600 EDUCATION PROGRAM

600 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EDUCATION PROGRAM

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EDUCATION PROGRAM

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the goals and objectives for the delivery of the education program.  The board's objective in the design, contents and the delivery of the education program is to provide an equal opportunity for students to pursue an education free of discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

In providing the education program of the school district, the board will strive to meet its overall goal of providing the students an opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance and encourages critical thinking in students.

In striving to meet this overall goal, the objectives of the education program are to provide students with an opportunity to:

·    Acquire basic skills in obtaining information, solving problems, thinking critically and communicating effectively;

·    Become effective and responsible contributors to the decision-making processes of the social and political institutions of the community, state and nation;

·    Acquire entry-level job skills and knowledge necessary for further education;

·    Acquire the capacities for satisfying and responsible roles as family members;

·    Acquire knowledge, habits and attitudes that promote personal and public health, both physical and mental;

·    Acquire an understanding of ethical principles and values and the ability to apply them to their own lives;

·    Develop an understanding of their own worth, abilities, potential and limitations; and,

·    Learn and enjoy the process of learning and acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change.

An advisory committee of representatives of the school district community and the school district is appointed to make recommendations for the goals and objectives of the education program.  Annually, the board will report to the committee regarding progress toward achievement of the goals and objectives of the education program.

 

Approved: 4-09-18

Reviewed:

Revised:

601 GENERAL ORGANIZATION

GENERAL ORGANIZATION

 

The District shall be organized into levels of instruction as follows:

 

1.         Elementary schools:  The elementary schools shall consist of Preschool and or/ Kindergarten and grades one through five.

 

2.         Middle School:  The middle school shall consist of grades six through eight.

 

3.         Senior High School:  The senior high school shall consist of grades nine through twelve.

 

Each school building shall have a principal responsible for the administration and management of the school building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted:         3-4-83

 

Reviewed:       4-24-89, 11-23-93, 10-8-07, 4-9-18

 

Revised:          6-10-96; 1-14-2013

601.1 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the school district.  The school calendar is for a minimum of 193 days and include, but not be limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development, in-service days and teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students shall begin no sooner than August 23.  Employees may be required to report to work at the school district prior to this date.

Special education students may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their Individualized Education Program.

The board, in its discretion, may excuse graduating seniors from up to five days or 30 hours of instruction after the school district requirements for graduation have been met.  The board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the school district's graduation requirements.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the school calendar for recommendation, approval, and adoption by the board annually.

The board may amend the official school calendar when the board considers the change to be in the best interests of the school district's education program.  The board shall hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 279.10, 280.3 (2013); 299.1 (2) (2015)

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.1(7); 41.106.

Cross Reference:        501.3   Compulsory Attendance

                                    601.2   School Day

                                    603.3   Special Education

                                   

 

 

Approved:       3-14-83

Reviewed:       10-11-93, 1-14-13, 4-09-18

Revised:          1-26-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07

601.2 SCHOOL DAY

The student school day for grades one through twelve will consist of a minimum of six hours, not including the lunch period.  The school day consists of the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the school district.  Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences may be counted as part of students’ instructional time.  The minimum school day will meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools.

The board may define the number of days kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for the students attending kindergarten.  The school day will consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board.

The school district may also record a day of school with less than the minimum instructional hours if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve in any five consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the instructional staff or parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day.  If the total hours of instructional time for the first four consecutive days equal at least thirty hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the school district may record zero hours of instructional time on the fifth consecutive school day as a school day.  Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the superintendent.

When the school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies, the part of the day during which school was in session will constitute a school day.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to inform the board annually of the length of the school day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 256.7, 279.8, .10 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), .1(7-10).

 

Cross Reference:         601.1   School Calendar

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      1-26-98

602 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

602.1 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Curriculum development is an ongoing process in the school district and consists of both research and design.  Research is the studious inquiry and critical investigation of the various content areas for the purpose of revising and improving curriculum and instruction based on relevant information pertaining to the discipline.  This study is conducted both internally (what and how we are currently doing at the local level) and externally (what national standards, professional organizations, recognized experts, current research, etc. tell us relative to the content area).  Design is the deliberate process of planning and selecting the standards and instructional strategies that will improve the learning experiences for all students.

 

A systematic approach to curriculum development (careful research, design, and articulation of the curriculum) serves several purposes:

1.   Focuses attention on the content standards of each discipline and ensure the identified

      learnings are rigorous, challenging, and represent the most important learning for our

      students.

2.   Increases the probability that students will acquire the desired knowledge, skills and

      dispositions and that our schools will be successful in providing appropriate learning

      experiences.

3.   Facilitates communication and coordination.

4.   Improves classroom instruction.

 

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective method of conducting research and design activities.  A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed in researching, designing, and articulating each curriculum area.  This framework will at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum development activities to:

 

1.   Study the latest thinking, trends research and expert advice regarding the content/discipline;

2.   Study the current status of the content/discipline (what and how well students are currently

      learning);

3.   Identify content standards, benchmarks, and grade level expectations for the

      content/discipline;

4.   Describe the desired learning behaviors, teaching and learning environment related to the

      content/discipline;

5.   Identify differences in the desired and present program and develop a plan for addressing

      the differences;

6.   Communicate with internal and external publics regarding the content area;

7.   Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum development

      decisions;

8.   Verify integration of local, state, and/or federal mandates (MCNS, school-to-work, etc);

9.   Verify how the standards and benchmarks of the content/discipline support each of the

      broader student learning goals and provide a K-12 continuum that builds on the prior

      learning of each level.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of necessary curriculum revisions, progress of each content area related to curriculum development activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum development including recommendations to the board.

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.7, 279.8; 280.3 (2013).     

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5..8.

 

Cross Reference:         101      Educational Philosophy of the School District          

                                    103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    605      Instructional Materials

 

 

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      10-19-98, 10-8-07

 

 

602.2 CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

Without careful and continuing attention to implementation, planned changes in curriculum and instruction rarely succeed as intended.  How change is put into practice, to a large extent, determines how well it fares.

Implementation refers to what actually happens in practice as compared to what was supposed to happen.  Curriculum implementation includes the provision of organized assistance to staff in order to ensure that the newly developed curriculum and the most powerful instructional strategies are actually delivered at the classroom level.  There are two components of any implementation effort that must be present to guarantee the planned changes in curriculum and instruction succeed as intended:

Understanding the conceptual framework of the content/discipline being implemented; and,

Organized assistance to understand the theory, observe exemplary demonstrations, have opportunities to practice, and receive coaching and feedback focused on the most powerful instructional strategies to deliver the content at the classroom level.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum implementation and for determining the most effective way of providing organized assistance and monitoring the level of implementation.  A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed to assist all staff in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully implement the developed curriculum in each content area.  This framework will, at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum implementation activities to:

      Study and identify the best instructional practices and materials to deliver the content;

Describe procedures for the purchase of instructional materials and resources,

Identify/develop exemplars that demonstrate the learning behaviors, teaching, and learning environment to deliver the content;

Study the current status of instruction in the content area  (how teachers are teaching);

Compare the desired and present delivery system, identify differences (gap analysis), and develop a plan for addressing the differences;

Organize staff into collaborative study teams to support their learning and implementation efforts (address the gaps);

Provide ongoing professional development related to instructional strategies and materials that focuses on theory, demonstration, practice and feedback;

Regularly monitor and assess the level of implementation;

       Communicate with internal and external publics regarding curriculum implementation;

Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum implementation decisions.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum implementation activities, progress of each content area related to curriculum implementation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum implementation including recommendations to the board.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, 280.3 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C.  12.8

 

Cross Reference:        101      Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                    103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                    505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                   

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      10-19-98, 10-8-07

602.3 CURRICULUM EVALUATION

Regular evaluation of the total curriculum is necessary to ensure that the written and delivered curriculum is having the desired effect for students.

