500 STUDENTS

500 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 will 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 gender, race, color, sexual orientation, age, 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 will 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 vehicles; 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.

 

Board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies.  The term parents for purposes of this policy manual will mean the legal parents, 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, are directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Mid-Prairie Community School District, Wellman, Iowa, 52356, or by telephoning 319-646-6093.

 

 

OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

 

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 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO.  64114 (816) 268-0550, http://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html 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:         3-14-83

 

Reviewed:           8-9-93, 1-26-15

 

Revised:             1-8-96, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09

501 STUDENT ATTENDANCE

501.1 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 (2013).

                                    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:         100      Legal Status of the School District

                                    501      Student Attendance

 

Approved:                      3-14-83

 

Reviewed:                      1-26-90, 8-9-93, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                         2-26-96, 9-9-02                                             

501.2 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 is 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 shall be required to identify 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 October 1 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         501  Student Attendance

 

Approved:   3-14-83

 

Reviewed:   1-26-90, 8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09

 

Revised:      8-23-93, 2-26-96, 1-26-15

501.3 COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Parents within the school district who have children over age six and under age sixteen by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, will have the children attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the board.  Students will attend school the number of days school is in session in accordance with the school calendar.  Students of compulsory attendance age will attend school a minimum of 175 days or 1080 hours.  Students not attending the minimum days must be exempted by this policy as listed below or, for students in grades 7-12, referred to the county attorney or, for students in grades K-6, referred to the Attendance Cooperation process.  Exceptions to this policy include children who:

 

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

2.   are attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;

3.   are attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;

4.   are attending an accredited nonpublic school;

5.   are receiving independent private instruction; or,

6.   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.

 

The principal shall investigate the cause for a student’s truancy.  If the principal is unable to secure the truant student’s attendance, the principal should discuss the next step with the superintendent.  If the student is still truant, the principal will refer the matter to the county attorney. 

 

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

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 259A; 279.10-.11; ch. 299; 299A (2013).

                                    441 I.A.C. 41.25(8).

                                    1978 Op. Att'y. Gen. 379.

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    601.1   School Calendar

                                    604.1   Competent Private Instruction

 

Approved:                   3-13-83

 

Reviewed:                   8-9-93, 11-9-09

501.4 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 §§ 139A.8; 282.1, .3, .6 (2013).

                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 258.

 

Cross Reference:         501    Student Attendance

                                    507.1  Student Health and Immunization Certificates

 

Approved:         3-14-83

 

Reviewed:        8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          1-8-96

501.5 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 when necessary 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         501  Student Attendance

 

Approved:       3-13-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          1-8-96, 10-10-05   

501.6 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 will 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.  Students expelled or suspended from their previous school district will only be enrolled after approval of the board.

 

The superintendent or designee will 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 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 139A.8; 282.1, .3, .4; 299A (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    505.3   Student Honors and Awards

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

                                    604.1   Competent Private Instruction

 

Approved:                    10-21-96

 

Reviewed:                     9-9-02, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                       10-10-05

 

501.7 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 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 274.1; 299.1-.1A (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         501    Student Attendance

                                    506    Student Records

                                    604.1  Competent Private Instruction

 

Approved:    10-21-96  

 

Reviewed:    11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:       9-9-02, 10-10-05  

501.8 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 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4).

 

Cross Reference:         501  Student Attendance

                                    506 Student Records

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

 

Reviewed:                   7-13-92, 1-26-90, 8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                      8-10-92, 2-26-96

501.9 STUDENT ABSENCES - EXCUSED

Regular attendance by students 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.

 

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

 

The high school administration shall have the authority to develop an attendance regulation that permits sanctions for excessive absences and provides a structure for students to appeal for an extension of the established limit.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4).

 

Cross Reference:         501  Student Attendance

                                    503  Student Discipline

                                    504  Student Activities

                                    506  Student Records

 

Approved:       8-10-92

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 6-11-01, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          10-9-95, 10-10-05           

501.10 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.  Truancy will not be tolerated by the board.

 

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including suspension and expulsion.  It is within the discretion of the principal to determine, in light of the circumstances, whether a student may make up work missed because of truancy.  Students receiving special education services will not be assigned to in-school suspension unless the goals and objectives of the student's Individualized Education Program are capable of being met.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 294.4; 299 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4).

 

Cross Reference:         102      School District Instructional Organization

                                    501      Student Attendance

 

Adopted:         8-10-92

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93

 

Revised:          6-30-97, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

501.11 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/guardians, unless their parents/guardians appear 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/designee.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 294.4 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4).

 

Cross Reference:         501     Student Attendance

                                    503     Student Discipline

                                    504     Student Activities

                                    506     Student Records

                                   

Approved:       11-25-96

 

Reviewed:       10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          9-9-02

 

501.13 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 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22; 282.2, .6, .7; 285.4; 599.1; 622.10 (2013).

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

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    506      Student Records

 

Approved:                   1-8-96

 

Reviewed:                   1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:

501.14 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 no later than March 1 in the school 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 and on the district website.

 

Parents of children who will begin kindergarten in the school district are exempt from the open enrollment March 1 deadline.  Parents of children who will begin kindergarten shall file in the same manner set forth above by September 1 prior to the beginning of the child's kindergarten year.  Parents who have good cause as defined by law for failing to meet the March 1 deadline may make an open enrollment request by September 1 unless another deadline applies.

 

The receiving district will approve all other open enrollment requests according to the timelines established by law.  The parents may withdraw the open enrollment request prior to the start of the school year.  The receiving district’s superintendent shall notify the parents and sending school district by mail within five days of the superintendent's action to approve or deny 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.

 

An open enrollment request out of the school district from parents of a special education student is 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 will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the school district until the final determination is made.

 

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

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 139A.8; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2013).

                        281 I.A.C. 17. 1990 Op.  Att'y Gen. 75.

 

Cross Reference:         501    Student Attendance

                                    506    Student Records

Approved:       8-28-89

 

Reviewed:        8-23-93, 1-13-03, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          10-21-96, 10-10-05, 11-9-09

501.15 OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A RECEIVING DISTRICT

The school district shall participate in open enrollment as a receiving district.  As a receiving district, the board shall 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 shall take action on the open enrollment request no later than June 1 in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment.

 

The superintendent will notify the sending school district and parents within five days of the school district’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request. 

 

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 provided the required timelines are met.

 

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 are 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 grades nine through twelve open enrolling into the school district will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, at the varsity level, during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school district.

           

Parents of students whose open enrollment requests are approved by the board are responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement.  The board shall not approve transportation into the sending district.

 

An open enrollment request into the school district from parents of a special education student is 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 will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 139A.8; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2013).

                        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

                                    606.9               Insufficient Classroom Space

 

Approved:       9-28-89

 

Reviewed:        8-9-93, 1-13-03, 11-9-09

 

Revised:           10-21-96, 10-10-05, 1-26-15

 

 

501.16 HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The board will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving an 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 At-Risk Coordinator.

 

 

 

 

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

                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 11431 et seq. (2012).

                                    281 I.A.C. 33 (2013).

 

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:       10-21-96

 

Reviewed:        11-9-09

 

Revised:            1-13-03, 10-10-05, 1-26-15

502 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

502.1 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.

 

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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         500     Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

                                    502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    507.7  Custody and Parental rights

 

Approved:       10-21-96

 

Reviewed:       10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:           9-9-02  

502.10 USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The board recognizes the convenience to families and students of having students drive to and park at their school attendance center.  Driving a motor vehicle to and parking it at the student's attendance center is a privilege.

 

Students who drive to and park at their school attendance center shall only drive to and park at their designated attendance center.  Students may not loiter around or be in their vehicle during the school day without permission from the principal.  Students shall leave their attendance center when there is no longer a legitimate reason for them to be at their attendance center.  Students who drive shall enter and leave the parking lot by the routes designated by the principal. 

 

Students who live within one mile of school, and would not otherwise be eligible for a student driving permit, may be eligible for a student driving permit, for driving to and from school and school activities and practices, if the student successfully completes driver education, completes a interview with the superintendent to the satisfaction of the superintendent, and has parent permission.

 

Students who wish to drive to and park at their school attendance center shall comply with the rules and regulations established by the building principal.  Failure to comply with this policy or the school district rules shall be reason for revocation of school driving and parking privileges as well as other disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 321 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Approved :                  10-10-05

 

Reviewed:                    11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:

502.2 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    802.1  Maintenance Schedule

 

Approved:       6-13-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 6-26-06, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:           9-23-96

502.3 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 Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969).

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

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.22 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504    Student Activities

                                    603.9  Academic Freedom

                                    904.5  Distribution of Materials

 

Approved:       10-21-96

 

Reviewed:       6-11-01, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:    

502.4 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         214.1  Board Meeting Agenda

                                    215    Public Participation in Board Meetings

                                    309    Communication Channels

                                    502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504.3  Student Publications

 

Approved:       7-10-95

 

Reviewed:       6-11-01, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:            

502.5 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 students to keep their assigned lockers clean and undamaged.

 

To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned lockers, the principal of the building or his/her designee may periodically inspect all or a random selection of student lockers.  Either students or another individual shall 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 §§ 279.8; 280.14; 808A (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    502.8  Search and Seizure

 

Approved:       12-11-95

 

Reviewed:       6-11-01, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          10-10-05

502.6 WEAPONS

 

The board believes weapons, other dangerous objects and look-a-likes 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, dangerous objects and look-a-likes.  Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes will 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 weapons, dangerous objects or look-a-likes on school property are notified of the incident.  Possession or confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials, and students will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled for not less than one year.  The superintendent has the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for students on a case-by-case basis.  For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term "firearm" includes, but is not limited to, 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 are exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes.  Such a display will also be exempt from this policy.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal Reference:          No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4141, P.L. 107-110 (2002).

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

                                    18 U.S.C. § 921 (2012).

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

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)

 

Cross Reference:         502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:                 3-13-95

 

Reviewed:                 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                    2-26-96, 1-13-03

502.7 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 shall 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:

 

1.         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;

 

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

 

3.         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;

       

4.         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;

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 123.46; 124; 279.8, .9; 453A (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); .5(3)(e), .5(4)(e), .5(5)(e)

 

Cross Reference:        

502     Student Rights and Responsibilities

503     Student Discipline

507     Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:       6-13-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          9-23-96, 9-9-02

502.8 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 and articulable suspicion that a school district policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated.  The search is 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, will not create a protected student area and will not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect 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 vehicles; 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 officials.  The board believes that illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials may 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 is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, 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 (2013).

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

 

Cross Reference:         502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    502.5   Student Locker

Approved:                   12-11-95

Reviewed:                   10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:                      1-13-03

502.9 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 are made through the principal's office.  Upon receiving a request, it is 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 shall not be taken from school without the consent of the principal and without proper warrant.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 232; 280.17 (2013).

