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records.

A student record may contain information on more than one student.  Parents shall have the right to access the information relating to their student or to be informed of the information.  Eligible students shall also have the right to access the information relating to themselves or be informed of the information.

Parents and eligible students shall have a right to access the student's records upon request without unnecessary delay and in no instance more than forty-five days after the request is made.  Parents, an eligible student, or an authorized representative shall have the right to access the student's records prior to an Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting or hearing.

Copies of student records will only be provided if failure to do so would effectively prevent the parents or student from exercising the right to access the student records.  Fees for copies of the records shall be waived if it would prevent the parents or student from accessing the records.  A fee may not be charged to search or retrieve information from student records.

Upon the request of parents or an eligible student, the school district shall provide an explanation and interpretation of the student record and a list of the types and locations of records collected, maintained or used by the school district.

If the parents or an eligible student believes the information in the student records is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or an eligible student may request that the school district amend the student records.  If the school district determines an amendment shall be made to the student record, the school district shall make the amendment and inform the parents or the eligible student of the decision in writing.

If the school district determines that amendment of the student's record is not appropriate, it shall inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the school district.  If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the student record is further denied, the parents or the eligible student shall have the opportunity to place an explanatory letter in the student record commenting on the school district's decision or setting forth the reasoning for disagreeing with the school district.  Additions to the student's records shall become a part of the student record and be maintained like other student records.  If the school district discloses the student records, the explanation by the parents shall also be disclosed.

Student records may be disclosed in limited circumstances without parental or eligible student's written permission.  This disclosure is made on the condition that the student record will not be disclosed to a third party without the written permission of the parents or the eligible student.  This disclosure may be made to the following individuals or under the following circumstances:

  •  to school officials within the school district whom the superintendent has determined have a legitimate educational interest, including, but not limited to, board members, employees, school attorney, auditor, health professionals, and individuals serving on official school committees;
  •   to officials of another school district in which the student wishes to enroll, provided the other school district notifies the parents the student records are being sent and the parents have an opportunity to receive a copy of the records and challenge the contents of the records, unless the annual notification includes a provision that records will automatically be transferred to new school districts;
  • to the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Secretary of Education or state and local educational authorities;
  • in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received if the information is necessary to receive the financial aid;
  • to organizations conducting educational studies and the study does not release personally identifiable information;
  • to accrediting organizations;
  • as according to an interagency agreement between the school district and juvenile justice agencies;
  • to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
  • to comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena;
  • in connection with a health or safety emergency; or,
  • as directory information.

Individuals not listed are not allowed access without parental or an eligible student's written permission.  The superintendent shall keep a list of the individuals and their positions who are authorized to view a special education student's records without the permission of the parents or the eligible student.  This list must be available for public inspection and updated annually.

The superintendent shall also keep a list of individuals, agencies and organizations which have requested or obtained access to a student's records, the date access was given and their legitimate educational interest or purpose for which they were authorized to view the records.  This list for a student record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student and the custodian of student records.  The superintendent does not need to keep a list of the parents, authorized educational employees, offices and agencies of the school district who have accessed the student’s records.

Permanent student records, including a student's name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed may be maintained without time limitation.  Permanent student records must be kept in a fire-safe vault.

When personally identifiable information, other than permanent student records, no longer needs to be maintained by the school district to provide educational services to a special education student, the parents or eligible student shall be notified.  This notice is normally given after a student graduates or otherwise leaves the school district.  If the parents or eligible student request that the personally identifiable information be destroyed, the school district will destroy the records.  Prior to the destruction of the records, the school district must inform the parents or eligible student that the records may be needed by the parents or eligible student for social security benefits or other purposes.  In the absence of parents or an eligible student's request to destroy the records, the school district must maintain the records for at least three (3) years after an individual is determined to be no longer eligible for special education.

The school district will cooperate with the juvenile justice system in sharing information contained in permanent student records regarding students who have become involved with the juvenile justice system.  The school district will enter into an interagency agreement with the juvenile justice agencies (agencies) involved.  The purpose of the agreement is to allow for the sharing of information prior to a student’s adjudication in order to promote and collaborate between the school district and the agencies to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.

The school district may share any information with the agencies contained in a student’s permanent record which is directly related to the juvenile justice system’s ability to effectively serve the student.  Prior to adjudication, information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the parties without parental consent or court order.  Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the agencies after adjudication only with parental consent or court order.  Information shared pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.

Confidential information shared between the school district and the agencies will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.  The school district may discontinue information sharing with an agency if the school district determines that the agency has violated the intent or letter of the agreement.

Agencies will contact the principal of the attendance center where the student is currently or was enrolled.  The principal will then forward copies of the records within ten (10) business days of the request.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to provide training or instruction to the employees about parents' and eligible students' rights under this policy.  Employees shall also be informed about the procedures for carrying out this policy.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students of their right to inspect and review the student's records.  The notice shall be given in a parents' or eligible student's native language.

The notice shall include a statement that the parents have a right to file a complaint alleging the school district failed to comply with this policy.  Complaints shall be forwarded to Family Policy and Regulations Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., Washington, DC. 20202-4605.

 

Approved:   4/14/97                         Reviewed:    11/99                     Revised:    2/05 

                                                                              7/06

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Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 1415 (1994).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300.560 - .574 (1999).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 22; 279.9B, 280.24, .25 622.10 (2001).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 41.20

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

 

Cross Reference:        501    Student Attendance

                                  505    Student Scholastic Achievement

                                  506    Student Records

                                  507    Student Health and Well-Being

                                  603.3  Special Education

                                  708    Care, Maintenance and Disposal of

                                            School District Records

                                  901    Public Examination of School District Records

 

 

506.1E1 Student Records Checklist

STUDENT RECORDS CHECKLIST

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Subpoena or Judicial

Order                                                                                                                      Lawfully Issued    

Student Financial Aid                                                                                             Written Request    

School or Staff in                                                                                                No Written Request

Same School System                                                                                               Necessary          

Other School System

Where Student Plans

to Enroll                                                                                                                 506.1E2           

United States

Comptroller General                                                                                               506.1E2           

Dept. of Health,

Education and Welfare

Secretary                                                                                                                506.1E2           

National Institute

of Education                                                                                                          506.1E2           

Iowa Dept. of

Education Official                                                                                                 506.1E2           

Parent Inspection of

Student Educational

Records                                                                                                                 506.1E5           

Parent Request for

Hearing to Challenge

Record                                                                                                                  506.1E4           

Parent Authorization

for School to Release

Information                                                                                                          506.1E3           

Notification of Transfer

of Student Records                                                                                               506.1E6           

 

 

*Such written request shall be available for inspection by the parent or student and the school official responsible for record maintenance.

 

** When a student has attained the age of 18 years or is attending an institution of post-secondary education, the permission or consent required of the rights accorded the parent of the student shall thereafter be required of and accorded only to the student.

 

506.1E2 Request of Non-parent for Examination or Copies of Student Records

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E3 Parental Authorization for Release of Student Records

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E4 Request for Hearing on Correction of Student Records

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E5 Parental Request for Examination of Student Records

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E6 Notification of Transfer for Student Records

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E7 Letter to Parent Regarding Receipt of Subpoena

Uploaded Files: 

506.1E8 Juvenile Justice Agency Information Sharing Agreement

JUVENILE JUSTICE AGENCY INFORMATION SHARING AGREEMENT

Statement of Purpose:  The purpose of this Agreement is to allow for the sharing of information among the School District and the Agencies prior to a student’s adjudication in order to promote and collaborate to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.

Identification of Agencies:  This agreement is between the                                                   

Community School District (hereinafter “School District”) and (agencies listed)  hereinafter “Agencies”).

Statutory Authority:  This agreement implements Iowa Code § 280.25 and is consistent with 34 C.F.R. 99.38 (1999).

Parameters of Information Exchange:

  1. The School District may share any information with the Agencies contained in a student’s permanent record which is directly related to the juvenile justice system’s ability to effectively serve the student.
  2. Prior to adjudication information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the Agencies without parental consent or court order.
  3. Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the School District to the Agencies after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.
  4. Information shared pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.
  5. Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.
  6. Information obtained by the school from other juvenile justice agencies may not be used as the basis for disciplinary action of the student.
  7. This agreement only governs a school district’s ability to share information and the purposes for which that information can be used.  Other agencies are bound by their own respective confidentiality policies. 

Records’ Transmission:  The individual requesting the information should contact the principal of the building in which the student is currently enrolled or was enrolled.  The principal will forward the records within ten (10) business days of the request.

Confidentiality:  Confidential information shared between the Agencies and the school district will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent.  Agencies or individuals violating the terms of this agreement subject their entity represented and themselves personally to legal action pursuant to federal and state law.

Amendments:  This agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the agencies with respect to information sharing.  Agencies may be added to this agreement at the discretion of the school district.

Term:  This agreement is effective from     (September 1, 2001 or other date)      .

Termination:  The school District may discontinue informaton sharing with an Agency if the School District determines that the Agency has violated the intent or letter of this Agreement.

APPROVED:

 

Signature:                                                                 Address:                                                

Title:                                                                         City:                                                      

Agency:                                                                    State:                         Zip:                      

Dated:                                                                      Phone Number:                                      

 

 

Signature:                                                                 Address:                                                

Title:                                                                         City:                                                      

Agency:                                                                    State:                         Zip:                      

Dated:                                                                      Phone Number:                                      

 

 

Signature:                                                                 Address:                                                

Title:                                                                         City:                                                      

Agency:                                                                    State:                         Zip:                      

Dated:                                                                      Phone Number:                                      

 

 

Signature:                                                                 Address:                                                

Title:                                                                         City:                                                      

Agency:                                                                    State:                         Zip:                      

Dated:                                                                      Phone Number:                                      

 

This agreement is optional and can only be used if the Board has adopted a policy approving of its use.

 

 

 

506.1E9 Annual Notice

ANNUAL NOTICE

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over eighteen (18) years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five (45) days of the day the district receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal ( or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate of misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them or their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employees, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilty.

[Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to official s of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.  (Note:  FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.)]

(4)    The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information, as defined below, to be released.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

NAME; ADDRESS; TELEPHONE LISTING; DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH; E-MAIL ADDRESS; GRADE LEVEL; ENROLLMENT STATUS; MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY; PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS; WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OF ATHLETIC TEAMS; DATES OF ATTENDANCE; DEGREES AND AWARDS RECEIVED; THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT; PHOTOGRAPH AND LIKENESS AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.

(4)The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office,

U.S. Department of Education,

400 Maryland Ave., SW,

Washington, DC 20202-4605

 

[The School district may share any information with the Parties contained in a student’s permanent record which is directly related to the juvenile justice system’s ability to effectively serve the student.  Prior to adjudication, information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the Parties without parental consent or court order.  Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the School District to the Parties after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.  Information shared pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.  Information obtained from others shall not be used for the basis of disciplinary action of the student.  This agreement only governs a school district’s ability to share information and the purposes for which that information can be used.

The purpose for the sharing of information prior to a student’s adjudication is to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.

The party requesting the information will contact the principal of the building in which the student is currently enrolled or was enrolled.  The principal will forward the records within ten (10) business days of the request.

