500 Students

STUDENTS
Series 500

500      Equal Educational Opportunities
            500.1         Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for
                              Students
            500.2         Equal Educational Opportunities; Prohibition of
                              Harassment and Bullying of Students
            500.2         Exhibit A – Student Discrimination, Harassment or
                              Bullying Complaint Form
            500.2         Exhibit B – Student Discrimination, Harassment or
                              Bullying Witness Statement
            500.2         Exhibit C – Summary of Disposition of Student
                              Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Complaint
            500.2R1    Grievance Procedures for Section 504 of the
                              Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
                              Disabilities Act
            500.3         Student Complaint Procedures

501      Student Attendance
            501.1         Resident Students
            501.2         Nonresident Students
            501.3         Compulsory Attendance
            501.4         Entrance – Admissions
            501.5         Student Transfers In
            501.6         Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals
            501.7         Foreign Exchange Students
            501.8         Student Absences – Excused
            501.9         Student Absences – Unexcused
            501.9R1     Procedures for Unexcused Absences
            501.10       Student Release During School Hours
            501.11       Open Enrollment
            501.12       Homeless Children and Youth
            501.13       Fees and Fee Waivers
            501.13R1   Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures
            501.13R1   Exhibit A – Student Fee Waiver Application

502      Student Rights and Responsibilities
            502.1         Student Appearance
            502.2         Interviews of Students
            502.3         Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles
            502.4         Student Expression
            502.4R1    Regulations and Procedures for Distribution of Nonschool
                              Publications by Students
            502.5         Student Lockers
            502.6         Student Searches

503      Student Discipline
            503.1         Student Conduct
            503.1R1     Suspension Procedures
            503.2         Expulsions and Long Term Suspensions
            503.3         Weapons
            503.4         Assaults Against Employees
            503.5         Student Conduct on School Vehicles
            503.5R1     School Vehicle Rules
            503.5R2     Use of Video Cameras on School Vehicles
            503.6         Student Eligibility for Extra Curricular Activities: 
                             Code of Conduct
            503.7         Initiations

504      Student Activities
            504.1         Student Government
            504.2         Student Organizations
            504.3         Student Publications
            504.3R1     Official Student Publications Regulation
            504.4         Student Social Events
            504.5         Student Performances
            504.6         Student Fund-Raising

505      Student Scholastic Achievement
            505.1         Student Progress Reports and Conferences
            505.2         Student Grade Placement
            505.3         Student Honors and Awards
            505.4         Assessment Program
            505.4         Exhibit A – Notification of Rights Under the Protection of
                             Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
            505.5         Performance Testing for Credit
            505.6         Graduation Requirements
            505.7         Early Graduation
            505.8         Commencement and Diplomas

506      Student Records
            506.1         Student Records
            506.1         Exhibit A – Annual Notice
            506.1         Exhibit B – Release of Student Directory Information
            506.1         Exhibit C – Request for Examination of Student Records
            506.1         Exhibit D – Request of Nonparent for Examination or
                             Copies of Student Records
            506.1         Exhibit E – Authorization for Release of Student Records
            506.1         Exhibit F – Request for Correction of Student Records
            506.2         Student Photographs
            506.3         Student Library Circulation Records

507      Student Health and Well-Being
            507.1         Student Health and Immunization Certificates
            507.2         Administration of Medication to Students
            507.2         Exhibit A – Parental Request and Authorization for the
                              Administration of Medication
            507.2         Exhibit B – Record of the Administration of Medication
            507.2         Exhibit C – Authorization-Asthma or Airway Constricting
                              Disease Medication Self-Administration Consent Form
            507.3         Communicable Diseases
            507.3R1     Universal Precautions Regulation
            507.4         Student Illness or Injury at School
            507.5         Emergency Drills
            507.6         Student Insurance
            507.7         Custody and Parental Rights
            507.8         Student Special Health Services
            507.8R1     Special Health Services
            507.9         Health Screenings
            507.10       Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Students by School
                              Personnel
            507.10R1   Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Abuse of
                              Students by School Personnel
            507.10R1   Exhibit A - Complaint of Injury to or Abuse of a Student
                               by a School Employee
            507.10R1   Exhibit B - Report of Level One Investigation
            507.11       Student Wellness

508      Miscellaneous Student-Related Matters
            508.1         Class or Student Group Gifts
            508.2         Open Night
            508.3         Student Telephone Calls
            508.4         Interscholastic Activities

 

 

 

            The Board of Directors of the Decorah Community School District reviewed all of the policies in Series 500, Students, on the following dates:

 

                        December 9, 2002

                        March 10, 2008

                        July 15, 2013

 

 

 

Filing Instructions:  File this page immediately behind the Table of Contents in Series 500.

 

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500 Equal Education Opportunities

500.1 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

Code No. 500.1

 

OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

 

This series of the Board policy manual is devoted to the Board's goals and objectives for assisting students of the District in obtaining an education.  Each student shall have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with District policies, regulations, directives, and plans. 

It is a goal of the Board to develop healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concepts in the students attending school within the District.  Each student attending school will have the opportunity to utilize the educational program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth.  Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures other students the same opportunities. 

The Board supports the delivery of the educational program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, creed, disability, sex, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic background.

These policies shall apply to all students enrolled in or attending programs in the District.  If a student is taking classes or courses or participating in activities at another institution or district, the student must also abide by the policies, rules and regulations of the other institution or district while participating in such classes, courses or activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Review:  September 2015

 

Date of Revision:

 December 14, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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Legal References:

 

216.9, 256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.17, 280.28, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), 12.3(2), 12.3(6), 12.5(8),        Chapter 102; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 42 U.S.C. 2000c et seq.; Title VI of the Civil Rights  Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et. seq.;    Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794; Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §1401                                                            
et. seq.; Americans With Disabilities Act 42 U.S.C.   

§12101, et. seq.; 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104 and 106  

 

 

 

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

500.2 Equal Educational Opportunities; Prohibition of Harassment and Bullying of Students

Code No.   500.2

 

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES; PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT

AND BULLYING OF STUDENTS

 

Nondiscrimination.  No student in the Decorah Community School District shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in District programs on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, family status, ethnic background, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief or socio-economic background.  The policy of the District shall be to provide educational programs and opportunities for students as needed on the basis of individual needs, interests, abilities and potential.

 

Harassment and Bullying Prohibited.  The Decorah Community School District is committed to providing all students a safe and civil educational environment in which all are treated with dignity and respect.  The District is also committed to promoting understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of our society.  The District shall educate students about our cultural diversity and shall promote tolerance of individual differences.

Harassment and bullying of students is against the policy of the State of Iowa as well as of the Decorah Community School District.  The District shall promote procedures and practices to reduce and eliminate harassment and bullying.   The District prohibits harassment and bullying of students by other students, by employees, and by volunteers while in school, on school property, and at any school function or school-sponsored activity.  This includes harassment or bullying based on the student’s actual or perceived trait or characteristic, including the student’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, sex, age, religion, marital or familial status, ethnic background, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental ability or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attribute, political party preference, political belief, or socio-economic background.  Acts of harassment or bullying may be treated as grounds for discipline.  Discipline may include suspension or expulsion of a student, termination of an employee’s contract, and/or exclusion of a volunteer from District activities or premises. 

Definition.  Any electronic (such as emails, internet based communications, or instant messages), written, verbal or physical act or conduct toward a student that is based on an actual or perceived trait or characteristic that creates or could reasonably be expected to create an objectively hostile school environment is prohibited under this policy.  An objectively hostile school environment is created if the act or conduct

         ●       places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property; or

         ●       has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health; or

         ●       has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or

         ●       has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from District services, activities, or privileges provided by the District. 

Examples of prohibited behavior may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

                        -     unwelcome touching;

                        -     inappropriate or demeaning remarks, jokes, stories, activities, symbols, signs or posters;

                        -     implied or explicit threats concerning grades, awards, property or opportunities;

                        -     requiring, explicitly or implicitly, that a student submit to harassment or bullying as a term or condition

                             of the student’s participation  in any educational program or activity.

 

A “volunteer” is anyone who has regular, significant contact with students.

Sexual Harassment.

         General.  It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment.  All employees, visitors and students must avoid any action or conduct which could reasonably be perceived as sexual harassment.  It shall be a violation of this policy for any person to harass a student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature as defined in this policy.

         Definition.  Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual acts or favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

         ●      Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the student's educational opportunities or benefits; or

         ●      Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting that student; or

         ●      Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student's education by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

 

                  Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to the following:

 

                              -     requests or pressure for sexual activity;

                              -     unwelcome touching;

                              -     other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as inappropriate jokes, symbols, signs or posters of a sexual nature;

                              -     repeated written or verbal remarks to or about a person with sexual or demeaning implications.

 

                                    Note: any sexual overtures made by a staff member to a student, whether welcomed or unwelcomed, shall be grounds for discipline, including discharge of the staff member.

Complaint Procedures.  Any person alleging a violation of this policy may file a complaint using the Student Complaint Procedure of Code No. 500.3 within 180 days of the event or events giving rise to the complaint or from the date the complaint could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  Employees who are aware of discrimination, harassment or bullying shall file a written complaint or shall report the conduct to a principal or to the compliance officer.  The complainant may bypass any step of the complaint procedure where the person to whom the complaint is to be lodged is the alleged perpetrator.  The complainant may file the initial complaint with the compliance officer, whose decision may be appealed to the Superintendent.  Policy 507.10 shall govern the investigation of alleged cases of physical or sexual abuse, including sexual harassment, of students by staff members.

The complainant may be required to complete a written complaint form and must include the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested, and to turn over copies of evidence of discrimination, harassment or bullying including, but not limited to, letters, emails, tapes, signs, and pictures.  The complainant shall receive assistance as needed.  The investigator shall promptly commence an investigation and proceed to completion.  Both the complainant and the alleged perpetrator will be given an opportunity to give a statement. District employees, students and volunteers shall fully and fairly cooperate in the investigation and shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against those who have reliable information about an incident of bullying or harassment.

A written investigative report shall be completed, and a summary of the report, including a finding that the complaint was founded, unfounded, or inconclusive will be forwarded to the complainant, to the parent or guardian, and to the alleged perpetrator.  The investigator will consider the totality of the circumstances presented in determining whether the conduct objectively constitutes discrimination or harassment.

Grievance Procedure – Disability.  The District has also established a Grievance Procedures for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Code No. 500.2R1  to handle complaints of discrimination based on disability and to handle concerns regarding accommodations of disabled students.  A parent, guardian, or student may utilize such grievance procedures.

Compliance Officer.  The Middle School Principal shall be designated as the District's compliance officer to insure that students are treated in accordance with District policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment and bullying.  In the event the Middle School Principal is the alleged perpetrator, the Superintendent shall be the alternate compliance officer.  The Middle School Principal may be contacted at 405 Winnebago Street, Decorah, or (563) 382-8427.

Confidentiality.  Confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected to the extent possible consistent with the District's legal obligations, and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred.  Parents of minor children may be contacted.

No Retaliation.  No person shall retaliate against a student or other person because the student or other person has filed a discrimination or harassment complaint, assisted or participated in an investigation, or has opposed language or conduct that violates this policy, as long as the participation or action was done in good faith.  Persons who engage in retaliation or who knowingly file false complaints or give false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline up to and including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of employment.

Corrective Actions.  The District will take action to halt any improper discrimination, harassment or bullying and will take other appropriate corrective actions, including disciplinary measures which may include discharge, suspension, expulsion, or exclusion of a perpetrator to remedy all violations of this policy.

Notification.  Notice of this policy shall be communicated to staff, students, and parents of the District and to the District community.  It shall be included in handbooks and shall be published in such other manner as the compliance officer shall determine.

Training.  The District shall educate staff, parents and students about recognizing harassment and bullying, effective methods of prevention, and what to do in the event of such actions.  The District shall participate in assessments of the effectiveness of this policy and education programs and shall make reports as required.

Other Agencies.  Students and their parents may also contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education for assistance.

Investigation. Within 15 school days the District’s Compliance Officer or designee (“Compliance Officer”) will initiate an investigation of the complaint. If the Complainant or subject of Complaint is under 18 years old, the Compliance Officer may notify the child’s parent or guardian and may invite the parent/guardian to attend investigatory meetings or interviews in which the child is involved. The Complainant and identity of individuals involved in the Complaint, including the subject of the complaint, respondent(s), or witnesses, may be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation, or as required by law or policy.

The Compliance Officer will normally complete the investigation and issue a report with respect to the findings within 90 calendar days. The Compliance Officer’s report and findings are final and the complaint is closed after issuance of the report, unless within 10 calendar days after receiving the decision, either the Complainant or Respondent appeals the decision to the District’s Superintendent by making a written request for appeal detailing why s/he believe the decision should be reconsidered.

The superintendent must review the Compliance Officer’s report and determine if additional information is necessary. The superintendent may designate another official to assist in the appeal at any time, and may direct the superintendent’s designee or Compliance Officer to gather additional information. The superintendent will normally complete a report affirming, reversing, or amending the decision of the Compliance Officer within 30 calendar days of receiving the request for appeal. If the superintendent requires additional time to complete the superintendent’s report, the superintendent or designee will communicate the need for additional time to the party who appealed the Compliance Officer’s decision.

The superintendent’s decision and report shall be final. The superintendent’s decision does not prohibit a party from seeking redress through state or federal administrative agencies as provided by law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  September 2015

 

Date of Revision:

December 14, 2015

 

 

 

01196828

 

 

Legal References:

 

216.9, 256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.17, 280.28 708.10      Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), 12.2, 12.3(6),       12.5(8), Chapter 102; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 42 U.S.C. 2000c et seq.; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et     seq.; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794;          Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C.  §1401 et seq.; Americans With Disabilities Act 42   U.S.C. §12101, e. seq.; 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104 and                                                               106                                                                                 

 

 

 

500.2 Exhibit A – Student Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Complaint Form

Code No. 500.2

Exhibit A

 

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT OR BULLYING
COMPLAINT FORM

 

Please complete the following as fully as possible.  If you need assistance, contact the compliance officer.

Note:  If this is an allegation that a District employee or volunteer has sexually abused or harassed a student, please use the procedures and forms under Code 507.10 instead.

 

Date of Complaint:  _________________________________________________                                                                                                                        

Name of Student:    _________________________________________________                                                                                                                           

Building and Grade of Student:    ______________________________________                                                                                                       

_____________________________

                                                                                                                                                           

Home Address:   __________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Home Telephone:    _______________________________________________                                                                                                                          

 

Name of Complainant:    ___________________________________________                                                                                                                   

 

Relationship to Student:   ___________________________________________                                                                                                                  

 

Home Address of Complainant:     ___________________________________                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Telephone of Complainant:    _______________________________________                                                                                                       

 

Email Address of Complainant    ____________________________________                                                                                                       

 

Name and Position of Alleged Perpetrator:    __________________________                                                                                   

_______________________________________

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Discrimination/Harassment Alleged

    ______________   Race, Color                                             ___________     Marital Status

 

      _____________    Familial Status                                       ___________    Sex

 

       _____________   Sexual Orientation                                 ____________   Gender Identity

      ______________   Religion, Creed                                     ____________    Disability or Ability

 

       ______________  National Origin/Ethnic Background/

       ______________  Ancestry                                      

       ______________  Political Preference                                  ____________  Physical Attribute

 

       ______________  Socio-Economic background                     ___________   Other                               

 

 

 

Statement of Discrimination or Harassment Alleged:  (Include dates, places and persons involved or incidents, if known.  List any witnesses, their positions or grades and addresses and telephone numbers.  Attach any pertinent written documents.  Describe any actions you took in response to the incidents.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is given in good faith and is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature:     _________________________________________________                                                                                                                                      

Name Printed:    _______________________________________________                                                                                                                                

Date:      ___________________________________________                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  September 2015

 

Form Revised:  December 14, 2015

 

 

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500.2 Exhibit B – Student Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Witness Statemen

Code No. 500.2

Exhibit B

STUDENT DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT OR BULLYING WITNESS STATEMENT

Date of Interview: _____________________________________________________________________

Interviewer: __________________________________________________________________________

Name of Person Giving Statement:

Name of Complainant (designate if Complainant is a student or an employee): _____________________

Nature of discrimination, harassment or bullying alleged by Complainant: __________________________

Position and Building of Witness: _________________________________________________________

Home Address: _______________________________________________________________________

Home Telephone: (____ )________________________________________________________________

Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________

Statement: (Include dates, places and persons involved if known.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is given in good faith and is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature: ___________________________________________________________________________

Name Printed: ________________________________________________________________________

Date: _______________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Form Revised: December 14, 2015

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500.2 Exhibit C – Summary of Disposition of Student Discrimination, Harassment or Bullying Complaint

Code No. 500.2

Exhibit C

SUMMARY OF DISPOSITION OF STUDENT DISCRIMINATION,

HARASSMENT OR BULLYING COMPLAINT

 

Name of Complainant:         ______________________________________________________                                                                                                              

 

Name of Student:                 ______________________________________________________                                                                                                               

 

Grade and Building of Student:          ______________________________________________________                                                                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Name and Position of Alleged Perpetrator/Respondent:     ______________________________________________________                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

 

Date of Initial Complaint     ______________________________________________________                                                                                                               

 

Nature of Discrimination or Harassment Alleged:

 

                                    Race, Color                                                      Marital Status

 

                                    Sex                                                                   Familial Status

 

                                    Sexual Orientation                                           Gender Identity

 

                                    Religion, Creed                                                 Disability or Ability

 

                                    National Origin/Ethnic                                                 Physical Attribute

                                    Background/Ancestry              

 

                                    Political Preference                                         Other                                      

 

                                    Socio-Economic Background   

 

 

 

Summary of Investigation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:                 _______    Founded                   (The totality of the evidence reasonably demonstrates the actions occurred                                                                                                                      and arose to the level of discrimination or harassment.)

                                     _______   Unfounded              

 

                                      _______  Inconclusive

 

 

 

___________________________________________________                                                                                  
Signature

 

___________________________________________________                                                                                  
Typed or Printed Name

 

 __________________________________________________                                                                                 
Position

 

___________________________________________________                                                                                  
Address

 

 ___________________________________________________                                                                                
Date

 

 

Copies to:

Student’s Parent or Guardian

Alleged Perpetrator/Respondent

Superintendent

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  September 2015

 

Form Revised:   December 14, 2015

 

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500.2R1 Grievance Procedures for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Code No. 500.2R1

 

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR SECTION 504
OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
AND THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

Disagreement between
Parent & School
(1)

 

 

Resolution

 

(1)  Once all options at the school level involving parents, members of the Student Assistance Team and the building administration have been exhausted, then contact the Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer (Middle School Principal) at (563) 382-8427

Section 504
Compliance Officer
(2)

 

 

Resolution

 

(2)  The District’s Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer reviews the parent written complaint and assists the school and parents define the Section 504/ADA rules and regulations as they apply to the case.  The Compliance Officer acts as a mediator, helps the parents and the school consider and/or develop alternatives to the dispute.

 

Parent
requests formal hearing
(3)

 

 

(3, 3a and 3b)  If an impasse continues, the parents may contact the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) or request a District level Section 504 Hearing with an impartial hearing officer.  The 504/ADA Compliance Officer appoints the hearing officer and gives advance notice of the time and place of the hearing.  The parents may be represented by individuals of their choice.  The hearing officer will normally issue a decision within 15 days of the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Civil Rights
(3a)
(4)

 

 

(4)  If the impasse continues after receipt of the District level Section 504 Hearing decision from an impartial hearing officer, the parent may contact the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) or state administrative agency.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  September 2015

 

Form Revised:  December 14, 2015

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500.3 Student Complaint Procedures

Code No. 500.3

 

STUDENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

 

It is the goal of the Board to resolve complaints of students and their parents at the lowest administrative level.  An attempt shall be made to resolve any complaint in informal, verbal discussion between the student and/or the parent and the person against whom the complaint is filed and/or the building administrator or supervisor.  Please note that informal processing and procedures are not to be used where school harassment or assault is alleged.

 

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, the student or parent may file the complaint in writing, and, at an agreeable time, discuss the matter with the building administrator or supervisor.  Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the event or events giving rise to the complaint or from the date the complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The written complaint shall state the nature of the complaint and shall state the remedy requested.  The building administrator or supervisor shall make a decision on the complaint and communicate it in writing to the student or parent and the superintendent within fifteen (15) school days or as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of the complaint.

 

In the event a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved by the building administrator or supervisor, the student or parent may file a copy of the complaint with the superintendent and request a meeting.  The superintendent shall file a written response with the student or parent and the building administrator or supervisor within fifteen (15) school days or as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

If the superintendent’s decision on the complaint did not satisfactorily resolve the complaint for the student or parent, the student or parent may request a meeting with the Board by filing a written complaint with the Board Secretary within five days of receiving the superintendent’s decision. Such a written request to the Board should identify specific written board policies that are impacted, if any, and must include a statement of how the author would like the complaint resolved. The written complaint will be provided to the Board in advance of an upcoming Board meeting. The superintendent may also provide a statement to Board in advance of the Board meeting.

 

After the Board has received a copy of the complaint and a statement from the superintendent, if any, the Board may determine to take action on the complaint or may decline to take action on the complaint. If the Board elects to take action on the complaint, the Board has significant flexibility in how it approaches the complaint; the Board may take action based solely on the information available to it, the Board may request additional information, and the Board may take any other lawful action it deems appropriate.  If the Board declines to take action on the complaint, the disposition of the superintendent shall be final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  February 2016

 

Date of Revision:

December 14, 2015                 

01158940

 

Legal References:

 

21.5(1)(a), (e), 22.7, 279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa   

 

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501 Student Attendance

501.01 Resident Students

Code No. 501.1

 

RESIDENT STUDENTS

All children are entitled to an education in the public schools of Iowa free of payment of tuition from the age of five until their graduation or until they reach the age of 21, with certain extensions for children requiring special education.  Children are restricted in their rights to attend public school free of payment of tuition to the district of residence or pursuant to compliance with the Open Enrollment Act or as otherwise provided by law.

Resident students are those students who reside within the boundaries of the Decorah Community School District.  Ordinarily, students will be deemed to have the same residence as that of their parents or guardians having legal physical custody.  A student may have residency with some other person in the District and attend District schools tuition-free as a resident student as long as the primary purpose of residing in the District is not for the sake of attending school in the District tuition-free.  A student may establish his/her own residency if the student is an emancipated minor.

The Superintendent may require evidence to support a claim of residency.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

256B.2, 256B.8, 257.6, Chapter 282, Code of Iowa;

281 I.A.C. Chapter 17, 33.8, 41.1, 41.3(3), 41.69   
 

 

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DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.02 Nonresident Students

Code No. 501.2

 

NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

Students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school but who are not residents of the District and who are not admitted under a whole grade sharing agreement or under open enrollment may be admitted to school at the discretion of the Superintendent upon application and payment of tuition.  The tuition rate shall be the current per-pupil cost of the District as authorized by the Iowa law.  Tuition shall be due and payable in advance of each semester, unless other arrangements are approved by the Superintendent.

A student who moves out of the Decorah District may continue enrollment in the District tuition-free as an open enrollment student.  If the student is an eleventh or twelfth grader, the student may continue to be enrolled in the Decorah District and need only notify the Decorah District of continuation.  The parents or guardians shall be responsible for transportation for students who reside outside of the District.

Nonresident students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and who show positive evidence they will become residents of the District by October 1 may be allowed to attend from the start of the school year without the payment of tuition.  The parents or guardians shall be responsible for transportation for students who reside outside of the District.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

257.6, 280.14, 280.19A, Chapter 282, Code of Iowa;                                                                                  

281 I.A.C. Chapter 17                                              

 

 

00959231

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.03 Compulsory Attendance

Code No. 501.3

 

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Any child at least six years of age and under sixteen years of age by September 15 who is a resident of the District must enroll in the District schools unless:

a.     The child is enrolled in another accredited school; or

b.     The child has completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or has obtained a high school equivalency diploma; or

c.     The child is excused for sufficient reason by a court of record or judge; or

d.     The child is attending religious services or receiving religious instruction; or

e.     The child is attending a private accredited college preparatory school; or

f.      The child is blind or deaf, and the superintendent of the state school determines that the child is physically or mentally unable to attend school; or

g.     The child is exempted by the Director of the Iowa Department of Education based on religious beliefs and principles of the child's parents or guardians; or

h.     The child is receiving competent private instruction in accordance with state law and the rules of the Department of Education, either directly by a licensed teacher in a nonaccredited nonpublic school, directly by a licensed teacher in a tutorial or home school setting, indirectly by a licensed teacher assisting and supervising a parent, guardian or custodian who provides instruction, or directly by a parent, guardian or custodian.

If a child reaches the age of sixteen (16) on or after September 15, the child shall be subject to the provisions of this paragraph until the end of the regular school year.  In addition, a parent or guardian who has enrolled a child age five (5) in kindergarten or enrolled a child age four (4) in the statewide voluntary preschool program shall be subject to the requirements of this paragraph unless the parent or guardian notifies the District in writing of his or her intent to withdraw the child from school.

It shall be the primary responsibility of the parents, guardians, and custodians to cause students to attend school regularly and in accordance with District policies or to demonstrate that the child is exempt from such requirement or that the child is receiving competent private instruction.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

Chapter 259A, 279.8, 279.10,  279.11, 280.2, 280.3, 280.14, 282.3, Chapters 299 and 299A, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.

 

00959235

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.04 Entrance – Admissions

Code No. 501.4

 

ENTRANCE - ADMISSIONS

No child shall be admitted to kindergarten unless the child is five years of age on or before the fifteenth day of September of the current school year.

No child shall be admitted to first grade unless the child is six years of age on or before the fifteenth day of September of the current school year, except that a five year old child who has previously completed kindergarten may be admitted to the first grade if the child demonstrates the possession of sufficient ability to profit by first grade work.

A birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of a student's age shall be required before  a student may enroll in the District for the first time.  It shall be within the discretion of the Superintendent to determine what is satisfactory evidence for proof of age. 

No student shall be enrolled in the District without adequate evidence of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola and rubella, unless exempted under Iowa law.  Students born on or after July 1, 1994, must also have evidence of immunization against Hepatitis B, unless exempted under Iowa law.  Students born on or after September 15, 1997 must also have evidence of immunization against varicella or have a reliable history of natural disease, unless exempted under Iowa law.  A student may be provisionally enrolled if the student has begun the required immunizations and continues to receive the necessary immunizations in accordance with Iowa law.

A child enrolling in kindergarten must have evidence of blood lead testing or provide a certificate of exemption under Iowa law.  Students without evidence of blood lead testing or a valid certificate of exemption shall be enrolled in the District, but their parents or guardians shall be provided with community blood lead testing program information.

Proof of Dental Screening.  Parents and guardians of students enrolling in elementary school must provide evidence of a dental screening conducted between the ages of three and six years of age at a minimum, unless exempted under Iowa law.  Parents and guardians enrolling high school students must provide evidence of a dental screening within the prior year, unless exempted under Iowa law.

Proof of Vision Screening.  Upon enactment of applicable law, parents and guardians of students must provide evidence of a vision screening conducted at least once before entering kindergarten and again before entering third grade unless exempted under Iowa law.  Students without evidence of vision screening or proper exemption under Iowa law shall be enrolled in the District, but the District shall provide parents with vision screening referral resources as required by law.

A student enrolling for the first time in the District should have a physical examination by a licensed practitioner.  Each student shall submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon request of the Superintendent.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

00959242

 

Legal References:

 

135.17, 135.39D, 139A.8, 256B.2, 279.8, 280.3, 280.7,                                                                       

280.14, 282.1, 282.3, 299.1A, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.                                                                       

12.2, 12.3(4), 12.3(7), 31.2(1) 33.5; 641 I.A.C. Chapter 7

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.05 Student Transfers In

Code No. 501.5

 

STUDENT TRANSFERS IN

Students who transfer into the District must meet the proof of age, immunization, lead testing, dental and vision screening requirements set for students who initially enroll in the District. 

A student transferring into the Decorah Community School District from another district, from a nonpublic school, or from competent private instruction will be assigned for grade placement according to recommendations from the district or school from which the student has transferred; however, the Decorah Community School District reserves the right to evaluate each student individually and make placements accordingly.

If a student wishing to transfer into the District has been suspended or expelled from the student's prior school, the District may refuse the request to transfer until the student has been reinstated in the former school.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

22.7(1), 279.8, 279.9A, 280.14, 280.19A, Code of  

Iowa; 281 I.AC. 12.3(4); 33.4, 41.29, 41.30, 41.31;

General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g;

34 C.F.R. Part 99                                                     
 

00959244

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.06 Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

Code No. 501.6

STUDENT TRANSFERS OUT OR WITHDRAWALS

If a student wishes to withdraw or transfer from the District prior to completing and graduating from the educational program, the student or parent shall notify the administration as soon as possible.  Arrangements shall be made for the return of school materials and payment of all fees.  The notice shall state the student's final day of attendance.

Student records will be sent to the new district or school upon receipt of a request signed by the student's parent or guardian if the student is under eighteen years of age, or upon receipt of a request by the student if the student is eighteen years of age or older, or upon receipt of a request from the new district or school.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

543223

 

Legal References:

 

22.7(1), 279.8, 279.9A, 280.14, 280.19A, Code of  

Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), 33.4, 41.29, 41.30, 41.31;                                                                                 

General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g;

34 C.F.R. Part 99                                                     
 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.07 Foreign Exchange Students

Code No. 501.7

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Because of the cultural advantage to District students, and in order to promote the cause of international understanding, the District will accept on a tuition-free basis a limited number of foreign exchange students per year. 

These students will be responsible for all school expenses, excluding tuition.  The students must reside within District boundaries and may attend District schools for only one year.  Arrangements for these students must be approved in advance by the superintendent or building principal.  The students must be sponsored by responsible community organizations which meet requirements of the United States State Department.  Any organization intending to sponsor a foreign exchange student shall make arrangements with the District and complete all necessary forms prior to the time the student enters the United States. 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, Code of Iowa; 8 C.F.R. 214                            

 

 

00959247

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.08 Student Absences – Excused

Code No. 501.8

STUDENT ABSENCES - EXCUSED

Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the educational program, to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline and responsibility, and to assist in minimizing disruptions to the educational environment. 

The Board of Directors requires attendance of all regularly enrolled students for the entire time when schools are in session during the regular school year, which shall be at least 180 days or 1080 hours each school year, as permitted by law and as determined by the District, provided that students may be excused from attendance pursuant to policies and rules of the Board and the administration.

Excused student absences are those approved by the principal of the attendance center.  All work missed due to an excused absence shall be made up with full credit.  It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete the work missed.

Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored activities must attend school the half day prior to the activity unless special permission has been given by the principal.

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

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

239B.2A, 239.5B, 259A, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3,                                                                       

280.14, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5, Chapter 299, Chapter 

299A, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 441 I.A.C.

41.25(8)                                                                   
 

00959796

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.09 Student Absences – Unexcused

Code No. 501.9

STUDENT ABSENCES - UNEXCUSED

Any absence from school or a class, including tardies, which are not approved by the building principal or its designee shall be unexcused absences.  Students are subject to disciplinary action for unexcused absences.  All work missed due to unexcused absences may be made up with credit, provided the student makes up the work on time.  It shall be the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the students' teacher to complete the work missed.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

239.5B, 259A, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3, 280.14,                                                                     

282.3, 282.4, 282.5, Chapter 299, Chapter 299A,   

Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 441 I.A.C. 41.25(8)                                                                   

 

00959253

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.09R1 Procedures for Unexcused Absences

Code No. 501.9R1

PROCEDURES FOR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

Definition.  Regular attendance is very important if a student is to receive maximum benefits from the instructional program.  There are times when a student has no control over his/her attendance because of illness or other emergencies.  However, a student does have control over unexcused absences.  Therefore, a student who has an unexcused absence will be subject to disciplinary action.

Any of the following shall be deemed an unexcused absence:

 

1.          Failure to report to District schools without consent of the building principal or its designee.

        2.       Leaving the school building or grounds without first obtaining permission from the office.

3.       Failure to report to a class, assigned study hall, or other area without permission from the office, faculty member, or nurse.

        4.       Leaving any assigned area without the permission of the person in charge.

Responding to Unexcused Absences.

The attendance liaison officer shall make contact with the student and/or the student's parents.  If a student has three unexcused absences from a class, the parents will be contacted to develop a plan for intervention.  If a high school student has five unexcused absences from a class in a semester, the student may be dropped from the class with loss of credit for the class.  The student may appeal this decision utilizing the student complaint procedure.  The student will remain enrolled in the class while the appeal is pending.

After a student has accrued five instances of unexcused absences and the building-level administration has exhausted means available to the school to assure that the student is in regular attendance a registered letter will be forwarded to the County Attorney and to the parent/guardian.  The County Attorney's Office will make the final decision in regard to mediation and/or prosecution.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:   July 15, 2013

 

00959254

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.10 Student Release During School Hours

Code No. 501.10

STUDENT RELEASE DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Students will be allowed to leave the school facilities during school hours only with prior authorization of their parents or guardians and the approval of the principal or its designee.

Approved reasons for release of a student during the school day shall include, but not be limited to, illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, religious instruction, classes outside the student's attendance center, and other appropriate reasons as determined by the principal or its designee.  

Seniors will have the option of having open campus.  Open campus means that the student may be allowed to leave the school during times that the student does not have a scheduled class.  Juniors and seniors may also leave the school during their scheduled lunch time.  The building principal may suspend or revoke this privilege as a disciplinary sanction.  Students having open campus must leave school grounds or be in designated areas.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8 Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)                  
 

 

00959255

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.11 Open Enrollment

Code 501.11

Open Enrollment

Participation.

The Decorah Community School District shall participate in open enrollment, both as a receiving district and as a sending district, pursuant to the Open Enrollment Act and the rules of the Iowa Department of Education.

Procedures As A Receiving District.

          Application.

          Parents and guardians of nonresident students who wish to enroll their children in the Decorah Community School District must file an application on the form provided by the Department of Education and available in the Superintendent’s office with both the student’s resident district and with the Decorah District by March 1 preceding the school year in which enrollment is sought.  Applications may be filed after March 1 but no later than October 1 (or by the following Monday if October 1 is on a Saturday or Sunday) of the school year in which enrollment is first sought in the Decorah District in the following situations:

a.     there is “good cause” as defined in the law and this policy for not meeting the March 1 deadline; or

b.     the child was a resident of the Decorah District and moved out of the District after March 1 but the parents or guardians wish the child to remain enrolled in the Decorah District.  (Students in 11th and 12th grade who move out of the District need only file notice they wish to remain enrolled in the District with the Decorah District and do not need to file open enrollment applications.)

Parents and guardians of kindergarten children must make application by September 1.

Applications may be filed after the March 1 deadline if the child has been the victim of repeated acts of harassment or has a serious health condition that the resident district cannot adequately address.

Applications not filed by the dates above and not meeting the conditions for the filing, may be approved with approval of both the resident district and the Decorah District in their discretion.

Superintendent Approval.  The Superintendent may approve the following applications on behalf of the Decorah District:

a.              Applications for enrollment in the Decorah District that were timely filed by March 1 (by September 1 for kindergarten students); and

b.              Applications for students already enrolled in the Decorah District seeking continuation of enrollment in the Decorah District after changing residence.

Board Action.

The Decorah Board of Directors (or the Superintendent in authorized situations) shall act no later than June 1 to accept or reject applications to open enroll into the District which were filed by March 1 (or shall act no later than October 30 for kindergarten students).  The Board shall act within thirty calendar days if the application was filed after March 1. The Board Secretary shall then provide notice to the student’s resident district and to the student’s parents or guardians within five calendar days of the Board (or Superintendent) action.

Requests for transfer into the District by nonresident students under the Open Enrollment Act will be considered in the order in which they are received in the District, with special preference given to siblings of a student already enrolled in the Decorah District.  The Decorah District will enroll all students whose requests are timely received unless sufficient classroom space or an appropriate program is not available for the student. In the event siblings of currently enrolled students submit requests, or in the event siblings applying for first time enrollment in the District submit requests, and sufficient classroom space does not exist in one or more of the grades requested, the Board in its sole discretion may waive the criterion for sufficient classroom space in order to prevent the division of siblings between two school districts.

If the student has been suspended or expelled by the sending district, the Board may refuse the request for transfer until the student has been reinstated in the sending district.

If the application for enrollment is for a student requiring special education, the request shall be granted only if the Decorah District has a special education program which will provide an appropriate instructional program to meet the student’s educational needs.  This determination shall be made by the Decorah District administration, after consultation with the sending district and with the Area Education Agency, before approval of the application. 

Alternative Receiving District.

The application for enrollment into the Decorah District shall be for a minimum of one school year.  The parent or guardian may withdraw the open enrollment application prior to the start of the school year.  The student may be enrolled in the student’s resident district at any time.  If a child is open enrolled into the Decorah District and the parent or guardian wishes to enroll the child in another district which is not the child’s resident district (an “alternative receiving district”), a new open enrollment application must be filed by the parent or guardian with the Decorah District no later than March 1 preceding the school year for which the transfer is sought (except in cases of alleged harassment or failure to meet health care needs).  Denial of an application to attend an alternative receiving district during the term of a school year is not subject to appeal (except in cases of alleged harassment or failure to meet health care needs).  Approval of an application is subject to approval of the alternative receiving district.

Continuation Students.

If, after open enrolling into the Decorah District, the student moves to another district and the parents or guardians wish the student to continue to be enrolled in the Decorah District, the parents or guardians shall notify the original district of residence, the Decorah District, and the new district of residence of this decision no later than October 1.

If a resident student moves out of the Decorah District and the parents or guardians wish the student to continue to be enrolled in the Decorah District, the parents or guardians shall notify the new district of residence and the Decorah District no later than October 1, except that students who are juniors or seniors need not file such an application but need only notify the Decorah District.

Insufficient Classroom Space.

The Decorah District may refuse to enroll a nonresident student because of a lack of sufficient space which, for purposes of this policy, shall mean conditions exist which adversely affect the District’s ability to implement the educational philosophy and program of the District.  The Board shall determine whether there is sufficient space on an annual basis giving consideration to such factors as the grade level, available personnel, educational program, instructional methods, physical space, pupil-teacher ratio, equipment and materials available, finances available, collective bargaining obligations, projected enrollment and facility needs, and District goals and objectives. 

Attendance Center.

The Decorah District has the authority to determine which attendance center students enrolled pursuant to this policy shall attend.

Transportation.

The parents or guardians of students enrolled in the Decorah District pursuant to this policy, including students who are continuation students and students requiring special education, shall be responsible for transporting their students without reimbursement to and from a point on a regular school bus route of the Decorah District unless the parents or guardians financially qualify for transportation assistance under the rules of the Iowa Department of Education.

Procedures as a Sending District.

Application.

Parents and guardians of students who are residents of the Decorah Community School District who wish to enroll their children in another district in the State of Iowa under the Open Enrollment Act must file an application on the form provided by the Iowa Department of Education and available in the Superintendent’s office with both the Decorah District and with the desired receiving district by March 1 preceding the school year in which enrollment is sought.  Applications may be filed after March 1 but no later than October 1 (or by the following Monday if October 1 is on a Saturday or Sunday) of the school year in which enrollment is first sought in the following situations:

a.     there is “good cause” as defined in the law and this policy for not meeting the March 1 deadline; or

b.     the student moved to the Decorah District after March 1.

Parents and guardians of kindergarten children must make application by September 1.

Applications may be filed after the March 1 deadline if the child has been the victim of repeated acts of harassment or has a serious health condition that the Decorah District cannot adequately address.

Applications not filed by the dates above and not meeting conditions for late filing may be approved with approval of both the receiving District and of the Decorah District Board of Directors in their discretion.

Board Action.

Generally, the Decorah District takes no action on applications for resident students to open enroll out of the Decorah District to another district.  The Decorah District Board of Directors shall take action to approve or disapprove open enrollment applications of resident students out of the District in the following situations:

a.              it is alleged there is good cause not to meet the March 1 deadline; or

b.              it is alleged that the student was a victim of repeated acts of harassment or that the student has a serious health condition which the Decorah District cannot adequately address.

In such situations, the Decorah Board of Directors will act on the application within 30 calendar days.  If the application is approved, notice of approval of the application shall be given to the parents or guardians within three days and the District shall forward the application to the proposed receiving district within five days of Board action.  If the Board of Directors denies the application, the parent or guardian shall be notified within three days of Board action.  The parents or guardians have the right to appeal the denial to the Iowa Department of Education if there is an allegation the student was the victim of repeated acts of harassment or that the Decorah District cannot adequately address a health need.

Good Cause Exception.

For purposes of this policy, "good cause" for failure to meet the March 1 application deadline means (1) a change in the status of a child's residence after March 1, including:

a.         A change in the family residence due to the family moving from the district of residence.

b.         A change in the state of residence allowing a parent/guardian moving into an Iowa school district from out-of-state to obtain open enrollment.

                             c.         A change in the marital status of the student's parents.

                             d.         A guardianship or custody proceeding.

                             e.         Placement of the student in foster care.

                             f.          Adoption of the student.

                             g.         Participation of the student in a foreign exchange program.

h.         Participation of the student in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program.

 

or (2) a change in the status of the student's resident district or nonpublic school of attendance after March 1, including:

a.         Reorganization--failure of the AEA board to vote in favor of a reorganization proposal, failure of the AEA board to act on objections to exclude territory from a reorganization proposal, or failure of a reorganization election.

b.         Dissolution action--failure of a dissolution commission to make a recommendation to the board, failure of the board to take positive action on objections filed by residents of the district to a dissolution proposal, failure of contiguous districts to accept a dissolution proposal, or failure of an election on a dissolution proposal.

c.         Whole-grade sharing action--failure of the board to pursue negotiations for a whole-grade sharing agreement for which it has given public notice by board action of its intent to pursue, failure of the board to approve a request by a parent or guardian to send a student to a contiguous district, failure of the board to extend or renew a whole-grade sharing agreement, or unilateral rejection by the board of a whole-grade sharing agreement prior to expiration of the agreement.

d.         Loss of accreditation -- the removal or surrender of accreditation.

e.         School closing -- the permanent closing of a nonpublic school attended by the student.

Open enrollment requests for good cause related to a change in status of the district must be made by the parent/guardian and received by the district within 45 days of the last board action or within 30 days of the certification of an election, whichever circumstance is applicable.

Notice.

By September 30 of each year, the District shall give notice to parents or guardians of the open enrollment deadlines, of transportation assistance for eligible families, of the possible loss of athletic eligibility for open enrolled students, and of the fact that a parent or guardian may, within 30 days of a denial, file an appeal with the Iowa Board of Education only if the request was based on an allegation of harassment or a serious health condition that the District cannot adequately address, and that all other denials can only be approved to district court in the county where the primary business office of the District is located.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

 

   March 10, 2008                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

257.6(1), 279.11, 282.1, 282.4, 282.6, 282.18, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapter 17, 31.6    
 

 

543213

Decorah Community School District Board of Directors

501.12 Homeless Children and Youth

Code No. 501.12

HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Responsibility.  The District shall make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth within the District, shall encourage their enrollment in school, shall eliminate existing barriers in District policies and procedures which may serve as barriers to their enrollment, and shall ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free public education, including public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youth.

Definitions.

“Homeless children and youth” means individuals from age 3 through age 21 who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:

·       sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;

·       living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

·       living in emergency or transitional shelters;

·       abandoned in hospitals;

·       awaiting foster care placement;

·       living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

·       children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

·       migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described in this definition.

Incarcerated children and youth and children and youth in foster care are not considered homeless.

“School of origin” means the school that the homeless child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the homeless child or youth was last enrolled.

“Unaccompanied youth” means a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, including youth living in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in other inadequate housing, youth denied housing by their families, and school-age unwed mothers, living in homes for unwed mothers, who have no other housing available.

Liaison.  The John Cline Elementary School principal, or another principal designated by the Superintendent, shall serve as the District’s liaison for homeless children and youth.  The liaison shall ensure that: 

·       homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies;

·       homeless children and youth enroll in school and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school;

·       homeless children and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start and preschool programs administered by the District, and referrals to health, mental health, dental and other appropriate services;

·       parents and guardians of homeless children and youth are informed of available educational and related opportunities provided to their children and of the opportunities for the parents and guardians to participate in the education of their children;

·       the District disseminates public notices in places in which homeless children and youth receive services of their educational rights;

·       the District informs parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youth of transportation services, including to and from the school of origin, and provides assistance in accessing the transportation to school;

·       enrollment disputes are properly mediated.

The liaison shall also assist parents, guardians and unaccompanied youth in enrolling in school and accessing school services, obtaining student records, arranging for immunizations, and shall help to coordinate transportation services.

No Segregation.  Homeless children and youth shall not be separated from the mainstream school environment on the basis of their status as homeless.  Homeless children and youth may be segregated from other students only for short periods of time as necessary for health or safety reasons or to provide temporary, special and supplemental services to meet the unique needs of homeless students.  Homeless children and youth shall not be stigmatized or isolated on the basis of their status as homeless.  Records indicating their status as homeless shall be maintained in accordance with confidentiality requirements.

Immunization Records.  A homeless child or youth will not be denied enrollment for lack of immunization records if the child is transferring from another school and the school confirms the presence of the immunization record.  The District liaison will make a reasonable effort to locate immunization records from the information provided or will arrange for the student to receive immunizations.

Student Records.  Homeless children and youth transferring into the District may provide student records directly to the District.  The District will not require that the records be forwarded from another district or school before the child may enroll.  The District will then request the student’s records from the previous district or school attended by the student.  Homeless children and youth transferring out of the District may be provided directly copies of student records to take with them.

Waiver of School Fees.  School fees shall be waived in accordance with the District’s policy on waiver of fees or if necessary for the homeless child or youth to obtain equal access to a free public education.  The District liaison shall also assist students in accessing resources for appropriate school clothing.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals.  The application process for free and reduced price meals shall be expedited for homeless children and youth.  The District may determine if a student is homeless and requires free meals without completing the full application process.

School Placement.  School placement determinations for homeless children and youth shall be made on the basis of the best interests of the homeless child or youth.  The District will, to the extent feasible, keep a homeless child or youth in the school of origin, unless the parent or guardian or unaccompanied youth requests another school and the District concurs in attendance at the preferred school.  If the District sends a homeless child or youth to a school other than the school of origin or a school requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth, the District will provide a written explanation of its decision with notice of the right to appeal the decision pursuant to State appeal procedures.  