                                    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

                                    502.10 Search and Seizure

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    902.4   Students and the News Media

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

 

Reviewed:                   8-9-93, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                      12-23-96, 1-13-03       

503 STUDENT DISCIPLINE

503.1 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.  Appropriate classroom behavior allows teachers to communicate more effectively with students.

 

Students will conduct themselves in a manner fitting to 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 vehicles; 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.  Consequences for the misconduct will be fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.

 

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 participate in or obtain their education; 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 vehicles; while attending or engaged in school district activities will be suspended by the principal.  Notice of the suspension is sent to the board president.  The board will 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:

1.   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

2.   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

3.   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 TO PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

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

 

DETENTION DEFINED

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

 

SUSPENSION DEFINED

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 shall 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 shall not exceed ten days.  A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes and practice but shall not participate in school activities.

 

PROBATION DEFINED

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 will 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 will result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.

 

EXPULSION DEFINED

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.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SUSPENSION PROCEDURE

Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement will take place.  The Individual Education Program (IEP) is 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, An IEP team will meet to determine whether the IEP is appropriate.

 

REGULATIONS AND INFORMING STUDENTS/PARENTS

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy and to ensure that details of how this policy will be implemented will be included in the student handbook.

 

Legal Reference:   No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4115, P.L. 107-110 (2002).

                              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 (2013).

 

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    603.3   Special Education

                                    904.5  Distribution of Materials

 

Approved:                   6-13-83

Reviewed:                   8-9-93, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:                      9-23-96, 1-13-03

503.2 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 is 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 is 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 will keep records of expulsions in addition to the board's records.

 

When a student is recommended for expulsion by the board, the student is 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 (2013).

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

 

 

Cross Reference:         502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

 

Approved:                6-13-83

Reviewed:                 8-9-93, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:                    9-23-96

503.3 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.

 

Students enrolling during the first 9 weeks of school shall pay 100% of the book fees.  Students enrolling during the second 9 weeks or later shall pay 50% of the book fees,

 

Students leaving the first semester shall receive a 50% refund on book fees.  Students leaving second semester shall receive no refund. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.7(20); 279.8; 280.10, .11; 282.6; 285.1; 301.1 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 18.

                                    1994 Op. Att'y Gen. 23.

                                    1990 Op. Att'y Gen. 79.

                                    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:                   8-12-96

 

Reviewed:                    9-9-02, 10-10-05, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                       8-26-02, 1-3-03, 1-11-10

503.4 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 that 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 Activity Director shall keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

It is 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.

  1. CONDUCT REQUIREMENTS -ALL ACTIVITIES

1.  No student shall have in their possession or have used a controlled substance (tobacco in any form, any alcoholic beverages, electronic cigarettes, or drugs).

2. No student shall steal, destroy, and/or deface any school property.

3.  No student shall be convicted of a felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or serious misdemeanor.

           4.  If the student is observed violating one of the above by faculty, administrators, or law enforcement personnel, admits to violating any of the above, or upon thorough investigation by school personnel which determines the student committed the violation, he/she will be declared ineligible as described in Part C of these rules.

           5.  These are minimum requirements. Any further team rules specified by an activity coach/sponsor must be followed. Basic team rules must include: 

Bullying and Harassment

Hazing

Social Media Usage

           6. Nothing in this policy prevents a coach/sponsor from disciplining and suspending a player or performer for any conduct the coach/sponsor finds detrimental to the team or the school.

B.  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Any student who wishes to participate in any extra-curricular activity must be in school attendance by noon of the day for that activity. If there are unusual circumstances, such as a funeral, the principal and/or athletic director may waive the half-day requirement. This approval must be granted before the student leaves school. Students taking a full discretionary day are not eligible to participate in a contest or performance that day/evening.

           C. LENGTH OF INELIGIBILITY FOR NON-ACADEMIC VIOLATIONS

To determine the length of the ineligibility period(s) all extracurricular activities will be divided up into performing activities or leadership/service oriented activities.

Current activities include:

Performing: Athletics, Dance, Cheer, Fine Arts Ensembles, Plays/Musical

Leadership/Service: *Student Council, *NHS, *FFA, *FCCLA, Science Club.

*Affiliation with state or national organizations may require stricter eligibility requirements.

Any stricter requirements will require communication between sponsors and participants prior to any violation. Communication will be verified through student and parent signatures.

The length of the ineligibility periods will be assigned to each group of activities separately.

  1. First Offense – 1/3 of season ineligibility plus participation in an approved substance abuse counseling program
  2. Second Offense – 2/3 of season ineligibility plus participation in an approved substance abuse counseling program.
  3. Third Offense - One year, twelve (12) calendar months, of ineligibility shall be imposed from the date of the last offense.

For the first offense, 1/3 of the season will be determined as it applies to performing activities. However, for the purposes of Section C., the definition of a season shall be no more than 3 months.

Anytime there are three or more offenses within a year, twelve (12) calendar months, the last offense shall be considered a third offense making the student ineligible for one year, twelve (12) calendar months from the date of that offense, whether or not the student is out for an activity.

Time of ineligibility will start when there are performances or contests in the extra-curricular activity that the student is participating in. The ineligibility time will carryover from one extracurricular activity to the next until all time of ineligibility has been served.

In order for an ineligibility period of time to be considered officially served, the ineligible student must start and complete the entire performing activity “season” in good faith as determined by the sponsor/coach of said activity.

D.  VIOLATIONS HAVE OCCURRED WHEN:

For an offense to be considered a first offense it must have happened after initial involvement in any extracurricular activity that could start as early as the beginning of seventh grade. It shall be counted as an offense even if the student is not currently out for an activity.

For an offense to be considered a second offense it must be the second offense to have happened within twelve (12) calendar months. It will be counted as a second offense even if the student is not currently out for an activity.

For an offense to be considered a third offense it must be the third offense to have happened within twelve (12) calendar months. It will be counted as a third offense even if the student is not currently out for an activity.

E.  DUE PROCESS PROCEDURE

Due process procedures shall be followed in the handling of each case. Essentially the procedure will be the following:

  1. The hearing shall be handled by the principal. He/She may include the activity director, coach (es), teacher or other administrator as he/she chooses to hear the case.
  2. Prior to the hearing to determine whether a violation has occurred, the student will be furnished with a written statement from the building principal of the alleged misconduct sufficient to prepare a defense to the charge, setting out the student’s violations of the academic or conduct requirements set out herein.
  3. If the student denies the charge, the principal shall explain the evidence and give the student an opportunity to tell his/her side of the story.
  4. The building principal shall then determine whether the student should be declared ineligible. If the student is declared ineligible said ineligibility shall commence immediately.
  5. If the student(s) is not satisfied with the decision arrived at above, he/she will at his/her request, be granted an informal hearing before the Board of Education.
  6. If the student is not satisfied with the school board’s decision, he or she may appeal within thirty (30) days to the Department of Education. However, the ineligibility period will begin with the school board’s decision and will not be delayed pending the State Board’s decision.

 

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 (2013).

281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 36.15(1).

Cross Reference: 502 Student Rights and Responsibilities 503 Student Discipline

504 Student Activities

Approved: 3-14-83

Reviewed: 8-9-93, 1-26-15

Revised: 9-23-96, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 5-10-10, 11-13-17

503.5 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:

 

            1.         Using reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause

                        pain, in order to accomplish any of the following:

 

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

                        b.         To obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within

                                    a pupil's control.

                        c.         For the purposes of self-defense or defense of others as provided

                                    for in Iowa Code section 704.3.

                        d.         For the protection of property as provided for in Iowa Code section

                                    704.4 or 704.5.

                        e.         To remove a disruptive pupil from class or any area of school

                                    premises or from school-sponsored activities off school premises.

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

                        g.         To protect the safety of others.

 

            2          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:          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 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 36.15(1).

 

Cross Reference:         402.3  Abuse of Students by School District Employees

                                    502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503    Student Discipline

 

 

Approved:       6-13-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          9-23-96, 8-26-02

 

504 STUDENT ACTIVITIES

504.1 STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The student councils provide for student activities, serve as a training experience for student leaders, promote the common good, give students a share in the management of the school, develop high ideals of personal conduct, act as a clearinghouse for student activities, seek to interest students in school district affairs and help solve problems that may arise.  Members of the councils are student representatives who have direct access to the administration.

 

 

The principals, in conjunction with the students and licensed employees, shall set forth the guidelines for the student governments’ elections, operations, and other elements of the government.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         502  Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504  Student Activities

 

Approved:    6-13-83

 

Reviewed:    1-26-90, 8-9-93, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:       2-26-96, 9-09-02, 1-13-03

 

 

504.2 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Secondary school student-initiated, non-curriculum-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 will 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 is 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:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                  4.  Is participation in the group required for a particular course?

 

                  5.  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 are assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum-related organizations.

 

Non-curriculum-Related Organizations

 

Student-initiated, non-curriculum-related organizations are provided access to meeting space and school district facilities.

 

Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups.  Such attendance is strictly voluntary and student-initiated.  As a means of determining whether a student's attendance is voluntary, the principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.

 

Employees shall be assigned to monitor approved meetings.  Employees shall not participate in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing, or encouraging attendance.  Only students may be involved in and attend the non-curriculum group's meetings.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Westside Community Board of Education v Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990).

                                    Bender v. Williamsport Area Community School District, 741 F.2d 538 (3d Cir. 1984), vacated and remanded on other grounds, 475 U.S. 534 (1986).

                                    20 U.S.C. §§ 4071-4074 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 287.1-.3; 297.9 (2013).

 

 

Cross Reference:         502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504      Student Activities

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

 

Reviewed:                   6-11-01, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                      

504.3 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.  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 502.4.

 

The superintendent shall be responsible for developing a student publications code.  This regulation 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         309      Communication Channels

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504      Student Activities

                                                903.5   Distribution of Material

 

Approved:  3-14-83

Reviewed:  8-9-93, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:     12-23-96

504.4 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:

 

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

2.         All groups of students should have an opportunity to participate; 

and,

3.         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 (2013).

                                    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:     5-9-83

 

Reviewed:     6-11-01, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:       4-10-95   

504.5 STUDENT FUND RAISING

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with the permission of the school board.  Collection boxes for school fund raising must have prior approval from the principal before being placed on school property.