Curriculum evaluation refers to an ongoing process of collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting information to aid in understanding what students know and can do.  It refers to the full range of information gathered in the school district to evaluate (make judgments about) student learning and program effectiveness in each content area.

Curriculum evaluation must be based on information gathered from a comprehensive assessment system that is designed for accountability and committed to the concept that all students will achieve at high levels, is standards-based, and informs decisions which impact significant and sustainable improvements in teaching and student learning.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum evaluation and for determining the most effective way of ensuring that assessment activities are integrated into instructional practices as part of school improvement with a particular focus on improving teaching and learning.  A curriculum framework will describe the procedures that will be followed to establish an evaluation process that can efficiently and effectively evaluate the total curriculum.  This framework will, at a minimum, describe the procedures for the following curriculum evaluation activities:

      Identify specific purposes for assessing student learning;

Develop a comprehensive assessment plan;

Select/develop assessment tools and scoring procedures that are valid and reliable;

Identify procedures for collecting assessment data;

Identify procedures for analyzing and interpreting information and drawing conclusions based on the data (including analysis of the performance of various sub-groups of students);

Identify procedures for establishing at least three levels of performance (specific to the content standard and the assessment tool when appropriate) to assist in determining whether students have achieved at a satisfactory level (at least two levels describe performance that is proficient or advanced and at least one level describes students who are not yet performing at the proficient level);

Identify procedures for using assessment information to determine long-range and annual improvement goals;

Identify procedures for using assessment information in making decisions focused on improving teaching and learning (data based decision making);

Provide support to staff in using data to make instructional decisions;

      Define procedures for regular and clear communication about assessment results to the various internal and external publics (mandatory for communication about students receiving special education services)

      Define data reporting procedures;

Verify that assessment tools are fair for all students and are consistent with all state and federal mandates;

Verify that assessment tools measure the curriculum that is written and delivered;

Identify procedures for deciding when multiple assessment measures are necessary for making good decisions and drawing appropriate conclusions about student learning;

      Identify roles and responsibilities of key groups;

      Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum evaluation;

      Ensure participation of eligible students receiving special education services in district-wide assessments.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum evaluation activities, the progress of each content area related to curriculum evaluation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum evaluation including recommendations to the board.

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, 280.3-.14 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C.  12.8.

 

Cross Reference:        101      Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                    103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                    505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 8-12-02, 7-21-03, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 10-8-07

602.4 PILOT - EXPERIMENTAL - INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

The board welcomes new ideas in curriculum.  Proposals for pilot or experimental projects will first be reviewed and analyzed by the superintendent.  Projects recommended by the superintendent will be considered by the board.  Pilot and experimental projects approved by the board, the Iowa Department of Education, or the U. S. Department of Education may be utilized in the education program.

Students, who may be or are asked to participate in a research or experimental project or program, must have their parents' written consent on file prior to participating in the project or program.  A research or experimental program or project requiring parents' prior written consent is a program or project designed to explore or develop new or unproven teaching methods or techniques.  These programs or projects are designated as research or experimental projects or programs.  The educational materials of a program or project designated as a research or experimental program or project may be inspected and reviewed by the parents of the students participating or being considered for participation in the program or project.  The inspection and review by the parents is in accordance with board policy 605.2, "Instructional Materials Inspection."

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .10; 280.3 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5., .8

 

Cross Reference:        602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

 

Approved:                   10-19-98

Reviewed:                    7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      

603 INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUM

603.1 BASIC INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The basic instruction program will include the courses required for each grade level by the State Department of Education.  The instructional approach will be gender fair and multicultural.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in kindergarten is designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits, language arts and communication skills, the capacity to complete individual tasks, character education and the ability to protect and increase physical well-being with attention given to experiences relating to the development of life skills and human growth and development.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades one through six will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades seven and eight will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, family and consumer, career, technology education, physical education, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve will include English language arts (8 units), social studies (6 units), mathematics (6 units), science (6 units), health (1 unit), physical education (1 unit), fine arts (3 units), foreign language (4 units), and vocational education (12 units).

The board may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the instruction program for any grade level.

Each instruction program is carefully planned for optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or superintendent.  Each instruction program's plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities and the method for student evaluation.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for kindergarten, grades one through six, grades seven and eight, and grades nine through twelve.

 

 

Legal Reference:         20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5.

 

Cross Reference:        102      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                    103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                    505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 7-21-03, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      10-19-98, 10-8-07

603.2 SUMMER SCHOOL INSTRUCTION

Summer school shall be conducted in such buildings, on such grade levels, for such length of time, as the Board, upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, may determine.

The program offered during the summer school shall be designed so that the following purposes or objectives may be met:

            1.         Enrichment and extension of the program provided during

                        the regular academic year;

            2.         Remedial for those pupils who need and can profit from further

                        work in the basic subject matter areas;

            3.         Basic courses not offered during the regular academic year.

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .11; 280.3, .14; 282.6

                                    Iowa Admin. Code. 41.106.

 

Cross Reference:        410.2  Summer School Licensed Employees

                                    505.2   Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    711.4  Summer School Program Transportation Service

 

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:         

           

603.3 SPECIAL EDUCATION

The board recognizes all students have different educational needs than other students.  The board will provide a free appropriate public education program and related services to students identified in need of special education.  The special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age twenty-one or to maximum age allowable in accordance with the law.  Students requiring special education will attend general education classes, participate in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities and receive services in a general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of each individual student.  The appropriate education for each student is written in the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Special education students are required to meet the requirements stated in board policy or in their IEPs for graduation.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent and the area education agency director of special education to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services.

Children from birth through age 2 and children age 3 through age 5 are provided comprehensive special education services within the public education system.  The school district will work in conjunction with the area education agency to provide services, at the earliest appropriate time, to children with disabilities from birth through age 2.  This is done to ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

 

 

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. (2010).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (2010).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.1, .2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (2013).

281 I.A.C. 41.109

 

Cross Reference:        503      Student Discipline

                                    505.5   Graduation Requirements

                                    506      Student Records

                                    507.2   Administration of Medication to Students

                                    507.8   Student Special Health Services

                                    601.1   School Calendar

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

 

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 10-8-07, 4-9-12, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 7-21-03, 1-14-13

603.4 MULTICULTURAL/GENDER FAIR EDUCATION

Students will have an equal opportunity for a quality education without discrimination, regardless of their race, religion, creed, socioeconomic status, color, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The education program is free of discrimination and provides equal opportunity for the students.  The education program will foster knowledge of and respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.  Special emphasis is placed on Hispanic, Latino or Spanish students that may identify as any race, Black or African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and persons with disability.  It will also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.11 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5(8).

 

Cross Reference:       102      Equal Educational Opportunity

                                    600      Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 7-21-03, 4-9-12, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 10-8-07

603.5 HEALTH EDUCATION

Students in grade levels one through twelve will receive, as part of their health education, instruction about personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; human growth and development; substance abuse and non-use, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and poisons on the human body; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; prevention and control of disease; and communicable diseases, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome.  The purpose of the health education program is to help each student protect, improve and maintain physical, emotional and social well-being.

The areas stated above are included in health education and the instruction are adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students.

Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction.  The written request will include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the superintendent.  The superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5.

 

 

Cross Reference:        502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    607      Instructional Services

 

Approved:                     3-14-83

Reviewed:                     11-16-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                        11-16-98

 

603.6 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students in grades one through twelve are required to participate in physical education courses unless they are excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Students may be excused from physical education courses if the student presents a written statement from a doctor stating that such activities could be injurious to the health of the student or the student has been exempted because of a conflict with the student's religious beliefs.

Students in grades 9-12 may also be excused from physical education courses if:

            1.      the student is enrolled in academic courses not otherwise available, or

            2.      the student has obtained a physical education waiver for a semester/term because the student is actively involved in an athletic program.

Twelfth grade students may also be excused from physical education courses if the student is enrolled in a cooperative, work study or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student's absence from school.

Students who will not participate in physical education must have a written request or statement from their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 256.11 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5.

 

Cross Reference:        504      Student Activities

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98

603.7 CAREER EDUCATION

Preparing students for careers is one goal of the education program.  Career education will be written into the education program for grades kindergarten through twelve.  This education will include, but not be limited to, awareness of self in relation to others and the needs of society, exploration of employment opportunities, experiences in personal decision-making, and experiences of integrating work values and work skills into their lives.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to assist licensed employees in finding ways to provide career education in the education program.  Special attention should be given to courses of vocational education nature.  The board, in its review of the curriculum, will review the means in which career education is combined with other instructional programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:           Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 280.9 (2013).

                                      281 I.A.C. 12.5(7).

 

Cross Reference:          603   Instructional Curriculum

Approved:                     4-28-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      1-26-98

 

603.8 TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION

The school district is required to keep the practice of religion out of the school curriculum.  The board recognizes the key role religion has played in the history of the world and authorizes the study of religious history and traditions as part of the curriculum.  Preferential or derogatory treatment of a single religion will not take place.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the study of religion in the schools in keeping with the following guidelines:

            1.  the proposed activity must have a secular purpose;

             

            2.  the primary objective of the activity must not be one that advances or

                 inhibits religion; and

               

            3.  the activity must not foster excessive governmental entanglement with

                  religion.

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                    Lee v. Weisman. 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).

                                    Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).

                                    Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.6 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:        603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    604.6   Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program

                                    606.4   School Ceremonies and Observances

 

Approved:                    1-26-98

Reviewed:                    7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:

 

603.9 ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The board believes students should have an opportunity to reach their own decisions and beliefs about conflicting points of view.  Academic freedom is the opportunity of licensed employees and students to study, investigate, present, interpret, and discuss facts and ideas relevant to the subject matter of the classroom and appropriate to and in good taste with the maturity and intellectual and emotional capacities of the students.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or biased positions in the classroom or through teaching methods.  Teachers are not discouraged from expressing personal opinions as long as students are aware it is a personal opinion and students are allowed to reach their own conclusions independently.

It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure academic freedom is allowed but not abused in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:           Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .6 (2013).

Cross Reference           502    Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                      603   Instructional Curriculum

                                      904.5 Distribution of Materials

 

Approved:                   3-14-83

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      1-26-98

603.10 GLOBAL EDUCATION

Because of our growing interdependence with other nations in the world, global education is incorporated into the education program for grades pre-school through twelve so that students have the opportunity to acquire a perspective on world issues, problems, and prospects for an awareness of the relationship between an individual's self-interest and the concerns of people elsewhere in the world. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5(11).

 

Cross Reference:        602      Curriculum Development

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 10-8-07, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 7-21-03, 1-14-13

 

603.11 CITIZENSHIP

As part of the education program, students will have an opportunity to learn about their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as citizens of this country, state and school district community.  As part of this learning opportunity students are instructed in the elements of good citizenship and the role quality citizens play in their country, state and school district community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Cross Reference:       101      Educational Philosophy of the School District

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07

 

604 ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS

604.1 COMPETENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

The Mid-Prairie School District recognizes that families with students of compulsory attendance age may select alternative forms of education outside the traditional school setting, including private instruction. The applicable legal requirements for private instruction, including, but not limited to those relating to reporting and evaluations for progress, shall be followed.

Except as otherwise exempted, in the event a child of compulsory attendance age as defined by law does not attend public school or an accredited nonpublic school, the child must receive private instruction. Private instruction means instruction using a plan and a course of study in a setting other than a public or organized accredited nonpublic school. 

Private instruction can take the form of competent private instruction and independent private instruction. The Iowa Department of Education recognizes three options for delivery of this form of instruction: two options for delivery of competent private instruction and one option for independent private instruction.

Competent private instruction means private instruction provided on a daily basis for at least one hundred forty-eight days during a school year, to be met by attendance for at least thirty-seven days each school quarter, which results in the student making adequate progress.  Competent private instruction is provided by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or by other individuals identified in law. 

Independent private instruction means instruction that meets the following criteria: (i) is not accredited, (ii) enrolls not more than four unrelated students, (iii) does not charge tuition, fees, or other remuneration for instruction, (iv) provides private or religious-based instruction as its primary purpose, (v) provides enrolled students with instruction in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies, (vi) provides, upon written request from the superintendent of the school district in which the independent private instruction is provided, or from the director of the department of education, a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for the independent private instruction, and the names of the students enrolled, (vii) is not a nonpublic school and does not provide competent private instruction as defined herein, and (viii) is exempt from all state statutes and administrative rules applicable to a school, a school board, or a school district, except as otherwise provided by law.

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

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 299, 299A.

                                    281 I.A.C. 31.

 

Cross Reference:        501      Student Attendance

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    507.1   Student Health and Immunization Certificates

                                    604.7   Dual Enrollment

                                    604.9   Home School Assistance Program

 

 

 

Approved:                   4-9-18

Reviewed:

Revised:

604.2 INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION

The board's primary responsibility is to ensure successful learning for all students.  Only in exceptional circumstances will the board approve students receiving individualized instruction at the expense of the school district.

Recommendations from the superintendent for individualized instruction will state the need for the instruction, the objectives and goals sought for the instruction, the employee requirements for the instruction, the implementation procedures for the instruction and the evaluation procedures and processes that will be used to assess the value of the instruction.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for individualized instruction.  The Board desires student learning that recognizes students are individuals and learning optimized to meet learning standards.

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8, .10, .11; 280.3, .14; 299.1-.6, .11, .15, .24;  299A (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         604.1   Private Instruction

 

Approved:                   1-26-98

Reviewed:                   10-8-07, 4-9-18

Revised:                      7-21-03, 1-14-13

 

604.3 PROGRAM FOR TALENTED AND GIFTED STUDENTS

The board recognizes some students may benefit from programming beyond the regular education program.  The board will identify students with special interests and abilities and provide education programming.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a talented and gifted program which provides for identifying students, for program evaluation, and for training of employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 257.42-.49 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5(12); 59.

 

Cross Reference:        505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    604.6   Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                    11-24-97, 7-21-03, 1-16-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                       11-16-98, 10-8-07

 

 

 

604.4 PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

The board recognizes students may require some additional assistance in order to graduate from the education program.  The district will provide a plan to encourage and provide an opportunity for at-risk students to achieve their potential and obtain their high school diploma.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a plan for students at-risk which provides for identifying students, for program evaluation, and for the training of employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 257.38-.41; 280.19, .19A (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.5(13); 33; 61; 65.

 

Cross Reference:         505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    607.1   Student Guidance and Counseling Program

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 10-8-07, 4-9-18

Revised:                      7-21-03, 1-14-13

 

604.5 RELIGIOUS-BASED EXCLUSION FROM A SCHOOL PROGRAM

Parents who wish to have their child excluded from a school program because of religious beliefs must inform the superintendent.  The board authorizes the administration to allow the exclusion if it is not disruptive to the education program and it does not infringe on a compelling state or educational interest.  Further, the exclusion must not interfere with other school district operations.  Students who are allowed to be excluded from a program or activity which violates their religious beliefs are required to do an alternate supervised activity or study.

In notifying the superintendent, the parents will abide by the following:

      1.   The notice is in writing;

      2.   The objection is based on religious beliefs;

      3.   The objection will state which activities or studies violate their religious beliefs;

      4.  The objection will state why these activities or studies violate their religious beliefs; and

      5.   The objection will state a proposed alternate activity or study.

The superintendent will have discretion to make this determination.  The factors the superintendent will consider when a student requests to be excluded from a program or activity because of religious beliefs include, but are not limited to, staff available to supervise a student who wishes to be excluded, space to house the student while the student is excluded, available superintendent-approved alternative course of study or activity while the student is excluded, number of students who wish to be excluded, whether allowing the exclusion places the school in a position of supporting a particular religion, and whether the program or activity is required for promotion to the next grade level or for graduation.

 

 

 

 

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

                                   Lee v. Weisman, 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).

                                    Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).

                                    Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 256.11(6); 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    606.2   School Ceremonies and Observances

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 7-21-03, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      1-26-98, 10-8-07

604.6 INSTRUCTION AT A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Students in grades nine through twelve may receive academic or vocational-technical credits that count toward the graduation requirements set out by the board for courses successfully completed in post-secondary educational institutions.  The student may receive academic or vocational-technical credits through an agreement between a post-secondary educational institution or with the board's approval on a case-by-case basis.

Students in grades nine through twelve who successfully complete courses in post-secondary educational institutions under an agreement between the school district and the post-secondary educational institution will receive academic and vocational-technical credits in accordance with the agreement.

Students wanting to withdraw/drop a concurrent, alternative concurrent or PSEO course must notify the district’s high school contact within the first 14 calendar days of starting the class to avoid any mark on the MPHS/MPHSAP official transcript.  Students notifying the school district contact of their intention to withdraw from a class between 15 and 28 calendar days of starting the class will have a non-weighted “W” placed on the MPHS/MPHSAP official transcript.  Students notifying the school district contact of their intention to withdraw from a class on the 29th calendar day of starting the class or later will have an “F” placed on the MPHS/MPHSAP official transcript.  In addition to any mark placed on the MPHS/MPHSAP official transcript, all students withdrawing from a concurrent, alternative concurrent or PSEO class will be subject to the Iowa Department of Education Scholarship Rule 36.15 (2) for extracurricular activity eligibility. 

Students who have completed the eleventh grade but who have not completed the graduation requirements set out by the board may take up to seven semester hours of credit at a post-secondary educational institution during the summer months when school is not in session if the student pays for the courses.  Upon successful completion of these summer courses, the students will receive academic or vocational-technical credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the board.  Successful completion of the course is determined by the post-secondary educational institution.  The board will have complete discretion to determine the academic credit to be awarded to the student for the summer courses.

The following factors are considered in the board's determination of whether a student will receive academic or vocational-technical credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the board for a course at a post-secondary educational institution:

1.        the course is taken from a public or accredited private post-secondary educational institution;

2.        a comparable course is not offered in the school district.  A comparable course is one in which the subject matter or the purposes and objectives

of the course are similar, in the judgment of the board, to a course offered in the school district;                       

3.        the course is in the discipline areas of mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, vocational-technical education, or a course offered in

the community college career options program;                    

4.        the course is a credit-bearing course that leads to a degree;

5.        the course is not religious or sectarian; and                       

6.        the course meets any other requirements set out by the board.                                                                                              

Students in grades eleven and twelve who take courses, other than courses taken under an agreement between the school district and the post-secondary educational institution, are responsible for transportation without reimbursement to and from the location where the course is being offered.

Ninth and tenth grade talented and gifted students and all students in grades eleven and twelve will be reimbursed for tuition and other costs directly related to the course up to $250.  Students who take courses during the summer months when school is not in session are responsible for the costs of attendance for the courses.

Students who fail the course and fail to receive credit will reimburse the school district for all costs directly related to the course.  Prior to registering for the course, students under age eighteen will have a parent sign a form indicating that the parent is responsible for the costs of the course should the student fail the course and fail to receive credit for the course.  Students who fail the course and fail to receive credit for the course for reasons beyond their control, including, but not limited to, the student's incapacity, death in the family or a move to another district, may not be responsible for the costs of the course.  The school board may waive reimbursement of costs to the school district for the previously listed reasons.  Students dissatisfied with a school board's decision may appeal to the AEA for a waiver of reimbursement.

The superintendent is responsible for annually notifying students and parents of the opportunity to take courses at post-secondary educational institutions in accordance with this policy.  The superintendent will also be responsible for developing the appropriate forms and procedures for implementing this policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 261C; 279.8; 280.3, .14 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12, 22.

Cross Reference:        505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    604.3   Program for Talented and Gifted Students

Approved:                   2-12-90

Reviewed:                   8-10-97, 10-11-93, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      8-24-92, 7-21-03, 7-9-18

604.7 DUAL ENROLLMENT

The parent, guardian, or custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction may also enroll the student in the school district.  The student is considered under dual enrollment.  The parent, guardian, or custodian requesting dual enrollment for the student should notify the board secretary prior to the third Friday of September each year on forms provided by the school district.  On the form, they will indicate the extracurricular and academic activities in which the student is interested in participating.  The forms are available at the central administration office.

A dual enrollment student is eligible to participate in the school district's extracurricular and academic activities in the same manner as other students enrolled in the school district.  The policies and administrative rules of the school district will apply to the dual enrollment students in the same manner as the other students enrolled the school district.  These policies and administrative rules will include, but not be limited to, athletic eligibility requirements, the good conduct rule, academic eligibility requirements, and payment of the fees required for participation.

A dual enrollment student whose parent, guardian, or custodian has chosen standardized testing as the form of the student's annual assessment will not be responsible for the cost of the test or the administration of the test.

After the student notifies the school district which activities in which they wish to participate, the school district will provide information regarding the specific programs.

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

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8, 299A (2015).

                                    281 I.A.C. 31.

 

Cross Reference:        502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

                                    504      Student Activities

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

                                    604.1   Private Instruction

                                   

 

Approved:                   8-24-92

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98, 7-21-03

604.8 FOREIGN STUDENTS

Foreign students must meet all district entrance requirements including age, place of residence and immunization. Students who are citizens of a foreign country will be considered residents if they meet one of the following requirements:

1.   The student resides with his/her parents(s) or legal guardian;

2.   The student is in the United States with appropriate documentation (Form I-20) from the United States Department of Justice-Immigration and

      Naturalization Services; or

3.   The student is a participant in a recognized foreign exchange program and provides the necessary medical history, including proof of

      immunization as required by the school district and is physically able to function in classes.

The Mid-Prairie District recognizes that the promotion of friendship and understanding throughout the world through a greater understanding among people and cultures is an appropriate and worthwhile goal.  Most student exchange organizations identify similar goals. The board reserves the right to limit the number of foreign exchange students accepted.  The district shall admit foreign exchange students under the following conditions:

1.   The number of foreign exchange students per year shall be limited to no more than three students.  Potential foreign exchange students must        be sponsored by organizations adhering to nationally recognized standards for exchange student programs.  The district reserves the right to        provide preference to students sponsored by programs with which it has had successful relationships in the past.

2.   The high school principal may recommend that a regular diploma be awarded if review of the student’s transcript at the end of the year 

       indicates sufficient credits have been earned.  Participation in the graduation ceremony will be made on an individual basis by the 

      administration;

3.   An individual from the sponsoring organization shall inform the high school principal by August 1 of the organization’s desire to place a foreign

      exchange student at Mid-Prairie for the coming school year.  By August 1, or as soon after August 1 as possible, information about the specific

      student shall be submitted to school officials by the sponsoring organization.  If deemed necessary by school officials, prior to the start of

      school, a meeting shall be held between an individual representing the sponsoring organization, a member of the host family, and the

      appropriate school district representative(s);

4.   School officials, on an individual basis, shall decide if the exchange student’s English language ability is sufficient enough to function in

      classes.  School officials may deny admission to exchange students deemed not having sufficient English language ability;

5.   In order to be admitted to Mid-Prairie, foreign exchange students must reside with a resident host family or a family that open-enrolls their

      children to Mid-Prairie.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding foreign students including those placed at Mid-Prairie through student exchange programs.

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:         501      Student Attendance

                                    507.1   Student Health and Immunization Certificates

Approved:                   3-14-83                                                                       

Reviewed:                   1-26-90, 8-9-93, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      2-26-96, 7-21-03, 2-26-0

604.9 HOME SCHOOL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The board, recognizing alternatives to education outside the formal public school system, authorizes the establishment of a home school assistance program.  This program will assist students receiving competent private instruction by providing licensed employees of the school district to assist the parent, guardian or legal custodian in the education of the student.

The parent, guardian or legal custodian registering for the home school assistance program will agree to comply with the requirements established by the faculty of the program.

Students registered for the home school assistance program will be counted in the basic enrollment.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 299A (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 31.

 

Cross Reference:        504      Student Activities

                                    507      Student Health and Well-Being

                                    604.1   Private Instruction

                                    604.8   Dual Enrollment

 

 

Approved:                   4-24-92

Reviewed:                   11-16-98, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      11-16-98

 

604.10 VIRTUAL/ON-LINE COURSE

The board recognizes that on-line coursework may be a good alternative for students to not only meet graduation requirements but, also have the opportunity to take advanced or other courses not offered by the school district.

High school students may earn a maximum of 10 credits to be applied toward graduation requirements by completing on-line courses offered through agencies approved by the board, such as the Iowa On-Line Learning.  Credit from an on-line or virtual course may be earned only in the following circumstances:

1.         The course is not offered at the high school;

2.         Although the course is offered at the high school, the student will not be able to take it due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict that would keep              the student from meeting graduation requirements;

3.        The course will serve as a supplement to extend homebound instruction;

4.        The students has been expelled from the regular school setting, but educational

           services are to be continued; or,

5.        The principal, with agreement from the student's teachers and parents, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated learning

environment.

Students applying for permission to take a virtual course shall complete prerequisites and provide teacher/counselor recommendations to confirm the student possesses the maturity level needed to function effectively in an on-line learning environment.  In addition, the express approval of the principal shall be obtained before a student enrolls in an on-line course. The school must receive an official record of the final grade before credit toward graduation will be recognized.

Provided courses are part of the student’s regular school day coursework and within budgetary parameters, the costs for a virtual course, such as textbooks or school supplies, shall be borne by the parents for students enrolled full-time. 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.

 

 

Legal Reference:           Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013)

281 I.A.C. 15

 

Cross Reference:        605.6   Internet Appropriate Use

                                    501.6   Student Transfers In

 

Approved:                    10-8-07

Reviewed:                    1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:

605 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

605.1 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION

The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district.  This authority is delegated to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be utilized by and purchased by the school district.

In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the changes and the trends in education and society.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to report to the board the action taken by licensed employees.

The board will make the final decision about instructional materials after receiving a recommendation from the superintendent.  The superintendent may develop another means for the selection of instructional materials.  Instructional materials are reviewed as needed and at least every 7 years.

Education materials given to the school district must meet the criteria established above.  The gift must be received in compliance with board policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:           Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).

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

                                   

 

Cross Reference:         208      Ad Hoc Committees

                                    505      Student Scholastic Achievement

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    605      Instructional Materials

 

Approved:                      4-24-89

Reviewed:                      11-16-98, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                        11-16-98, 7-21-03

605.2 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS INSPECTION

Parents and other members of the school district community may view the instructional materials used by the students.  All instructional materials, including teacher's manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any federally funded programs must be available for inspection by parents. 

The instructional materials must be viewed on school district premises.  Copies may be obtained according to board policy.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding the inspection of instructional materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:        602      Curriculum Development

                                    605      Instructional Materials

                                    901.1   Public Examination of School District Records

 

Approved:                   4-24-89

Reviewed:                   10-11-93, 3-13-95, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      10-25-93. 1-11-99

 

605.3 OBJECTION TO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Members of the school district community may object to the instructional materials utilized in the school district and ask for their use to be reconsidered.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations for reconsideration of instructional materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:           Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).

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

                                   

Cross Reference:        215      Public Participation in Board Meetings

                                    402.5   Public Complaints About Employees

                                    602      Curriculum Development

                                    605      Instructional Materials

 

Approved:                    4-24-89

Reviewed:                    10-11-93, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                       1-11-99

605.4 TECHNOLOGY AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The board supports the use of innovative methods and the use of technology in the delivery of the education program.  The board encourages employees to investigate economic ways to utilize instructional television, audiovisual materials, computers, and other technological advances as a part of the curriculum.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a plan for the use of technology in the curriculum and to evaluate it annually.  The superintendent will report the results of the evaluation and make a recommendation to the board annually regarding the use of technology in the curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(12), 12.5(4), .5(10).

 

Cross Reference:        602      Curriculum Development

                                    605      Instructional Materials

Approved:                   5-10-00

Reviewed:                   7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                     

605.5 MEDIA CENTERS

The school district will maintain a media center in each building for use by employees and by students during the school day.

Materials for the centers will be acquired according to board policy, "Instructional Materials Selection."

It is the responsibility of the principal of the building in which the media center is located to oversee the use of materials in the media center.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures for the selection and replacement of both library and instructional materials, for the acceptance of gifts, for the weeding of library and instructional materials, and for the handling of challenges to either library or classroom materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code §§ 256.7(24); 279.8; 280.14; 301 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(11), (12).

 

Cross Reference:       602      Curriculum Development

                                    605      Instructional Materials

Approved:                   2-8-99

Reviewed:                   7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:

 

605.6 APPROPRIATE USE OF COMPUTERS, COMPUTER-LIKE EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER NETWORK SYSTEMS, AND THE INTERNET

The board is committed to making available to students and staff members access to a wide range of electronic learning facilities, equipment, and software, including computers, computer-like equipment (such as tablets), computer network systems, and the internet.  The goal in providing this technology and access is to support the educational objectives and mission of the school district and to promote resource sharing, innovation, problem solving, and communication.  The District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and/or internet connection is not a public access service or a public forum.  The District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material accessed and/or posted through the use of its computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and/or internet connection.

Access to the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network, and internet shall be available to all students and staff within the District.  However, access is a privilege, not a right.  Each student and staff member must have a signed acceptable use agreement on file prior to having access to and using the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and the internet.  The amount of time and type of access available for each student and staff member may be limited by the District’s technology and the demands for the use of the District’s technology.  Even if students have not been given access to and/or use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and the internet, they may still be exposed to information from the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and/or the internet in guided curricular activities at the discretion of their teachers.

Every computer and/or computer-like equipment in the District having internet access shall not be operated unless internet access from the computer is subject to a technology protection measure (i.e. filtering software).  The technology protection measure employed by the District shall be designed and operated with the intent to ensure that students are not accessing inappropriate sites that have visual depictions that include obscenity, child pornography or are otherwise harmful to minors.  The technology protection measure may only be disabled for an adult’s use if such use is for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

The technology coordinator may close a user account at any time as required and administrators, faculty, and staff may request the technology coordinator to deny, revoke or suspend user accounts.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with computer systems may be denied access to the District’s computers, the District’s computer-like equipment, the District’s computer network systems and the internet.  Students and staff members will be instructed by the District’s technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel on the appropriate use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment computer network and the internet.

The use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and internet access shall be for educational purposes only.  Students and staff members shall only engage in appropriate, ethical, and legal utilization of the District’s computers, computer network systems, and internet access.  Student and staff member use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and internet access shall also comply with all District policies and regulations.  The following rules provide guidance to students and staff for the appropriate use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and internet access.  Inappropriate use and/or access will result in the restriction and/or termination of the privilege of access to and use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and internet access and may result in further discipline for students up to and including expulsion and/or other legal action and may result in further discipline for staff members up to and including termination of employment and/or other legal action.  The District’s administration will determine what constitutes inappropriate use and their decision will be final.  Inappropriate use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network and internet access includes, but is not limited to a violation of the following rules:

-Do not make or disseminate offensive or harassing statements or use offensive or harassing language including disparagement of others based on age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.  Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.  Be polite and follow the same privacy, ethical, educational, and other considerations observed regarding other forms of communication.

-Do not access, create or disseminate any material that is obscene, libelous, indecent, vulgar, profane or lewd; any material regarding products or services that are inappropriate for minors including products or services that the possession and/or use of by minors is prohibited by law; any material that constitutes insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injures or harasses others; and/or any material that presents a clear and present likelihood that, either because of its content or the manner of distribution, will cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities, will cause the commission of unlawful acts or will cause the violation of lawful school regulations.

-Do not disseminate or solicit sexually oriented messages or images.

-Do not transmit your credit card information or other personal identification information, including your home address or telephone number from any District computer without prior permission from the building principal, the superintendent or other appropriate personnel.  Do not publish personal or private information about yourself or others on the internet without prior written permission.  If any information is to be provided regarding students, it should be limited to the student’s first name and the initial of the student’s last name only.  Do not arrange or agree to meet with someone met online.

-Do not use the District’s computers, computer-like equipment and/or computer network systems to participate in illegal activities.  Illegal activities include, but are not limited to, gambling, fraud, and pornography.

-Do not subscribe to or access listservs, bulletin boards, online services, e-mail services, social networking sites (i.e., myspace, facebook,) or other similar services without prior permission from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.

-Do not use, possess or attempt to make or distribute illegal/unauthorized copies of software or other digital media.  Illegal/unauthorized software or other digital media means any software or other digital media that has been downloaded or copied or is otherwise in the user’s possession or being used without the appropriate registration and/or license for the software or in violation of any applicable trademarks and/or copyrights, including the payment of any fees to the owner of the software or other digital media.

-Do not alter, modify, corrupt or harm in any way the computer software stored on the District’s computers or computer network systems.  Do not install any software on the hard drive of any District computer or on the District’s computer network systems or run any personal software from either floppy disk, CD-ROM, DVD, flash drives or other storage media or alter or modify any data files stored on the District’s computers, computer-like equipment or computer network systems without prior permission and/or supervision from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.

-Do not download any programs or files from the internet without prior permission from the District’s technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.  Any programs or files downloaded from the internet shall be strictly limited only to those that you have received permission from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel to download.

-Do not use any encryption software from any access point within the District.

-Do not share a personal user account with anyone.  Do not share any personal user account passwords with anyone or leave your account open or unattended.

-Do not access the District’s computers, computer-like equipment or computer network systems or use the District’s internet connection from a non-District computer without prior authorization from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.

-Do not use an instant messenger service or program, internet relay chat or other forms of direct electronic communication or enter a chat room while using the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems and/or the District’ internet connection without prior authorization from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.

-Do not disable or circumvent or attempt to disable or circumvent filtering software without prior permission from the District’s technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel.

-Do not play any games or run any programs that are not related to the District’s educational program.

-Do not vandalize the District’s computers, computer-like equipment or its computer network systems.  Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm, modify, deface or destroy physical computer equipment, computer-like equipment or the computer network and any attempt to harm or destroy data stored on the District’s computer equipment, computer-like equipment or the computer network or the data of another user.  All users are expected to immediately report any problems or vandalism of computer equipment to the administration, the technology coordinator or the instructor responsible for the equipment.

-Do not commit or attempt to commit any act that disrupts the operation of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment or computer network systems or any network connected to the internet, including the use or attempted use or possession of computer viruses or worms or participation in hacking or other unlawful/inappropriate activities on line.  Users must report any security breaches or system misuse to the administration or technology coordinator.  Do not demonstrate any security or other network problems to other users; give your password to another user for any reason; and/or use another individual's account.  Do not attempt to log on to any device as a system administrator.

-Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users or would waste system resources (e.g. listening to internet radio, printing web pages without prior permission from the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel, staying on the network longer than is necessary to obtain needed information).

-Do not use the District’s computers, computer-like equipment and/or computer network systems for any commercial or for-profit purposes, personal or private business, (including but not limited to shopping or job searching), product advertisement or political lobbying.

-Do not use the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems and/or the internet to access, download, transmit, and/or disseminate any material in violation of any federal or state law, copyrighted material, obscene material, hate literature, material protected by trade secret, computer viruses and/or worms, offensive material, spam e-mails, any threatening or harassing materials, and/or any material that will cause a material and substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.  If a user encounters potentially inappropriate information, the user shall immediately terminate contact with such information and notify the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel of the contact with inappropriate information.

-Do not plagiarize information accessed through the District’s computer; computer-like equipment, computer network systems and/or the internet.  Students and staff shall obtain permission from appropriate parties prior to using copyrighted material that is accessed through the District’s computer, computer network systems, and/or the internet.

The District will, within the curriculum currently being offered, include age-appropriate content related to children’s use of the internet.  This may include anti-bullying and harassment considerations, social networking considerations and other considerations involving internet usage.

Although reasonable efforts will be made to make sure students will be under supervision while on the network, it is not possible to constantly monitor individual students and what they are accessing on the network.  Some students may encounter information that may not be of educational value and/or may be inappropriate.  If a student encounters such information, the student should terminate access to the information immediately and notify supervisory personnel or other appropriate personnel of what occurred.

Students will be able to access the District’s computers, computer-like equipment and computer network systems, including use of the internet, through their teachers and/or other appropriate supervisors.  Individual electronic mail addresses will be issued to students.  Students will not be allowed to use e-mail except under very specific, limited educational circumstances.  If a student has an electronic mail address that has been set up outside of school, the student may be permitted to access that e-mail account or use that address to send and receive mail at school.

Parents will be required to sign a permission form to allow their students to access the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems and the internet.  Students and staff members will sign a form acknowledging they have read and understand the District’s policies andregulations regarding appropriate use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems and the internet; that they will comply with the policies and regulations; and understand the consequences for violation of the policy or regulations.  Prior to publishing any student work and/or pictures on the internet, the District will obtain permission from the student’s parents to do so.

The District has the right, but not the duty, to monitor any and all aspects of its computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems and internet access including, but not limited to, monitoring sites students and staff visit on the internet and reviewing e-mail.  The administration and the technology coordinator shall have both the authority and right to examine all computer and computer-like equipment and internet activity including any logs, data, e-mail, computer disks and/or other computer related records of any user of the system.  Student use of e-mail is limited to District and educational purposes only.  Staff email use that is not district and educationally related is restricted to lunch and break time.  Students and staff waive any right to privacy in anything they create, store, send, disseminate or receive on the District’s computers, computer-like equipment and computer network systems, including the internet.

No warranties, expressed or implied, are made by the District for the computer technology and internet access being provided.  Although the District has taken measures to implement and maintain protection against the presence of computer viruses, spyware, and malware on the District’s computers, computer network systems, and internet access, the District cannot and does not warranty or represent that the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems or internet access will be secure and free of computer viruses, spyware or malware at all times.  The District, including its officers and employees, will not be responsible for any damages including, but not limited to, the loss of data, delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions caused by negligence or omission.  Individual users are solely responsible for making backup copies of their data.  The District is not responsible for the accuracy of information users access on the internet and is not responsible for any unauthorized charges students or staff members may incur as a result of their use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems, and/or internet access.  Any risk and/or damages resulting from information obtained from the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems, and/or internet access is assumed by and is the responsibility of the user.

Students, parents, and staff members may be asked from time to time to sign a new consent and/or acceptable use agreement to reflect changes and/or developments in the law or technology.  When students, parents, and staff members are presented with new consent and/or acceptable use agreements to sign, these agreements must be signed for students and/or staff to continue to have access to and use of the District’s computers, computer-like equipment, computer network systems, and the internet.

The interpretation, application, and modification of this policy are within the sole discretion of the school district.  Any questions or issues regarding this policy should be directed to the Superintendent, any building principal or the technology coordinator.  The board will review and update this policy as necessary.  The district will maintain this policy at least five (5) years after the termination of funding pursuant to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) or E-rate.

 

 

 

Legal References:      Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross References:      502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    506      Student Records

                                    605.5   Media Centers

Approved:                   9-9-96

Reviewed:                    7-15-02, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                       8-26-02, 07-09-12

 

 

605.7 IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURES REGARDING THE USE OF THE DISTRICT’S COMPUTERS, COMPUTER-LIKE EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER NETWORK SYSTEMS, AND INTERNET ACCESS

The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe environment for students through the use of technology protection measures (i.e. filtering software) to enhance education in the school district.

The internet is an ever expanding resource that adds large quantities of content on a daily basis.  However, some of the content is inappropriate for student use and may even be harmful to students' health, safety and welfare.  Therefore, the school district has determined that it will establish this policy to limit student access to certain undesirable topics, including but not limited to, information and images that are obscene, constitute child pornography or are otherwise harmful to minors.  Since it is not feasible for the school district to continually monitor the content of the internet, the school district will employ technology protection measures in the form of internet filtering software in an attempt to block access to these types of harmful and inappropriate materials.

The school district’s implementation of internet filtering software does not guarantee that students will be prevented from accessing materials that may be considered inappropriate and/or harmful.  However, it is a meaningful effort on the part of the school district to prevent students from accessing inappropriate and/or harmful materials on the internet.  The school district makes no guarantee that the filtering software will be available at all times or that the filtering software will block all inappropriate and/or harmful material.

If there is an accessible Uniform Resource Locator [URL] that may be inappropriate, students, staff, and parents may request a review by designated district personnel, by completing an Add URL to Blocked Status Form.  Upon review, the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel will make a determination about blocking access to that site.  If there is an educationally valuable URL that is blocked, students, staff, and parents may fill out the Remove URL from Blocked Status Form.  The technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel will review the request and make a determination about unblocking the site.

Staff members may request that the internet filtering software be disabled for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.  A Bona Fide Research Form will need to be filled out and reviewed by the technology coordinator or other appropriate personnel before the internet filtering software is disabled.

 

 

Legal References:  Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013)

Cross Reference:   605.6         Appropriate Use of Internet

Approved:         7-9-12

Reviewed:          1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:              

605.8 USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES

In order for students to experience a diverse curriculum, the board encourages employees to supplement their regular curricular materials with other resources.  In so doing, the board recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes.  Severe penalties may be imposed for plagiarism, unauthorized copying or using of media, including, but not limited to, print, electronic and web-based materials, unless the copying or using conforms to the "fair use" doctrine.  Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research providing that all fair use guidelines are met. 

While the school district encourages employees to enrich the learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is the responsibility of employees to abide by the school district's copying procedures and obey the requirements of the law.  In no circumstances shall it be necessary for school district staff to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties properly.  The school district will not be responsible for any violations of the copyright law by employees or students.  Violation of the copyright law by employees may result in discipline up to, and including, termination.  Violation of the copyright law by students may result in discipline, up to and including, suspension or expulsion.

Parents or others who wish to record, by any means, school programs or other activities need to realize that even though the school district received permission to perform a copyrighted work does not mean outsiders can copy it and re-play it.  Those who wish to do so should contact the employee in charge of the activity to determine what the process is to ensure the copyright law is followed.  The school district is not responsible for outsiders violating the copyright law or this policy.

Any employee or student who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with the school district's procedures or is permissible under the law should contact the building principal or librarian who will also assist employees and students in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected material when such authorization is required.

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

 

 

Legal References:        17 U.S.C. § 101 et al. (2012)

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

 

 

Cross References:        605.6   Internet Appropriate Use

Approved:       4-9-18

Reviewed:

Revised:

606 INSTRUCTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

606.1 CLASS SIZE - CLASS GROUPING

It is within the sole discretion of the board to determine the size of classes and to determine whether class grouping will take place.  The board may review the class sizes annually.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board on class size based upon the financial condition of the school district, the qualifications of and number of licensed employees, and other factors deemed relevant to the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cross Reference:         606.6   Insufficient Classroom Space

 

Approved:                   8-28-89

Reviewed:                   8-9-93, 7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      2-24-97

 

 

606.2 SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES

The school district will continue school ceremonies and observances which have become a tradition and a custom of the education program.  These include, but are not limited to, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and observance of holidays by programs and performances.  Such ceremonies or observances will have a secular purpose and will not advocate or sponsor a particular religion.

Students who do not wish to participate in these activities may be silent during the ceremony or observance or receive permission from the principal to be excused from the ceremony for religious reasons in compliance with board policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

                                    Lee v. Weisman, 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).

                                    Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).

                                    Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).

                                    Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:         603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    604.5   Religious-Based Exclusion From A School Program

 

Approved:                   2-8-99

Reviewed:                   7-21-03, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      10-8-07

606.3 ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM

Live animals will not be allowed in school district facilities except under special circumstances and only for an educational purpose.  Permission from the principal will be required of anyone wishing to bring an animal into school district facilities.  Appropriate supervision of animals is required when animals are brought into the school district facilities.

The person bringing the animal must furnish transportation for the animal brought to school.  Animals will not be allowed to travel to and from the student's attendance center on the school bus without prior approval from the principal.

It is the responsibility of the principal to determine appropriate supervision of animals in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:         507      Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:                   2-8-99

Reviewed:                   10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      7-21-03

606.4 STUDENT PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES

Materials and services produced by students at the expense of the school district are the property of the school district.  Materials and services produced by students at the student's expense, except for incidental expense to the school district, are the property of the student.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to determine incidental expense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:         408.2   Licensed Employee Publication or Creation of Materials

 

Approved:                   2-8-99

Reviewed:                   10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      7-21-03

 

 

606.5 INSUFFICIENT CLASSROOM SPACE

The principal may authorize field trips and excursions when such events contribute to the achievement of education goals of the school district.  The school district will provide transportation for field trips and excursions. 

In authorizing field trips and excursions, the principal will consider the financial condition of the school district, the educational benefit of the activity, the inherent risks or dangers of the activity, and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent.  Written parental permission will be required prior to the student's participation in field trips and excursions.  The superintendent will be notified for field trips and excursions outside the state.  Superintendent approval will be required for field trips and excursions which involve unusual length or expense.

Field trips and excursions are to be arranged with the principal well in advance.  A detailed schedule and budget must be submitted by the employee.  The school district will be responsible for obtaining a substitute teacher if one is needed.  Following field trips and excursions, the teacher may be required to submit a written summary of the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         390 C.F.R. Pt. 390.3(f) (2012).

                                    Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 43.9.

 

Cross Reference:        503.1   Student Conduct

                                    503.4   Good Conduct Rule

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    711      Transportation

 

Approved:                   3-13-83

Reviewed:                   4-10-89, 3-23-92, 10-11-93, 10-8-07 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      4-24-89, 4-13-92, 2-8-99, 7-21-03

 

606.5 STUDENT FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

The principal may authorize field trips and excursions when such events contribute to the achievement of education goals of the school district.  The school district will provide transportation for field trips and excursions. 

In authorizing field trips and excursions, the principal will consider the financial condition of the school district, the educational benefit of the activity, the inherent risks or dangers of the activity, and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent.  Written parental permission will be required prior to the student's participation in field trips and excursions.  The superintendent will be notified for field trips and excursions outside the state.  Superintendent approval will be required for field trips and excursions which involve unusual length or expense.

Field trips and excursions are to be arranged with the principal well in advance.  A detailed schedule and budget must be submitted by the employee.  The school district will be responsible for obtaining a substitute teacher if one is needed.  Following field trips and excursions, the teacher may be required to submit a written summary of the event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         390 C.F.R. Pt. 390.3(f) (2012).

                                    Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 43.9.

 

Cross Reference:        503.1   Student Conduct

                                    503.4   Good Conduct Rule

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    711      Transportation

 

Approved:                   3-13-83

Reviewed:                   4-10-89, 3-23-92, 10-11-93, 10-8-07 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      4-24-89, 4-13-92, 2-8-99, 7-21-03

 

606.6 INSUFFICIENT CLASSROOM SPACE

Insufficient classroom space is determined on a case-by-case basis.  In making its determination whether insufficient classroom space exists, the board may consider several factors, including but not limited to, the nature of the education program, the grade level, the available licensed employees, the instructional method, the physical space, student-teacher ratios, equipment and materials, facilities either being planned or under construction, facilities planned to be closed, financial condition of the school district and projected to be available, a sharing agreement in force or planned, a bargaining agreement in force, laws or rules governing special education class size, board-adopted school district goals and objectives, and other factors considered relevant by the board.

This policy is reviewed by the board on a regular basis.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to bring this policy to the attention of the board each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 282.18(13) (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 17.6(3).

 

Cross Reference:       103      Long-Range Needs Assessment

                                    501.15 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving

                                                District

                                    606.1   Class Size - Class Grouping

 

Approved:                   2-24-97

Reviewed:                   7-21-03, 10-8-07, 4-9-18

Revised:                     1-14-13

606.7 THERAPY DOGS

 

The Mid-Prairie Community School District believes that therapy dogs can be a vital resource in district schools and classrooms and their use will be encouraged.

Professional School Therapy Dogs certified with their handlers as Certified Assistance Dog Teams provide emotional and physical support in the educational setting.  These highly trained dogs model good behavior, tolerance, and acceptance.  All Certified Assistance Dog Teams in the Mid-Prairie Community School District (MPCSD) work to support and positively influence both student achievement and student well being.

Professional Therapy Dogs are trained and tested to provide specific physical or therapeutic functions under the direction and control of a qualified handler who works with the dog as a team, and as a part of the handler’s occupation or profession.

The MPCSD retains ownership of the therapy dog until such services of the therapy dog are no longer needed or when the therapy dog retires from duty.  

the daily care health management plan must be managed by the Handler and follow the guidelines recommended by CARES Inc. in Concordia, Kansas. Daily care includes the following:  nutritional needs including pet food and water; grooming; and provisions for exercising the animal.

1. The Handler must provide a record of annual vaccinations received by the dog and signed by the primary veterinarian; these health records should be kept on file in the school building and in the MPCSD Central Office.

2. The therapy dog shall be given a comprehensive wormer or fecal check for worms annually.

3. The dog shall be checked for external parasite control.

4. The Handler shall give preventive parasite (fleas and ticks) control and heartworm medication year-round.  Annual tests shall be given for heartworm.

5. The therapy dog shall be groomed and bathed regularly as well as regular brushing of the dog’s teeth, regular nail trimming, and cleaning/checks of the dog’s ears.

 

The scheduling of therapy dog services will be coordinated with the Handler and/or the following staff:  Behavior Interventionist(s), Classroom Teacher(s), Counselor(s), and/or Building Principal.

The Mid-Prairie Community School District will pay for all expenses in obtaining a therapy dog.

Therapy dog guidelines and procedures will be reviewed at least annually with all staff and students.  Public and staff concerns about the use of therapy dogs shall be directed to the building administrator. A school district canine oversight committee may be established to assist with concerns.  The oversight committee purpose is to provide general assistance with questions and answers pertinent to the use of therapy dogs; review therapy dog policies, procedures, and guidelines as needed; and educate the school community regarding the use of and value of therapy dogs in the school setting. This committee’s members may include therapy dog handler(s), school counselors, teachers, parents, building administrator(s), a veterinarian, and/or service dog trainers. 

The Handler can submit veterinary expenditures and pet food receipts for a total amount up to $1,500.00 per year.  Any amount over $1,500.00 shall require district preapproval.

The School Board shall determine a specific therapy dog’s future should that therapy dog’s Handler leave district employment before the therapy dog retires.  Options include the following: district maintains possession, Handler possession with full or partial replacement costs paid to district, or Handler possession with no payment to the district.  The school board, with superintendent recommendation, shall consider, but not be limited to, the following factors: age of therapy dog, estimated years of useful service until retirement, health of therapy dog, original costs of therapy dog, and therapy dog replacement costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:        

Cross Reference:        

Approved:         8-8-16          

Reviewed:         4-9-18

Revised:                      

607 INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES

607.1 STUDENT GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM

The board will provide a student guidance and counseling program.  The guidance counselor will be certified with the Iowa Department of Education and hold the qualifications required by the board.  The guidance and counseling program will serve grades preschool through twelve.  The program will assist students with their personal, educational, and career development.  The program is coordinated with the education program and will involve licensed employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Iowa Code § 280.14; 622.10 (2013).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(11).

Cross Reference:       506      Student Records

                                    603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    604.4   Program for At-Risk Students

Approved:                    2-8-99

Reviewed:                    7-21-03, 10-8-07, 4-9-18

Revised:                       1-14-13

607.2 STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Health services are an integral part of comprehensive school improvement, assisting all students to increase learning, achievement, and performance.  Health services coordinate and support existing programs to assist each student in achievement of an optimal state of physical, mental and social well being.  Student health services ensure continuity and create linkages between school, home, and community service providers.  The school district’s comprehensive school improvement plan, needs, and resources determine the linkages.

The superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse and appropriate school personnel, will develop administrative regulations implementing this policy.  The superintendent will provide a written report on the role of health services in the education program to the board annually.

 

 

 

 

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

                              42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et  seq. (2012).

                              20 U.S.C. 1232g § 1400 6301 et seq. (2012).

29 U.S.C. § 794(a)(2012)

28 C.F.R. 35

                              34 C.F.R. pt. 99, 104, 200, 300 et seq. (2012)

Iowa Code §§ 22.7, 139A.3. .8, .21; 143.1, 152, 256.7(24), .11, 280.23 (2013).

281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), (7), (11); 12.4(12); 12.8; 41.405.

282 I.A.C. 15.3(14); 22.

641 I.A.C. 7.

655 I.A.C. 6, 6.3(1), 6.3(6), 6.6(1), 7.

 

Cross Reference:  501.4         Entrance - Admissions

                              507            Student Health and Well-Being

 

Approved:            3-13-83

Reviewed:            4-10-89, 10-11-93, 1-14-13, 4-9-18

Revised:                      4-14-89, 4-10-00, 7-21-03, 10-8-07

 

Goals and Objectives

 

 
The goals and objectives of the school district are designed to achieve the mission statement of the school district.  Short-term and long-term objectives for the education program will be reviewed annually by the board. These objectives will reflect the results of the needs assessment, recommendations from the superintendent, changes in law, and any other relevant factors.  Annually, the board will report regarding the progress toward the achievement of the goals and objectives of the education program.