The placement determination shall be a student-centered, individualized determination.  Factors to be considered may include the age of the student, the distance of the commute and the impact on the student’s education, personal safety issues, the student’s need for special education and related services, the length of the anticipated stay in temporary shelter or other temporary location, and the time remaining in the school year.  Homeless children and youth may be assigned to other schools if necessary to receive a free and appropriate public education in accordance with a special education IEP.

Transportation.  If a homeless child or youth continues to live in the District but in a different attendance area than the school the student was previously attending in the District, the District, at the request of the parent, guardian, or at the request of the District liaison on behalf of an unaccompanied youth, shall provide or arrange for transportation to and from the school previously attended.  If the homeless child or youth is no longer living in the District, but is continuing his or her education in the District, the District will apportion the responsibility and costs for providing the child with transportation with the district where the child is currently living.

Conflicts With Other Policies.  Provisions in this policy shall supersede any conflicting provisions in other District policies, regulations or procedures.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

January 15, 2007                    

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Legal References:

 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42        

U.S.C. §11431 et seq.; 67 Fed. Reg. 46                      

(3/8/2002); 281 I.A.C. Chapter 33                           

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

501.13 Fees and Fee Waivers

Code No. 501.13

FEES AND FEE WAIVERS

It is the goal of the Board of Directors to keep student fees to a minimum.  Students may be charged fees for textbook (including electronic textbooks) rental and other supplementary instructional material charges, for damages, fines, and lost materials, for upgraded expendable materials for the student’s individual work, if basic alternative materials are provided by District, for special activities, for activity tickets, for meal tickets, for graduation cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover, for towel fees, for musical instrument rental, for eye and ear protective devices, for parking stickers/permits, for summer school courses, for driver’s education courses, for class rings, for yearbook, and for other items allowed by law and approved by the Board of Directors.   The Board of Directors shall approve general student fees.  The building principal may approve fees and charges for expendable materials and special activities. 

Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent or guardian.  When an application for a fee waiver is granted, the fees waived are not collectable.  The following need not be waived:  fines for overdue, lost, or damaged materials, or fees for expendable materials for individual use if the District provides an alternative material in a course.  The Superintendent shall establish a procedure for students unable to pay fees.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.7(20), 279.8, 279.8A, 279.9, 280.10, 280.11, 

282.6, 282.20, 283A.2, 285.1, 285.10(9), 301.1, Code                                                                       

of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapter 18                               

 

 

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501.13R1 Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures

Reg. 501.13R1

STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES

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

A.             Waivers

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

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

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

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

C.             Confidentiality – The District will treat the application and application process as any other student record, and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.

D.             Appeals – Denials of a waiver may be appealed under the Student Complaint Procedure of Board Policy.  If the decision of the Board on review is to deny the application, the applicant may appeal to the Director of the Iowa Department of Education by filing a notarized statement within 30 days of the applicant’s receipt of the final decision.

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

F.              Notice – the District will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials:

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Plan (FIP), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Parents or students who believe they may qualify for a full, partial or temporary waiver should contact the principal at registration time for a waiver form.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.

 

 

Date of Revision:   __________________, 2008

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501.13R1 Exhibit A – Student Fee Waiver Application

Code No. 501.13R1
Exhibit A

 

STUDENT FEE WAIVER APPLICATION

 

Date _____________    School Year _____________________

 

All information provided in connection with this application will be kept confidential.

 

Name of student:___________________ Grade in school_______

 

Name of parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian:_________________________________________

 

Please check type of waiver desired:

 

Full waiver _____    Partial Waiver ______        Temporary Waiver _____

 

Please check if the student or the student's family meets the financial eligibility criteria or is involved in one of the following programs:

 

Full waiver

 

          ________Free meals offered under the Child Nutrition Program

 

          ________The Family Investment Program (FIP)

 

          ________Transportation assistance under open enrollment

 

          ________Foster care

 

Partial waiver

 

          ________Reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition Program

 

 

 

Signature parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian:________________________________________

 

 

Note:  Your signature is required for the release of information regarding the student's or the student's family financial eligibility for the programs checked above.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Form Revised:  March 10, 2008

 

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DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

502 Student Rights and Responsibilities

502.1 Student Appearance

Code No. 502.1

 

STUDENT APPEARANCE

Students shall be clean and shall wear clothes appropriate for the time, place, and purpose intended.  Students shall not wear clothing or jewelry or carry any personal belonging which materially and substantially interferes with the good order, safety, health or positive educational environment of the school.  This includes but is not limited to items which contain lewd or profane depictions or words, or gang-related or other apparel which expresses violence, bigotry, hate or abuse.

The Decorah Community School District has adopted curriculum to educate students about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs and has adopted disciplinary standards banning the possession, use and distribution of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.  The District has also implemented a student assistance program to provide positive interventions for students who may be affected by abuse of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.

The Decorah Community School District has taken measures to provide a safe learning environment for students, and has specifically banned knives, guns, weapons and “look-alikes” of knives, guns and weapons on school premises and at school activities.

In furtherance of these programs and standards, the District prohibits students from wearing any article of clothing or jewelry or carrying any personal belonging which contains words, insignia, logos, caricatures, or other symbols which portray or advertise any product or service not permitted to minors by law or which portray a knife, gun or weapon.  This shall apply both to students who are minors and to students no longer minors.  Such prohibited material includes, but is not limited to, buttons, badges, shirts, notebooks, book bags, and gym bags.  This policy specifically prohibits any advertisement of alcohol, beer, tobacco products, or drugs.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.58, 280.14, 280.22 Code of Iowa; 281   

I.A.C. 12.3(6)                                                           

 

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502.2 Interviews of Students

Code No. 502.2

INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS

School Interviews.  District personnel shall have the authority to conduct investigations and to question students pertaining to infractions of school rules and District matters whether or not the alleged conduct is a violation of the criminal law.  The student's parents need not be contacted prior to the interview, except that if a student in grades prekindergarten through sixth is to be interviewed in connection with an alleged incident of sexual abuse of a student by an employee, the parents or guardians of the student to be interviewed shall be notified and shall have an opportunity to observe and hear the interview or to send a representative in their place.

Community Resource Personnel.  Area Education Agency, community mental health and other community organization personnel shall schedule interviews with students through the building principal.  Permission must be given by the student's parent or guardian for such outside agencies, other than child abuse investigators, to interview students at school.

Child Abuse Investigations.  The District shall cooperate with the Department of Human Services  in matters relating to alleged cases of child abuse or neglect.  As required by law, the building principal shall allow Department of Human Services personnel to have confidential access to a child named in a child abuse report and to other children alleged to have relevant information.  The building principal need not report the investigation or interview to the child's parent or guardian.

Law Enforcement Personnel.  The Superintendent or building principal shall determine when the necessity exists for law enforcement officials to be contacted to conduct an investigation of matters which may jeopardize the safety of school personnel or students, which may endanger school property, or which may interfere with the operation of the schools.  An administrator or other designated professional District employee may be present during the questioning, except in Level Two Investigations under Code No. 507.10.  The student's parent or guardian need not be contacted prior to the interview unless the student is first taken into custody by law enforcement officials.

Students shall not be released into the custody of law enforcement personnel unless the student has been placed under arrest, or is being removed for disorderly conduct at school, or unless the student's parent or

guardian agrees to the release if the student is a minor or the student agrees to release if not a minor.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

232.11, 232.19, 232.71B, 279.8, 280.17, 280.17A, 

280.24, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6),               

Chapter 102                                                             

 

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502.3 Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles

Code No. 502.3

 

USE OF BICYCLES AND MOTOR VEHICLES

 

The Board recognizes the convenience to families and students of having students ride bicycles or drive motor vehicles to and from school and parking at the school attendance centers.  Riding a bicycle and driving a motor vehicle to and from school and parking at the student's attendance center is a privilege.

Students may not loiter around nor be in their vehicles nor leave the school grounds in their vehicles during the school day without permission from the principal or its designee.

Students who wish to ride bicycles or drive to school and park at their school attendance center or a shared District’s attendance center for the purpose of attending extra-curricular activities shall comply with the rules and regulations established by the principal of their attendance center or by the District.  The Board may also contract with the City or County to enforce rules made pursuant to this policy.  Failure to comply with the rules shall be reason for suspension or revocation of school driving and parking privileges as well as other disciplinary action.

The Superintendent is authorized to complete the affidavit of necessity for a minor to obtain a school motor vehicle license.  The Superintendent, the Board members, and the District are not responsible for the actions or omissions of the minor which pertain to the use of the license or the operation of motor vehicles.

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  July 8, 2014

 

 

Date of Revision:

August 11, 2014                       

01044710

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.8A, Chapter 321, Code of Iowa; 761 I.A.C. 602.25, 602.26                                                           

 

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

502.4 Student Expression

Code No. 502.4

STUDENT EXPRESSION

Students are allowed, indeed encouraged, to express their viewpoints and opinions.  However, in order to maintain an appropriate learning environment and to protect the rights of all students, students must express themselves responsibly and appropriately in the school setting.  The expression shall not encourage the breaking of laws or school rules, shall not be libelous, shall not constitute harassment, or contain obscenity or indecent depictions.  Further, the expression must be done at a reasonable time and place, as determined by the administrative staff.  Student expressions which cause material and/or substantial disruption to the orderly operation of the school or are in violation of this policy may be suppressed, and the students disciplined.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.58, 280.22, 282.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)                                                           
 

 

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DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

502.4R1 Regulations and Procedures for Distribution of Nonschool Publications by Students

Code 502.4R1

Regulations and Procedures for Distribution of Nonschool Publications by Students

A.        Guidelines.

Students of the Decorah Community School District have the right, protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, to exercise freedom of speech.  This includes the right to distribute to other students and staff, at reasonable times and places, unofficial written material, petitions, buttons, badges, or other insignia, except expression which:
 

            1.         is obscene to minors;

            2.         is libelous;

            3.         contains indecent, profane, lewd, or vulgar language;

            4.         advertises or promotes any product or service not permitted to minors by law (this shall not be interpreted to prohibit a student from advocating for a change in the law, however);

            5.         endangers the health or safety of another person;

            6.         constitutes insulting or fighting words, the very expression of which injures or harasses other people (e.g., threats of violence, defamation of character or of a person's race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnic background, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation);

             7.         presents a clear and present likelihood that, either because of its content or the manner of distribution, it 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 the violation of lawful school regulations.

 

B.        Applicability.

These regulations and procedures apply to the distribution of unofficial materials by Decorah Community School District students on District premises or at school activities.  Persons not students wishing to distribute unofficial materials shall contact the Superintendent's office.  Distribution of student materials in classrooms for classroom activities may be regulated by the classroom teacher to insure compliance with curriculum objectives and District regulations.

 

C.        Procedures.

           1.         Any student wishing to distribute material must first submit for approval a copy of the material to the building principal at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the desired distribution time, together with the following information:

                        a.         Name, homeroom and telephone number of the student submitting the request;

                        b.         Date(s) and times(s) of day of intended display or distribution;

                        c.         Location where material will be displayed or distributed; and

                        d.         The grade(s) of students to whom the display or distribution is intended.

           2.         Within twenty-four (24) hours of the submission, the principal (or the principal's designee) will render a decision whether the material violates the Guidelines in section A or the time, place and manner restrictions in section D of the regulation.  In the event that permission to distribute the material is denied, the person submitting the request shall be informed in writing of the reasons for the denial.

           3.         If the student submitting the request does not receive a response within twenty-four (24) hours of submission, the student shall contact the principal's office to verify that the lack of response was not due to an inability to locate the student.  If the student has made this verification and there is no response to the request, the material may be distributed in accordance with the time, place and manner provisions in section D.

           4.         If the student is dissatisfied with the decision of the principal (or the principal's designee), the student may submit a written request for appeal to the Superintendent.  If the student does not receive a response within three (3) days (not counting Saturdays, Sundays or holidays) of submitting the appeal, the student shall contact the Superintendent's office to verify that the lack of response is not due to an inability to locate the student.  If the student has made this verification and there is no response to the appeal, the material may be distributed in accordance with the time, place and manner provisions in section D.

           5.         At every level of the procedure, the student submitting the request shall have the right to appear and present the reasons, supported by relevant witnesses and material, as to why distribution of material is appropriate.

           6.         Permission to distribute material does not imply approval of its contents by either the Decorah Community School District, the Board of Directors, the administration, or the individual reviewing the material submitted.

D.             Time, Place and Manner of Distribution.

The distribution of unofficial material shall be limited to a reasonable time, place, and manner as follows:

1.         The material shall be distributed from a table set up for the purpose in a location designated by the principal, which location shall not block the safe flow of traffic or block the corridors or entranceways, but which shall give reasonable access to students.

2.         The material shall be distributed either before and/or after the regular instructional day.

3.         No written material may be distributed during and at the place of a normal school activity if it is reasonably likely to cause a material and substantial disruption of that activity.

 

E.         Definitions.

The following definitions apply to the following terms as used in this regulation.

            1.         "Obscene to minors" is defined as:

                        (a)        The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the written material, taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest of minors of the age to whom distribution is requested;

                       (b)        The material depicts or describes, in a manner that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community concerning how such conduct should be presented to minors of the age to whom distribution is requested, sexual conduct such as intimate sexual acts, masturbation, excretory functions, and lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

                       (c)        The material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

           2.         "Minor" means any person under the age of eighteen (18).

           3.         "Material and substantial disruption" of a normal school activity is defined as follows:

                       (a)        Where the normal school activity is an educational program of the District for which student attendance is compulsory, "material and substantial disruption" is defined as any disruption which interferes with or impedes the implementation of that program.

                       (b)        Where the normal school activity is voluntary in nature (including, without limitation, school athletic events, school plays and concerts) "material and substantial disruption" is defined as student rioting, fighting or scuffling, unlawful seizures of property, shouting or boisterous conduct inappropriate to the event, participation in a school boycott, demonstration, sit-in, stand-in, walk-out, or other related forms of activity.

In order for expression to be considered disruptive, there must exist specific facts upon which the likelihood of disruption can be forecasted including past experience in the District or community, current events influencing student activities and behavior, and instances of actual or threatened disruption relating to the written material in question.

           4.         "School activities" means any activity of students sponsored by the school and includes, by way of example, and not by way of limitation, classroom work, library activities, official assemblies and other similar gatherings, school athletic contests, music programs, school plays, and other co-curricular activities.

           5.         "Unofficial" written material includes all written material except school newspapers, literary magazines, year books, and other publications funded and/or sponsored or authorized by the school.  Examples include leaflets, brochures, flyers, petitions, placards, pins, buttons, and underground newspapers, whether written by students or others.

           6.         "Libelous" is a false and unprivileged statement about a specific individual that tends to harm the individual's reputation or to lower him/her in the esteem of the community.

           7.         "Distribution" means circulation or dissemination of materials by means of handing out free copies, selling or offering copies for sale and accepting donations for copies.  It includes displaying written material in areas of the school which are generally frequented by students.

 

F.         Disciplinary Action

Distribution by any student of unofficial written material prohibited in section A or in violation of section D will be halted, the materials seized, and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with the District's Behavior and Discipline Code.

Any other person violating this policy will be requested to leave the school property immediately and, if necessary, the police will be called.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Revised:  March 10, 2008

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502.5 Student Lockers

Code No. 502.5

STUDENT LOCKERS

Student lockers are the property of the District.  Students shall use the lockers assigned to them by the District for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school.  It shall be the responsibility of each student to keep the locker clean and undamaged.  The District may periodically inspect the lockers in accordance with District policy on Student Searches.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Chapter 808A, Code of Iowa            

 

 

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502.6 Student Searches

Code 502.6

Student Searches

Prohibited Items.  In the interest of maintaining the health, safety and good order of the school environment, students shall not have prohibited items in their possession or control on school grounds, on school vehicles, or while attending or participating in school activities or events.  Prohibited items are such things as tobacco products, beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances which have not been validly prescribed, "look alike" tobacco, alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, apparatus used for the administration of controlled substances, weapons, explosives, toy weapons or explosives, poisons, stolen property, or other devices or materials which are intended to interfere with school order.  Licensed school employees and other employees of the District employed for security or supervision purposes ("authorized personnel") may, without a warrant, search a student, a student's belongings, student lockers, automobiles on school property, desks, facilities, or work areas under the circumstances outlined below in order to maintain the safety, health, discipline and order of the school environment.

Personal Searches.

Reasonable Suspicion.  Searches of students, their clothing, pocketbooks, briefcases, book bags, duffel bags or other personal containers in the possession of or in the immediate proximity of the student, and searches of automobiles on school property shall be conducted only if there is a reasonable articulable suspicion that a criminal offense has been committed or a school rule has been violated by the student being searched and that the search will provide evidence of such violation.  The search shall be conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to the objectives of the search and shall not be excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student and the nature of the infraction.  If the student is not present during the search, another adult shall be present and the student shall be notified of the search either prior to or as soon as reasonably practicable after the search is conducted.  Reasonable suspicion may be formed by considering such factors as:

           1.      Eye witness observations by school personnel; or

           2.      Information received from a reliable source; or

           3.      Suspicious behavior by the student; or

           4.      The student's past history; or

           5.      Articulable circumstantial evidence.

Reasonable Scope.  All searches of students or their belongings shall be reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which gave rise to the need for the search and shall be based upon consideration of relevant factors which include, but are not limited to:

           1.      The nature of the violation for which the search is being instituted;

           2.      The age or ages and gender of the students who may be searched;

           3.      The objectives to be accomplished;

           4.      The emergency requiring the search without delay.

Procedures.  Authorized personnel may ask a student to open and/or empty his/her pockets, handbag, briefcase, book bag, duffel bag, or other personal belonging when there is reasonable suspicion that the student has a prohibited item in his/her possession.  If the student fails to comply, an administrative staff member or his/her designee may search the student or the student's belongings, in the presence of another adult.  Searches which involve a pat-down of the student or which involve the removal of any clothing (e.g., jacket or socks) shall be conducted by a person of the same gender as the student and shall be conducted in private and in the presence of a witness of the same gender.  Except in cases of emergency (e.g., it is believed the student may harm himself/herself or others), other staff members shall not conduct a search.  Strip searches, body cavity searches and the use of a drug-sniffing animal to search a student's body shall not be allowed.  If a prohibited item is found in a personal search, appropriate disciplinary action may be taken.  Items which may be illegal to possess may be turned over to proper authorities.

Lockers, Desks and School Facilities.

Periodic Inspections.  Lockers, desks and other facilities and spaces remain at all times property of the District, even though temporarily assigned as a courtesy to students.  These facilities are subject to unannounced inspections, and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in these facilities even though they may be locked.  Written notice shall be given annually to each student and his/her parents, guardians, or custodians that the District may conduct periodic inspections without prior notice of all or a randomly  selected number of school lockers, desks, and other facilities or spaces owned by the District and provided as a courtesy to students.  The inspection shall occur in the presence of the student or at least one other person.  If a prohibited item is found in a periodic inspection, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, and items which may be illegal to possess may be turned over to proper authorities.

Search.  An administrative staff member or his/her designee may search a locker, desk or other assigned facility or space when there is a reasonable suspicion the student has a prohibited item.  The student need not be present at the time of the search, but another person shall be present.  Other authorized personnel may request a student to open his/her locker, desk or other assigned facility or space and disclose its contents when there is a reasonable suspicion the student has a prohibited item in the facility.  Except in cases of emergency, nonadministrative staff personnel shall not search the locker, desk or other facility or space without the student's consent.  If a prohibited item is found in a search, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, and items which may be illegal to possess may be turned over to the proper authorities.

Searches by Law Enforcement Officials.  Law enforcement officials will not be allowed to search students, their belongings, desks, lockers or automobiles on school premises unless pursuant to an arrest, a valid warrant or other reason allowed by law.

Use of Dogs to Search School Property

The Superintendent of Schools may authorize, as part of an overall effort to maintain safe schools, the periodic use of narcotic detection dogs to alert staff to the presence of substances prohibited by law or Board policy.

The use of narcotic dogs is subject to the following:

           1.      The Superintendent or designee shall authorize the search and the Principal or his/her designee shall be present while the search is taking place.

           2.      Parents and students shall be notified in writing  of this policy at the beginning of each school year, through its inclusion in the student and/or parent handbook and/or on the District’s/school’s website.

           3.      All school property such as lockers, classrooms, parking areas and storage areas may be searched.

                            a.      Dogs shall not be used in rooms occupied by persons except for demonstration purposes with the handler present.

                           b.      When used for demonstration purposes, the dog may not sniff the person or any individual.

                           c.      The dogs may sniff the air around lockers, desks, or vehicles on District property or at District-sponsored events as long as they are not allowed to sniff within close proximity of any student’s person.

                           d.      Individual(s) shall not be subjected to a search by dogs. To avoid the potential of allergic reactions, dogs shall be kept away from the students.

           4.      Once notification has been given to parents and students, through the inclusion of the policies in the student/parent handbook and/or on the District’s/school’s website, the school district will have met its obligation to provide written notice of the searches. Additional notices need not be given and actual times or dates of planned searches need not be released in advance.

           5.      Only properly trained dogs that are handled by trained personnel shall be used for searches of school property.

           6.      Only the dog’s official handler will determine what constitutes an alert by the dog.  If a dog alerts on a locker and a search is subsequently conducted by school officials, the search will be conducted in the presence of the student(s) whose locker(s) is/are being searched or, in the absence of the student(s), the search shall be conducted in the presence of at least one other person. If a dog alerts on a locked vehicle, the student who brought it onto District property shall be asked to unlock it for a search conducted per procedure outlined in Board of Education Policy. An effort shall be made to protect the student’s privacy to the greatest degree possible.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.9, 702.23, Chapter 808, Chapter 808A, 

Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)                             

 

 

00959276

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503 Student Discipline

503.1 Student Conduct

Code No. 502.3

 

USE OF BICYCLES AND MOTOR VEHICLES

 

The Board recognizes the convenience to families and students of having students ride bicycles or drive motor vehicles to and from school and parking at the school attendance centers.  Riding a bicycle and driving a motor vehicle to and from school and parking at the student's attendance center is a privilege.

Students may not loiter around nor be in their vehicles nor leave the school grounds in their vehicles during the school day without permission from the principal or its designee.

Students who wish to ride bicycles or drive to school and park at their school attendance center or a shared District’s attendance center for the purpose of attending extra-curricular activities shall comply with the rules and regulations established by the principal of their attendance center or by the District.  The Board may also contract with the City or County to enforce rules made pursuant to this policy.  Failure to comply with the rules shall be reason for suspension or revocation of school driving and parking privileges as well as other disciplinary action.

The Superintendent is authorized to complete the affidavit of necessity for a minor to obtain a school motor vehicle license.  The Superintendent, the Board members, and the District are not responsible for the actions or omissions of the minor which pertain to the use of the license or the operation of motor vehicles.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  July 8, 2014

 

 

Date of Revision:

August 11, 2014                       

01044710

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.8A, Chapter 321, Code of Iowa; 761 I.A.C. 602.25, 602.26                                                           

 

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.1R1 Suspension Procedures

Code No. 503.1R1

SUSPENSION PROCEDURES

An administrator may impose an in-school or out-of-school suspension for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) consecutive school days.  The student shall be told orally and/or in writing of the charges against the student.  If the student denies the charges, the student shall be given an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story and shall be given an explanation of the evidence against the student.  If the administrator finds it advisable, the student may be allowed to confront witnesses against the student and/or call witnesses on behalf of the student; however, the administrator shall not be obligated to compel persons to give statements.

