600 Educational Program

Educational Program
Series 600

600      Statement of Guiding Principles

600.1        Equal Educational Opportunities
600.2        Multi-Cultural, Gender Fair Program

601      School Calendar and Day
            601.1        School Calendar
            601.2        School Day

602      Instructional Curriculum

            602.1        School Organization

            602.2        Curriculum

            602.3        Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles

            602.4        Talented and Gifted Education

            602.5        At-Risk Student Program

            602.6        Teaching About Religion

            602.7        Teaching of Controversial Issues; Academic Freedom

            602.8        Global Education

            602.9        Health Education

            602.10      Physical Education

            602.11      Career Education

            602.12      Citizenship

603      Alternative Programs

            603.1        Compulsory Education; Competent Private Instruction; Dual Enrollment

            603.1E     HSAP Program Guidelines

            603.2        Foreign Study

            603.3        Instruction at Post-Secondary Education Institution

603.4             Shared-Time Enrollment

603.5             On-Line Courses

603.6             Religious-Based Exclusion from School Programs

604      Instructional Materials

            604.1        Instructional Materials; Reconsideration Procedures

            604.1E             Exhibit A - Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Form
            604.1E             Exhibit B - Appointment of Instructional Material Reconsideration Review Committee Form

            604.2        Technology

            604.3        Internet and Social Media

            604.3E             Exhibit A - Student Computer/Internet Usage Acceptable Use Policy

            604.4        Media Centers

            604.5        Use of Information Resources

605      Instructional Arrangements

            605.1        Homework
            605.2        Ownership of Student Productions

605.3Field Trips

605.4School Assemblies

605.5School Ceremonies and Observances

605.6Recognition of Holidays; School Parties

605.7Outside Resource People

605.8Animals in the Classroom

606      Instructional Services

606.1        Guidance and Counseling
606.2        Health Services

600.1 Equal Educational Opportunities

Code No. 600.1

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

No student enrolled in the Decorah Community School District shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in the District's programs on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status, parental status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity 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 interests, values, abilities, and potential.

It is the policy of the District to provide a free appropriate public education to each disabled student, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  It is the intent of the District to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act or who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans With Disabilities Act are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Due process rights of disabled students and their parents will be enforced.

Inclusion of minority and disabled students shall occur throughout the District's programs.  In order to monitor compliance and progress, District, attendance center, and course enrollment data shall be collected on the basis of race, national origin, gender and disability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018

 

 

Legal References:

 

216.9, 256.11, 280.3, 280.8, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), 12.2, 12.3(6), 12.5(8), Chapter 41; 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 300                                                                                 

 

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600.2 Multi-Cultural, Gender Fair Program

Code No. 600.2

 

MULTI-CULTURAL, GENDER FAIR PROGRAM

The District's educational program shall promote the understanding of and respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity of our society.  The educational program shall include consideration of the historical and contemporary contributions made by different racial and ethnic groups, by different religious groups, by persons with disabilities, and by other diverse cultural groups.

The District's educational program shall promote the understanding of and respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions made by both men and women to society.  The educational program shall reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women.

Prior to adoption of instructional materials, the materials shall be reviewed for stereotyping on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  The District shall attempt to avoid purchasing or utilizing materials with such stereotyping.  Where such stereotyping exists in instructional materials, it shall be brought to the attention of the students, and supplementary materials shall be used to offset the stereotyping.

Staff development activities shall include methods of instruction on a multi-cultural, gender fair basis.

Multi-cultural approaches to the educational program are defined as those which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, including race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, and socioeconomic background. The contributions and perspectives of Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, European Americans, and persons with disabilities, shall be incorporated into the educational program.

Gender fair approaches to the educational program are defined as approaches which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of women and men to society. The program shall reflect the wide variety of roles open to both women and men and which provide equal opportunity to both sexes.  The Middle School Principal or another administrator appointed by the Superintendent shall be designated as the District's compliance officer to monitor and evaluate compliance with this policy.  The multi-cultural, gender-fair educational activities and objectives shall be part of the District's comprehensive school improvement plan.  In updating the plan, input shall be received from parents, students, staff and community members, with input by men, women, minority groups and persons with disabilities.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

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Legal References:

 

216.9, 256.11, 280.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), 12.5, 12.5(8), 12.7                                                     

 

 

601 School Calendar and Day

 
 

601.1 School Calendar

Code No. 601.1

 

School Calendar

The District's school calendar shall accommodate the educational program of the District.  The calendar shall be for a minimum of 200 days and shall include, but need not be limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development and in service, and time for family-teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students shall be for a minimum of 180 days or 1080 hours in the school calendar.  Students requiring special education may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their individualized education plans.  The academic school year for students shall begin no earlier each year than August 23.

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

The superintendent shall have the responsibility for developing a school calendar to be recommended to the Board of Directors for approval and adoption.  The Board of Directors shall have the prerogative to amend the school calendar when the Board considers it to be in the best interests of the District.  The board shall hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018

 

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Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1                                                 

 

 

601.2 School Day

Code No. 601.2

 

SCHOOL DAY

For a 180 day calendar the student school day for grades kindergarten through twelve shall consist of a minimum of six hours, not including the lunch period.  The school day consists of the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the District.  Schedule modifications will be made by the superintendent.  For a 180 day calendar, time during which students are released from school for family/teacher conferences shall be counted as part of the student's instructional time.  The minimum school day shall meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools, and shall consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the Board.  Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the superintendent.

When school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies, that part of the day during which school was in session will constitute a school day.  For a 180 day calendar year, the District may also record a day of school with less than the minimum instructional hours if the total hours of instructional time for all grades one through twelve in any five consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the instructional staff, or as otherwise permitted by law.  If the total hours of instructional time for the first four consecutive days equal at least thirty hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the school District may record zero hours of instructional time on the fifth consecutive school day as a school day.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

September 15, 2014

 

Legal References:

 

256.7(19), 256.11, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1                                             

 

602 Instructional Curriculum

602.01 School Organization

Code No. 602.1

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION

 

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

            Elementary schools: the elementary schools shall consist of grades prekindergarten through 4.

            Middle school: the middle school shall consist of grades 5 through 8.

            Senior high school: the senior high school shall consist of grades 9 through l2.

The Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the superintendent, may revise the organizational structure.

 

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

 

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 275.1, 279.39, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C., 12.3(9)                                                           

 

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602.02 Curriculum

Code 602.2

Curriculum

The curriculum of the District shall:

  • fulfill the mission statement of the District.
  • reflect the educational and operational needs assessment of the District.
  • articulate (horizontally and vertically) courses of study from kindergarten through grade twelve.
  • identify standards, benchmarks, learning objectives, indicators of success, suggested activities, strategies, resources for each course, and, at the elementary and middle school levels, for each grade level.
  • provide for the assessment of the procedures and methods for achieving the benchmarks.
  • provide for objective monitoring and assessment of the students' progress.
  • provide for the needs of all students.
  • stress character qualities that will maintain a safe and orderly learning environment and that will ultimately equip students to be productive citizens.

The superintendent shall be responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective way for conducting research on the District's curriculum needs and attainment of goals and benchmarks.  Resource personnel will be asked to assist, and the superintendent shall appoint advisory committees as determined to be necessary.

The need for and value of a systematic, ongoing program of curriculum review, development and assessment is recognized.  The design, implementation and assessment of the curriculum will be consistent with the Board's stated curriculum goals and benchmarks and comprehensive school improvement plan.  The Board deems it essential that the District continually develop and modify its curriculum to meet changing needs.

While instructional differentiation is expected to occur to address the unique needs of specific students, instruction will be derived from a curriculum that is common to all students.  A primary consideration in all curriculum development, modification, implementation, and assessment shall be the establishment of an integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum that conveys multiple learning simultaneously in order to maximize educational benefits.  It is the expectation of the District that learning will be enhanced by adherence to an integrated curriculum that promotes continuity and cumulative acquisition of skills and knowledge from grade to grade.

