100 SCHOOL DISTRICT

100 LEGAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Iowa law authorizes the creation of a Common Schools System.  As part of this Common Schools System, this school district is a school corporation created and organized under Iowa law.  This school district is known as the Mid-Prairie Community School District.

This school corporation is located in Johnson, Iowa and Washington Counties, and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Mid-Prairie Community School District Board of Directors.  This school corporation has exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in the territory of the school district.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 274.1, .2, .6, .7; 278.1(9); 279.8; 594A (2013).

Cross Reference:         200      Legal Status of the Board of Directors

Approved:       9-22-97

Reviewed:        4-8-02, 1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:          11-13-06 

 

101 MISSION AND BELIEF STATEMENTS

Mission Statement

Preparing today's students for tomorrow's world in a caring learning environment

Belief Statements

We believe . . .

1.         The district exists not to serve itself, but its students and their futures.

2.         Every student can learn, and needs access to outstanding learning resources, and a diversity of ideas, people and experiences.

3.         Every student is worthy of respect, ethical leadership, and a safe learning environment. 

4.         Student potential is maximized through a relevant and ambitious curriculum, effective instruction, rigorous thinking, and student effort.

5.         Involvement by families and community members is facilitated by frequent and open communication.

6.         Celebrating success creates a sense of community.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 256.11 (2013).

Cross Reference:         102      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                  103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                  209      Board of Directors' Management Procedures

                                  600      Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

                                  602      Curriculum Development

Approved:       4-8-02

Reviewed:        11-13-06, 1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:           4-14-03

 

102 EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Mid-Prairie Community School District is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students within the limitations of the school district's ability and willingness to furnish financial support.

Mid-Prairie’s educational program promotes a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that encourages critical thinking.

The board encourages students to look forward to the time when they will have jobs, families and places in the school district community. 

The program should provide for the interests, needs and abilities of all pupils, as well as for the requirements of the community.  The program should reflect a multicultural, non-sexist, non-racist learning environment.  In order to achieve this goal, the board will seek qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education.  Instruction in critical thinking skills shall be part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum.  The school district will strive to prepare students for employment, nurture creative talent, and prepare them to cope with social change.

The home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence.  The district strives to create within students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility and respect for authority.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 256.11 (2013).

Cross Reference:         102      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                   103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                   209      Board of Directors' Management Procedures

                                   600      Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

                                   602      Curriculum Development

Approved:       5-90

Reviewed:        2-22-93, 11-13-06, 1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:            9-22-97, 4-8-02

103 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the Mid-Prairie Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, gender identity, creed, age (for employment), marital status ,sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices.  There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  If you have any questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Amy Shalla, ashalla@mphawks.org, 319-646-6096. 

The board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing educational services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

The board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from educational activities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, creed, age, gender identity, socioeconomic status or disability.  Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.

Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to equal educational opportunities includes comments, name-calling, physical conduct or other expressive behavior directed at an individual or group that intentionally demeans the race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, creed, age, gender identity, socioeconomic status or disability of the individual or individuals or creates an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for education.

 

Legal Reference:          20 U.S.C. §§ 1221 et seq.  

                                    20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.

                                    20 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq.

                                    29 U.S.C. § 206 et seq.

                                    29 U.S.C. § 794

                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e.

                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 100.

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 104.

Iowa Code §§ 216.6;  216.9; 256.11; 280.3.

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.

Cross Reference:         101      Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                   401.1   Equal Employment Opportunity

                                   500      Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

                                   506.1   Student Records

Approved:       3-26-97

Reviewed:        11-13-06, 1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:           4-8-02

104 LONG-RANGE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectation of students and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals.  The board will conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board will authorize the appointment of a committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.

This committee will be called the School Improvement Advisory Committee and will meet periodically throughout the school year.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students' progress on state and locally determined indicators.  The superintendent will report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the board and committee's work, the board will determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the educational needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district's progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 21; 256.7; 280.12 (2013).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b).

Cross Reference:         101      Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                   200      Legal Status of the Board of Directors

                                   208      Committees of the Board of Directors

                                   603.1   Basic Instruction Program

                                   801.1   Buildings and Sites Long Range Planning

                                   801.2   Buildings and Sites Surveys

Approved:                  11-13-06

Reviewed:                  1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:

105 ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY

The Mid-Prairie School District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, staff, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board. Bullying and/or harassing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed. Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the school district that school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior in school, on school property, or at any school function or school-sponsored activity.

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, the defined words shall have the following meaning: 

  • “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optic cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging.
  • “Harassment” and “bullying” shall mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
  1. Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
  2. Has a substantial detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  3. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
  4. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
  • “Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
  • “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Filing a Complaint

A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the building principal or superintendent. An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the building principal or superintendent committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 60 days, or as soon as reasonably possible, of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The Complainant shall receive assistance as needed.

School employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about an act of bullying or harassment.

Investigation

The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The building principal or superintendent (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment. The Investigator shall consider the totality of circumstances presented in determining whether conduct objectively constitutes bullying or harassment. The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee shall also be responsible for developing procedures regarding this policy.

Decision

If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include suspension and expulsion. If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include termination. If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures, which may include exclusion from school grounds.

A school employee, volunteer, or student, or a student’s parent or guardian who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment, in compliance with the procedures in the policy adopted pursuant to this section, to the appropriate school official designated by the school district, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to participation in any administrative or judicial proceeding resulting from or relating to the report.

Individuals who knowingly file false bullying or harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation may be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment. Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds. 

Publication of Policy

The board will annually publish this policy. The policy may be publicized by the following means:

  • Inclusion in the student handbook,
  • Inclusion in the employee handbook
  • Inclusion in the registration materials
  • Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site,
  • (other) _______________________________________________________

 

                                         

 

 

Legal References:        20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i.

                                  29 U.S.C. § 794.

                                  42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7.

                                  42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 2et. seq.

                                  Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 280.28; 280.3.  

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

                                  Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

 

Cross References:        102      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    506      Student Records

 

Approved:                    9-10-07

Reviewed:                    1-23-12

Revised:                       11-28-16