Confidential information shared between the Parties and the school district will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian nor can it be used as the basis for disciplinary action of the student.]

 

                                                                                      

506.1R1 Use of Student Records Regulation

USE OF STUDENT RECORDS REGULATION

Student records are all official records, files, and data directly related to students, including all material incorporated into each student's cumulative record folder and intended for school use or to be available to parties outside the school or school system specifically including, but not necessarily limited to:  date; academic work completed; level of achievement (grades, standardized test scores); attendance data; scores on standardized intelligence, aptitude, and psychological tests; interest inventory results; health data; family background information; teacher or counselor ratings and observations; and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns.

The intent of this regulation is to establish procedures for granting requests from parents for access to their child's records, use of the data, and procedures for its transmittal within forty-five days.

A.      Access to Records

          1.         The parent or legal guardian of a student will have access to these records upon written request to the School Principal.

                      The parent or legal guardian will, upon written request to the School Principal, have the opportunity to receive an interpretation of the records, have the right to question the data, and, if a difference of opinion is noted, shall be permitted to file a letter in the cumulative folder stating the dissenting person's position.  If further challenge is made to the record, the normal appeal procedures established by school policy will be followed.

                      A student, eighteen years or older, has the right to determine who, outside the school system, has access to the records.  Parents of students who are 18 years or older but still dependents for income tax purposes may access the student's records without prior permission of the student.

          2.         School officials having access to student records are defined as having a legitimate educational interest.  A school official is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); board members, a person or company with whom the school district has contracted to perform a special task, (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employee, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 

B.      Release of Information Outside the School

          1.         To release student records to other school(s) in which the student intends to enroll, the parents, legal guardian, or eligible student must be notified of the transfer and the kinds of information being released unless the school district annually notifies parents that the records will be sent automatically.

          2.         Student records may be released to official education and other government agencies only if allowed by state or federal law.

          3.         To release student records to other persons or agencies, written consent is given by the parent, legal guardian, or a student of majority age.  This consent form will state which records are released, to whom they are released, and the reason for the release.  A copy of the specific records being released will be made available to the person signing the release form if requested.

          4.         Before furnishing student records in compliance with judicial orders or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena, the school district will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parents, legal guardian, or eligible student are notified in advance.

          5.         Student records may be shared with juvenile justice agencies with which the school district has an interagency agreement.  This information is shared without prior parental consent.  The agreement is a public document available for inspection.  

  1. Hearing Procedures
  1. Upon parental request, the school district will hold a hearing regarding the content of a student’s records which the parent believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of students
  2. The hearing will be held within a reasonable time after receipt of the parent or eligible student’s request.  The parent or eligible student will receive reasonable advance notice of date, time and place of hearing.
  3. The hearing officer may be an employee of the school district so long as the employee does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
  4. The parents or eligible student will be given a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues.  The parent of eligible student may be represented by an individual of their choice at their own expense.
  5. The hearing officer will render a written decision within a reasonable period after the hearing.  The decision will be based upon evidence presented at the hearing and must include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision.
  6. The parents may appeal the hearing officers decision to the superintendent within (# of days)  if the superintendent does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
  7. The parents may appeal the superintendent’s decision, or the hearing officers decision if the superintendent was unable to hear the appeal, to the Board within (# of days).  It is within the discretion of the Board to hear the appeal.

 

Approved:   4/14/97                         Reviewed:   11/99                       Revised:      2/05

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506.2 Student Directory Information

STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school district.  Directory information shall be defined in the annual notice.  It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents will be given notice annually of the intent to develop a directory or to give out general information and have the opportunity to deny the inclusion of their child's information in the directory or in the general information about the students.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to provide notice and to determine the method of notice that will inform parents.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1988).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300.560 - .574 (1993).

                                  Iowa Code § 22; 622.10 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 41.20.

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720.

Cross Reference:        504  Student Activities

                                  506  Student Records

                                  901  Public Examination of School District Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99                 

                                                                        7/06

                                                                         6/16

506.2E1 Parental Authorization for Releasing Student Directory Inf

PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASING STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District has adopted a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  A copy of the school district's policy is available for review in the office of the principal of all of our schools.

This law requires the school district to designate as "directory information" any personally identifiable information taken from a student's educational records prior to making such information available to the public.

The school district has designated the following information as directory information:  student's name, address and telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student and other similar information.  You have the right to refuse the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information as directory information with respect to your student provided that you notify the school district in writing not later than September 1 of this school year.  If you desire to make such a refusal, please complete and return the slip attached to this notice.

If you have no objection to the use of student information, you do not need to take any action.

 

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RETURN THIS FORM

 

Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Parental Directions to Withhold Student/Directory Information for Education Purposes, for 19   - 19   school year.

 

Student Name:                                                                           Date of Birth:                                         

 

School:                                                                                     Grade:                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

(Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian/Custodian of Child)              (Date)

 

 

This form must be returned to your child's school no later than September 1 of this school year.  

Additional forms are available at your child's school.

 

 

 

 

Uploaded Files: 

506.2R1 Use of Directory Information

USE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The student handbook or similar publication given to each student which contains general information about the school shall contain the following statement which shall be published at least annually in a prominent place or in a newspaper of general circulation in the school district:

          The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the school district as needed.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing by September 1 to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

                      NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY, PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS, WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OF ATHLETIC TEAMS, DATES OF ATTENDANCE, DEGREES AND AWARDS RECEIVED, THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.

                      DATED                                          , 19   .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99

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                                                                        6/16

 

506.3Student Photographs

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

The Board will permit student "portrait" photographs to be taken on school premises by a commercial photographer as a service to the students and their families.