The curriculum shall reflect the best knowledge of the growth and development of learners and the content of the various disciplines.  The curriculum is designed to provide the District's expectations of what students are to learn.  The planned and written curriculum shall be taught to District students, and students shall be assessed based on the adopted written curriculum.  Administrators will work with the instructional staff to maintain consistency between the written curriculum and the delivery of the curriculum.

The District will establish written criteria for determining the effectiveness of the curriculum at District, grade level, and classroom levels.  Assessments will focus on determining the extent to which students are achieving and maintaining their mastery of appropriate specific learning outcomes and the extent to which educators are effectively conveying the curriculum in the classrooms.  The Board shall review objective data and other indicators of student achievement deemed relevant as a guideline for determining the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 280.3, 280.12, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5, 12.8,                                                                 

 

 

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602.03 Use of Bicycles and Motor Vehicles

Code 602.3

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 Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

August 11, 2014                       

 

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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

602.04 Talented and Gifted Education

Code No. 602.4

TALENTED AND GIFTED EDUCATION

Special instructional programs and supportive services, unique materials, learning settings, and other educational services and activities which differentiate, supplement, and support the standard educational program shall be provided to meet the needs of those students identified as possessing outstanding abilities who are capable of high performance and who require instruction and services beyond those provided by the regular educational program.  Learning activities shall provide for the development of advanced skills, introduce advanced concepts and offer students a greater latitude of inquiry.

Students shall be appraised and identified for participation in the District's talented and gifted program by use of systematic and uniform identification procedures developed in accordance with state law and rules and regulations of the Iowa Department of Education.  At least one objective data source and at least one subjective data source shall be used in the identification process. 

 

Dave of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

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Legal References:

 

256.11, 257.42-44, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(12), Chapter 59                                        

 

 

602.05 At-Risk Student Program

Code No. 602.5

AT-RISK STUDENT PROGRAM

The District shall provide special assistance to students who have difficulty mastering the language, academic, cultural and social skills necessary to reach their educational potential.  The District shall maintain a program which includes strategies for identifying at-risk students.  The District's program shall encourage and provide an opportunity for students at risk to achieve their potential and obtain their high school diplomas.  The District shall incorporate educational program goals for at-risk students into its comprehensive school improvement plan, including objectives, activities, cooperative arrangements with other service agencies and groups, and strategies for parental involvement.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

  May 10, 2004                         

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 257.38-41, 279.51, 280.3, 280.14, 280.19, 280.19A, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(13), 12.8, Chapter 60, Chapter 65, Chapter 66                            

 

 

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602.06 Teaching About Religion

Code 602.6

Teaching About Religion

Since the contribution of religions to civilization is one of the crucial keys to understanding human history and development, the study of religious history and traditions should be part of the school curriculum and can play a vital role in enhancing an understanding among people of different religious backgrounds and beliefs.  Such study should give neither preferential nor derogatory treatment to any single religion or to religion in general, and should not be introduced or utilized for devotional purposes.  Furthermore, no religious belief or nonbelief should be promoted by the District or its employees and none shall be disparaged.  The District shall encourage all students and staff members to appreciate and respect each other's religious views and practices or lack thereof.

Criteria used to guide academic inquiry in the study of religion should seek the same objectivity and educational effectiveness expected in other areas of the curriculum.  In addition, materials and activities should be sensitive to America's pluralistic society and should educate rather than indoctrinate.  All instructional and other school-sponsored activities should meet the three-part test established by the Supreme Court to determine constitutionality:  (l) the activity must have a secular purpose; (2) the activity's principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion; and (3) the activity must not foster an excessive governmental entanglement with religion.

The historical and contemporary significance of religious holidays may be included in the program of education provided that such instruction is presented in an unbiased and objective manner.  The selection of holidays to be recognized or studied shall take into account major celebrations of several world religions, not just those of a single religion.  Holiday-related activities shall be educationally sound and sensitive to religious differences, and shall be selected carefully to avoid the excessive or unproductive use of school time.  Teachers shall be especially discerning in planning activities that are to take place immediately preceding or on a religious holiday.

Music, art, literature, and drama having religious themes (including traditional carols, seasonal songs, and classical music) shall be permitted if presented in an objective manner without sectarian indoctrination.  The emphasis on religious themes shall be only as extensive as necessary for a balanced and comprehensive study or presentation.  Religious content included in student performances shall be selected on the basis of its independent educational merit, and shall seek to give exposure to a variety of religious customs, beliefs, and forms of expression or lack thereof.  Holiday programs, parties, or performances shall not become religious celebrations or be used as a forum for religious worship, such as the devotional reading of sacred writings, or the recitations of prayers.  Student participation in a program or performance which involves personally offensive religious material or expression shall be voluntary.

The use of religious symbols (e.g. a cross, menorah, crescent, Star of David, lotus blossom, nativity scene, or other symbol that has religious significance) shall be permitted as a teaching aid, but only when such symbols are used temporarily and objectively to give educational information about an item associated with a particular religion. 

Expressions of belief or nonbelief initiated by individual students shall be permitted in composition, art forms, music, speech, and debate.  However, teachers may not require projects or activities which are indoctrinational or force students to contradict their personal religious beliefs or nonbeliefs.

District employees shall not participate in or arrange for religious invocations, benedictions or group-led prayers at school-sponsored activities.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

    January 10 , 2011                 

 

 

Legal References:

 

First Amendment to the United States Constitution; 256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.6, 280.14, 280.22, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(6), 12.5(8)                                

 

602.07 Teaching of Controversial Issues; Academic Freedom

Code No. 602.7

TEACHING OF CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES; ACADEMIC FREEDOM

 

For purposes of this policy, a "controversial issue" shall mean a topic of significant academic inquiry about which substantial groups of citizens of this community, state or nation hold sincere, conflicting points of view.  "Academic freedom" is the opportunity of educators and students to study, investigate, present, interpret, and discuss facts and ideas relevant to the curriculum and course being taught, giving consideration to the maturity level of the students.

It is the belief of the Board that when controversial issues are addressed in the educational program, such issues should be fairly presented in a spirit of honest academic freedom.  Students should recognize the validity of other points of view and should learn to formulate their own opinions based upon dispassionate, objective, unbiased study and discussion of the facts related to the controversy.

It shall be the policy of the District to encourage full discussion of controversial issues in a spirit of academic freedom that shows students that they have the right to disagree with the opinions of others, but that they also have the responsibility to base the disagreement on facts and to respect the right of others to hold conflicting opinions.

It shall be the responsibility of the instructor to present full and fair opportunity and means for students to study, consider, and discuss all sides of controversial issues, including, but not limited to, political philosophies.  It shall be the responsibility of the instructor to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or selfish propaganda of any kind through any classroom or school device.  Instructors may express their own personal opinions as long as students are made aware it is a personal opinion, that they may disagree without fear of reprisal or harassment, and so long as students are allowed to reach their own conclusions independently.

When controversial topics are addressed with speakers or special activities or programs, parents will be notified in advance.  Students will be told prior to the presentations the controversial nature of the issue(s) and the probable bias(es) of the presenter(s).  Alternative assignments will be provided for those students whose parents request that the students not participate.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                       

 

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DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

602.08 Global Education

Code No. 602.8

GLOBAL EDUCATION

 

Because of our interdependence with other nations in the world, global education shall be incorporated into the educational program for grades kindergarten through twelve.  Global education shall promote understanding of the world community and the interdependency of its peoples and systems -- social, cultural, racial, economic, linguistic, technological and ecological.  Global education shall be provided so that students have the opportunity to acquire a perspective on world issues and problems and an awareness of the relationship between an individual's self-interest and the concerns of people elsewhere in the world.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(11)                  

 

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602.09 Health Education

Code No. 602.9

HEALTH EDUCATION

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve shall receive health instruction.  Health instruction shall include, as age appropriate, instruction about personal health, food and nutrition, environmental health, safety and survival skills, consumer health, family life, human growth and development, substance abuse and nonuse, emotional and social health, health resources, prevention and control of disease and the characteristics of communicable diseases, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome, domestic abuse, current crucial health issues, human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, and interpersonal relationships.  Beginning no later than in middle school, characteristics and prevention of communicable diseases shall include information about sexually-transmitted diseases.

The administration shall annually provide parents and guardians with information about the human growth and development curriculum used in their child's grade level, the procedure for inspecting the instructional materials prior to their use, and of the parents' rights to request that their child be excused from the instruction.  A student shall not be required to take instruction in human growth and development if the student's parent or guardian files a written request with the principal that the student be excused from the instruction.  The student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

   January 10 , 2011                  

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.50, 280.3, 280.7, 280.9B, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5                                                 

 

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602.10 Physical Education

Code No. 602.10

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve shall be required to participate in physical education courses unless they are properly excused upon written request by their parents or guardians.  Valid excuses shall include that the student is physically unable to participate due to illness or injury or the student has been exempted upon religious grounds.  The school may ask for medical documentation for certain long-term illnesses or injuries.  Other excuses may be granted for students as determined by the district in accordance with applicable law. 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

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Legal References:

 

256.11, 280.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C., 12.5(2), 12.5(3)(f), 12.5(4)(f), 12.5(5)(f), 12.5(6)                     

 

 

602.11 Career Education

Code No. 602.11

CAREER EDUCATION

The Board of Directors recognizes that a goal of its educational program is to motivate and assist students to choose from among many alternatives the directions they will take after high school.  The educational program shall:

  • ensure that instruction is relevant to real-life concerns of students.
  • provide students with opportunities to explore the knowledge, skills, technical requirements, working conditions, and political and social environments and responsibilities of various career fields.
  • provide guidance services to ensure that students gain help in assessing personal interests, aptitudes, and abilities, in making career choices, and in planning an appropriate educational program.

The District shall provide a kindergarten though grade twelve curriculum that incorporates the total concept of career education.  The curriculum shall allow students to prepare for the occupational fields of their choice by providing them knowledge and skills that will help them to obtain entry-level employment in jobs not requiring advanced training, and continue education and training in post-high school institutions or in business and industry.  The curriculum shall include consideration of the needs of society, awareness of self in relation to others, exploration of employment opportunities, experiences in personal decision-making and experiences of integrating work values and work skills into the students' lives.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

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Legal References:

 

256.11, 256.18, 256.37, 256.39, 258.9, Chapter 258, 280.3, 280.9, 280.12, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(7), Chapter 46, Chapter 49                                  

 

 

602.12 Citizenship

Code No. 602.12

CITIZENSHIP

 

As part of the educational program, students shall have an opportunity to learn about their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as citizens of this country, state and school district community.  As part of this learning opportunity, students shall be instructed in the elements of good citizenship and the desirable role citizens play in their country, state and school district communities.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 256.18, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), 12.5

 

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603 Alternative Programs

603.1 Compulsory Education; Competent Private Instruction; Dual Enrollment

Code No. 603.1

 

COMPULSORY EDUCATION; COMPETENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION; DUAL ENROLLMENT

Compulsory Enrollment.  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 public or private 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 exempted by the Director of the Iowa Department of Education based on religious beliefs and principles of the child's parents or guardians; or

            g.         The child is receiving competent private instruction in accordance with state law and the rules of the Department of Education, either from a licensed teacher, or from a parent, guardian or custodian; or

            h.         The child is physically or mentally unable to attend school or the child’s presence would be injurious to the health of other students, proven as required by law.

Responsibility.  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.

Attendance for Entire Time.    The Board of Directors requires attendance of all regularly enrolled students for the entire time when schools are in session which shall be either 180 days or 1080 hours each school year, provided that students may be excused pursuant to the District's excused absence policy, and provided that seniors may be dismissed early.  Students who are dually enrolled in the District by enrollment in a course(s) in the District and in competent private instruction shall be required to attend for the entire time when the course is in session, unless the child is excused under the same terms as full-time enrolled students.  The Board of Directors requires instruction for 148 days each school year (July 1 - June 30) for students receiving competent private instruction, with attendance for at least 37 days each school quarter, which results in the student making adequate progress.

Enrollment in Accredited Nonpublic School.  If a nonpublic school located within the District boundaries is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, the Board secretary shall each school year, request a certificate and report in duplicate of the names, ages and grade levels of the students attending the nonpublic school who are of compulsory attendance age, during the preceding year and from the time of the last preceding report.  The report shall also identify all students of compulsory attendance age who were truant, the number of days of truancy, and the children who dropped out, withdrew from enrollment, or transferred to another Iowa school and the date their attendance ceased at the accredited nonpublic school.  Such certificate and report shall be delivered to the Board secretary within ten days.  The secretary shall retain one report and file one with the secretary of Keystone Area Education Agency.

Competent Private Instruction.  The law recognizes two options for competent private instruction.  The first option is instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.  The second option is instruction by a non-licensed person. 

Any parent, guardian or custodian whose child of compulsory attendance age is receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, not in an accredited school or home school assistance program operated by an accredited school, shall furnish to the District annually, by September 1 of the year of instruction, a report in duplicate for each child on a form (“Form A”) provided either by the District or otherwise available on the Iowa Department of Education website.  Any parent, guardian or custodian whose child is receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed person may, but is not required to, submit a report in duplicate for each child on a form (“Form A”) to the District, unless that student is seeking to be dual enrolled, in which case Form A must be completed and submitted to the District by September 1 of the year of instruction. The Board secretary shall file one copy and forward the other copy to the secretary of Keystone Area Education Agency. 

If the child is being placed under competent private instruction for the first time, with or under the supervision of a licensed instructor, the parent, guardian or custodian shall also provide evidence that the child has had required immunizations and a blood lead test if applicable. If the child is receiving competent private instruction for the first time by a non-licensed person, evidence of immunizations may, but are not required to, be provided, unless the student is seeking dual enrollment, in which case evidence of immunization must be provided. A home school assistance program operated by an accredited school shall furnish reports as required.

If a parent, guardian, or custodian decides, after enrolling a child in the District or in an accredited nonpublic school and after the deadline for filing the report, that he/she wishes to provide competent private instruction, the report shall be filed no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after removing the child from school.

A person who provides instruction to or instructional supervision of a student receiving competent private instruction shall be the student's parent, guardian, or legal custodian or a person who possesses a valid Iowa teaching certificate or practitioner license as a classroom teacher which is appropriate to the age and grade level of the student under competent private instruction.

Any parent, guardian, or custodian whose child of compulsory attendance age is receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed person shall furnish annually by June 30 of each year the results of the child's annual assessment/evaluation (either the results of a standardized test, portfolio assessment or submittal of a report card from an accredited correspondence school) to the Board secretary and to the Department of Education as required by law.  The District shall notify the parent, guardian or legal custodian who has selected the standardized testing form of evaluation of the times and dates when the tests will be administered and of the costs associated with the tests.  If standardized testing is utilized, it will need to be completed by May 1 of each year.  The Board Secretary shall annually report to the Iowa Department of Education by April 1 the names of all resident children who are subject to annual assessment and the form of assessment chosen by the parent, guardian, or custodian. 

The District may provide to children receiving competent private instruction who are not dually enrolled in the District and who are not in a District home school assistance program available texts and supplementary materials on the same basis as provided to enrolled students.  However, the District shall not be obligated to purchase additional materials.

Independent Private Instruction.  Independent private instruction means instruction that meets the following criteria:  (i)  is not accredited, (ii) enrolls not more than four unrelated students, (iii) does not charge tuition, fees, or other remuneration for instruction, (iv) provides, upon written request from the District superintendent in which the independent private instruction is provided, or from the director of the Iowa Department of Education, a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for the independent private instruction, and the names of students enrolled, (vii) is not a nonpublic school and does not  provide competent private instruction as defined herein, and (viii) is exempt from all state statutes and administrative rules applicable to a school, a school board, or a school district, except as otherwise provided by law.

No form is required to enroll a child in independent private instruction, however, a parent, guardian or legal or actual custodian choosing independent private instruction is advised to notify the District that it will be choosing this option to meet the compulsory attendance laws. 

Accountability of students’ progress under independent private instruction is the sole responsibility of the instructor and there are no reporting requirements to the District or the Department of Education.

Home School Assistance Program.  The District shall operate a home school assistance program in accordance with rules of the Iowa Department of Education.  The District administration shall establish program guidelines and expectations for participation in the Home School Assistance Program.   Personnel employed to operate the program shall meet licensure requirements for the grade levels and courses taught or supervised.  Students enrolled in the program may also request dual enrollment in accordance with Iowa law and District policy.  The District shall provide available texts and supplemental instructional materials on the same basis as they are provided to regularly enrolled students.

Dual Enrollment.  A parent, guardian, or custodian of a child receiving competent private instruction but not independent private instruction, may submit a request to the District for dual enrollment in accordance with state law and District policy, not later than September 15.  The forms for dual enrollment will be provided by the District.  The child shall be permitted to participate in academic activities and co-curricular activities available to children in the child's grade and group.  All eligibility requirements must be met the same as for full-time enrolled students, and the child shall be subject to all policies and administrative rules applying to the class and/or co-curricular activity.  The District shall provide available texts and supplemental instructional materials when a student is dually-enrolled on the same basis as provided to regularly-enrolled students.  If applicable fees are charged for regularly enrolled students in the class or co-curricular activity, that fee may also be charged to dually-enrolled students on the same basis as they are charged for the regularly enrolled students.  If the child is dually enrolled in the District, the District shall pay the cost of an annual test for purposes of evaluation if the standardized test option has been selected.  Otherwise, the parent, guardian or custodian shall be responsible for the costs of the evaluation.

Special Education.  A child of compulsory attendance age who is identified as requiring special education is eligible for placement under competent private instruction with prior approval of the placement by the Director of Special Education of Keystone Area Education Agency.  A child who is identified as requiring special education who is to be dually enrolled in the District shall be permitted to participate in academic activities and co-curricular activities on the same basis as students with the same level of disability who are enrolled full-time in the District and in accordance with his/her IEP.

Noncompliance.  The Board secretary shall report noncompliance with the reporting, immunization, attendance, instructor qualifications, and assessment requirements of the compulsory attendance law to the county attorney for the county of residence of the child's parent, guardian, or custodian.

Truants.  Students enrolled in the District who are absent without valid excuse shall be disciplined in accordance with District policy and rules and regulations.  In addition, the District shall attempt to find the cause for the child's absence and use every means available to the school to assure the child does attend.  If attempts to have a student attend school regularly are unsuccessful, and the student has been absent without valid excuse for a total of five or more school days during the year, the matter shall be referred to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution if the student is in grades 7-12 or shall be referred to the Attendance Cooperation Process if in grades K-6.  In addition, if required, the Board secretary shall report to the Iowa Department of Education the number of children who are truant or who have accumulated 15 or more unexcused absences during a three-year period and, so far as possible, the causes of the failure to attend.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                            

 

 

Legal References:

 

Chapter 259A, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3, Chapters 299 and 299A, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), Chapter 31    

 

 

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603.1E HSAP Program Guidelines

Code No. 603.1E

Exhibit

HSAP PROGRAM GUIDELINES

My goal is to let you know what you can expect from me as your supervising teacher as well as what I need from you to best support your family and to have a successful working relationship. Hopefully this information will be helpful for us as we go forward - here's to a great year!

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME AS YOUR SUPERVISING TEACHER:

I am available to:

  • Inform families of HSAP program polices and services on an as-needed basis.

Monthly newsletters and e-mails (HSAP Google Group) are the primary method of communicating our activities and services. From time to time additional information about an event or a change in policy may be conveyed via e-mail, text, an occasional mailing or phone calls.

  • Observe student progress.

I am required to determine that a student has made adequate progress each year.  Adequate progress is evaluated in light of the educational goals set by the parent, not the teacher.

  • Consult with and advise families on issues that arise. I am available to help with a variety of issues that include:

Lesson planning; Textbooks and supplementary materials; Setting educational goals and objectives; Teaching and learning techniques; Forms of assessment and evaluation of student learning; Diagnosing student strengths and weaknesses; Interpretation of test results; Planning; and Record keeping.

  • Provide encouragement to parents as educators.

I will be approachable and encouraging, respecting your decision to homeschool and your particular philosophy of homeschooling.

  • Provide encouragement to children as learners.

Although I serve primarily in an advisory role to the parent, I strive to grow in my relationships with the students I supervise as well.

I am further responsible to:

  • Contact families to set up contacts throughout the year.
  • Keep scheduled appointments
  • Promptly return phone calls, e-mails and letters.

Please keep in mind that I am employed part-time and have other commitments that may delay a response, but I strive to reply within 24 hours if at all possible.

 

WHAT I NEED FROM YOU:

The family will:

  • Determine the educational goals for the child.

Certainly, I can assist in this process, but the responsibility rests with the parent. We will discuss these goals at the first meeting of the school year.

  • Select and acquire educational materials in line with your goals.

Please remember that our public school curriculum and several additional science kits are available for loan, and Keystone AEA has a variety of educational materials as well. In addition, we have a growing library of materials available for loan.  Beyond that, the family has the responsibility for providing these materials.

  • Provide the direct instruction necessary to achieve your educational goals.
  • Inform the supervising teacher of their need for assistance.
  • Monitor the student's progress and provide evidence that demonstrates the progress made

This may include keeping a portfolio of work, utilizing test scores, or any other evidence of learning including daily assignments, notes, written papers, projects, etc.

  • Promptly return phone calls, e-mails, texts, and letters from me and keep scheduled appointments.

Please remember that there are quarterly contact requirements as a part of the HSAP program.

 

QUARTERLY CONTACT REQUIREMENTS:

 

Monthly meetings will cover our quarterly contact requirements. These requirements can be met in several ways:

  • Attending scheduled classes & events

Classes & field trips all count toward contact requirements.

  • Scheduling a regular monthly time to meet

If attending the classes/field trips won't work in your schedule or for your student(s), we will schedule a meeting each month to touch base face-to-face. You may also schedule a meeting at any time if you have questions, need help, or would like to talk about a specific concern.

  • E-mails, phone calls, & texts

These contacts may also count toward our requirements (however, at least half our contacts must be face-to-face).

MEETING INFORMATION:

 

  • At least one parent must be in attendance and present the entire meeting.

Since my main role is to be an advisor to you as the parent, your presence at our meetings is essential.   Student(s) are encouraged to be there as well, if possible.  It is policy to not meet with a student individually.   This is for everyone's comfort and protection.

  • Share what's working, what's challenging, and how I can help! 

Remember, I'm here to do what I can to help you do the best you can for your individual family!  If

there's anything I can help you find or ways I can encourage you, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS:

 

1. Monthly progress reports - proof of progress must be produced at each meeting and can include reading logs, Reading Eggspress progress, journals, papers, assignments in all subjects, etc.

2. Computer check-in - at any time, the district-issued computer may be requested and must be brought to the specified location for a check-in. All history must be left intact - any erasing of the history will result in the loss of the device. Computers are for school use only and are to be used in compliance with the district's computer use policies.

 

FAILURE TO MEET PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS:

 

If a student does not meet requirements for progress, including computer check-in appointments, the family will be given another chance to meet these expectations.  If the family misses another opportunity to show progress and /or required meetings, or fails to stay in communication with the HSAP teacher, the student(s) will be exited from the HSAP program and all district-issued materials (books, laptops and all hardware) will be returned within three days of exiting the program.

 

 

I understand and will comply with the above expectations as a part of the HSAP program for my child and all progress requirements.  I also understand that if my child does not meet these requirements, he/she will be exited from the HSAP program.

 

Parent Signature:                                                                                           Date:  ___________

 

GRADES 6-12:

I understand and will comply with the above expectations for the HSAP program and all progress requirements.  I also understand that if I do not meet these requirements, I will be exited from the HSAP program.

 

 

Student Signature:                                                                                         Date:  ___________

 

Date of Review:  April 26, 2018

01488091

603.2 Foreign Study

Code No. 603.2

FOREIGN STUDY

Students who wish to take courses outside of the United States for credit towards graduation from the Decorah High School must first obtain approval from the administration. 

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                       

 

670708

603.3 Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

Code 603.3

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

 

In accordance with this policy, students in grades nine through twelve may receive academic or vocational-technical credits that count toward the graduation requirements set out by the board for courses successfully completed in post-secondary educational institutions.  Students and parents or guardians shall be made aware of the post-secondary instructional opportunities as part of the development of each student’s individual career and academic plan as required by law.  The Superintendent or designee is responsible for developing the appropriate forms and procedures for implementing this policy and the following post-secondary educational opportunities:

Concurrent Enrollment

The board may, in its discretion, enter into a contractual agreement with a post-secondary educational institution to provide courses for eligible students in grades nine through twelve when comparable courses are not offered by the school district.  Notice of the availability of the concurrent enrollment program shall be included in the school district’s registration handbook, and the handbook shall identify which courses, if successfully completed, generate post-secondary credit.  Students shall not be charged tuition for concurrent enrollment courses, and shall not be required to reimburse the school district for tuition if they do not successfully complete a course. Students or their parents or guardians may be required to pay a fee for textbooks and other materials for the concurrent enrollment course to the extent permitted by law.  Students or their parents or guardians may also be required to provide their own transportation to and from concurrent enrollment courses to the extent permitted by law.  However, transportation shall be the responsibility of the school district for any contracted course that is used to meet school district accreditation requirements.

Students who successfully complete a concurrent enrollment course, as determined by the postsecondary institution, shall receive postsecondary credit in accordance with the contractual agreement and high school credit that will be reflected on their high school transcript.  The Superintendent or designee is responsible for determining the number of high school credits that shall be granted to a student who successfully completes a concurrent enrollment course.  

Postsecondary Enrollment Option

 

Eligible Students. Students enrolled in the Decorah Community School District in the eleventh or twelfth grades are eligible to participate in the postsecondary enrollment option (“PSEO”). Students in the ninth or tenth grade who have been identified by the District as gifted and talented students are also eligible to participate in PSEO. The students must be enrolled only part-time in the postsecondary institution and must continue to be enrolled in courses at the Decorah High School, including physical education (unless properly excused from P.E.).

Eligible Courses. PSEO must meet all of the following conditions to be considered under this policy:

            (a)        The course must be from an institution of higher learning under the control of the Iowa Board of Regents, from an area community college, or from an accredited private institution.

            (b)        The course must be a nonsectarian course.

            (c)        A comparable course must not be available at the Decorah High School. A "comparable course" is one in which the subject matter is substantially similar to a course offered in the District.

            (d)        The course must be a credit-bearing course that can lead to an educational degree at the postsecondary institution and must be taken for credit.

            (e)        The course must be in the discipline area of mathematics (including mathematical sciences, computer science and statistics), science (including astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, geology, physics and zoology), social sciences (including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology), or humanities (including literature, foreign language, philosophy, civilizations and history), vocational-technical education, or must be a course in the career options program offered by an area community college.

            (f)        The course must be offered during Decorah's normal school year; summer school courses are not eligible. However, students who have completed eleventh grade but who have not yet graduated may take up to seven (7) college semester hours of credit during the summer at their own expense and receive credit for the hours towards graduation.

            (g)        Courses at a postsecondary institution with which the district has a concurrent enrollment agreement are not eligible for PSEO.

Application. An eligible student wishing to enroll in an eligible PSEO course must submit an approved application form to the District and must apply at the postsecondary institution. The District must approve of the student’s participation, and all applicable requirements of the program must be met, before the provisions of this policy relating to payment of fees and credit are applicable. The student is responsible for applying and enrolling in the postsecondary institution and for informing the institution that enrollment is pursuant to the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act.

Fees. The District shall pay for each eligible course, directly to the postsecondary institution, the lesser of the actual and customary costs of tuition, textbooks, materials and fees charged by the postsecondary institution or $250. However, if the student fails to complete and receive credit for the course, and the student does not receive a hardship waiver from the District, the student is responsible for the costs of the course.

Credit. Eligible students successfully completing eligible courses pursuant to this policy shall receive credit towards the minimum credits required for graduation using the following equations:

College Semester                      College Quarter                        High School

    Hour Credit                               Hour Credit                                Credit      

      6                                                9                                     2 credits

      2                                                3                                    2/3 credit

Withdrawal from a postsecondary course shall be subject to the same rules as withdrawal from a District course.

Transcript. The grades received from the postsecondary institution will be recorded on the student's transcript, and will be calculated in the student's grade point average.

Transportation. Students and their parents and guardians shall be responsible for transportation. Transportation costs are not reimbursable.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

Chapters 258, 261E, 256.11, 279.61, 280.3, 280.14, 282.26, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. Chapters 12, 22   

 

 

01472803

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

603.4 Shared-Time Enrollment

Code No. 603.4

SHARED-TIME ENROLLMENT

 

Nonpublic School Students.  Upon approval of the Director of the Iowa Department of Education, or otherwise in accordance with law, students enrolled in private schools may be allowed to enroll in the District for specified courses when the courses are not available to them in the private school and provided the students have satisfactorily completed prerequisite courses or shown equivalent competence through testing.  The Board retains its authority to prescribe the terms of the enrollment.

Public School Students.  The Board may, by agreement with one or more other districts, provide for the attendance of District students in the other district(s) for the purpose of taking courses not offered by the Decorah District, or the Board may provide for students of another district(s) to take courses in the Decorah District.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

Date of Revision:

     January 10, 2011                 

 

 

Legal References:

 

Chapter 28E, 256.12, 256.13, 257.6, 257.11, 279.8, 280.13A, 280.15, 282.7-.12, Code of Iowa                  

 

670711

 

603.5 Correspondence Courses for Classroom Credit

Code No. 603.5

CORRESPONDENCE COURSES FOR CLASSROOM CREDIT

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

High school students may request enrollment in an on-line course(s) for the following reasons:

  • Credit recovery
  • Under-credited
  • Class reassignment
  • Skill-enhancement
  • Schedule conflict
  • Homebound instruction
  • Expulsion from the regular school setting

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

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

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

 

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Adoption:                                                        Legal References:

 

April 9, 2018                                                                Iowa Code 279.8 (2013), 281 I.A.C. 15

 

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603.6 Religious-Based Exclusion from School Programs

Code No. 603.6

RELIGIOUS-BASED EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL PROGRAMS

 

The Board recognizes the existence of various religious beliefs and acknowledges the American tradition of separation of church and state.  Parents who wish to have their children excluded from a school program or unit of study must inform the principal in writing, stating that the objection is based upon religious beliefs, stating specifically which activities or studies violate their religious beliefs and why, and the parents must propose an alternate supervised activity or study.  The administration shall have discretion to make a determination that an alternate activity is appropriate and that the student should be excused.  The factors to be considered include, but are not necessarily limited to, staff and space availability to supervise students, numbers of students to be excluded, appropriateness of the alternate activities, whether allowing the exclusion places the District in the position of supporting a particular religion, whether the program or activity is required for promotion to the next grade level or for graduation, whether the exclusion is disruptive to the education program or other school operations, and whether the exclusion infringes on a compelling state or educational interest.

Exclusion from physical education, physical activity requirements, health, CPR instruction, and human growth and development instruction shall be granted in accordance with law.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

01472836

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.50, 280.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(6)                                                                                 

 

 

 

604 Instructional Materials

604.1 Instructional Materials; Reconsideration Procedures

Code 604.1

Instructional Materials; Reconsideration Procedures

 

Definition.  The term "instructional materials" shall include printed materials, audio-visual materials, and computer-based materials, and shall include materials used in the classroom and available in the media centers.

Selection and Inspection.

Persons Involved.  The selection of instructional materials shall be delegated to the instructional staff, under the supervision of the administrative staff.  Material purchased for school media centers shall be recommended for purchase by the professional personnel of the media center in consultation with administrative staff and instructional staff.  All material recommended shall be approved by the building administrator.

Criteria.  In selecting instructional materials, the following criteria should be considered:

              1.              Instructional materials should support the goals of the District and the objectives of the curricular offering in which the materials will be used.

              2.              Instructional materials should be appropriate for the age, emotional and social development, and ability level of the students for whom the materials are selected.

              3.              Instructional materials should be diverse with respect to levels of difficulty, reader appeal, and should present a variety of points of view.

              4.              Instructional materials should meet high standards of quality in factual content and presentation.

              5.              Instructional materials should have aesthetic, cultural, literary, or social value.  The value and impact of any literary work will be judged as a whole, taking into account the author's intent rather than individual words, phrases or incidents.

              6.              Instructional materials should foster respect for men, women, the disabled, and minority groups and should portray a variety of roles and life styles open to people in today's world.

              7.              Instructional materials should be designed to motivate students to examine their own attitudes and behaviors and to comprehend their own duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in a pluralistic society.

              8.              Instructional materials should be selected taking into account instructional materials already available in the District in order to meet the above criteria and in order to replace materials worn, obsolete or no longer appropriate.  Professional staff shall provide for constant and continuing renewal of the collection not only by the addition of up-to-date material, but by the judicious elimination of materials which no longer meet needs or find use.

              9.              Other criteria as developed by the licensed staff under the supervision of the administrative staff.

Inspection.  Persons may request to view instructional materials used in the District by filing a request with the building principal.  All instructional materials, including teachers' manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with instruction on human growth and development or which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any federally-funded program must be available for inspection by parents.

Reconsideration of Instructional Material

Persons.  Any student, parent or guardian, staff member, or resident may raise an objection to or ask for reconsideration of instructional materials or the manner in which they are being used by using the following procedures.

Procedures.

              1.              The person shall first meet with the licensed staff member who is using the instructional material in an attempt to resolve the matter informally.  The licensed staff member shall notify the building principal that a request for reconsideration has been made.  The licensed staff member may attempt to resolve the matter by offering alternative instructional materials to a student if the student or student's parent or guardian files the request.

              2.              In the event the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the person requesting reconsideration must submit to the building principal a formal written request for reconsideration on a form provided by the building principal.

              3.              The building principal shall appoint a temporary review committee to review the request for reconsideration.  The review committee shall be comprised of an administrator (not from the building) as chairperson, a media professional (if the objection or request is made to instructional material available in the media center, the media professional shall be from a different building), two teachers, including one member, if possible, from the department where the materials are being used (but shall not include the teacher who held the informal meeting), two residents of the District, and one secondary student.

              4.              Within thirty (30) days of the filing of the written request for reconsideration, the review committee shall meet in open session with the objector and the licensed staff member who held the informal meeting and any other person the review committee shall request to attend.  Prior to said meeting, the review committee shall review the instructional material.

              5.              Following the meeting with the objector and the licensed staff member, the review committee shall deliberate and shall prepare a recommendation to the building principal.  The recommendation shall be in writing and shall be delivered (by personal delivery or by mail) to the building principal, the objector, and the licensed staff member within fifteen (15) days of the deliberation.

              6.              The review committee may recommend that:

                               a.                     the instructional material be retained and used as planned; or

                               b.                     all or part of the instructional material be withdrawn; or

                               c.                     all or part of the instructional material be limited in its use; or

                               d.                     a different method of presentation of the instructional material be utilized.

              7.              The building principal, within ten days of receipt of the recommendation, shall issue a written decision on the request for reconsideration and shall deliver (by personal delivery or by mail) a copy of the decision to the objector, to the licensed staff member who held the informal meeting, to the chair of the review committee, and to the Superintendent for transmittal to the Board of Directors.  The principal may adopt, reverse or modify the decision of the review committee.  The objector or licensed staff member may appeal the decision pursuant to Board policy 204.11 starting with the Superintendent.

Withdrawal.  Instructional materials shall not be removed or withdrawn from use during the pendency of the review process except upon three-fourths vote of the entire membership of the review committee and approval of the building principal, who shall state compelling reasons in writing for such action.  The review committee may recommend that a particular student or group of students be provided alternative instructional materials during the pendency of the review upon a majority vote of the entire membership of the review committee.

Criterion.  The sole criterion for decisions shall be the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use.

Elimination and Replacement of Instructional Materials.  The District shall provide for the regular "weeding" and elimination of instructional materials (both classroom and media center materials).  The media specialist may remove materials which are no longer important for meeting District goals and curriculum objectives.  The advice of instructional personnel, students and community members may be sought.  No materials shall be withdrawn or discarded merely because they contain controversial opinions.  Infrequently used materials should be retained if they contribute to the excellence of the collection as a whole.  Classroom instructional materials may be removed from inventory when they are no longer important to the instructional program, following general selection and replacement guidelines.

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 279.50, 280.3, 280.6, 280.14, Chapter 301, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(12), 12.5(8), 12.5(16),           

 

 

01462695

604.1 Exhibit A - Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Form

Name of Person Requesting Reconsideration:                                                                                        

Address:                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                           

Telephone Number:                                                                                                                             

Email Address:                                                                                                                                    

Building Where Material Used:                                                                                                             

Grade Level:                                                                                                                                        

Course or Media Center:                                                                                                                       

Instructor’s Name:                                                                                                                               

Material Being Asked to Be Reconsidered:                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                           

Basis for Your Request:                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                           

Remedy Requested (Removal, Different Instructional Approach, Limited Access, etc.):                           

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                           

 

                                                                                                                                                           
Signature                                                                                  Date

 

543335

 

604.1 Exhibit B - Appointment of Instructional Material Reconsideration Review Committee

APPOINTMENT OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL
RECONSIDERATION REVIEW COMMITTEE

The following persons are appointed to serve on the Decorah Temporary Instructional Material Review Committee to consider the request made by                                                                                                                        on                                           (date) regarding the following instructional material(s):

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                    Administrator and Chair

                                                                                    Media Professional

                                                                                    Teacher

                                                                                    Teacher

                                                                                    District Resident

                                                                                    District Resident

                                                                                    Secondary Student

 

The review committee shall meet with the person(s) requesting reconsideration and with the licensed staff member utilizing the material and shall issue a recommendation to me.

 

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                        Building Principal

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                        Date

 

 

 

 

543336

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Uploaded Files: 

604.2 Technology

Code No. 604.2

TECHNOLOGY

The Board of Directors supports the use of technology in the delivery of the educational program.  The Board encourages the instructional staff, under the direction of the administration, to utilize instructional television, audio-visual materials, computers, tablets, internet, word processing equipment and other technological advances as a part of the regular curriculum and school activity program.  The District shall incorporate its plan for the use of technology in the curriculum, including providing training for the understanding and use of current technology by staff and students, and demonstrated use of technology, to meet its student learning goals in its comprehensive school improvement plan.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

01462697

 

Legal References:

 

256.7, 256.11, 256.33, 256.37, 280.3, 280.12, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C., 12.5(4) 12.5(10), 12.8, Chapter 15                                                                

 

 

604.3 Internet

Code No. 604.3

INTERNET

Telecommunications, electronic information sources, networked services, and social media significantly alter the information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a broader array of resources and by enabling students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world.  The Board of Directors recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred by members of society, those changes will also alter instruction and student learning.

While instructional and library media materials can usually be screened based on selection criteria prior to use, the new sources of information are not always capable of being screened in advance.  Because the global network leads to any publicly available fileserver in the world, telecommunications may open classrooms to electronic information resources which have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.  Further, students may find ways to access other materials as well.  The Board of Directors believes, however, that the benefits to students and staff from access to information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the possible disadvantages.  The Board of Directors supports access by students and staff members to a variety of information resources.

The instructional staff shall use such information resources throughout the curriculum and provide guidance and instruction in order for the students to analyze and evaluate such resources.  The staff should honor, as much as possible, guidelines for instructional material selection while working with students in the new technologies.

Because technology is a vital part of the District curriculum, the Internet will be made available to employees and students.  Appropriate and equitable use of the Internet will allow employees and students to access resources unavailable through traditional means.  Employees and students will be instructed on the appropriate use of the Internet.

Students and employees will be able to access Internet through individual accounts, and electronic mail addresses may be issued to students and employees.  Additionally, teachers may utilize social media platforms as part of the classroom communication.  Independent use of telecommunications and electronic information resources will only be permitted upon the signing of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy.  Failure to conform with the terms and conditions of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy or other applicable school policy or law may lead to disciplinary action of the employee or student and may also lead to the withdrawal of the privilege to have independent access to the Internet.  Ultimately, parents and guardians of students are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when independently using telecommunications resources, social media and information sources.  To that end, the Decorah Community School District supports and respects each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for independent access to the Internet.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

01462698

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.5(4), 12.5(10)                                                        

 

 

604.3 Exhibit A - Student Computer/Internet Usage Acceptable Use Policy

Code 604.3
Exhibit A

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
STUDENT COMPUTER/INTERNET USAGE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

All of the District’s automated systems, including electronic mail, internet access and electronic storage systems, are District property, and are not confidential.  The District has the right to access, review, copy, modify, and delete any information transmitted through or stored in the system, including e-mail messages, web postings, and other online communications.  Files containing personal information of a student are treated no differently than the District’s other files, and the student has no expectation of privacy in such materials.

Internet access is available to students in the Decorah Community School District.  The internet is an electronic highway connecting millions of computers and individual subscribers all over the world.  With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting.  On a global network, it is impossible to control all materials, and a user may discover controversial information.  The District believes that the valuable information and interaction available on the internet far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational objectives of the District.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks.  In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end user who must adhere to strict guidelines.  These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the responsibilities they must undertake when accessing the District’s network resources.  In general, students are required to make efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources.  If a District user violates any of these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and further discipline may be imposed.

1)         Acceptable Use.  The purpose of the Decorah Community School District’s internet access is to support research and education consistent with District goals and objectives by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.  The use of a student account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the District.  Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network; however, students remain subject to the District’s general rules governing legal and ethical behavior when using such resources on District property or at District activities.  The creation, access, or transmission of any material in violation of any federal or state law, regulation or District policy is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to:  material protected by copyright, trademark or other trade secret laws, and items which are or may be reasonably considered to be defamatory, obscene, pornographic, lewd, profane, offensive, discriminatory, harassing, or otherwise disturbing or harmful to minors.  Use of network resources for commercial activities, product advertisement, political lobbying and/or other activities in violation of federal or state ethics and campaign disclosure laws  is also prohibited.  Only properly licensed software authorized by the District may be loaded onto the District’s system, and no programs or files shall be downloaded from the internet without prior permission of the District.

2)         Privilege.  The use of the internet and network resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in a suspension or cancellation of those privileges or other disciplinary action.  The principal will deem what is inappropriate use in accordance with these guidelines and will take appropriate action.  The principal or a system administrator may suspend or close an account at any time.  Notification of any suspension or cancellation of an account will be given in writing to the user within two weeks of the action.  Students whose accounts are denied, suspended, or revoked may appeal such action using the student complaint procedure. 

3)         Network Etiquette (Netiquette).  Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

a)         Be polite.  Do not use abusive or offensive language in messages sent to others.

b)         Use appropriate language.  Do not swear, use vulgarities, profanity, lewd remarks, or any other inappropriate language.  Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

c)         Do not release personal information.  Do not reveal personal addresses or phone numbers or other personal information, or that of other students or colleagues.

d)         Note that email, web postings (including blogs, Facebook pages Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.), and other online communications are not private.   People who operate the system and other school personnel do have access to all information transmitted through or stored in the District’s system.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities or activities in violation of District policies may be reported to the proper authorities or used against students in school disciplinary proceedings.

e)         Respect other users.  Do not use the District’s network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users, or would waste system resources.  Do not send unsolicited e-mail messages (including spam) and do not use the District’s network as a way to harass, bully or intimidate others.  Such behavior will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action.

f)         Compliance with Laws.  Under no circumstances may any user engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal, or international laws, or that is prohibited by District policies or rules.

4)         Reliability.  The Decorah Community School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service it is providing.  The District will not be responsible for any damages that students or other persons may suffer.  This includes damages due to loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions, whether caused by the District’s own negligence or students’ errors or omissions.  The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. 

5)         Security.  Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  If students identify a security problem with the District’s internet or network resources, students must notify a teacher, principal or the system administrator.  Students should not demonstrate the problem to other users.  In addition, students should take all necessary steps to prevent unauthorized access to their accounts, and may not use another individual’s account.  Any attempt to log on to the internet as a system administrator is prohibited.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the District’s internet and network resources.

6)         Vandalism.  Vandalism by a student will result in cancellation of a student’s network privileges and may be grounds for other disciplinary action.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious act or attempt to harm, modify, or destroy the computer property or data of the District or another user, the internet or network resources of the District, or any other technologies used in the District.

            This includes, but is not limited to, participation in hacking or the uploading or creation of computer viruses and other malicious programs.

7)         Restricted Material.  Users shall not create, access, download, or disseminate any text file, picture, or other material that includes material which is defamatory, harassing, discriminatory, obscene, pornographic, libelous, indecent, vulgar, profane, lewd, disturbing and harmful to minors, or which advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law, or which is otherwise prohibited by this policy.  If a user encounters such restricted material, the user should immediately terminate contact with the material and notify District personnel.

8)         Unauthorized Costs.  Users shall not access any service or site via the internet which has a cost involved without prior consent of the District.  Users accessing such a service without prior consent will have access suspended and will be responsible for all costs.

  1. Account Information.  The District will require all users to notify the system administrator of all changes in account information.  Currently, there are no user fees for use of the Internet.
  2. Monitoring.  The District may monitor the use of District equipment, systems, and network resources at any time, with or without notice to users.
  3. Harassment and Bullying.  In accordance with Iowa law, the District’s policy against harassment and bullying applies to electronic communications such as e-mail messages, internet-based communications, cell phones, and electronic text messaging while on District property, at District activities or District sponsored events.  Students shall not engage in harassing or bullying behavior via any electronic means, including those means that may not necessarily be a part of the District communications network system. 
  4. Internet Safety.  To the extent required by federal law, the District shall monitor the online activities of minor students and use technology protection measures to protect against their access of inappropriate material online. The District shall also educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response.  This District education does not and should not take the place of parents educating their children at home about the importance of Internet and other on-line safety measures. 
  5. Student Use of Personal Communication Devices.  The District prohibits student use of personal communication devices such as cellular phones, smart devices, and tablets for purposes not directly related to established educational programming.  If a student has a question regarding the use of a communication device, including but not limited to whether the use of that device is prohibited by this policy, the student should contact the building principal or his/her designee before using the device.  The prohibition of these devices is required to prevent unnecessary disruption of the educational process.
  6. Authorization.  Parent/Guardians shall be asked to sign off as having read this policy with their student(s) on the registration form at the start of school.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018                                      Form Revised:  April 9, 2018

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604.4 Media Centers

Code No. 604.4

MEDIA CENTERS

The District shall maintain a media center in each attendance center for use by staff and by students.  Each media center shall be accessible to students throughout the school day.  The District shall implement written curriculum covering all grade levels for instruction and reinforcement of information search and media skills integrated with classroom instruction.

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(12), 12.5                                                            

 

670719

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

604.5 Use of Information Resources

Code 604.5

Use of Information Resources

Copyrighted materials, whether they are print or non-print, will not be duplicated unless such reproduction meets "fair use" standards or unless written permission from the copyright holder has been received.  The Board does not sanction illegal duplication in any form.  The four criteria for evaluating "fair use" are:

              1.              The purpose and character of the use, including whether such is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

              2.              The nature of the copyrighted work;

              3.              The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

              4.              The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work.

Details about "fair use" will be made available to all staff.  At no time shall it be necessary for staff to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties.  The school district is not responsible for copyright violations by ex-students.  Violation of the copyright law by employees may result in discipline up to, and including, termination.  Violation of the copyright law by students may result in discipline up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.

 

Date of Review:   April 9, 2018

 

Date of Adoption:

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

17 U.S.C. 107                                                            

 

 

01462715

605 Instructional Arrangements

605.1 Homework

Code No. 605.1

HOMEWORK

 

The Board of Directors recognizes that the assignment of school work to students may require the work to be completed outside of school time.  Homework shall be an opportunity for students to practice skills and activities, prepare for class activities, to organize and discuss ideas, to review materials, to become acquainted with resources, and to make up incomplete assignments.

In giving school assignments, licensed staff members should consider the age, grade level and maturity of the students and the assignments in other classes in which the student is participating. 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                       

 

 

01453453

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

605.2 Ownership of Student Productions

Code No. 605.2

OWNERSHIP OF STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

Materials and services produced by students at the expense of the District shall be the property of the District to the extent permitted by law.  Materials and services produced by students at the students' expense, except for incidental expenses to the District, shall be the property of the student.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to determine what constitutes an incidental expense.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

 

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                       

 

01462702

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

605.3 Field Trips

Code No. 605.3

FIELD TRIPS

 

Field trips are defined as school-sponsored activities which may be scheduled and planned to provide students with experiences that are an extension of the educational program.  Field trips may be used to supplement the curricular and co-curricular programs of the Decorah Community School District.

All field trips shall be approved in advance by the building principal.  Parents of the participating students will be notified prior to the field trip.  All field trips outside the State of Iowa extending beyond one day must be approved in advance by the Board of Directors.  Parents of participating students must give written permission in advance for their children to participate in such extended field trips.

Students participating in field trips are expected to complete class assignments missed.  Teachers are expected to make alternative arrangements for students to complete work missed.

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

  May 10, 2004                         

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.6    

 

543343

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

605.4 School Assemblies

Code No. 605.4

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

 

The principal may authorize school assemblies when such events contribute to the achievement of educational goals of the District.  Such assemblies shall comply with the school calendar.  In authorizing a school assembly, the principal shall consider the budget of the District, the educational benefit of the activity, the inherent risks or dangers of the activity, and other factors as the principal deems relevant.  

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

  May 10, 2004                         

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, 280.14, Code of Iowa                             

 

543344

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

605.5 School Ceremonies and Observances

Code No. 605.5

SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES

 

The District will continue school ceremonies and observances which have become a tradition and a custom to the educational program.  These include, but are not limited to, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Such ceremonies or observances shall have a secular purpose and shall not advocate or sponsor a particular religion or non-religion.

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

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

   January 10, 2011                   

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, Code of Iowa                                         

 

670723

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

605.6 Recognition of Holidays; School Parties

Code No. 605.6

RECOGNITION OF HOLIDAYS; SCHOOL PARTIES

The District's practices regarding recognition of holidays and school parties should further the District curricular goals and objectives and should be integrated into the District's regular educational program.  Recognition of holidays and the holding of parties must also be in compliance with District policies on multi-cultural, gender fair education and on religion in the schools.

Holidays which are recognized and celebrated by various religious groups may be studied in the District.  There shall be no attempt to promote or disparage any religion or non-religion while studying such holidays.  The holidays of just a single religion shall not be chosen for study.  If studied, holidays of various religions shall be included.  Holidays which have primarily a secular basis may be recognized and celebrated as well as studied in the school.

Each building shall determine the occasions on which parties will be held. Parties may not be religious celebrations or devotional in character.  Invitations to guests to school parties must be approved in advance by the building principal.

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

    January 10, 2011                  

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.3, Code of Iowa                                         

 

670725

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

605.7 Outside Resource People

Code No. 605.7

OUTSIDE RESOURCE PEOPLE

The Board of Directors encourages the use of non-District personnel to supplement the educational offerings provided by the District personnel.  All programs and presentations given by outside personnel shall be approved in advance and evaluated by the building principal.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

May 10, 2004                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, 280.14, Code of Iowa                                       

 

670726

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

605.8 Animals in the Classroom

Code No. 605.8

ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM

 

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

The person bringing the animal must furnish transportation for the animal brought to school.  Animals will not be allowed to travel to and from the student's attendance center on the school bus.

This policy shall not be construed as prohibiting any person from being accompanied by a service animal in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

 

Legal References:

 

279.8, Code of Iowa                                                   

 

01462704

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

606 Instructional Services

606.1 Guidance and Counseling

Code No. 606.1

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

The District shall provide a guidance and counseling program for enrolled students by licensed guidance counselors.  The guidance and counseling services will serve grades kindergarten through twelve.  The program will focus on personal, educational and career development of students.  The program shall be designed to coordinate with the educational program and shall involve other staff, students, parents and community members.  Facilities offering both visual and auditory privacy for counseling shall be provided in each building.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

01462705

 

Legal References:

 

256.11, 280.14, 622.10, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(11)                                                                    

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

606.2 Health Services

Code No. 606.2

HEALTH SERVICES

Health services are an integral part of comprehensive school improvement, assisting all students to increase learning, achievement and performance.  Health services provided shall function within the framework of written health objectives that will meet the goal of helping each student protect, improve and maintain an optimal state of physical, mental and social well-being.  Student health services ensure continuity and create linkages among school, home and community service providers.

Health services shall be provided in the curriculum and shall also be designed to screen for potential health problems and to assist in assuring a safe and healthful school environment.  The school district will annually notify parents of any physical examinations or screenings conducted on students, other than vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings.  Health services shall include the provision of special health services in accordance with applicable law.

Health services in the District shall be regularly evaluated to determine if the written objectives are being met.

The Board of Directors requires that all nurses providing health services hold current Iowa licenses and that nonlicensed personnel providing health services are properly supervised by licensed personnel.  Nonadministrative personnel shall not be required to perform any special health services or intrusive nonemergency medical services for students unless they are licensed or otherwise qualified and have consented to perform the services.

 

Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

 

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018                           

 

01472842

 

Legal References:

 

Chapter 139A, Chapter 143, 147.2, 256.11, 279.50, 280.3, 280.7, 280.14, 280.23, Code of Iowa; 641 I.A.C. Chapter 7; 281 I.A.C., 12.3(4), 12.4(12), 12.8, 41.405, 655 I.A.C. Chapters 3, 6, 7                                         

 

 

DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS