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Jen@iowaschool… Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:29

100 - GENERAL PRINCIPLES

100 - GENERAL PRINCIPLES Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:53

100 - Statement of Guiding Principles

100 - Statement of Guiding Principles

The goal of the Board of Directors of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District is to provide an educational program of the highest standards possible within the limits and resources of the budget.  Success in attaining this goal is dependent in large measure upon the competency of the professional staff and of those who serve in direct supporting positions to the instructional program of the school.

It shall be the policy of the Board of Directors to recruit and retain the highest caliber of professional personnel and non-certified employees.

It shall be the policy of the Board of Directors to appoint all personnel in conjunction with the recommendations of the Superintendent.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/20/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:49

101 - Purpose of Policy Manual

101 - Purpose of Policy Manual

Iowa law places upon district school boards of directors the responsibility of establishing rules for their own governances, as well as that of individual directors, officers, employees, teachers and pupils; the care of schoolhouse grounds and the property of the corporation; providing aid in the enforcement of Board rules and requiring performance of duties imposed by law and the rules.

It is not the purpose of this Policy Manual to be a restatement of federal and state law and regulation imposing particular duties and prohibiting certain other behavior, but merely to be a guide to assist administrators, pupils and their parents, staff and the community at large in interacting with the school community.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/20/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:50

102 - State and Federal Law and Regulation

102 - State and Federal Law and Regulation

It is the policy of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District Board of Directors that the District and its personnel at all times comply with federal and state law and regulation.  Any section of this policy manual that is found to be out of compliance with federal and state law and/or regulation is deemed null and void, without affecting the validity of any other part of this manual.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/20/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:52

103 - Name of School District

103 - Name of School District

This school district is organized and known as Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District located in the counties of Mahaska, Keokuk, Monroe, Wapello and Davis, State of Iowa. 

Blakesburg Elementary School, 407 S. Wilson, Blakesburg, Iowa 52536, Grades PK-6

Eddyville Elementary School, 702 Vance Street, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, Grades PK-6

Fremont Elementary School, 525 E. Main Street, Fremont, Iowa 52561, Grades PK-6

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Junior-Senior High School (grades 7-12), 1301 Berdan Street, Eddyville, Iowa 52553

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/20/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:53

104 - Educational Philosophy

104 - Educational Philosophy

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District provide a qualified administrative, instructional, and operating staff and physical facilities that it can obtain within the limitations of the community’s ability and willingness to furnish financial support. 

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that its elementary schools and the junior/senior high school provide learning opportunities for all children of school age in the District consistent with the requirements of Iowa law.  In addition, the District supports providing educational and/or recreational programs through cooperative programming with other agencies and through self-supporting efforts by the program participants.

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that, so far as is educationally and economically feasible, students be treated as individuals with their own particular capabilities, aptitudes, and personalities and that students actively participate in the learning process. 

It is the function of the District to provide an educational process that gives students opportunities in a desirable learning atmosphere for obtaining the knowledge, experience, and skills, which careful individual study indicate, will prepare them to make a positive contribution to society and to themselves.

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that all students, regardless of whether they choose a vocation or further formal education, have satisfactorily completed a basic course of study as outlined in the current student handbook before being awarded a high school diploma.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/17/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:53

105 - Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

105 - Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

The Board and the District will not discriminate in its educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), marital status or genetic information in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

The Board and the District will not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information in accordance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

Further, the Board and the District affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.

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

The District has adopted grievance procedures for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to sex discrimination pursuant to Title IX, please contact Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org, or the U.S. Department of Education (attn. Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights; 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov).  If you have questions or a grievance related to any other provision of this policy, please contact the Superintendent, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-1004, 1-800-457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-4544, (312) 730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60661, 1-800-669-4000.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0146.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/17/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:54

106 - General Grievance Procedure

106 - General Grievance Procedure

The District and the Board will not discriminate on the basis of age (except for permitting/ prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status (in programs), gender, socioeconomic status (in programs), creed, or genetic information (in employment) in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities and in employment practices, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable state and federal laws.

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the District will have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination under these Board policies and/or federal or state regulations requiring non-discrimination in programs and employment.  Formal complaints and informal reports regarding sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, will be subject to the Title IX grievance process (see the Title IX Grievance Procedure policy).

Level One - Principal, Immediate Supervisor or Personnel Contact Person
(Informal and Optional - may be bypassed by the grievant)

Level One is informal and optional and may be bypassed by the grievant, including in instances of sexual discrimination.  If a grievant chooses to participate in Level One, the grievant may choose to end the informal Level One process at any time.

Employees with a complaint of discrimination based upon their age, race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information are encouraged to first discuss it with their immediate supervisor, with the objective of resolving the matter informally if the parties agree.  An applicant for employment with a complaint of discrimination based upon their age, race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information are encouraged to first discuss it with the personnel contact person. 

A student, or a parent of a student, with a complaint of discrimination based upon their race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, socioeconomic status, national origin, religion, disability, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), or genetic information are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor, counselor, supervisor, building administrator, program administrator or personnel contact person directly involved, with the objective of voluntarily resolving the matter informally if the parties agree.

Level Two - Compliance Officer

If the grievance is not resolved at Level One and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, the grievant may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing on a Grievance Filing Form, which may be obtained from the Compliance Officer.  The grievant will state the nature of the grievance and the remedy requested.  The filing of the formal, written grievance at Level Two must be within fifteen (15) working days from the date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the grievance be held with the Compliance Officer.  A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian.  The Compliance Officer will investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it.  A written report from the Compliance Officer regarding action taken will be sent to the involved parties within a reasonable time after receipt of the grievance.

Level Three - Superintendent/Administrator

If the complaint is not resolved at Level Two, the grievant may appeal it to Level Three by presenting a written appeal to the Superintendent.  Within five (5) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Compliance Officer, the grievant may request a meeting with the Superintendent.  The Superintendent may request a meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal.  A decision will be rendered by the Superintendent within a reasonable time after the receipt of the written appeal.  If, in cases of disability grievances at the elementary and secondary level, the issue is not resolved through the grievance process, the parents have a right to an impartial hearing to resolve the issue.

Level Four - Appeal to Board

If the grievant is not satisfied with the Superintendent's decision, the grievant can file an appeal with the Board within five (5) working days of the decision.  It is within the discretion of the Board to determine whether it will hear the appeal.

The District will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any discrimination and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant.

This procedure in no way denies the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or Office of Special Education Programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Iowa Department of Education for mediation or rectification of civil rights complaints or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

The Compliance Officer is:

Superintendent of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont CSD
222 Walnut St, Eddyville, IA 52553
641-969-4226
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/17/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:55

107 - General Grievance Form for Complaints of Discrimination or Non-Compliance with Federal or State Regulations Requiring Non-Discrimination

107 - General Grievance Form for Complaints of Discrimination or Non-Compliance with Federal or State Regulations Requiring Non-Discrimination

I,_____________________________________, am filing this grievance because

_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________

(attached additional sheets as necessary)

 

Describe incident or occurrence as accurately as possible:

_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Signature________________________________

Address_________________________________

Phone Number____________________________

If student, name____________________            Grade Level__________

Attendance center___________________

 

Name of Individual Alleging Discrimination or Non-Compliance

Name___________________________

Grievance Date___________________

State the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested.

_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Indicate Principal's or Supervisor's response or action to above complaint.

_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Signature of Principal or Supervisor_________________________________________

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/17/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 14:56

108 - Title IX Grievance Procedure

108 - Title IX Grievance Procedure

The District and the Board will not discriminate on the basis of age (except for permitting/ prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status (in programs), gender, socioeconomic status (in programs), creed, or genetic information (in employment) in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities and in employment practices, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable state and federal laws.

 

I.          REPORTING SEX DISCRIMINATION

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, to the Title IX Coordinator. A report may be made whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment. A report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, by electronic mail, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, to the following individual: Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org.

The District, through its Title IX Coordinator, will respond promptly, reasonably, and equitably to all reports of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, occurring in its educational programs or activities and against a person in the United States.

For purposes of this procedure, “complainant” is defined as an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, and the term “respondent” is defined as an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment.

For purposes of this procedure, “sexual harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that involves:

  • A District employee conditioning District aid, benefits, or services on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the recipient's education program or activity; or
  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined by the statutes cited in 34 C.F.R. § 106.30.

For purposes of this procedure, “education program or activity” includes locations, events, or circumstances over which the District exercised substantial control over both the respondent and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs.

In response to any report of sex discrimination, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly contact the complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures. Supportive measures are available with or without filing a formal complaint. The Title IX Coordinator will also consider the complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, inform the complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint, and explain to the complainant the process for filing a formal complaint.

 

II.        SUPPORTIVE MEASURES

The range of supportive measures available to complainants and respondents may include:

  • counseling,
  • extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments,
  • modifications of work or class schedules,
  • campus escort services,
  • mutual restrictions on contact between the parties,
  • changes in work or housing locations,
  • leaves of absence,
  • increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus,
  • and other similar measures as deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator after considering the wishes of complainant and the facts and circumstances of the complaint.

The District will maintain as confidential any supportive measures provided to the complainant or respondent, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the District to provide the supportive measures.

 

III.       SANCTIONS

Disciplinary sanctions cannot be imposed against a respondent unless a formal complaint is filed, and the grievance procedure described below is completed. Possible disciplinary sanctions that may be implemented following a determination of responsibility include but are not limited to any of the student disciplinary measures described in this Policy Handbook, up to and including expulsion.

 

IV.       GRIEVANCE PROCESS FOR FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Title IX Grievance Process Generally

The District will apply this Title IX Grievance process whenever a formal complaint of sexual harassment is filed with the Title IX Coordinator. A “formal complaint of sexual harassment” is any document filed by a person alleging to be victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment (“complainant”) or signed by the Title IX Coordinator. It does not need to be filed in paper form. It also does not need to be signed by the complainant, but it must indicate that the complainant is the person filing the complaint.

The grievance process is designed to restore or preserve a complainant’s and respondent’s equal access to the District’s education programs and activities. Remedies may include supportive measures for the complainant as well as disciplinary sanctions against the respondent.

In investigating and resolving formal complaints under this grievance process, the District will observe the following requirements:

  • The District shall evaluate all relevant evidence—including both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence. The District will not judge a person’s credibility based on their status as a complainant, respondent, or witness. Furthermore, the district will not require, allow, rely upon, or otherwise use questions or evidence that constitute, or seek disclosure of, information protected under a legally recognized privilege, unless the person holding such privilege has waived the privilege.
  • The Title IX Coordinator and any person designated as an investigator, initial decision-maker, appellate decision-maker, or informal resolution facilitator will promote an impartial investigation and adjudication, will not have a conflict of interest with any party to the complaint, and will not hold a bias for or against any party to the complaint. They will not rely on sex stereotypes in performing their duties under this procedure. These persons shall also be appropriately trained regarding this grievance procedure, necessary technology, and applicable laws and regulations.
  • The respondent to a formal complaint of sexual harassment is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the grievance process. The standard of proof for determining responsibility will be a preponderance of the evidence. This standard shall apply whether the respondent is a student or an employee.
  • The District has prescribed procedural deadlines throughout the grievance process in order to ensure the reasonably prompt resolution of a complaint, including reasonably prompt resolution of any appeal and any informal resolution procedures. However, the District may permit a temporary delay of the grievance process or the limited extension of these deadlines for good cause. Good cause may include considerations such as the absence of a party, a party’s advisor, or a witness; concurrent law enforcement activity; or the need for language assistance or accommodation of disabilities. A written request for a delay or extension of such deadlines may be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator by either party prior to the lapse of the applicable deadline. Whether to grant an extension of time is a discretionary decision of the Title IX Coordinator and is not a basis for appeal.

Notice of Allegations

Within five (5) days after receiving of a formal complaint, the District will provide a written Notice of Allegations to the parties who are known. In addition to other information required by law, the Notice of Allegations will include a description of this grievance process, including any informal resolution process; the names of the parties involved in the incident; a statement of the conduct allegedly constituting sexual harassment; and the date and location of the alleged incident, if known.

Administrative Dismissal

The District will dismiss a formal complaint if, at any time following the receipt of a formal complaint, the District determines that: 

  • the conduct alleged would not constitute “sexual harassment” as defined by this policy even if proved,
  • the conduct alleged did not occur in the district’s educational program or activity,
  • the conduct alleged did not occur against a person in the United States,
  • the complainant notifies Title IX Coordinator in writing of desire to withdraw formal complaint,
  • the respondent is no longer enrolled or employed by the District, or
  • specific circumstances prevent the District from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination.

The District will promptly notify the parties of an administrative dismissal and the reason for the dismissal.

Informal Resolution

Some formal complaints may be resolved through an informal resolution process. If the parties agree to participate in an informal resolution process, the Title IX Coordinator work with parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution without completing the full Title IX grievance procedure. The informal resolution process is voluntary process and may be attempted at any stage of this procedure prior to the issuance of a determination of responsibility. A party shall not be punished or disadvantaged in any way for declining to participate in an informal resolution process.

The manner of the informal resolution process will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Title IX Coordinator, who will consider the suggestions of the parties. The informal resolution process may include but is not limited to a conference with the Title IX coordinator or a mediation facilitated by a trained third-party. Before an informal resolution process is commenced, the Title IX Coordinator will provide a written notice disclosing the manner of the informal resolution process, the effects of the process on the formal grievance procedure, and the rights of the parties to withdraw from the informal resolution process. The parties must then consent to the informal resolution process in writing.

At any time prior to agreeing to a resolution, any party has the right to withdraw from the informal resolution process and resume the grievance process with respect to the formal complaint.

Informal resolution is NOT available for formal complaints alleging an employee sexually harassed a student. Additionally, the District cannot facilitate an informal resolution between a complainant and respondent unless a formal complaint has been filed.

Investigation of the Complaint

It is the District’s duty to gather evidence sufficient to make a determination of responsibility with respect to each of the allegations described in the Notice of Allegations. The Title IX Coordinator or an impartial individual designated by the Title IX Coordinator will perform the investigation, which may include interviewing the parties and other witnesses; obtaining documents, data, or other materials; and reviewing any other evidence related to the allegations of the formal complaint. The investigator will not access or consider a party’s medical or mental health records without written consent from the party or the party’s parent, as required by law. The parties will be allowed an equal opportunity to provide additional evidence to the investigator or refer the investigator to additional witnesses.

The District shall not prohibit the parties from discussing the allegations of the formal complaint or gathering and presenting additional evidence to the investigator. Furthermore, either party is entitled to the presence of an advisor—who may or may not be an attorney—during any investigative interview or other grievance proceeding for which the party’s attendance is invited or required. The party and their advisor will be provided written notice of the date, time, and location of any such proceeding and reasonable time to prepare to participate. However, the District may, at its discretion, limit equally for both parties the extent of the advisor’s participation.

Unless additional time for a full and fair investigation is deemed necessary by the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator, or granted to a party upon a showing of good cause, the District will strive to complete its investigation within sixty (60) days after receiving of a formal complaint. At the conclusion of the investigation, the District will provide both parties and any advisors a copy of all evidence gathered by the District that is directly related to the allegations in the formal complaint for inspection and review. The evidence may be provided to the parties in electronic or paper form. Both parties will be allowed ten (10) days to submit a written response to the evidence gathered. After considering any written responses, the investigator will provide the parties and their advisors with a written Investigative Report that fairly summarizes the relevant evidence.

The parties will be allowed an additional ten (10) days to submit a written response to the Investigative Report prior to any determination of responsibility. The District will also allow each party an opportunity to submit written, relevant questions that a party wants asked of any party or witness; provide each party with the answers; and allow for additional, limited follow-up questions from each party. Questions about a complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not allowed unless such questions are offered to prove that someone other than the respondent committed the conduct alleged by the complainant, or if the questions concern specific incidents of the complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the respondent and are offered to prove consent.

Determination of Responsibility

The Title IX Coordinator will designate a decision-maker to review the Investigative Report as well as any written responses, questions, and answers submitted with regard to the Investigative Report. The decision-maker must be a different person than the Title IX Coordinator and the investigator. The Title IX Coordinator shall designate an individual who has received appropriate training as the decision-maker for all Title IX grievances.

The decision-maker will issue a reasonably prompt written determination of responsibility regarding the allegations listed in the Notice of Allegations, which will include all information required by law. This determination will be based on the Investigative Report and any responses, questions, and answers submitted. The written determination will be provided simultaneously to both parties. The Title IX Coordinator will be responsible for effective implementation of any remedies imposed by the decision-maker.

Appeals

Either party may appeal a determination regarding responsibility or the administrative dismissal of a formal complaint by filing a written request for appeal with the Title IX Coordinator within five (5) days after receiving notice of the determination or dismissal. The request must state the basis for the appeal, which must be one of the following grounds:

  • Procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter;
  • New evidence that was not reasonably available at the time the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal was made, that could affect the outcome of the matter;
  • The Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias that affected the outcome of the matter.

An appeal that is not based on one of the foregoing grounds will be administratively dismissed. Likewise, an untimely appeal will be administratively dismissed unless there is good cause for the filing delay. Whether good cause exists is in the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator.

The Title IX Coordinator will notify the other party in writing that an appeal has been filed and will designate an appellate decision-maker to decide the appeal who must not be the complaint investigator, the Title IX Coordinator, or the same person who reached the determination regarding responsibility or dismissal below. The Title IX Coordinator shall designate an individual who has received appropriate training as the appellate decision-maker for all Title IX grievances.

Both parties will be allowed ten (10) days following the notice of appeal to submit a written statement to the appellate decision-maker supporting or opposing the outcome below. The appellate decision-maker will consider these statements as well as the Investigative Report and any questions, and answers submitted to the initial decision-maker. The appellate decision-maker will then issue a written decision describing the result of the appeal and the rationale in a reasonably prompt manner. The decision will be provided to the parties simultaneously.

 

V.        RECORDKEEPING AND CONFIDENTIALITY

For a period of seven (7) years, the District will retain the records of each sexual harassment investigation, including any written initial or appellate determination; any documentation regarding any disciplinary sanctions or remedies imposed; and any informal resolution and the result thereof. The District will also retain all materials used to train the District personnel involved in administering this grievance procedure. The District will also retain for a period of seven (7) years records of any actions, including supportive measures, taken in response to a report of sexual harassment that is not filed as a formal complaint.

The District will keep confidential the identity of any individual who has made a report or complaint of sexual harassment, any individual who has been reported for sexual harassment, any respondent, and any witness, except as necessary to carry out this grievance procedure and to satisfy the District’s duties under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or any other applicable law.

 

VI.       RETALIATION

Intimidating, threatening, coercing, discriminating, or otherwise retaliating against any individual because they have made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this policy is prohibited.

 

 

REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 15:00

109 - Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination

109 - Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination

The District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

_____              Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources

_____              Arts, Communications, and Information Systems

_____              Applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing, including transportation, distribution, logistics, architecture, and
                           construction.

_____              Health Sciences

_____              Human Services, including law, public safety, corrections, security, government, public administration, and education and training.  

_____              Business, Finance, Marketing and Management.

The District and the Board will not discriminate on the basis of age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status (in programs), gender, socioeconomic status (in programs), creed, or genetic information (in employment) in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities and in employment practices, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable state and federal laws.

The District has adopted grievance procedures for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to sex discrimination pursuant to Title IX, please contact Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org, or the U.S. Department of Education (attn. Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights; 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov).  If you have questions or a grievance related to any other provision of this policy, please contact the Superintendent, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/14/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 15:03

110 - Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

110 - Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

The District and the Board will not discriminate on the basis of age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status (in programs), gender, socioeconomic status (in programs), creed, or genetic information (in employment) in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities and in employment practices, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable state and federal laws.

The District has adopted grievance procedures for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to sex discrimination pursuant to Title IX, please contact Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org, or the U.S. Department of Education (attn. Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights; 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov).  If you have questions or a grievance related to any other provision of this policy, please contact the Superintendent, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/14/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 15:04

111 - District Vision and Mission Statement

111 - District Vision and Mission Statement

VISION: The vision of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District is to learn today for tomorrow’s world.

MISSION: The mission of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District is to develop a quality educational program which provides the students with opportunities to be productive citizens of a global society.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/14/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 15:05

112 - Evaluation of Educational Programs

112 - Evaluation of Educational Programs

The Board of Directors believes that evaluation of the educational programs is important to maintain an accredited program.  Additionally, the Board of Directors believes evaluation will enhance the commitment to quality and transformation.

Periodic progress reports shall be made to the Board, at least annually.  The reports shall include, but not be limited to, the strengths and needs of the various educational programs.  The goals of the District will be developed into action plans for implementation on short, intermediate and long-term plans.

Every five (5) years the Board shall conduct a needs assessment, soliciting information from business, industry, labor, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation.  One purpose of this assessment is to assist the Board in developing and evaluating a statement of philosophy for the District.  The second purpose of this assessment is to determine the areas of student performance, knowledge and attitudes which are judged to be most crucial in meeting school or District goals.

In conjunction with the needs assessment of the District, the Board shall authorize the appointment of a committee, representing school district personnel, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the Board in determining the priorities of the District in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program. It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to ensure that the school district community is apprised of the Board’s policies, programs and goals and has an opportunity to express their thoughts and suggestions for the operation of the District.  The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board about the means used to keep the community informed.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED 09/14/2020
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/17/2022 - 15:05

200 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

200 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:53

200 - Organization of the Board of Directors

200 - Organization of the Board of Directors

The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District board is authorized by and derives its organization from Iowa law.  The Board shall consist of seven (7) board members.  The District shall be divided into seven director districts as closely matched as possible by population as provided in Iowa law.  One director shall be elected from each director district.

The Board is organized for the purpose of setting policy and providing general direction for the District.  The Board shall hold its organizational meeting in each odd-numbered year at the first regular meeting following the canvass of votes.  The retiring Board shall transfer materials, including the Board policy manual, and responsibility to the new Board.

The organizational meeting allows the outgoing Board to approve minutes of its previous meetings; complete unfinished business; and review the school election results.  The retiring Board shall adjourn and the new Board shall then begin.  The Board Secretary will administer the oath of office to the newly elected Board members.  The Board Secretary will preside while the new Board elects the president and vice president of the new Board.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/19/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:41

201 - Powers of the Board of Directors

201 - Powers of the Board of Directors

The Board of the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District, acting on behalf of the District, shall have jurisdiction over school matters within the territory of the District.

The Board is empowered to make policy for its own governance, for employees, for students and for District facilities.  The Board is also empowered to enforce its policies.  The Board may, through its quasi-judicial power, conduct hearings and rule on issues and disputes confronting the District.

The Board has these powers and all other powers expressly granted to it in federal and state law as well as the powers that can be reasonably implied from the express powers.

Because all powers of the Board derived from the state statutes are granted in terms of action as a group, individual Board members exercise authority over district affairs only as they vote to take action at a legal meeting of the Board.  In other instances, an individual Board member, including the president, will have power only when the Board, by vote, has delegated authority.  The Board will make its members, the District staff, and the public aware that only the Board acting as a whole has authority to take official action.  Therefore, the Board may transact business only with a quorum present during a regular or special meeting.

Pursuant to the state statutes, any Board member shall not seek individually to influence the official functions of the District.  The Board and its members will deal with administrative services through the Superintendent and will not give orders to any subordinates of the Superintendent either publicly or privately, but may make suggestions and recommendations.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/19/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:42

202 - Duties of the Board of Directors

202 - Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board is authorized to govern the District which it oversees.  As the governing board of the District, the Board has three duties to perform:  legislative duty, executive duty, and evaluative duty.

As a representative of the citizens of the District community, the Board is responsible for legislating policy for the District.  As a policy making body, the Board has jurisdiction to enact policy with the force and effect of law for the management and operation of the District.

It is the responsibility of the Board, under the Board’s executive duty, to select its chief executive officer, the Superintendent, to operate the District on the Board’s behalf.  The Board delegates to the Superintendent its authority to carry out Board policy, to formulate and carry out rules and regulations and to handle the administrative details in a manner which supports and is consistent with Board policy.

The Board has a responsibility to review the education program’s performance under its evaluative duty.  The Board regularly reviews the education program and ancillary services.  The review includes a careful study and examination of the facts, conditions, and circumstances surrounding the amount of funds received or expended and the education program’s ability to achieve the Board’s educational philosophy for the District.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/19/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:43

203 - Election of the Board of Directors

203 - Election of the Board of Directors

The election of citizens to the Board takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. Each school election is used to elect citizens to the Board to maintain a seven-member board and to address questions that are submitted to the voters.

Citizens of the District community seeking a seat on the Board must file their nomination papers with the Board Secretary consistent with the deadlines provided in Iowa law.

If a vacancy occurs on the Board, it shall be filled in accordance with law and Board policy.

All elections will be held as provided in Iowa law. It is the responsibility of the county commissioner of elections to conduct school elections.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/19/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:44

204 - Qualifications of the Board

204 - Qualifications of the Board

Serving on the Board of Directors is an honor and privilege.  Its rewards are respect from the community, students, and employees and the satisfaction from knowing each Board member contributed to the success of the children in the school district community.  Only those who are willing to put forth the effort to care and to make a difference should consider running for a position on the Board.

Individuals who are willing to serve on the Board believe public education is important, support the democratic process, willingly devote time and energy to Board work, respect educators, and have the ability to examine the facts and make a decision.  The Board believes an individual considering a position on the Board should possess these characteristics.

Citizens wanting to run for a position on the Board must be a citizen of the District, eighteen (18) years of age or older, an eligible elector of the District, and free from a financial conflict of interest with the position.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 11/16/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:45

205 - Oath of Office

205 - Oath of Office

Board members are officials of the state.  As a public official, each Board member must pledge to uphold the Iowa and the United States Constitution and carry out the responsibilities of the office to the best of the Board member’s ability.

Each newly elected Board member will take the oath of office prior to any action taken as a school official.  The oath of office is taken by each new Board member elected at the school election at or before the organizational meeting of the Board.  In the event of an appointment or special election to fill a vacancy, the new Board member will take the oath of office within ten days of the appointment or election.

Board members elected to offices of the Board will also take the same oath of office but replacing the office of Board member with the title of the office to which they were elected.

The oath of office is administered by the Board Secretary and does not need to be given at a Board meeting.  In the event the Board Secretary is absent, the oath is administered by another Board member.

Do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Iowa, and that you will faithfully and impartially to the best of your ability discharge the duties of the office of _______________ (naming the office) in the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District as now and hereafter required by law?

Board members elected at the regular election do not need to take the oath of office within ten (10) days.  However, those elected at a special election or appointed to fill a vacancy must take the oath of office within 10 days.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 11/16/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:45

206 - Term of Office of Board Members

206 - Term of Office of Board Members

Board members elected for a full term at a regularly scheduled school election in November in odd numbered years serve for four years.  Board members appointed to fill a vacant position will serve until a successor is elected and qualified at the next regular school election, unless there is an intervening special election for the District, in which event a successor shall be elected at the intervening special election.  A Board member elected to fill a vacancy will serve out the unexpired term.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 11/16/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:46

207 - Board Vacancies

207 - Board Vacancies

A vacancy occurs as provided by law, which includes, but is not limited to, when a Board member dies, resigns or leaves office or fails to reside in the District or director district.