Parents will be notified prior to the taking of pictures by a commercial photographer for student "portraits."  In no case will students be required to have their picture taken or be pressured to purchase pictures.

Students or commercial photographers may take pictures of students upon consent for such things as the yearbook or student newspaper.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding student photographs.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 114.

 

Cross Reference:        506  Student Records

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99

                                                                       7/06

                                                                        6/16

 

506.4 Student Library Circulation Records

STUDENT LIBRARY CIRCULATION RECORDS

Student library circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the school district libraries and media center.  As a general rule, student library circulation records are considered confidential records and will not be released without parental consent.  Individuals who may access such records include a student's parents, the student, authorized licensed employees, authorized government officials from the U.S. Comptroller General, the Secretary of Education, the Commissioner and Director of the National Institute of Education, and the Assistant Secretary for Education and State Education Department.  Appropriate authorities in a health or safety emergency may access the student's library circulation records without the approval or the notification of the student's parents.  Parents may not access records, without the student's permission, of a student who has reached the age of majority or who is attending a post-secondary educational institution unless the student is considered a dependent for tax purposes.

It shall be the school librarian's responsibility, as the person maintaining the student library circulation records, to approve requests for access to student library circulation records.  Students' library circulation records may be accessed during the regular business hours of the school district.  If copies of documents are requested, a fee for such copying shall be charged.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the school librarian, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1988).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99 (1993).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 22; 622.10 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

 

Cross Reference:        506  Student Records

 

 

Approved:   4/14/97                   Reviewed:    11/99

                                                                       7/06

                                                                        6/16

507 Student Health and Well-Being

507.1 Student Health and Immunization Certifications

STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATES

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities or enrolling in kindergarten or first grade in the school district shall have a physical examination by a licensed physician and provide proof of such an examination to the school district.  A physical examination and proof of such an examination may be required by the administration for students in other grades enrolling for the first time in the school district.

A certificate of health stating the results of a physical examination and signed by the physician shall be on file at the attendance center.  Each student shall submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the superintendent.  Failure to provide this information may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Students enrolling for the first time in the school district shall also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, and other immunizations required by law.  The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so.  Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for suspension, expulsion or denial of admission.  Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, students entering the district for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission.  The district may conduct TB tests of current students.

Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law.  The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 280.13 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 33.5.

                                  641 I.A.C. 7.

 

Cross Reference:        402.2  Child Abuse Reporting

                                  501     Student Attendance

                                  507     Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                        7/06

                                                                          10/16

                                                                          

507.10 Wellness Policy

Code No.  507.10

  Page 1 of 3

 

WELLNESS POLICY

 

The board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.  The school district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.  By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students.  Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

 

The school district provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.  The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to positively influence a student's understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. 

 

The school district supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students' health status and academic performance.  Foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district, state, and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutritional standards.  Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals. 

 

The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; promote the availability of meals to all students regardless of income; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals.

 

The school district has developed a local wellness policy that included parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, and the public in its development.  The wellness policy includes a plan to implement, measure, and monitor the effectiveness of the policy.  The policy designates that all of the Building Principals will monitor implementation and report to the Superintendent and Food Service Director. The Superintendent shall report annually to the board of education for evaluation of the policy. 

 

Specific Wellness Goals:

 

Nutrition Education and Promotion:

The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion. Health education curriculum will be provided at each grade level.  The curriculum will provide knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.

 

Physical Activity requirements by the State of Iowa according to the Healthy Kids Act took effect July 1, 2009.

 

Physical Activity:

 

  1. Grades K- 5 will receive 30 minutes per day of physical activity

  2. Grades 6-12 will receive 120 minutes per week of physical activity in which there are at least 5 days that week

  3. Every pupil who is physically able to do so will complete a certification course for cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the end of grade 12.

     

  4. Recess is preferably outdoors

  5. Encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity

  6. Discourage extended periods of inactivity

     

    “Physical activity” means any movement, manipulation, or exertion of the body that can lead to

    improved levels of physical fitness and quality of life.

     

    For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond the physical education class.  Toward that end, the school district will:

     

  7. offer classroom health education that complements physical education

  8. reinforce the knowledge and self-management needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle

  9. reduce time spent on sedentary activities

     

    The school district values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Staff members are encouraged to model healthy lifestyle habits.  The district will provide helpful tools as needed to staff, parents, and students as provided by the Iowa Department of Education Healthy Kids Act in their Training Toolkit. More information can be found at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/learner-supports/healthy-kids-act

     

    The USDA Smart Snacks for Schools requires that all foods/beverages sold on campus from midnight through 30 minutes after the last bell of the school day must follow these requirements. To determine qualification enter each food item into the nutritional calculator (see link below) provided by the Iowa Department of Education/USDA and print out the reported results.

     

    https://schools.healthiergeneration.org/focus_areas/snacks_and_beverages/smart_snacks/alliance_product_calculator/

     

    This report shall be submitted to the Food Service Director before the items are sold.  These nutritional reports are being monitored by the Iowa Department of Education. 

     

    To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, the school will:

     

  10. operate the breakfast program according to USDA guidelines

  11. notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program

  12. encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children

     

    As an amendment of the Healthy Kids Act Section 273.2, Code 2007 of Section 143, the board of an area education agency or a consortium of two or more area education agencies shall contract with one or more licensed dieticians for the support of nutritional provisions in individual education plans developed in accordance with chapter 256B and to provide information to support school nutrition coordinators as needed.  As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:

  13. provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals

  14. encourage parents to include healthy foods and snacks in lunches brought from home(An addition to the handbook will include a policy for no pop, energy drinks, and other non-nutritional beverages.Only clear water bottles will be allowed.)

  15. encourage staff to model healthy eating habits by choosing healthy foods and beverages

     

    At the high school level there will be a variety of healthy choices of foods and beverages for foods sold individually via A la carte outside the reimbursable meal programs.  These choices, along with all foods/beverages sold to students, including fundraisers, will follow the nutritional requirements of the Healthy Kids Act that took effect July 1, 2010 and the USDA Smart Snacks in School that is effective July 1, 2014 following their chart below:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

     

Food/Nutrient

Standard

Exemptions to the Standards

General Standard for Competitive Food

To be allowable, a competitive FOOD item must:

  1. Meet all of the proposed competitive food nutrient standards; and
  2. Be a grain product that contains 50% or more whole grains by weight or have whole grains as the first ingredient*; or
  3. Have as the first ingredient* one of the non-grain main food groups: fruit, vegetables, dairy, or protein foods (meat, beans, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.); or
  4. Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup fruit and/or vegetable; or
  5. Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of public health concern (i.e., calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).  Effective July 1, 2016 this criterion is obsolete and may not be used to qualify as a competitive food.

*If water is the first ingredient, the second ingredient must be one of items 2, 3, or 4 above.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables with no added ingredients except water are exempt from all nutrient standards.

 

  • Canned and frozen fruits with no added ingredients except water, or are packed in 100% juice, extra light syrup, or light syrup are exempt from all nutrient standards.

 

  • Canned vegetables with no added ingredients except water or that contain a small amount of sugar for processing purposes to maintain the quality and structure of the vegetable are exempt from all nutrient standards.

 

 

NSLP/SBP Entrée Items Sold A la Carte

Any entrée item offered as part of the lunch program or the breakfast program is exempt from all competitive food standards if it is sold as a competitive food on the day of service or the day after service in the lunch or breakfast program.

 

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

Sugar-free chewing gum is exempt from all competitive food standards.

 

Grain Items

Acceptable grain items must include 50% or more whole grains by weight, or have whole grains as the first ingredient.

 

Total Fats

Acceptable food items must have

≤35% calories from total fat as served.

  • Reduced fat cheese (including part-skim mozzarella) is exempt from the total fat standard.
  • Nuts and seeds and nut/seed butters are exempt from the total fat standard.

 

Food Nutrient

Standard

Exemptions to the Standard

 

 

  • Products consisting of only dried fruit with nuts and/or seeds with no added nutritive sweeteners or fats are exempt from the total fat standard.

 

  • Seafood with no added fat is exempt from the total fat standard.

 

Combination products are not exempt and must meet all the nutrient standards.

 

Saturated Fats

Acceptable food items must have <10% calories from saturated fat as served.

  • Reduced fat cheese (including part-skim mozzarella) is exempt from the saturated fat standard.

 

  • Nuts and seeds and nut/seed butters are exempt from the saturated fat standard

 

  • Products consisting of only dried fruit with nuts and/or seeds with no added nutritive sweeteners or fats are exempt from the saturated fat standard.

 

Combination products are not exempt and must meet all the nutrient standards.

Trans Fats

 

Zero grams of trans fat as served  (≤0.5 g per portion).

 

Sugar

Acceptable food items must have ≤35% of weight from total sugar as served.

  • Dried whole fruits or vegetables; dried whole fruit or vegetable pieces; and dehydrated fruits or vegetables with no added nutritive sweeteners are exempt from the sugar standard.

 

  • Dried whole fruits, or pieces, with nutritive sweeteners that are required for processing and/or palatability purposes (i.e., cranberries, tart cherries, or blueberries) are exempt from the sugar standard.

 

 

 

Food/Nutrient

Standard

Exemptions to the Standard

 

 

Products consisting of only exempt dried fruit with nuts and/or seeds with no added nutritive sweeteners or fats are exempt from the sugar standard

Sodium

Snack items and side dishes sold a la carte: ≤ 230 mg sodium per item as served.  Effective July 1, 2016 snack items and side dishes sold a la carte must be: ≤ 200 mg sodium per item as served, including any added accompaniments.

 

Entrée items sold a la carte: ≤ 480 mg sodium per item as served, including any added accompaniments.

 

Calories

Snack items and side dishes sold a la carte: ≤ 200 calories per item as served, including any added accompaniments.

 

Entrée items sold a la carte: ≤ 350 calories per item as served including any added accompaniments.

 

 

 

 

 

Entrée items served as an NSLP or SBP entrée are exempt on the day of or day after service in the program meal.

Accompaniments

Use of accompaniments is limited when competitive food is sold to students in school.  The accompaniment must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item served and meet all proposed standards.

 

Caffeine

Elementary and Middle School: foods and beverages must be caffeine-free with the exception of trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine substances.

 

High School: foods and beverages may contain caffeine.

 

 

Beverages Standard

Beverages

Elementary School

  • Plain water or plain carbonated water (no size limit)
  • Low fat milk, unflavored (≤ 8 fl oz)
  • Non-fat milk, flavored or unflavored (≤ 8 fl oz), including nutritionally equivalent milk alternatives as permitted by the school meal requirements
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners (≤ 8 fl oz)

 

 

Middle School

  • Plain water or plain carbonated water (no size limit)
  • Low fat milk, unflavored (≤ 12 fl oz)
  • Non-fat milk, flavored or unflavored (≤ 12 fl oz), including nutritionally equivalent milk alternatives as permitted by the school meal requirements
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice (≤ 12 fl oz)
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners (≤ 12 fl oz)

 

High School

  • Plain water or plain carbonated water (no size limit)
  • Low fat milk, unflavored (≤ 12 fl oz)
  • Non-fat milk, flavored or unflavored (≤ 12 fl oz), including nutritionally equivalent milk alternatives as permitted by the school meal requirements
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice (≤ 12 fl oz)
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners (≤ 12 fl oz)
  • Other flavored and or carbonated beverages (≤ 12 fl oz) that are labeled to contain ≤ 40 calories per 8 fl oz, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fl oz

 

 

 

 

The Principal in each building will ensure compliance with these policies in their school building and will report in writing using the form provided by the food service director on the school’s compliance annually to the Superintendent and Food Service Director.