 

Prior to fund-raising the student group will submit a request to the school board.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                    Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         402.9 Solicitations from Outside

                                    502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503    Student Discipline

                                    504    Student Activities

                                    704.5  Student Activities Fund

                                    905.2  Advertising and Promotion

 

Approved:       5-9-83

 

Reviewed:       10-26-87, 6-11-01, 10-10-05, 11-9-09

 

Revised:          5-8-95, 1-26-15, 8-10-15            

504.6 STUDENT ACTIVITY PROGRAM

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

 

Students will have an opportunity to participate in a school activity unless the activity is not offered, the activity is an intramural or interscholastic athletic activity or the student cannot participate for disciplinary reasons.  If the activity is an intramural or interscholastic athletic activity, students of the opposite sex will have a comparable opportunity for participation.  Comparable opportunity does not guarantee boys and girls will be allowed to play on each other’s teams when there are athletic activities available that will allow both boys and girls to reap the benefits of school activities, which are the promotion of additional interests and abilities in the students.

 

Student activity events must be approved by the Activities Director unless it involves unusual travel expense, in which case the board will take action.  The events must not disrupt the education program or other school district operations.

 

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

 

It shall be the responsibility of the Activities Director to develop administrative regulations for each school activity.  These regulations shall include, but not be limited to, when physical examinations will be required, how and when parents will be informed about the risk of the activity, academic requirements, and proof of insurance on the student participating in certain 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:          20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1683; 1685-1686 (2012).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 106.41 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 280.13-.14 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.6., 36.15(7).

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    502      Students Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

Approved:                   11-10-86

Reviewed:                   4-13-98, 9-9-02. 11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:                      10-19-98, 10-10-05

505 STUDENT SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT

505.1 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 mid-point through the grading period in order to have an opportunity to improve their grade.  The board encourages notifying parents of students who have made marked improvement prior to the end of the semester.

 

Parent-teacher conferences will be held for all students at least twice a year to keep the parents informed.

 

Parents, teachers, or principals may request a conference for students 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.

 

The superintendent shall be responsible for the creation of administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; .280, 284.12 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), .5(16).

 

Cross Reference:         505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    506      Student Records

 

Approved:       3-14-89

 

Reviewed:       11-16-98, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          11-16-98, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09

505.2 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 is within the final authority 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 final authority 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 279.8; 280.3 (2009).

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

 

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    505     Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       10-11-93, 9-9-02, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          12-23-96, 10-10-05

505.3 STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

The school district shall 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 are made aware of honors and awards and the action necessary on the part of the student to achieve them.  Students who have not attended the school district for 2 years shall not be eligible for honors and awards that are based on class rank.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         504    Student Activities

                                    505    Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 1-13-03, 1-10-10, 1-26-15

 

Revised:         12-23-96, 10-10-05

505.4 TESTING PROGRAM

A comprehensive testing program shall be 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 program, to submit to a survey, analysis or  evaluation that reveals information concerning:

            1.         political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;

            2.         mental and psychological problems of the student or the student's family;

            3.         sex behavior and attitudes;

            4.         illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;

            5.         critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;

            6.         legally recognized, privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers; or

            7.          Religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;

            8.         income, (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under  such program).

 

It shall be 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 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 280.3; (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    506      Student Records

                                    607.2   Student Health Services

 

Approved:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       3-13-95, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          12-23-96, 1-13-02, 10-10-05

505.5 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the School Board for graduation. Students must successfully complete each grade level, grades one through twelve, and complete all the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the State Department of Education and the school board.

The requirement will be 56 semester credits or 28 units for students graduating from the Senior High School or the Home School Assistance Program (HSAP).  The requirement will be 40 semester credits or 20 units for students graduating from the district’s alternative high school program.  For the purposes of this policy, two (2) semester credits equal one (1) unit.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and the appropriate number of units/credits prior to graduation.

For students transferring between the Senior High program and the Home School Assistance Program, students must complete the last two years in the respective program to receive that program’s diploma.  For students transferring into the Alternative High School program, total academic credits needed for graduation will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.   

The Mid-Prairie School Board believes that a student’s post-secondary plans should determine the appropriate high school program.  As such, three options of graduation requirements are available to high school students based on three post-secondary options: preparation for success in a post-secondary occupation, preparation for success in a post-secondary two-year program, and preparation for success in a post-secondary four-year program.  Every Mid-Prairie high school student and his/her family are free to choose any of the three options.  However, every student must successfully complete one set of graduation requirements prior to graduation.

No matter which option a student chooses, all students shall meet the following minimum requirements:

4 units language arts (including 1 unit of literature and 1/2 unit of composition)

3 units social studies

3 units science

3 units math

Students choosing the post-secondary occupation option shall also be required to successfully complete either two (2) 45 hour job internships and successfully complete Career Immersion Leadership Assessment (CILA) or complete one (1) 45 hour job internship and one concurrent credit course and successfully complete (CILA).

Students choosing the two-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete 6 semester hours of community college credit or 3 semester hours of community college credit and 1 unit of Advanced Placement (AP) class(es).

Students choosing the four-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete two (2) units of foreign language and two (2) units of Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

Students choosing the two-year and four-year post-secondary program option shall be required to successfully complete either American Literature or British Literature, Advanced Composition, Biology, Earth, Environmental/Natural Forces, Chemistry and Advanced Algebra.

Students choosing the post-secondary occupation option shall be required to complete Biology, Earth/Environment and Natural Forces and either Physical Science or Chemistry, Basic Composition or Advanced Composition, Foundations of Literature or a literature course and Practical Math or Advanced Algebra.

In addition to the requirements above, all students in grades 9-12 of the Senior High program must take 0.5 units of physical education each year and must take 0.5 units of parent education, 0.5 units of financial literacy and health prior to graduation.  Students graduating from the HSAP must take 2.5 units of physical education and health prior to graduation.  Students graduating from the Alternative High School program must take 0.5 units of parent education and health.  The balance of the graduation requirements shall be made up of elective credits.

Starting with the 2016 graduating class, all students shall take one of three assessments before graduating.  The ACT, Accuplacer and ALEKS or the ACT WorkKeys.  Students with IEP's, may be excused from this requirement only as directed by the student's IEP Team. 

At the Senior High School, four years of vocational agriculture may take the place of one year of science, with approval from the principal.  If a student selects this option, credit may be given toward meeting graduation requirements.  However, unless the instructor is licensed by the State of Iowa to teach science, the students’ transcripts shall not reflect the course as science.

At the Senior High School, when illness, accident or other unusual circumstances are a factor, credit may be granted for work at a recognized extension school when supervised by the Mid-Prairie principal.  A maximum of three (3) such credits may be applied towards meeting requirements for graduation.

The required courses of study will be reviewed by the school board every third year or more often, if necessary.

 

Legal Reference:                     Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 279.8; 280.3, .14 (2013).

                                                281 I.A.C. 12.2, .5 .

Cross Reference:                     505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                                603.3   Special Education

Approved:       3-4-89

Reviewed:       10-11-93,

Revised:          9-14-98, 1-13-03,  6-12-06,  05-10-10, 3-12-12, 2-24-14, 1-26-15, 7-9-18

505.6 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 prom and commencement exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.2;  .5.

 

Cross Reference:         505  Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:   4-24-89

 

Reviewed:  10-11-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:     9-23-96

 

505.7 COMMENCEMENT

Students who have met the requirements for graduation will be allowed to participate in the appropriate commencement proceedings for their academic program 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.

 

Any student, at the discretion of the administrator, may be excluded from participating in the graduation ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5.

 

Cross Reference:      505  Student Scholastic Achievement

 

Approved:    12-23-96  

 

Reviewed:    10-10-05, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          1-13-03, 11-9-09

505.8 PARENTAL AND GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT

Parental involvement is an important component in a student’s success in school.  The board encourages parents to become involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success.

 

(1) Parent involvement in the development and improvement of the Title I plan will be accomplished through parent meetings conducted at each Title I building, participation of title I teachers in parent-teacher conferences, building level parent surveys, and home-school compacts between parents and teachers.

 

(2) The Title I parent involvement administrative regulation will provide direction to school personnel and parents on the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities.  In addition, district personnel will meet annually with Department of Education title I consultative staff.

 

(3) In conjunction with previously stated activities and strategies, capacity for parent involvement will be enhanced through a communication system that will include teacher and school building newsletters as well as the district’s website and blogs.

 

(4) Building, Child Study, and IEP meetings will provide opportunities to integrate parental involvement strategies across programs.

 

(5) Grade and school-wide data on student performance will be shared with the school board and public annually.  Efforts will be made to identify barriers that limit greater participation by parents in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents, minorities, parents with disabilities and parents with low literacy.)  Strategies for easing barriers will be implemented on an ongoing basis.

 

(6) Title I activities will be open and inviting to parents and families and will actively seek parent involvement, support and assistance.

 

The board will review this policy annually.  The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Legal References:       No Child Left Behind, Title I, Sec. 1118, P.L. 107-110. (2002)

 

Cross Reference:         903.2  Community Resource Persons and Volunteers

 

Approved:                   6-26-06

Reviewed:                   1-11-10

Revised:                      1-26-15

506 STUDENT RECORDS

506.1 STUDENT RECORDS ACCESS

The board recognizes the importance of maintaining student records and preserving their confidentiality.  Student records containing personally identifiable information are kept confidential at collection, storage, disclosure and destruction stages.  The board secretary is the custodian of student records.  Student records may be maintained in the central administration office or administrative office of the student's attendance center.  Student is defined as an enrolled individual, PK-12 including children in school district sponsored child-care programs. 

 

Parents and eligible students will 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 postsecondary education at the post high school level.  Parents of an eligible student are provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Code.  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 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.  Parents may inspect an instrument used for the purpose of collection of student personal information prior to the instrument’s use.

 

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

 

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

 

Copies of student records will 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 are 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 will provide an explanation and interpretation of the student records and a list of the types and locations of education 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.  The school district will decide whether to amend the student records within a reasonable time after receipt of the request.  If the school district determines an amendment is made to the student record, the school district will 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 will inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the hearing officer provided by the school district.

 

If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the student record is further denied following the hearing, the parents or the eligible student are informed that they have a right 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 will 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 will 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:

 

  1. to school officials within the school district and AEA personnel whom the superintendent has determined to 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;
  2. 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;
  3. to the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education or state and local educational authorities;
  4. 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;
  5. to organizations conducting educational studies and the study does not release personally identifiable information;
  6. to accrediting organizations;
  7. to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
  8. to comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena;
  9. in connection with a health or safety emergency; or
  10. as directory information.

 

The superintendent will 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.  Individuals not listed are not allowed access without parental or an eligible student's written permission.  This list must be current and available for public inspection and updated as changes occur.

 

The superintendent will 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.  The superintendent, however, does not need to keep a list of the parents, authorized educational employees, officers and agencies of the school district who have accessed the student’s records.  This list for a student record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student and the custodian of student 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 will 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 are 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 the records may be needed by the parents or eligible student for social security benefits or other purposes. 

 

The school district will provide training or instruction to employees about parents' and eligible students' rights under this policy.  Employees will also be informed about the procedures for carrying out this policy. 

It is 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 is given in a parents' or eligible student's native language.  Should the school district collect personal information from students for the purposes of marketing or selling that information, the school district will annually notify parents of such activity.

 

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

 

Legal Reference:          No Child Left Behind, Title IX, Sec. 9528, P.L.107-110 (2002).

                                    USA Patriot Act, Sec. 507, P.L. 107-56. (2001).

                                    20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 1415 (2012).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300, .610 et seq. (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22; 279.9B, 280.24, .25, 622.10 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4); 41; .610 et seq.

                                    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

 

 

 

 

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Approved:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 1-13-03, 10-10-05, 1-11-10

 

Revised:          12-23-96, 1-26-15

 

 

 

506.2 STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school district.  Directory information is defined in the annual notice.  It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, 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 educational agency or institution attended by the student, student ID number, user ID or other unique personal identifier, photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.  Student is defined as an enrolled individual, PK-12 including children in school district sponsored child-care programs

 

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents (including parents of students open enrolled out of the school district and parents of children home schooled in the school district) 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 is 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 (2012).

                                  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99 (2012).

                                  Iowa Code § 22; 622.10 (2013).

                                  281 I.A.C. 12.3(4); 41.123.

                                  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720.

 

Cross Reference:       504      Student Activities

                                  506      Student Records

                                  901      Public Examination of School District Records

                                  902.4   Live Broadcast or videotaping

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       11-9-09

 

Revised:           2-10-03, 10-10-05, 1-26-15   

506.3 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 (2013).

                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 114.

 

Cross Reference:        506       Student Records

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       1-13-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:         

506.4 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 media specialist’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 media specialist, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232g (2012).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 99 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), (12).

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

 

Cross Reference:         506      Student Records

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:    

507 STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

507.1 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 §§ 13A.8; 280.13 (2013).

                                    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:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          12-23-96

507.2 ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

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 administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel 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 of medication, when competence has been demonstrated.   By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases may self -administer their medication upon approval of their parents and prescribing physician 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 a record of course completion kept on file at the agency.

 

A written medication administration record shall be on file including:

 

1.   date;

2.   student’s name;

3.   prescriber or person authorizing administration;

4.   medication;

5.   medication dosage;

6.   administration time;

7.   administration method;

8.   signature and title of the person administering medication; and

9.   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.  Medicationinformation shall be confidential information.

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:      Iowa Code §§124.101(1), 147.107, 152.1, 155A.4(2), 280.16, 280.23 (2009)

Education [281] IAC §41.404(3)

Pharmacy [657] IAC §8.32(124, 155A)

Nursing Board [655] IAC §6.2(152)

 

 

Cross Reference:         506     Student Records

                                    507     Student Health and Well-Being

                                    603.3  Special Education

                                    607.2  Student Health Services

 

Approved:                   8-23-93

 

Reviewed:                   9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:                      12-23-96

 

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 immunodepressed 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.

 

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.

 

For more information on communicable disease charts, and reporting forms, go to the Iowa Department of Public Health Web site:  http://www.idph.state.ia.us/CADE/Default.aspx

 

Legal Reference:         School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987).

                                    29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. (2012).

                                    45 C.F.R. Pt. 84.3 (2012).

                                    Iowa Code ch. 139A.8 (2013).

                                    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:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       1-26-90, 8-9-93, 6-11-01, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          8-10-87, 10-9-95, 6-26-06   

507.4 STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school or as a participant at a school sponsored activity, 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 or as a participant at a school sponsored activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 613.17 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         102      School District Instructional Organization

                                    501      Student Attendance

                                    507      Student Health & Well Being

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       1-13-03, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          10-10-05, 11-9-09

507.5 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.

 

Each attendance center shall develop and maintain a written plan containing emergency and disaster procedures.  The plan shall be communicated to and reviewed with employees.  Employees shall participate in emergency drills.  Licensed employees are responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 100.31 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 41.25(3).

 

Cross Reference:         507    Student Health and Well-Being

                                    711.7  School Bus Safety Instruction

                                    804    Safety Program

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:

507.6 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.

 

A parent or guardian of a student participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics shall be required to sign a waiver if they do not wish to purchase the health and accident insurance selected by the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         504  Student Activities

                                    507  Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:       3-14-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          12-23-96, 6-26-06

507.7 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 (2013).

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

 

Cross Reference:         506      Student Records

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:     12-23-96

 

Reviewed:      1-13-03. 6-26-06, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised: 

507.8 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 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. (2012).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (2012).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 41.405

 

Cross Reference:         502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    506    Student Records

                                    603.3  Special Education

 

Approved:       3-13-83

 

Reviewed:       8-9-93, 9-9-02, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          12-23-96      

507.9 AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) AND PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATOR (PAD) PROGRAM

The Mid-Prairie Community School District has made a commitment to being a viable link in this community’s chain of survival.  In response to this commitment, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) unit(s) will be located in our buildings, subject to funding and/or availability, for use by trained lay responders.

 

The purpose of this policy is to allow district AED units to be used by trained and certified personnel and to provide AED coverage when appropriately trained personnel are available. 

 

Definitions: 

1.   “AED” means automatic external defibrillator

2.    “PAD” (public access defibrillation) means the operation of an automatic external defibrillator by a non-traditional provider of emergency care

3.    “PAD liaison” means the individual trained to maintain and train others in the use of the AED

 

AED Location:  The building location of the AED will be determined in consultation with the School Nurse/PAD liaison, Superintendent, Building Principal, Building Lead Custodian, and the Washington County Ambulance Director.  Factors to be considered include visibility, security and proximity to activities.  The AED will be placed in a suitable cabinet.  The Activities Director shall have the authority to determine if it is appropriate for the AED to be relocated during outside activities.  If the AED is moved from its cabinet, a visible sign will be left on the cabinet indicating the AED’s alternative location.

 

AED Team:  An identified group of individuals shall be trained to respond to emergency situations requiring AED use.   These individuals shall also be trained in universal precautions against bloodborne pathogens and shall be offered the hepatitis B vaccination.  This group shall include at a minimum the Superintendent, Building Principal, Activities Director, and School Nurse/PAD liaison.

                                                                                                           

AED Team Training:  The initial training on the use of the AED will be conducted by the School Nurse/PAD liaison according to a nationally recognized public access defibrillation provider course in accordance with American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines.  AHA Heartsaver Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification will also be taught at the same time.   After receiving initial AED and Adult CPR certification, review of these skills will be done quarterly.  AED and Adult CPR re-certification will be required every 2 years.  Training for universal precautions against bloodborne pathogens will be required annually.

 

Additional AED in-services and mock emergency drills may be conducted at any time by the School Nurse/PAD liaison.  Training records will be maintained in the nurse’s office at the appropriate school.

 

AED Use:  The AED shall be used in emergency situations warranting its use by individuals specifically trained in the use of the device by following Iowa Statewide AED protocols.  In the event of AED use, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be immediately activated by calling 911.  AED usage will follow AHA  Guidelines.

 

AED usage Documentation:  The AED Team Responder shall document an emergency situation using the school district accident form and the Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Utilization Form.  These forms will be completed and presented to the School Nurse/PAD liaison within 24 hours of the emergency.  A copy of these forms and the AED data files will be downloaded at the Washington County Ambulance Service within 48 hours of the emergency.

 

Post-Event Review:  Following each use of the AED, a review will be conducted.  The School Nurse/PAD liaison or designee shall conduct and document the post-event review.  All key participants in the event shall participate in the review.   A copy of the review will be kept on file in the nurse’s office at the appropriate school.

 

AED Maintenance:  The AED will perform a self-diagnostic test every 24 hours.  The AED will be checked for proper functioning by the School Nurse/PAD liaison each day when on campus.  Because the School Nurse/PAD liaison is not on campus everyday, her designee shall check for proper functioning using the procedure checklist.

 

The School Nurse/PAD liaison shall arrange to have the AED inspected annually by a trained representative of the Washington County Ambulance Service.  This annual inspection will confirm that the AED’s diagnostics are functioning properly.

                                                                                               

All equipment and accessories necessary for AED response to medical emergencies will be maintained and in a state of readiness by the School Nurse/PAD liaison.   The School Nurse/PAD liaison shall make arrangements with the Washington County Ambulance Director for replacement of weak electrodes or batteries in the AED. 

 

AED Management: the School Nurse/PAD liaison or her designee will manage the AED program.  The Washington County Ambulance Director or his/her designee will provide program oversight and direction.

 

AED Registration:  The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) program will be registered with the Iowa Department of Public Health, as required by law, and all applicable documents will be submitted to them.   Re-registration is required every five years.

 

AED Coordination with Local 911 Emergency Response Team:  The School Nurse/PAD liaison shall contact the Area Ambulance Service when the AED is installed and training is completed.   The School Nurse/PAD liaison shall be responsible for contacting the Area Ambulance Service if there are any changes in the AED or PAD program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 132

                                    42 U.S.C.§ 238Q

 

Adopted:                     4-13-03   

 

Reviewed:                   11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised:

507.10 WELLNESS

The Mid-Prairie School Board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The Mid-Prairie 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 Mid-Prairie 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 Mid-Prairie’s 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 Mid-Prairie School District supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students’ health status and academic performance. All school prepared foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the Mid- Prairie School District nutrition standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure high-quality meals and snacks.

The Mid-Prairie 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 Mid-Prairie School District may use electronic identification and payment systems; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or nontraditional methods for serving meals.

The Mid-Prairie School District will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of representatives of the school board, parents, students, staff, PE teachers, school food service, school nurses, and community members. The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and monitor the effectiveness of the policy. The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluation of the policy. The committee will report to the Mid-Prairie School Board regarding the effectiveness of this policy.

 

 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.,  

   Iowa Code 256.7(29), 256.11(6) (2013)

   281 IAC 12.5(19), 12.5(20), 58.11

Cross Reference:        504.6   Student Activity Program

   710      School Food Services

Approved:                   5-8-06

Reviewed:                   11-9-09, 1-26-15

Revised:                      10-13-14. 7-10-17

508 MISCELLANEOUS STUDENT-RELATED MATTERS

508.1 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 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         704.4  Gifts - Grants - Bequests

 

Approved:       12-23-96

 

Reviewed:       1-13-03, 10-10-05, 11-9-09, 1-26-15

 

Revised: 

508.2 FAMILY 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 and Activities Director to oversee the scheduling of school activities for compliance with this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2009).

 

 

Cross Reference:         900  Principles and Objectives for Community Relations

 

 

Approved:       10-26-87

 

Reviewed:       11-9-87, 6-11-01, 1-26-15

 

Revised:          4-10-95, 10-10-05, 11-9-09