There need be no delay between the time of notice of the charges and the student's opportunity to respond.  The notice to the student and the informal hearing must generally precede the imposition of the suspension.  However, students whose presence poses an immediate or continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting school may be immediately removed from school with the above procedures to be followed as soon as practicable.

A written notice of the suspension shall be mailed or personally delivered to the student's parent or guardian no later than the end of the school day following suspension, if practicable.  Otherwise, as soon thereafter as reasonably possible.

If a student who requires special education has been suspended (either in-school or out-of-school if provision of services is not provided), for ten (10) days on a cumulative basis in one school year, the student shall be offered alternative services for any further days of exclusion during that school year.  The IEP team shall determine if a functional behavioral analysis and the implementation of a behavior intervention plan, is appropriate.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:  July 15, 2013

 

00959279

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.2 Expulsions and Long Term Suspensions

Code 503.2

Expulsions and Long Term Suspensions

The Board of Directors, following a recommendation of the Superintendent or his/her designee, may suspend a student for a period of time to be determined by the Board or may expel a student from school.  Written notice of the charges prompting the administrative recommendation and notice of the District policy, rule or regulation alleged to have been violated or a statement that the recommendation is for repeated violations of District rules shall be mailed or delivered personally to the parent or guardian and to the President of the Board.  The notice shall also give the time and place for a hearing before the Board of Directors.  The hearing shall be scheduled for a time within ten (10) school days after the notice has been mailed or delivered, if practicable.

The hearing shall be before a majority of the members of the Board.  The student may be accompanied to the hearing or be represented by parents, guardians, legal counselor or other representative of the student's choice.  The administration and/or the Board may also be advised by legal counsel or other representatives of their choice.

The hearing shall follow the outline as set out below as nearly as possible:

 

      1.         The administration shall present evidence in support of the recommendation.  The student shall have the opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses called by the administration.

 

      2.         The student may present evidence to refute the recommendation.  The administration shall have the opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses called by the student.

     3.       The parties may present rebuttal evidence.

     4.       The administration may make a brief closing statement.

     5.       The student may make a brief closing statement.

The hearing shall be administrative in nature and shall not be governed by formal rules of evidence or procedure.  The Board of Directors shall not be required to compel the attendance of witnesses to give testimony at the hearing.  If any participant at the hearing conducts himself/herself in a disruptive manner, the Board may exclude the participant and proceed with the hearing.

The hearing shall be in closed session of the Board of Directors unless an open session is requested by the student or the student's parent or guardian if the student is a minor.  In the event an open session is requested, it shall be deemed a waiver of confidentiality of any information regarding the student used at the hearing.

If the student or his/her representative fails to appear at the hearing, or if the student desires to make no response, the administration shall nevertheless submit evidence in support of the recommendation.

A transcript and/or tape recording shall be made of the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board shall consider all relevant evidence introduced at the hearing and shall make a decision.  The Board shall then meet in open session and by roll call vote entered in the minutes, make a decision on the merits.  The Board may adopt, modify, or deny the administration's recommendation.  Written findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be sent to or personally delivered to the parent or guardian or student or his/her representative within ten (10) school days of the decision.

At the time of suspension or expulsion, the Board may determine whether the student should have access to alternative programs or whether the student should be excluded from all programs of the District.

A student may be readmitted to school following a long-term suspension or expulsion only by or upon the direction of the Board of Directors.

A student or parent has the right to appeal the Board's decision as provided in Chapter 290 of the Code of Iowa.

If the student has been identified as a child requiring special education, the Board shall not suspend or expel the student without complying with requirements of law relating to special education.  In such cases, the IEP team shall determine if the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability.  A student eligible for special education shall not be expelled or have a long-term suspension imposed if the behavior is a manifestation of the disability.  If the behavior is not a manifestation of the disability, a long-term suspension or expulsion may be considered, but an appropriate alternative program shall be provided.  The Board shall be provided pertinent special education records when considering the suspension or expulsion recommendation.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1415; 123.47B, Chapters 124 and 124A,                                                                                  

256B.6, 279.8, 279.9, 279.9A, 279.9B, 279.58,

279.66, 280.3, 280.8, 280.9B, 280.14, 280.17A,     

280.17B, 280.21, 280.21B, 280.22, 280.24, 280.25,                                                                                  

280.26, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5, 285.10, Chapter 287,

299.1, 299.1A, 299.1B, 299.8, 299.9, 708.1, 724.4A,                                                                    

724.4B, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapter 6, 12.3(6),                                                                    

36.14(4), 36.15(1), 41,530, 41.536, Chapter 102,   

Chapter 103                                                             

 

00959281

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.3 Weapons

Code No. 503.3

WEAPONS

The Decorah Community School District will not permit or tolerate the possession, display, or use of weapons and/or other dangerous objects by any person on school premises or vehicles, while the person is participating in or attending District events and activities, or while the person is away from school grounds if such conduct directly affects the good order and management of the District.  Students who violate this policy may be subject to expulsion and/or other disciplinary action.  Weapons shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto school premises, vehicles or to school activities.  Violations of this policy will be reported to law enforcement agencies as required by law.  Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials shall be exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons for educational purposes on a limited basis and may allow the Iowa National Guard, United States reserve forces or training corps to perform honor guard services on school grounds.

Any object which could be used to injure another person and which has no school-related purpose will be considered a weapon.  An object which has a school-related purpose but which is used to threaten or inflict injury will also be considered a weapon.  Weapons include, but are not limited to, knives of all types, guns, firearms, BB guns, metal pipes, chains, metal knuckles, fireworks, explosives or other chemicals, and simulated or “look alike” weapons, including toys.  The item need not be illegal to possess under the criminal law to constitute a “weapon” under this policy.

Students may be subject to expulsion for at least one calendar year for violating this policy.  The administration or Board may impose a lesser sanction if in their judgment all of the circumstances surrounding the incident warrant a less severe sanction.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

   March 10, 2008                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1415; 123.47B, Chapters 124 and           

124A, 256B.6, 279.8, 279.8A, 279.9, 279.9A,        

279.9B, 279.58, 279.66, 280.3, 280.8, 280.9B, 280.14,                                                                     

280.17A, 280.17B, 280.21, 280.21B, 280.22, 280.24,                                                                     

280.25, 280.26, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5, 285.10,          

Chapter 287, 299.1, 299.1A, 299.1B, 299.8, 299.9,

708.1, 724.4A, 724.4B, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.    

Chapter 6, 12.3(6), 36.14(4), 36.15(1), 41.530,      

41.536, Chapter 102, Chapter 103                           

 

565581

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.4 Assaults Against Employees

Code No. 503.4

ASSAULTS AGAINST EMPLOYEES

A student who commits an assault against an employee shall be suspended and may be recommended for expulsion.  Requirements of federal and state law for students requiring special education shall be adhered to.  The principal shall determine whether the suspension shall be an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension based upon consideration of the seriousness of the assault, extenuating circumstances, and the student's prior disciplinary record.  Notice of the suspension shall be provided to the Superintendent and to the Board President.  The Board of Directors shall review the suspension to determine whether to hold a disciplinary hearing to determine whether or not to impose further sanctions against the student, which may be expulsion.

"Assault" for purposes of this policy includes:

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

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

              3.       intentionally pointing any firearm toward another or displaying in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1415; 123.47B,  256B.6, 279.8, 279.9A, 279.9B, 280.8, 280.9B, 280.14, 280.17B, 280.21, 280.21A, 280.21B, 280.22,  280.25, 280.26, 280.27, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5,  708.1,  Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapter 6, 12.3(6), 12.5(13), 36.14(4), 36.15(1), 41.12(2), 41.15(1), Chapter 102, Chapter 103                                                                           

00959284

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.5 Student Conduct on School Vehicles

Code No. 503.5

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL VEHICLES

Students utilizing school transportation shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner with mutual respect and consideration for the rights of the driver and the other passengers.  Students who fail to behave in an orderly manner will be subject to disciplinary measures.

The driver shall have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle.  It shall be the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the Director of Transportation who shall then report the incident to the appropriate building principal for action.

The principal shall have the authority to suspend transportation privileges of the student or impose other appropriate discipline.  Students disciplined for misconduct on a school vehicle shall be accorded appropriate due process in accordance with Code No. 503.1R1.

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

   March 10, 2008                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1415; 123.47B, Chapters 124 and           

124A, 256B.6, 279.8, 279.8A, 279.9, 279.9A,        

279.9B, 279.58, 280.3, 280.8, 280.9B, 280.14,       

280.17A, 280.17B, 280.21, 280.21B, 280.22, 280.24,                                                                     

280.25, 280.26, 282.3, 282.4, 282.5, 285.10,          

Chapter 287, 299.1, 299.1A, 299.1B, 299.8, 299.9,

708.1, 724.4A, 724.4B, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.    

Chapter 6, 12.3(6), 36.14(4), 36.15(1), 41.530,      

41.536, Chapter 102, Chapter 103                           

 

566510

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.5R1 School Vehicle Rules

Code No. 503.5R1 

SCHOOL VEHICLE RULES

The purpose of the following regulations governing the behavior of students who ride school vehicles is for the safety of every one.  Video cameras may be in operation on the school vehicles.

Rules to be observed by all students riding school vehicles:

1.          Students riding school vehicles should be waiting for the school vehicle when it comes to a stop.  When the drivers are behind schedule, the school vehicle will not wait for students who are not at the pick up point.  It is the responsibility of the students to be aware of their pick-up times, so that the students will not miss the school vehicle and so that other students will not need to wait because of late students.

2.          When a student will not be riding the school vehicle on a given day, the student or the student's parents should call the Director of Transportation (563-382-4165) who will inform the driver not to stop.

3.          Students shall board and depart the school vehicle only after it has come to a complete stop.  Students must board the vehicle in an orderly manner and find a seat at once.

4.          Students who must board the vehicle from the opposite side of the road must wait for the vehicle to come to a complete stop and for the driver to motion the students across the road.

5.          Students who must cross the road when leaving the school vehicle must wait at the side of the vehicle for the driver's signal to cross.

6.          The vehicle shall be kept neat and clean.  The aisles of the vehicle must be open and free of objects.  Any large objects should be stored under the seat.  Students cannot get off the vehicle quickly in case of an emergency if they are stumbling over objects in the way.

7.          The emergency door shall remain closed at all times except in an emergency such as an accident, tornado, fire, or the vehicle is stalled in a dangerous area.  In such an emergency, students must remain claim and very QUIET so that they may hear the instructions of the driver.

8.          Students may not engage in any conduct that could distract the driver from driving.  Distractions include: moving from seat to seat, yelling or leaning out the window, making too much noise, fighting, throwing objects, or talking to the driver.  If it becomes necessary to talk to the driver, make sure it is important, and wait until the vehicle makes a stop.  Of course, "hello," "good-bye," "thanks," and "have a nice day," are always welcome comments when getting on or off the vehicle.

9.          Students who damage or deface any part of the school vehicle will be held liable for its repair or replacement and may be denied the privilege of riding the school vehicle.

10.       Students who fail to act in an orderly manner, who fail to follow written or verbal instructions of the driver, who create any disturbance in or near the vehicle, or who otherwise violate these rules shall be disciplined as follows:

a.              First Offense:  The principal shall notify the student's parents of the behavior.

b.              Second Offense:  The student's parents will be contacted and will confer with the Transportation Director and/or the principal.

c.              Third or Further Offenses:  The student may be suspended from riding the school vehicle by the principal for a set number of days.

d.              Severe Clause:  Fighting, using profane language, carrying a weapon on board the school vehicle, or other serious misconduct may result in a suspension from the vehicle even as a first offense, and may result in loss of riding privileges for the balance of the school year.

The procedures of Code No. 503.1R1 shall apply to vehicle suspensions of ten (10) consecutive school days or less.  The procedures of Code No. 503.2 shall apply to vehicle suspensions of more than ten (10) consecutive school days. 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

 

00959282

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

503.5R2 Use of Video Cameras

Code No. 503.5R2

USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS

The Board supports the use of video cameras in school buildings and on school vehicles (including school buses) as a means to monitor and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.  The video cameras may be used on vehicles used for transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events and co-curricular events.  Video cameras shall not be placed in any of the school buildings where students have expectations of bodily privacy, such as restrooms and locker rooms.  The contents of the videotapes may be used as evidence in a student or employee disciplinary proceeding.

Videotapes may be maintained by a school resource officer or other employee designated to serve as the school’s law enforcement unit, who shall serve as a law enforcement liaison.  The law enforcement liaison may share or release videotapes with parents of students whose images are on the video or with other law enforcement agencies as appropriate. 

The contents of videotapes maintained by other school personnel and/or when used by school officials for disciplinary reasons are student records subject to Board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential student records.  Only those persons permitted by such policy and regulation or other applicable law may view the video tapes, such as persons with a legitimate educational interest or purpose.  In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, director of transportation, driver and special education staffing team.  A videotape recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity.  Contents of videotapes may be treated like other evidence in any disciplinary or other proceeding.

Determination of how video cameras will be used and which school buildings and vehicles will be equipped with video equipment will be made by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

 

 

Date of Revision:   October 10, 2011

817612

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

503.6 Student Eligibility for Extra Curricular Activities: Code of Conduct

Code No. 503.6

STANDARDS FOR PARTICIPATION IN CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

I.          GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

A.        PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to establish and provide for the enforcement of Academic Standards and Conduct Standards for students participating in co-curricular activities in grades 9 through 12 of the Decorah Community School District.

 

B.        STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

It is the belief of those concerned with the development of the youth of the Decorah Community Schools that membership and participation in co-curricular activities has a very positive effect in the development of constructive attitudes of citizenship.  Among which may be listed are principles of justice, fair play, good sportsmanship, respect for rules and authority, respect for others and one's own health and physical well-being, development of leadership, group pride and teamwork, self-discipline, and values of self-sacrifice.  It is also the District’s belief that the individual family should be the guiding influence and determinant of student behavior.

 

It is further deemed important that participants, before starting in any of these programs, should be aware of the philosophy, opportunities, and policies and procedures under which they will be participating.  Co-curricular activities are offered as an option and a privilege based not only on demonstration of a particular talent or ability, but also on demonstration of character embodying the values contained in this Policy.

Those who participate are expected to assume responsibility for maintaining high standards as defined by this Policy and the rules established by the activity’s sponsor.  Standards have been set for students who wish to participate at Decorah High School. Included are provisions to promote honesty and cooperation so that each student is able to have a positive learning experience as a participant in the co-curricular activity program.  In order to retain eligibility for participation in these activities students must exemplify high standards of behavior and conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times.  Students who represent the District in an activity are expected to serve as role models to other students and to members of the community.  They are also expected to show respect toward the District they represent and to the fellow students and sponsors with whom they participate.

 

The other policies in regard to co-curricular participation will also be enforced.  The Board strongly believe co-curricular activities are a privilege and not a right, and as a result students who participate in co-curricular events are held to a higher standard of academic performance and conduct. 

 

C.        ACTIVITIES SUBJECT TO THIS POLICY

All activities, clubs or organizations, other than regularly scheduled academic classes, that are approved by the Board of Education will be considered Co-Curricular activities.  Examples of Co-Curricular activities subject to this policy include, but are not limited to: Art Club, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Choir, Community Club, Cross Country, "D" Club, Dramatics, Envirothon, Fire Squad, FFA Chapter, Flag Corps, Football, Gay/Straight Alliance, Golf, Mock Trial, Orchestra, National Honor Society, Science Club, Soccer, Softball, Special Olympics, Speech, Student Council, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Viking Yearbook, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

 

 

D.        ATTENDANCE

A student must attend school for the afternoon, arriving by 11:30 a.m., of the same day he/she is to participate in any co-curricular activity, unless the activity is on a non-school day.  Extenuating circumstances, when presented to the administration, will be evaluated and examined on an individual basis.  If both the high school principal and activity director and/or his/her designee agree, permission to deviate from this Policy may be granted. 

 

E.         ESTABLISHMENT OF ACTIVITY-SPECIFIC RULES

Directors of activities subject to this Policy may make reasonable rules as they relate to their activities as long as the rules are approved by the high school principal or his/her designee, and are not in violation or contradiction of this Policy.  Violation of these rules may result in limitation, suspension, or revocation of privileges or participation in these activities.  Any consequence for violation of the rules of a specific activity will only be applied as to that activity.

 

II.  ACADEMIC STANDARDS

 

In providing for the establishment and enforcement of academic standards for students participating in co-curricular activities, both local and state guidelines have been put in place to provide assistance to students and support the state law requirements.  These guidelines are listed below. 

 

A.        STATE GUIDELINES

1.         Students in grades 9-12 participating in interscholastic athletic competition for the IGHSAU (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union) and IHSAA (Iowa High School Athletic Association) shall be subject to the Iowa Department of Education Scholarship Rules regarding academic eligibility.  Students in grades 9-12 participating in interscholastic speech competition shall be subject to the IHSSA (Iowa High School Speech Association) rules regarding academic eligibility.  Students in grades 9-12 participating in interscholastic music competition shall be subject to the IHSMA (Iowa High school Music Association) rules regarding academic eligibility. 

 

2.         The Department of Education, the IHSSA and the IHSMA rules require that: 

  1. Student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects (each of one period or “hour” or the equivalent therefore) at all times. 

b.   Student must pass all coursework and be making adequate progress toward graduation to remain eligible.  Coursework taken from a post-secondary institution and for which District grants academic credit toward high school graduation shall be used in determining eligibility. 

  1. If not passing all coursework at the end of the grading period in which a grade will appear on a transcript, student is ineligible to dress for and compete for the first 30 consecutive calendar days in the interscholastic activity in which the student is a contestant from the first legal competition date of that activity. Students in baseball and softball have the same penalty as other students.  Any student declared ineligible according to state guidelines may be permitted and/or required to practice under the discretion of administration and the activity sponsor.
  2. If not passing all coursework at the end of the grading period in which a grade will appear on a transcript, student is ineligible for the first period of 30 consecutive calendar days in any event sanctioned or sponsored by the IHSSA or the IHSMA and those events that are competitive or evaluative in nature and are not sponsored by the IHSSA and the IHSMA in which the student is a contestant.
  3. A student with a disability and an IEP shall not be denied eligibility based on scholarship if the student is making adequate progress toward the student’s IEP goals, as determined by District officials.
  4. Summer school or other means may not be used to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes.  All original failing grades (even those remediated for purposes other than eligibility) must be reported to any school which the student transfers.
  5. Cheer participants are treated in line with the Athletic Rule (30 Calendar Days)
  6. All music and drama activities are treated in line with the Speech and Music Rule (30 Calendar Days) 
  7. Students may participate in the event if the public performance constitutes part of a grade for a course. 
  8. The grading period shall be the final grading period of the semester and shall not include mid-term grades. 
  9. Grades of a, “P”, “D-” or better and “W” (withdrawn in a timely fashion) are passing grades. 
  10. Grades of “F” and of “WF” (withdrawn, failing) are failing grades. 
  11. A student who receives an “I” (incomplete) who then completes work by the deadline established by the teacher and administration to obtain a passing course grade shall remain eligible, including during the period of time the student has to obtain the passing grade.  A student who does not complete the work by the established deadline to obtain a passing grade and receives a failing grade shall be subject to the academic eligibility rules. 
  12. Students must pass at least four (4) courses in the preceding semester to be eligible to participate at all in the current semester. 
  13. Courses taken under the Post Secondary Enrollment Option including Contracted Classes are included in the required four (4) courses. 
  14. Incoming 9th grade students are eligible immediately even if they enter with a failing grade from the 8th grade. 
  15. A transfer student from an in-state or out-of-state school is subject to all academic eligibility guidelines.  

The first date of ineligibility for a student who becomes ineligible while in an activity will begin with the first school day following the day that the report card is mailed home. 

 

B.        DHS GUIDELINES

1.         A student must be passing all classes at the midterm of each quarter and at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarter.  In an attempt to assist students with academic performance, Decorah High School will require students who are not passing all classes at the mid-terms and end of the 1st and 3rd quarter to attend a weekly study table.  This study table will be available to all students and is mandatory for students involved in activities who have received a failing grade at one of the assigned grading check periods.  Once students are able to show the administration evidence that their grade is above failing they will not be required to attend the study table. 

 

2.         Study table will be offered from 3:00 until 4:30 PM on Wednesdays.  Students will be required to attend the study table for its entirety and may be allowed to return to practice after they are finished with the study table at 4:30.  Students will be allowed to practice and compete during this time period.  Any student involved with activities who does not attend study table when failing a class will be withheld from their current or future activities until their study table obligations are met. 

 

For more information and examples, see Appendix 1, attached to this Policy.

 

III. CONDUCT STANDARDS

 

  1. POLICY VIOLATIONS

1.         A student may lose eligibility under this Policy for any of the following behaviors:

a.  possession, use, or purchase of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes;

b.  possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of illegal drugs or look a-likes, or the unauthorized possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of otherwise lawful drugs without a prescription;

c.  engaging in any act that would be a violation of local, state, or federal law or grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system (excluding minor offenses such as traffic or curfew violations) regardless of whether the student is cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s);

d. other inappropriate, disruptive or offensive conduct in violation of school district policy, regulation or student handbook provisions and/or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of any member of the student body, faculty or staff, including but not limited to, assault; refusing to cooperate with school officials or law enforcement authorities, acts of vandalism, hazing, bullying or harassment of other students and staff in any form, including inappropriate posts on social media.

 

2.         Any violations of this Policy may be reported to law enforcement.  

 

3.         Any violation(s) of school rules which aggregate to a total of 40 in school suspension points, third offense truancy, and/or a suspension according to the student handbook. 

 

B.    ADMINISTRATIVE DETERMINATION OF VIOLATION

1.         If it is alleged by any person that a student has violated these Conduct Standards, the principal or his/her designee shall promptly investigate such allegations.  This investigation shall not be limited by an formal rules of evidence or procedure.  The student shall be given notice, oral or written, of the allegations and will be given an initial opportunity to respond to the allegations as part of the investigation.   

 

2.         The principal, or his/her designee, shall make a preliminary determination based on a preponderance of the evidence whether the student has violated these Conduct Standards.  The totality of the evidence, including the number, credibility and consistency of the witness(es) alleging that the student has violated the Conduct Standards shall be taken into consideration when making such determination.  A determination that a student has violated the Conduct Standards shall be made without regard to whether the student is prosecuted or convicted for any alleged acts under Section IIIA.2 above.

 

3.         A violation may include, but is not limited to:

a.  If a student is found guilty by a court of law (however, a violation may be found without regard to whether a student is charged or convicted of any crime by authorities).

b.  If a student is referred to juvenile court services.

c.  If a student admits violating this policy.

d.  If a student was witnessed breaking this policy by one or more staff members, students or law enforcement.

 

C.   NOTICE AND DUE PROCESS

 

1.         The high school principal and assistant principal shall make a preliminary determination whether the student has violated this Policy, and shall notify the parent/guardian of their decision in a written Notice of Violation of Policy of Standards and Eligibility which shall contain the following:

a.  The student’s name and the names and address of the student’s parents or guardians.

b.  A statement as to the time, place and circumstances of the violation the student is alleged to have committed.

c.  A statement describing the sanction to be imposed upon the student for violating the Policy and the effective date on which such sanction shall commence.

d.  A statement that the principal’s determination as to the student’s violation of the Policy and the punishment imposed shall become immediately effective.