 

The Superintendent or his/her designee will ensure compliance with established school district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies and goals. 

 

The school district has conducted a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and practices.  The results of those school-by-school assessments have been compiled.

 

The Superintendent or his/her designee will report annually to the board and publish the report to the public regarding the effectiveness and compliance of this policy.

 

 

 

 

Approved:       6/06                             Reviewed:        6/08                 Revised:9/10                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                6/14                                6/14

                                                                                                4/17

                                                                                                10/20

Legal Reference:          Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq. (2005)

                                    Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq., 

                        Senate File 2425:

https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/SenateFile2425.pdf

                                    Iowa Code section 256.7(5)

 

Cross Reference:         504.6   Student Activity Program

                                    710      School Food Services

                                 

 

 

 

 

507.2 Administration of Medication to Students

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

The Board is committed to the inclusion of all students in the education program and recognizes that some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their educational program.

Medication shall be administered when the student’s parent or guardian (hereafter “parent”) provides a signed and dated written statement requesting medication administration, and the medication is in the original labeled container, either as dispensed or in the manufacturer’s container.

When the administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health practitioner with the student and the student’s parent.  Students who have demonstrated competence in administering their own medications may self-administer their medication.  A written statement by the student’s parent shall be on file requesting co-administration (student administration) of medication, when competence has been demonstrated. By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases or students at risk of anaphylaxis who use epinephrine auto-injectors may self-administer their medication upon the written approval of the student’s parents and prescribing licensed health care professional regardless of competency

Persons administering medication shall include the licensed registered nurse, parent, physician, and persons who have successfully completed a medication administration course reviewed by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners.  A medication administration course and periodic update shall be conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist and record of course completion kept on file at the agency.

A written medication administration record shall be on file including:

 

  • date                                                      
  • student’s name       
  • prescriber or person authorizing administration
  • medication
  • medication dosage
  • administration time
  • administration method
  • signature and title of the person administering medication, and
  • any unusual circumstances, actions or omissions

Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented. Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.  Medication information shall be confidential information as provided by law.

Disposal of unused, discontinued/recalled, or expired medication shall be in compliance with federal and state law.  Prior to disposal school personnel shall make a reasonable attempt to return medication by providing written notification that expired, discontinued, or unused medication needs to be picked up.  If medication is not picked up by the date specified, disposal shall be in accordance with disposal procedures for  specific category of medication.

NOTE:  Iowa law requires school districts to allow students with asthma or other airway constricting disease to carry and self-administer their medication as long as the parents and prescribing physician report and approve in writing.  Students do not have to prove competency to the school district. The consent form, see 507.2E1 is all that is required.  School districts that determine students are abusing their self-administration may either withdraw the self-administration if medically advisable or discipline the student, or both.

 

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Revised:  12/99

                                                                7/06

                                                                 10/16

                                                                 

 

Legal Reference:                  §§ 155A.4(2)”c”, Iowa Code (1999)

                                           Education[281] - §41.12(11)

                                           Pharmacy[657] - 10.16(204), IAC

                                           Nursing Board [655] - §6.2(152), IAC

                                           §124.101, Code of Iowa (1999)

                                           §147.107, Code of Iowa (1999)

                                           §152.1, Code of Iowa (1999)

 

 

 

507.2E1 Record of the Administration of Presciption Medication

507.2E2 Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of Prescription Medication to Students

507.2E3 Emergency Protocol for Medication-Related Reaction

 

Emergency Protocol for Medication-Related Reaction

 

  1. Extreme Allergic Reaction: An extreme sensitivity may cause a reaction. A reaction is rare and an extremely serious situation. The reaction may start rapidly, be brief, and require immediate action.

B.   Symptoms mat include any change in behavior and are not limited to:

  1. Feeling of apprehension, sweating, weakness.
  2. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea.
  3. Low blood pressure with weak, rapid pulse.
  4. Flushing, hives, itching.
  5. Shallow respirations, difficulty breathing.
  6. Nasal congestion, itching, sneezing, wheezing.
  7. Seizures, loss of consciousness, shock, coma.
  8. Difficulty walking, blue/gray lips or fingernails.

C.  Procedure:

  1. Get help. Stay with the individual with the reaction. Observe symptoms, note time.
  2. Immediate call to emergency service for transportation to health facility per emergency plan.

Example: call 911 in extreme reaction.

  1. Immediate adrenaline subcutaneous injection. Per standing orders.
  2. Continue observing vital signs (respirations, blood pressure, pulse, and level of consciousness). Provide emergency personnel with health information and summary of reaction.
  3. Notify school nurse, parent/guardian, and physician.
  4. If student is still at school in 15-20 minutes, repeat adrenaline dose.

D.  Follow-up:

  1. Complete school incident report.
  2. Consult with parent/guardian and physician on appropriate individual school emergency health plan.

 

 

 

Reviewed:  10/16

507.3 Communicable Diseases - Students

Code No. 507.3

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - STUDENTS

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  The term "communicable disease" shall mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.

 

Prevention and control of communicable diseases shall be included in the school district's bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan.  The procedures shall include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees and record keeping.  This plan shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent and school nurse.

The health risk to immuno-depressed students shall be determined by their personal physician.  The health risk to others in the school district environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the student's personal physician, a physician chosen by the school district or public health officials.

Since there may be greater risks of transmission of a communicable disease for some persons with certain conditions than for other persons infected with the same disease, these special conditions: the risk of transmission of the disease, the effect upon the education program, the effect upon the student, and other factors deemed relevant by public health officials or the superintendent shall be considered in assessing the student's’ continued attendance at school.  The superintendent may require medical evidence that students with a communicable disease are able to attend school.

A student who is at school and who has a communicable disease which creates a substantial risk of harm to other students, employees, or others at school shall report the condition to the superintendent any time the student is aware that the disease actively creates such risk.

Health data of a student is confidential and it shall not be disseminated.  In compliance with FERPA, health data shall be shared with staff on a “need to know” basis as described in FERPA regulations.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop administrative regulations stating the procedures for dealing with students with a communicable disease.

 

Legal Reference:         School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987).

                                  29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. (1988).

                                  45 C.F.R. Pt. 84.3 (1993).

                                  Iowa Code ch. 139 (1995).

                                  641 I.A.C. 1.2-.5, 7.

 

Cross Reference:        403.3  Communicable Diseases - Employees

                                  506     Student Records

                                  507     Student Health and Well-Being

 

 

 

Approved:   8/7/89                Revised:   9/14/92                        Reviewed:    7/06

                                           Revised:   4/14/97

                                           Revised:   1/99

                                           Revised:   2/17

507.3E1 Communicable Disease Chart

507.3E2 Reportable Infectious Diseases

 

Code No. 507.3E2

                                                                                                                              

REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

 

1-800-362-2736

While the school district is not responsible for reporting, the following infectious diseases are required to be reported to the state and local public health offices:

AIDS (report on AIDS form)                               Fifth’s Disease

Amebiasis                                                         Pertussis (whooping cough)

Anthrax                                                             Plague *

Botulism *                                                         Poliomyelitis *

Brucellosis                                                        Psittacosis

Campylobacter                                                  Rabies (Animal)

Chlamydia (report on STD card)                         Rabies (Human) *

Cholera *                                                           Reye’s Syndrome

Cryptosporidiosis                                              Rheumatic Fever

Diptheria *                                                         Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

E. coli O157:H7                                                 Rubella (German Measles)

Encephalitis, Arboviral                                       Salmonella (includes typhoid fever)

Giardia                                                              Shigella

Hansen’s Disease                                              Tetanus

Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E                                       Toxic Shock Syndrome

Histoplasmosis                                                 Trichinosis

HIV infection other than AIDS                             Tuberculosis

H. Influenzae Invasive Disease                           Tularemia

Influenza                                                           Venereal Disease

Legionellosis                                                        Chancroid

Leprosy                                                               Gonorrhea (report on STD card)

Leptospirosis                                                       Granuloma Inguinale

Lyme Disease                                                      Lymphogranuloma Venereum

Malaria                                                                 Syphilis (report on STD card)

Measles *                                                             Yellow Fever

Meningitis (bacterial or viral)

Meningoccal Invasive Disease

Mumps

                                                                       

* IMMEDIATELY REPORT BY TELEPHONE (NUMBER ABOVE)

Any other disease which is unusual in incidence, occurs in unusual numbers of circumstances, or appears to be of public health concern, e.g., epidemic diarrhea, food or waterborne outbreaks, acute respiratory illness.

                                                                     

Appropriate copies must be mailed to both the state and local public health offices.  School Districts must submit a report weekly if there are cases of mumps, chicken pox, erythema infectiosum, gastroenteritis, influenza-like illnesses and if the number is greater than 10 percent of the school district’s enrollment.

 

                                                                                                                                                                Revised (02/2017)

 

507.3E3 Reporting Form

                                                                     Code No. 507.3E3

 

REPORTING FORM

Source: Iowa Department of Public Health (1997)

REPORT THE FOLLOWING DISEASES IMMEDIATELY BY TELEPHONE (1.800.362.2736)

 

Botulism                                  Poliomyelitis                            Yellow Fever

Cholera                                   Rabies                                     Disease outbreaks of any public        Diphtheria                               Rubella                                    health concern

Plague                                     Rubeola (Measles)

 

REPORT ALL OTHER DISEASES BELOW.                                   WEEK ENDING________________

 

See 507.3E2 for a list of reportable infectious diseases.

 

Disease _______________________________________

 

Patient   _______________________________________

 

County or City _______________________________________

 

Date of Birth _______________________________________

 

Gender  _______________________________________

 

Name of Parent _______________________________________

 

Address _______________________________________

 

Attending Physician  _______________________________________

 

Reporting Physician, Hospital, or Other Authorized Person

 

 

Name  _______________________________________

 

Address  _______________________________________

 

Remarks ____________________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

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507.4 Student Illness of Injury at School

STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the school district shall attempt to notify the student's parents as soon as possible.

The school district, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have employees present administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the parents or qualified medical employees as quickly as possible.

It shall be the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the superintendent within twenty-four hours after the student is injured.

Annually, parents shall be required to complete a medical emergency authorization form indicating the procedures to be followed, if possible, in an emergency involving their child.  The authorization form will also include the phone numbers of the parents and alternative numbers to call in case of an injury or illness.

The superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the procedure in the event a student should become ill or be injured at school.

 

Legal Reference:                Iowa Code § 613.17 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:               507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                     7/06

                                                                     2/17

507.4E Parts of Body Injured

                                  Code No. 507.4E

PARTS OF BODY INJURED

 

HEAD/NECK              UPPER EXTREMITIES                   LOWER EXTREMITIES              TRUNK

__Skull                       __Shoulders R/L                            __Hips R/L                                __Upper Back

__Face                       __Upper Arms R/L                         __Thighs R/L                             __Lower Back

__Neck                       __Elbow R/L                                 __Knee R/L                               __Collarbone

__Ear(s) R/L               __Forearm(s) R/L                           __Lower Leg(s) R/L                    __Chest

__Eye(s) R/L               __Wrist(s) R/L                               __Ankle(s) R/L                           __Lung(s)

__Nose                      __Hand(s) R/L                               __Foot R/L                                __Ribs

__Teeth                      __Finger(s) R/L                              __Toe(s)                                   __Pelvis

__Mouth                                                                                                                          __Internal

 

SPECIFIC TYPE OF INJURY

 

__Amputation             __Concussion                               __Inflammation                          __Puncture

__Asphyxiation           __Cut/Laceration/Abrasion             __Ligaments/Cartilage               __Shock(Elec)

__Bite                        __Dislocation                                __Overheated                            __Sprain/Strain

__Bruise                     __Fracture                                     __Paralysis                               __Sting

__Burn                       __Frostbite                                   __Poisoning                              __Teeth Injury

__Chest Pain              __Hearing Loss                             (solid, liquid, gas, vapor)           __Vision Loss

__Other (Specify)                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

MARK INJURED AREAS OF BODY

507.4E1 Accident Form

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507.5 Emergency Drills

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Students will be informed of the action to take in an emergency.  Emergency drills for fire, weather, and other disasters shall be conducted each school year.  Fire and tornado drills shall be each conducted regularly during the academic school year with a minimum of two before December 31 and two after January 1.

Employees shall participate in emergency drills.  Licensed employees shall be responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 100.31 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 41.27(3).

Cross Reference:        507     Student Health and Well-Being

                                  711.7  School Bus Safety Instruction

                                  804     Safety Program

 

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                     7/06

                                                                     4/17

 

507.6 Student Insurance

STUDENT INSURANCE

Students shall have the opportunity to participate in the health and accident insurance plan selected by the school district.  The cost of the health and accident insurance program shall be borne by the student.  Participation in the insurance health and accident plan is not a contract with the school district, but rather, a contract between the insurance company and the student.

Students participating in extracurricular athletics shall be required to have health and accident insurance.  The student shall bring written proof of insurance or participate in the health and accident insurance program selected by the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        504  Student Activities

                                  507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                       7/06

                                                                        4/17

507.7 Custoday and Parental Rights

CUSTODY AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

Disagreements between family members are not the responsibility of the school district.  The school district will not take the "side" of one family member over another in a disagreement about custody or parental rights.  Court orders that have been issued shall be followed by the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the school district to inform and provide the school district the court order allowing such action.

This policy does not prohibit an employee from listening to a student's problems and concerns.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure employees remain neutral in a disagreement about custody and parental rights.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 232.67, .70, .73, .75; 235A; 279.8; 710.6 (1995).

                                  441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.

 

Cross Reference:        506  Student Records

                                  507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                       7/06

                                                                       4/17

 

507.8 Student Special Health Services

STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Board recognizes that there are some special education students who are in need of special health services during the school day.  These students shall receive confidential special health services in conjunction with their education program.

The superintendent, in conjunction with licensed health personnel, shall draft administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982).

                                  Springdale School District #50 v. Grace, 693 F.2d 41 (8th Cir. 1982).

                                  Southeast Warren Comm. School District v. Dept. of Public Instruction, 285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979).

                                  20 U.S.C. §§1400 et seq. (1988).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (1993).

                                  Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (1995).

                                  281 I.A.C. 41.

 

Cross Reference:        502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                  506     Student Records

                                  603.3  Special Education

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                     7/06

                                                                      4/17

507.9 Crisis Prevention/Intervention/Awareness

CRISIS PREVENTION/INTERVENTION/AWARENESS

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education recognizes that violence, suicide, accidents, and tragedies are part of our society.

As such, the Board desires a comprehensive management program which includes a plan that is proactive and includes prevention, intervention, response, aftermath, and recovery components that address potential and materialized problems.

The Board supports the following activities:

(1) Establishment of procedures for dealing with trauma, tragedy and loss of life within our schools.

(2) Provision of materials and other resources to increase awareness of relevant issues.

(3) Provision of appropriate staff development especially for intervention methods and procedures.

(4) Development of appropriate curriculum that educates students in health and sociological issues and encourages greater self-esteem and self-responsibility.

(5) Establishment of Crisis Management Response Teams at the school level supported by a central Crisis Management Advisory Team.

 

Cross Reference:        502.6    Weapon

                                  502.10  Harassment

                                  603.5    Health Education

 

Approved:    10/98                          Reviewed:    7/06

                                                                            4/17

508 Miscellaneous Student-Related Maters

508.1 Class of Student Group Gifts

CLASS OR STUDENT GROUP GIFTS

The Board welcomes gifts to the school district from a class or student group.  While class gifts to the school district do not require the approval of the superintendent, the Board encourages students to consult with the superintendent or other licensed employees prior to selecting a gift for the school district.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 68B; 722.1, .2 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        704.4  Gifts - Grants – Bequests

 

Approved:    4/14/97                  Reviewed:    12/99

                                                                       7/06

                                                                        4/17

508.2 Community Night

COMMUNITY NIGHT

In keeping with good community relations, student school activities will not be scheduled on Wednesday night beyond 6:30 p.m. whenever possible.  It shall be the responsibility of the principal to oversee the scheduling of school activities for compliance with this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:        900  Principles and Objectives for Community Relations