If a vacancy occurs prior to the expiration of a term of office, the vacancy will be filled by Board appointment within thirty (30) days of the vacancy.  The Board shall publish notice stating the Board intends to fill the vacancy by appointment, but the electors of the District have the right to file a petition requiring the vacancy be filled by a special election.

A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified at the next regular school election, unless there is an intervening special election for the District, in which event a successor shall be elected at the intervening special election.

If the Board is unable to fill a vacancy by appointment within thirty (30) days after the vacancy occurs of if a valid petition is submitted, the Board Secretary will call a special election to be held no sooner than sixty (60) days and not later than seventy (70) days after the vacancy occurred.  A Board member elected at the special election will serve the remaining portion of the unexpired term.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 11/16/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:47

208 - Meetings of the Board of Directors

208 - Meetings of the Board of Directors

A majority of the Board of Directors shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. A majority vote of those present shall be necessary and sufficient to pass any motion or to take any action of the Board unless the vote of a greater number with respect to the particular subject matter shall be required by law or other Board policy.  A quorum need not be present to adjourn a meeting.

Any gathering of a majority of Board members, either formal or informational, in which deliberation of a policy matter takes place, is defined as a meeting.  All such meetings, unless specifically exempt from the Open Meetings Law, are required to have proper notification, public access, open Board discussion and voting by the Board members on the issues properly before the Board, and a public record of the proceeding in the form of written minutes.

All public Board meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Iowa law.  The Board Secretary shall be responsible for public notification of all meetings, arranging for audio-recording (when necessary), and making minutes of all meetings and retaining appropriate minutes and records as required by law.

The minutes shall be kept on file as the permanent official records of school legislation for the District.  The Secretary shall be the authorized deputy of the Board to maintain the minutes and shall make them available to any citizen who wishes to examine them, during usual office hours of the District. 

The Board shall follow Parliamentary Procedures at a Glance, Revised, latest edition as modified by any subsequent policy or rule.

 

A.  ANNUAL MEETING

Each year after August 31 and prior to the organizational meeting of the Board in odd-numbered years, the Board will hold its annual meeting.

At the annual meeting, the Board will examine the financial books and settle the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s statements for the fiscal year ending the preceding June 30.  As part of the annual reports, the Treasurer will present affidavits from depository banks.  The Board may also appoint the Board’s legal counsel at the annual meeting.

 

B.  ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

The Board will hold its organizational meeting in odd-numbered years at the first regular meeting following the canvass of votes.  Notice of the meeting’s place and time will be given by the Board Secretary to each member, member-elect, and the public. The purpose of the meeting is to transfer material and responsibility from the outgoing Board to the new Board.  At the meeting, the Board will elect a President and a Vice President who will hold office for one year.  Once elected, the President and Vice President will be entitled to vote on all matters before the Board.

 

B.  REGULAR MEETINGS

Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held monthly.  The dates, time, and place of regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be established at the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors in odd-numbered years and at the annual meeting in even-numbered years.  Public notice of the meetings will be given and the meetings shall be open to the public.

 

C.  CLOSED SESSIONS

Closed sessions take place as part of an open meeting. The item for discussion in the closed session will be listed as part of the tentative agenda on the public notice. The motion for a closed session, stating the purpose for the closed session, will be made and seconded during the open meeting. A minimum of two-thirds of the board, or all of the board members present, must vote in favor of the motion on a roll call vote. Closed sessions will be tape recorded and have detailed minutes kept by the board secretary. Final action on matters discussed in the closed session will be taken in an open meeting.

The minutes and the tape recording will restate the motion made in the open meeting, the roll call vote, the members present, and the time the closed session began and ended. The tape recordings and the written minutes will be kept for one year from the date of the meeting. Real estate related minutes and tapes will be made public after the real estate transaction is completed.

The detailed minutes and tape recording will be sealed and will not be public records open to public inspection. The minutes and tape recording will only be available to the board members or, opened upon court order in an action to enforce the requirements of the open meetings law. The board has complete discretion as to whom may be present at a closed session.

The reasons for which the Board of Directors may go into a closed meeting from an open meeting, include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. To review or discuss records which are required or authorized by state or federal law to be kept confidential or to be kept confidential as a condition for the District's possession or continued receipt of federal funds.

2. To discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the District in that litigation.

3. To discuss whether to conduct a hearing or to conduct hearings to suspend or expel a student, unless an open session is requested by the student or a parent or guardian of the student if the student is a minor.

4. To evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session.

5. To discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property or reduce the price the District would receive for that property.

 

D.  EXEMPT MEETINGS

Board meetings at which a quorum is not present, or gatherings of the board for purely ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of policy or no intent to avoid the purposes of the open meetings law, are exempt from the open meetings law requirements. Since gatherings of this type are exempt from the open meetings requirements, they can be held without public notice, be separate from an open meeting, be held without taping the gathering or taking minutes, and be held without a vote or motion. The board may also hold an exempt session for the following:

1. Negotiating sessions, strategy meetings of public employers or employee organizations, mediation and the deliberative process of arbitration;

2.  To discuss strategy in matters relating to employment conditions of employees not covered by the collective bargaining law;

3. To conduct a private hearing relating to the recommended termination of a teacher's contract. The private hearing however, in the teacher's contract          termination will be recorded verbatim by a court reporter; and

4. To conduct a private hearing relating to the termination of a probationary administrator's contract or to review the proposed decision of the administrative law judge regarding the termination of an administrator's contract.

 

E.  SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings may be called by the President, or by the Secretary upon request of a majority of the members of the Board. Public notice will be given of special meetings.

If the special meeting called is an emergency meeting and the Board cannot give public notice in its usual manner, the Board will give public notice of the meeting as soon as practical and possible in light of the situation. Emergency meetings will only be held when an issue cannot wait twenty-four (24) hours necessary for a special meeting. The reason for the emergency meeting and why notice in its usual manner could not be given will be stated in the minutes.

Only the purpose or issue for which the special meeting was called may be discussed and decided in the special meeting. The Board will strictly adhere to the agenda for the special meeting and action on other issues will be reserved for the next regular or special Board meeting.

 

F.  WORK SESSIONS

The Board may schedule work sessions and retreats in order to provide its members and the administration with opportunities to discuss, review, and plan.  The Board has the authority to hire an outside facilitator to assist it in work sessions.

Topics for discussion and study will be announced publicly and work sessions and retreats will be conducted in open session.  However, no Board action will take place at the work session.

 

G.  PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public hearings may be held on District matters at the discretion of the Board.  Public notice of a public hearing will be in the same manner as for a Board meeting except that the notice will be given at least ten days before the hearing is to be held unless it is impossible or impractical to do so.

At public hearings, citizens of the District who register at the door will be allowed to speak on the issue for which the public hearing is being held.  Others may be allowed to speak at the Board’s discretion.  Speakers are asked to keep their remarks as brief as possible.  Prior to the beginning of the hearing, speakers and spectators will be apprised of the rules of order to be followed regarding time limitations, questions, remarks, and rebuttals.  In no event will a speaker be allowed to take the time of another speaker.

The Board will conduct public hearings in an orderly fashion.  At the beginning of the hearing, statements, background materials, and public hearing rules and procedures will be presented by the Board President.  The Board President will recognize speakers.  A Board member may ask questions of the speakers after receiving permission from the Board President.  Only those speakers recognized by the chair will be allowed to speak.  Comments by others are out of order.  Individuals who interfere with or interrupt speakers, the Board or the proceedings will be asked to leave.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 12/21/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:48

209 - Notice of Meetings

209 - Notice of Meetings

Public notice of regular or special meetings of the Board shall be provided by posting the agenda on a bulletin Board at the District office.  Notice shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the beginning of each meeting and shall include the time, date, place, and tentative agenda.  Notice shall be provided to the news media who have requested it.  The news media list will be revised annually by the Board Secretary.

A special meeting may be called with less than twenty-four (24) hours notice when the Board is required to meet for good cause to take immediate action.  In that case, public notice of the meeting will be given as soon as practical and possible in light of the situation.  The media and others who have requested notice will be notified of the emergency meeting.  Attendance at a special meeting by the media or Board members will constitute a waiver of notice.

It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary to give public notice of Board meetings and work sessions.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 12/21/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:51

210 - Quorum

210 - Quorum

Action by the Board regarding the affairs of the District may be taken only when a quorum, a majority of the Board members, is in attendance at the Board meeting.  Four (4) members shall constitute a quorum and are a sufficient number to transact business of the District.  The adjournment of a meeting may be executed without a quorum.  It is the responsibility of each Board member to attend Board meetings.  An affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast shall be sufficient to pass a motion or take action unless law or Board policy requires a vote of a greater number.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 12/21/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:53

211 - Agenda and Order of Regular Meeting Business

211 - Agenda and Order of Regular Meeting Business

The tentative agenda for each board meeting will state the topics for discussion and action at the Board meeting. The agenda is part of the public notice of the Board meeting and will be posted and distributed.

Persons requesting to place an item on the agenda must make a request to the Superintendent prior to the drafting of the tentative agenda. The person making the request must state the person's name, address, purpose of the presentation, action desired, and pertinent background information. Requests from the public may be added to the tentative agenda at the discretion of the Superintendent after consultation with the Board President. Requests received after the deadline may only be added to the agenda for good cause.

The tentative agenda and supporting documents will be sent to the Board members two (2) days prior to the scheduled board meeting. These documents are the private property of the Board member. Persons wishing to view the tentative agenda and supporting documents may do so at the central administration office.

The Board will take action only on the items listed on the tentative agenda posted with the public notice.  If an added item is acted upon, the minutes of the Board meeting will state the reason justifying the immediate action.

It is the responsibility of the Board President and Superintendent to develop the agenda for each board meeting.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 12/21/202

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:53

212 - Public Participation in Board Meetings

212 - Public Participation in Board Meetings

The Board recognizes the importance of citizen participation in District matters. In order to assure citizens are heard and Board meetings are conducted efficiently and in an organized manner, the Board will set aside a specific time for public comment.

Citizens wishing to address the Board during public comment must notify the Board Secretary prior to the Board meeting. The Board President will recognize these individuals to make their comments at the appropriate time during public comment. Citizens wishing to present petitions to the Board may also do so at this time. The Board however, will only receive the petitions and not act upon them or their contents.

The Board has the discretion to limit the amount of time set aside for public participation. Normally, speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes. However, the Board President may modify this time limit, if deemed appropriate or necessary. Public comment is a time set aside for community input, but the Board will not discuss or take any action on any matter during public comment.

A public comment shall be limited to regular Board meetings and will not be routinely held during special board meetings.

The Board has a significant interest in maintaining the decorum of its meetings, and it is expected that members of the public and the Board will address each other with civility. The orderly process of the Board meeting will not be interfered with or disrupted by public comment. Only individuals recognized by the Board President will be allowed to speak. Comments by others are out of order. If disruptive, the individual causing disruption may be asked to leave the Board meeting. If such individuals do not leave voluntarily, they may be removed by proper authorities.  Defamatory comments may be subject to legal action.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 01/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:54

213 - Board Minutes and Records

213 - Board Minutes and Records

The Board will keep and maintain permanent records of the Board including, but not limited to, records of the minutes of Board meetings and other required records of the Board.

A complete and accurate set of minutes of each regular and special Board meeting shall be kept to comply with all legal requirements.  Minutes of all of the regular meetings of the Board shall be kept showing the time, date, and place, the members present, action taken, the vote of each member, and the schedule of bills allowed will be attached. 

Minutes leading to a closed session shall include the vote of each member on the question of holding the closed session and the reason for the closed session, but the statement of such reason need not state in the minutes the name of any individual or the details of the matter discussed in the closed session.

This information will be available within two (2) weeks of the Board meeting and forwarded to the newspaper designated as the official newspaper for publication.  The information does not need to be published within two (2) weeks.  The schedule of bills allows may be published on a once monthly basis in lieu of publication with the minutes.  A copy of the minutes shall be sent to each member of the Board before the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Minutes shall be kept in an official record book specified for that purpose and shall be kept on file as the official record of legislation of the District and shall be open to public inspection.  Examination of the official record book by any citizen or group of citizens must be made at the location where the District maintains the records and under the jurisdiction of the Board Secretary.

A complete and accurate set of minutes will be made of each meeting and/or session of the Board as is required by law.  A complete and accurate set of minutes and complete audio recordings will be made of each closed session of the Board as required by law.  The Board Secretary will be custodian of the minutes and audio recordings from a closed session, which shall be maintained as required by law.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 01/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:55

214 - Complaints

214 - Complaints

The Board recognizes situations may arise in the operation of the District which are of concern to parents and other members of the District community.

The Board firmly believes concerns should be resolved at the lowest organizational level by those individuals closest to the concern. Whenever a complaint or concern is brought to the attention of the Board it will be referred to the administration to be resolved. Prior to Board action however, the following should be completed:

  1. Matters should first be addressed to the teacher or employee.
     
  2. Unsettled matters from (a) above or problems and questions about individual attendance centers should be addressed to the employee's building principal
  3. Unsettled matters from (b) above or problems and questions concerning the District should be directed to the Superintendent.
  4. If a matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, it may then be brought to the Board for consideration. To bring a concern, the individual shall notify the Board President or Board Secretary in writing, who may bring it to the attention of the entire Board.

It is within the discretion of the Board to address complaints from the members of the District community, and the Board will only consider whether to address complaints if they are in writing, signed, and the complainant has complied with this policy. The Board is not obligated to address a complaint and may defer to the decision of the Superintendent. If the Board elects not to address a complaint, the decision of the Superintendent shall be final. If the Board does elect to address a complaint, its decision shall be final.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 01/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:56

215 - Conflict of Interest

215 - Conflict of Interest

The Board believes that individual Board members should not be placed in a situation of having to choose between the welfare of the public school system and personal financial interests.  The mere existence of a temptation to dereliction of duty creates a conflict of interest.

Board members must be able to make decisions objectively.  It shall be a conflict of interest for a Board member to receive direct compensation from the District, unless exempted in this policy, for anything other than the actual and necessary expenses, including travel, incurred in the performance of official duties.  A Board member shall not act as an agent for a school textbook or school supply company during the Board member's term of office.  It shall not be a conflict of interest for Board members to receive compensation from the District for contracts to purchase goods or services if the benefit to the Board member does not exceed $6,000 in a fiscal year and if the contracts are made by the Board, upon competitive bid in writing, publicly invited, and opened.

The conflict of interest provisions do not apply to a contract that is a bond, note or other obligation of a school corporation if the contract is not acquired directly from the school corporation, but is acquired in a transaction with a third party, who may or may not be the original underwriter, purchaser, or obligee of the contract, or to a contract in which a director has an interest solely by reason of employment if the contract was made by competitive bid, in writing, publicly invited and opened, or if the remuneration for employment will not be directly affected as a result of the contract and duties of employment do not involve any of the preparation or procurement of any part of the contract.  The competitive bid section of the conflict of interest provision does not apply to a contract for professional services not customarily competitively bid.

It shall also be a conflict of interest for a Board member to engage in any outside employment or activity which is in conflict with the Board member’s official duties and responsibilities.  In determining whether outside employment or activity of a Board member creates a conflict of interest, situations in which an unacceptable conflict of interest shall be deemed to exist shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following:

  1. The outside employment or activity involves the use of the District’s time, facilities, equipment and supplies or the use of the District badge, uniform, business card or other evidence of office to give the board member or member of the board member’s immediate family an advantage or pecuniary benefit that is not available to other similarly situated members or classes of members of the general public.  For purposes of this section, a person is not “similarly situated” merely by being related to a board member.
     
  2. The outside employment or activity involves the receipt of, promise of, or acceptance of more or other consideration by the Board member or the Board member’s immediate family from anyone other than the state or the District for the performance of any act that the Board member would be required or expected to perform as part of the Board member’s regular duties or during the hours in which the Board member performs service or work for the District.
     
  3. The outside employment or activity is subject to the official control, inspection, review, audit, or enforcement authority of the Board member, during the performance of the Board member’s duties of office or employment.

If the outside employment or activity is employment or activity in (1) or (2) above, the Board member must cease the employment of or activity.  If the activity or employment falls under (3), then the Board member must:

  • Cease the outside employment or activity; or
  • Publicly disclose the existence of the conflict and refrain from taking any official action or performing any official duty that would detrimentally affect or create a benefit for the outside employment or activity.  Official action or official duty includes, but is not limited to, participating in any vote, taking affirmative action to influence any vote, or providing any other official service or thing that is not available generally to members of the public in order to further the interests of the outside employment or activity.

It shall be the responsibility of each Board member to be aware of an actual or potential conflict of interest.  It shall also be the responsibility of each Board member to take the action necessary to eliminate such a conflict of interest.  Should a conflict of interest arise, a Board member should not participate in any action relating to the issue from which the conflict arose.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 01/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 16:59

216 - Code of Ethics of the Board

216 - Code of Ethics of the Board

Board of Director members, as public officials, should strive to perform all the duties of the office in an ethical manner.  In general, the Board members should operate within the following Code of Ethics established by the Iowa Association of School Boards and adopted by the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Board of Directors as guidelines for Board members.

Board members’ actions, verbal and nonverbal, reflect the attitude and the beliefs of the District.  Therefore, Board members must conduct themselves professionally and in a manner fitting to their position.  Each Board member shall follow the code of ethics stated in this policy.

As a school board member:

  1. I will listen.
  2. I will respect the opinion of others.
  3. I will recognize the integrity of my predecessors and associates and the merit of their work.
  4. I will be motivated only by an earnest desire to serve my school district and the children of my school district community in the best possible way.
  5. I will not use the school district or any part of the school district program for my own personal advantage or for the advantage of my friends or supporters.
  6. I will vote for a closed session of the board if the situation requires it, but I will consider “star chamber” or “secret” sessions of board members unethical.
  7. I will recognize that to promise in advance of a meeting how I will vote on any proposition which is to be considered is to close my mind and agree not to think through other and points of view which may be presented in the meeting.
  8. I will expect, in board meetings, to spend more time on education programs and procedures than on business details.
  9. I will recognize that authority rests with the board in legal session and not with individual members of the board, except as authorized by law.
  10. I will make no disparaging remarks, in or out of the board meeting, about other member of the board or their opinions.
  11. I will express my honest and most thoughtful opinions frankly in board meetings in an effort to have decisions made for the best interests of the children and the education program. 
  12. I will insist that the members of the board participate fully in board action and recommend that when special committees are appointed, they serve only in an investigative and advisor and advisory capacity.
  13. I will abide by majority decisions of the board.
  14. I will carefully consider petitions, resolutions and complaints and will act in the best interests of the school district.
  15. I will not discuss the confidential business of the board in my home, on the street or in my office; the place for such discussion is the board meeting.
  16. I will endeavor to keep informed on local, state and national educational developments of significance so I may become a better board member.

In meeting my responsibility to my school district community:

  1. I will consider myself a trustee of public education and will do my best to protect it, conserve it, and advance it, giving to the children of my school district community the educational facilities that are as complete and adequate as it is possible to provide.
  2. I will consider it an important responsibility of the board to interpret the aims, methods and attitudes of the school district to the community.
  3. I will earnestly try to interpret the needs and attitudes of the school district community and do my best to translate them into the education program of the school district.
  4. I will attempt to procure adequate financial support for the school district.
  5. I will represent the entire school district rather than individual electors, patrons or groups.
  6. I will not regard the school district facilities as my own private property but as the property of the people.

In my relationship with Superintendent and employees:

  1. I will function, in meeting the legal responsibility that is mine, as a part of a legislative, policy-forming body, not as an administrative officer.
  2. I will recognize that it is my responsibility, together with that of my fellow board members to see the school district is properly run and not to run it myself.
  3. I will expect the school district to be administered by the best-trained technical and professional people it is possible to procure within the financial resources of the school district.
  4. I will recognize the Superintendent as executive officer of the board.
  5. I will work through the administrative employees of the board, not over or around them.
  6. I will expect the Superintendent to keep the board adequately informed through oral and written reports.
  7. I will vote to employ employees only after the recommendation of the Superintendent has been received.
  8. I will insist that contracts be equally binding on teachers and the board.
  9. I will give the Superintendent power commensurate with the Superintendent’s responsibility and will not in any way interfere with, or seek to undermine, the Superintendent’s authority.
  10. I will give the Superintendent friendly counsel and advice.
  11. I will present any personal criticism of employees to the Superintendent.
  12. I will refer complaints to the proper administrative officer.

To cooperate with other school boards:

  1. I will not employ a Superintendent, principal or teacher who is already under contract with another school district without first securing assurance from the proper authority that the person can be released from contract.
  2. I will consider it unethical to pursue any procedure calculated to embarrass a neighboring board or its representatives.
  3. I will not recommend an employee for a position in another school district unless I would employ the employee under similar circumstances.
  4. I will answer all inquiries about the standing and ability of an employee to the best of my knowledge and judgment, with complete frankness.
  5. I will associate myself with board members of other school districts for the purpose of discussing school district issues and cooperating in the improvement of the education program.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:01

217 - Board Member Liability

217 - Board Member Liability

Board members shall not be held personally liable for actions taken in the performance of their duties and responsibilities vested in them by the laws of Iowa and the members of the school district community within the scope of their official duties.  In carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their office, Board members shall act in good faith.

The District will defend, save harmless, and indemnify Board members against tort claims or demands, whether groundless or otherwise, arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring within the scope of their duties, unless it constitutes a willful or wanton act or omission.  However, the District will not save harmless or indemnify Board members for punitive damages.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:09

218 - President of the Board

218 - President of the Board

It is the responsibility of the board president to lead a well-organized Board in an efficient and effective manner. The Board President will set the tone of the Board meetings and, as the representative of the consensus of the Board, speak on behalf of the Board to the public.

The President of the Board is elected by a majority vote at the organizational meeting in odd-numbered years and at the annual meeting in even-numbered years, to serve a one-year term of office.

The President, in addition to presiding at the Board meetings, will take an active role in Board decisions by discussing and voting on each motion before the Board in the same manner as other Board members. Before making or seconding a motion, the Board President will turn over control of the meeting to either the Vice President or other Board member.

The Board President has the authority to call special meetings of the Board. Prior to Board meetings, the Board President will consult with the Superintendent on the development of the agenda for the meeting.

The Board President, as the chief officer of the District, will sign employment contracts and sign other contracts and District warrants approved by the Board and appear on behalf of the District in causes of action involving the District.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:09

219 - Vice President of the Board

219 - Vice President of the Board

The Vice President shall serve in the absence of the President and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Board.  If the Board President is unable or unwilling to carry out the duties required, it is the responsibility of the Vice President to carry out the duties of the President. If the President is unable or unwilling to complete the President’s term of office, the Vice President will serve as President for the balance of the President’s term of office, and a new Vice President will be elected.

The Vice President is elected by a majority vote at the organizational meeting of in odd-numbered years and at the annual meeting in even-numbered years, to serve a one-year term of office.

The Vice President will accept control of a Board meeting from the President when the President wishes to make or second a motion. The Vice President will take an active role in Board decisions by discussing and voting on matters before the Board in the same manner as other Board members.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/202

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:10

220 - Secretary-Treasurer

220 - Secretary-Treasurer

It is the responsibility of the Board to annually appoint a Board Secretary-Treasurer.  A Board Secretary-Treasurer may be appointed from employees, other than a position requiring a teaching certificate, or from the public.  To finalize the appointment, the Board Secretary-Treasurer will take the oath of office during the meeting at which the individual was appointed or no later than ten days thereafter.  It is the responsibility of the Board to evaluate the Board Secretary-Treasurer annually.

It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary-Treasurer, as custodian of District records, to preserve and maintain the records and documents pertaining to the business of the Board; to keep complete minutes of special and regular Board meetings, including closed sessions; to keep a record of the results of regular and special elections; to keep an accurate account of school funds; to sign warrants drawn on the school funds after Board approval; and collect data on truant students.  The Board Secretary-Treasurer will also be responsible for filing the required reports with the Iowa Department of Education.

It is the responsibility of the Secretary-Treasurer to oversee the investment portfolio, to receive funds of the District, to pay out the funds for expenses approved by the Board, to maintain accurate accounting records for each fund, to report monthly regarding the investment portfolio and the status of each fund and to file required reports with the appropriate state agencies and other entities. It is also the responsibility of the Secretary-Treasurer to coordinate the financial records, the financial reports, the cash flow needs, and the investment portfolio of the District.

In the event the Board Secretary-Treasurer is unable to fulfil the responsibilities set out by the Board and the law, the Superintendent will assume those duties until the Board Secretary-Treasurer is able to resume the responsibility or a new Board Secretary-Treasurer is appointed.  The Board Secretary-Treasurer will give bond in an amount set by the Board.  The cost of the bond will be paid by the school district.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:11

221 - Legal Counsel

221 - Legal Counsel

The Board of Directors will annually appoint legal counsel to represent the school district as necessary for its proper conduct of legal affairs of the District.  Counsel will attend regular and special meetings of the Board, either in person or by telephone when telephonic representation is feasible, when requested to do so and will be available for consultation as needed.

Because it is often necessary to consult legal counsel as part of background information to be used by the Board in making decisions, and because at times the school district may be involved in litigation or other legal matters, the Superintendent, Board President, and Board Secretary-Treasurer are authorized to seek counsel’s services as needed.  The Board is to be kept informed of legal matters that are other than routine and of any legal services that may involve unusual expense to the District. 

Legal counsel shall be available for consultation as needed.  Legal counsel shall be paid on an hourly/case basis, rather than a retainer basis.

Individual Board members may only contact school legal counsel when the full Board has given permission for such consultation.  Otherwise, the Board member is responsible for paying any legal fees that may result.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:11

222 - Board Committees

222 - Board Committees

The Board may determine from time to time that Board committees may be required to assist the Board in its discharge of duties.  In addition to any legally required committees, the Board may appoint standing committees with specific charges. 

If the Board creates or appoints a committee, the Board and the committee will strive to follow all applicable federal and state laws.  The Board and the committee will strive to follow state open meetings and public records requirements.  The Board and the committee will also strive to follow state and federal requirements regarding gender balance on committees.

In no case shall a committee constitute a quorum of the Board of Directors.

Reports of Board committees shall be circulated in advance through the Superintendent's office, except in an emergency or as directed by the Board or president of the Board.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:12

223 - Ad Hoc Committees

223 - Ad Hoc Committees

Whenever the Board deems it necessary, the Board may appoint a committee composed of citizens, employees or students to assist the Board. Committees formed by the Board are ad hoc committees.