 

2.         If timely requested, a student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be provided a hearing with the high school principal.  During the hearing, the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) may present any information or argument against the preliminary determination.  Within three (3) working days of the hearing, the Principal shall provide written notification of whether the preliminary determination is upheld, modified or reversed.  The punishment imposed shall become final and effective, unless the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student request a review by the superintendent within three (3) working days. 

 

3.         If timely requested, a student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be provided a hearing with the superintendent.  During the hearing, the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) may present any information or argument against the determination made by the high school principal.  Within three (3) working days of the hearing, the Superintendent shall provide written notification of whether the determination made by the high school principal is upheld, modified or reversed.  The punishment imposed shall become final and effective, unless the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student request a review by the Board of Education within three (3) working days by delivering a written appeal notice to the board secretary.  .

 

4.         If timely requested, a student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be provided a hearing before the Board of Education.  The secretary shall schedule the appeal for the next regular or special meeting of the Board of Education, unless otherwise agreed to by parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student involved.  During the hearing, the student and his/ her parent(s) or guardian(s) may present any information or argument against the determination made by the superintendent.  The decision of the Board of Education shall be set forth in the written minutes of the Board and may affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the Superintendent.  The decision of the Board of Education shall be the final determination of the Decorah Community School District. 

 

5.         All consequences will remain in force and effect during an appeals process unless or until they are reversed or altered by the appropriate authority. 

 

D.  SANCTIONS

 

1.         Violations of the Conduct Standards will result in suspension of the privilege to participate for a period of time as described in Appendix 2.   The maximum period of ineligibility for a first offense shall be six (6) weeks.  The maximum period of ineligibility for a second offense shall be twelve (12) weeks.  The maximum period of ineligibility for a third offense is one calendar year from the date of the third violation.  The maximum period of ineligibility shall run only during those weeks in which interscholastic competition takes place and in activities in which the student normally participates.   

 

2.         An individual making a truthful report of a violation of the Conduct Standards to a school administrator within four (4) calendar days of the occurrence of the violation is a self-report. In order to receive the sanction of a self-report, a student must also follow up with

a written and signed statement of confirmation to the activities director or his/her designee.  This statement needs to be signed by both the student and the parent/guardian.  Individuals participating in a school event after violating the Policy, but prior to making a self-report or administrative discovery, will be suspended with no opportunity for a reduced suspension. 

 

3.         A student who has been declared ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities by another school district who then enrolls in the Decorah Community School District shall be ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities in the Decorah District for the balance of the period of ineligibility as if the student were still enrolled in the former district, except that the student shall generally be allowed to participate in practices regardless of the former district’s policy on practices during periods of ineligibility.  The student may file a written request with the building principal to have the term of ineligibility imposed by the former district reconsidered.  The administration may shorten the period of ineligibility if it is determined that the student would have received a shorter period of ineligibility if the student had been enrolled at Decorah at the time the ineligibility was imposed by the former district.  The number of periods of ineligibility imposed by former districts shall be considered when imposing sanctions for a violation of Board Policy 503.6 of the Decorah Conduct Standards after enrollment in the Decorah Community School District (e.g., if the student had one period of ineligibility during that calendar year prior to enrolling in Decorah, a violation of the Decorah Conduct Standards shall be treated as a second offense). 

 

4.         If a student violates the Conduct Standards at a time when he or she is ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities by virtue of a prior violation, the period of ineligibility for such subsequent violation shall commence after the period of ineligibility for all prior violations.  Individuals that are academically ineligible will not serve their suspension until regaining their academic eligibility. 

 

5.         The administration shall have the authority to exercise reasonable discretion in the interpretation and administration of this Policy.

 

 

           

E.   ADMINISTRATION OF THE SANCTIONS

 

1.         Eligibility requirements begin at the conclusion of the 8th grade school year and end at the end of the summer following graduation.

 

2.         Violations of the Conduct Standards are cumulative.

 

3.         The Standards of Conduct shall be in force twelve (12) months a year, on and off school property.

 

4.         A student found in violation of the Conduct Standards who is required to be ineligible for a public performance that is graded, will be given the opportunity to complete an alternative assignment.  This assignment will be created by the coach/sponsor and will allow the student to earn full credit for the performance missed. 

 

5.         When determining the number of contests and/or public performances to be missed, the administration will round off fractions to the nearest whole number using the standard rules for rounding numbers.  Any student found in violation of the District’s Substance Use/Abuse Policy on school grounds and/or at a school activity will not have the opportunity to receive the benefit of the self-reporting according to the conduct standards.

 

6.         Students must continue to participate in the activity from which they have been suspended for the length of the suspension.  Failure to do so will result in the suspension being carried over to the next activity.  Students must continue to practice with the team and meet the expectations of the coach/sponsor relative to all other participants during the suspension.  Students will not, however, be allowed to dress and/or perform for competition and/or public performance. 

 

7.         Students unable to serve their suspension completely in one activity due to the end of that activity will have their suspension pro-rated in a consistent manner between activities. If

a period of ineligibility extends beyond the regular season, ineligibility will extend to include tournament contests until the period of ineligibility is satisfied. 

 

8.         Students found in violation of the Policy may not register for a new activity after the state mandated/district defined start date to avoid penalty at a later time from another activity. 

 

9.         Students involved in multiple activities will serve their suspension concurrently.  For instance, a student involved in Basketball and Jazz Band will serve the suspension in both activities.  No student will be permitted to participate in one activity while serving a suspension in another for a violation of the Conduct Standards. 

 

10.       If the student is currently not participating in an activity, the student will be ineligible in the next related activity in which he/she participates.  Any student not involved for twelve (12) months in an activity would be eligible.  If a student enters an activity in which he/she has not previously participated and begins and/or continues a period of ineligibility, the student must participate at a level expected of all other participants.  If the student does not faithfully participate at a level deemed appropriate by the coach/sponsor and administration, the coach/sponsor and administration shall have the authority to suspend the student from the activity involved.  If a student does not satisfactorily complete the activity, he/she will be deemed to be ineligible with the same penalty applied to the next activity in which the student chooses to participate. 

 

 

F.         APPENDIX

                        for more information, please see Appendix 1 and 2, attached to the Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Revision:

September 14, 2015

 

 

Legal References:

 

Chapter 279.8 Code of Iowa

 

 

01154061

 

 

 

 


To verify the reading and understanding of the preceding Standards for Participation and Eligibility in Co-Curricular Activities, the following statement must be signed by students and their parent or guardian.

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

I am aware that there are standards for participation in and eligibility for co-curricular activities in the Decorah Community School District.  In the event that I participate in any co-curricular activity, I understand the responsibilities, the expectations of me, and the implications for any violations of those responsibilities and expectations.

 

 

DATE                                                                                                 

 

 

 

SIGNED                                                                                              

(STUDENT)

 

 

 

SIGNED                                                                                              

(PARENT OR GUARDIAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1

 

Situational Examples. 

  • Student A is a football player and fails a class first semester.  Student A only participates in football. Student A is academically ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days of the fall from the first legal playing date.  (Athletic Eligibility Rule) 
  • Student B (11th grade student) is a Football player and fails a class first semester.  Student B has never participated in track before in high school.  Student B goes out for track and will be ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days from the Monday of the week of the first competition in track.  Student B will be eligible for the first competition in football the next fall.  (Athletic Eligibility and Decorah Rule). 
  • Student C is a Girls Basketball Player and is in Madrigal Singers and fails a first semester course.  Student C is ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days of Basketball in the 2nd Semester (Athletic Eligibility Rule) and the first thirty (30) calendar days of Madrigal Singers (State Music Rule). 
  • Student D is a Girls Basketball Player and in the Fall Drama Production.  Student D fails a first semester course.  Student D is ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days of Basketball in the 2nd Semester (Athletic Eligibility Rule) and the first thirty (30) calendar days of public performance in Drama Activities (Decorah Rule). 
  • Student E is a Cheerleader and in Jazz Band and fails a first semester course.  Student E is ineligible for the thirty (30) calendar days of Cheerleading in the winter (Decorah Rule) and for all Jazz Band activities not associated with a grade for thirty (30) calendar days (State Music Rule). 
  • Student F is a Winter Cheerleader, Softball Player, and in Band and fails a course second semester.  Student F is ineligible for Softball for thirty (30) calendar days from the date report cards are sent out (Athletic Eligibility Rule).  She will be eligible for winter cheerleading and band once she serves her ineligibility in softball and finishes in good standing. 
  • Student G is a member of the Concert Choir and Boys Soccer team and fails a class first semester.  Student G is ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days of Concert Choir (State Music Rule, Decorah Rule) and the first thirty (30) calendar days of Boys Soccer (Athletic Eligibility Rule). 
  • Student H is a member of the Football team.  Student H passes only two courses in the second semester.  Student H is ineligible for thirty (30) calendar days in the fall (Athletic Eligibility Rule). 
  • Student I participates in Girls Soccer and Girls Golf and fails a class first semester.  Student I is ineligible for the first thirty (30) calendar days of the Girls Soccer and Golf season from the first date of competition of the sport with the first competition date (Athletic Eligibility Rule). 

 

A complete explanation of the new guidelines may be viewed in the high school office.          

 

Academic Eligibility Requirements

 

Time Period

Requirement

1st Quarter Midterm

Study Table

1st Quarter

Study Table

2nd Quarter Midterm

Study Table

1st Semester

30 Calendar Days

3rd Quarter Midterm

Study Table

3rd Quarter

Study Table

4th Quarter

Study Table

2nd Semester

30 Calendar Days

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS PAGE 10 OF 10

Appendix 2

1st Offense

 

Period of Ineligibility

Counseling

Self-Report

1/6 of Activity

Recommended

Administrative Discovery

1/3 of Activity

Recommended

 

2nd Offense

 

Period of Ineligibility

Counseling

Self-Report

1/2 of Activity

Required at Student/Family Expense

Administrative Discovery

1/2 of Activity

Required at Student/Family Expense

Upon successful completion of period of ineligibility and approved evaluation and counseling by the administration the student will regain his/her eligibility.  Student is responsible for all counseling costs. 

 

3rd Offense and Subsequent Offenses

 

Period of Ineligibility

Counseling

Self-Report

1 Calendar Year

Required at Student/Family Expense

Administrative Discovery

1 Calendar Year

Required at Student/Family Expense

Upon successful completion of period of ineligibility and approved evaluation and counseling by the administration the student will regain his/her eligibility.  Student is responsible for all counseling costs. 

 

The following are examples of what the penalty MIGHT be in a typical season (less post-season appearances), using the current defined contest limitations of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association, along with “typical” schedules for our Fine Arts Programs.  These are only sample suspension periods that may be modified by the Activities Director or his/her designee and the actual number of events will be calculated annually. 

Sanctions Examples

 

Activity

Dates / Games

First Offense w/ Self Report

First Offense w/ Administrative Discovery

Second Offense

Third Offense

Football

9 Games

2

3

5

1 Calendar Year

Volleyball

14

3

5

7

1 Calendar Year

Boys Cross Country

10

2

3

5

1 Calendar Year

Girls Cross Country

10

2

3

5

1 Calendar Year

Girls Swimming

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Boys Swimming

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Wrestling

15

3

5

8

1 Calendar Year

Boys Basketball

21 Games

4

7

11

1 Calendar Year

Girls Basketball

21 Games

4

7

11

1 Calendar Year

Boys Tennis

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Girls Tennis

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Boys Soccer

13

3

5

7

1 Calendar Year

Girls Soccer

13

3

5

7

1 Calendar Year

Boys Track

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Girls Track

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Boys Golf

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Girls Golf

12

2

4

6

1 Calendar Year

Baseball

40 Games

7

14

20

1 Calendar Year

Softball

40 Games

7

14

20

1 Calendar Year

Cheerleading*

Season Specific

TBD

TBD

TBD

1 Calendar Year

Band

TBD

4

8

12

1 Calendar Year

Vocal

TBD

4

8

12

1 Calendar Year

Orchestra

TBD

4

8

12

1 Calendar Year

Speech & Drama

8

1

2

4

1 Calendar Year

FFA

8

1

2

4

1 Calendar Year

Clubs

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

1 Calendar Year

 

*Cheerleading will be handled relative to the season in which the student is participating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Non-Graded Music Activities

 

Band

Vocal

Orchestra

UNI All-State Workshop

OPUS Honor Choir

Homecoming Coronation

All-State Auditions

Homecoming Coronation Singers

All-State Workshop

All-State Festival

UNI Honor Choir

Harvest Moon Dinner

NEIBA Honor Band

All-State Workshop

All-State Auditions

UNI Honor Band

All-State Auditions

Junior Honors Festival

Dorian Honor Band

All-State Festival

All-State Festival

NEIC Honor Festival

December Nursing Home Performance

Madrigal Dinner

Madrigal Dinner

Madrigal Nursing Home Performance

NEIC Music Festival

State Jazz Festival

Madrigal Dinner

Dorian Orchestra Festival

UNI Tallcorn Jazz Festival

Dorian Vocal Festival

Chamber Orchestra Concert

Jazz Coffeehouse

NEIC Music Festival

Kennedy Honors Orchestra

Talent Showcase

Jazz Singers Concert

Talent Showcase

10 Pep Band Appearances

Iowa State University Honor Choir

Orchestra Trip to UW-LaCrosse

Various Community Activities

Solo and Ensemble Clinic at DHS

National Honor Society Inductions

 

State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival (Non-Graded for 2 of 3 Choirs)

Various Community Activities

 

Spring Nursing Home Performance

 

 

Various Community Activities

 

 

 

 

 

503.7 Initiations

Code No. 503.7

INITIATIONS

Initiations into school approved organizations and clubs shall be conducted in such a manner as to have educational value to those involved.  Ceremonies shall be dignified and shall in no way have a degrading effect upon initiates.  Plans for all initiations are to be approved by the building administrator.

Hazing of students by staff and/or students is specifically prohibited.  This includes any formal or informal attempts to force students to undergo ridiculous, humiliating or painful ordeals which may endanger the physical or mental health or safety of a student.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 708.10, Code of Iowa                                    
 

 

00959306

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

504 Student Activities

504.1 Student Government

Code No. 504.1

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The student government provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for both leaders and followers, promotes the common good, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearing house for student activities, seeks to interest students in school affairs and helps solve problems that may arise.

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

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                    

 

543245

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

504.2 Student Organizations

Code No. 504.2

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Students and staff members may apply to form a school-sponsored student organization.  Applications shall be made to the building principal who shall make a recommendation to the Superintendent, stating the purpose and the objectives of the organization.  No student organization shall be school-sponsored unless approval has been given by the Board of Directors and a District-approved sponsor is appointed.  No religious or political group shall be school-sponsored.

Secondary school student-initiated groups which are not school-sponsored may meet on school premises during non-instructional time.  The meetings shall be strictly voluntary on the part of the students, may not interfere with the orderly conduct of school activities, and shall take place before school classes begin or after school classes end.  The time and place of the meetings shall be approved in advance by the building principal, or its designee, and the meetings must be supervised.  Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control or regularly attend the meetings.  Employees of the District may attend student-initiated groups organized for political or religious purposes only in a custodial capacity and shall not plan, encourage attendance, criticize or in any way participate in such meetings if the meetings occur during the employee’s work day.  The District shall not deny student-initiated groups the right to use school facilities pursuant to this section on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech; however, all meetings must be lawful.  Student-initiated groups which are not school-sponsored shall not use the school name, mascot, or other sign or symbol that might imply District sponsorship.  Any announcements regarding student-initiated groups shall indicate that they are not school-sponsored.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Chapter 287, Code of Iowa;   

Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. §4071, et seq.               

 

00959308

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

504.3 Student Publications

Code No. 504.3

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District that all official school publications shall be free from prior restraint by school officials except as provided by law.  An editorial board comprising participating students under the supervision of publication advisers shall be responsible for the content of official student publications.  The editorial board shall be guided by the Iowa Code and by ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.  Publications shall provide students an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and robust debate about topics of student interest, including those that may be controversial.

Student expression in official school publications is not an expression of school policy.  Public school districts and employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students, unless the school employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student's speech or expression, and then only to the extent of the interference or alteration of that speech or expression.

Schools possess a substantial educational interest in teaching student writers journalistic skills.  Journalism advisers shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with Iowa law including the restrictions against unlawful speech.

It is the policy of the District to encourage the resolution of complaints arising from the application of this policy through an appeal process.  If an item is deleted by the adviser, there may be an appeal to the building principal, who shall respond promptly (within three (3) school days).  If the principal denies distribution, an appeal may be made to the Superintendent who shall respond within three (3) school days.

The building principal shall designate the time, manner and place of distribution of all student publications so as to prevent interference with the proper and orderly operation of the schools.

The Board of Directors believes it has a compelling interest in promoting the ideals of citizenship and personal and civic responsibility.  This includes discouragement of illegal activities and the purchase or use of products which are illegal to minors.  Therefore, advertisements, whether purely commercial, quasi-commercial, or political in nature, that encourage illegal activity or activity that is in violation of properly adopted school regulations, or encourage or promote the purchase or use of products or services that are illegal for minors will not be accepted for publication or broadcast.  The editorial board of the publication is responsible for enforcement of this policy.

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

 

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

 

256.9(36), 279.8, 280.22, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.

12.6(1)                                                                     

 

 

00959322

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTOR

504.3R1 Official Student Publications Regulation

Code. No. 504.3-R1

OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATIONS REGULATION

A.        Definitions.

The following definitions are provided to assist in the interpretation of this Regulation.

1.              An “official school publication” is any curricular or co-curricular student publication or broadcast, including but not limited to newspapers, yearbooks, literary magazines, television, radio or cable television programs produced in curricular or co-curricular journalism or journalism-related activities under the sponsorship of the District and distributed or disseminated to the student body either free or for a fee.

2.              “Obscene material” means that which the average person, applying community standards, finds as a whole to appeal to a minor’s prurient interest in sex, and depicts or describes in an offensive way sexual conduct or sexual acts, and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.  For purposes of an audience of students, forms of expression that are vulgar, indecent, lewd, or sexually explicit may be considered obscene.

3.              “Libelous” statements are false, unprivileged statements the average reader would interpret as statements of fact and which damage the reputation of an individual or business.

4.              “Encourage” means to spur on, stimulate, or foster.  Mere factual reporting of controversial issues shall not be considered encouragement.

5.              “Material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school” means student actions or behaviors that can reasonably be believed or feared to significantly interrupt school activities or intrude unreasonably in school affairs.  The phrase also includes interference with the rights of others.  Examples that might reasonably lead to the forecast of material and substantial disruption include, but are not limited to, student violence or rioting; unlawful seizures of property; vandalism to or destruction of property; boycotts, sit-ins, walk-outs or related activities at school.

            The undifferentiated fear or apprehension of a potential disturbance is not adequate justification for suppressing student expression; the ability to show substantial facts that reasonably support a forecast of likely disruption is required.  Past experience under similar circumstances, current events influencing student activities and behavior, and instances of actual or threatened disruption relating to the material in question may be considered.

B.        Prior Restraint of Material Prepared for an Official School Publication.

No student shall publish in an official school publication material which is obscene, libelous, or encourages students to commit unlawful acts, violate school rules, cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school, or infringe on the rights of others.

C.        Fair Comment Rule.

Student journalists are entitled to the protection of the “fair comment rule,” which provides that all persons are free to express opinions on matters of common interest.  Students are free to comment responsibly on school policies or the performance of school administrators, teachers, or employees, so long as the comments or criticisms are statements of opinion and are not libelous.  However, student journalists are not entitled to a wholesale defamation exemption under the fair comment rule merely by including the disclaimer “In my opinion” or a similar phrase in conjunction with a false and damaging statement.

Public officials or “public figures” who claim to be libeled must prove the student journalist made false statements with actual malice, i.e., that the journalist knew the statement was false or acted recklessly in failing to verify the statement.  School officials are generally deemed public figures in student publications concerning school-related activities.  School employees may or may not be public figures; the determination often depends on the involvement of the employee in issues of public importance.

Private persons, those not in the public eye, must show that a statement was made negligently, i.e., that the journalist failed to exercise reasonable care in preparing the article, to prove libel.

D.        Advice.

If, in the opinion of the student editor, student editorial staff, faculty adviser, or school official, material proposed for publication may fall within the prohibitions of Section B of this Regulation, legal advice should be sought.

E.         Appeal Procedure.

Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in the exercise of their freedom of expression in official student publications have the right to appeal the decision utilizing the Student Complaint Procedure.

F.         Complaint Procedure.

Any person aggrieved by the content of official student publications is directed to use the public's complaint procedure.

G.        Responsibilities of Student Journalists.

Student journalists who participate in official school publications are responsible for the content of those publications.  Student journalists should at all times strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and thoroughness in each and every aspect of the publication.  Student journalists should also strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling, which are important to the clarity and accuracy of the publication.

H.        Responsibilities of Faculty Advisers.

Schools possess a substantial educational interest in teaching student writers journalistic skills.  Journalism advisers shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with Iowa law, including the restrictions against unlawful speech in Iowa Code Section 280.22.

I.          Liability.

Student expression in official school publications shall not be deemed to be an expression of school policy.  The public school district and school employees or officials shall not be liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students, unless the school employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student’s speech or expression, and then only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.  Student journalists must recognize that with editorial control comes responsibility for the content of the publication.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Adopted:  December 9, 2002

 

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504.4 Student Social Events

Code No. 504.4

STUDENT SOCIAL EVENTS

School-sponsored social events shall be approved by the principal and placed on the school calendar prior to public announcement.  They shall be under the control and supervision of school personnel.  The hours and activities of the event shall be reasonable and in keeping with Board policy.

School-sponsored social events are open to the students enrolled in the District.  Others, such as alumni or out-of-town students, may attend as the date or escort of students enrolled in the District with the permission of the licensed personnel supervising the event.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                    
 

 

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504.5 Student Performances

Code No. 504.5

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Students, as part of the educational program, may participate in contests or other public and private events approved by the building principal that will be of benefit to the student and the educational program.  Performance at such events is a privilege and not a right.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and administrative directives may be subject to disciplinary action which may include the loss of the privilege to participate in an event.  Students who perform at such events serve as ambassadors of the District and must conduct themselves in the same manner as required in the regular school day.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.13, 280.14, Code of Iowa                       

 

 

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504.6 Student Fund-Raising

Code No. 504.6

STUDENT FUND-RAISING

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with permission of the building principal and the Superintendent.  All monies are accounted for by the District and therefore must be turned into the District office, and the District's business office in turn will issue checks.  Fund raising by students for nonschool-sponsored events is also allowed.  Collection boxes for nonschool-sponsored organizations, however, must have prior approval from the building principal and the Superintendent before being placed on school property.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

11.6, 256.9(18), 279.8, 280.14, 291.6, 291.12,       

298A.8, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(1), 12.3(10)

 

 

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505 Student Scholastic Achievement

505.1 Student Progress Reports and Conferences

Code No. 505.1

STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

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

Parent-teacher conferences about students' progress will be held to keep the parents informed.  Parent-teacher conferences are held at least two times per year. 

Parents, teachers, or principals may request a conference for students at any time if they feel the circumstances warrant it.  Students are encouraged to discuss their progress or other matters with their teachers.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.8, 280.14; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4),              

12.3(6), 12.8(1)(b)                                                   

 

 

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505.2 Student Grade Placement

Code No. 505.2

STUDENT GRADE PLACEMENT

Students shall be assigned to grade levels by the building principal based upon their achievements and progress and based upon consultation with the instructional staff and the parents or guardians.

Promotion is the authorization for a student to progress from one grade level to the next higher grade level for the next school year.  Retention is the decision to retain a student in a grade level from one school year to the next school year.  Acceleration is the authorization for a student to progress from one grade level to another higher grade level during a school year or to progress from one grade level to another higher grade level which is higher than the next succeeding level at the end of a school year.

The assignment, promotion, retention or acceleration of a student is an individual matter, and the circumstances of each student shall be considered on their own merits and with regard to the best interests of the student. 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

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Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa                         

281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)                                                    

 

 

 

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505.3 Student Honors and Awards

Code No. 505.3

STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

The District shall provide a program that establishes honors and awards for outstanding student efforts and achievements.  Students shall be made aware of honors and awards and the actions and qualities necessary to earn them.  Qualifications for such honors and awards shall be established by the principal and/or Superintendent.  The principal and/or Superintendent may require that a student be regularly enrolled in the District to qualify for an award or honor.  To be eligible at graduation for awards, a student must have been regularly enrolled as a full-time student in the District or in another accredited school during the student's sophomore, junior and senior years.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 29, 2004                          

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Legal References:

 

279.8, 287.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 36.14(3)     
 

 

 

 

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505.4 Assessment Program

Code No. 505.4

ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

A comprehensive assessment program shall be established and maintained to evaluate the total program of the District and to provide better guidance and counseling services to students and their families.  The Board of Directors is responsible for granting approval for the evaluation and assessment program.

The Superintendent, with the assistance of his/her professional staff, shall develop standards and procedures to assess the educational program and student progress within each area of instruction.

Other types of assessments may be administered to individual students or groups of students.  Testing for determining whether a student requires special education shall comply with federal and state laws.  Persons administering individual psychological examinations of students shall hold a license as a school psychologist or be approved as competent to administer individual psychological examinations.

No student shall be required, as part of a program funded by the United States Department of Education, to submit, without prior written consent from the student's parent, to surveys, analysis or evaluation which reveals information concerning:

·       political affiliations and beliefs of the student or the student's parents;

·       mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or the student's family;

·       sexual behavior and attitudes;

·       illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;

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

·       legally recognized, privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;

·       religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parents; or

·       income, but not including income required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program for or receiving financial assistance under such program.

 

 

 

Date of Revision:

 

June 14, 2004                         

 

Legal References:

 

No Child Left Behind; Title II, Sec; 1061, P.L. 107-

110; Educate America Act, Pub. L. No. 103-227, 108                                                                                 

Stat. 125; 20 U.S.C. 1232h; 256.11, 279.8, 280.3,   

280.12, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(13),

12.8, 41.12(3)                                                          

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

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505.4 Exhibit A Notification Of Rights Under The Protection Of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

Code No. 505.4
Exhibit A
 

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding the District’s conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.  These include the right to:

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education -

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

2.        Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;

3.        Sexual behavior or attitudes;

4.        Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;

5.        Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;

6.        Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

7.        Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or

8.        Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of -

1.        Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;

2.        Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and

3.        Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -

1.        Protected information surveys of students;

2.        Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and

3.        Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

The District will develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes.  The District will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes.  The District will also directly notify, such as through U.S. mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  The District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time.  For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys.  Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.  Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:

  • Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
  • Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

                      Family Policy Compliance Office
                      U.S. Department of Education
                      400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
                      Washington, D.C.  20202-5901

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

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505.5 Performance Testing for Credit

Code No. 505.5

PERFORMANCE TESTING FOR CREDIT

Credit shall not be given for performance testing in lieu of course work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.12, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                                                                 

 

 

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505.6 Graduation Requirements

Code No. 505.6

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Credits Required:

A total of 48 credits are needed for graduation.  One credit is awarded for the successful completion of one semester of work in an academic class and in vocal and instrumental music classes that meet on a daily basis.  One-half credit is awarded for the successful completion of each semester of physical education class and for vocal and instrumental music classes meeting every other day.   A minimum of a "D-" grade is required to earn a credit.

Required Credits:

English:  8 credits required

                      English 9 - 2 credits
                      English 10 - 2 credits
                      English 11 – 2 credits
                      English Elective – 2 credits

Social Studies:  6 credits required

                     World History                             1 credit
                     American History                        2 credits
                     Government                               1 credit
                     Economics                                 1 credit
                     World Geography                      1 credit

Science:  6 credits required

                      Physical Science                         2 credits
                      Science Electives                        4 credits

Mathematics:  6 credits required

                      Mathematics Electives               6 credits

Health:  1 credit required

Physical Education:  4 credits required

Physical Education is required each semester the student is in attendance unless the student is excused pursuant to District policy.  One-half credit is earned for each semester successfully completed.  A sport may be substituted for P.E. one semester each year during the Jr. and Sr. years.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course

Prior to graduation, every pupil physically able to do so shall have completed a psychomotor course that leads to certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  The principal may waive this requirement for any pupil who is not physically able to compete the course.

FIRST:  1 credit required

Elective Credits: 

Electives chosen by the student, with assistance from parents, counselors and teachers will complete the total number of credits needed to graduate.  Credits earned from other institutions or schools must be approved by the principal to count towards graduation.  Any credit earned from the Post Secondary Enrollment Act will be approved towards graduation.

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 259A.1, 260C.1, 260C.5,                            

279.8, 280.3, 280.8, 280.9A, 280.14, 282.26, Code of                                                                             

Iowa; 281 I.A.C., 12.2, 12.3(5), 12.5(5), 12.5(6),    

Chapter 22,                                                              

 

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505.7 Early Graduation

Code No. 505.7

EARLY GRADUATION

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve.  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in Board policy.  Students who wish to graduate at the end of the first semester must make an application to the Board no later than the December Board meeting, and the student must have the approval of the Board.  Students who wish to graduate a year early must make an application to the Board no later than the August Board meeting, and the student must have the approval of the Board.

A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a District student and will become an alumnus of the Decorah District.  However, the student who graduates early may participate in commencement exercises, senior banquet, prom and other activities for seniors held within the District.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.7, 256.11, 256.11A, 259A.1, 260C.1                

 261C.5, 279.8, 280.3, 280.8, 280.9A, 280.14, 282.26,                                                                     

Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C., 12.2, 12.3(5), 12.5(5),     

12.5(6), Chapter 22                                                  

 

 

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505.8 Commencement and Diplomas

Code No. 505.8

COMMENCEMENT AND DIPLOMAS

Students who have successfully completed graduation requirements in the District shall be granted District diplomas.  (The District may provide for a diploma from another District for students attending pursuant to a whole-grade sharing agreement.)  Appropriate commencement ceremonies will be held annually.  Only students who have completed the graduation requirements as indicated by the Board of Education shall receive a diploma and only those students who have completed the Board’s requirements prior to the date of commencement will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.  The District shall not arrange for religious invocations, benedictions or other prayers at commencement exercises.  The administration may exclude a student from participating in commencement exercises for violation of school rules.

A student need not attend the ceremony in order to receive a diploma.  Students graduating early after summer school or after the first semester shall be awarded diplomas at the commencement ceremony after the second semester.  However, upon request of the student, the District will supply information verifying early graduation to employers, colleges, or other agencies. 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

  July 11, 2011                        

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, 287.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(5)                                                                     

 

 

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506 Student Records

506.1 Student Records

Code 506.1

Student Records

A.           Purpose of Student Records.  Student records are collected and maintained to facilitate the instruction and guidance of the student, for legitimate research, and to provide necessary information to students, parents and future educational institutions.

B.           Definition.  "Student record" as used in this policy shall include any information or data concerning the instruction, guidance or educational progress directly relating to a student which is maintained in any medium, including in writing, print, computer media, video or audio tape, film, microfilm or microfiche by the District.  However, certain types of confidential records shall not be deemed "student records" for purposes of this policy, including (a) records made or maintained by instructional, supervisory or administrative personnel for their own use unless the record is made available to persons other than substitutes or to the student; and (b) records made or maintained by a physician, psychologist, counselor, or other recognized professional made, maintained, or used only in connection with the provision of treatment and not disclosed to any one other than those providing treatment.  (Treatment does not include remedial educational activities; records relating to remedial educational activities shall be subject to this policy.)

C.          Applicability.  This policy shall apply to student records of students who are currently enrolled in the District or who have previously been enrolled in the District.

D.           Records to Be Maintained.

              1.              Permanent Student Records.

                              Official permanent records constitute personal data necessary for the operation of the school system and important for the needs of students and prior students.  Permanent records maintained by the District may include any of the following information:

                              a.       Student's name and social security number

                              b.       Address, email address, and telephone number of student

                               c.       Gender, race, and national origin of student

                               d.       Marital and parental status of student

                               e.       Birth date and place of student

                               f.       Name of student's parents or guardians

                               g.       Addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of parents or guardians

                               h.      Previous schools attended

                               i.       Dates enrolled in District

                               j.       Name and location of District schools attended

                               k.      Date of graduation

                               l.       Subjects taken and grades received

                               m.     Summary of units of classes

                               n.      Number of students in class and rank in class

                               o.      Attendance record

                               p.      Standardized achievement test scores

                               q.       Co-curricular activities

                               r.       Special awards and honors

                               s.       Photographs of student and dates taken

                               t.       Immunization records

                               u.       Educational and vocational plans

                               v.      Follow-up information after high school

                               w.      Logs of records requested or disclosed

          2.         Cumulative Student Records.

                     Official cumulative records constitute personal data to be used in assisting the student.  Cumulative records maintained by the District may include any of the following information:

                              a.          Any information authorized to be contained in Permanent Student Records

                              b.          Health information (except that information on communicable diseases shall be maintained separately)

                              c.       Standardized intelligence and aptitude test scores

                              d.       Family background data

                              e.       Curricular reports

                              f.       Discipline data

                              g.       Observational reports of school personnel or reports received from child welfare or juvenile justice agencies

                              h.      Educational records, including accommodation and intervention plans

When a student graduates, cumulative records shall be maintained for three years and shall then be destroyed or shall be transferred to the permanent records if of continued importance.

         3.              Special Education Records.

                     Records relating to the identification, evaluation and placement of students requiring special education services maintained by the District may contain:

                              a.       Any information authorized to be contained in Permanent or Cumulative Student Records

                              b.       Certification of the existence of a disability

                              c.       Approvals for evaluation and participation in special education

                              d.       Assessment of needs and projections for future needs

                              e.       Evaluations by staff and consultants

                              f.       Individualized education plans

                              g.       Data necessary to improve decision making and program planning

The Superintendent shall keep a list of persons and their positions who are authorized to view special education records.  This list must be current and available for public inspection and updated as changes occur.  At least ten (10) days prior to destroying special education records, the parents or guardians (or the student if the student is 18 years of age or older or attending an institution of postsecondary education) shall be notified of the planned destruction and that the records may be needed for social security benefits or other purposes.  In the absence of a request to destroy the records, the District shall maintain the records for at least five (5) years.  If an authorized parent or guardian or authorized student requests destruction of records and the records are no longer needed to provide educational services or for accountability and audit purposes, the records will be destroyed.  The parent or guardian or student may request a hearing if he/she disagrees as to whether the records should be maintained or destroyed.

 

E.           Place of Maintenance.

              1.              Permanent Records.

                                      Permanent records shall be maintained in a fire-resistant safe or vault.

              2.              Cumulative Records.

Cumulative records shall be maintained in the office of the building principal where the child is attending school.

              3.              Special Education Records.

                                     Special education records shall be maintained in a secure location in the office of the building principal or other designated location where the child is attending school.

F.           Right to View Records.

              1.              Persons Authorized.

                     The following persons shall have the right to view permanent, cumulative, and special education student records maintained by the District without the necessity of obtaining consent pursuant to Section (H)(2):

                               a.       Authorized parents or guardians:  the parents or guardians of a student or prior student when the student is under 18 years of age and is not attending an institution of postsecondary education after high school graduation.  Parents or guardians of a student who is a dependent as defined by §152 of the Internal Revenue Code shall have a right to view records, but shall not be deemed "authorized parents or guardians" for other purposes of this policy.  A parent may be denied access to a student’s records if the District has a court order stating that the parents may not access the records.

                               b.       Authorized student:  a student or prior student who is at least 18 years of age or who is attending an institution of postsecondary education after graduation from high school.

                               c.       School personnel who have a legitimate educational interest for viewing the particular record.  For purposes of this policy, this shall include District and Area Education Agency administrators, teachers, counselors, practitioners, nurses, police liaison officers, support staff members, or a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, consultant).  School personnel have a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  Prior to disclosure of any information in cumulative or special education records, the building principal shall authorize the person to view the record or to receive any information contained therein.  Persons seeking to view special education records must be on the current list of individuals authorized to view such records.

                               d.       The Board of Directors or its representative only in the performance of its official duties.

                               e.       A person, court, agency or institution upon presentation of a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, including federal grand jury subpoena, provided that the Superintendent or building principal shall attempt to notify an authorized parent, guardian or student of the order or subpoena in advance of compliance, unless the court or issuing agency orders that the existence or content of the subpoena not be disclosed or unless the court proceedings giving rise to the subpoena or disclosure order involve abuse and neglect of a child.

                               f.       Officials of another school or school system in which the student seeks to enroll.

                               g.       The U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or to authorized representatives of federal or state educational authorities and authorized representatives of the U.S. Attorney General if specifically authorized to view the records by federal or state law.

                               h.      Representatives of organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of educational agencies for the purpose of developing, validating, or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs and improving instruction, provided the studies are conducted so they will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents by other individuals and the information will be destroyed when no longer needed for the purposes of the study.

                              i.       Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions.

                               j.       Appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

                               k.      Parties in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or received if the information is necessary to receive the financial aid.

                               l.       Juvenile justice agencies with which the District has an interagency agreement if the information is needed to effectively serve the student prior to adjudication.

                               m.     To a court if the education records of the student are relevant for the District to proceed with legal action as plaintiff or defendant.

                               n.      To personnel of a state or federal agency (i.e. DHS) responsible for the care and protection of a child and who may have the right to access the child’s case permanency plan (i.e. foster care).  

              2.              Procedures for Requesting to View Records.

                     Persons may request to view student records by filing a written request with the Board Secretary, Superintendent or building principal or by personally presenting oneself to the Board Secretary, Superintendent or building principal.  Telephone requests will not be honored.  The person must properly identify himself/herself, stating the reason for the request, the student record or information desired to be viewed, and providing sufficient verification that the person has the right to view the record or information.  Copies of such records may be made for persons entitled to view the record upon compliance with these procedures.  The Board Secretary, Superintendent or principal or his/her designee should remain present when a parent, guardian, student or prior student views a record and shall provide an explanation or interpretation of a record if requested to do so.  The Board Secretary, Superintendent or building principal must allow an authorized parent, guardian, student, or former student to view or receive a copy of a requested record or information without unnecessary delay and in no case more than 45 calendar days after the written or personal request is received.  Parents of an eligible student or an authorized representative of the parents shall have the right to access the student's records prior to an IEP meeting or hearing.

G.          Right to Request Amendment of Student Record.

              1.              Request.

                     An authorized parent, guardian or student who believes that information contained in the student record of the student is inaccurate or misleading or violates the privacy rights of the student may request that the District amend the student's record.  Such request shall be in writing, signed and directed to the building principal, shall state the information deemed to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the privacy rights of the student, shall state why the record is believed to be inaccurate or misleading, and shall state how it is believed the information should be corrected.  Grades may be challenged only on the basis of accuracy in recording and not on the basis of evaluation of performance.  The building principal shall decide whether to amend the record of the student and shall notify the requesting party of his/her decision in writing within twenty (20) calendar days of receipt of the request.  If the principal decides not to amend the record, he/she shall also notify the requesting party of his/her right to a hearing pursuant to section (G)(2).

              2.              Hearing.

                     A requesting party may, within fifteen (15) calendar days of mailing or personal delivery of the principal's response denying amendment to the record, file a written request for hearing on the matter with the Superintendent.  A hearing shall be held before the Superintendent, or, upon the Superintendent's request, before the Board of Directors within twenty (20) calendar days of receipt of the request or at such other time as mutually agreed upon.  The requesting party shall be mailed or have personally delivered to him/her a written notice of the time, date and place of the hearing at least five (5) calendar days in advance of the hearing.  The requesting party may be assisted or represented by individuals of his/her choice.  The Superintendent or the Board may also be advised by legal counsel.  The principal may attend the hearing and may present evidence to support his/her denial to amend the student record.  Other persons having a direct interest (e.g., the maker of the record) may also be present and present evidence.  The requesting party may also present evidence to support his/her request for amendment of the record.  The hearing shall be informal and shall not be governed by formal rules of evidence or procedure.

                     The Superintendent or Board of Directors shall consider all relevant evidence presented at the hearing and shall make a decision within fifteen (15) calendar days of the close of the hearing.  The decision shall be in writing and shall include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision.  A copy of the decision shall be mailed or personally delivered to the requesting party.  If the Superintendent or Board decides not to amend the record, the decision shall be placed in the student record and the requesting party shall be notified of the right to place in the record a statement commenting upon the information in the record and/or commenting upon the reasons for disagreeing with the Superintendent's or Board's decision.  If the record or information which is disputed is released to any person, any comment provided shall also be given to the viewer.

H.          Dissemination of Records.

              1.              Directory Information.

The District or its officials or employees may disclose the following directory information without obtaining consent from the student or the student's parents or guardians:

a.       the student's name, age, enrollment status, address, and telephone number

b.       the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of the student's parents or guardians

c.       the student's date and place of birth

d.       the student's grade level and fields of study

e.       the student's participation in officially recognized activities and sports

f.       the weight and height of members of athletic teams

g.       the dates of attendance and the building attended in the District

h.      degrees, honors, and awards received by the student

i.       the most previous educational agency or institution attended by the student

j.       Photographs and likenesses of the student

HOWEVER, if an authorized student, parent or guardian notifies the building principal or Superintendent in writing by the start of each school year [or within ten (10) calendar days of enrolling in the District if a student enters after the start of the school year] that he/she does not want any of the above-listed items to be considered directory information capable of being disclosed without consent, then such information shall not be released with respect to that student without consent as provided for in section (H)(2).

              2.              Other Personally Identifiable Information.

The District shall protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information at collection, storage, disclosure and destruction stages.  The District and its officials or employees shall not release, transfer or communicate or permit to be released, transferred or communicated any student record or personally identifiable information about a student, except directory information as provided in section (H)(1) to any person, institution or agency other than those persons specified in section (F)(1) without obtaining written consent or a written request from the authorized student, parent or guardian.  The consent or request must be in writing, dated and signed by the consenting or requesting party and shall state the records or portions of the records to be disclosed and the person or class of persons to whom the disclosure may be made.  The requesting or consenting party may also request that a copy of the records to be disclosed be provided to the requesting or consenting party.  Such a copy shall be provided if requested, if the party is consenting to a disclosure and shall be provided upon payment of copy fees if the party is requesting a disclosure.  The fee shall not be charged if it would prevent the authorized student, parent or guardian from reviewing records.  Any record or personally identifiable information about a student which is released pursuant to this section shall be accompanied with a statement that the party to whom the information is disclosed will not disclose the information to any other party without the prior written consent of the authorized student, parent or guardian.

              3.              Juvenile Justice System.

The District will cooperate with the juvenile justice system in sharing information contained in student records regarding students who have become involved with the juvenile justice system.  The District will enter into an interagency agreement with the juvenile justice agencies involved.

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

The District may share any information with the agencies contained in a student’s record which is directly related to the juvenile justice system’s ability to effectively serve the student.  Prior to adjudication, information contained in the record may be disclosed by the District to the parties without parental consent or court order.  Information contained in a student’s record may be disclosed by the District to the agencies after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.  Information shared pursuant to the agreement shall be used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.

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

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

I.            Record of Requests and Disclosures.

The District shall maintain a record log which shall indicate parties (including institutions and organizations) who have requested and/or obtained personally identifiable information from the record, the reason for the request or disclosure, and the date of the request and/or disclosure.  The following need not, but may be, registered on the log:

              1.         requests by or disclosures to authorized parents, guardians or students pursuant to subsections (F)(1)(a) and (b).

              2.         requests by or disclosures to authorized school officials or AEA personnel pursuant to subsections (F)(1)(c) and (d).

              3.         requests for or disclosures of directory information pursuant to subsection (H)(1).

The record log shall be available for inspection by authorized parents, guardians or students.

J.           Notification of Rights Under This Policy.

              The Superintendent or his/her designee shall, at least once annually, preferably at the beginning of each school year or at registration, give to current students and their parents, a general notice of their rights under this policy.  The notice shall also include a statement that if an authorized parent or student feels that the student's rights have been violated under this policy, he/she may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.  The notice may be given in any manner calculated to apprise the students and parents, including by publication in a local newspaper, publication in a District newsletter, publication in the student handbooks or by special publication.  The notice shall be given in a parent's or student's native language.

K.           Copies of This Policy Maintained.

Copies of this policy shall be maintained in the Superintendent's office, in the Board Secretary's office, and in the office of each building principal.  Students, prior students, and parents may obtain copies free of charge upon request.

L.           Training.

 

The District will provide instruction to employees about rights and procedures under this policy.

 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1415 (b)(1)(A);34 C.F.R. Part 99; 34 C.F.R. 300.127, 300.501, 300.560-.577 General Education                                                                 

Provision 20 U.S.C. §1232g; 21.5, Chapter 22, 279.8,                                                                       

279.9A, 279.9B, 280.19A 280.24, 280.25, 622.10, 

Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), ; 41.123, 41.610-.626; 641 I.A.C. 7.7                                                 

 

 

 

00959331

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

506.1 Exhibit A – Annual Notice

Code 506.1
Exhibit A

Annual Notice

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

1.              The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 calendar days of the day the District receives a request for access.

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

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

                        Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the District to amend a record should write the school principal or superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it  should be changed.  If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.              The right to provide written consent before the District discloses of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

                        One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); or a person serving on the School Board. . A school official may also include a volunteer or contractor outside of the District who performs an institutional service or function for which the District would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the District with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from educational records, (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employee, medical consultant, or therapist) , volunteering to serve on an official committee such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or a parent, student or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

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

                        Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

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

                               Family Policy Compliance Office

                               U.S. Department of Education

                               400 Maryland Avenue SW

                               Washington, D.C.  20202-5920

FERPA requires that the District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, the District may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary.  Any student age  eighteen (18) or older or parent not wanting this directory information released to the public must make objection in writing by the start of each school year (or within ten days of enrolling in the District if a student enters after the start of the school year) to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER; NAMES, ADDRESSES, EMAIL ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS; DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH; ENROLLMENT STATUS, GRADE LEVEL AND FIELDS OF STUDY; PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS; WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OF ATHLETIC TEAMS; DATES OF ATTENDANCE AND THE BUILDING ATTENDED IN THE DISTRICT; DEGREES, HONORS AND AWARDS RECEIVED; THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT; PHOTOGRAPHS AND LIKENESSES; AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.

Any student age of eighteen (18) or older or parent may request that the District not release the student’s name, address, and telephone number to military recruiters and/or post-secondary institutions.

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

                        Confidential information shared between the agency and the District shall remain confidential and shall not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Revised:    ______________, 2013

 

00959797

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

506.1 Exhibit B – Release of Student Directory Information

506.1 Exhibit C – Request for Examination of Student Records

506.1 Exhibit D – Request of Nonparent for Examination or Copies of Student Records

506.1 Exhibit E – Authorization for Release of Student Records

506.1 Exhibit F – Request for Correction of Student Records

506.2 Student Photographs

Code No. 506.2

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

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

Parents will be notified prior to the taking of pictures by a commercial photographer for student "portraits."

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

543279

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, Code of Iowa                                                 
 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

506.3 Student Library Circulation Records

Code No. 506.3

STUDENT LIBRARY CIRCULATION RECORDS

Student library circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the District’s libraries.  As a general rule, student library circulation records are considered confidential records and will be released only in compliance with the Student Records policy. 

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g;                                                                                  

34 C.F.R. Part 99; 22.7(1), 22.7(13), Code of Iowa; 281

I.A.C. 12.3(6)                                                           

 

00959343

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507 Student Health and Well-Being

507.01 Student Health and Immunization Certificates

Code No. 507.1

STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATES

Students should have regular physical and dental examinations and vision screenings as required by Iowa law.  Students may be required to submit a health certificate.  Each student shall be required to present a certificate of immunization unless exempted by Iowa law prior to enrollment in the District or prior to being placed under competent private instruction which is not affiliated with an accredited school. 

Each student six years of age or older enrolling in elementary school, shall be required to present a certificate of testing for elevated blood lead levels in accordance with the rules of the Iowa Department of Health, unless exempted by State law.

No student shall be enrolled in the District without adequate evidence of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola and rubella, unless exempted under Iowa law.  Students born on or after July 1, 1994, must also have evidence of immunization against Hepatitis B, unless exempted under Iowa law.  Students born on or after September 15, 1997 must also have evidence of immunization against varicella or have a reliable history of natural disease, unless exempted under Iowa law.  A student may be provisionally enrolled if the student has begun the required immunizations and continues to receive the necessary immunizations in accordance with state law.

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all students entering, advancing or transferring into seventh grade and born on or after September 15, 2000, shall provide proof of an adolescent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster immunizations.

Each student six years of age or older enrolling in elementary school, shall present a certificate that the student, no earlier than age three, had a dental screening in accordance with the rules of the Iowa Department of Health, unless exempted by State law.  Each student enrolling in high school, shall present a certificate that the student had a dental screening performed within the prior year in accordance with the rules of the Iowa Department of Health.

Upon enactment of applicable law, each student prior to entering kindergarten and again prior to entering third grade must provide evidence of at least one vision screening, unless exempted under Iowa law.

Each student participating in interscholastic athletics or cheerleading shall present a certificate annually to the effect that the student has been examined by a licensed physician, qualified doctor of chiropractic, licensed physician assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner and may safely engage in athletic competition or cheerleading.  The District may require additional health certificates from students participating in interscholastic athletics or cheerleading if a question arises regarding the student's health status.

A student who has been removed from participation in an interscholastic activity (athletic, dance or cheerleading) because of signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury shall not recommence such participation until the student has been evaluated by a properly licensed health care professional (physician, physician assistant, doctor of chiropractic, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist or athletic trainer) trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other brain injuries, and the Student has received written clearance to return to participation from the health care provider.  The District may require additional clarification and clearance before allowing return to participation.

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

135.17, 135.39D, 135.102, 135.105D, , 139A.8,     

, 279.8, 280.7, 280.13, 280.13C, 280.14, 282.3,     

Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), ,                          

31.2(1), 33.5, 36.14(1); 641 I.A.C.  Chapters 7, 51 and                                                                           

67                                                                             

 

00959346

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.02 Administration of Medication to Students

Code No. 507.2

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

Self-Administration.  Medications or food supplements that look like medications shall not be kept on students or in their personal belongings unless advance approval is given by a District nurse.  Students shall not self-administer medications or food supplements that look like medications at school, unless approved in advance by a District nurse with written consent of the parent or guardian.  By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases may self-administer their medication upon approval of their parents and prescribing physician without having to first demonstrate competency in self-administration.

Administration of Medications.  The following conditions shall apply to administration of medications (prescription and over-the-counter) or food supplements that look like medications by District personnel to students:

a.     Written consent of the parent or guardian, which is signed and dated, must be on file in the student health office for the District to administer a medication.  A Parental Request and Authorization form must include the following information:  Student name and birth date, name of medication, strength, dosage and time of administration, and the student’s physician and telephone number.  Over-the-counter (OTC) medications will be administered with a parent’s completion of the Authorization form if the medication is appropriate for the child as determined by the school’s licensed health practitioner.

b.     Only District nurses or employees who have evidence of completion of an approved course in medication administration shall administer the medication.  All requests for administration of new medications shall be reviewed by a nurse for the current usage and dosage before being administered.

c.     All medication shall be administered in the student health office when practicable.  All medications must be consumed in the presence of the designated school personnel.

d.     Medications shall be stored in the student health office or other designated location in a secured place in the original containers as dispensed or in the manufacturer’s container.  All labels will contain the name and strength of the medication, the dosage and time of administration or frequency, directions for special storage or administration procedures and the expiration date.  In addition, prescription medication labels will include the student’s name, the date prescribed, the prescribing physician, and the name and address of the pharmacy.  The nurse or other designated employee may contact the student’s physician if he or she has any questions regarding the administration of the medication.

e.     A written confidential record shall be maintained showing all medications administered, the dosage, the name, position and signature of the person administering the medication, the name of the student, the date, time, and method of administration, the prescriber, and any reactions or unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions.

f.      Acute cases, such as asthma, diabetes, and severe allergic reactions will be handled individually according to administrative rules and regulations.

g.     The nurse shall develop protocols for emergency situations involving medication-related reactions.

h.     Nurses may exercise their professional discretion in determining not to administer a medication or not to administer a medication in the dosage requested.  The parent or guardian shall be notified in such cases and a record signed by the nurse showing reasons for nonadministration shall be made.

i.      When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, and individual health plan will be developed.

Confidentiality.  Medication administration consents and records shall be kept confidential in accordance with Policy 506.1.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                

 

Legal References:

 

124.101(1), 147.107, 152.1, 155A.4, 279.8, 280.14,                                                                                 

280.16, 280.23, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. ,              

41.34(3), 41.404, 41.405, ; 655 I.A.C. 6.2; 657       

I.A.C. 8.32,                                                              

 

00959348

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.2 Exhibit A – Parental Request and Authorization for the Administration of Medication

507.2 Exhibit B – Record of the Administration of Medication

507.2 Exhibit C – Authorization-Asthma or Airway Constricting Disease Medication Self-Administration Consent Form

507.03 Communicable Diseases

507.03R1 Universal Precautions Regulation

507.04 Student Illness or Injury at School

Code No. 507.4

 

STUDENT INJURY OR ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, efforts will be made to notify the student’s parents or guardians by the school nurse or the principal as soon as possible after these individuals are aware of the incident.

The District, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have authorized school personnel present administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the parents or qualified medical personnel as quickly as possible.  An ill or injured student may be transported to a medical facility if school officials deem it necessary.  An ill or injured student will not be sent home without consent of a parent or guardian.

It shall be the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the Superintendent within twenty-four (24) hours after the student is injured at school.

Annually, parents shall be required to complete a medical emergency authorization form indicating the procedures to be followed, if possible, in an emergency involving their child.

Staff shall insure that all accidents occurring on District property or at school-sponsored activities are timely reported in writing to the building principal.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, 613.17, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.     

41.404(3), 41.405                                                    

00959362

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.05 Emergency Drills

Code No. 507.5

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Students will be informed of the appropriate action to take in an emergency.  Emergency drills for fire, weather, and other disasters shall be conducted each school year.  Fire and tornado drills shall each be conducted regularly during the academic school year with a minimum of two before December 31 and two after January 1.

Each attendance center shall develop and maintain a written plan containing emergency and disaster procedures.  The plan will be communicated to and reviewed with employees.  The emergency plan shall include:

·       Assignment of employees to specific tasks and responsibilities;

·       Instructions relating to the use of alarm systems and signals.  If combination visual and auditory warning devices do not exist, the plan shall include specific provisions for warning individuals with hearing impairments;

·       Information concerning methods of fire containment;

·       Systems for notification of appropriate persons and agencies;

·       Information concerning the location and use of fire fighting equipment;

·       Specification of evacuation routes and procedures;

·       Posting of plans and procedures at suitable locations throughout the facility;

·       Evacuation drills which include the actual evacuation of individuals to safe areas;

·       An evaluation for each evacuation drill.

School district personnel shall participate in emergency drills.  Licensed personnel shall be responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

100.31, 280.3, Code of Iowa                                    

 

 

00959363

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.06 Student Insurance

Code No. 507.6

STUDENT INSURANCE

All students, whether or not they are participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics or cheerleading, shall have the opportunity to participate in the health and accident insurance plan selected.

The cost of the insurance plan being borne by the student or his/her parents or summarization or guardians.

The purchase of student insurance shall be voluntary with the entire cost of the insurance plan being borne by the Student or his/her parents or guardians.  Participation in the insurance plan is not a contract with the District, but rather, a contract between the insurance company and the student.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.13, 280.14, Code of Iowa                       

 

00959364

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.07 Custody and Parental Rights

Code No. 507.7

CUSTODY AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

The Board of Directors recognizes that students are members of many types of families and that students may have parents who do not reside together or who do not reside with the students.  Disagreements and concerns arise from time to time among students' family members regarding custody and related issues.  The Board believes that such concerns and disagreements are the responsibility of the family members to resolve.  School employees should not be placed in the position of having to resolve or to "referee" such disagreements.  It shall be the responsibility of the family members to provide relevant written court orders to the District and the District shall follow said court orders, unless or until directed by the court otherwise, or in very unique circumstances if the District reasonably believes there is an imminent threat to health or safety.

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

20 U.S.C. §1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99; 279.8, Code of                                                                                 

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

 

 

00959365

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.08 Student Special Health Services

Code No. 507.8

STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

If a student requires special health services to be administered during school hours, licensed health care personnel, in collaboration with the education team, shall determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of the individuals to perform the health services.  As a result of this collaboration, a written health plan in accordance with State rules shall be developed.  If the student has an individualized educational plan (IEP) and is receiving special education services, the health plan shall become part of the IEP.  The plan shall be updated as needed at least annually.  There must also be on file the parent's or guardian's authorization to implement the procedure and a written statement by the prescriber detailing the specific method and schedule of the special health service.

Special health services do not include provision of first aid and routine medication administration.  The provision of special services requires ongoing professional health judgment. 

Parents shall provide the equipment, supplies, and necessary maintenance as needed.  Personnel responsible for the equipment shall be designated in the written health plan.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

256B.2, 280.8, 280.23, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.     

12.3(7), 41.12(6), 41.12(7), 41.86(2), 41.94(2), 41.96                                                                        

 

 

543298

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.08R1 Special Health Services

Code No. 507.8R1

SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

Some students who require special education need special health services in order to participate in the educational program.  These students shall receive special health services in accordance with their individualized education program.  (IEP)

A.    Definitions

       “Assignment and delegation” - occurs when licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of individuals performing the health services.  Primary consideration is given to the recommendation of the licensed health personnel.  Each designation considers the student's special health service.  The rationale for the designation is documented.

       “Co-administration” - the eligible student's participation in the planning, management and implementation of the student's special health service and demonstration of proficiency to licensed health personnel.

       “Educational program” - includes all school curricular programs and activities both on and off school grounds.

       “Education team” - may include the eligible student, the student's parent, administrator, teacher, licensed health personnel, and others involved in the student's educational program.

       “Health assessment” - health data collection, observation, analysis, and interpretation relating to the eligible student's educational program.

       “Health instruction” - education by licensed health personnel to prepare qualified designated personnel to deliver and perform special health services contained in the eligible student's health plan.  Documentation of education and periodic updates shall be on file at school.

       “Individual health plan” - the confidential, written, preplanned and ongoing special health service in the educational program.  It includes assessment, planning, implementation, documentation, evaluation, and a plan for emergencies.  The plan is updated as needed and at least annually.  Licensed health personnel develop this written plan with the education team.

       “Licensed health personnel” - includes licensed registered nurse, licensed physician, and other licensed health personnel legally authorized to provide special health services and medications.

       “Prescriber” - licensed health personnel legally authorized to prescribe special health services and medications.

       “Qualified designated personnel” - persons instructed, supervised and competent in implementing the eligible student's health plan.

       “Special health services” - includes, but is not limited to, services for eligible students whose health status (stable or unstable) requires:

·      Interpretation or intervention, or

·      Administration of health procedures and health care, or

·      Use of a health device to compensate for the reduction or loss of a body function.

       “Supervision” - the assessment, delegation, evaluation and documentation of special health services by licensed health personnel.  Levels of supervision include situations in which licensed health personnel are:

·      physically present, or

·      available at the same site, or

·      available on call.

B.      Licensed Health Personnel

       Licensed heath personnel shall provide special health services under the auspices of the school.  However, the District shall not be required to provide medical services which are the responsibility of the family.  Duties of the licensed personnel include the duty to:

·      Participate as a member of the education team.

·      Provide the health assessment.

·      Plan, implement and evaluate the written individual health plan.

·      Plan, implement and evaluate special emergency health services.

·      Serve as liaison and encourage participation and communication with health service agencies and individuals providing health care.

·      Provide health consultation, counseling and instruction with the eligible student, the student's parent and the staff in cooperation and conjunction with the prescriber.

·      Maintain a record of special health services.  The documentation includes the eligible student's name, special health service, prescriber or person authorizing, date and time, signature and title of the person providing the special health service and any unusual circumstances in the provision of such services.

·      Report unusual circumstances to the parent, school administration, and prescriber.

·      Assign and delegate to, instruct, provide technical assistance and supervise qualified designated personnel.

·      Update knowledge and skills to meet special health service needs.

C.   Records

       Prior to the provision of special health services the following shall be on file:

·      Written statement by the prescriber detailing the specific method and schedule of the special health service, when indicated.

·      Written statement by the student's parent requesting the provision of the special health service.

·      Written report of the preplanning staffing or meeting of the education team.

·      Written individual health plan available in the health record and integrated into the IEP or IFSP.

D.    Rationale

       Licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, shall determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of individuals performing the special health services.  The documented rationale shall include the following:

·      Analysis and interpretation of the special health service needs, health status stability, complexity of the service, predictability of the service outcome and risk of improperly performed service.

·      Determination that the special health service, task, procedure or function is part of the person's job description.

·      Determination of the assignment and delegation based on the student's needs.

·      Review of the designated person's competency.

·      Determination of initial and ongoing level of supervision required to ensure quality services.

E.    Supervision

       Licensed health personnel shall supervise the special health services, define the level of supervision and document the supervision.

F.    Delegation

       Licensed health personnel shall instruct qualified designated personnel to deliver and perform special health services contained in the eligible individual health plan.  Documentation of instruction and periodic updates shall be on file at school.

G.   Parental Responsibility

       Parents shall provide the usual equipment, supplies and necessary maintenance for such.  The equipment shall be stored in a secure area.  The personnel responsible for the equipment shall be designated in the individual health plan.

 

 

Adopted:  December 9, 2002

 

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507.09 Health Screenings

Code No. 507.9

HEALTH SCREENINGS

The Superintendent shall approve a program for health screenings of students.  Such screenings must be carried out by properly authorized personnel.  Parents and guardians will be notified in advance of the proposed screening and may request that their children not participate.

 

 

543291

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

543300

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.7, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C.       

12.3(11), 41.96                                                        

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.10 Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Students by School Personnel

Code No. 507.10

INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE
OF STUDENTS BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District that school employees not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students.  Any school employee who commits such acts is subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including discharge.

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District to respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by school employees by investigating or arranging for full investigation of any allegation, and to do so in a reasonably prudent manner.  The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible.  All employees are required to assist in the investigation when requested to provide information, and to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting and investigating process.

The Decorah Community School District has appointed level-one investigators and alternates, and has arranged for or contracted with a trained, experienced professional to serve as the level-two investigator.  The level-one investigators and alternates will be provided training in the conducting of an investigation at the expense of the Decorah Community School District.

 

Date of Last Review:  June, 2013

 

Date of Revision:

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

278.8, 280.17, Chapter 709, 728.12(1),                   
Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapter 102, Chapter 103;                                                                                 

441 I.A.C. 175.1                                                      

 

00959367

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507.10R1 Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Students by School Personnel

Code 507.10R1

Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Students by School Personnel

A.        Designation of Level One Investigators.  The Superintendent shall recommend to the Board of Directors, and the Board shall appoint, each year at least one person to serve as the District's Level One investigator and at least one person to serve as an alternate.  The names and/or positions and telephone numbers of the investigators and alternates will then be posted in each school building and communicated through student handbooks or a newspaper to District parents.

B.        Designation of Level Two Investigators.  The District will refer complaints to the Decorah Police Department or to other law enforcement agencies for a second level of investigation, if necessary.

C.        General.  The Level One investigator, upon receipt of a report alleging abuse, should refer to the Iowa Department of Education rules at 281 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 102 and to the Department of Education booklet entitled "Model Policy on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Model Policy and Rules on Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Abuse of Students by School Employees."  The Level One investigator should consult with the District's legal counsel to ascertain if any changes have been made to the procedures.

D.        Jurisdiction.  These procedures only cover situations where all of conditions 1-4 are met:

            1.         The alleged perpetrator is an employee of the District at the time of the making of the report.  ("Employee" includes persons actually employed by the District, persons serving as volunteers for the District, and persons employed by an agency to provide services to District students, such as AEA personnel working at the District.)

            2.         The alleged victim must have been a student of the District at the time of the alleged abuse.

            3.         The alleged abuse must have occurred on school grounds, during school time, on a school-sponsored activity, or in another school-related context.  For example, a teacher who abuses a student from his/her class while tutoring the student at the teacher's home would be in a school-related context.  However, abuse by a bus driver to a student the driver does not transport and knows primarily through the neighborhood is not covered by these procedures.

            4.         The alleged abuse must be physical or sexual abuse as defined in Department of Education rules and these procedures.  Mental or verbal abuse is not covered by these procedures.

            5.         Note:  Allegations of abuse of students by school employees which are not covered by these rules shall be investigated by the responsible building principal or other District-designated person, but the requirements of these procedures need not be followed.  For example, an allegation that a student was inappropriately physically disciplined by an employee, but which did not lead to physical injury visible for at least 24 hours, should be investigated and appropriate remedial action taken, if necessary.

E.         Filing of Reports of Abuse of Students by School Employees.

            1.         Any person may file a written report of abuse of a student by a school employee.  (The District requires that any District employee who is aware of, or reasonably suspects, that an employee has abused a student must report this to the Level One investigator in writing.)  The person must sign the report.  A witness to the signing of the complaint who is at least 18 years of age, must also sign the report.  Any employee receiving a report shall immediately give the report to the designated Level One investigator or alternate and shall not reveal the existence or extent of the report to any other person.

            2.         The report shall be filed on the form prepared by the Iowa Department of Education.  If a written report is submitted in other form, the person shall be asked to complete the official form.  If a verbal report is made, the person shall have these procedures explained or shall be given a copy of these procedures and asked if he/she wishes to initiate the procedures by filing a written report.

            3.         If the person does not complete the form in its entirety, it shall still be accepted and investigated, as long as the form is signed and witnessed, gives the name of the student and of the employee and a description of the alleged abuse.  The Level One investigator should assist in completing the form, if necessary.

F.         Physical Abuse Allegations.

            1.         "Physical abuse" is defined in Department rules to mean nonaccidental physical injury to the student as a result of the actions of a school employee.  "Injury" occurs when evidence of it is still apparent at least 24 hours after the occurrence.  If there is evidence, although slight (e.g. a scratch, bruise, lump, etc.), 24 hours after the incident, the investigator should treat it as an "injury."  If there is no evidence of injury 24 hours after the incident, the investigator should dismiss the report for lack of jurisdiction.  However, the investigator should refer the matter to the employee's supervisor for investigation and follow-up.  [See D(5) above.]

            2.         Upon receipt of the report, the Level One investigator shall make and provide copies of the report to the person filing, to the student's parent or guardian if different from the person filing, and to the employee's supervisor.  These copies should be provided within one school day.  In addition, a copy of the report shall be given to the employee at the time the employee is interviewed.

            3.         The Level One investigator shall immediately review the report and determine if jurisdiction exists.  (See D above.)  If jurisdiction does not exist, the person filing the report and the student's parent or guardian, if different from the reporter, shall be notified.  The parents or guardians shall also be notified that they may contact law enforcement, contact private counsel, or file a report with the Board of Educational Examiners if the employee is licensed.  [Also, the matter may still be investigated by the District.  See D(5) above.]

            4.         If, in the Level One investigator's opinion, the magnitude of the allegations in the report suggests immediate and professional investigation is necessary, the Level One investigator may temporarily defer the Level One investigation.  In cases of deferred investigation, the Level One investigator shall contact law enforcement personnel and shall notify in writing the person who filed the report, the parents or guardians, if different from the reporter, the employee's immediate supervisor and the Superintendent of Schools, that the matter has been referred to law enforcement officials.

            5.         If jurisdiction is found to exist and subject to paragraph F(4) above, the Level One investigator shall interview the alleged victim, the school employee and any collateral sources who may have knowledge of the incident.  The employee shall be given a copy of the report at the time of questioning.  If the employee requests representation, questioning should stop until the representative is present.  However, the informal investigation must be completed within five school days of receipt of the report.  The Level One investigator should ask to receive records and/or to communicate with any treating physician or other professional.  It is suggested that written consent be obtained from the parent or guardian to receive the records.  Photographs may be taken of an injury, but if this requires the removal of clothing, consent should be asked of the parents or guardians.

                        The investigator shall exercise prudent discretion in the investigative process to preserve the privacy interests of the individuals involved.  To the maximum extent possible, the investigator shall maintain the confidentiality of the report.  However, it is recommended that the following individuals be apprised of the nature of the allegations and of the pendency of the investigation:  the employee's immediate supervisor and the Superintendent of Schools, and if assistance is desirable, the District's legal counsel (particularly to confirm procedural requirements).  The investigator should ask each person interviewed to maintain the confidentiality of the investigation.

            6.         The Level One investigator is to determine if jurisdiction exists and to determine by a preponderance of the evidence, whether it is likely that an incident took place between the student and the employee.  The Level One investigator is not to determine whether the force used was reasonable and necessary.  So, for example, if there is an injury evident 24 hours after the incident inflicted by an employee upon a student in the course of quelling a disturbance, the Level One investigator must refer the matter to Level Two.

                        "Preponderance of evidence" means reliable, credible evidence that is of greater weight than evidence offered in opposition to it.

            7.         Unless the investigation is deferred, within 15 calendar days of receipt of the report, the Level One investigator shall complete a written investigative report on the form provided by the Department of Education, and shall give a copy to the employee's immediate supervisor and to the Superintendent of Schools, to the named employee, and to the student's parent or guardian.  The person filing the report, if not the student's parent or guardian, shall not be given a copy of the investigative report, but shall only be notified that the investigation has been concluded and of the disposition or anticipated disposition of the case.  The investigative report shall give a general review of the investigation, but witness statements and interview notes need not be attached and all witnesses need not be listed by name.  The Level One investigator shall retain the original investigative report and supporting documentation.  The investigative report should not be placed in the employee's personnel file unless the Level Two investigator's report confirms the abuse, the employee admits the abuse, or the employee surrenders his/her license.

            8.         If the complaint has been withdrawn, the allegation recanted, the employee has resigned, the employee has admitted the violation, or the employee has agreed to relinquish his/her license, the Level One investigator may conclude his/her investigation.  Note:  If the investigation is concluded in this manner, it should be noted on the Investigative Report and copies distributed as specified in paragraph F(7).  If a licensed employee has admitted abusing the student or has agreed to surrender the employee's license, the Level One investigator shall file a complaint with the Board of Educational Examiners on behalf of the District and signed by the Superintendent of Schools.  If the licensed employee has resigned without admitting a violation, the Level One investigator shall discuss with the Superintendent whether a complaint should be filed with the Board of Educational Examiners.  The Level One investigator shall contact the District's legal counsel for assistance in filing the complaint.

            9.         If the Level One investigator determines that it was likely an incident occurred, and the employee has not admitted the violation, resigned, or agreed to surrender his/her license, the Level One investigator shall refer the matter to the Level Two investigator.

            10.       Upon receipt of the Level Two investigator's report, the Level One investigator shall forward copies of the Level Two report to the student's parent or guardian, to the employee, to the employee's immediate supervisor, and to the Superintendent of Schools.  The person filing the initial report, if not the student's parent or guardian, shall be notified of the disposition of the case, but shall not be provided a copy of the Level Two investigator's report.

            11.       If the Level Two investigator concludes that abuse occurred by a licensed employee, the Level One investigator shall file a complaint with the Board of Educational Examiners on behalf of the District and signed by the Superintendent of Schools.  The Level One investigator should contact the District's legal counsel for assistance in filing the complaint.

            12.       The Level One investigator shall arrange, upon request, for counseling services for the student through the District's or the AEA's counseling services, or by referral (at parent expense) to community resources.

G.        Sexual Abuse Allegations.

            1.         "Sexual abuse" is defined in Department of Education rules to mean (a) any sexual offense as defined by Iowa Code chapter 709 or Iowa Code section 728.12(1), (b) encouraging the student to engage in prostitution, (c) inappropriate, intentional sexual behavior, or (d) sexual harassment.  This covers a wide variety of behaviors.

                        Chapter 709 prohibits the following sexual offenses:

                        -           §709.1(1)  Any sex act between persons when the act is done by force or against the will of the other (including threats of violence, while the victim is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep or otherwise in a state of unconsciousness).

                        -           §709.1(2)  Any sex act between persons when the act is performed with a participant suffering from a mental defect or incapacity which precludes giving consent or lacks the mental capacity to know right and wrong in sexual matters.

                        -           §709.1(3)  Any sex act with a person under 14 years of age.

                        -           §709.7  Using force, intimidation, or false pretenses to entice a person who is not a prostitute to enter a brothel with intent to cause such person to become an inmate there or to detain a person in a brothel against the person's will.

                        -           §709.8  For any person 18 years of age or older to perform any of the following acts with a person under age 14, unless married to the person, for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them:  fondle or touch the pubes or genitals of the child, permit or cause a child to fondle or touch the person's genitals or pubes, solicit the child to engage in a sex act, inflict pain or discomfort upon the child or permit the child to inflict pain or discomfort on the person.

                        -           §709.9  Exposing the person's genitals or pubes or committing a sex act in the presence of or view of a third person if done to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either party and the person reasonably should know that the act is offensive to the viewer.

                        -           §709.12  For any person 18 years of age or older to commit any of the following acts with a person under age 14, not the person's spouse, for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either:  fondle or touch the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus, or breast of the child, touch the clothing covering the immediate area of the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus, or breast of the child; solicit or permit a child to fondle or touch the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus or breast of the child, or solicit a child to do any of such acts.

                        -           §709.14  For any person 18 years of age or older who is in a position of authority over the minor to force, persuade, or coerce the minor, with or without consent, to disrobe or partially disrobe for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them.

                                    §709.15  For any nurse, counselor, psychologist, social worker or mental health provider to engage in any sexual conduct with an emotionally dependent client or for any school employee to engage in any sexual conduct with a student for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of the counselor or therapist, the client, the student or school employee, including, but not limited to, kissing, touching the clothed or unclothed inner thigh, breast, groin, buttock, anus, pubes or genitals.

                        Section 728.12 prohibits the following:

                        -           §728.12(1) persons from employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, coercing, permitting, or otherwise causing a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of a prohibited sexual act if the person has reason to know or intends that the act may be photographed, filmed, or otherwise preserved.

                        "Sexual harassment" is defined in Department rules and in Board policy 545 as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

                        a.         Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the student's educational opportunities or benefits; or

                        b.         Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting that student; or

                        c.         Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student's education by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

                        "Inappropriate intentional sexual behavior" is not defined in the Department rules and the Level One investigator will have to use his/her discretion.  It would include sexual language, inappropriate inquiries into the student's sexual activities, sexual innuendo, sexual social behaviors such as kissing or dating.

            2.         Upon receipt of the report, the Level One investigator shall make and provide copies of the report to the person filing, to the student's parent or guardian if different from the person filing, and to the employee's supervisor.  These copies should be provided within one school day.  In addition, a copy of the report shall be given to the employee at the time the employee is interviewed.  Caution:  See paragraph G(4) below regarding interviewing the employee.

            3.         The Level One investigator shall immediately review the report and determine if jurisdiction exists.  (See D above.)  If jurisdiction does not exist, the person filing the report and the student's parent or guardian, if different from the reporter, shall be notified.  The parents or guardians shall also be notified that they may contact law enforcement, contact private counsel, or file a report with the Board of Educational Examiners if the employee is licensed.  [Also, the matter may still be investigated by the District.  See D(5) above.]

            4.         The Level One investigator in cases of sexual abuse reports must determine whether the act, if true, would be a sex abuse crime.  Therefore, there may need to be a partial investigation, consisting of interviewing the alleged victim to determine if there is a crime.  The allegations made in the report may be sufficient to determine that, if true, a crime was committed.  If the Level One investigator determines that the act would be a crime, if true, the Level One investigator shall not interview witnesses, or give a copy of the complaint to the employee, or interview the employee.  Rather, the Level One investigator shall immediately notify law enforcement officials.  The Level One investigator shall notify the student's parent or guardian, the person making the report, if different from the parent or guardian, the employee's immediate supervisor and the Superintendent of Schools of the action taken in referring the matter to law enforcement officials.

            5.         If the Level One investigator determines that jurisdiction exists and that the act complained of is not a violation of the law, but constitutes either sexual harassment or inappropriate sexual behavior, the Level One investigator shall interview the alleged victim, the school employee and any collateral sources who may have knowledge of the incident.  The alleged victim must be interviewed no later than five days from receipt of the report.  The employee shall be given a copy of the report at the time of questioning.  The Level One investigator shall not interview the employee until after a determination is made that jurisdiction exists, the alleged victim has been interviewed, and a determination made that the matter will not be deferred.  If the employee requests representation, questioning should stop until the representative is present.  The Level One investigator should ask to receive records and/or to communicate with any treating physician or other professional.  It is suggested that written consent be obtained from the parent or guardian to receive the records.  Before interviewing a child in prekindergarten through sixth grade, the parent, guardian or legal custodian shall be notified of the date and time of the interview and of the right to be present or to see and hear the interview or to send a representative in the parent's place.

                        The investigator shall exercise prudent discretion in the investigative process to preserve the privacy interests of the individuals involved.  To the maximum extent possible, the investigator shall maintain the confidentiality of the report.  However, it is recommended that the following individuals be apprised of the nature of the allegations and of the pendency of the investigation:  the employee's immediate supervisor and the Superintendent of Schools, and if assistance is desirable, the District's legal counsel (particularly to confirm procedural requirements).  The investigator should ask each person interviewed to maintain the confidentiality of the investigation.

            6.         The Level One investigator is to determine if jurisdiction exists and to determine by a preponderance of the evidence whether it is likely that an incident took place between the student and the employee.

                        "Preponderance of evidence" means reliable, credible evidence that is of greater weight than evidence offered in opposition to it.

            7.         Unless the investigation is deferred, within 15 calendar days of receipt of the report, the Level One investigator shall complete a written investigative report on the form provided by the Department of Education, and shall give a copy to the employee's immediate supervisor and to the Superintendent of Schools, to the named employee, and to the student's parent or guardian.  The person filing the report, if not the student's parent or guardian, shall not be given a copy of the investigative report, but shall only be notified that the investigation has been concluded and of the disposition or anticipated disposition of the case.  The investigative report shall give a general review of the investigation, but witness statements and interview notes need not be attached and all witnesses need not be listed by name.  The Level One investigator shall retain the original investigative report and supporting documentation.  The investigative report should not be placed in the employee's personnel file unless the Level Two investigator's report confirms the abuse, the employee admits the abuse, or the employee surrenders his/her license.

            8.         If the complaint has been withdrawn, the allegation recanted, the employee has resigned, the employee has admitted the violation, or the employee has agreed to relinquish his/her license, the Level One investigator may conclude his/her investigation.  Note:  If the investigation is concluded in this manner, it should be noted on the Investigative Report and copies distributed as specified in paragraph G(7).  If a licensed employee has admitted abusing the student or has agreed to surrender the employee's license, the Level One investigator shall file a complaint with the Board of Educational Examiners on behalf of the District and signed by the Superintendent of Schools.  If the licensed employee has resigned without admitting a violation, the Level One investigator shall discuss with the Superintendent whether a complaint should be filed with the Board of Educational Examiners.  The Level One investigator shall contact the District's legal counsel for assistance in filing the complaint.

            9.         If the Level One investigator determines that it was likely an incident occurred, and the employee has not admitted the violation, resigned, or agreed to surrender his/her license or certificate, the Level One investigator shall refer the matter to the Level Two investigator.

            10.       Upon receipt of the Level Two investigator's report, the Level One investigator shall forward copies of the Level Two report to the student's parent or guardian, to the employee, to the employee's immediate supervisor, and to the Superintendent of Schools.  The person filing the initial report, if not the student's parent or guardian, shall be notified of the disposition of the case, but shall not be provided a copy of the Level Two investigator's report.

            11.       If the Level Two investigator concludes that abuse occurred by a licensed employee, the Level One investigator shall file a complaint with the Board of Educational Examiners on behalf of the District and signed by the Superintendent of Schools.  The Level One investigator should contact the District's legal counsel for assistance in filing the complaint.

            12.       The Level One investigator shall arrange, upon request, for counseling services for the student through the District's or the AEA's counseling services, or by referral (at parent expense) to community resources.

H.        Safety of Students.  The Level One investigator may recommend, or the Superintendent (or designee) on his/her own initiative may take, actions to protect the safety of the student(s) during the pendency of an investigation, including:

            1.         making arrangements so the student is not in direct contact with the employee.

            2.         removing the employee from service.

I.          Access to Records and Students.  The Level One investigator shall have access to educational records of the alleged victim.  The Level Two investigator shall have access to the student's records if the parent or guardian consents (or if the student consents if the student is at least 18 years old or enrolled after graduation in a post-secondary institution).  The Level One and Level Two investigators shall also have access to students and employees for purposes of investigating the allegations.  In cases of investigation of allegations of sexual abuse, the investigator shall notify the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child in prekindergarten through grade six of the date and time of the interview and of the right to be present or to see and hear the interview or to send a representative in the parent's place.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:  March 10, 2008

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507.10R1 Exhibit A - Complaint of Injury to or Abuse of a Student by a School Employee

507.10R1 Exhibit B - Report of Level One Investigation

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507.11 Student Wellness

 

 

Code No. 507 .11

 

STUDENT WELLNESS

 

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

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

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

The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; provide an alternate meal at no charge to any child unable to pay for lunch, regardless of income; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as "grab-and-go" or classroom breakfast.

Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, the school board, school administrators, community members and the general public, physical education teachers, and school health professionals may participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of this policy . The school district will maintain a local school wellness team comprised of such individuals. The local wellness team will develop a plan to implement this wellness policy and periodically review and update the policy. The team will designate an individual to chair the team and help with the implementation and evaluation of the policy. The team will report annually to the board and community regarding the content and effectiveness of this policy and recommend updates if needed. When monitoring implementation, school buildings will be evaluated individually with reports prepared for each building and the school district as a whole for review by the school board. The wellness team will designate building advisors to make sure buildings are in compliance with this wellness policy.

Specific wellness goals will be evaluated on a yearly basis by the wellness team, with review and oversight provided by the school board. Specific goals for nutrition education and promotion and procurement, physical activity, and other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness are set forth in Appendices A, B, and C, respectively. School food nutrition guidelines are set forth in Appendix D. The board will monitor and evaluate this policy as set forth in Appendix E.

The school district will be responsible to ensure that the public, including parents, students, and others in the community, are informed and updated about the content and implementation of this policy.

 

 

Date of Last Review: December 12, 2016

 

Date of Revision: March 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

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Nutrition Education AND PROMOTION and Procurement

 

The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in the procurement of foods that uphold the nutrition guidelines of food as presented in Appendix D and applicable state and federal laws, and to the greatest extent possible provide local, fresh and healthy foods. Nutrition education and procurement will support the values of local food being good for our health, our environment, our community and our economy.

 

Nutrition Education and Promotion:

 

•                is offered at each grade level to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;

 

•                is part of not only health education classes, but is encouraged with cross curricular  implementation.

 

•                includes developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste-testing, farm visits and school gardens ;

 

•                promotes fruits , vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods and health-enhancing nutrition practices with a focus on locally produced foods;

 

•                emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and physical activity;

 

•                correlates with school meal programs, other foods and nutrition-related community services; and,

 

•                includes training for teachers and other staff. Food Procurement:

Food Procurement:

•                The District shall source unprocessed locally grown or raised agricultural foods, within 150 miles, to the greatest extent possible, including school grown products (from school gardens), and menus will be developed to compliment local growing seasons and availability of foods.

 

·                If the cost of unprocessed locally grown or raised agricultural food products is at or below 15% of comparably sourced foods, the district may use geographic preference for the procurement of local foods.

 

·               The District will reach out to neighboring school districts to purchase locally grown food cooperatively, whenever possible, in order to increase the amount of products purchased from local farms and lower food costs.

 

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·                The District will support and maintain school gardens that will serve as instructional tools for nutrition education, as well as encouraging curriculum integration into other content areas.

 

·               The school gardens will also provide local fruits and vegetables to be incorporated into the District's school lunch. Products from the garden that are utilized by the District's Food Service will be reimbursed to the school garden fund at % the market value in order to provide sustainability for the garden projects.

 

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Physical Activity

 

Physical Education

 

The school district will provide physical education that:

 

•                is for all students in grades K-12 for the entire school year, except as otherwise  provided by law;

 

•                is taught by a certified physical education teacher;

•                                includes students with disabilities as they are physically able (students with special health-care needs may be provided physical education in alternative educational settings);and,

 

•                engages students in moderate to vigorous activity, on average, 50 percent of physical education class time.

 

Daily Wellness Time (unstructured movement time)

 

Elementary schools should provide wellness time for students that:

 

•                is at least 20 minutes a day;

 

•                is preferably outdoors;

 

•                encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment

 

•                In addition, the district discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two or more hours) of inactivity throughout the school day. Teachers are encouraged to include physical activity within the classroom learning environment.

 

Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings

 

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

 

•                offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities;

 

·               discourage sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, etc.;

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·               provide opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons; and,

 

·               encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

 

·               When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

 

Physical Activity and Punishment

 

Employees should not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., wellness time, physical education) as punishment during the school day.

 

Physical Activity Requirement

 

Except as otherwise provided by law, physically able students in grades kindergarten through 5 shall engage in physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes each school day, and physically able students in grades 6 through 12 shall engage in physical activity for a minimum of 120 minutes per week in which there are at least 5 days of school. This requirement may be met by physical education classes, activities at recess or during class time, and before- or afteschool activities.

 

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Other School-Based Activities that Promote Student Wellness

Communication with Parents

 

The school district will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school district will:

 

•                encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the established nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages;

 

•                provide parents a list of foods that meet the school district's snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards and fundraising activities;

 

•                provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others  in the school community;

 

•                provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day;

 

•                support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school; and,

 

•                include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a web site, newsletter, other take-home materials, special events or physical education homework.

 

Food Marketing in Schools

 

School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. The school district will:

 

•                limit its food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually;

 

•                limit other school-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages;

 

·               promote healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low­ fat dairy products; and

 

·               consider other marketing activities that promote healthful behaviors.

 

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Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods Available on Campus

 

The nutrition guidelines for all foods available will focus on compliance with applicable federal and state laws and school district nutrition standards, and promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity

 

School Meals

 

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

 

•                be appealing and attractive to children;

 

•                be served in clean and pleasant settings;

 

•                meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by state and federal law;

 

•                offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains; highlight local food when available and appropriate;

 

•                serve only low-fat (1%) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non­dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA); fat-free chocolate milk will be available as an option one time per day at each grade level (K - 8)

 

School will:

 

•                engage students and parents, through taste-tests of new entrees and surveys, in selecting foods offered through the meal programs in order to identify new, healthful and appealing food choices; and,

 

•                share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students(The information could be made available on menus, a web site, on cafeteria menu boards, placards or other point-of-purchase materials.)

 

Breakfast

 

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

 

•                operate the breakfast program, to the extent possible;

 

•                arrange bus schedules and utilize methods to serve breakfasts that encourage participation,

 

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·               notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, where available; and,

 

·               encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials or other means.

 

Meal Times and Scheduling

 

The school district:

 

·               will strive to provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch;

 

·               schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; should not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;

 

·               will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and,

 

·               should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

 

Qualification of Food Service Staff

 

Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs. As part of the school district's responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:

 

·               provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals; and,

 

·               provide staff development programs that include appropriate certification and/or training programs for child nutrition directors, nutrition managers and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.

 

Sharing of Foods

 

·               The school district discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children's diets.

 

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Foods Sold Outside the Meal (e.g. vending, a la carte, sales)

 

All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs (including those sold through a la carte [snack] lines, vending machines, and student stores or regulated fundraising activities) on school grounds during the school day or through programs for students after the school day will meet or exceed the school district nutrition standards and be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

 

Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase a school lunch when eating with their child or pack a homemade meal.

 

Fundraising Activities

 

Regulated fundraising activities on school grounds during the school day must comply with the school district nutrition standards and be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The school district encourages fundraising activities that promote physical activity.  The school district will make available a list of ideas for acceptable fundraising activities.

 

Snacks

 

Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children's diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage.  Schools will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of meals, children's nutritional needs, children's ages and other considerations.  The school district will disseminate a list of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel and parents that meet the applicable nutrition content standards.

 

If eligible, schools that provide snacks through after-school programs will pursue receiving reimbursements through the National School Lunch Program.

 

Rewards

 

The school district will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through meals) as a punishment.

 

Celebrations

 

Schools should evaluate their celebrations practices that involve food during the school day. The school district will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.

 

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School-Sponsored Events

 

Foods and beverages offered or sold on school grounds at school-sponsored events outside the school day are encouraged to meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually following the applicable nutrition content standards.

 

Food Safety

 

All foods made available on campus must adhere to food safety and security guidelines.

 

All foods made available on campus must comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.

 

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Plan for Measuring Implementation

 

Monitoring

 

When monitoring implementation, school buildings will be evaluated individually with reports prepared for each building and the school district as a whole for review by the school board. The superintendent will ensure compliance with established school district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies.

 

In each school:

 

the principal will ensure compliance with those policies in the school and will report on the school's compliance to the superintendent; and,

 

food service staff, at the school or school district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent or principal.

 

In the school district:

 

the school district will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes.  If the school district has not received a SMI review from the state agency within the past five years, the school district will request from the state agency that a SMI review be scheduled as soon as possible;

 

the superintendent will develop a summary report every three years on school district-wide compliance with the school district's established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from schools within the school district; and,

 

the report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to all school wellness committees, parent/teacher organizations, principals and health services personnel in the school district.

 

Specific wellness goals will be evaluated on a yearly basis by the wellness team. The team will report annually to the board and community regarding the content and effectiveness of the wellness policy and recommend updates if needed.

 

Policy Review

 

To help with the initial development of the school district's wellness policies, each school in the school district will conduct a baseline assessment of the school's existing nutrition and physical activity environments and practices.  The results of those school-by-school assessments will be compiled at the school district level to identify and prioritize needs.

 

The school district will periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment on the implementation of the school district's wellness policy, including the extent to which schools in the

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District are in compliance with the policy, the extent to which the policy compares to model local school wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the policy.

 

Assessments will be repeated at least every 3 years to help review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement.  As part of that review, the school district will review the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and the provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activityThe school district will revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

 

 

508 Miscellaneous Student-Related Matters

508.1 Class or Student Group Gifts

Code No. 508.1

CLASS OR STUDENT GROUP GIFTS

The board welcomes gifts to the District from a class or student group.  Class gifts to the District require the principal's recommendation and approval of the superintendent.  The Board encourages students to consult with the superintendent or other licensed personnel prior to selecting a gift for the District.  Gifts must be formally approved by the Board prior to acceptance.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision: 

July 15, 2013                          

 

 

Legal References:

 

11.6, 279.8, 279.42, 280.14, 298A.8, 565.6, Code  
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508.2 Open Night

Code No. 508.2

OPEN NIGHT

In keeping with good community relations, student school activities will not be scheduled at the elementary or middle school buildings after the regular school hours on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.  High school activities will conclude by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  It shall be the responsibility of the building principal to oversee the scheduling of school activities for compliance with this policy.

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

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Legal References:

 

279.8 Code of Iowa                                                  

 

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508.3 Student Telephone Calls

Code No. 508.3

STUDENT TELEPHONE CALLS

Generally, students receiving telephone calls shall not be called to the telephone.  The administrative office in the attendance center will take a message and forward it to the student.  Only in an emergency situation will a student be removed from the classroom or a school activity to receive a telephone call. 

Students are to use the public phone for personal calls.  Students may use the telephone in the administrative office of their attendance center to make a telephone call for school related business.  Prior permission must be obtained from the principal or the principal's secretary.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

Date of Revision:

December 9, 2002                   

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Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14 Code of Iowa                                     
 

 

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508.4 Interscholastic Activities

Code No. 508.4

INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES

Students desiring to participate in interscholastic athletics, music, speech and other activities must meet eligibility requirements of the Iowa Department of Education and of the state-recognized governing organization for the activity.

All participants in interscholastic competition must abide by District policies, rules, regulations and directives, including those rules relating specifically to interscholastic participants.  (See Policy 503.6.)  Coaches and sponsors may establish training and participation rules for the participants.  Such rules shall be in writing and approved by the building principal.

A student, to be eligible to participate in an interscholastic contest or event, must be in attendance at school during the half-day of school immediately preceding the contest or event, unless the student is excused in advance for a medical appointment or family emergency.

All students desiring to participate in interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, or drill team shall present a current certificate signed by a licensed physician, qualified doctor of chiropractic, licensed physician’s assistant, or advanced registered nurse practitioner each year stating that the student has been examined and may safely engage in the activity.  A student shall not be required to submit to a physical examination if the student’s parents or 18-year old student submits to the principal an affidavit that the physical examination requirement conflicts with the tenets and practice of a recognized religious denomination of which the student is an adherent or member.

 

 

Date of Last Review:  June 2013

 

Date of Adoption:

June 15, 2013                         

 

 

Legal References:

279.8, 279.9, 280.3, 280.13, 280.13A, 280.14, 282.4,                                                                       

282.18(13), Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2(2), 12.3(8), 12.5(14), 12.6, Chapter 36                         

 

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