An ad hoc committee may be formed by Board action which will outline the duties and purpose of the committee. The committee is advisory in nature and has no duty or responsibility other than that specifically stated in the Board action. The committee will automatically dissolve upon the delivery of its final recommendation to the Board or upon completion of the duties outlined in the Board action. The Board will receive the report of the committee for consideration. The Board retains the authority to make a final decision on the issue. The committee may be subject to the open meetings law.

The method for selection of committee members will be stated in the Board action. When possible, and when the necessary expertise required allows, the committee members will be representative of the District community and will consider the various viewpoints on the issue. The Board may designate a Board member and the Superintendent to serve on an ad hoc committee. The committee will select its own chairperson, unless the Board designates otherwise.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:13

224 - Board Responsibility for Policy Development, Revision, and Dissemination

224 - Board Responsibility for Policy Development, Revision, and Dissemination

The Board shall develop and maintain a policy manual that provides a codification of its policy actions.   Board policy provides the general direction as to what the Board wishes to accomplish while allowing the Superintendent to implement Board policy.  Policies shall be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure relevance to current practices and compliance with the law.

The written policy statements contained in this manual provide guidelines and goals to the citizens, administration, employees and students in the District community.  The policy statements shall be the basis for the formulation of regulations by the administration.  The Board shall determine the effectiveness of the policy statements by evaluating periodic reports from the administration.

Policy statements may be proposed by a Board member, administrator, employee, student or member of the District community.  Proposed policy statements or ideas shall be submitted to the Superintendent’s office for possible placement on the Board agenda.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to bring these proposals to the attention of the Board.

The policies of the Board may be amended or revised by resolution adopted at any regular meeting, provided notice of such change shall have been given at a previous meeting. The Superintendent is authorized to submit written recommendations for revision of any existing policies as he deems necessary for the most efficient operation of the District. The Superintendent will notify all employees whenever revisions, additions or amendments are made. This notice procedure shall be required except for emergency situations, which shall be determined solely by the Board.

The Board shall give notice of proposed policy changes or adoption of new policies by placing the item on the agenda of two (2) Board meetings.  The proposed policy changes shall be available for the public and public comment will be allowed at both meetings prior to final Board action.  This notice procedure shall be required except for emergency situations.  If the Board adopts a policy in an emergency situation, a statement regarding the emergency and the need for immediate adoption of the policy shall be included in the minutes.  The Board shall have complete discretion to determine what constitutes an emergency situation.

The final action taken to adopt the proposed policy shall be approved by a simple majority vote of the Board.  The policy will be effective on the later of the date of passage or the date stated in the motion.

In the case of an emergency, a new or changed policy may be adopted by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board.  The emergency policy shall expire at the close of the third regular meeting following the emergency action, unless the policy adoption procedure stated above is followed and the policy is reaffirmed.

The Board shall, at least once every five years, review Board policy.  Each year, the Board may make a determination about the sections and/or series of the policy manual and the specific policies in the policy manual to be reviewed.  Once the policy has been reviewed, even if no changes were made, a notation of the date of review shall be made on the face of the policy statement.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to keep the Board informed as to legal changes at both the federal and state levels.  The Superintendent shall also be responsible for bringing proposed policy statement revisions to the Board’s attention.

If a policy is revised because of a legal change over which the Board has no control, the policy may be approved at one meeting at the discretion of the board.

The Board policy manual shall be housed in each District attendance center and in the central administration office.  Each Board member shall have a personal copy of the Board policy manual, either an electronic copy or a hard copy.  Persons wishing to review the Board policy manual shall contact the Board Secretary, who shall have a Board policy manual available for public inspection, either with an electronic copy or a hard copy.

It shall be the responsibility of the Board Secretary to ensure copies of new and revised policy statements are distributed to the custodians of Board policy manuals as soon as possible following the policy’s adoption.  Copies of changes in Board policy shall also be included in or attached to the minutes of the meetings in which the final action was taken to adopt the new or changed policy.

It shall be the responsibility of each Board member, during the Board member’s term of office, to keep the manual current and up-to-date and to surrender the manual to the Board Secretary at the conclusion of the Board member’s term of office.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 04/12/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:13

225 - Suspension of Policy

225 - Suspension of Policy

Generally, the Board will follow a Board policy and enforce it equitably.  The Board, and only the Board, may, in extreme emergencies of a very unique nature, suspend a policy.  It is within the discretion of the Board to determine when an extreme emergency of a very unique nature exists.  Reasons for suspension of a Board policy will be documented in Board minutes.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 04/12/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:14

226 - Absence of Policy

226 - Absence of Policy

When there is no Board policy in existence to provide guidance on a matter, the Superintendent is authorized to act accordingly under the circumstances surrounding the situation, keeping in mind the educational philosophy of the District and the financial condition of the District.

It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to inform the Board of the situation and the action taken and to document the action taken when necessary.  The Superintendent shall draft a policy recommendation if deemed appropriate.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 04/12/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:15

227 - Development and Enforcement of Administrative Regulations

227 - Development and Enforcement of Administrative Regulations

Administrative regulations may be necessary to implement Board policy. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to develop administrative regulations.

In developing the administrative regulations, the Superintendent may consult with administrators or others likely to be affected by the regulations.  Once the regulations are developed, employees, students, and other members of the District community will be informed in a manner determined by the Superintendent.

The Board will be kept informed of the administrative regulations utilized and their revisions.  The Board may review and recommend change of administrative regulations prior to their use in the school district if they are contrary to the intent of Board policy.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to enforce administrative regulations.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 04/12/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:16

228 - Board Member Development Opportunities

228 - Board Member Development Opportunities

Board members are encouraged to participate in on-going development opportunities that address the needs of the individual Board member on a topical basis.

The development opportunities include the following:

  • Board President workshops
  • IASB District Director meetings
  • Legislative Meetings
  • State convention and regional meetings of IASB
  • National School Board Association Convention
  • State institutes and conferences
  • ABLE (Academy of Board Learning Experiences)

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 05/17/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:17

229 - Compensation and Expenses

229 - Compensation and Expenses

Members of the Board of Directors shall serve without pay.  They shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the Board.

Prior to reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses, a Board member must submit a detailed receipt indicating the date, purpose, and nature of the expense for each claim item. Failure to provide a detailed receipt will make the expense non-reimbursable. Personal expenses will be reimbursed by a Board member to the District no later than ten (10) working days following the date of the expense. In exceptional circumstances, the Board may allow a claim without a proper receipt. Written documentation explaining the exceptional circumstances will be maintained as part of the District's record of the claim.

It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary to compile the expenses of Board members and bring them to the Board for audit and approval in the same manner as other claims of the District. It is the responsibility of the Board to determine through the audit and approval process of the Board whether the expenses incurred by a Board member are actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 05/17/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:17

230 - Attendance at National Meetings/Conventions

230 - Attendance at National Meetings/Conventions

After the Board determines that attendance at a national meeting or convention could be of benefit to the operation of the Board, the professional growth of an individual Board member, the District in general, and/or its students, the following procedures will be adhered to:

1.  Attendance shall be limited to two (2) Board members per national meeting/convention and individual members can attend no more than twice during their four-year term of office.  It is recommended that the Board President and Vice President attend each year unless they have previously attended a like meeting/convention during their four-year term of office.  When this occurs other Board members shall have the opportunity to attend on a rotating basis within the above guidelines.  During each member’s four-year term of office, it is recommended that they attend at least one such meeting/convention.

2.   After a decision has been made to attend and which members will be attending, a pre-convention meeting prior to departure will be held.  The purpose of such a meeting will be to examine the meeting/convention program in detail to determine which sessions to attend, what specific information to look for, and/or any specific questions/problems for which to seek solutions/possible alternatives.

3.   Each member shall make a formal report to the full Board upon return from the meeting/convention. It is suggested that the members attending such meetings/conventions compile a notebook to aid in reporting to the Board and for future reference.

4.   The costs to be reimbursed and/or allowed at District expense include; transportation, meals, lodging, applicable materials and/or equipment purchased, and tips.  No expenses shall be allowed/approved for friends or family who accompanied the Board members to the meeting/convention.  Receipts and vouchers shall be required prior to reimbursement and it is suggested that Board members keep a record of their expenses incurred while attending such meeting/convention.

5.   Entertainment, side trips, and other expenses incurred during free time will not be reimbursable by the school district to the Board members.

6.   In unusual or special circumstances the Board may waive the numbers limitation on members attending a particular convention.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 05/17/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:18

231 - Gifts to Board Members

231 - Gifts to Board Members

Board members may receive a gift on behalf of the school district. Board members will not, either directly or indirectly, solicit, accept or receive a gift, series of gifts or an honorarium unless the donor does not meet the definition of "restricted donor" stated below or the gift or honorarium does not meet the definition of gift or honorarium stated below.

A "restricted donor" is defined as a person or other entity which:

  • Is seeking to be or is a party to any one or any combination of sales, purchases, leases or contracts to, from or with the District;
  • Will be directly and substantially affected financially by the performance or non-performance of the Board member's official duty in a way that is greater than the effect on the public generally or on a substantial class of persons to which the person belongs as a member of a profession, occupation, industry or region; or
  • Is a lobbyist or a client of a lobbyist with respect to matters within the District's jurisdiction.

A "gift" is the giving of anything of value in return for which something of equal or greater value is not given or received. However, "gift" does not include any of the following:

  • Contributions to a candidate or a candidate's committee;
  • Information material relevant to a Board member's official function, such as books, pamphlets, reports, documents, periodicals or other information that is recorded in a written, audio or visual format;
  • Anything received from a person related within the fourth degree by kinship or marriage, unless the donor is acting as an agent or intermediary for another person not so related;
  • An inheritance;
  • Anything available or distributed to the general public free of charge without regard to the official status of the Board recipient;
  • Items received from a charitable, professional, educational or business organization to which the Board member belongs as a dues paying member if the items are given to all members of the organization without regard to an individual member's status or positions held outside of the organization and if the dues paid are not inconsequential when compared to the items received;
  • Actual expenses of a Board member for food, beverages, travel, and lodging for a meeting, which is given in return for participation in a panel or speaking engagement at the meeting when the expenses relate directly to the day or days on which the Board member has participation or presentation responsibilities;
  • Plaques or items of negligible resale value given as recognition for public service;
  • Nonmonetary items with a value of less than three dollars ($3.00) that are received from any one donor during one calendar day;
  • Items or services solicited or given to a state, national or regional organization in which the state of Iowa or a school district is a member for purposes of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting or solicited by or given to state, national or regional government organizations whose memberships and officers are primarily composed of state or local government officials or employees for purposes of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting;
  • Items or services received by members or representatives of members as part of a regularly scheduled event that is part of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting that is sponsored and directed by any state, national or regional government organization in which the state of Iowa or a political subdivision of the state of Iowa is a member or received at such an event by members or representatives of members of state, national or regional government organizations whose memberships and officers are primarily composed of state or local government officials or employees;
  • Funeral flowers or memorials to a church or non-profit organization;
  • Gifts which are given to a public official for the public official's wedding or twenty-fifth or fiftieth wedding anniversary;
  • Payment of salary or expenses by a Board member's employer or the firm in which the Board member is a member for the cost of attending a meeting of a subunit of an agency when the Board member whose expenses are being paid serves on a board, commission, committee, council or other subunit of the agency and the Board member is not entitled to receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses from the District;
  • Gifts other than food, beverages, travel, and lodging received by a Board member which are received from a person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States and is given during a ceremonial presentation or as a result of a custom of the other country and is of personal value only to the board member; or
  • Actual registration costs for informational meetings or sessions which assist a public official or public employee in the performance of the person's official functions. The costs of food, drink, lodging, and travel are not "registration costs" under this paragraph. Meetings or sessions which a public official or public employee attends for personal or professional licensing purposes are not "informational meetings or sessions which assist a public official or public employee in the performance of the person's official functions" under this paragraph.

An "honorarium" is anything of value that is accepted by, or on behalf of, a board member as consideration for an appearance, speech or article. An honorarium does not include any of the following:

  • Actual expenses of a Board member for registration, food, beverages, travel or lodging for a meeting, which is given in return for participation in a panel or speaking engagement at a meeting when the expenses relate directly to the day or days on which the Board member has participation or presentation responsibilities;
  • A nonmonetary gift or series of nonmonetary gifts donated within thirty (30) days to a public body, an educational or charitable organization or the department of general services; or
  • A payment made to a Board member for services rendered as part of a private business, trade or profession in which the Board member is       engaged if the payment is commensurate with the actual services rendered and is not being made because of the person's status as a Board member but, rather, because of some special expertise or other qualification.

It is the responsibility of each Board member to know when it is appropriate to accept or reject gifts or honorariums.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 05/17/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:19

232 - Rules of Order

232 - Rules of Order

An orderly Board meeting allows the Board members to participate in the discussion and decision process on an issue confronting the District.  Rules of order for Board meetings allow District business and the relative information concerning the business to be brought to the attention of the Board.  They also allow the Board to discuss, act upon, and make a clear record of District business in a regular, ordered, reasonable, and consistent manner.

It shall be the responsibility of each Board member to follow the rules of order stated in this policy at each meeting, and it shall be the responsibility of the presiding officer to conduct the Board meeting within these rules.

The Board shall follow Robert’s Rule of Order, Revised, latest edition as modified by this policy and subsequent rule.

The purpose of modified rules adopted by the Board are:

  • To establish guidelines by which the business of the Board can be conducted in a regular and internally consistent manner;
  • To organize the meetings so all necessary matters can be brought to the Board and decisions of the Board can be made in an orderly and reasonable manner;
  • To insure members of the Board, concentrating on the substantive issues at hand, have the necessary information to make decisions, and to insure adequate discussion of decisions to be made; and,
  • To insure meetings and actions of the Board are conducted so as to be informative to the staff and the public, and to produce a clear record of actions taken and decisions made.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 06/21/2020

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 01/30/2022 - 17:26

300 - DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

300 - DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:53

301 - General Leadership Duties

301 - General Leadership Duties

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District administrators provide educational leadership and implement the educational philosophy of the District.  They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the District and to deal initially with all issues arising from those operations.  In carrying out these operations, the administrators are guided by Board policies, the law, the needs of the students, and the wishes of the citizens in the District community.

It is the responsibility of the administrators to implement and enforce the policies of the Board, to oversee employees, to monitor educational issues confronting the District, and to inform the Board about District operations.

While the Board holds the Superintendent ultimately responsible for these duties, the principals are more directly responsible for educational results, for the administration of the school facilities, and for the employees.

The Board and the administration shall work together to share information and decisions under the management team concept.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 06/21/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:40

302 - Management

302 - Management

The Board and the administrators will work together in making decisions and setting goals for the District.  This effort is designed to obtain, share, and use information to solve problems, make decisions, and formulate District policies and regulations.

It is the responsibility of each administrator to fully participate in the management of the District by investigating, analyzing, and expressing their views on issues.  Those Board members or administrators with special expertise or knowledge of an issue may be called upon to provide information.  Each Board member and administrator will support the decisions reached on the issues confronting the District.

The Board is responsible for making the final decision in matters pertaining to the District. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to develop guidelines for cooperative decision-making.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 06/21/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:41

303 - Management Team

303 - Management Team

The Board considers all those who have a role in the recruitment or release of employees to be part of the management team.  The management team is headed by the Superintendent.  The Superintendent will convene meetings to discuss District policies, administrative procedures, and other business brought to the Superintendent's attention.

The management team will meet with the Board upon the Board's request or Superintendent's recommendation to review overall operations of the District and conditions affecting the management team.  The management team will have no relationship to the formal negotiating unit.  In the event a member or members of the management team are unable to resolve a problem, a committee of one Board member, one management team member, and the Superintendent will investigate the circumstances and make a recommendation.  If the recommendation does not settle the matter, the Board and the management team will meet to resolve the matter.  The Board may seek the advice of outside management consultants to assist in resolving the matter.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 06/21/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:42

304 - Superintendent Qualifications, Recruitment, and Appointment

304 - Superintendent Qualifications, Recruitment, and Appointment

The Board will employ a Superintendent to serve as the chief executive officer of the Board, to conduct the daily operations of the District, and to implement Board policy with the power and duties prescribed by the Board and the law.

The Board will consider applicants that meet or exceed the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education and the qualifications established in the job description for the Superintendent position.  In employing a Superintendent, the Board will consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or gender identity.  In keeping with the law, however, the Board will consider the veteran status of the applicants.  The Board will look closely at the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of qualified applicants in making its final decision.

In choosing a Superintendent, the Board will also consider the District's educational philosophy, financial situation, organizational structure, education programs, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

The Board may contract for assistance in the search for a Superintendent.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:42

305 - Superintendent Duties and Responsibilities

305 - Superintendent Duties and Responsibilities

The Board employs a Superintendent of schools to serve as the chief executive officer of the Board.  The Board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to implement Board policy and to execute decisions made by the Board concerning the internal operations of the District, unless specifically stated otherwise.  The Superintendent shall be vested with the necessary authority and be provided the appropriate personnel to carry out the responsibilities of the position.

The Superintendent shall be responsible for the implementation and execution of Board policy and the observance of Board policy by employees and students.  The Superintendent shall be responsible for overall supervision and discipline of employees and the education program.

The Superintendent shall attend all meetings of the Board.  The Superintendent may provide the Board with information, advice, and recommendations, but shall not vote.

In executing the above-stated duties, the Superintendent shall consider the financial situation of the District as well as the needs of the students.

The specific responsibilities of the Superintendent include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Interprets and implements all Board policies and all state and federal laws relevant to education;
  • Supervises, either directly or through delegation, all activities of the school system according to, and consistent with, the policies of the Board;
  • Represents the Board as a liaison between the District and the community;
  • Establishes and maintains a program of public relations to keep the public well-informed of the activities and needs of the District, effecting a wholesome and cooperative working relationship between the District and the community;
  • Attends and participates in all meetings of the Board, except when the Superintendent’s employment or salary is under consideration, and makes recommendations affecting the District;
  • Reports to the Board on such matters as deemed material to the understanding and proper management of the District or as the Board may request;
  • Assumes responsibility for the overall financial planning of the District and for the preparation of the annual budget, and submits it to the Board for review and approval;
  • Establishes and maintains efficient procedures and effective controls for all expenditures of District funds in accordance with the adopted budget, subject to the direction and approval of the Board;
  • Files, or causes to be filed, all reports required by law;
  • Makes recommendations to the Board for the selection of employees for the District;
  • Makes and records assignments and transfers of all employees pursuant to their qualifications;
  • Employs such employees as may be necessary, within the limits of budgetary provisions and subject to the Board’s approval;
  • Recommends to the Board, for final action, the promotion, salary change, demotion, or dismissal of any employee;
  • Prescribes rules for the classification and advancement of students, and for the transfer of students from one building to another in accordance with Board policies;
  • Summons employees of the District to attend such regular and occasional meetings as are necessary to carry out the education program of the District;
  • Supervises methods of teaching, supervision, and administration in effect in the schools;
  • Attends such conventions and conferences as are necessary to keep informed of the latest educational trends;
  • Accepts responsibility for the general efficiency of the school system, for the development of the employees, and for the educational growth and welfare of the students;
  • Defines educational needs and formulates policies and plans for recommendation to the Board;
  • Makes administrative decisions necessary for the proper functioning of the District;
  • Responsible for scheduling the use of buildings and grounds by all groups and/or organizations;
  • Acts as the purchasing agent for the Board, and establishes procedures for the purchase of books, materials and supplies;
  • Approves vacation schedules for employees;
  • Conducts periodic District administration meetings; and,
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Board.
  • Supervises the establishment or modification of the boundaries of school attendance and transportation areas subject to approval of the Board.
  • Directs studies of buildings and sites, taking into consideration population trends and the educational and cultural needs of the District in order to ensure timely decisions by the Board and the electorate regarding construction and renovation projects.

This list of duties shall not act to limit the Board’s authority and responsibility over the Superintendent.  In executing these duties and others the Board may delegate, the Superintendent shall consider the District’s financial condition as well as the needs of the students in the District.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:43

306 - Superintendent Evaluation

306 - Superintendent Evaluation

The Board will conduct an ongoing evaluation of the Superintendent on the Superintendent's skills, abilities, and competence. Annually, the Board will formally evaluate the Superintendent. The goal of the Superintendent's formal evaluation is to ensure the education program for the students is carried out, promote growth in effective administrative leadership, clarify the Superintendent's role, clarify the immediate priorities of the Board, and develop a working relationship between the Board and the Superintendent.

The formal evaluation will be based on the following principles:

  • The evaluation criteria shall be in writing, clearly stated, and mutually agreed upon by the Board and the Superintendent.
  • The evaluation criteria will be related to the Superintendent’s job description.
  • The formal evaluation process will be conducted annually at a time previously agreed upon.
  • Each Board member shall have an opportunity to individually evaluate the Superintendent, and these individual evaluations will be complied into an overall evaluation by the entire Board.
  • The Board may discuss its evaluation of the Superintendent. This discussion may take place in closed session upon a request for a closed session from the Superintendent.
  • The individual evaluation by each Board member, if the individual Board members so desire, will not be reviewed by the Superintendent. However, Board members are urged to communicate their criticisms and concerns to the Superintendent.
  • The Board President will develop a written summary of the individual evaluations, including both the strengths and the weaknesses of the  Superintendent, and place it in the Superintendent's personnel file to be incorporated into the next cycle of evaluations.

This policy supports and does not preclude the ongoing informal evaluation of the Superintendent's skills, abilities and competence.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:50

307 - Superintendent Contract and Contract Nonrenewal

307 - Superintendent Contract and Contract Nonrenewal

The length of the contract for employment between the Superintendent and the Board is determined by the Board and stated in the Superintendent’s contract.  The contract will begin on July 1 and end on June 30.  The contract will state the terms of employment.

The first three (3) years of employment of a newly employed superintendent is considered a probationary period.  The Board may extend the probationary period for an additional year upon the consent of the Superintendent.  In the event of termination of a probationary or non-probationary Superintendent, the Board shall afford the Superintendent appropriate due process.  The Superintendent and Board may mutually agree to terminate the Superintendent’s contract.

If a Superintendent's contract is not being renewed by the Board, the contract will be extended automatically for additional one year periods beyond the end of its term until it is modified or terminated as mutually agreed to by the parties or until the Superintendent's contract is terminated consistent with statutory termination procedures.

It is the responsibility of the Board to provide the contract for the Superintendent. If the Superintendent wishes to resign, to be released from a contract or to retire, the Superintendent must comply with Board policies dealing with retirement, release or resignation.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:52

308 - Superintendent Salary and Other Compensation

308 - Superintendent Salary and Other Compensation

The Board has complete discretion to set the salary of the Superintendent.  It is the responsibility of the Board to set the salary and benefits of the Superintendent at a level that will include consideration of, but not be limited to, the economic condition of the District and the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of the Superintendent.  The salary is set at the beginning of each contract term and included in each contract.

In addition to the salary and benefits, the Superintendent's actual and necessary expenses are paid by the District when the Superintendent is performing work-related duties.  It is within the discretion of the Board to pay dues to professional organizations for the Superintendent.

The Board may approve the payment of dues and other benefits or compensation over and above the Superintendent's contract.  Approval of dues and other benefits or compensation will be included in the records of the Board in accordance with Board policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/16/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:53

309 - Superintendent Professional Development

309 - Superintendent Professional Development

The Board encourages the Superintendent to continue professional growth by being involved in professional organizations, attending conferences, continuing education, and participating in other professional activities.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to arrange the Superintendent's schedule in order to enable attendance at various conferences and events.  If a conference or event requires the Superintendent to be absent from the office for more than three (3) days, requires overnight travel or involves unusual expense, the Superintendent will bring it to the attention of the Board President prior to attending the event.

The Superintendent will report to the Board after an event.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/16/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:54

310 - Administrative Cabinet

310 - Administrative Cabinet

The administrative cabinet will be composed of all administrators in the District.

The administrative cabinet shall meet at regularly scheduled time periods to consider an agenda prepared by the Superintendent which shall include items suggested by members of the staff. Members of the staff required to be present at administrative cabinet meetings may sometimes vary according to needs and involvement.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 – APPROVED: 12/03/ 2019
REVIEWED: 08/16/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:54

311 - Administrative Positions

311 - Administrative Positions

The District will have, in addition to the Superintendent, such other administrators as the Board believes, in its discretion, are necessary for the day to day operations of the District.

These administrators will work closely with the Superintendent in the day-to-day operations of the District.

It is the responsibility of these administrators to uphold Board policy, to instill a positive, cooperative environment with employees, and to share their expertise with each other and the Board under the management team concept.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 08/16/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:55

312 - Administrator Qualifications, Recruitment, and Appointment

312 - Administrator Qualifications, Recruitment, and Appointment

The Board will employ building principals and other administrators, in addition to the Superintendent, to assist in the daily operations of the District.

The Board will consider applicants who meet or exceed the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education and the qualifications established in the job description for the position.  In employing an administrator, the Board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or gender identity.  In keeping with the law, however, the Board will consider the veteran status of the applicants.  The Board will look closely at the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of qualified applicants in making its final decision.

In choosing an administrator, the Board will also consider the District's educational philosophy, financial condition, organizational structure, education programs, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to make a recommendation to the Board for filling an administrative position, based on the requirements stated in this policy.  The Board will act only on the Superintendent's recommendation.

The Board may contract for assistance in the search for administrators.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:56

313 - Administrator Contract and Contract Nonrenewal

313 - Administrator Contract and Contract Nonrenewal

The length of the contract for employment between an administrator and the Board will be determined by the Board and stated in the contract.  The contract will also state the terms of the employment.

The first three (3) years of employment of a newly employed administrator shall be considered a probationary period.  The probationary period may be extended for an additional year upon the consent of the administrator.  In the event of termination of a probationary or non-probationary administrator, the Board shall afford the administrator appropriate due process.  The administrator and Board may mutually agree to terminate the administrator’s contract.

If an administrator’s contract is not being renewed by the Board, the contract will be extended automatically for additional one year periods beyond the end of its term until it is modified or terminated as mutually agreed to by the parties or until the administrator’s contract is terminated consistent with statutory termination procedures

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to create a contract for each administrative position.

Administrators who wish to resign, to be released from a contract or to retire, must comply with Board policies regarding the areas of resignation, release or retirement.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:56

314 - Administrator Salary and Other Compensation

314 - Administrator Salary and Other Compensation

The Board has complete discretion to set the salary of the administrators.  It is the responsibility of the Board to set the salary and benefits of the administrators at a level that will include consideration of, but not be limited to, the economic condition of the District and the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of the administrators.  The salary will be set at the beginning of each contract period.

In addition to the salary and benefits agreed upon, the administrator's actual and necessary expenses will be paid by the District when the administrator is performing work-related duties.  The Board will approve the payment of other benefits or compensation over and above the administrator's contract.  Approval of other benefits or items of an administrator's compensation will be included in the records of the Board in accordance with Board policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:57

315 - Administrator Duties

315 - Administrator Duties

Administrators will be hired by the Board to assist the Superintendent in the day-to-day operations of the District.

Each attendance center will have a building principal responsible for the administration and operation of the attendance center.  Each building principal, as chief administrator of the assigned attendance center, is responsible for the building and grounds, for the students and employees assigned to the attendance center, for school activities at the attendance center, for the education program offered in the attendance center, and the budget for the attendance center.  The principal is considered the professional advisor to the Superintendent in matters pertaining to the attendance center supervised by the principal.  Although the principals serve under the direction of the Superintendent, duties of the principal may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Cooperate in the general organization and plan of procedure in the school under the principal's supervision;
  • Supervision of the teachers in the principal's attendance center;
  • Maintain the necessary records for carrying out delegated duties;
  • Work with the Superintendent in rating, recommending, and selecting supervised employees whenever possible;
  • Work with the Superintendent in determining the education program to be offered and in arranging the schedules.  As much of the schedule as possible should be made before school closes for summer vacation.  In the matter of courses offered, the final approval rests with the Superintendent who is in turn responsible to the Board;
  • Ensure that proper care is taken of all school books, supplies, materials, equipment, furniture, and facilities;
  • Instruct teachers to make a complete annual inventory of all school property contained in their individual rooms.  This inventory is reviewed and filed with the Board Secretary;
  • Investigate excessive cases of absence or tardiness of students and notify the parents or guardians of unexcused absence or tardiness.  All such cases should be reported to the Superintendent;
  • Make such reports from time to time as the Superintendent may require;
  • Maintain the regular schedule of school hours established by the Board and make no temporary changes in the schedule without the consent of the Superintendent;
  • Promptly notify the Superintendent whenever ventilation, sanitation or heating of the building is unsatisfactory;
  • Contribute to the formation and implementation of general policies and procedures of the school;
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Superintendent.

This list of duties will not act to limit the Board's authority and responsibility over the position of the administrators.  In executing these duties and others the Board may delegate, the administrators will consider the District's financial condition as well as the needs of the students in the District.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 09/20/2021

 

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:58

316 - Administrator Evaluation

316 - Administrator Evaluation

The Superintendent will conduct an ongoing process of evaluating the administrators on their skills, abilities, and competence.  At a minimum, the Superintendent will formally evaluate the administrators annually.  The goal of the formal evaluation process is to ensure that the educational program for the students is carried out, ensure student learning goals of the District are met, promote growth in effective administrative leadership for the District, clarify the administrator's role as defined by the Board and the Superintendent, ascertain areas in need of improvement, clarify the immediate priorities of the responsibilities listed in the job description, and develop a working relationship between the Superintendent and the administrator.

The Superintendent is responsible for designing an administrator evaluation instrument.  The formal evaluation will include written criteria related to the job description.  The Superintendent, after receiving input from the administrators, will present the formal evaluation instrument to the Board for approval.

The formal evaluation will also include an opportunity for the administrator and the Superintendent to discuss the written criteria, the past year's performance, and the future areas of growth.  The evaluation is completed by the Superintendent, signed by the administrator, and filed in the administrator's personnel file.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to conduct a formal evaluation of probationary administrators and non-probationary administrators prior to May 15.

This policy supports and does not preclude the ongoing informal evaluation of the administrator's skills, abilities, and competence.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:59

317 - Administrator Professional Development

317 - Administrator Professional Development

The Board encourages the administrators to continue their professional growth by becoming involved in professional organizations, attending conferences, continuing their education, and participating in other professional activities.

It is the responsibility of the administrators to arrange their schedules in order to attend various conferences and events in which they are involved.  Prior to attendance at an event, the administrator must receive approval from the Superintendent.  In the case where overnight travel or unusual expense is involved, the Superintendent will bring it to the attention of the Board prior to the administrator attending the event.  The administrator will report to the Superintendent after an event.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 10:59

318 - Administrator Code of Ethics

318 - Administrator Code of Ethics

Administrators, as part of the educational leadership in the District community, represent the views of the District.  Their actions, verbal and nonverbal, reflect the attitude and the beliefs of the District.  Therefore, administrators will conduct themselves professionally and in a manner fitting to their position.

Each administrator will follow the code of ethics stated in this policy.  Failure to act in accordance with this code of ethics or in a professional manner, in the judgment of the Board, will be grounds for discipline up to, and including, discharge.

The professional school administrator:

  • Upholds the honor and dignity of the profession in actions and relations with students, colleagues, Board members, and the public;
  • Obeys local, state, and national laws; holds to high ethical and moral standards; and gives loyalty to this country and to the cause of democracy and liberty;
  • Accepts the responsibility to master and contribute to the growing body of specialized knowledge, concepts, and skills which characterize school administration as a profession;
  • Strives to provide the finest possible educational experiences and opportunities to the members of the District community;
  • Seeks to preserve and enhance the prestige and status of the profession when applying for a position or entering into contractual agreements;
  • Carries out in good faith the policies duly adopted by the local Board and the regulations of state authorities and renders professional service;
  • Disallows consideration of private gain or personal economic interest to affect the discharge of professional responsibilities;
  • Recognizes public schools are the public's business and seeks to keep the public informed about their schools; and,
  • Supports and practices the management team concept.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 11:00

319 - Succession and Authority to the Superintendent

319 - Succession and Authority to the Superintendent

In the absence of the Superintendent, it is the responsibility of the other administrators to assume the Superintendent's duties. The succession of authority to the Superintendent is in this order: Jr/Sr High School Principal, Eddyville Elementary Principal, Blakesburg Elementary Principal, Fremont Elementary Principal.

If the absence of the Superintendent is temporary, the successor will assume only those duties and responsibilities of the Superintendent that require immediate action.  If the Board determines the absence of the Superintendent will be a lengthy one, the Board will appoint an acting superintendent to assume the responsibilities of the Superintendent.  The successor will assume the duties when the successor learns of the Superintendent's absence or when assigned by the Superintendent or the Board.

References to "Superintendent" in this policy manual will mean the "Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee" unless otherwise stated in the Board policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 10/18/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 01/24/2022 - 11:01

400 - STAFF

400 - STAFF Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:54

400 - General Principles

400 - General Principles

Employees provide a variety of important services for the District.  All employees have an impact on the District environment by the dedication to their work and their actions.  As role models for the students, employees shall promote a cooperative, enthusiastic, and supportive learning environment for the students.

In striving to achieve a quality educational program, the Board’s goal is to obtain and retain qualified and effective employees. The Board shall have the discretion to determine the number, the qualifications, and the duties of the positions and the District’s standards of acceptable performance.

Recruitment of staff members of the District shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent. In the discharge of this responsibility, the Superintendent shall make such use of other administrative and supervisory staff members as may be both practical and effective.    It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to make recommendations to the Board prior to Board action.

Board policies in this series shall apply to employees regardless of their position.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 11/22/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:32

401 - Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

401 - Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The District will provide equal opportunity to employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies.  Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment includes hiring, placement, promotion, transfer or demotion, recruitment, advertising or solicitation for employment, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and layoff or termination.  The District will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information in its employment practices.

Individuals who file an application with the District will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the Board, administration and the Department of Education for the position for which they apply.  The District will take affirmative action in major job categories where women, men, minorities, and persons with disabilities are underrepresented.  In employing individuals, the Board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to the applicant’s age, race, creed, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information.  In keeping with the law, the Board will consider the veteran status of applicants.

Prior to a final offer of employment for any position, the District will perform any background check required by law.  The District may determine on a case by case basis that, based on the duties, some positions within the District will require more through background checks.  Based upon the results of the background checks, the District will determine whether an offer will be extended and may withdraw a previously extended offer.

Employees will support and comply with the District’s established equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies.  Employees will be given notice of this policy annually.  Additionally, all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors, and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District are required to subscribe to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, executive orders, rules, and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal employment opportunity.

Advertisement and notices for vacancies within the District will contain the following statement: “The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District is an equal employment opportunity employer.”  The statement will also appear on application forms.

The District has adopted grievance procedures for processing complaints of discrimination. If an employee or applicant for employment has questions or a grievance related to sex discrimination pursuant to Title IX, please contact Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org, or the U.S. Department of Education (attn. Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights; 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov).  If an employee or applicant for employment has questions or a grievance related to any other provision of this policy, please contact the Superintendent, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-1004, 1-800-457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-4544, (312) 730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60661, 1-800-669-4000.  Inquiries may also be directed to the Director, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0146.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 11/22/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:33

402 - Employee Physical Examinations

402 - Employee Physical Examinations

Employees will be required to submit to a pre-employment physical examination after an offer of employment has been made and before the beginning of service.  The District will provide the standard examination form to be completed by an appropriately licensed health care provider who performs the physical examination.  A written report of the physical examination shall be submitted to the District.  The date by which any such physical examination report shall be submitted to the District shall be determined by the Superintendent, but in no case shall be any less than five (5) business days prior to the first working day.

Bus drivers will be examined using all applicable state and federal criteria at the beginning of employment and every two years thereafter.

Fitness-for-duty examinations may be required following an absence from work due to illness, if there is a reasonable belief that the employee is unable to perform the essential functions of the job or if there is a reasonable belief that the employee poses a direct threat to the employee or others because of a health condition.  A direct threat occurs when an individual poses a significant risk of substantial harm to himself/herself or others and the risk cannot be reduced below the direct threat level through reasonable accommodations.

All information regarding the medical condition or history of an employee must be kept in files separate from the employee’s personnel records and treated as a confidential medical record subject to state and federal confidentiality laws.

The District will provide an examination form to be completed by the personal physician of the employee.  The District also reserves the right to request additional physical or mental evaluation as deemed by a licensed physician for job performance.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 11/22/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:34

403 - Communicable Diseases

403 - Communicable Diseases

Some employees with a communicable disease, as defined by law, may be allowed to attend to their customary employment duties without creating a risk of transmission of the illness to students or other employees. There may be a greater risk of transmission of some communicable diseases for some employees with certain conditions than for other employees infected with the same disease. 

Employees with a communicable disease will be allowed to perform their customary employment duties provided they are able to perform the essential functions of their position and their presence does not create a substantial risk and/or direct threat of illness or transmission to students or other employees. The term communicable disease shall mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law. A direct threat occurs when an individual poses a significant risk of substantial harm to himself/herself or others and the risk cannot be reduced below the direct threat level through reasonable accommodations. 

An employee who is at work and who has a communicable disease that poses a direct threat, as defined above, shall report the condition to the Superintendent any time the employee is aware that the employee’s condition poses a direct threat. Any individual who has information that a District employee may have a communicable disease is encouraged to report the information to the Superintendent. 

Prevention and control of communicable diseases is included in the District's bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan. The procedures will include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees, and record keeping. This plan is reviewed annually by the Superintendent and school nurse. 

The Superintendent shall determine on a case-by-case basis whether the presence of an employee with a communicable disease in the District environment constitutes a direct threat. In making this determination, the Superintendent shall consider credible, objective evidence. If the Superintendent, after reviewing the credible, objective evidence, determines the employee’s presence may constitute a direct threat, the Superintendent will abide by HIPAA requirements and may request additional medical information from the employee’s physician (with the employee’s consent), or a physician chosen by the District, who may be a public health official, to confirm the Superintendent’s determination. 

The health risk to immuno-suppressed employees is determined by their personal physician. The health risk to others in the District environment from the presence of an employee with a communicable disease is determined on a case-by-case basis by the employee's personal physician, or a physician chosen by the District, who may be a public health official. 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 – APPROVED 12/03/2019  
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021  
REVIEWED: 11/22/2021  
REVIEWED: 03/21/2022 – APPROVED 04/11/2022
 

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:35

404 - Employee Injury on the Job

404 - Employee Injury on the Job

When an employee becomes seriously injured on the job, the building principal will notify a member of the family or an individual of close relationship, as soon as the building principal becomes aware of the injury.

If possible, an employee may administer emergency or minor first aid.  An injured employee will be turned over to the care of the employee’s family or qualified medical employees as quickly as possible.  The District is not responsible for medical treatment of an injured employee.

It is the responsibility of the employee injured on the job to inform the Superintendent within twenty-four (24) hours of the occurrence.  It is the responsibility of the employee’s immediate supervisor to file an accident report within twenty-four (24) hours after the employee reported the injury.

It is the responsibility of the employee to file claims, such as workers’ compensation, through the Board Secretary.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 12/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:36

405 - Employee Conflict of Interest

405 - Employee Conflict of Interest

Employees’ use of their position with the District for financial gain is considered a conflict of interest with their positions as employees and may subject employees to disciplinary action.

Employees have access to information and a captive audience that could award the employee personal or financial gain.  No employee may solicit other employees or students for personal or financial gain to the employee without the approval of the Superintendent.  If the approval of the Superintendent is given, the employee must conduct the solicitations within the conditions set by the Superintendent.  Further, the Superintendent may, upon five days notice, require the employee to cease such solicitations as a condition of continued employment.

Employees will not act as an agent or dealer for the sale of textbooks or other school supplies.  Employees will not participate for personal financial remuneration in outside activities wherein their position on the staff is used to sell goods or services to students or to parents.  Employees will not engage in outside work or activities where the source of information concerning the customer, client or employer originates from information obtained because of the employee’s position in the District.

It will also be a conflict of interest for an employee to engage in any outside employment or activity which is in conflict with the employee’s official duties and responsibilities.  In determining whether outside employment or activity of an employee creates a conflict of interest, situations in which an unacceptable conflict of interest is deemed to exist will include, but not be limited to, any of the following:

  1. The outside employment or activity involves the use of the District’s time, facilities, equipment, and supplies or the use of the District’s badge, uniform, business card or other evidences of office to give the employee or the employee’s immediate family an advantage or pecuniary benefit that is not available to other similarly situated members or classes of members of the general public.  For purposed of this section, a person is not similarly situated merely by being related to an employee who is employed by the District.
  1. The outside employment or activity involves the receipt of, promise of or acceptance of more or other consideration by the employee or a member of the employee’s immediate family from anyone other than the District for the performance of any act that the employee would be required or expected to perform as part of the employee’s regular duties or during the hours during which the employee performs service or work for the District.
  1. The outside employment or activity is subject to the official control, inspection, review, audit or enforcement authority of the employee during the performance of the employee’s duties.

If the outside employment or activity is employment or activity in (1) or (2) above, the employee must cease the employment of or activity.  If the activity or employment falls under (3), then the employee must:

  • Cease the outside employment or activity; or
  • Publicly disclose the existence of the conflict and refrain from taking any official action or performing any official duty that would detrimentally affect or create a benefit for the outside employment or activity.  Official action or official duty includes, but is not limited to, participating in any vote, taking affirmative action to influence any vote or providing any other official service or thing that is not available generally to members of the public in order to further the interests of the outside employment or activity.

It is the responsibility of each employee to be aware of and take the necessary action to eliminate a potential conflict of interest should it arise.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 12/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:37

406 - Employee Records

406 - Employee Records

The District will maintain personnel records on employees.  The records are important for the daily administration of the educational program, for implementing Board policy, for budget and financial planning, and for meeting state and federal requirements.  The records will include, but not be limited to, records necessary for the daily administration of the District, personal information regarding the employee, salary records, evaluations, application for employment, references, and other items needed to carry out Board policy.

Employee personnel files are District records and are considered confidential records and therefore are not generally open to public inspection or accessibility.  Only in certain limited instances, when the employee has given a signed consent, will employee personnel records be accessible to individuals other than the employee or authorized District officials.

Employees may have access to their personnel files, with the exception of letters of reference, and copy items from their personnel files at a time mutually agreed upon between the Superintendent and the employee.  Employees will not be allowed access to the employment references written on behalf of the employee.  The District may charge a reasonable fee for each copy made, as allowed under law.  Board members will generally only have access to an employee’s file when it is necessary because of an employee related matter before the Board.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to keep employees’ personnel files current.  The Board Secretary is the custodian of employee records.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 12/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:38

407 - Transporting of Students by Employees

407 - Transporting of Students by Employees

Generally, transportation of students must be in a motor vehicle owned by the District and driven by an employee.  In some cases, it may be more economical or efficient for the District to allow a District employee to transport the students in the employee’s motor vehicle.  Transportation of a student in a private motor vehicle must be done only with permission of the Superintendent, except in emergency situations when the health or well-being of the student or others is at risk.

Employees who transport students for school purposes must have the permission of the Superintendent and must further provide to the Superintendent, for copying, a current driver’s license and proof of insurance.

This policy statement applies to transportation of students for school purposes in addition to the regular bus route transporting students to and from their designated attendance center.

The District assumes no responsibility or liability for injury or accident caused by an employee who is transporting a student for other than school purposes.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 12/20/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:41

408 - Credit Cards

408 - Credit Cards

District credit cards may be issued and/or made available to employees and officers only for the time period and purpose for which they are needed.  The Superintendent, in consultation with the Board, will determine which employees and officers will be issued and/or provided use of District credit cards and the time period that they are needed.  Prior to issuing and/or providing use of a District credit card to an employee of officer, the employee or officer will be instructed regarding the use of District credit cards and they will provide a written acknowledgement that they understand their responsibilities in regard to the use of District credit cards.  Employees and officers will return District issued and/or provided credit cards back to the District at the end of the time period for which they have been issued and/or provided a District credit card or upon separation of employment.  Use of District issued credit cards is a privilege and the Superintendent may withdraw the privilege of using District issued credit cards at any time.

Employees and officers may use District credit cards for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of work-related duties.  Actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of work-related duties include, but are not limited to, fuel for District transportation vehicles used for transporting students to and from school and for District-sponsored events, payment of claims related to professional development of the Board and employees, and other expenses required by employees and the Board in the performance of their duties.  Purchase orders will be used whenever possible, along with District issued checks, and credit cards will only be used when the business will not accept a District purchase order.

Employees and officers using a District credit card must submit a detailed receipt in addition to a credit card receipt indicating the date, purpose, and nature of the expense for each claim item.   Failure to provide a proper receipt will make the employee responsible for expenses incurred.  Those expenses shall be reimbursed to the District no later than ten working days following use of the District’s credit card.  In exceptional circumstances, the Superintendent or Board may allow a claim without proper receipt.  Written documentation explaining the exceptional circumstances shall be maintained as part of the District’s record of the claim.

The District may maintain a District credit card for actual and necessary expenses incurred by employees and officers in the performance of their duties.  The Superintendent may maintain a District credit card for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the Superintendent’s duties.  The transportation director may maintain a District credit card for fueling District transportation vehicles in accordance with Board policy.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to determine whether the District credit card use is for appropriate District business.  It is the responsibility of the Board to determine through the audit and approval process of the Board whether the District credit card use by the Superintendent and the Board is for appropriate District business.

Failure to comply with this policy may subject an employee or officer to disciplinary action, which may include suspension and/or termination of employment.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 01/17/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:41

409 - Release of Credit Information

409 - Release of Credit Information

The following information will be released to an entity with whom an employee has applied for credit or has obtained credit:  title of position, income, and number of years employed.  This information will be released without prior written notice to the employee.  Confidential information about the employee will be released to an inquiring creditor with a written authorization from the employee.

It is the responsibility of the Board Secretary or Superintendent to respond to inquiries from creditors.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 01/17/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:42

410 - Child Abuse Reporting

410 - Child Abuse Reporting

In compliance with state law and to provide protection to victims of child abuse, the Board believes incidents of alleged child abuse should be reported to the proper authorities.  Employees are encouraged and employees who are mandatory reporters are required to report alleged incidents of child abuse they become aware of within the scope of their professional duties.

When a mandatory reporter suspects a student is the victim of child abuse, the mandatory reporter will orally or in writing notify the Iowa Department of Human Services.  If the mandatory reporter believes the child is in immediate danger, the local law enforcement agency will also be notified.  Within forty-eight (48) hours of the oral report, the mandatory reporter will file a written report with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Within six months of their initial employment, mandatory reporters will take a two-hour training course involving the identification and reporting of child abuse or submit evidence they have taken the course within the previous three (3) years.  The course will be retaken at least every three (3) years.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 01/17/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:43

411 - Abuse of Students by District Employees

411 - Abuse of Students by District Employees

Physical or sexual abuse of students, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, by employees will not be tolerated.  The definition of employees for the purpose of this policy includes not only those who work for pay but also those who are volunteers of the District under the direction and control of the District.

Employees found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.

The District will respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by District employees by investigating or arranging for the investigation of an allegation. The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible.  Employees are required to assist in the investigation when requested to provide information and to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting and investigation process.

The District has appointed a Level I investigator and alternate Level I investigator.  The District has also arranged for a trained, experienced professional to serve as the Level II investigator.  The Level I investigator and alternate will be provided training in the conducting of an investigation at the expense of the District.  The names of the investigators are listed in the student handbook, published annually in the local newspaper, and posted in all District facilities.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 01/17/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:43

412 - Hazardous Chemical Disclosure

412 - Hazardous Chemical Disclosure

The Board authorizes the development of a comprehensive hazardous chemical communication program for the District to disseminate information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Each employee will annually review information about hazardous substances in the workplace.  When a new employee is hired or transferred to a new position or work site, the information and training, if necessary, is included in the employee’s orientation. When an additional hazardous substance enters the workplace, information about it is distributed to all employees, and training shall be conducted for the appropriate employees. The Superintendent will maintain a file indicating which hazardous substances are present in the workplace and when training and information sessions take place.

Employees who will be instructing or otherwise working with students will disseminate information about the hazardous chemicals with which they will be working as part of the instructional program.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 02/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:44

413 - Employee Anti-Harassment

413 - Employee Anti-Harassment

The District is committed to maintaining a working environment that is free from harassment because of an individual’s age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information.  The District prohibits any and all forms of harassment because of an individual’s age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information.

It shall be a violation of this regulation for any teacher, administrator, or other District personnel to harass a teacher, administrator, or other District personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature or regarding an individual’s age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information, as defined by this policy. For purposes of this regulation, other District personnel could include Board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors, or persons subject to the supervision and control of the District.

It shall also be a violation of this policy for any teacher, administrator or other District personnel to tolerate sexual harassment or harassment because of an individual’s age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information by a teacher, administrator, other District personnel, or by any third parties who are participating in, observing, or otherwise engaging in activities under the direction of the District. Any teacher, administrator, or other District personnel who has knowledge or belief that an individual has or may have been the victim of prohibited harassment is required to immediately report the alleged acts to an appropriate District official designated by this policy. Failure to report the harassing conduct could result in discipline, up to and including termination, for the teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who failed to report.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not be limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Other types of harassment may include, but not be limited to, unwelcome jokes, stories, pictures or objects that are offensive, tend to alarm, annoy, abuse or demean an individual because of their age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, or genetic information.

The District has adopted grievance procedures for processing complaints of discrimination, including harassment. If you have questions or a grievance related to sexual harassment pursuant to Title IX, please contact Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org, or the U.S. Department of Education (attn. Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights; 400 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20202; 800-421-3481; OCR@ed.gov).  If you have questions or a grievance related to any other provision of this policy, including any other form of harassment, please contact the Superintendent, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226.

Individuals whose behavior is alleged to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the investigation procedure which may result in discipline, up to and including, discharge or other appropriate action.  Other individuals whose behavior is alleged to be in violation of this policy will be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the Superintendent or Board.  Upon receiving a complaint, the investigator will follow the appropriate grievance procedures outlined in these policies and as required by state and federal law.

No one will retaliate against an employee or student because they have filed a harassment complaint, assisted or participated in a harassment investigation, proceeding or hearing regarding a harassment charge or because they have opposed language or conduct that violates this policy.

It is the responsibility of the Board members, administrators, licensed and classified employees, and others having business or other contact with the District to act appropriately under this policy.  It is the responsibility of the Superintendent and investigator to inform and educate employees or students and others involved with the District about harassment and the District’s policy prohibiting harassment.

This policy and accompanying regulations will only apply when an employee is the victim of an alleged harasser or an employee is the alleged harasser.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 02/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:45

414 - Substance Free Workplace

414 - Substance Free Workplace

The Board expects the District and its employees to remain substance free.  No employee shall unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of in the workplace any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance or alcoholic beverage as defined by federal or state law. Workplace includes District facilities, District premises or District vehicles.  Workplace also includes non-District property if the employee is at any District sponsored; District approved or District related activity, event or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the District or where the employee is engaged in District business.

If an employee is charged with or convicted of a violation of any criminal alcohol or drug offense in any setting, the employee shall notify the employee’s supervisor of the conviction within five (5) days of the conviction.

The Superintendent will make the determination whether to require the employee to undergo substance abuse treatment or to discipline the employee.  An employee who violates the terms of this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination.  An employee who violates this policy may be required to successfully participate in a substance abuse treatment program approved by the Board.  If the employee fails to successfully participate in a program, the employee may be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

The Superintendent is responsible for publication and dissemination of this policy to each employee.  In addition, the Superintendent will oversee the establishment of a substance-free awareness program to educate employees about the dangers of substance abuse and notify them of available substance abuse treatment programs.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 02/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:47

415 - Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

415 - Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Employees who operate District vehicles are subject to drug and alcohol testing if a commercial driver's license is required to operate the District vehicle and the District vehicle transports sixteen or more persons including the driver or the District vehicle weighs twenty-six thousand one pounds or more.  For purposes of the drug and alcohol testing program, the term employees includes applicants who have been offered a position to operate a District vehicle.

The employees operating a District vehicle as described above are subject to pre-employment drug testing and random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol testing, conducted in accordance with state and federal law.  Employees operating District vehicles shall not perform a safety-sensitive function within eight hours of using alcohol.  Employees governed by this policy shall be subject to the drug and alcohol testing program beginning the first day they operate or are offered a position to operate District vehicles and continue to be subject to the drug and alcohol testing program as long as they may be required to perform a safety-sensitive function as it is defined in the administrative regulations.  Employees with questions about the drug and alcohol testing program may contact the District contact persons:  the school nurse, Superintendent or transportation director at nurse's office, District office or bus garage.

Employees who violate the terms of this policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination.  Employees who violate this policy may be required to successfully participate in a substance abuse evaluation and, if recommended, a substance abuse treatment program at their sole cost and expense, as a condition of continued employment.  Employees who fail to or refuse to participate may be subject to discipline up to and including termination.

The Superintendent shall inform applicants of the requirement for drug and alcohol testing in notices or advertisements for employment.  The Superintendent will also be responsible for publication and dissemination of this policy and its supporting administrative regulations and forms to employees operating District vehicles.  The Superintendent shall also oversee a substance-free awareness program to educate employees about the dangers of substance abuse and notify them of available substance abuse treatment resources and programs.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 02/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:47

416 - Employee Conduct and Appearance

416 - Employee Conduct and Appearance

Employees are role models for the students who come in contact with them during and after school hours.  The Board recognizes the positive effect employees can have on students in this capacity.  To this end, the Board strongly suggests and encourages employees to dress themselves, groom themselves, and conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the educational environment.

Employees will conduct themselves in a professional manner.  Employees will dress in attire appropriate for their position.  Clothing should be neat, clean, and in good taste. 

Discretion and common sense call for an avoidance of extremes which would interfere with or have an effect on the educational process.

It will be the responsibility of the building principal to counsel employees assigned to their attendance center on appearance and conduct when the employee’s individual appearance may have a negative impact on the learning environment.  Employees who do not follow this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 03/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:48

417 - Employee Resignation

417 - Employee Resignation

Licensed Employees

A. Resignation Prior to Executing an Individual Contract

A licensed employee who wishes to resign from his/her continuing contract prior to executing an individual contract for the following year shall submit a written resignation to the Superintendent.  The resignation shall be in writing and shall state the employee’s intent to resign and final date of employment.  The licensed employee shall ensure the resignation is filed with the Board Secretary.    The resignation must be filed not later than the last day of the current school year or the date specified by the board for return of the contract, whichever date occurs first.

 

B. Resignation after Executing an Individual Contract

The Board expects that all signed, fully executed contracts with licensed employees will be performed as stated.  Release from a fully executed contract following a resignation request from a licensed employee is at the sole discretion of the Board.

A licensed employee who wishes to resign from his/her continuing contract after executing an individual contract shall give thirty (30) days written days’ notice to the Board Secretary.  Licensed employees may be released at the discretion of the Board.  Only in unusual and extreme circumstances will the Board release a licensed employee from a contract.  The Board shall have sole discretion to determine what constitutes unusual and extreme circumstances.

Release from a contract shall be contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.  Licensed employees requesting release from a contract after it has been signed will be required to pay the Board the cost of advertising for a suitable replacement.  Upon written mutual agreement between the employee and the Superintendent or, in the case of the Superintendent, a designee of the Board, the costs may be deducted from the employee’s salary.  Payment of these costs shall be a condition for release from the contract at the discretion of the Board.  Failure of the licensed employee to pay these expenses will result in the employee not being released from the employee’s contract.

The Superintendent is authorized to file a complaint with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners against any licensed employee who leaves their employment with the District without proper release from their contract from the Board.  Should such an instance arise, the resignation of the licensed employee may be accepted under protest so that replacement staff may be hired without jeopardizing the legal rights of the District.

The Board may require a licensed employee who has resigned from an extracurricular contract to accept the resigned position for only the subsequent school year when the board has made a good faith, but unsuccessful, effort to find a replacement and the licensed employee is continuing to be employed by the District.

 

Non-Licensed Employees

A non-licensed employee who wishes to resign shall submit a written resignation to the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee.  The resignation shall be in writing and shall state the employee’s intent to resign and the final date of employment.  The resignation must be submitted not later than thirty (30) days prior to the final date of employment.

The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee will refer the resignation to the board with a recommendation.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 03/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:49

418 - Employee Suspension

418 - Employee Suspension

Employees will perform their assigned job, respect and follow Board policy, and obey the law.  The Superintendent is authorized to suspend an employee pending Board action on a discharge, for investigation of charges against the employee, and for disciplinary purposes. It is within the discretion of the Superintendent to suspend an employee with or without pay.  In the event of a suspension, appropriate due process will be followed.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 03/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:50

419 - Employee Publication or Creation of Materials

419 - Employee Publication or Creation of Materials

Materials created by employees and the financial gain there from are the property of the District if District materials and time were used in their creation and/or such materials were created in the scope of the employee’s employment.  The employee must seek prior written approval of the Superintendent concerning such activities.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 03/21/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:50

420 - Licensed Employee Tutoring

420 - Licensed Employee Tutoring

Every effort will be made by the licensed employees to help students with learning problems before recommending that the parents engage a tutor.  Since there are exceptional cases when tutoring will help students overcome learning deficiencies, tutoring by licensed employees may be approved by the Superintendent.

Licensed employees may only tutor students other than those for whom the teacher is currently exercising teaching, administrative or supervisory responsibility unless approved by the Superintendent.

Tutoring for a fee may not take place within District facilities or during regular school hours unless approved by the Superintendent.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 04/11/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:51

421 - Substitute Teachers

421 - Substitute Teachers

The Board recognizes the need for substitute teachers.  Substitute teachers will be licensed to teach in Iowa.

It is the responsibility of the building principal to maintain a list of substitute teachers who may be called upon to replace regular contract licensed employees.  Individuals whose names do not appear on this list will not be employed as a substitute without specific approval of the Superintendent.  It is the responsibility of the building principal to fill absences with substitute teachers immediately.

Substitute teachers will provide a copy of their teaching certificate and transcripts to the Board Secretary to be placed in their personnel file.

Payment of substitute teachers shall be based on the following provisions:

  1. Substitute teachers shall be paid for their services at a daily rate set by the Board annually.
     
  2. A long-term substitute teacher is defined as a substitute for ten (10) consecutive days for a specific teacher.  The long-term substitute teacher will be paid the per diem rate of 1/190th of the 1 BA lane of the current salary schedule beginning with the first day of service.  The long-term substitute teacher will assume all duties including, but not limited to, curriculum development, instructional planning, and unit development along with regular teaching duties.
     
  3. Substitute teachers do not qualify for sick leave, other leaves or insurance.  However, if a long-term substitute teacher is absent due to illness, the substitute will not be paid for those days, but the substitute teacher’s measure of consecutive days worked can be maintained at the Superintendent’s discretion.
     
  4. Payments made to substitute teachers will be subject to all legally required withholdings.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 04/11/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:52

422 - Summer School Licensed Employees

422 - Summer School Licensed Employees

It is within the discretion of the Board to offer an education program during the summer recess.  Licensed employees who volunteer or who are appointed to deliver the summer education program are compensated in addition to their regular duties during the school academic year, unless such arrangements are made prior to determining the employee’s compensation for the year.

Should the Board determine a summer education program is necessary, licensed employees will be given the opportunity to volunteer for the positions available.  If the Board determines a course must be offered and no licensed employee volunteers for the position, the Board will make the necessary arrangements to fill the position.   The Board will consider applications from volunteers of current licensed employees in conjunction with other applications.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to make a recommendation to the Board regarding the need for and the delivery of the summer education program.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 04/11/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:53

423 - School Volunteers

423 - School Volunteers

The Board encourages the use of community resources and citizens to assist in furthering the educational program of the District   Volunteers are an essential and valuable component of the District’s mission to provide a high quality education to its students.

The District encourages the use of volunteers to:

  • Support and enhance the District’s programs.
  • Enrich the District’s curriculum and broaden student learning opportunities.
  • Assist students of varying abilities.
  • Provide students with individual attention.
  • Provide employees with more time to work with students.

All volunteers must adhere to volunteer guidelines outlined by the District and the attendance center in which they serve.  Any volunteer who works directly with students or assists staff on a regular basis; who supervises and/or chaperones students or who acts as a primary authority figure must complete District volunteer information and disclosure statements and submit to a background check.

Volunteers will serve under the direct supervision of staff members.

Volunteers will comply with all District rules and regulations and the law.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 04/11/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:54

424 - Substitutes for Classified Personnel

424 - Substitutes for Classified Personnel

The Superintendent or designee shall obtain or cause to be obtained all substitute classified personnel.  The Board shall determine the pay rate for substitute classified employees annually.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 05/16/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:54

425 - Public Complaints About Employees

425 - Public Complaints About Employees

The Board recognizes situations may arise in the operation of the District which are of concern to parents and other members of the District community. While constructive criticism is welcomed, the Board desires to support its employees and their actions to free them from unnecessary, spiteful or negative criticism and complaints that do not offer advice for improvement or change.

The Board firmly believes concerns should be resolved at the lowest organizational level by those individuals closest to the concern.  Whenever a complaint or concern is brought to the attention of the Board it will be referred to the administration to be resolved consistent with the following:

  1. Matters concerning an individual employee should first be addressed to the employee.
     
  2. Unsettled matters from (A) above or problems and questions about individual attendance centers should be addressed to the employee’s building principal or immediate supervisor.
     
  3. Unsettled matters from (B) above or problems and questions concerning the District should be directed to the Superintendent.
     
  4. If a matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, the individual may ask that it be brought to the Board. To ask that a concern regarding an employee be addressed by the Board, the individual must notify the Board President in writing of the concern. The Board President may bring it to the attention of the entire Board by placing it on the agenda or the individual may be able to address the complaint with the Board at the beginning of a meeting in accordance with Board policy.

It is within the discretion of the Board to address complaints from the members of the District community and the Board will only consider doing so if a complaint is in writing, signed, and the individual bringing the complaint has complied with this policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 05/16/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:55

426 - Employee Family and Medical Leave

426 - Employee Family and Medical Leave

Unpaid family and medical leave will be granted up to twelve (12) weeks per year for qualifying leave to assist employees in balancing family and work life.  For purposes of this policy, year is defined as a rolling twelve (12) month period measured backward from the date an employee uses any family and medical leave.  Requests for family and medical leave shall be made to the Superintendent or designee.

Paid leave available to the employee will run concurrently with the family and medical leave, as outlined in the family and medical leave administrative rules.

Employees eligible for family and medical leave must comply with the family and medical leave administrative rules prior to starting family and medical leave.

Employees shall be required to complete all necessary family and medical leave act documentation in order for any leave to be approved as family and medical leave.  The required documentation shall be as outlined in this policy and as required by the Department of Labor.  All documentation and forms shall be made available in the administrative offices of each building.  If an employee fails to complete and return all necessary Family and Medical Leave Act documentation, and the leave is such that would be covered as approved family and medical leave, the District may designate the leave as approved family and medical leave.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 05/16/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:57

427 - Nepotism

427 - Nepotism

Nepotism is patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship.  More than one family member may be an employee of the District.  The decision to employ more than one individual in a family shall be made on the basis of each individual’s qualifications and credentials.

No District employee shall be involved in hiring a family member.  No District employee shall serve in a supervisory capacity over one of their family members employed by the District.  No District employee shall attempt to influence the evaluation or conditions of employment of the employee’s family member with anyone who serves in a supervisory capacity over that family member.

Family members for purposes of this policy include husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 05/16/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:58

428 - Gifts to Employees

428 - Gifts to Employees

The Board understands the desire of students, parents, and others to give gifts to show appreciation of an employee.  Rather than giving gifts, the Board encourages, as more welcome and appropriate, communicating to the employee in writing expressing gratitude and appreciate or making a donation of a gift to benefit the District rather than an individual employee.

Employees may receive a gift on behalf of the District.  Employees shall not, either directly or indirectly, solicit, accept or receive any gift, series of gifts or an honorarium unless the donor does not meet the definition of a restricted donor stated below or the gift or honorarium does not meet the definition of gift or honorarium stated below.  However, employees may receive nonmonetary gifts of a value less than $3.00 if the donor does not intend to influence the employee's professional judgment.

A restricted donor is defined as a person or other entity which:

  1. Is seeking to be, or is a party to, any one or any combination of sales, purchases, leases or contracts to, from or with the District;
  2. Is engaged in activities which are regulated or controlled by the District;
  3. Will be directly and substantially affected financially by the performance or nonperformance of the employee’s official duty in a way that is greater than the effect on the public generally or on a substantial class of persons to which the person belongs as a member of a profession, occupation, industry or region; or
  4. Is a lobbyist or a client of a lobbyist with respect to matters within the District’s jurisdiction.

A gift is the giving of anything of value in return for which something of equal or greater value is not given or received.  However, a gift does not include any of the following:

  1. Contributions to a candidate or a candidate’s committee;
  2. Informational material relevant to an employee’s official function, such as books, pamphlets, reports, documents, periodicals or other information that is recorded in a written, audio or visual format;
  3. Anything received from a person related within the fourth degree by kinship or marriage, unless the donor is acting as an agent or intermediary for another person not so related;
  4. An inheritance;
  5. Anything available or distributed to the general public free of charge without regard to the official status of the employee;
  6. Items received from a bona fide charitable, professional, educational or business organization to which the employee belongs as a dues paying member if the items are given to all members of the organization without regard to an individual member’s status or positions held outside of the organization and if the dues paid are not inconsequential when compared to the items received;
  7. Actual expenses of an employee for food, beverages, travel and lodging for a meeting, which is given in return for participation in a panel or speaking engagement at the meeting when the expenses relate directly to the day or days on which the employee has participation or presentation responsibilities;
  8. Plaques or items of negligible resale value given as recognition for public service of an employee;
  9. Food and beverages provided at a meal that is part of a bona fide event or program at which the recipient is being honored for public service;
  10. Non-monetary items with a value of three dollars ($3.00) or less that are received from any one donor during one calendar day;
  11. Items or services solicited or given to a state, national or regional government organization in which the state of Iowa or a political subdivision of the state is a member for purposes of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting or solicited by or given to state, national or regional government organizations whose memberships and officers are primarily composed of state or local government officials or employees for purposes of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting;
  12. Items or services received by members or representatives of members at a regularly scheduled event that is part of a business or educational conference, seminar or other meeting that is sponsored and directed by any state, national or regional government organization in which the state of Iowa or a political subdivision of the state of Iowa is a member or received at such an event by members or representatives of members of state, national or regional government organizations whose memberships and officers are primarily composed of state or local government officials or employees;
  13. Funeral flowers or memorials to a church or nonprofit organization;
  14. Gifts which are given to an employee for the employee’s wedding or twenty-fifth or fiftieth wedding anniversary;
  15. Payment of salary or expenses by the District for the cost of attending a meeting of a subunit of an agency when the employee whose expenses are being paid serves on a board, commission, committee, council or other subunit of the agency and the employee is not entitled to receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses from the state or political subdivision of the state for attending the meeting;
  16. Gifts of food, beverages, travel, or lodging received by a public official or public employee if all of the following apply: (1)  the public official or public employee is officially representing an agency in a delegation whose sole purpose is to attract a specific new business to locate in the state, encourage expansion or retention of an existing business already established in the state, or to develop markets for Iowa businesses or products; (2)  the donor of the gift is not the business or businesses being contacted; and (3)  the public official or public employee plays a significant role in the presentation to the business or businesses on behalf of the public official’s or public employee’s agency.
  17. Gifts other than food, beverages, travel and lodging received by an employee which are received from a person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States and is given during a ceremonial presentation or as a result of a custom of the other country and is of personal value only to the employee.
  18. Actual registration costs for informational meetings or sessions which assist a public official or public employee in the performance of the person’s official functions.  The costs of food, drink, lodging and travel are not registration costs under this paragraph.  Meetings or sessions which a public official or public employee attends for personal or professional licensing purposes are not informational meetings or sessions which assist a public official or public employee in the performance of the person’s official functions under this paragraph.

An honorarium is anything of value that is accepted by, or on behalf of, an employee as consideration for an appearance, speech or article.  An honorarium does not include any of the following:

  1. Actual expenses of an employee for registration, food, beverages, travel or lodging for a meeting, which is given in return for participation in a panel or speaking engagement at a meeting when the expenses relate directly to the day or days on which the employee has participation or presentation responsibilities;
  2. A nonmonetary gift or series of nonmonetary gifts donated within thirty days to a public body, an educational or charitable organization or the Iowa department of general services; or
  3. A payment made to an employee for services rendered as part of a private business, trade or profession in which the employee is engaged if the payment is commensurate with the actual services rendered and is not being made because of the person’s status as an employee of the district, but, rather, because of some special expertise or other qualification.

It shall be the responsibility of each employee to know when it is appropriate to accept or reject gifts or an honorarium.  An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 06/20/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 13:58

429 - Employee Use of Cell Phones

429 - Employee Use of Cell Phones

The District may issue cell phones to employees when there is a valid District related business purpose for the employee to have access to a cell phone.  Prior to issuing an employee a District cell phone, the District will evaluate the employee’s job assignment and responsibilities and determine whether the employee should be issued a District cell phone.  If the District determines an employee will be issued a District cell phone, the District will determine the appropriate cell phone and cell phone plan for the employee.

An employee’s use of a District cell phone will be limited to District business.  Personal use of District cell phones will only be allowed on a limited and infrequent basis. 

Employees who are issued District cell phones may not use them at any time while they are operating motor vehicles or equipment.  Employees who are involved in an accident and/or charged with violations of the law resulting from the use of a District cell phone while operating motor vehicles or equipment will be solely responsible for all liability that results from such actions, including, but not limited to all damages, costs, fees, and fines.

Any District cell phone issued to an employee is District property and all communications over and activity conducted on any District cell phone is subject to being monitored and reviewed by the District.  An employee who has been issued a District cell phone is expected to protect it from loss, damage or theft and will be responsible for any damages or charges that result from the employee’s failure to exercise due care.  If an employee is issued a District cell phone and it is lost or stolen, the employee must notify the District so that service can be discontinued.  An employee shall notify the District if a District cell phone the employee has been issued malfunctions. 

Upon separation from employment or at any time upon request, the employee may be asked to produce a District cell phone issued to the employee for return or inspection. Employees unable to present a District issued cell phone in good working condition within twenty-four (24) hours of being asked to produce it may be required to bear the cost of replacing the cell phone.

Employees shall restrict use of personal cell phones to break periods or lunch periods.  Personal cell phones shall be turned off during business hours.  Employees shall not conduct District business with their personal cell phones.

An employee’s failure to comply with this policy may subject the employee to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 06/20/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:06

430 - Employee Use of Social Media

430 - Employee Use of Social Media

The Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Community School District expects its employees to model responsible and appropriate conduct, both at school and away from school. Employee use of social media, including social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; personal web pages or blogs; and electronic messaging, including texting, are subject to the requirements of applicable law, District policies, and sound professional and ethical behavior for District employees within the District community.  Employees who fail to comply with this policy or who otherwise engage in inappropriate use of social media may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. If an employee has any questions about the application of this policy, the employee should consult the employee’s supervisor.

 

Professional Use of Social Media

An employee using social media in the employee’s professional capacity as an employee of the District and/or pursuant to the employee’s official duties should be truthful regarding their identity and thoughtful and respectful when engaging in the use of social media. Employees using social media in their professional capacity should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Employees may use professional web pages that are created through the District and used solely for school-related purposes. Notify parents of your intention to use social media to communicate with students and the intended purpose of such communications. All professional, legal, and ethical expectations for appropriate communications and relationships must be followed.
  2. If you are participating on a social networking website, web page, and/or blog for District-related business, you may do so only with the prior approval of your supervisor.
  3. Accurately identify yourself and your position with the District in all social media communications. Do not use an alias or engage in anonymous social media communications.
  4. Any District identifying information (i.e. Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont Community School District, www.rocketsk12.org, etc.) associated with you, your name, and/or your email creates the impression you are acting in your capacity as a District employee and/or acting on behalf of the District and, as such, you are expected to conduct yourself in a legal, ethical, and professional manner.
  5. Any information shared via social media regarding the business of the District, whether using personal or District technology may be considered a public record.
  6. All information communicated through or maintained on the District’s technology is subject to the District’s acceptable use policy and is subject to being monitored or inspected at any time.
  7. Do not submit or post confidential information about the District, its students, alumni or employees, including student photos without prior permission. You should assume that most information about a student is required to be kept confidential by both federal law and/or state law.
  8. Be aware that even if you intend for a communication on social media to be private, communications on social media are not truly private. To minimize unintended disclosure of information, you should set and maintain your social networking privacy settings at the most restrictive level.
  9. Internet search engines can find information years after it was originally posted.  Comments can be forwarded or copied and archival systems can save information even if you delete a post or use a private message. You should assume that a message or image which is posted or communicated can never be completely deleted.
  10. Spell check and grammar check your content before you submit or post messages, and correct any mistakes as soon as you can. Remember that you are writing for publication, even if it is just for a social networking website. Refrain from making unsubstantiated statements and avoid careless comments, such as “research shows” unless you also provide full citations of the research.
  11. Only provide your official District e-mail address and/or telephone number as a way to communicate with students or parents regarding District business.
  12. Limit communications with individual students on social media to school related issues such as class lessons, grades, and missed assignments and copy parents and/or other appropriate staff members on all communications with students.
  13. Do not communicate with students using one to one text messages, private chats, direct messages, and/or other one to one communications.

Personal Use of Social Media

The District recognizes the use of social media for personal purposes and acknowledges that its employees have the right under the law to express themselves on matters of public concern. However, the District also has the right to regulate the speech of employees in certain circumstances, such as when the personal use of social media interferes with the employee’s ability to perform his/her duties or affects the District’s ability to efficiently provide educational services. Accordingly, it is essential that employees conduct themselves in such a way that their personal use of social media does not adversely affect their position with the District or the District. Employees using social media for such purposes should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. If you are participating on a social networking website, web page, and/or blog for personal use, you may identify yourself as an employee of the District. However, if you do, you must state that you are expressing your own opinion, not that of the District, and you will be fully responsible for your actions.
  2. If you identify yourself as a District employee, your actions will reflect not only on you but on the District as well.
  3. Do not submit or post information concerning the District using an identity other than your own.
  4. Do not use the District’s school logos or mascots, photographs, any other such graphic representations or images or link any personal page on a social networking website or other personal web page to any District website or material.
  5. If you submit or post information or comments that are not related to the District, your activities may still result in professional consequences. Such actions include, but are not limited to, posting of photographs or information which violates federal or state law and regulations and/or District policies and rules.
  6. Be aware that you do not have control of what others may submit or post on social networking websites; therefore, be aware that your conduct in your private life may affect your professional life. Be vigilant about what others post about you or on your page and, if necessary, take steps to remove comments that are inappropriate and/or reflect poorly on you and/or the District.
  7. Carefully consider whether to interact with and/or whether to provide personal contact information to students currently enrolled in the District on social media.
  8. You should refrain from providing your personal contact information to students currently enrolled in the District.
  9. During the work day, you should refrain from participating on any personal social media, regardless of whether such participation is through District or personal technology.
  10. Employees are encouraged to post positive information about the District.  Employees should exercise appropriate discretion concerning posting, agreeing or liking negative comments about the District, its employees, staff, and/or students.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 06/20/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:07

500 - STUDENTS

500 - STUDENTS Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:54

500 - Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

500 - Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

It is the goal of the Board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in the students enrolled in the school district.  Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use it and its education program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth.  In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same opportunity.

The Board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or socioeconomic status.  This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the Board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.

In the delivery of the education program, students will treat the employees with respect and students will receive the same in return.  Employees have the best interests of the students in mind and will assist them in school-related or personal matters if they are able to do so.  Students should feel free to discuss problems, whether school-related or personal, with the guidance counselor or other employees.

Board policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district.

Board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies.  The term parents for purposes of this policy manual means the legal parents, the legal guardian or custodian of a student, and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law.

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, shall be directed to the Affirmative Action/Equity Coordinator by writing to the Superintendent, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community School District, 222 Walnut St., Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226.  Inquiries by students related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, pursuant to Title IX should be directed to Mary McCrea, Title IX Coordinator, 222 Walnut St, Eddyville, Iowa 52553, 641-969-4226, mary.mccrea@rocketsk12.org.

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-4544 or Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines Iowa 50319.  This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district's administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 06/20/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:16

501 - Resident Students

501 - Resident Students

Children who are residents of the school district community will attend the school district without paying tuition.

The residence of a student means the place, abode or dwelling of the student.  Generally, the legal dwelling of minors is the same as their parents.  However, a student may establish a dwelling with someone other than the parents and attend public school in the school district without paying tuition if the primary purpose for residing in the school district is not for the purpose of obtaining a free public education.  Further, students who have reached the age of majority and who are still eligible to attend an Iowa secondary school may declare their residence independent of the residence of the parents.

Each case involving the bona fide residence of a student will be decided upon its individual merits by the Superintendent.

Students who have attained legal age may continue the education program without payment of tuition as long as they are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and are residents of the school district.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED: 07/18/2022

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:17

502 - Non-Resident and Foreign Exchange Students

502 - Non-Resident and Foreign Exchange Students

Non-Resident Students

Students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school but who are not legal residents of the school district may be admitted into the school district at the discretion of the Superintendent upon application and payment of tuition.  The tuition rate is the current per-pupil cost of the school district as computed by the Board Secretary and as authorized by the Iowa Department of Education.

Resident students whose families move from the school district after the start of a semester and who wish to complete the semester in the school district may be permitted to attend without the payment of tuition at the discretion of the Superintendent and approval of the Board.  Students who plan to open enroll to the non-resident District may complete the school year without approval of the Superintendent or Board.  These students, other than students in grades eleven and twelve, must have the recommendation of the principal.

Students in grades eleven or twelve who are no longer residents of the school district, but were residents in the preceding school year, may continue to attend school until they graduate without the payment of tuition.  These students may be required to identify an adult, who resides in the school district, identified for purposes of administration.

Non-resident students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and who have evidence they will become legal residents of the school district by October 1 may be allowed to attend without the payment of tuition.

 

International Students in Student Foreign Exchange Programs

Qualified international students may be enrolled and attend school without charge for tuition if they are part of an approved Student Foreign Exchange Program.  The principal must give final approval before any such student can enroll.  Before being able to participate in athletics, the student must have on file an approved physical examination.  The examination form provided by the IHSAA and IGHSAU must be used.

Programs or activities for which foreign exchange students are not eligible are: Driver Education and National Honor Society.

For those items not specifically mentioned above, a foreign exchange student has the same rights and responsibilities of all other students.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED: 07/18/2022

 

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:18

503 - Compulsory Attendance

503 - Compulsory Attendance

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

  • have completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma;
  • are attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;
  • are attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;
  • are attending an accredited non-public school; or,
  • are receiving competent private instruction.

It is the responsibility of the parent of a child to provide evidence of the child's mental and physical inability to attend school or of the child's qualifications for one of the exceptions listed above.

The principal will investigate the cause for a student's truancy.  If the principal is unable to secure the truant student's attendance, the principal should discuss the next step with the Superintendent.  If after intervention on the part of the principal and Superintendent, the student is still truant, the principal will refer the matter over to the county attorney.

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

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED: 07/18/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:19

504 - Attendance Cooperation Process

504 - Attendance Cooperation Process

When it is determined that a student in grades K-6 is in violation of the District’s Attendance Policy and Procedures, the principal will check the Department of Human Services records to determine whether the student’s family is receiving Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits.  If the student’s family is receiving FIP benefits, the principal will notify DHS.  DHS is then responsible for the Attendance Cooperation Process (ACP).

If the student’s family is not receiving FIP benefits, the principal will initiate the ACP.  The parents will be contacted to participate in the ACP.  The principal may also invite juvenile court officers, the county attorney, other school officials and others deemed appropriate.  If others are invited who do not have access to the student’s records either by law or a Juvenile Justice Agency Information Sharing Agreement, parental consent is needed for them to participate in the ACP.

The purpose of the ACP is to determine the cause of the student’s nonattendance, arrive at an agreement between the parties to solutions addressing the nonattendance and initiate referrals to any other services that may be necessary.  Any agreement reached will be reduced to writing.  The agreement is to include all terms agreed to and future responsibilities of all parties.  All parties must sign the agreement and failure to sign by the parents is considered a violation of the process and initiates the next level.

If the parents do not participate in the ACP, if the parties do not enter into an Attendance Cooperation Agreement (ACA) or if the parents violate a term of the ACA, the student is deemed truant.  For FIP students and non-FIP students, the school district notifies the county attorney when students are truant.  When a FIP student is deemed truant, DHS is again notified and DHS then initiates the process whereby FIP benefits are reduced.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED: 07/18/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:20

505 - Entrance - Admissions

505 - Entrance - Admissions

Children in the school district community will be allowed to enroll in the District's regular education program beginning at age five.  The child must be age five on or prior to September 15 to participate in the District's kindergarten program.  The child must be age six on or prior to September 15 to begin the first grade of the education program.

The Board will require evidence of age and residency in the form of a birth certificate or other evidence before the student may enroll in the District's education program.  It is within the discretion of the Superintendent to determine what is satisfactory evidence for proof of age.

Prior to enrollment, the child must provide the administration with their health and immunization certificate.  Failure to provide this information within the time period set by the Superintendent is reason for suspension, expulsion or denying admission to the student.  Homeless students may be exempted from this requirement.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED:08/15/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:21

506 - Student Transfers into the District

506 - Student Transfers into the District

Students who transfer into the school district must meet the immunization and age requirements set out for students who initially enroll in the school district.

The school district will request the student's cumulative records from the previous school district.  If the student cannot offer proof of grade level, the Superintendent will make the grade level determination.  The Superintendent may require testing or other information to determine the grade level.  Students expelled or suspended from their previous school district will only be enrolled after approval of the Board.

The Superintendent will determine the number of credits to be transferred.  If the student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is within the Superintendent's discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.  A student not attending grades nine through eleven at an accredited school shall be unranked for class ranking purposes.

The Board may deny admission if the student is not willing to provide the Board with the necessary information.

Any student declared ineligible under the prior school district’s good conduct rule, and then without having served the full period of eligibility at that school transfers to the school district, will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities until the full period of ineligibility has been completed.  Once the period of ineligibility has been completed, the student will be immediately eligible to participate in extracurricular activities in the school district.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED:08/15/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:25

507 - Student Transfers Out of the District or Withdrawals

507 - Student Transfers Out of the District or Withdrawals

If the student's parents wish to withdraw or transfer the student from school prior to completing and graduating from the education program, they will notify the Superintendent in writing as soon as possible of the decision to withdraw or transfer the student from the education program.  The student or parent should present this written notice at the office and receive instructions regarding the return of textbooks, library books, locker equipment, hot lunch tickets, etc.

The notice will state the student's final day of attendance.  If the student is not enrolling in another school district, the school district will maintain the student's records in the same manner as the records of students who have graduated from the school district.

If the parents wish to have the student's cumulative record sent to the new school district, the parents will notify the Superintendent in writing.  This notice will include the name of the school district and the person at the new school district to whom the student's cumulative records should be sent.  If the new school district requests the student's cumulative records, the school district will forward the cumulative records and notify the parents the records have been sent.  The notice will inform the parents of their right to review the records sent.

If the student is of compulsory education age and not transferring to another public school district or an accredited nonpublic school, the parents will notify the Superintendent that the student is receiving competent private instruction and file the necessary competent private instruction reports.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED:08/15/2022

 

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:26

508 - Student Attendance Records

508 - Student Attendance Records

As part of the school district's records, the daily attendance of each student is recorded and maintained on file with the permanent records of the Board Secretary.

It is the responsibility of the principals to ensure that such reports are filed with the Board Secretary, the custodian of school records.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

REVIEWED:08/15/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:26

509 - Student Absences - Excused

509 - Student Absences - Excused

Regular attendance by students is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students will attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Student absences approved by the principal are excused absences.  Excused absences will count as days in attendance for purposes of the truancy law.  These absences include, but are not limited to, illness, family emergencies, recognized religious observances, appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, and school-sponsored or approved activities.

Students whose absences are approved will make up the work missed and receive full credit for the missed school work.  It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete the work missed.

Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored activities must attend school the full day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.

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

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 09/19/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:27

510 - Truancy - Unexcused Absences

510 - Truancy - Unexcused Absences

Regular attendance by the students at school is essential for students to obtain the maximum opportunities from the education program.  Parents and students alike are encouraged to ensure an absence from school is a necessary absence.  Students will attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Truancy is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of days established in the school calendar by the Board.  Truancy is the act of being absent without a reasonable excuse.  Truancy will not be tolerated by the Board.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including suspension and expulsion.  It is within the discretion of the principal to determine, in light of the circumstances, whether a student may make up work missed because of truancy.

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

The principal shall investigate the cause for a student’s truancy.  If the principal is unable to secure the truant student’s attendance, the principal should discuss the next step with the Superintendent.  If after action by the principal, the student is still truant, the principal shall refer the matter over to the County Attorney.

The school district will participate in mediation if requested by the County Attorney.  The superintendent will represent the school district in mediation.  The school district will monitor the student’s compliance with the mediation agreement and will report violations of the mediation agreement to the County Attorney. 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 09/19/2022

 

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:28

511 - Student Release During School Hours

511 - Student Release During School Hours

Students in grades K-11 will be allowed to leave the school district facilities during school hours only with prior authorization from their parents, unless the parent appears personally at the student’s attendance center to arrange for the release of the student during school hours, or with the permission of the principal.

Approved reasons for release of a student during the school day shall include, but not be limited to, illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, religious instruction, classes outside the student’s attendance center, employment for which the student has been issued a work permit and other reasons determined appropriate by the principal.

Students in grade 12 may be allowed to leave the school district facilities when they are not scheduled to be in class.  Students in grade 12 who violate school rules may have this privilege suspended.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 09/19/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:29

512 - Pregnant Students

512 - Pregnant Students

The Board encourages pregnant students to continue to attend the education program as long as they are physically able to do so.  The pregnant student may notify the principal or the guidance counselor as soon as she is aware of the pregnancy.  The school may require that a pregnant student provide the principal with a written note from her doctor relative to special conditions that might exist and specific suggestions as to how long the student may continue to attend classes.  If the student is unable to attend school because of her physical condition, the student may be excused and arrangements made to continue her studies during her absence.  The student will resume classes upon the recommendation of her physician.

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 09/19/2022

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:30

513 - Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District

513 - Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District

The District will participate in open enrollment as a sending district.  As a sending district, the Board will allow resident students who meet the requirements to open enroll to another public school district.

Parents requesting open enrollment out of the District for their student will notify the sending and receiving school district no later than March 1 in the school year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment.  The notice is made on forms provided by the Department of Education.  The forms are available at the District office.

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

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

The Board will not approve a student's request to allow the receiving district to enter the school district for the purposes of transportation.

An open enrollment request out of the District from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factor for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's needs.  The area education agency director of special education serving the receiving district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the school district until the final determination is made.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to maintain open enrollment request applications and notice forms.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:30

514 - Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving District

514 - Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving District

The District will participate in open enrollment as a receiving district.  As a receiving district, the Board will allow nonresident students, who meet the legal requirements, to open enroll into the school district.  The Board will have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.

The Superintendent will approve all timely filed applications by June 1 and incoming kindergarten applications or continuation of an educational program application filed by September 1.  The Board will take action on open enrolment applications for good cause.

The Superintendent will notify the sending school district and parents within five days of the District’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  The Superintendent will also forward a copy of the District’s action with a copy of the open enrollment request to the Iowa Department of Education.

Open enrollment requests into the school district will not be approved if insufficient classroom space exists.  Insufficient classroom space exists when conditions adversely affect the implementation of the educational philosophy and program of the Board.  Criteria to be used by the Board in its determination may include, but not be limited to, available personnel, grade level, educational program, instructional method, physical space, available equipment and materials, available finances, facilities either being planned or currently under consideration, sharing agreements in force, and District goals and objectives.

Open enrollment requests into the District will not be approved for students who have been suspended or expelled by the administration or the board of the school district the student is or was attending until the student has been reinstated into the school district from which the student was suspended or expelled.  Once the student is reinstated, the student's open enrollment request will be considered in the same manner as other open enrollment requests provided the required timelines are met.

Open enrollment requests into the District that, if denied, would result in students from the same nuclear family being enrolled in different school districts, will be given highest priority.  The Board, in its discretion, may waive the insufficient classroom space reason for denial for students of the same nuclear family to prevent the division of a nuclear family between two school districts.  Other open enrollment requests into the District are considered in the order received by the District with the first open enrollment request given a higher priority than the second open enrollment request and so forth.

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

Parents of students whose open enrollment requests are approved by the Board or Superintendent are responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement unless the parents qualify for transportation assistance.  The Board will not approve transportation into the sending district.

An open enrollment request into the District from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factors for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the District is appropriate for the student's needs and whether the enrollment of the special education student will cause the class size to exceed the maximum allowed.  The area education agency director of special education serving the school district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:31

515 - Homeless Children and Youth

515 - Homeless Children and Youth

The Board will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the District, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving an education which may exist in District policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the high school counselor.

A homeless child or youth is defined as a child or youth from the age of 3 years through 21 years who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:

  1. a child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or camping ground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital or is awaiting foster care placement;
  2. a child or youth who as a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  3. a child or youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station or similar setting; or
  4. a migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described in paragraphs 1 through 3 above.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:32

516 - Competent Private Instruction

516 - Competent Private Instruction

In the event a child of compulsory attendance age does not attend public school or an accredited non-public school, the child must receive competent private instruction or independent private instruction.

A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, competent private instruction for a student by a non-licensed individual or independent private instruction must meet the requirements outlined under Iowa law.

A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner shall notify the District prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the District.  The forms are available in the District office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the District and another copy will be forwarded to the appropriate area education agency.

A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by a non-licensed individual may notify the District prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the District.  The forms are available in the District office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the District and another copy will be forwarded to the appropriate area education agency.

A parent choosing independent private instruction for a student may be asked to provide a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for the independent instruction, and the names of the students enrolled to the District. 

The Superintendent or designee will determine whether the completed form or report is in compliance with the law.  The District shall report non-compliance with the reporting, immunization, attendance, instructor qualifications, and assessment requirements of the compulsory attendance law to the County Attorney of the county of residence of the student's parent, guardian or custodian.

Students receiving competent private instruction or independent private instruction are eligible to request open enrollment to another school district.  The receiving district shall not bill the resident district unless the receiving district complies with the reporting requirements.  If the parent, guardian or custodian fails to comply with the compulsory attendance requirements, the receiving district shall notify the resident district.  The resident district shall then report the non-compliance to the County Attorney of the county of residence of the parent, guardian or custodian.

Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner must make adequate progress.  Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner shall be monitored for progress by the supervising teacher.  Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner may be assessed annually.  The District will provide any optional assessments at no cost.

Students receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed individual must make adequate progress.  Students receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed individual shall be evaluated annually by the parent, guardian or legal custodian to ensure adequate progress is being made.  Students receiving competent private instruction from a non-licensed individual may be assessed annually.  The District will provide any optional assessments at no cost.

Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner and students receiving competent private instruction from a non-licensed individual may dual enroll with the District.  Students receiving individual private instruction may not dual enroll with the District for academics (including special education) or extracurricular activities, but may access Senior Year Plus and concurrent enrollment in community colleges under Iowa law.  No other Senior Year Plus options are available to students receiving independent private instruction.

Upon the request of a parent, guardian or legal custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction or upon referral of a licensed practitioner who provides instruction or instructional supervision of a student under competent private instruction, the District shall refer a student who may require special education to the appropriate area education agency director of special education for evaluation.

Driver’s Education shall be offered or made available by the District to students served in either competent private instruction or independent private instruction.  Dual enrollment is not required to participate in Driver’s Education.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:34

517 - Dual Enrollment

517 - Dual Enrollment

The parent, guardian, or custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or by a non-licensed individual may also enroll the student in the District.  The student shall be considered under dual enrollment.  The parent, guardian or custodian requesting dual enrollment for the student should notify the Superintendent prior to October 1st each year on forms provided by the Iowa Department of Education.  On the form, the parent, guardian or custodian shall indicate the extracurricular and academic activities in which the student is interested in participating.  The forms are available at the central administration office.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:35

518 - Student Appearance

518 - Student Appearance

The Board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors.

Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment.  The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school setting.

The Board expects students to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time, place, and occasion.  Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed.  While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated.  When, in the judgment of a principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:36

519 - Freedom of Expression

519 - Freedom of Expression

Student expression, other than student expression in student-produced official school publications, made on the District premises or under the jurisdiction of the District or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the District; therefore, student expression must be responsible.  Student expression must be appropriate to assure that the students learn and meet the goals of the school activity and that the potential audience is not exposed to material that may be harmful or inappropriate for their level of maturity.

Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.  The expression will not, in the judgment of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, defame others, be obscene or indecent or cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational program.  The administration, when making this judgment, will consider whether the activity in which the expression was made is school-sponsored and whether review or prohibition of the students' speech furthers an educational purpose.  Further, the expression must be done in a reasonable time, place, and manner that is not disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation of the District.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  Employees are responsible for insuring students' expression is in keeping with this policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:37

520 - Student Complaints and Grievances

520 - Student Complaints and Grievances

Student complaints and grievances regarding Board policy or administrative regulations and other matters should be addressed to the student's teacher or another licensed employee, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint.  It is the goal of the Board to resolve student complaints at the lowest organizational level.

If the complaint cannot be resolved by a licensed employee, the student may discuss the matter with the principal within five (5) days of the employee's decision.  If the matter cannot be resolved by the principal, the student may discuss it with the Superintendent within five (5) days after speaking with the principal.

If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the Superintendent, the student may ask to have the matter placed on the Board agenda of a regularly scheduled Board meeting in compliance with Board policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:38

521 - Care of School Property/Vandalism

521 - Care of School Property/Vandalism

Students will treat District property with the care and the respect they would treat their own property.  Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school district property may be required to reimburse the District.  They may be subject to discipline under Board policy and the District rules and regulations.  They may also be referred to local law enforcement authorities.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:38

522 - Student Conduct on School Transportation

522 - Student Conduct on School Transportation

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

The driver will have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle.  It is the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the building administrator.

The Board supports the use of video cameras on school buses used for transportation to and from school as well as for field trips, curricular or extracurricular events.  The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior and may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding.

After three warnings for disorderly conduct, the building principal will have the authority to suspend transportation privileges of the student or impose other appropriate discipline.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:39

523 - Student Lockers

523 - Student Lockers

Student lockers are the property of the District.  Students will use the lockers assigned to them by the District for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school.  It is the responsibility of students to keep their assigned lockers clean and undamaged.

To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned lockers, the principal of the building may periodically inspect all or a random selection of lockers.  Either students or another individual will be present during the inspection of lockers.  Student lockers may also be searched, at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with Board policy regulating search and seizure.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:40

524 - Weapons

524 - Weapons

The Board believes weapons, other dangerous objects, look-a-likes, and any instrument used as a weapon in District facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on the District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the District.

School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects, look-a-likes or any instrument used as a weapon.  Weapons, other dangerous objects, look-a-likes, and any instrument used as a weapon will be taken from students and others who bring them onto the District property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the District or from students who are within the control of the District.  Students bringing a weapon, other dangerous object, look-a-like or any instrument used as a weapon onto District property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the District may be suspended or expelled from school.

Parents of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects, look-a-likes or any instrument used as a weapon on District property shall be notified of the incident.  Confiscation of weapons, dangerous objects, look-a-likes or any instrument used as a weapon will be reported to law enforcement officials, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than twelve months and will be referred to law enforcement authorities.  The Superintendent has the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for students on a case-by-case basis.  For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term "firearm" includes, but is not limited to, any weapon which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.

For purposes of this policy, the term “dangerous object” includes any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal, and which is capable of inflicting death upon a human being when used in the manner for which it was designed.  The term “dangerous object” also includes any instrument or device or any sort whatsoever which is actually used in such a manner as to indicate that the individual intends to inflict death or injury upon the other, and which, when so used, is capable of inflicting death upon a human being.

In addition, dangerous objects or any instrument used as a weapon in the school includes any object used to intimidate, coerce, scare or threaten a student, school district employee or visitor.  Dangerous objects therefore include, but are not limited to, clubs, nunchakus, brass knuckles, knives regardless of blade length, stun guns, BB and pellet guns, toy guns used or displayed as real guns, and unloaded guns.

Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials are exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes.  Such a display will also be exempt from this policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:40

525 - Possession or Use of Controlled Substances, Alcohol, and/or Nicotine

525 - Possession or Use of Controlled Substances, Alcohol, and/or Nicotine

As an educational institution, the District seeks to educate students in the dangers associated with the use of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.  The Board believes such materials and substances generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment and/or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees or visitors.  Hence, the following shall be regarded as serious violations of the school's disciplinary policy:

  1.   Sale, distribution, use, possession or being under the influence of tobacco, nicotine or devices that can be used to deliver nicotine, including, but not limited to electronic cigarettes and vaping devices on District property or at District sponsored or approved events off District grounds at any time, including official District events at other schools.
  2. Sale, distribution, use, possession or being under the influence of alcohol on District property or at District sponsored or approved events off District grounds at any time, including official District events at other schools.
  3. Sale, distribution, use, possession or being under the influence of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or the unauthorized sale, distribution, use, possession or being under the influence of otherwise lawful drugs on District property or at District sponsored or approved events off District grounds at any time, including official District events at other schools.
  4. Sale, distribution, use, possession or being under the influence of a hazardous substance on District property or at District sponsored or approved events off District grounds at any time, including official District events at other schools.

Each violation of this policy shall be reviewed by the appropriate administrator within a reasonable time after the alleged violation.  Both the student and the student’s parents shall have the opportunity to discuss the matter with the administrator before the administrator makes a decision.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.  Use, purchase or being in possession of any products or devices containing nicotine for students under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.  Possession, use or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the Board.  If a student fails to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

The Board believes the substance abuse prevention program will include:

  • Age-appropriate, developmentally-based nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve, which address the legal, social, and health consequences of the use of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances;
  • A statement to students that the use of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances and the unlawful possession and use of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances is wrong and harmful;
  • Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of or distribution of nicotine, alcohol, and controlled substances by students on District premises or as part of any of its activities;
  • A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the policy and a description of those sanctions;
  • A statement that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program;
  • Information about substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students;
  • A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and
  • Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:41

526 - Search and Seizure

526 - Search and Seizure

School district property is held in public trust by the Board.  The Board believes that illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees or visitors on District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the District.

District authorities may, without a search warrant, search students or protected student areas based on a reasonable suspicion that a District policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated.  The search is in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees, and visitors to the District facilities.

The furnishing of a locker, desk or other facility or space owned by the school and provided as a courtesy to a student, even if the student provides the lock for it, will not create a protected student area and will not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect the locker, desk or other facility.

School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search.  Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons, and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the District.  Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:46

527 - Interview of Students

527 - Interview of Students

District officials and employees may interview students during the school day.  Generally, students may not be interviewed during the school day by persons other than parents and District officials and employees.

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, District officials, and employees to interview students are made through the principal's office. 

Upon receiving a request, it is the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the request will be granted.  Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal will attempt to contact the parents to inform them of the request and to ask them to be present.

If a child abuse investigator wishes to interview a student, the principal will defer to the investigator's judgment as to whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student's parents, whether the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, and who will be present during the interview.

Students will not be taken from school without the consent of the principal and without proper warrant.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:47

528 - Anti-Harassment/Bullying Policy

528 - Anti-Harassment/Bullying Policy

Harassment and bullying of students are against federal, state, and local policy and are not tolerated by the Board.  The Board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.  To that end, the Board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by students, school employees, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or District.

The Board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing or any other victimization, of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school or District.

If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, termination.  If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds.  “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
  • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.

“Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic or other similar means.  “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging or similar technologies.

Harassment and bullying may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:

  • Verbal, nonverbal, physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear or suffering to the victim;
  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear or suffering to the victim;
  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear or suffering to the victim;
  • Demeaning jokes, stories or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear or suffering to the victim; and/or
  • Unreasonable interference with a student's performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical con-duct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a school employee is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive education environment.

In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

  • Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or
  • Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial or other proceeding relating to the report.  Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

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

The District will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy.  The Superintendent also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students. The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed. It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies. The Superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the District. The Superintendent shall report to the Board on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment in the District.

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

  • Inclusion in the student handbook;
  • Inclusion in the employee handbook;
  • Inclusion in the registration materials; and/or
  • Inclusion on the District’s web site,

A copy shall be made for any person at the District office.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 14:48

529 - Anti-Harassment/Bullying Investigation Procedures

529 - Anti-Harassment/Bullying Investigation Procedures

Individuals who feel that they have been harassed should:

·   Communicate to the harasser that the individual expects the behavior to stop, if the individual is comfortable doing so.  If the individual wants
     assistance communicating with the harasser, the individual should ask a teacher, counselor or principal to help.

·   If the harassment does not stop, or the individual does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the individual should:

                              --   tell a teacher, counselor or principal; and

                              --   write down exactly what happened, keep a copy, and give another copy to the teacher, counsellor, principal or another appropriate
                                    school employee including:

                                    -           what, when, and where it happened;

                                    -           who was involved;

                                    -           exactly what was said or what the harasser did;

                                    -           witnesses to the harassment;

                                    -           what the student said or did, either at the time or later;

                                    -           how the student felt; and

                                    -           how the harasser responded.

An individual who believes that the individual has been harassed or bullied will notify the building principal who will be the designated investigator.  The alternate investigator is a Level I Investigator.  The investigator may request that the individual complete the Harassment/Bullying Complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment, including, but not limited to, letters, audio or video recordings, electronic communications and/or pictures.  The complainant shall be given a copy of the completed complaint form.   Information received during the investigation is kept confidential to the extent possible.  The investigator has the authority to initiate an investigation in the absence of a written complaint.

The investigator will reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the complaint.  The investigator will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The alleged harasser may file a written statement in response to the complaint.  The investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will make written findings and conclusions as to each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the Superintendent.  The investigator will provide a copy of the findings of the investigation to the Superintendent.

Following receipt of the investigator's report, the Superintendent may investigate further, if deemed necessary, and make a determination of any appropriate additional steps which may include discipline.

Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action, the Superintendent may, at the Superintendent’s discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The Superintendent will file a written report closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to the complaint.  The complainant, the alleged harasser, and the investigator will receive notice as to the conclusion of the investigation.  The Superintendent will maintain a log of information necessary to comply with Iowa Department of Education reporting procedures.

·   Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential.

·   Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated.

·   No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation   process.

·   Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.

If the principal is a witness to the incident or is the subject of the complaint, the alternate investigator shall investigate.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:09

530 - Use of Motor Vehicles

530 - Use of Motor Vehicles

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

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

Cars will remain parked from the time the student arrives at school until school is dismissed for the day, unless the student has specific permission from the principal or superintendent to drive.  There is to be no eating of lunches or loitering in parked vehicles.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:12

531 - Student Conduct

531 - Student Conduct

Inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, and/or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises.  Appropriate classroom behavior allows teachers to communicate more effectively with students.

Students will conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the District.  Consequences for the misconduct will be fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the District or school activity; conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their education; conduct that is violent or destructive or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.

Teachers and/or others who are in charge of a classroom must be the administrators of classroom discipline.  Therefore, minor disciplinary offenses are the responsibility and obligation of the classroom teacher.  When a situation arises wherein the educational process is substantially interfered with, it then becomes the responsibility of the administration to assist in the disposition of the discipline problem.

A student who commits an assault against an employee on District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the District; while on school-owned or school-operated chartered vehicles or while attending or engaged in District activities will be suspended by the principal.  Notice of the suspension is sent to the Board President.  The Board will review the suspension to determine whether to impose further sanctions against the student which may include expulsion.  Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:

  • an act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
  • any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
  • intentionally points any firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above and the other person are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.

The District may impose a range of disciplinary measures for acts of misconduct.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.  Discipline will be administered depending on the severity and frequency of the acts of misconduct.  The imposition of discipline will be within the discretion of the individual responsible for imposing the discipline.  In instances where there has been a violation of the law, as well as school rules, appropriate law enforcement officials will be contacted and may become involved in the District's administration of discipline.  The school reserves the right to seek restitution from the parents/guardians of a student or the student for damage caused by the student.

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

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

Suspension means; either an in-school suspension, an out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities or loss of eligibility.  An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision.  An in-school suspension will not exceed ten consecutive school days.  An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, which includes school classes and activities.  An out-of-school suspension will not exceed ten days.  A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes and practice but will not participate in school activities.

Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded.  The conditional suspension will mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty.  Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms will result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.

Expulsion means an action by the Board to remove a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, for a period of time set by the Board but no longer than one calendar year.

Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement will take place.  The Individual Education Program (IEP) is evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension.

If a special education student's suspensions, either in or out of school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team will meet to determine whether the IEP is appropriate.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:13

532 - Expulsion

532 - Expulsion

Students may be expelled for violations of Board policy, school rules or the law.  The long term removal of a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, is an expulsion from school.  It is within the discretion of the Board to discipline a student by using an expulsion for a single offense or for a series of offenses depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.

It is within the discretion of the Superintendent to recommend to the Board the expulsion of a student for disciplinary purposes.  Only the Board may take action to expel a student and to readmit the student.  The principal will keep records of expulsions in addition to the Board's records.

When a student is recommended for expulsion by the Board, the student is provided with:

  1. notice of the reasons for the proposed expulsion;
  2. notice of the date, time, and place of the expulsion hearing sufficiently in advance of the hearing to enable the student to obtain the assistance of counsel and to prepare a defense;
  3. notice that the student is entitled to a closed hearing unless an open hearing is specifically requested;
  4. the names of the witnesses the Superintendent will present, if available, and a statement of the facts to which each witness will testify;
  5. notice that the student will be given an opportunity to present a defense against the charges, to provide either oral testimony or written affidavits of witnesses, to present documents, to be given copies of documents which will be introduced by the Superintendent, and to cross-examine adverse witnesses if available;
  6. notice that the student has the right to be represented by counsel; and,
  7. Notice that the student has the right to the results and finding of the Board to be in writing and open to the student's inspection.

At the hearing, the student will have all of the rights given in the notice and may give an opening and closing statement in addition to calling witnesses and cross-examining adverse witnesses.  The Board hearing the expulsion matter must be impartial (i.e. have no prior involvement in the situation, have no stake in the outcome, and have no personal bias or prejudice).

After the Board has heard the expulsion matter, it shall go into deliberations.  No one who advocated a position at the hearing of the matter should be present during the Board’s deliberations unless the other party or parties are also permitted to attend deliberations.  The student has a right to a decision based solely on the evidence presented at hearing.  There must be an adequate factual basis for the Board’s decision.  A preponderance of the evidence standard is sufficient to find the student violated the rule or policy at issue.  Following the Board’s deliberations, the Board shall reconvene in open session and render its decision on the Superintendent’s recommendation for expulsion.  The student is entitled to a written decision setting out the Board’s findings and conclusions as to the charges and the penalty.

In addition to these procedures, a special education student must be provided with additional procedures.  A determination should be made of whether the student is actually participated in the misconduct.  A staffing team should determine whether the student's behavior is caused by the student's disability and whether the conduct is the result of inappropriate placement.  Discussions and conclusions of this meeting should be recorded.

If the special education student's conduct is not caused by the disability, the student may be expelled or suspended for a long-term period following written notice to the parent and pursuant to the District's expulsion hearing procedures.  If the misconduct is caused by the disability and a change in placement is recommended, the change must be made pursuant to the placement procedures used by the District.  If a change in placement is not recommended, a determination shall be made within the student’s IEP and the law as to how to manage the student’s behavior to prevent the student’s possible future misconduct.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:14

533 - Fines-Fees-Charges

533 - Fines-Fees-Charges

The Board believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others.  Students may be assessed fines, charges or fees for the materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, for participating in activities or for misuse of school property.

The Superintendent will inform the Board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for fines, charges or fees annually.  Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent.  Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to District property are not fees and will not be waived.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:15

534 - Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures

534 - Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures

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

  1. Waivers –
    1. Full Waivers - a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the District if the student or student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition program, Family Investment Program, Supplemental Security Income guidelines or transportation assistance under open enrollment.  Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.
    2. Partial Waivers - a student will be granted a partial waiver of fees charged by the District if the student or the student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition program.  A partial waiver is based on the same percentage as the reduced price meals.
    3. Temporary Waivers - a student may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees charged by the District in the event the student's parents are facing financial difficulty.  Temporary waivers may be applied for at any time throughout the school year and will not extend beyond the end of the school year.
  2. Application - Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver will make an application on the form provided by the District.  Applications may be made at any time but must be renewed annually.
  3. Confidentiality - The District will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.
  4. Appeals - Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Superintendent.
  5. Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to school property are not fees and will not be waived.
  6. Notice - the District will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:16

535 - Good Conduct Rule

535 - Good Conduct Rule

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

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the District throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with Board policy and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.  The principal will keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the District for participation in the activity.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:18

536 - Student Government

536 - Student Government

The student council provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for student leaders, promotes the common good, gives students a share in the management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearinghouse for student activities, seeks to interest students in District affairs and helps solve problems that may arise.  Members of the council are student representatives who have direct access to the administration.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:19

537 - Student Organizations

537 - Student Organizations

No student organization shall exist which is not approved by the Board.  The Superintendent shall determine qualifications and regulations for student groups and make recommendations to the Board for groups seeking approval.  Applications for organizing shall be relayed to the Superintendent through the building principal.

 

Curriculum-Related Organizations

It will also be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related.  One or more of the following questions will be answered affirmatively if the group is curriculum-related:

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

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

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

      •     Is participation in the group required for a particular course?

      •     Does participation in the group result in academic credit?

Secondary and/or student-initiated curriculum-related student organizations, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use the District facilities for meetings and other purposes before and after the instructional school day.

Non-instructional time will mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class.  Meetings will not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other District operations.  It is within the discretion of the principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other District operations.  Activities relating to any part of the education program will have priority over the activities of another organization.

Employees shall be assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum-related organizations.

 

Non-Curriculum-Related Organizations

Secondary and/or student-initiated, non-curriculum-related organizations will be provided access to meeting space and District facilities.  Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups.  Such attendance is strictly voluntary and student-initiated.  As a means of determining whether a student's attendance is voluntary, the principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.

Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings.  Employees will not participate in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing or encouraging attendance.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:20

538 - Student Publications

538 - Student Publications

Students may produce official school publications as part of the curriculum under the supervision of a faculty advisor and the principal.  Official school publications include material produced in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook or writing classes and distributed to the student body either free or for a fee.

Any expression made by students, including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy.  The District, the Board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by employees or officials except as provided by law.  A faculty advisor will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.  The production of official school publications is guided by the law and by the ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.

Persons, other than students, who believe they have been aggrieved by student expression in a student-produced official school publication will follow the grievance procedure outlined in Chapter 2.  Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced official school publication has been restricted will follow the grievance procedure outlined in Chapter 5.

The Superintendent is responsible for developing a student publications code.  This code will include, but not be limited to, reasonable rules including time, place, and manner of restrictions.  The Superintendent will also be responsible for distributing this policy and the student publications code to the students and their parents.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:21

539 - Student Publications Code

539 - Student Publications Code

A.        Official school publications defined.

An "official school publication" is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook or writing classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee.

 

B.        Expression in an official school publication.

  1. No student will express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which is:
    1.  obscene;
    2. libellous;
    3. slanderous; or
    4. encourages students to:
      1. commit unlawful acts;
      2. violate school rules;
      3. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity;
      4. disrupt or interfere with the education program;
      5. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
      6. infringe on the rights of others.
  2. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The official school publication is produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

 

C.        Responsibilities of students.

  1. Students writing or editing official school publications will assign and edit the news, editorial, and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the student publications code and the law.
  2. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity, and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.
  3. Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

 

D.        Responsibilities of faculty advisors.

Faculty advisors will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

 

E.         Liability.

Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the District.  The District, the Board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

 

F.         Appeal procedure.

  1. Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in their exercise of expression in an official student publication will seek review of the decision through the student grievance procedure in Chapter 5.
  2. Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student publication will file their complaint through the citizen grievance procedure in Chapter 2.

 

G.        Time, place and manner of restrictions on official school publications.

  1. Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school premises.
  2. Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to:
    1. ​​​​​​​commit unlawful acts;
    2. violate school rules;
    3. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the District or school activity;
    4. disrupt or interfere with the education program;
    5. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
    6. infringe on the rights of others.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

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dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:22

540 - Student Performances

540 - Student Performances

Students, as part of the education program, may participate in contests or other public and private events approved by the Superintendent that will be of benefit to the student and the education program.  Performance at such events is a privilege.

Students, who perform at such events, serve as ambassadors of the District and must conduct themselves in the same manner as required in the regular school day.  Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures. 

Students will be allowed to perform in these events only with proper permission and supervision and when the events do not disrupt the education program or other District operations.  The events must be approved by the Superintendent, unless it involves unusual travel and expense, in which case the Board must approve of the performance.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy. In developing the administrative regulations, these guidelines should be followed:

  • Performances by student groups below the high school level should be allowed on a very limited basis;
  • All groups of students should have an opportunity to participate; and,
  • Extensive travel by one group of students should be discouraged.

It is within the discretion of the Superintendent to determine whether the event will benefit the education program and the participating students.  Contests or other performances by students unapproved by the Superintendent are the responsibility of the parent and the student.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:29

541 - Student Fund Raising

541 - Student Fund Raising

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with the permission of the principal.  Fund raising by students for events other than school-sponsored events is not allowed.  Collection boxes for school fund raising must have prior approval from the principal before being placed on school property.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:31

542 - Student Activity Program

542 - Student Activity Program

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

Students, may participate in interscholastic athletics, music, speech, and other contest or events approved by the administration subject to the rules and regulations which govern participation in general for each event or contest.  Any such events must be supervised by a licensed employee.

The District is affiliated and pays dues as a member or organizations such as Iowa FFA Association, Iowa State Music Association, Iowa State Speech Association, Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Girls' Athletic Union, and the Iowa Association of Student Councils.  The District is, therefore, subject to all the rules and regulations of these associations and the Department of Education.

Student activity events must be approved by the Superintendent unless they involve unusual travel expense, in which case the Board will take action.  The events must not disrupt the education program or other District operations.

A high school student who participates in school sponsored athletics may participate in a non-school sponsored sport during the same season with written approval of the Superintendent, high school principal, and athletic director.  This allowance is with the understanding that the school-sponsored team participation takes precedence over the non-school team participation.  Such outside participation will not conflict with the school sponsored athletic activity. The determination of whether a non-school sponsored sport conflicts with a school sponsored athletic activity shall be determined by the supervising coach. 

If a student misses a school practice or competition due to the non-school athletic participation, the student is subject to disciplinary action by the coach/sponsor in charge of that sport.

Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:32

543 - Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration

543 - Student Promotion-Retention-Acceleration

The District recognizes that not all students grow and develop at the same rate and that some students may need more time at a particular level.  Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based on the student’s achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.

The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgment of the licensed employee and the principal.  When it becomes evident a student in grades kindergarten through eight may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the Board to retain students in their current grade level.

Students in grades nine through twelve will be informed of the required course work necessary to maintain adequate progress toward graduation.  When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for the year, the student and parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the Board to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.

Students in grades kindergarten through twelve with exceptional talents may, with the permission of the principal and parents, take classes beyond their current grade level.  Enrichment opportunities outside the District may be allowed when they do not conflict with the District’s graduation requirements.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:33

544 - Student Honors and Awards

544 - Student Honors and Awards

The District will provide a program that establishes honors and awards including, but not limited to, academic letters, scholarships, and good citizenship awards for students to assist students in setting goals.  Students are made aware of honors and awards and the action necessary on the part of the student to achieve them.  Students who have not attended the school district for one (1) year or have not attended an accredited public or private school will not be eligible for honors and awards. 

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:33

545 - Testing, Evaluation, and Survey Program

545 - Testing, Evaluation, and Survey Program

A comprehensive testing program is established and maintained to evaluate the education program of the District and to assist in providing guidance or counseling services to students and their families.

No student is required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent:
  • mental or psychological problems of the student or the student's family;
  • sex behavior or attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  • legally recognized, privileged, and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  • religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
  • income, (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

It is the responsibility of the Board to review and approve the evaluation and testing program.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:34

546 - Graduation Requirements

546 - Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete the courses required by the Board and Iowa Department of Education in order to graduate.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete the listed credits prior to graduation, in no case less than that required by law.  The following basic credits are required:

COURSES

Standard Credits

Core Credits

Science

6

6

Math

6

6

English

8

8

Social Studies

6

6

Financial Literacy

1

1

Fine Arts/Vocational/CPU

4

4

Electives

17

10

Physical Education

4

4

TOTAL CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

52

45

The required courses of study will be reviewed by the Board annually.

Graduation requirements for special education students will be in accordance with the prescribed course of study as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Beginning with the class of 2022, requirements for students in special education to earn a regular high school diploma will include successful completion of four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies, and the completion of the district’s physical education requirements.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019          
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVISED: 06/21/2021 – APPROVED 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:35

546A - Graduation Requirements - Home School Assistance Program

546A - Graduation Requirements - Home School Assistance Program

There are qualifications for an EBF HSAP student transferring to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School (EBF) wanting to receive an EBF High School Diploma.  Specifics will be created by the HSAP staff and school administration.  The state of Iowa has very specific requirements for students earning high school diplomas presented by public schools.  Chapter 12 Graduation Requirements

Attendance Requirements for HSAP students to earn an EBF High School Diploma:

  • Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School operates using 2 semesters each year.
  • The student MUST attend EBF High School the entirety of their junior and senior years
    • Students who are a junior in the 2021-2022 academic year must enroll full-time second semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students will submit a written verification of high school course work completion, with titles, to the designated EBF High School officials to determine credits awarded. Course work acceptance is based upon criteria that is determined by the designated EBF High School official and EBF HSAP Director. 

HSAP will maintain a transcript of HSAP students beginning their freshman year if the student anticipates entering the high school for an EBF High School Diploma.

EBF administration and EBF HSAP Director will create and maintain a set of protocols for HSAP students to earn an EBF public school diploma meeting Iowa Code 281 Chapter 12 requirements and local Board of Directors requirements. (Currently, 52 credits are required to graduate with an EBF High School diploma)

 

 

REVIEWED: 10/18/2021
APPROVED: 11/22/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:36

547 - Early Graduation

547 - Early Graduation

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve.  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in Board policy and the student has the approval of the Board and a recommendation by the Superintendent and building principal.

A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a student and will become an alumnus of the District.  Therefore, the student who graduates early can no longer participate in any District activities.  However, the student who graduates early may participate in commencement exercises.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:37

548 - Commencement

548 - Commencement

Students who have met the requirements for graduation will be allowed to participate in the commencement proceedings provided they abide by the proceedings organized by the District.  It is the responsibility of the principal to solicit input from each graduating class regarding the proceedings for their commencement.

Attendance at commencement exercises is optional.  Failure of a student to participate in commencement will not be a reason for withholding the student's final progress report or diploma certifying the student's completion of high school.  A student may be excluded from participation in commencement for violation of District policy, rules or the law.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:38

549 - Parental Involvement

549 - Parental Involvement

It is the policy of the District that parents of all participating children have the opportunity to be involved in the joint development of the District plan and in the District’s review process for the purpose of school improvement.  The District provides coordination, technical assistance, and other necessary support in the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities.  The District encourages parent involvement and supports the partnership between home/school/community by providing understandable information about standards and assessment; providing training and materials for parents to help their children and to involve other parents; educating school personnel about involving parents and the value of parent contributions; and developing meaningful roles for community organizations and businesses to work with parents and schools.

It is the policy of the District that:

  • This jointly developed, written policy is distributed to parents of participating Title I children and is available to all the patrons of the District.  This policy will be given to parents of participating Title I children at the annual fall meeting or at parent-teacher conferences.  Copies are available in each office.  A copy will be sent home to the parents of children who enter the Title I program during the course of the year.
  • An annual meeting is held for all parents of participating children.  Additional flexible parent meeting times shall be held throughout the year as determined by parent interest and suggestions.   These meetings will include parent-teacher conferences and meetings requested by parents and/or teachers.  Notification of these meetings will be made through United States mail, e-mail, phone calls, written notes via students, and/or through the District newsletter.
  • Parents are given assistance in understanding the requirements of the Title I law, local improvement goals, content standards, performance standards, and assessments at the annual meeting each fall.  Such information may also be printed in the District newsletter, the annual progress report, and may be communicated at parent-teacher conferences and at open house.
  • Parents receive an explanation of the school’s performance profile in the annual progress report published once a year.  Teachers communicate expected proficiency levels and assessment results twice a year at parent-teacher conferences.
  • Parents are informed of reasons for their children’s participation, the curriculum, and the instructional objectives and methods of the program at the fall annual parent meeting.
  • Parents receive timely responses to all parent recommendations.  As much as feasible, they are sent to parents in the language used in the home.  Full opportunities are provided for all parents to participate in Title I activities through a verbal and/or written invitation.  Childcare is provided at the annual parent meeting and during parent-teacher conferences.
  • A jointly developed school/parent compact outlines how parents, school personnel, and students share the responsibility for improved student achievement and the means by which the District and parents continue to build and develop partnerships to help children achieve the local high standards.  This compact was developed by a joint committee of parents, teachers, and administration.  It is reviewed annually and distributed to parents as their child enters the program and again each fall.
  • The Title I or District-wide program provides opportunities for parents to become partners with the District by promoting the education of their children at home and school.  Parents are given help monitoring their student’s progress.  The District provides assistance to parents on how they can participate in decisions related to their student’s education.  The District provides reasonable support for parental involvement activities as requested by parents.  Such information is communicated at parent-teacher conferences and other parent meetings including the annual fall parent meeting.  Articles regarding reading improvement will be published in the District at least once per year.  Teachers will attend workshops to improve their knowledge of teaching reading skills and strategies.
  • The District coordinates and integrates parent involvement programs and activities with other programs as appropriate.  All teachers will have the opportunity to attend training sessions/workshops in reading.  Title I parents will have representation on the District advisory committee
  • An annual evaluation of this parental involvement policy shall be conducted to determine the effectiveness of this policy and the barriers of this policy for increasing parent involvement.  Policy evaluation findings shall be used in designing strategies for school improvement and revising parent policies.  This evaluation will be conducted annually at the fall annual parent meeting.  Revisions will be made and the revised Parent Involvement Policy will be distributed to all Title I parents via United States Mail, e-mail or through Title I students.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:38

550 - Student Records Access

550 - Student Records Access

The Board recognizes the importance of maintaining student records and preserving their confidentiality.  For purposes of this policy and other policies relating to student records, student is defined as an enrolled individual in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in District-sponsored child care programs.

Student records containing personally identifiable information are kept confidential at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages.  The Board Secretary is the custodian of student records.  Student records may be maintained in the District office or administrative office of the student's attendance center.

Parents and eligible students will have access to the student's records during the regular business hours of the District.  An eligible student is a student who has reached eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education at the post high school level.  Parents of an eligible student are provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Code.  In that case, the parents may be provided access without the written permission of the student.  A representative of the parents or eligible student, who has received written permission from the parents or eligible student, may inspect and review a special education student's records.  Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the District has a court order stating such or when the District has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records.  Parents may inspect an instrument used for the purpose of collection of student personal information prior to the instrument’s use.

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

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

Copies of student records will only be provided if failure to do so would effectively prevent the parents or student from exercising the right to access the student records.  Fees for copies of the records will be waived if it would prevent the parents or student from accessing the records.  A fee may not be charged to search or retrieve information from student records. 

Upon the request of parents or an eligible student, the District will provide an explanation and interpretation of the student records and a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained or used by the District.

If the parents or an eligible student believes the information in the student records is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or an eligible student may request that the District amend the student records.  The District will decide whether to amend the student records within a reasonable time after receipt of the request.  If the District determines an amendment is made to the student record, the District will make the amendment and inform the parents or the eligible student of the decision in writing.

If the District determines that amendment of the student's record is not appropriate, it will inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the hearing officer provided by the District.  If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the student record is further denied following the hearing, the parents or the eligible student will be informed that they have a right to place an explanatory letter in the student record commenting on the District's decision and setting forth the reasoning for disagreeing with the District.  Additions to the student's records will become a part of the student record and be maintained like other student records.  If the District discloses the student records, the explanation by the parents will also be disclosed.

Student records may be disclosed in limited circumstances without parental or eligible student's written permission.  This disclosure is made on the condition that the student record will not be disclosed to a third party without the written permission of the parents or the eligible student.  This disclosure may be made to the following individuals or under the following circumstances:

  • to school officials within the District and AEA personnel whom the Superintendent has determined to have a legitimate educational interest, including, but not limited to, Board members, employees, school attorney, auditor, health professionals, and individuals serving on official school committees;
  • to officials of another school district in which the student wishes to enroll, provided the other school district notifies the parents the student records are being sent and the parents have an opportunity to receive a copy of the records and challenge the contents of the records unless the annual notification includes a provision that records will automatically be transferred to new school districts;
  • to authorized representatives of the United States Comptroller General, the United States Attorney General, the United States Secretary of Education or state and local educational authorities;
  • in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received if the information is necessary to receive the financial aid;
  • to organizations and/or their authorized representatives, on or behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing, validating or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs, and improving instruction, if such studies are conducted in such a manner as will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents by persons other than representatives of such organizations and such information will be destroyed when no longer needed for the purpose for which it is conducted;
  • to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions;
  • to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
  • to comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena consistent with an interagency agreement between the District and juvenile justice agencies;
  • in connection with a health or safety emergency;
  • to authorized representatives of the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives from the Food and Nutrition Service for the purposes of conducting program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements of state and local educational and other agencies and institutions receiving funding for or providing a school lunch program for which the results will be reported in an aggregate form that does not identify any individual, provided that the data collected shall be protected in a manner that will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents to anyone other than those authorized under this paragraph and any personally identifiable data shall be destroyed when the data are no longer needed for program monitoring, evaluations, and performance measurements;
  • to an agency caseworker or other representative of a state or local child welfare agency or tribal organization authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student, provided that the education records or the personally identifiable information contained in such records of the student will not be disclosed by such agency or organization, except to an individual or entity engaged in addressing the student’s education needs and authorized by such agency or organization to receive such disclosure and such disclosure is consistent with the state or tribal laws applicable to protecting the confidentiality of a student’s education records;  or,
  • as directory information.

The Superintendent will keep a list of the individuals and their positions who are authorized to view a special education student's records without the permission of the parents or the eligible student.  Individuals not listed are not allowed access without parental or an eligible student's written permission.  This list must be current and available for public inspection and updated as changes occur.

The Superintendent will also keep a list of individuals, agencies, and organizations which have requested or obtained access to a student's records, the date access was given, and their legitimate educational interest or purpose for which they were authorized to view the records.  The Superintendent, however, does not need to keep a list of the parents, authorized educational employees, officers, and agencies of the District who have accessed the student’s records.  This list for a student record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student, and the custodian of student records.

Permanent student records, including a student's name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed, and year completed may be maintained without time limitation.  Permanent student records will be kept in a fire-safe vault.

When personally identifiable information, other than permanent student records, no longer needs to be maintained by the District to provide educational services to a special education student, the parents or eligible student are notified.  This notice is normally given after a student graduates or otherwise leaves the District.  If the parents or eligible student request that the personally identifiable information be destroyed, the District will destroy the records.  Prior to the destruction of the records, the District must inform the parents or eligible student the records may be needed by the parents or eligible student for social security benefits or other purposes.  In the absence of parents or an eligible student's request to destroy the records, the District must maintain the records for at least three years after an individual is determined to be no longer eligible for special education.

The District will cooperate with the juvenile justice system in sharing information contained in permanent student records regarding students who have become involved with the juvenile justice system.  The District will enter into an interagency agreement with the juvenile justice agencies involved.  The purpose of the agreement is to allow for the sharing of information prior to a student's adjudication in order to promote and collaborate between the District and the agencies to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.

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

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

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

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

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students of their right to inspect and review the student's records.  The notice is given in a parents' or eligible student's native language.  Should the District collect personal information from students for the purposes of marketing or selling that information, the District will annually notify parents of such activity.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:43

551 - Student Directory Information

551 - Student Directory Information

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the District.  For purposes of this policy and other policies relating to student directory information, student is defined as an enrolled individual in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in District-sponsored child care programs.  Directory information is defined in the annual notice.  It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, student ID number that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), user ID or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.

The District may designate that certain directory information is available to specific parties and/or for a specific purpose.

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents of students, including those open enrolled out of the District and parents of children homeschooled in the District, will be given notice annually of the intent to develop a directory or to give out general information and have the opportunity to deny the inclusion of their child's information in the directory or in the general information about the students.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to provide notice and to determine the method of notice that will inform parents.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:44

552 - Student Photographs

552 - Student Photographs

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

Parents will be notified prior to the taking of pictures by a commercial photographer for student "portraits."  In no case will students be required to have their picture taken or be pressured to purchase pictures.

Students or commercial photographers may take pictures of students upon consent for such things as the yearbook or student newspaper.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:45

553 - Student Library Circulation Records

553 - Student Library Circulation Records

Student library circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the District libraries and media center.  As a general rule, student library circulation records are considered confidential records and will not be released without parental consent.  Individuals who may access such records include a student's parents, the student, authorized licensed employees, authorized government officials from the United States Comptroller General, the Secretary of Education, the Commissioner and Director of the National Institute of Education, and the Assistant Secretary for Education and State Education Department.

Appropriate authorities in a health or safety emergency may access the student's library circulation records without the approval or the notification of the student's parents.  Parents may not access records, without the student's permission, of a student who has reached the age of majority or who is attending a post-secondary educational institution unless the student is considered a dependent for tax purposes.

It is the school librarian's responsibility, as the person maintaining the student library circulation records, to approve requests for access to student library circulation records.  Students' library circulation records may be accessed during the regular business hours of the District.  If copies of documents are requested, a fee for such copying is charged.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:45

554 - Student Health and Immunization Certificates

554 - Student Health and Immunization Certificates

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities or enrolling in kindergarten or first grade in the District will have a physical examination by a licensed physician and provide proof of such an examination to the District.  A physical examination and proof of such an examination may be required by the administration for students in other grades enrolling for the first time in the District.

A certificate of health stating the results of a physical examination and signed by the physician is on file at the attendance center.  Each student will submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the Superintendent.  Failure to provide this information may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Students enrolling in kindergarten or any grade in elementary school in the District will have, at a minimum, a dental screening performed by a licensed medical professional (physician, nurse, physician assistant, dentist, dental hygienist) sometime between the student turning three (3) years of age and four (4) months following the student’s enrollment in the District, and will provide proof of such a screening to the District.  Students enrolling in any grade in high school in the District will have, at a minimum, a dental screening performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist sometime between one (1) year prior to the student’s enrollment in the District and four (4) months following the student’s enrollment in the District, and will provide proof of such a screening to the District.

Parents or guardians of students enrolling in kindergarten in the District shall be provided a student vision card provided by the Iowa optometric association and as approved by the Department of Education.  The goal of the District is that every child receives an eye examination by age seven, as needed.

Students enrolling for the first time in the District will also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, and other immunizations required by law.  The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so.  Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for suspension, expulsion or denial of admission.  Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, students entering the District for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission.  The District may conduct TB tests of current students.

Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law.  The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:46

555 - Administration of Medication to Students

555 - Administration of Medication to Students

Students may be required to take medication during the school day.  Medication shall be administered only by the school nurse or a qualified designee.  A qualified designee is a person who has been trained under the State Department of Health guidelines.  Training and continued supervision shall be documented and kept on file in the District. 

Some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their educational program.  These students shall receive medication concomitant with their educational program.  When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student's parent.  Herbal remedies, natural supplements, or essential oils not approved by the Federal Drug Administration will NOT be administered by school personnel.

Students may be required to take medication during the school day.  Medication is administered by the parent, physician, school nurse or in the nurse's absence, by a person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners.  The course is conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist.  A record of course completion will be maintained by the District.

Students who have demonstrated competence in administering their own medications may self-administer their medication as long as all other relevant portions of this policy have been complied with by the student and the student’s parent or guardian.  A written statement by the student's parent/guardian shall be on file requesting co-administration of medication, when competence has been demonstrated.  By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases may self-administer their medication upon approval of their parents and prescribing physician regardless of competency.

Medication will not be administered without written authorization that is signed and dated from the parent and the medication must be in the original container which is labeled by the pharmacy or the manufacturer with the name of the child, name of the medication, the time of the day which it is to be given, the dosage, and the duration.  Written authorization will also be secured when the parent requests student co-administration of medication when competency is demonstrated.  When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan will be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student's parents.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the medication is current; that all information regarding the medication is current; and that the information provided to the District, including, but not limited to the written authorization, is current.

A written record of the administration of medication procedure must be kept for each child receiving medication including the date; student's name; prescriber or person authorizing the administration; the medication and its dosage; the name, signature, and title of the person administering the medication; and the time and method of administration and any unusual circumstances, actions or omissions.  Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented.  Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.  Medication information shall be kept confidential.

The school nurse or in the nurse's absence, the person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners will have access to the medication which will be kept in a secured area.  Students may carry medication only with the approval of the parents and building principal of the student's attendance center.  Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions will be in place.

The Superintendent is responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, for developing rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and nonprescription, including emergency protocols, to students and for ensuring persons administering medication have taken the prescribed course and periodically review the prescribed course.  Annually, each student is provided with the requirements for administration of medication at school.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVISED: 06/21/2021 – APPROVED 07/19/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:47

556 - Communicable Diseases - Students

556 - Communicable Diseases - Students

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  The term "communicable disease" will mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.

Prevention and control of communicable diseases is included in the District's bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan.  The procedures will include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees and record keeping.  This plan is reviewed annually by the Superintendent and school nurse.

The health risk to immunosupressed students is determined by their personal physician.  The health risk to others in the District environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease is determined on a case-by-case basis by the student's personal physician, a physician chosen by the District or public health officials.

A student shall notify the Superintendent or the school nurse when the student learns the student has a communicable disease.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent, when the Superintendent or school nurse, upon investigation, has knowledge that a reportable communicable disease is present, to notify the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Health data of a student is confidential and it shall not be disclosed to third parties.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:48

557 - Student Illness or Injury at School

557 - Student Illness or Injury at School

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the District will attempt to notify the student's parents as soon as possible.

The District, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have employees present administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the parents or qualified medical employees as quickly as possible.

It is the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the Superintendent within twenty-four hours after the student is injured.  Reports will be kept in the administrative office for that year and then filed in the student’s cumulative folder.

Annually, parents are required to complete a medical emergency authorization form indicating the procedures to be followed, if possible, in an emergency involving their child.  The authorization form will also include the phone numbers of the parents and alternative numbers to call in case of an injury or illness.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:49

558 - Concussion Management

558 - Concussion Management

The District considers concussions and head injuries serious matters and will follow the laws and regulations regarding the identification and management of such injuries.  The District shall provide annually to each parent or guardian of each student in grades seven through twelve a concussions and brain injury information sheet, as provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.  The student and the student’s parent or guardian shall sign the sheet and return it to the District prior to the student’s participation in any extra-curricular interscholastic activity.

If a student’s coach or activity sponsor observes signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury during an extra-curricular interscholastic activity, the student shall be immediately removed from the activity.  Extra-curricular interscholastic activity means any dance or cheerleading activity or extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest or practice governed by the Iowa High School Athletic Association or the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union that is a contact or limited contact activity as identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The student’s parent or guardian shall be contacted as soon as possible following the injury, and told that the student cannot return to participate in the activity until evaluated by an appropriate health-care professional.  The student shall not return to participate in the activity or practice on the same day of a concussion. The student shall not return to participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest or practice until a written clearance to return to participation signed by the appropriate health care provider is given to the District. The student shall be examined by an appropriate health-care professional the same day the injury occurs.  A licensed health care provider means a physician, physician’s assistant, chiropractor, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist or licensed athletic trainer.  There may be situations when the Iowa High School Athletic Association, Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and/or the District specifically designates individuals to act as the health-care professional during an activity or event.  In such situations, the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s, and/or the District’s decision regarding the designation of the health-care professional is final. The written release shall be maintained as part of the student’s cumulative record.

For students who participate in an extracurricular interscholastic activity which is a contest in grades seven through twelve, the District shall adopt a return to play protocol consistent with the Department of Public Health’s rules and a return to learn plan based on guidance developed by the Brain Injury Association of America in cooperation with a student removed from participation in an extracurricular interscholastic activity and diagnosed with a concussion or brain injury, the student’s parent or guardian, and the student’s licensed health care provider to accommodate the student as the student returns to the classroom.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:49

559 - Emergency Plans and Drills

559 - Emergency Plans and Drills

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

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

  • assignment of employees to specific tasks and responsibilities;
  • instructions relating to the use of alarm systems and signals.  If combination visual and auditory warning devices do not exist, the plan shall include specific provisions for warning individuals with hearing impairments;
  • information concerning methods of fire containment;
  • systems for notification of appropriate persons and agencies;
  • information concerning the location and use of firefighting equipment;
  • specification of evacuation routes and procedures;
  • posting of plans and procedures at suitable locations throughout the facility;
  • evacuation drills which include the actual evacuation of individuals to safe areas; and
  • an evaluation for each evacuation drill.

Employees will participate in emergency drills.  Licensed employees are responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

Bus evacuation drills shall be conducted at least once per semester.  The principals of the attendance centers, in consultation with the Transportation Director, shall plan these drills.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:51

560 - Student Insurance

560 - Student Insurance

Students participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics shall be required to have health and accident insurance.  Students, whether they are or are not participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics, will have the opportunity to participate in the health and accident insurance plan selected by the school district.

The Superintendent, in consultation with the business manager, shall select the insurance plan after receiving quotes from competing companies. 

The cost of the health and accident insurance program is borne by the student.  Participation in the insurance health and accident plan is not a contract with the school district, but rather, a contract between the insurance company and the student.

Whenever a student is injured while under the supervision of a member of the school district staff, the faculty member will file an accident report with the school nurse and the principal's office.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:52

561 - Custody and Parental Rights

561 - Custody and Parental Rights

Disagreements between family members are not the responsibility of the District. The District will not take the "side" of one family member over another in a disagreement about custody or parental rights.  Court orders that have been issued will be followed by the District.  It is the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the District to inform and provide the District the court order allowing such action.

This policy does not prohibit an employee from listening to a student's problems and concerns.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:53

562 - Special Health Services

562 - Special Health Services

Some students who require special education need special health services in order to participate in the educational program.  These students will receive special health services in accordance with their Individualized Educational Program.

 

A.        Definitions

Assignment and delegation - occurs when licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of individuals performing the health services.  Primary consideration is given to the recommendation of the licensed health personnel.  Each designation considers the student's special health service.  The rationale for the designation is documented.  If the designation decision of the team differs from the licensed health professional, team members may file a dissenting opinion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Interpretation or intervention;
  • Administration of health procedures and health care; or
  • Use of a health device to compensate for the reduction or loss of a body function.

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

  • physically present
  • available at the same site
  • available on call

 

B.        Licensed health personnel will provide special health services under the auspices       of the District.  Duties of the licensed personnel include the duty to:

  • Participate as a member of the education team.
  • Provide the health assessment.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate the written individual health plan.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate special emergency health services.
  • Serve as liaison and encourage participation and communication with health service agencies and individuals providing health care.
  • Provide health consultation, counseling, and instruction with the eligible student, the student's parent, and the staff in cooperation and conjunction with the prescriber.
  • Maintain a record of special health services.  The documentation includes the eligible student's name, special health service, prescriber or person authorizing, date and time, signature and title of the person providing the special health service, and any unusual circumstances in the provision of such services.
  • Report unusual circumstances to the parent, school administration, and prescriber.
  • Assign and delegate to, instruct, provide technical assistance, and supervise qualified designated personnel.
  • Update knowledge and skills to meet special health service needs.

 

C.        Prior to the provision of special health services the following will be on file:

  • Written statement by the prescriber detailing the specific method and schedule of the special health service, when indicated.
  • Written statement by the student's parent requesting the provision of the special health service.
  • Written report of the preplanning staffing or meeting of the education team.
  • Written individual health plan available in the health record and integrated into the IEP or IFSP.

 

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

  • Analysis and interpretation of the special health service needs, health status stability, complexity of the service, predictability of the service outcome, and risk of improperly performed service.
  • Determination that the special health service, task, procedure or function is part of the person's job description.
  • Determination of the assignment and delegation based on the student's needs.
  • Review of the designated person's competency.
  • Determination of initial and ongoing level of supervision required to ensure quality services.

 

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

 

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

 

G.        Parents will provide the usual equipment, supplies, and necessary maintenance for such.  The equipment will be stored in a secure area.  The
           personnel responsible for the equipment will be designated in the individual health plan.  The individual health plan will designate the role of the
           school, parents, and others in the provision, supply, storage, and maintenance of necessary equipment.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:53

563 - Wellness Policy

563 - Wellness Policy

The Board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.  The District supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.  By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students.  Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

The District provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.  The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy District goals to positively influence a student's understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. 

The District supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students' health status and academic performance.  The District shall have foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day that meet or exceed the District nutrition standards.  Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure high-quality meals. 

The District will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the District may utilize electronic identification and payment systems.

The District will develop a local wellness policy committee comprised of representatives of the Board, parents, leaders in food/exercise authority, and employees.  The local wellness policy committee will develop a plan to implement and measure the local wellness policy and monitor the effectiveness of the policy.  The committee will designate an individual to monitor implementation and evaluation the implementation of the policy.  The committee will report annually to the Board regarding the effectiveness of this policy.

The school district will identify at least one goal in each of the following areas:

  • Nutrition Education and Promotion:  Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.
  • Physical Activity: Schools will provide students with age and grade appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity that meet the Iowa Healthy Kids Act.
  • Other School Based Activities that Promote Wellness: As appropriate, schools will support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

The nutrition guidelines for all foods available with the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity are available at the District Office.

Committee Make-up: Superintendent, Board Member, Parent, Food Service Director, Health/ Physical Education Teacher, School Nurse, and a Student 

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVISED: 02/05/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:58

600 - EDUCATION PROGRAM

600 - EDUCATION PROGRAM Jen@iowaschool… Sun, 01/09/2022 - 21:54

600 - Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

600 - Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

The Board's objective in the design, contents, and the delivery of the education program is to provide an equal opportunity for students to pursue an education free of discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), marital status or genetic information.

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

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

  • Acquire basic skills in obtaining information, solving problems, thinking critically, and communicating effectively;
  • Become effective and responsible contributors to the decision-making processes of the social and political institutions of the community, state, and nation;
  • Acquire entry-level job skills and knowledge necessary for further education;
  • Acquire the capacities for a satisfying and responsible role as family members;
  • Acquire knowledge, habits, and attitudes that promote personal and public health, both physical and mental;
  • Acquire an understanding of ethical principles and values and the ability to apply them to their own lives;
  • Develop an understanding of their own worth, abilities, potential, and limitations; and,
  • Learn and enjoy the process of learning and acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:20

601 - School Calendar

601 - School Calendar

The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the District.  The school calendar is for a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days and include, but not be limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development, in-service days, and teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students is for a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days or one thousand eighty (1080) hours in the school calendar.  The academic school year for students may not begin prior to September but may begin in the week in which September 1 falls unless a waiver is obtained from the Iowa Department of Education.  Should September 1 fall on a Sunday, school may begin any day during the calendar week which immediately precedes September 1.  Employees may be required to report to work at the school district prior to this date.

The Board may define the number of days Kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for students attending Kindergarten.  Special education students may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their Individualized Education Program.

The Board, in its discretion, may excuse graduating seniors from up to five (5) days of instruction after the District requirements for graduation have been met.  The Board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the District's graduation requirements.

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

The Board may amend the official school calendar when the Board considers the change to be in the best interests of the District's education program.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:21

602 - School Day

602 - School Day

The student school day for grades one through twelve will consist of hours set by the Board and will include the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the District.  Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences may be counted as part of the student's instructional time.  The student school day will consist of a schedule as recommended by the Superintendent and/or designee and approved by the Board.

The minimum school day will meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to inform the Board annually of the length of the school day.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:22

603 - School Year

603 - School Year

The student school day for grades one through twelve will consist of one of the following: (1) a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days with each day having a minimum of six (6) hours of instruction or (2) one thousand eighty (1080) hours of instruction.  Instructional time is considered time during which the school or District is in session and students are under the guidance and instruction of the instructional professional staff.  Lunch periods will not be counted as part of instructional time.  Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences and passing time will be counted as part of instructional time.

If the District chooses a minimum one hundred eighty (180) day school year, the District may record a day of school with less than the minimum of six (6) hours of instruction if one of the following circumstances exists:

  1. emergency health or safety factors request the late arrival or early dismissal of students on a specific day;
  2. if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve for any five (5) consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty (30) hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the professional instructional staff or because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day; or
  3. if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve for the first four (4) consecutive days equal at least thirty (30) hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the District may record zero (0) hours of instructional time on the fifth (5th) consecutive school day as a school day.

Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the Superintendent.  The Board may amend the official school calendar when the Board considers the change to be in the best interests of the District’s educational program.

 

 

APPROVED 12/16/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:22

604 - Emergency School Closings

604 - Emergency School Closings

The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall have the authority to close schools because of extreme weather or other emergency conditions for the length of time the conditions exist.  The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall make provisions to publicly announce such closings via available mass communication media as soon as possible after the decision to close.

Every reasonable effort shall be made to have students attend the total amount of school annually as specified by statute, state departmental rules, and Board policy.

 

 

APPROVED 12/16/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:24

605 - Curriculum Development

605 - Curriculum Development

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

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

  • Focuses attention on the content standards of each discipline and ensure the identified learnings are rigorous, challenging, and represent the most important learning for our students.
  • Increases the probability that students will acquire the desired knowledge, skills, and dispositions and that our schools will be successful in providing appropriate learning experiences.
  • Facilitates communication and coordination.
  • Improves classroom instruction.

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

  • Study the latest thinking, trends, research, and expert advice regarding the content/discipline;
  • Study the current status of the content/discipline (what and how well students are currently learning);
  • Identify content standards, benchmarks, and grade level expectations for the content/discipline;
  • Describe the desired learning behaviors, teaching, and learning environment related to the content/discipline;
  • Identify differences in the desired and present program and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding the content area;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum development decisions;
  • Verify integration of local, state, and/or federal mandates (MCNS, school-to-work, etc.);
  • Verify how the standards and benchmarks of the content/discipline support each of the broader student learning goals and provide a K-12 continuum that builds on the prior learning of each level.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to keep the Board apprised of necessary curriculum revisions and progress of each content area related to curriculum development activities.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:25

606 - Curriculum Implementation

606 - Curriculum Implementation

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

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

  • Understanding the conceptual framework of the content/discipline being implemented; and,
  • Organized assistance to understand the theory, observe exemplary demonstrations, have opportunities to practice, and receive coaching and feedback focused on the most powerful instructional strategies to deliver the content at the classroom level.

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

  • Study and identify the best instructional practices and materials to deliver the content;
  • Describe procedures for the purchase of instructional materials and resources;
  • Identify/develop exemplars that demonstrate the learning behaviors, teaching, and learning environment to deliver the content;
  • Study the current status of instruction in the content area (how teachers are teaching);
  • Compare the desired and present delivery system, identify differences (gap analysis), and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Organize staff into collaborative study teams to support their learning and implementation efforts (address the gaps);
  • Provide ongoing professional development related to instructional strategies and materials that focuses on theory, demonstration, practice, and feedback;
  • Regularly monitor and assess the level of implementation;
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding curriculum implementation;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum implementation decisions.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to keep the Board apprised of curriculum implementation activities and the progress of each content area related to curriculum implementation activities.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:27

607 - Curriculum Evaluation

607 - Curriculum Evaluation

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

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

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

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

  • Identify specific purposes for assessing student learning;
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment plan;
  • Select/develop assessment tools and scoring procedures that are valid and reliable;
  • Identify procedures for collecting assessment data;
  • Identify procedures for analyzing and interpreting information and drawing conclusions based on the data, including analysis of the       performance of various sub-groups of students;
  • Identify procedures for establishing at least three levels of performance (specific to the content standard and the assessment tool when appropriate) to assist in determining whether  students have achieved at a satisfactory level (at least two levels describe performance that is proficient or advanced and at least one level describes students who are not yet performing at the proficient level);
  • Identify procedures for using assessment information to determine long-range and annual improvement goals;
  • Identify procedures for using assessment information in making decisions focused on improving teaching and learning (data based decision making);
  • Provide support to staff in using data to make instructional decisions;
  • Define procedures for regular and clear communication about assessment results to the various internal and external publics (mandatory for communication about students receiving special education services);
  • Define data reporting procedures;
  • Verify that assessment tools are fair for all students and are consistent with all state and federal mandates;
  • Verify that assessment tools measure the curriculum that is written and delivered;
  • Identify procedures for deciding when multiple assessment measures are necessary for making good decisions and drawing appropriate conclusions about student learning/achievement;
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of key groups;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum evaluation; and
  • Ensure participation of eligible students receiving special education services in District-wide assessments.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to keep the Board apprised of curriculum evaluation activities and the progress of each content area related to curriculum evaluation activities.

 

 

APPROVED: 12/19/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:28

608 - Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects

608 - Pilot-Experimental-Innovative Projects

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

Students, who may be or are asked to participate in a research or experimental project or program, must have their parents' written consent on file prior to participating in the project or program.  A research or experimental program or project requiring parents' prior written consent is a program or project designed to explore or develop new or unproven teaching methods or techniques. 

These programs or projects are designated as research or experimental projects or programs.  The educational materials of a program or project designated as a research or experimental program or project may be inspected and reviewed by the parents of the students participating or being considered for participation in the program or project.  The inspection and review by the parents shall be in accordance with Board Instructional Materials Inspection policy.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:30

609 - Basic Instruction Program

609 - Basic Instruction Program

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

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

The basic instruction program of students:

Grades one through six will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, character education, and visual art.

Grades seven and eight will include English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, family and consumer science, career, technology education, physical education, music, character education, and visual art.

Grades nine through twelve will include character education, English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, physical education, fine arts, foreign language, and vocational education.

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

Each instruction program is carefully planned for optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the District and other factors deemed relevant by the Board or Superintendent.  Each instruction program's plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities, and the method for student evaluation.  In all instances, the basic instructional program shall meet or exceed the educational requirements established by the Iowa Department of Education and the law.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:31

610 - Summer School Instruction

610 - Summer School Instruction

Generally, only driver’s education instruction will be offered during summer school.  However, the Board, in its discretion, may offer summer school for one or more courses and student activities for students who need additional help and instruction or for enrichment in those areas.  This decision is within the discretion of the Board.

Upon receiving a request for summer school, the Board will weigh the benefit to the students and the District as well as the District's budget and availability of licensed employees to conduct summer school.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:32

611 - Special Education

611 - Special Education

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

The district shall maintain policies and procedures to meet Least Restrictive Environment requirements, as specified in federal and state rules. To maximum extent appropriate, children and students with disabilities, shall be educated with children who are nondisabled; and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children and students with disabilities from the general education environment occurs only if the nature and severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes, with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

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

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 05/17/2021

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:33

612 - Multicultural/Gender Fair Education

612 - Multicultural/Gender Fair Education

Students will have an equal opportunity for a quality education without discrimination, regardless of their race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, disability, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities), marital status or genetic information.

The education program is free of discrimination and provides an equal opportunity for the students.  The education program will foster knowledge of and respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.  Special emphasis is placed on Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, European Americans, and persons with disabilities.  It will also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:33

613 - Health Education and Human Growth and Development Education

613 - Health Education and Human Growth and Development Education

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

The instruction provided is adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students.  Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction.  The written request will include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:34

614 - Physical Education

614 - Physical Education

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

Students may be excused from physical education courses if the student presents a written statement from a doctor stating that such activities could be injurious to the health of the student or the student has been exempted because of a conflict with the student's religious beliefs, provided the excuse complies with the requirements of federal and state law.  Parents of students requesting such an exemption should file a written request that shall include the basis for the request (i.e. verified health concerns and/or a religious conflict) and a proposed alternative activity or student acceptable to the Superintendent. The Superintendent and/or designee shall have the final authority to determine the alternative activity or study.

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

  • the student is enrolled in academic courses not otherwise available or
  • the student has obtained a physical education waiver for a semester because the student is actively involved in an athletic program.

Twelfth grade students may also be excused from physical education courses if the student is enrolled in a cooperative, work study or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student's absence from school.  Students who will not participate in physical education must have a written request or statement from their parents.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:35

615 - Career Education

615 - Career Education

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

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:36

616 - Teaching About Religion

616 - Teaching About Religion

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

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to ensure the study of religion in the District is in keeping with the following guidelines:

  • the proposed activity must have a secular purpose;
  • the primary objective of the activity must not be one that advances or inhibits religion; and
  • the activity must not foster excessive governmental entanglement with religion.

Students who are allowed to be excluded from a program or activity which violates their religious beliefs shall be required to do an alternate supervised activity or study.  The Superintendent shall determine the alternate activity or study for that student.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:36

617 - Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program

617 - Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program

Parents who wish to have their child excluded from a District program because of religious beliefs must inform the Superintendent.  The Board authorizes the administration to allow the exclusion if it is not disruptive to the education program and it does not infringe on a compelling state or educational interest.  Further, the exclusion must not interfere with other District operations.

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

  • The notice will be in writing;
  • The objection will be based on religious beliefs;
  • The objection will state which activities or studies violate their religious beliefs;
  • The objection will state why these activities or studies violate their religious beliefs; and
  • The objection will state a proposed alternate activity or study.

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

Students who are allowed to be excluded from a program or activity which violates their religious beliefs are required to do an alternate supervised activity or study.  The Superintendent shall determine the alternate activity or study for that student.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:37

618 - Academic Freedom

618 - Academic Freedom

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

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:38

619 - Teaching Controversial Issues

619 - Teaching Controversial Issues

A controversial issue is a topic of significant academic inquiry about which substantial groups of citizens of this community, this state or this nation hold sincere, conflicting points of view.  It is the belief of the Board that controversial issues should be fairly presented in a spirit of honest academic freedom so that students may recognize the validity of other points of view but can also learn to formulate their own opinions based upon dispassionate, objective, unbiased study, and discussion of the facts related to the controversy.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to present a 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 is the responsibility of the teacher to protect the right of the student to study pertinent controversial issues within the limits of good taste and to allow the student to express personal opinions without jeopardizing the student's relationship with the teacher.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views or selfish propaganda of any kind through any classroom or District device; however, a teacher will not be prohibited from expressing a personal opinion as long as students are encouraged to reach their own decisions independently.

The Board encourages 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.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:38

620 - Global Education

620 - Global Education

Because of our growing interdependence with other nations in the world, global education is incorporated into the education program for grades pre-kindergarten through twelve so that students have the opportunity to acquire a perspective on world issues, problems, and prospects for an awareness of the relationship between an individual's self-interest and the concerns of people elsewhere in the world.  Global education, in the education program, focuses on the lifelong growth and understanding through the study and participation of the world community and the interdependency of its people and systems – social, cultural, racial, economic, linguistic, technological, and ecological.

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:39

621 - Citizenship

621 - Citizenship

Being a citizen of the United States, of Iowa, and of the District community entitles students to special privileges and protections as well as requiring the students to assume civic, economic, and social responsibilities and to participate in their country, state, and District community in a manner that entitles them to keep these rights and privileges.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:39

622 - Individualized Instruction

622 - Individualized Instruction

The Board's primary responsibility in the management of the District is the operation and delivery of the regular education program.  Generally, students attending the District will receive the regular education program offered by the District.  Only in exceptional circumstances will the Board approve students receiving individualized instruction at the expense of the District.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:40

623 - Program for Talented and Gifted Students

623 - Program for Talented and Gifted Students

The Board recognizes some students require programming beyond the regular education program.  The Board will identify students with special abilities and provide education programming.

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:40

624 - Program for At-Risk Students

624 - Program for At-Risk Students

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

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

 

 

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019

 

dawn.gibson.cm… Mon, 02/07/2022 - 08:41

625 - Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution

625 - Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution

In accordance with this policy, students in grades nine through twelve may receive academic or career and technical education 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 community college to provide courses for eligible students in grades nine through twelve when comparable courses are not offered by the District.  Notice of the availability of the concurrent enrollment program shall be included in the 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 District for tuition if they do not successfully complete a course. Students or their parents or guardians may be required to pay a fee consistent with the District's established textbook policy 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 District for any contracted course that is used to meet 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 institution's policies and high school credit that will be reflected on their high school transcript.  The Superintendent or designee shall grant to a student who successfully completes a concurrent enrollment course a unit of high school graduation credit for every unit of high school level instruction successfully completed.         

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

Students in grades nine and ten who the District has identified as talented and gifted students and any students in grades eleven and twelve are eligible to take post-secondary educational courses.  Students are eligible to take post-secondary educational courses if they meet all of the requirements outlined in this policy and as required by the post-secondary educational institution and if the student has obtained the approval of the Superintendent and/or designee.  Eligible students wishing to participate in the post-secondary educational courses shall apply to the eligible post-secondary educational institution.

Students may not enroll in a post-secondary education course if the District offers a comparable course through its curricular program.  For purposes of this policy, comparable course is determined at the discretion of the administration and generally means that the content of a course provided to a high school student for post-secondary credit consists of substantially the same concepts and skills as the content of a course provided by the District.

Students in grades nine and ten who are in the talented and gifted program and all students in grades eleven and twelve who successfully complete courses at post-secondary educational institutions under an agreement between the District and the post-secondary educational institution or with the Board’s approval shall be reimbursed for tuition and other costs directly related to taking any post-secondary education course during the school year up to $250, except as otherwise outlined in this policy.  The District may, instead of reimbursing the student, directly pay the post-secondary educational institution.

Should a student fail any course at a post-secondary educational institution and fail to receive credit for any course at a post-secondary educational institution, the student over the age of eighteen or the parent of a student under the age of eighteen shall be responsible for the costs of the course. Prior to registering for any course at a post-secondary educational institution, students under age eighteen shall have a parent sign a form indicating that the parent is responsible for the costs of the course should the student fail the course and fail to receive credit for the course.  Students who fail a course and fail to receive credit for a course for reasons beyond their control, including, but not limited to, the student's incapacity, death in the family or a move to another school district, in the Board’s discretion, may not be responsible for the costs of the course.  Students dissatisfied with the Board's decision regarding the re-payment of the costs of the course may appeal to the area education agency for a waiver of reimbursement.

Students in grades nine and ten who are not in the talented and gifted program and students in grades eleven and twelve who take courses, other than courses taken under an agreement between the District and the post-secondary educational institution and/or approved by the Board, are responsible for tuition, transportation to and from the location where the course is being offered, and other costs directly related to taking any post-secondary education course.  The students and/or their parents shall not receive reimbursement for tuition, transportation or other expenses.  Students who take courses during the summer months when school is not in session are responsible for tuition, transportation to and from the location where the course is being offered, and other costs directly related to taking any post-secondary education course.

Eligible students may take up to seven semester hours of credit at a post-secondary educational institution during the summer months when school is not in session if the student pays for the courses.  Upon successful completion of these summer courses, the students will receive academic and/or vocational-technical credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the Board.

Successful completion of any course at a post-secondary educational institution is determined by the post-secondary educational institution.  The Board shall have complete discretion to determine the academic credit to be awarded to the student for the courses taken during the school year and for the courses taken during the summer.

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

  • the course is taken from a public or accredited private post-secondary educational institution;
  • a comparable course is not offered in the District;
  • the course is in the discipline areas of mathematics, science, social   sciences, humanities, vocational-technical education or a course offered in the community college career options program;
  • the course is a credit-bearing course that leads to a degree;
  • the course is not religious or sectarian; and
  • the course meets any other requirements set out by the Board.

All courses approved and paid for by the District, and those courses approved by the District and paid for by the student/family will: