500 STUDENTS

500 GENERAL

500.1 STATEMENT OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the board's goals and objectives for assisting the students of the school district in obtaining an education.  Each student will have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series and federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.

 

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 race, color, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, genetic information, or disability.  This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.

 

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

 

Board 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.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                               

Reviewed February 11, 2008                                

Revised July 15, 2015

500.2 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, are directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Sigourney Community School District, Sigourney, Iowa 52591; or by telephone 515-622-2025.

 

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, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, or the Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 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 central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                               

Reviewed February 11, 2008                                

Revised July 15, 2015

501 STUDENT ATTENDANCE & ENROLLMENT

501.1 ENTRANCE - ADMISSIONS

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

 

The board will require evidence of age and residency in the form of a birth certificate or other evidence before the student may enroll in the school district's education program.  It 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.  An exception to this would be a homeless student.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed  February 11, 2008                               

Revised  July 15, 2015   

501.2 ATTENDANCE CENTER ASSIGNMENT

The board will have complete discretion to determine the boundaries for each attendance center, to assign students to the attendance centers, and to assign students to the classrooms within the attendance center.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board annually regarding the assigned attendance center for each student.  In making the recommendation, the superintendent will consider the geographical layout of the school district, the condition and location of the school district facilities, the location of student population, possible transportation difficulties, financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent or the board.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                        

Reviewed  February 11, 2008                                                   

Revised: July 15, 2015   

501.3 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.4 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 nonresident district may complete the school year without approval of the superintendent or board.  These students, other than students in grades eleven and twelve, must have the recommendation of the principal.

 

Students in grades eleven (11) or twelve (12) 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.

 

Nonresident students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and who have evidence they will become legal residents of the school district prior 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                     

Reviewed  March 11, 2002

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.5 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 At Risk Coordinator.

 

“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 grounds 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 has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

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.

 

 

Approved July 15, 2015  

501.6 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 pregnancy, 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.7 STUDENT TRANSFERS OUT OF THE SCHOOL 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 should 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 should 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 must 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.8 STUDENT TRANSFERS INTO THE SCHOOL 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 amount of credits to be transferred.  If the student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is within the superintendent's discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.  A student not attending grades 9 through 11 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 Code, and then without having completed the full period of ineligibility at that school transfers to Sigourney High School, will not be eligible for interscholastic competition until the full period of ineligibility has been completed.  Once that time period of ineligibility has been completed, the student is then immediately eligible for interscholastic competition at Sigourney High School as far as any Good Conduct Rule is concerned.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                        

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.9 OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A SENDING DISTRICT

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

 

Parents requesting open enrollment out of the school district for their student 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 central administration 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 September 1 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 school district from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factor for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's needs.  The area education agency director of special education serving the receiving district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the school district until the final determination is made.

 

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

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.10 OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A RECEIVING DISTRICT

The school 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 timely filed applications by June 1; incoming kindergarten applications; good cause application; or continuation of an educational program application filed by September 1.

 

The superintendent will notify the sending school district within five days of the superintendent's action to approve or deny the open enrollment request. The superintendent will also forward a copy of the school 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.  The board shall determine insufficient classroom space on a case by case basis.  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, equipment and materials available, finances available, facilities either being planned or currently under consideration, sharing agreements in force, and district goals and objectives.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Generally, students in grades ten through twelve open enrolling into the school district will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school 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.  Upon a parent's request, the board may approve transportation into the sending district (transportation is limited to within 2 miles of the district boundary/current bus route). The board's approval is subject to the sending district's approval.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.11 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 shall 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, 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 nonpublic 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 school board.  If after school board action, 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                      

Reviewed  March 11, 2002

Revised  July 15, 2015   

 

501.12 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015 

501.13 ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is absolutely necessary for a student to gain the maximum benefit from his or her educational experience.  The board supports this view by restricting excused absences to the following:

 

1.    illness of the student;

2.    death or emergency illness in the family;

3.    medical appointment which cannot be scheduled at another time;

4.        family trips and other extended absences that can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed;

5.        school sponsored activity;

6.        court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court; or

7.        for high school students only, college visits with the recommendation of the counselor.  Parent-teacher conference days and semester break days should be used when possible for these visits;

 

In case of an absence, a written note or telephone call explaining the absence is required before a student will be permitted to attend classes again.  Any absence which does not meet any of the criteria listed above for an excused absence but did have parental knowledge of the absence will be classified as unexcused.  Make-up work assigned for excused absences will receive full credit if turned in on time.  Any make-up work handed in past the deadline will receive zero credit.

 

A student has two days for each day of absence to turn in make-up work assigned except when the absence has been more than three consecutive days.  In this case, more time may be given dependent upon the individual case.  The principal and student will determine when make-up work will be due.

 

Any absence which occurs without parental knowledge will be classified as truancy.  Parents will be notified anytime a student is truant from school.  The consequence for truancy is suspension.  The building principal will determine if the suspension is in-school or out-of-school suspension.

 

If a student knows that an absence will occur, the student should contact the office in advance of the absence.  Advance make-up work should be completed, if possible, before the absence takes place.  Work not handed in by the make-up deadline will receive zero credit.

 

Absences caused by school sponsored activities will not be recorded as absence on a permanent record card.  Make-up work will fall under the same category as an excused absence. 

 

Student absence of ten days or more in a semester will be considered excessive and the principal will refer the matter to the guidance counselor, hold a conference with the parents, refer to the appropriate AEA, and/or refer the matter to the Department of Human Services.

 

501.14 STUDENT RELEASE DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Students will be allowed to leave the school district facilities during school hours only with prior authorization from their parents, 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 will 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008  

Revised  July 15, 2015

501.15 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 school district prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the school district.  The forms are available in the central administration office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the school 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 school district prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the school district.  The forms are available in the central administration office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the school 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 school district. 

 

The superintendent or superintendent’s designee will determine whether the completed form or report is in compliance with the law.  The school 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 school district shall not bill the resident school district unless the receiving school district complies with the reporting requirements.  If the parent, guardian, or custodian fails to comply with the compulsory attendance requirements, the receiving school district shall notify the resident school district.  The resident school 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 school 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 school 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 school district.  Students receiving individual private instruction may not dual enroll with the school district.

 

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 school district shall refer a student who may require special education to the appropriate Area Education Agency, Division of Special Education, for evaluation.

 

 

Adoption July 15, 2015

501.16 DUAL ENROLLMENT

The parent, guardian, or custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction may also enroll the student in the school district. The student shall be considered under dual enrollment. The parent, guardian, or custodian requesting dual enrollment for the student should notify the elementary principal prior to October 1st each year on forms provided by the Iowa Department of Education. On the form, they 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 school district's extracurricular and academic activities in the same manner as other students enrolled in the school district. The policies and administrative rules of the school district shall apply to the dual enrollment students in the same manner as the other students enrolled the school 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.

 

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

 

 

Adoption July 15, 2015

 

502 STUDENT CONDUCT

502.1 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The board believes 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 and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school district. Consequences for the misconduct will be fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.

 

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their education; conduct that is violent or destructive; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.

 

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.

 

Impermissible Conduct

 

Students may be disciplined for conduct that violates commonly held notions of unacceptable, immoral or inappropriate behavior that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 

1.    Open and/or persistent defiance of authority, school rules, and regulations (including extracurricular rules);

2.    Assault or threatened assault on another person;

3.    Extortion, intimidation or coercion;

4.    Inciting others to violate the law or school rules;

5.    Vandalism;

6.    Gambling;

7.    Theft or possession of stolen goods/property;

8.    Sale, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia;

9.    Possession, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia;

10. Possession, use or threatening to use any instrument that is generally considered a weapon, an instrument that is normally not considered a weapon as a weapon, an imitation weapon or an explosive;

11. Possession, use or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages;

12. Use, possession, and/or transmission of tobacco or imitation substances;

13. Profanity;

14. Possession of pornographic/obscene literature, items or materials;

15. Student dress which is suggestive, condones illegal activity or in some way disrupts the educational process;

16. Failure to abide by corrective measures for previous acts of misconduct;

17. Harassment in any form of another person;

18. Conduct which discriminates against others based upon an individual's sex, race, national origin, religion or disability;

19. Destruction, damage, unauthorized use, inappropriate use, and/or manipulation of hardware, software or any aspect or component of the school's electronic information system including the internet; or

20. Inappropriate sexual conduct including harassment, indecent exposure, and visible display of affection.

 

A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned or school-operated chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school district activities will be suspended by the principal.  Notice of the suspension is sent to the board president.  The board will review the suspension to determine whether to impose further sanctions against the student which may include expulsion.  Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:

 

·    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.

 

Sanctions for Misconduct

 

The school 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 school 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 or the building principal, disciplining the student.

 

Suspension means either an in-school suspension, an out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities, or loss of eligibility.  As in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more class 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 not to exceed the end of the current school 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved February 11, 2008

Reviewed July 15, 2015

502.2 STUDENT SUSPENSION

A.   Probation

 

Probation is conditional suspension of a penalty for a set period of time.  Probation may be imposed by the principal for infractions of school rules which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school. The following procedures shall be followed when probation is imposed.

 

The principal will conduct an informal investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of probation.  The investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against the student and an opportunity to respond.  Written notice of probation and the reasons therefore shall be sent to the parents. Probationary status will not be imposed for longer than ten school days.

 

Should the student breach the condition imposed for probation, the student may be removed from academic or extra-curricular privileges or have more severe penalties such as suspension, imposed.  An investigation similar to that of the informal investigation described above shall be conducted to determine whether the condition imposed has been breached.

 

B.   In-School Suspension

 

In-school suspension is the temporary isolation of a student from one or more classes while under administrative supervision.  In-school suspensions may be imposed by the building principal for infractions of school rules which are serious but which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.  Credit for work made up while under suspension will be determined by the principal.

 

The principal will conduct an informal investigation of the allegations against the student prior to the imposition of an in-school suspension. The investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against the student and an opportunity to respond.  In-school suspension shall not be imposed for a period in excess of five school days or ten school days with the approval of the superintendent.  Written notice and reasons for the in-school suspension will be sent to the student’s parents and the superintendent.

 

C.   Out-of-School Suspension

 

Out-of-school suspension is the removal of a student from the school environment for periods of short duration.  Out-of-school suspension is to be used when other available school resources are unable to constructively remedy student misconduct.

 

A student may be suspended not more than five school days by a principal, or other person in charge of an attendance center, or ten days with approval of the superintendent.  Suspension will be imposed for a commission of gross or repeated infractions of school rules, or when the presence of the student will cause substantial interference with the maintenance of the educational environment or the operation of the school.  The principal may suspend students after conducting an informal investigation of the charges against the student, giving the student:

 

         1.       Oral or written notice of the allegations against the student.

         2.       The basis in fact for the charges, and

         3.       The opportunity to respond to those charges.

       

Should the principal find it advisable, the student may be allowed to confront witnesses against the student, or hear witnesses on behalf of the student.

 

The notice to the student, investigation, and informal hearing must precede removal of the student from school.  However, nothing should prevent the immediate suspension of a student when the student's continued presence on the school grounds endangers the student's safety or well-being, the safety or well-being of other members of the school community or substantially interferes with the proper functioning of the school.  In the instance of an immediate suspension, a hearing will be held within three school days to determine future action.  In the event the suspension occurred prior to the hearing, the person responsible shall document the basis of the necessity for such action.

 

Notice of the suspension shall be mailed to the student's parents or legal guardians, the superintendent, and to the president of the board within five school days following the day of discovery of alleged misconduct.  A reasonable effort shall also be made to notify the student’s parents by telephone or personal contact and such effort shall be documented by the person making or attempting to make the contact.  Written notice to the parents will include the circumstances which led to the suspension and a copy of the board policy and rules pertaining to the suspension.

 

 

D.   Suspension of Special Education Students

 

Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement shall take place.  The student's Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) shall be 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-school or out-of-school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team shall meet to determine whether the student's I.E.P. is appropriate.

 

Students who have not been identified as special education students may be referred for evaluation after the student’s suspension to determine whether the student has a disability and is in need of special education.

 

 

Approved ­December 14, 1998                                                          

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015

502.3 STUDENT 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 written with sufficient specificity to enable the student to prepare a defense;
  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 administration, and to cross-examine adverse witnesses, if available, (see footnote 1); and
  6. Notice that the student has the right to be represented by counsel.

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’ 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 school district's expulsion hearing procedures.  If the misconduct is caused by the disability and a change in placement is recommended, the change must be made pursuant to the placement procedures used by the school district.  If a change in placement is not recommended, a determination shall be made within the student's I.E.P. and the law as to how to manage the student's behavior to prevent the student's possible future misconduct.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                                          

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised   July 15, 2015

502.4 POSSESSION OR USE OF ILLEGAL AND/OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

The board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, other controlled substances, or "look alike" substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

 

The board believes such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors.

 

Each violation of this policy shall be reviewed by the appropriate administrator within a reasonable time after the alleged violation.  Both the student and their parents shall have the opportunity to discuss the matter with the administrator before the administrator makes a decision.

 

The penalty for such violations may include suspension or expulsion.  Participation in activities, including practices, shall also be prohibited during any period of suspension or expulsion.  A student suspended or expelled under this policy will be allowed to return to classes upon completion of the suspension/expulsion period and enrollment in a program of substance abuse evaluation with an agency approved by the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the student and/or their parent to enroll in the program of substance abuse evaluation.

 

School officials will notify law enforcement when a student is suspected of possessing, using, distributing or selling any illegal controlled substance on school property or at school sponsored or approved events off the school grounds at any time, including official school events at other schools, unless reporting would jeopardize the school district's at-risk or student assistance program.  Such reports must be made before the incident becomes part of the student's record, i.e., before it is written down.

 

This policy does not affect nor rescind policies in effect for students who may also be disciplined through the activity policies of the athletic department or other departments.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                       

Reviewed: July 15, 2015    

502.5 POSSESSION OR USE OF WEAPONS

The board believes weapons, look-a likes, other dangerous objects 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.

 

District facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, look-a-likes, dangerous objects or any instrument used as a weapon.  Weapons, look-a-likes, other dangerous objects, and any instrument used as a weapon shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto 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, look-a-like, other dangerous object or any instrument used as a weapon onto school property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school may be suspended or expelled from school.

 

Parents/guardians of students found to possess a weapon, look-a-like, dangerous object or any instrument used as a weapon on school property shall be notified of the incident.  Confiscation of weapons, look-a-likes, dangerous objects or any instruments used as a weapon shall be reported to the law enforcement officials, and students shall be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

 

Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school shall be expelled for not less than one year.  The superintendent/designee shall have 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, firearms or other dangerous objects under the control of law enforcement officials shall be exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons or other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes.  Such a display shall also be exempt from this policy.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent/ designee, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015  

 

502.6 STUDENT LOCKERS

Student lockers are the property of the school district.  Students will use the lockers assigned to them by the school 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.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed  February 11, 2008  

Revised  July 15, 2015

502.7 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 presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

 

School district authorities may, without a search warrant, search students or protected student areas based on a reasonable and articulable suspicion that a school district policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated.  The search is in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors to the school district facilities.

 

The furnishing of a locker, desk or other facility or space owned by the school and provided as a courtesy to a student, even if the student provides the lock for it, will not create a protected student area and will not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect to 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, barbituates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.  Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials

 

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

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                  

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015

502.7R1 SEARCH AND SEIZURE REGULATION

I.      Searches, in general.

 

        A.       Reasonable and Articulable Suspicion:  A search of a student will be justified when there are reasonable grounds for the suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or school district policy, rules, or regulations affecting school order.

 

                 Reasonable suspicion may be formed by considering factors such as the following:

 

                 (1)      eyewitness observations by employees;

                 (2)      information received from reliable sources;

                 (3)      suspicious behavior by the student; or

                 (4)      the student's past history and school record although this factor alone is not sufficient to provide the basis for reasonable suspicion.

 

        B.      Reasonable Scope:  A search will be permissible in its scope or intrusiveness when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search.  Reasonableness of scope or intrusiveness may be determined based on factors such as the following:

 

                 (1)  the age of the student;

                 (2)  the sex of the student;

                 (3)  the nature of the infraction; and

                 (4)  the exigency requiring the search without delay.

 

II. Types of Searches

 

        A.       Personal Searches

 

                 1.       A student's person and/or personal effects (e.g., purse, backpack, etc.) may be searched when a school official has reasonable suspicion to believe the student is in possession of illegal or contraband items or has violated school district policies, rules, regulations or the law affecting school order.

 

                 2.       Personally intrusive searches will require more compelling circumstances to be considered reasonable.

 

                           (a) Pat-Down Search:  If a pat-down search or a search of a student's garments (such as jackets, socks, pockets, etc.) is

                           conducted, it will be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student and with another adult witness of the same sex present, when feasible.

 

                           (b) A more intrusive search, short of a strip search, of the student's person, handbags, bookbags, etc., is permissible in emergency situations when the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors are threatened.  Such a search may only be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student, with an adult of the same sex present unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which may be caused by following these procedures.

 

        B.      Locker Inspections and Searches

 

                           Although school lockers are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times.  The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring the lockers are properly maintained.  For this reason, lockers and desks are subject to unannounced inspections and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in the locker or desk. Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of lockers may be conducted by school officials in the presence of the student.  Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

                           The contents of a student’s locker or desk (coat, backpack, purse, etc.)  may be searched when a school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion that the contents contains illegal or contraband items.  Such searches should be conducted in the presence of another adult witness when feasible.

 

        C.      Automobile Searches

 

                 Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right.  The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots.  The interior of a student's automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

502.7E1 SEARCH AND SEIZURE CHECKLIST

I.      What factors caused you to have a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the search of this student or the student's effects, locker or automobile would turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law, school policy, rules or regulations affecting school order?

 

        A.       Eyewitness account.

 

                 1.       By whom:                                                         

                 2.       Date/Time:                                                       

                 3.       Place:                                                           

                 4.       What was seen:                                                   

                                                                                            

 

 

        B.      Information from a reliable source.

 

                 1.       From whom:                                                                

                 2.       Time received:                                                             

                 3.       How information was received:                                     

                 4.       Who received the information:                                      

                 5.       Describe information:                                                  

                                                                                                              

 

        C.      Suspicious behavior?  Explain.

 

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

                                                                                       

 

        D.      Student's past history?  Explain.

 

 

        E.      Time of search:                                                       

 

        F.       Location of search:                                                   

 

        G.      Student told purpose of search:                                       

 

        H.      Consent of student requested:                                         

 

II.     Was the search you conducted reasonable in terms of scope and intrusiveness?

 

        A.       What were you searching for:                                          

 

        B.      Where did you search?

 

        C.      Sex of the student:                                                   

 

        D.      Age of the student:                                                   

 

        E.      Emergency of the situation:                                           

 

        F.       What type of search was being conducted:                              

                                                                                       

 

        G.      Who conducted the search:                                             

                 Position:                                             Sex:                

 

        H.      Witness(s):                                                           

                                                                                       

 

 

III. Explanation of Search.

 

        A.       Describe the time and location of the search:                         

                                                                                       

 

        B.      Describe exactly what was searched:                                   

                                                                               

 

        C.      What did the search yield:                                            

 

        D.      What was seized:                                                      

 

        E.      Were any materials turned over to law enforcement officials?

                                                                                       

 

          F.       Were parents notified of the search including the reason for it and the scope:     

502.8 QUESTIONING 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 school district officials and employees. For purposes of this policy, the school juvenile court officer shall be considered a school employee.

 

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, school district officials, and employees to interview students are made through the principal's office.  Upon receiving a request, it is the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the request will be granted.  Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015

 

502.8R1 QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS REGULATION

I.        Investigation Conducted in the Educational Environment

 

A.       Interviews Initiated by School Administrators

 

                   1.       Conducted by Administrators

 

a.       Principals shall have the authority to conduct investigations and to question students pertaining to infractions of school rules, whether or not the alleged conduct is a violation of criminal law.

 

                   2.       Conducted by Law Enforcement Officers

 

a.       The principal/designee shall determine when the necessity exists that law enforcement officers be contacted to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal behavior.

 

b.       The principal/designee may request that law enforcement officers conduct an investigation of alleged criminal behavior during school hours.  A reasonable attempt shall be made to contact the student's parents, guardian or representative prior to questioning of students by law enforcement officers.  Such contacts or attempted contacts with parents, guardian or representative shall be documented by the administrator involved.  In the absence of a student's parents, guardian or representative during any questioning of such students, the principal or other designated certificated school staff person shall be present.

 

c.       If the investigation has centered on any particular student suspected of such alleged criminal activity, the procedure of taking students into custody by the police set forth in Section II shall be followed to the extent that they do not interfere with reasonable law enforcement procedures.

 

B.           Interviews Initiated by Law Enforcement Officers

 

1.       Although cooperation with law enforcement officers will be maintained, it should not normally be necessary for law enforcement officers to initiate and conduct any investigation and questioning on the school premises during school hours pertaining to criminal activities unrelated to the operation of the school.  Only in demonstrated emergency situations, when law enforcement officers find it absolutely necessary, will they be voluntarily permitted to conduct such an investigation during school hours.  These circumstances should ordinarily be limited to those in which delay might result in danger to any person, or flight from the jurisdiction of a person reasonably suspected of a crime or destruction of evidence.

 

2.       In such cases, the officers shall be requested to obtain prior approval of the principal/designee before beginning such an investigation on school premises.  The administrator shall document the circumstances of such investigations as soon as practicable.  Alleged criminal behavior related to the school environment brought to the principal's attention by law enforcement officers shall be dealt with under Iowa law.

 

C.           Questioning of Students During Investigation

 

1.            Violations of School Rules

 

a.       In instances where school rules have allegedly been violated, the principal/designee may contact the suspected rule violator or potential witness to the infraction.

 

b.       The suspected student shall be advised orally or in writing of the nature of the alleged offense and of the evidence, if any, against the student.

 

c.       In questioning a potential student witness to an alleged disciplinary infraction, care should be taken by the administrator to insure that there is a reasonable likelihood that the student was indeed a witness.

 

2.            Violations of Criminal Law

 

a.    During an investigation of violation of school rules, it may come to the attention of the administrator that the investigated activity may also be a violation of criminal law.  In proceeding with the investigation, the principal/designee can attempt to ascertain whether there is sufficient justification to believe that a criminal offense was committed that warrants contacting law enforcement officials.

 

b.       Where a suspected violation of criminal law has occurred on the school grounds, involving the operation of the school or during a school-sponsored activity, law enforcement officials may be notified and their presence requested for the questioning of suspected students.  Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, questioning of the student shall not begin or continue until the law enforcement officers arrive.  Reasonable attempts shall be made to contact a student's parents, guardian or representative who, unless an emergency exists, shall be given the opportunity to confer with the student and to be present with the student during such questioning.  The administrator shall document the contact or attempted contact with the student's parents, guardian or representative.  The law enforcement officers may wish to advise the student of his/her legal rights.

 

II.       Taking a Student into Custody

 

A.       Students may not be released to law enforcement authorities voluntarily by school officials unless the student has been placed under arrest or unless the parent, guardian or representative and the student agrees to the release.  Administrators shall make reasonable objections to law enforcement authorities who attempt to remove students from school without placing them under arrest or without the acquiescence of the parent, guardian or representative and the student.  When students are removed from school for any reason by law enforcement authorities, reasonable efforts will be made to contact the student's parents, guardian or representative immediately.  Such effort shall be documented.  The superintendent's office shall be notified immediately of any removal of a student from school by law enforcement officers under any circumstances.

 

B.      Where it is necessary to take a student into custody on school premises, and the time permits, the law enforcement officer shall be requested to contact the school principal/designee and relate the circumstances necessitating such action.  When possible, the principal/designee shall have the student summoned to the principal's office where the student may be taken into custody.

C.      When an emergency exists, the school principal/designee may summon law enforcement officials to the school to take a student into custody.

 

D.           When a student has been taken into custody or arrested on school premises without prior notification to the principal/designee, the school staff present shall encourage the law enforcement officers to notify the principal/designee of the circumstances as quickly as possible.  In the event that the officers decline to notify the principal/designee, the school staff members present shall immediately notify the principal/designee.

 

E.      If possible, parents, guardian or representative of the student shall be notified by the principal or other school administrator before the student is taken into custody by law enforcement officers or as quickly thereafter as can be accomplished.  The administrator shall document such notification or attempted notification.

 

III.      Disturbance of School Environment

 

A.       Law enforcement officers may be requested to assist in controlling disturbances of the school environment which the principal or other school administrator has found to be unmanageable by school personnel or has the potential of causing harm to students and other persons or to property.  Such potential of possible harm includes members of the general public who have exhibited inappropriate or illegal conduct on school premises or at a school event held on school property and who have been requested to leave by an administrator, but have refused or failed to do so.

 

IV.     Disseminating and Reviewing Policies

 

A.       This policy shall regularly be disseminated to staff members.  School staff members shall be apprised of the contents of these provisions as they are updated, and at least annually.

 

B.      School administrators are encouraged to meet at least annually with local law enforcement officials to discuss the school district 's policy and rules regarding law enforcement contacts with the school district.  Law enforcement officials will be asked to instruct their staffs as to the terms of the school's policy and rules.

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

502.9 STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

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

 

The school vehicle driver shall have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle.  It shall be the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the building administrator.  Once an infraction occurs, the following bus discipline procedure shall be used to maintain an orderly atmosphere on the school vehicle:

 

In the event a general education student's conduct is inappropriate while being transported to and from school, the following actions could result:

 

       Step 1)  A student/driver conference will be held centering around the student’s behavior, the rule that was violated, and the expectations for the future.  The parents of the student will be contacted by the driver.  A written report will be filed with the building principal of the student and a copy forwarded to the parents along with a copy of the bus policy.

       Step 2)  A student/driver/principal conference will be held concerning the incident.  A written report will be filled out by the driver and principal.  The building principal will contact the parents of the student and an accompanying letter will be sent to the parents along with a copy of the bus policy.  The student will be suspended from bus privileges from one to five days.

       Step 3)  A student/driver/principal conference will be held concerning the incident.  A written report will be filled out by the driver and principal.  The building principal will contact the parents of the student and an accompanying letter will be sent to the parents along with a copy of the bus policy.  The student will be suspended from bus privileges from five to ten days. A parent/student/driver/principal conference will be held prior to the return of the student to bus privileges.

       Step 4)  A student/driver/principal conference will be held concerning the incident.  A written report will be filled out by the driver and principal.  The building principal will contact the parents of the student and an accompanying letter will be sent to the parents. At this time the bus policy and the due process hearing procedure will be presented to the parent/guardian.  The student will be suspended from bus privileges pending the result of a hearing by the Sigourney Board of Education.

 

In the event a special education student's conduct is inappropriate while being transported to and from school, the following actions could result:

 

       Step 1)  A student/driver conference will be held centering around the student’s behavior, the rule that was violated, and the expectations for the future.  The parents of the student will be contacted by the driver.  A written report will be filed with the building principal of the student and a copy forwarded to the parents along with a copy of the bus policy.

Step 2, 3, & 4) A student/driver/principal conference will be held concerning the incident.  In addition, the student's IEP Team will meet to determine appropriate educational options and transportation for the student.  A written report will be filled out by the driver and principal.  The building principal will contact the parents of the student and an accompanying letter will be sent to the parents along with a copy of the bus policy. 

 

Those student riders whose privileges have already been suspended by the board during one academic year could start on step 2 or 3 of this procedure the next academic year.  If the offense jeopardizes the safety of other students and the bus driver, action may be processed at step 3.

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

502.10 USE OF SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ON SCHOOL PREMISES AND SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

The board supports the use of video cameras on school premises and school transportation as a means to monitor and maintain the safe environment for students and employees. The video cameras may be used on school premises, including inside and/or outside school buildings; may be operated during school hours and/or during non-school hours; and may be operated on school vehicles used for transportation to and from school and school activities. Video recordings of student and/or employee activity on school premises and/or while using school transportation may be used as evidence in a student and/or employee disciplinary proceeding.

 

Student Records

A video recording of student activity on school premises and/or while using school transportation may be a student record subject to board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential student records.  Only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view a video recording of a student on school premises and/or using school transportation.  In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, activities director, facilities director, transportation director, bus driver, and special education staffing team.  A video recording made during a school activity and/or in a classroom during a class may also be accessible to the sponsor of the activity and/or the teacher of the class.  A video recording made during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity.  If the content of the video recording becomes the subject of a student disciplinary proceeding, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

 

Employee Records

A video recording of an employee’s activity on school premises and/or while using school transportation may be an employee record subject to board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential employee records.  Only those persons with a legitimate disciplinary and/or investigatory purpose may view a video recording of an employee on school premises and/or using school transportation.  In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate disciplinary and/or investigatory purpose may be the superintendent and any other person who supervises the employee and/or is involved in investigating and/or evaluating the employee’s performance and/or conduct.

 

Notice

 

The school district will annually provide the following notice to students and parents:

 

The Sigourney Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district premises and school district transportation. The video cameras will be used to monitor and record student behavior to maintain order on school premises and school transportation and to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the video recordings may be used in a student disciplinary investigation and/or proceeding.  The content of the video recordings may be confidential student records and may be retained with other student records.  Video recordings may be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary investigation and/or proceeding or other matter as deemed necessary by the administration.  Parents may request to view video recordings of their child if the video recordings are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.

 

The school district will annually provide the following notice to employees:

 

The Sigourney Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district premises and school district transportation. The video cameras will be used to maintain order on school premises and school transportation and to promote and maintain a safe environment. Employees are hereby notified that the content of the video recordings may be used in an employee disciplinary investigation and/or proceeding. The content of the video recordings may be confidential employee records and may be retained with other employment records.  Video recordings may be retained if necessary for use in an employee disciplinary investigation and/or proceeding or other matter as deemed necessary by the administration.  Employees may request to view video recordings involving them if the video recordings are used in an employee disciplinary investigation and/or proceeding involving them.

 

The following notice will be placed on all school premises and/or school buildings equipped with a video camera:

 

          This area and/or building is equipped with a video monitoring system.

 

The following notice will be placed on all school transportation equipped with a video camera:

 

This vehicle and/or bus is equipped with a video monitoring system.

 

Review of Video Recordings

 

The school district shall review video recordings randomly or when necessary as a result of an incident reported by a school employee or student. Video recordings may be recirculated for erasure after approximately thirty (30) days.

 

Viewing of video recordings is limited to the individuals having a legitimate educational purpose and/or a disciplinary and/or investigatory purpose.  A written log will be kept of those individuals viewing the video recordings stating the time, name of individual viewing, and the date the video recording was viewed.

 

 

Video Monitoring System

 

Video cameras may be used as follows: used on some school premises; used at all school buildings, at a select number of locations within each school building; used on all school district buses; and/or used on other school vehicles, not including school buses.  The determination of how video cameras will be used and the location of the video cameras will be made by the superintendent in consultation with the building principals and transportation director.

 

Student and Employee Conduct

 

Students and employees are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras at any location. Students and employees found in violation of this regulation will be disciplined in accordance with all applicable school district disciplinary policies and rules and will reimburse the school district for the cost of any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering.

 

 

Approved July 15, 2015

502.11 USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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

 

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

 

Students wishing to request a School Permit will need to submit the appropriate DOT forms and complete the district’s request form signed by a parent or guardian to the high school principal. Permits shall be revoked if the student is ticketed for not following the authorized route to and from school. The district will maintain a document of who is approved for a school permit and will share this with local law enforcement. 

 

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 high school 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 within the rules and regulations established by the building principal.  Failure to comply with this policy or the school district rules shall be reason for revocation of school driving and parking privileges as well as other disciplinary action including suspension and expulsion.

 

 

Approved February 11, 2008  

Revised July 15, 2015

502.11E1 School Permit Request Form

As parent/guardian of ________________________________, I am requesting that my son/daughter be granted a school permit.  We live at

 

______________________________________________________________________________ and my child would use the following route to get to and from school. The way to and from school must be the most direct route.  Students are not allowed to pick up or drop off other students on their way to and from school.

 

Example – Main Street to Pleasant Valley to the high school                                   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The reason for the need of my child to have a school permit is: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

I understand if my child abuses this permit and does not follow the designated route, the district will notify the Department of Transportation to cancel the School Permit.  I also understand that a list of students who have a School Permit will be furnished to the local law enforcement agency.  Parents and students understand this permit is only for the most direct route to and from school and should not be confused for a work permit.

 

 

______________________________________                          _______________

          Parent/Guardian Signature                                   Date 

502.12 ANTI-BULLYING ANTI-HARASSMENT 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 contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school 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 are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; 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 school 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 includes 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 conduct 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 school or school 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.  The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.

 

It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and 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 school.  The superintendent shall report to the Board on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment in the school.

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; or
  •  Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site.

Furthermore, a copy shall be made to any person at the school district’s central administrative office.

 

 

Approved July 15, 2015

502.12E1 ANTI-BULLYING ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY COMPLAINT FORM

Name of complainant:

 

 

 

Position of complainant:

 

 

 

Date of complaint:

 

 

 

Name of alleged harasser or bully:

 

 

 

Date and place of incident or incidents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of incident or incidents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of witnesses (if any):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidence of harassment or bullying, i.e., letters, photos, etc. (attach evidence if possible):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any other information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

 

 

Date:

          /         /

 

 

502.12E2 ANTI-BULLYING ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY WITNESS FORM

Name of witness:

 

 

 

Position of witness:

 

 

 

Date of testimony, interview:

 

 

 

Description of incident witnessed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any other information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

 

Date:       /     /         

 

502.12R1 ANTI-BULLYING AND ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

III.      Investigation Procedure

 

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.

 

Remember the following points:

 

  • 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; and
  • Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.

 

IV.     Conflicts with Investigation

 

If the investigator is a witness to the incident, the alternate investigator shall investigate.

 

V.      Resolution of the Complaint

 

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.

 

Approved July 15, 2015

502.12R2 ANTI-BULLYING AND ANTI-HARASSMENT STUDENT HANDBOOK PROVISION

I.        Initiations, Hazing, Bullying or Harassment

 

Harassment, bullying and abuse are violations of school district policies, rules and regulations and, in some cases, may also be a violation of criminal or other laws.  The school district has the authority to report students violating this rule to law enforcement officials.

 

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 conduct 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.

 

Harassment and bullying includes 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.

 

II.       Procedures

 

Students who feel that they have been harassed or bullied should:

 

1.            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, principal or another appropriate school employee to help.

2.            If the harassment does not stop, or the individual does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the individual should:

 

·                     tell a teacher, counselor, principal or another appropriate school employee; and

·                     write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor, principal or another appropriate school employee including:

o        what, when and where it happened;

o        who was involved;

o        exactly what was said or what the harasser did;

o        witnesses to the harassment;

o        what the student said or did, either at the time or later;

o        how the student felt; and

o        how the harasser responded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

502.13 CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY/VANDALISM

Students will treat school district property with the care and the respect they would treat their own property.  Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school district property may be required to reimburse the school district.  They may further be subject to discipline under board policy and the school district rules and regulations and/or referred to local law enforcement authorities.

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

502.14 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed   February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015  

502.15 FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Student expression, other than student expression in student-produced official school publications, made on the school district premises or under the jurisdiction of the school district or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the school district; therefore, student expression must be responsible.  Student expression must be appropriate to assure that the students learn and meet the goals of the school activity and that the potential audience is not exposed to material that may be harmful or inappropriate for their level of maturity.

 

Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.  The expression 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 school 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

502.16 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 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 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

503 STUDENT RECORDS

503.1 STUDENT RECORDS ACCESS

he 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 a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in school 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 central administration 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 school district.  An eligible student is a student who has reached eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary 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 student records.  Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the school district has a court order stating such or when the district has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records. Parents may inspect an instrument used for the purpose of collection of student personal information prior to the instrument’s use.

 

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

 

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

 

Copies of student records will be provided if failure to do so would effectively prevent the parents or student from exercising the right to access the student records.  Fees for copies of the records are waived if it would prevent the parents or student from accessing the records.  A fee may not be charged to search or retrieve information from student records.

 

Upon the request of parents or an eligible student, the school district will provide an explanation and interpretation of the student records and a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained or used by the school district.

 

If the parents or an eligible student believes the information in the student records is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or an eligible student may request that the school district amend the student records.  The school district will decide whether to amend the student records within a reasonable time after receipt of the request.  If the school district determines an amendment is made to the student record, the school district will make the amendment and inform the parents or the eligible student of the decision in writing.

 

If the school district determines that amendment of the student's record is not appropriate, it will inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the hearing officer provided by the school district.

 

If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the student record is further denied following the hearing, the parents or the eligible student are informed that they have a right to place an explanatory letter in the student record commenting on the school district's decision or setting forth the reasoning for disagreeing with the school district.  Additions to the student's records will become a part of the student record and be maintained like other student records.  If the school district discloses the student records, the explanation by the parents will also be disclosed.

 

Student records may be disclosed in limited circumstances without parental or eligible student's written permission.  This disclosure is made on the condition that the student record will not be disclosed to a third party without the written permission of the parents or the eligible student.  This disclosure may be made to the following individuals or under the following circumstances:

  • to school officials within the school district and AEA personnel whom the superintendent has determined 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 the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. 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 studies for, or on 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 school district and juvenile justice agencies;
  • in connection with a health or safety emergency;
  • To authorized representatives of the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representative 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 school district who have accessed the student’s records.  This list for a student record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student and the custodian of student records.

Permanent student records, including a student's name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed may be maintained without time limitation.  Permanent student records will be kept in a fire-safe vault.

 

When personally identifiable information, other than permanent student records, no longer needs to be maintained by the school district to provide educational services to a special education student, the parents or eligible student shall be notified.  This notice is normally given after a student graduates or otherwise leaves the school district.  If the parents or eligible student request that the personally identifiable information be destroyed, the school district will destroy the records.  Prior to the destruction of the records, the school district must inform the parents or eligible student the records may be needed by the parents or eligible student for social security benefits or other purposes.  In the absence of parents or an eligible student's request to destroy the records, the school district must maintain the records for at least three years after an individual is determined to be no longer eligible for special education.

 

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

 

 It is the responsibility of the superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students of their right to inspect and review the student’s records.  The notice is given in a parents’ or eligible student’s native language.  Should the school district collect personal information from students for the purposes of marketing or selling that information, the school district will annually notify parents of such activity.

 

The school 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 school 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 school 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 school 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 school district to the parties without parental consent or court order.  Information contained in a student's permanent record may be disclosed by the school 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 school 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 school district may discontinue information sharing with an agency if the school district determines that the agency has violated the intent or letter of the agreement.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

 

503.1R1 USE OF STUDENT RECORDS REGULATION

Student records are all official records, files, and data directly related to students, including all material incorporated into each student's cumulative record folder and intended for school use or to be available to parties outside the school or school system specifically including, but not necessarily limited to:  dates of attendance; academic work completed; level of achievement (grades, standardized test scores); attendance data; scores on standardized intelligence, aptitude, and psychological tests; interest inventory results; health data; family background information; teacher or counselor ratings and observations; and verified reports of serious or recurrent behavior patterns.

 

The intent of this regulation is to establish procedures for granting requests from parents for access to their child's records, use of the data, and procedures for its transmittal within forty-five (45) calendar days.

 

A.     Access to Records

 

        1.       The parent or legal guardian of a student will have access to these records upon written request to the board secretary and/or building principal. The parent or legal guardian will have the opportunity to receive an interpretation of the records, have the right to question the data, and, if a difference of opinion is noted, is permitted to file a letter in the cumulative folder stating the dissenting person's position.  If further challenge is made to the record, the normal appeal procedures established by school policy will be followed.

 

        2.       A student, eighteen years (18) or older, has the right to determine who, outside the school system, has access to the records.  Parents of students who are eighteen (18) years or older but still dependents for income tax purposes may access the student's records without prior permission of the student.

 

        3.       School officials having access to student records are defined as having a legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employee, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 

 

B.    Release of Information to External Parties

 

        1.       To release student records to other school(s) in which the student intends to enroll, the parents, legal guardian, or eligible student must be notified of the transfer and the kinds of information being released unless the school district annually notifies parents that the records will be sent automatically.

                

        2.       Student records may be released to official education and other government agencies only if allowed by state or federal law.

 

        3.       To release student records to other persons or agencies, written consent is given by the parent, legal guardian, or a student of majority age.  This consent form will state which records are released, to whom they are released, and the reason for the release.  A copy of the specific records being released will be made available to the person signing the release form if requested.

 

        4.       Before furnishing student records in compliance with judicial orders or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena, the school district will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parents, legal guardian, or eligible student are notified in advance.

 

        5.       Student records may be shared with juvenile justice agencies with which the school district has an interagency agreement.  This information is shared without prior parental consent.  The agreement is a public document available for inspection.

 

        5.       Student records may be shared with juvenile justice agencies with which the school district has an interagency agreement.  This information is shared without prior parental consent.  The agreement is a public document available for inspection.

 

C.    Hearing Procedures

 

1.    Upon parental request, the school district will hold a hearing regarding the content of a student’s records which the parent believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of students.

 

2.    The hearing will be held within a reasonable time after receipt of the parent or eligible student’s request.  The parent or eligible student will receive reasonable advance notice of date, time and place of the hearing.

 

3.    The hearing officer may be an employee of the school district so long as the employee does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.

 

4.    The parents or eligible student will be given a full and fair opportunity to                               

present evidence relevant to the issues. The parent or eligible student may be represented by an individual at their choice at their expense.

 

5.    The hearing officer will render a written decision within a reasonable period after the hearing.  The decision will be based upon evidence presented at the hearing and must include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision.

 

6.    The parents may appeal the hearing officers decision to the superintendent within five (5) calendar days if the superintendent does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.

 

7.    The parents may appeal the superintendent’s decision, or the hearing

officers decision if the superintendent was unable to hear the appeal, to the board within five (5) calendar days.  It is within the discretion of the board to hear the appeal.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998 

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Approved July 15, 2015

503.1E1 STUDENT RECORD REQUEST FORM FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The undersigned hereby requests permission to examine and/or receive copies of the Sigourney Community School District's official student records of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Legal Name of Student)

 

 

(Date of Birth)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The undersigned requests to examine and/or receive copies of the following official student records of the above student:

 

___________________________________________________________________________

                      

___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The undersigned certifies that they are the parent and/or legal guardian or of the above student or that they are the above student.

 

The undersigned (check one):

 

(  )  (  )  does want copies of the above-stated student records.  I understand that the school district may charge me a reasonable fee for copies.

(  )  does not want copies of the above-stated student records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Signature)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Printed Name)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED:

 

 

Date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address:

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

City:

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

State:

 

ZIP:

 

 

Dated:

 

 

Phone Number:

 

 

 

503.1E2 STUDENT RECORD REQUEST FORM FOR NON-PARENTS

The undersigned hereby requests permission to examine the Sigourney Community School District's official student records of:

 

                                                      ,                                        

(Legal Name of Student)                                       (Date of Birth)

 

The undersigned requests copies of the following official student records of the above student:

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The undersigned certifies that they are (check one):

(a)    An official of another school system in which the

        student intends to enroll.                                                 (  )

(b)    An authorized representative of the Comptroller

        General of the United States.                                            (  )

(c)    An authorized representative of the Secretary of

        the U.S. Department of Education                                    (  )

(d)    An administrative head of an education agency as

        defined in Section 408 of the Education Amendments

        of 1974.                                                                           (  )

(e)    An official of the Iowa Department of Education.               (  )

(f)     A person connected with the student's application

        for, or receipt of, financial aid (SPECIFY DETAILS

        ABOVE.)                                                                          (  )

 

The undersigned agrees that the information obtained will only be re-disclosed consistent with state or federal law without permission of the parents of the student, or the student if the student is of majority age.  I understand that the school district may charge me a reasonable fee for copies.

 

                                                                                                                   

                                                                           (Signature)

                                                                                                                   

                                                                           (Title)

                                                                                                                   

                                                                           (Agency)

 

APPROVED:                                                         Date:                                   

                                                                           Address:                                

Signature:                                                           City:                                   

Title:                                                                                       State:                     ZIP          

Dated:                                                                 Phone Number:                           

503.1E3 AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS

The undersigned hereby authorizes the Sigourney Community School District and any of its agents to release official student records of:

 

 

 

 

 

(Legal Name of Student)

 

 

(Date of Birth)

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Name of Last School Attended)

 

 

(Dates of Attendance)

 

           

 

The undersigned specifically authorizes the release of the following official student records of the above student: (If no records are specified, the undersigned authorized the release of all student records of the above student.)

 

___________________________________________________________________________

 

___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The reason for the authorization:__________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Copies of the records shall be furnished to the following (check all that apply):

 

(  )  the undersigned

(  )  the student

(  )  other (please specify:__________________________________________________)

 

 

The undersigned has the following relationship to the student: __________________________

 

 

 

___________________________________            ___________________________________

(Signature)                                                          (Address)

___________________________________            ___________________________________

(Printed Name)                                            (City, State, Zip Code)

                                                                   ___________________________________

                                                                           (Phone Number)

 

503.1E4 NOTIFICATION OF TRANSFER OF STUDENT RECORDS

To: __________________________________                    Date: ________________________

      Parent/Legal Guardian

     __________________________________

     Address

     __________________________________

     City, State, Zip Code

 

Please be notified that we have received a written statement that a student, ____________________ (full legal name of student), who previously attended ______________ Community School District, intends to enroll in  ________________________ Community School District.

 

Please be further notified that the official student records of a student, ________________________ (full legal name of student), which were previously held by ________________________ Community School District, have been transferred to ________________________ Community School District.

 

The records may now be accessed by contacting the records custodian at  ________________ Community School District.

 

If you desire a copy of such records furnished, please check here _____, and return this form to the undersigned at ________________________ Community School District.  A reasonable charge will be made for the copies.

 

If you believe such records transferred are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, you have the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of such records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Signature)

 

 

(Printed Name)

 

 

 

 

 

(Title)

 

 

 

 

 

(Agency)

 

 

 

 

503.1E5 REQUEST FOR HEARING ON CORRECTION OF STUDENT RECORDS

 

To: __________________________________                    Date: ________________________

      Board Secretary, Custodian of Records

      Sigourney Community School District

 

I, the undersigned, believe certain student records of a student, _______________________ (full legal name of student), a student at Sigourney Community School District to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights under state and federal law.

 

The student records which I believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights under state and federal law are:

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

The reason(s) I believe these student records to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights under state and federal law are:

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

I have the following relationship to the student: ____________________________________________

 

I understand that I will be notified in writing of the time and place of the hearing; that I will be notified in writing of the decision; and I have the right to appeal the decision by so notifying the hearing officer in writing within ten days after my receipt of the decision or a right to place a statement in my child's record stating I disagree with the decision and why.

 

___________________________________            ___________________________________

(Signature)                                                   (Address)

___________________________________            ___________________________________

(Printed Name)                                            (City, State, Zip Code)

                                                                                  ___________________________________

                                                                        (Phone Number)

503.1E6 LETTER TO PARENT REGARDING RECEIPT OF A SUBPOENA

Date

 

Dear__________:

 

This letter is to notify you that the Sigourney Community School District 

Has received a (subpoena or court order) requesting copies of your child’s permanent records.  The specific records requested are__________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

The school district has until____ (date on subpoena or court order) to deliver the documents to ___ (requesting party on subpoena or court order) .  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 641-622-2025.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Superintendent

 

503.1E7 ANNUAL NOTICE REGARDING STUDENT RECORDS

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over eighteen (18) years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records, including the following rights:

 

1.       The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the school district receives a request for access.  Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

 

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

 

a.       Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

 

b.       If the school district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

3.       The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

 

a.            One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the board; a person or company with whom the school

 

district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employee, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

 

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

 

c.       Upon request, the school district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.  (Note: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request).

 

4.       The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information to be released.  Directory information can be released without prior parental consent.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make object in writing by October 1st, to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

 

a.    “Directory information” includes: 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.

 

b.       Even though student addresses and telephone numbers are not considered directory information in every instance, military recruiters and post-secondary educational institutions may legally access this information without prior parental consent.  Parents not wanting military recruiters or post-secondary institutions to access the information must ask the school district to withhold the information.  Also, school districts that provide post-secondary institutions and potential employers access to students must provide the same right of access to military recruiters.

 

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

                             Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education,

                             400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20202-5920.

 

The school district may share any information with the Parties contained in the student’s permanent record which is directly related to the juvenile justice systems’ ability to effectively serve the student.  Prior to adjudication, information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the Parties without parental consent or a court order.  Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the parties after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.  Information shared pursuant to the agreement shall be used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.  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.  Information obtained from others shall not be used for the basis of disciplinary action of the student.  This agreement only governs a school district’s ability to share information and the purposes for which that information can be used.

 

 

The purpose for the sharing of information prior to a student’s adjudication is 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 designated to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.

 

The party requesting the information will contact the principal of the building in which the student is currently enrolled or was enrolled.  The principal will forward the records within ten (10) business days of the request.

 

Confidential information shared between the Parties and the school district shall remain confidential and shall not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law.  Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian or legal or actual custodian nor can it be used as the basis for disciplinary action of the student.

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

503.2 STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school District.  For purposes of this policy and other policies relating to student directory information, student is defined as an enrolled individual in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in school 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 school 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 school district and parents of children homeschooled in the school district, will be given notice annually of the intent to develop a directory or to give out general information and have the opportunity to deny the inclusion of their child's information in the directory or in the general information about the students.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to provide notice and to determine the method of notice that will inform parents.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

503.2E1 DENIAL OF AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The Sigourney Community School District has adopted a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).  A copy of the school district's policy is available for review in the office of the principal of all of our schools.

 

This law requires the school district to designate as "directory information" any personally identifiable information taken from a student's educational records prior to making such information available to the public.

 

The school district has designated the following information as directory information: 

 

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.

 

You have the right to refuse the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information as directory information with respect to your student provided that you notify the school district in writing not later than the start of the new school year.  If you desire to make such a refusal, please complete and return the slip attached to this notice.

 

If you have no objection to the use of student information, you do not need to take any action.

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RETURN THIS FORM

 

Sigourney Community School District Parental Directions to Withhold Student/Directory Information for Education Purposes, for 20      - 20        school year.

 

Student Name:                                                                     Date of Birth       

 

School:                                                                                  Grade:              

 

                                                                                                                                           

(Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian/Custodian of Child)                               (Date)

 

This form must be returned to your child's school no later than         , 20            .

Additional forms are available at your child's school.

503.2E2 NOTICE OF USE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The student handbook or similar publication given to each student which contains general information about the school will contain the following statement which published at least annually in a prominent place or in a newspaper of general circulation in the school district:

 

        The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the school district as needed.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing by the start of the school year to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

 

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.

 

                 DATED                                          , 20                   .

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                   

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015    

503.3 STUDENT LIBRARY CIRCULATION RECORDS

Student library circulation records are designed to be used internally to assist in the orderly administration of the school district libraries. As a general rule, student library circulation records are considered confidential records and will not be released without parental consent.  Individuals who may access such records include a student's parents, the student, authorized licensed employees, authorized government officials from the U.S. Comptroller General, the Secretary of Education, the Commissioner and Director of the National Institute of Education, and the Assistant Secretary for Education and State Education Department. 

 

Appropriate authorities in a health or safety emergency may access the student's library circulation records without the approval or the notification of the student's parents.  Parents may not access records, without the student's permission, of a student who has reached the age of majority or who is attending a post-secondary educational institution unless the student is considered a dependent for tax purposes.

 

It 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 school district.  If copies of documents are requested, a fee for such copying may be charged.

 

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

503.4 STUDENT SURVEYS

The Board recognizes the importance of conducting student surveys and gathering information from students.  Surveys relating to and/or gathering certain information from students are subject to the parent’s consent and/or right to opt his/her student out of the survey.

 

The District shall require parental consent before a student is required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information surveys”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED):

 

(a)   Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents;

(b)   Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

(c)    Sex behaviors or attitudes;

(d)   Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;

(e)    Critical appraisals of others with whom the respondents have close family relationships;

(f)    Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

(g)    Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or

(h)   Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

The District shall provide an opportunity for parents to opt their child out of any of the following surveys and/or information gathering processes:

 

(1)   A protected information survey, which concerns any of the protected areas outlined above, regardless of the source of funding of the survey;

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

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

 

The District shall provide parents an opportunity to inspect upon request and before administration or use, any of the following information:

(a)      Protected information surveys of students;

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

(c)      Instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.

 

The District shall also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys listed below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to consent to or opt his/her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  The District will provide the Schedule of Activities outlining the activities to which this Policy applies, preferably at the same time as the District provides the Notice, if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities and surveys at that time.  For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and/or planned activities and surveys that may arise during the school year that are not listed below, and will be provided an opportunity to consent to or opt his/her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students of their right consent and/or opt-out of participation in surveys and/or activities.  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, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

 

Approved July 15, 2015

503.4E1 ANNUAL NOTICE REGARDING PROTECTION OF STUDENT RIGHTS

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents and students over eighteen (18) years of age and/or students who are considered emancipated minors pursuant to Iowa laws (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the district’s conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes and certain physical exams.  These include the following rights:

 

8          The right to consent before a student is required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information surveys”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED):

 

(a)          Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents;

(b)          Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

(c)          Sex behaviors or attitudes;

(d)          Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;

(e)          Critical appraisals of others with whom the respondents have close family relationships;

(f)           Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

(g)          Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or

(h)          Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

8             The right to receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of a protected information survey, which concerns any of the protected areas outlined above, regardless of the source of funding of the survey.

 

8          The right to receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical examination or screening permitted or required under Iowa law.

 

8             The right to receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

 

8             The right to inspect, upon request and before administration or use, any of the following information:

(a)          Protected information surveys of students;

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

(c)          Instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum.

 

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

 

                           Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education,

                           400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20202-5920.

         

The Sigourney Community School District will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys listed below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to consent to or opt his/her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  The district will provide the Schedule of Activities outlining the activities to which this notice applies, preferably at the same time as the district provides this notice, if the district has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities and surveys at that time.  For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and/or planned activities and surveys that may arise during the school year that are not listed below, and will be provided an opportunity to consent to or opt his/her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey.  Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.

 

The Sigourney Community School District will develop policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution purposes.  The district will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of the school year and after any substantive changes.

 

The following is a list of the specific activities and surveys to which this Notice apply:

[LIST ALL ACTIVITIES]

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

503.4E2 ANNUAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AND CONSENT/OPT-OUT FORM

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) requires the Sigourney Community School District to notify you and obtain consent and/or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities.  These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas, known as “protected information surveys,” that concern one or more of the following eight areas:

 

(a)          Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents;

(b)          Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

(c)          Sex behaviors or attitudes;

(d)          Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;

(e)          Critical appraisals of others with whom the respondents have close family relationships;

(f)           Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;

(g)          Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the students or parents; or

(h)          Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes, known as “marketing surveys,” and/or certain physical exams and screenings.

 

The following is a schedule of activities requiring parental notice and consent or opt-out for the upcoming school year.  This list is not necessarily exhaustive and, for surveys and/or activities scheduled after the school year starts, the Sigourney Community School District will provide parents, within a reasonable period of time prior to the administration of the surveys and/or activities, notification of the surveys and/or activities and the opportunity to consent and/or opt their child out, as well as an opportunity to review the surveys.

 

The right to consent, and notification and opt-out transfers from parents to any student over eighteen (18) years of age or any student who is an emancipated minor pursuant to Iowa laws.

 

Schedule of Activities

 

[Activity 1 (Requiring Consent)]

 

Date:                   [COMPLETE]

Grades:

Activity:

Summary:

Consent:     A parent must sign and return to the superintendent at ____________________, the form below no later than [DATE] so that your child may participate in this activity.

        I, ____________________________, give my consent for ________________________ to take participate in the above referenced activity.

 

Parent’s Signature: _______________________________                                  Date: __________________

 

 

[Activity 2 (Permitting Opt-Out)]

 

Date:                   [COMPLETE]

Grades:

Activity:

Summary:

Opt-Out:     A parent wishing to opt his/her child out of this activity must contact the superintendent at __________________________, telephone number: ______________, no later than [DATE] and indicate that you do not wish for your child to participate in this activity.

 

 

Review of Survey and/or Instructional Material

 

        If you wish to review any survey instrument or instructional material used in connection with any protected information or marketing survey, please submit the following request to the superintendent at __________________________.  The superintendent and/or designee will notify you of the time and place where you may review these materials.  You have the right to review a survey and/or instructional material before the survey and/or material is administered to student.

 

        I, ____________________________, request to review a survey and/or instruction material in connection with any protected information or marketing survey.

 

        Title of Survey and/or Instructional Material: _____________________________

 

        Brief Description: ________________________________________________________

 

Date the Survey and/or Instructional Material will be Submitted to Students: __________________________________________________________________________

 

Parent’s Contact Information: ____________________________________________________________________________
        Address               City                        State                           Zip

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________

        Phone Number     (Cell/Home)                      E-mail Address                 

 

 

Parent’s Signature: _______________________________                Date: __________________

 

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

 

504 STUDENT ACTIVITIES

504.1 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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

 

Students may participate in interscholastic athletics, music, speech, and other contests 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 licensed school personnel.

 

The school district is affiliated and pays dues as a member of the 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.  Therefore, the school is subject to all the rules and regulations of these associations and the Department of Education.

 

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy.  Students need to positively represent our school on the athletic field of competition.  The athletic event coach will intervene when students fail to conduct themselves accordingly.  Students must refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

 

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it shall be subject to disciplinary measures.  The AD will report all violations to the Secondary Principal who will keep records of violations of this policy and coaches will review expectations with their players. 

 

Furthermore, a student may not violate the rules and regulations of the state associations and/or the discipline policy of the school district or any rules and regulations pertaining to eligibility for extra-curricular activity, without jeopardizing the student's continued participation as it may apply.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop rules and regulations for school activities.  Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

504.1R1 GOOD CONDUCT RULE

The rules and regulations of the school district and state associations shall be in effect for all events in which students participate, representing the school district, during or after school hours, either on school premises or off school premises for events considered school sponsored or school approved activities.  This policy includes athletics, speech, drama, music, academic competitions, FFA competitions, FCCLA activities, cheerleading, dance, homecoming royalty and other royalty, speaker at graduation and other school related events, competitive conference activities or performing or participating in any activity as a representative of the school district.   

 

Penalties for violations after school hours or at designated places for events will be the same as during regularly scheduled school hours or on school premises except where a special discipline policy has been specified.  This includes particular rules and regulations established by the Department of Education, director of the activity, special temporary restrictions imposed on the students prior to this scheduled event, and any other mandates determined by the administration.

 

Additionally, the executive boards of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) may sanction member and associate member schools that permit or allow participation in any event by a person in violation of the eligibility rules or by a student who has been suspended from school and/or school activities in accordance with local rules.

 

General Extracurricular Activities Policies

 

1.            Students who participate in the above extracurricular activity programs are subject to the rules and policies governing activity eligibility participation and the training and conduct rules set down by the coach or sponsor, twenty-four hours per day, year round.  Students may be declared ineligible from activity participation by the athletic director, principal or the superintendent/designee for violation of any of these rules and policies.

                            

Student athletes that do not meet the Good Conduct expectations for conduct during competition will be subject to the following:

 

                   2 infractions in a season – ½ game suspension

                   3 infractions – 1 game suspension

                   4 infractions – 4 game suspension and/or the reminder of the season

 

An infraction is defined as technical foul, excessive force and/or behavior that does not demonstrate sportsmanship type of behavior representing the expectation of Sigourney Extra Curricular Activities.  If an infraction is in question of violating Code of Conduct, the athletic director and coach will review the situation and meet with the student athlete and parents to discuss the situation. 

 

If a student athlete violates these expectations and quits the sports prior to working off their ineligibility, then the ineligibility follows them to the next sport.

 

2.       The principal/designee shall be responsible for informing coaches/sponsors of which students are not eligible for participation.

 

3.       A student with an unexcused absence during any part of the school day or who was not present the last half of the school day will not be eligible for activity participation on the day of the absence, unless approved by the principal/designee.

 

4.       Freshmen (ninth grade students) may participate in junior varsity football and basketball or varsity interscholastic athletic competition in any sport or cheerleading except with the recommendation of the coach/sponsor, and, approval of the athletic director/principal, in consultation with the parents or guardians.

 

5.       A student will not be penalized for non-participation (practice or contests) during regularly scheduled vacation periods, if that student is excused from these by his/her parent or guardian.  Communication between the parent/guardian, athletic director, and coach is required prior to a participant’s absence that will occur during a scheduled vacation period.

 

6.       A student may not be dropped from practice or competition during the season or during tournament play unless he/she has violated the school district’s or coach’s good conduct rules or the Department of Education eligibility rules.  In the event that a student is to be removed for this cause, the athletic director/principal will be notified and will be a part of the decision and the appropriate action.  The parent/guardian shall be notified of the action taken.

 

7.       If a student drops one activity for good cause during the season, he/she will not be penalized for participation in any succeeding activity for which he/she is eligible for the same good cause offense.

 

8             Athletic directors, coaches, and sponsors have the prerogative to establish reasonable training and conduct rules, when not in conflict with school district policy and regulations, for a particular extra-curricular activity or competition, all of which must be followed by the participants, including but not limited to, the special rules below.  Those rules shall be sent to the students' parents/guardians before the activity commences. Coaches will hold a preseason parent/athlete meeting to discuss the upcoming season, schedule and expectations for athletes. 

 

9. Students may participate in outside school team(s) as along as the     

school athletic team is the first priority.  Students will notify the coach that they are participating in an outside school team. Conflicts with schedules will        be handled between the coach and the student athlete.

 

10.     This policy is in effect year round, 365 days per year and applies to a   student’s behavior in and outside of school. Violations are cumulative      from 7th to 8th grade and again cumulative from 9th grade through the    end of a student’s 12th grade eligibility.

 

Department of Education Co-curricular (aka Extracurricular) Activities Policies

 

A.     Eligibility Rules

 

        1.   Eligibility may be compromised if any of the following are true:

 

a.            You do not have a physician's certificate of fitness issued this school year.

 

b.            You have attended high school for more than eight (8) semesters (twenty days of attendance or playing in one contest constitutes a semester).  Middle school students who have completed more than four (4) semesters in 7th or 8th grade may not be eligible to participate in middle school activities.

 

c.            You were not enrolled in high school last semester or if you entered school this semester later than the second week of school and were not enrolled in school immediately prior to enrolling at the high school.  (Not applicable to the middle school.)

 

d.            You have changed schools this semester, except upon like change of residence of your parents/guardians.  (Not applicable to the middle school.)

 

e.            You have been declared ineligible under a prior school district’s Good Conduct Rule, and then, without having completed the full period of ineligibility at that school, transfer to the high school. You may not be eligible for interscholastic competition at the high school until the full period of ineligibility has been completed.  Once that time period of ineligibility has been completed, you are then immediately eligible for interscholastic competition at the high school as far as any Good Conduct Rule is concerned.

 

f.             You have ever trained with a college squad or have participated in a college event.

 

g.            Your habits and conduct both in and out of school are such as to make you unworthy to represent the ideals, principles, and standards of your school.

 

B.    Scholarship Rules for Athletics

 

        1.   Application of Scholarship Rules

 

a.       Scholarship Rules apply to all member and associate member schools that belong to the IHSAA and the IGHSAU.  Schools may not allow ineligible or suspended students to participate.  The IHSAA and the IGHSAU have the power to impose sanctions upon schools that do not enforce Scholarship rules.

 

b.       In addition, Scholarship Rules apply to all students who are members of any recognized school district activity.

 

        2.   Requirements

 

a.            All students must be enrolled and in good standing in a school that is a member or associate member in good standing of the organization sponsoring the event.  Each student shall be passing all coursework for which credit is given and shall be making adequate progress toward graduation requirements at the end of the first quarter, second quarter, first semester, third quarter, fourth quarter, and second semester.

 

b.    All students must be under twenty (20) years of age.

 

c.            All students shall be enrolled students of the school in good standing.  The student shall receive credit in at least four subjects, each of one period or hour, or the equivalent thereof. They shall receive credit in all courses for which a letter grade is given.  Grades will be checked at the end of each grading period as defined in (a) above.

 

i.             Coursework taken under the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 261C, postsecondary enrollment options, for which a school district or accredited nonpublic school grants academic credit toward high school graduation shall be used in determining eligibility.  No student shall be denied eligibility if the student’s school program deviates from the traditional two-semester school year.

 

ii.           Dual credit courses from community colleges will count toward the four-credit class requirement, and failure of such courses will result in violation of eligibility standards.

 

d.            A student who has had four or more successful non-failing (no “F”s) grading periods (quarters) after the grading period in which the student did not pass all coursework is eligible.

 

e.            For block scheduling classes, the grading period may be the end of nine (9) weeks if that is when the grade is recorded on the transcript.  Each block scheduled course is the equivalent of two traditional courses.  Thus, at a minimum, students must receive credit in at least two block courses during any grading period

 

f.             If a student does not meet the Eligibility Standard, then s/he will not be allowed to represent the school for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days in all co-curricular activities and competitions as defined in paragraph (a) of this policy.  S/he is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next athletic contests and competitions in which the athlete is a contestant for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days. The thirty (30) Day Rule applies to all levels of high school athletics, and not just varsity competition.  The thirty (30) consecutive calendar days of ineligibility begin on the earliest date when the IGHSAU or the IHSAA allows games to begin for each sport.  If the sport is in mid-season, then the period of ineligibility begins at 3:40 P.M. the afternoon of the 3rd weekday following the end of the grading period.

 

g.            If at the time the student has a failure, and he/she is out for a sport and the season ends before the thirty (30) days are served, the days carryover to the next sport he/she participates in.

 

h.           Subject to the provision below regarding contestants in interscholastic baseball or softball, if at the end of any grading period a contestant is given a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the contestant is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contests and competitions in which the participant is a contestant for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days.  The thirty (30) calendar days begin at 3:40 the afternoon of the 3rd weekday following the end of the grading period.

 

i.             At the end of a grading period that is the final grading period in a school year, a contestant, in interscholastic baseball or softball who receives a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, is ineligible to dress for and compete in interscholastic baseball or softball for the thirty (30) consecutive calendar days.  The thirty (30) calendar days begin at 3:40 the afternoon of the 3rd weekday following the end of the grading period.  If the season expires prior to thirty (30) consecutive calendar days elapsing, the period of ineligibility will carry over to the beginning of the next sport in which the student participates.

 

j.             A student with a disability who has an individualized education program shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress, as determined by school officials, towards the goals and objectives on the student’s individualized educational program.

 

k.            All member schools shall provide appropriate interventions and necessary academic supports for students who fail or who are at risk to fail, and shall report to the department regarding those interventions on the comprehensive school improvement plan (CSIP).

 

l.             An incomplete (I) will be considered a failure.  At the time the incomplete (I) becomes a passing grade, eligibility will be reinstated.

 

m.          A student is academically eligible upon entering the ninth grade.

 

n.           No student shall be eligible to participate in any given interscholastic athletic sport if the student has engaged in that sport professionally.

 

o.            The local superintendent/designee of schools, with the approval of the local board of education, may give permission to a dropout student to participate in athletics upon return to school if the student is otherwise eligible under these rules.

 

C.    After-Hours, Off-Premises Special Rules

 

1.       Application- The following rules cover students in grades 5-12.  These after hours, off-premises special rules will be printed in the Student Handbook given to each student in grades 5-12 when school opens in the fall.  A Student Handbook will also be issued to each new student who registers after the school year begins.

 

2.       General Rule- The board, the administration, and other employees of the school district, have no control or responsibility for any student when the student is in the custody and control of his/her parents, guardian, or other non-school related agency except as explained below.

 

3.       Exceptional Rules- The board and administration have determined the following specific policies as exceptions to the immediately preceding paragraph:

 

a.       Training and Conduct Rules- The sponsors and coaches must establish reasonable training and conduct rules for the activities for which they have been given responsibility.  These rules must be approved by the principal or athletic director. They must be distributed to each participant before the activity commences. A student who registers late will receive the rules when he/she starts.  Violation of any of these training and conduct rules may be just cause for eliminating a student from the activity or restricting participation.

 

b.       Participation in Criminal or Unlawful Activity- Students who represent the school district in extra-curricular activities are expected to characterize high standards of conduct.  Students who participate in any conduct which, in Iowa, is illegal, whether or not an arrest or conviction occurs, except simple misdemeanor traffic violation may be suspended from activity participation if an investigation by school officials if they determine the student has committed a violation of the rules.  They may be penalized in the manner described in the following section on alcohol and controlled substances.  Upon each offense of a criminal or otherwise unlawful activity, the student shall be referred to the Building Assistance Team.

 

c.       Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances- Involvement with alcohol, tobacco and/or other illegal substances classified as controlled substances is deemed a most serious offense.  The board and administration will impose severe penalties when it has been determined a participant has been involved in the use, sale, distribution or possession of the same.  Severe penalties will also be imposed on those who inhabit an environment or are in attendance where an illegal act(s) related to alcohol and/or controlled substances occur(s), including, but not limited to: (i) alcohol being possessed, distributed or consumed by people not of legal age to do so and (ii) possession, sale, distribution or consumption of illegal substances.  Since rules for participation in activities carry over outside of school hours and school-sponsored events, parents and concerned agencies must cooperate with the school in eliminating alcohol, tobacco, and controlled substance use and abuse.

 

4.       Penalties- When it has been determined that a student has violated the rules regarding (b) or (c) in sub-section (3) above, the student shall be penalized as follows:

 

a.       Repeat offenses shall be calculated by counting backward from the date of the current violation.  Two (2) calendar years shall be used in determining the number of offenses that apply.

 

b.       First Offense: Four-week (28 calendar days) suspension from scheduled co-curricular competition or performance.  This four week suspension will be shortened to two weeks (14 calendar days) if the student reports the incident to a coach, sponsor, activities/athletic director, or principal prior to any one of the above's awareness of the incident.

 

c.       Second Offense: Ten weeks (70 calendar days) suspension from all co-curricular competition or performance.  A student suspended for a second time under this policy will be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities and competition after five weeks (35 days) if he/she reports the incident to a coach, sponsor, activities/athletic director, or principal prior to any one of the above's awareness of it.

 

d.       Third Offense: A minimum of 18 weeks (126 calendar days) suspension from participation in all co-curricular competition and performance.

 

e.       The suspensions described above will commence at the time the student makes a school coach, sponsor, athletic director or principal aware of the infraction or at the time an investigation by the athletic director or the principal determines by the finding of fact that the student has violated this policy.

 

D.    Scheduling of Events

 

1.       The board and administration realizes that the amount of participation in co-curricular activities does limit the amount of time a student may spend on academic preparation and progress.  Therefore, the following are considered as appropriate limitations:

 

a.       Scheduled contests will conform at all times to the state association rulings and adhere to recommendations made by these agencies.

 

b.       The activities and/or athletic director will be responsible for the scheduling of all high school activities and the athletic director will be responsible for scheduling athletic events at the middle school.  All schedules must be approved by the middle or high school principal.

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

504.1E1 GOOD CONDUCT AGREEMENT

Interscholastic athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote the development of good character and other important life skills. The highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor according to six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the "Six Pillars of Character"). I understand that, in order to participate in junior high/high school athletics, I must act in accord with the following:

 

TRUSTWORTHINESS

 

1. Trustworthiness — be worthy of trust in all I do.

 

                Integrity — live up to high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor; do                                      what’s right even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.

                Honesty — live and compete honorably; don’t lie, cheat, steal or engage in any other dishonest or                                                                 unsportsmanlike conduct.

                Reliability — fulfill commitments; do what I say I will do; be on time to practices and games.

                Loyalty — be loyal to my school and team; put the team above personal glory.

 

RESPECT

 

2. Respect — treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other student-athletes.

 

3. Class — live and play with class; be a good sport; be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity; give fallen opponents help, compliment extraordinary performance, show sincere respect in pre- and post-game rituals.

 

4. Disrespectful Conduct — don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.

 

5. Respect Officials — treat contest officials with respect; don’t complain about or argue with official calls or decisions during or after an athletic event.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

 

6. Importance of Education — be a student first and commit to getting the best education I can. Be honest with myself about the likelihood of getting an athletic scholarship or playing on a professional level and remember that many universities will not recruit student-athletes that do not have a serious commitment to their education, the ability to succeed academically or the character to represent their institution honorably.

 

7. Role-Modeling — Remember, participation in sports is a privilege, not a right and that I am expected to represent my school, coach and teammates with honor, on and off the field. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself as a positive role model. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the school administration.

 

8. Self-Control — exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.

 

9. Healthy Lifestyle — safeguard your health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose or maintain weight.

 

10. Integrity of the Game — protect the integrity of the game; don’t gamble. Play the game according to the rules.

 

FAIRNESS

 

11. Be Fair — live up to high standards of fair play; be open-minded; always be willing to listen and learn.

 

CARING

 

12. Concern for Others — demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to myself or others.

 

13. Teammates — help promote the well-being of teammates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to coaches.

 

CITIZENSHIP

 

14. Play by the Rules — maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all applicable game and competition rules.

 

15. Spirit of rules — honor the spirit and the letter of rules; avoid temptations to gain competitive advantage through improper gamesmanship techniques that violate the highest traditions of sportsmanship.

 

 

I have read and understand the requirements of this Code of Conduct. I understand that I’m expected to perform according to this code and I understand that there shall be sanctions or penalties if I do not.

 

 

 

          I ______________________________________________ have received from the Sigourney Community School District a copy of the school district's Co-Curricular Activities policy and Co-Curricular Activities Regulation (“Good Conduct Rule”).  I have read the foregoing and the requirements for academic eligibility and I agree to abide by the Good Conduct Code as a requirement for my participation in extra-curricular activities at the Sigourney Community School District.

 

 

 

____________________________________                   __________________________

Student                                                       Date

 

 

 

____________________________________                   __________________________

Parent or Guardian                                           Date

 

504.2 STUDENT INSURANCE

Students participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics are required to have health and accident insurance.  The student shall bring written proof of insurance or participate in the health and accident insurance program selected by the school district.

 

All students will have the opportunity to participate in the health and accident insurance plan selected by the school district.  The cost of the health and accident insurance program 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.

 

 

Approved   December 14, 1998                                   

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

504.3 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

No student organization shall exist which is not approved by the Board of Directors.  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.

 

Secondary and/or student-initiated curriculum-related organizations and secondary and/or student-initiated non-curriculum-related organizations are encouraged.

 

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 school district facilities for meetings and other purposes during non-instructional time.

 

Non-instructional time will mean any time before the first period of the day and after the last period of the day in which any student attends class.  Meetings will not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations.  It is within the discretion of the principal to determine whether the meetings will interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations.  Activities relating to any part of the education program will have priority over the activities of another organization.

 

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

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

Non-curriculum-Related Organizations

 

Secondary and/or student-initiated non-curriculum-related organizations are provided access to meeting space and school district facilities.  Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups.  Such attendance is strictly voluntary and student-initiated.  As a means of determining whether a student's attendance is voluntary, the principal may require parental consent for the student to attend the meetings.

 

Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings.  Employees will not participate in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing, or encouraging attendance. 

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998  

Reviewed  February 11, 2008, July 15, 2015

Revised  July 15, 2015

504.4 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 school 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.

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015

504.5 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Students may produce official school publications as part of the curriculum under the supervision of a faculty advisor and the principal.  Official school publications include material produced in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook, or writing classes and distributed to the student body either free or for a fee.

 

Any expression made by students, including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy.  The school district, the board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of the interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

 

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by employees or officials except as provided by law.  A faculty advisor 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 may follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy found in the 200 Series.  Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced official school publication has been restricted will follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy 502.6.

 

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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

504.5R1 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:

                 a.       obscene;

                 b.       libelous;

                 c.       slanderous; or

                 d.       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 strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectivity and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.

 

        3.       Students 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 school district.  The school district, the board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student 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.

 

        2.       Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-produced official student publication will file their complaint through the citizen grievance procedure.

 

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:

a.       commit unlawful acts;

b.       violate school rules;

c.       cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity;

d.       disrupt or interfere with the education program;

e.       interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

f.        infringe on the rights of others.

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11,2008

Revised July 15, 2015

504.6 STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Students, as part of the education program, may participate in contests or other public and private events approved by the superintendent that will be of benefit to the student and the education program.  Performance at such events is a privilege.

 

Students, who perform at such events, serve as ambassadors of the school district and must conduct themselves in the same manner as required in the regular school day.  Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures.

 

Students will be allowed to perform in these events only with proper permission and supervision and when the events do not disrupt the education program or other school district operations.  The events must be approved by the superintendent, unless it involves unusual travel and expense, in which case the board must approve of the performance.

 

It 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 shall be the responsibility of the parent and the student.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                  

Reviewed  February 11, 2008    

Revised  July 15, 2015

504.7 SOCIAL EVENTS

All social events shall be under the control and supervision of professional school personnel.  Approval for an event shall be secured from the principal of the building involved before any public announcement is made.  Hours, behavior, and activities related to social events shall be reasonable and proper as determined by the administration.  Only those students who can be expected to recognize the authority and responsibility of the school personnel shall be permitted to attend social functions.

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

504.8 OPEN NIGHT

In keeping with good community relations, school sponsored activities will not be scheduled on Wednesday night beyond 6:00 p.m. whenever possible.  On the rare occasion a State sponsored event is scheduled at our facility we will plan to host the event.  It is the responsibility of the principal to oversee the scheduling of school activities for compliance with this policy.

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

 

504.9 STUDENT 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 school property are not fees and will not be waived.

 

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                         

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015

504.9R1 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 school 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.

 

        A.       Waivers -

 

                 1.       Full Waivers - a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school 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 school district if the student or the student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition program.  The reduction percentage will be 40 percent.

 

                 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.

 

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

 

        C.      Confidentiality - The school district will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.

                                  

        D.      Appeals - Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Sigourney Administration Office, 909 E. Pleasant Valley, Sigourney, IA 52591. 641-622-2025

 

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

 

        F.       Notice - the school district will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials and printed in registration materials.

 

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch the Family Investment Program (FIP), or 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 secretary during registration for a waiver form.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

504.9E1 STANDARD FEE WAIVER APPLICATION

Date                                                                                        School year             

 

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

 

Name of student:                                      Grade in school                                

 

Name of student:                                      Grade in school                                

 

Name of student:                                      Grade in school                                

 

Name of parent, guardian:                                                      

  or legal or actual custodian

 

Please check type of waiver desired:

 

        Full waiver             Partial waiver             Temporary waiver      

 

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

 

Full waiver

 

              Free meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program

 

              The Family Investment Program (FIP)

 

              Transportation assistance under open enrollment

 

              Foster care

 

Partial waiver

 

              Reduced priced meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program

 

Temporary waiver

 

If none of the above apply, but you wish to apply for a temporary waiver of school fees because of serious financial problems, please state the reason for the request:

                                                                              

                                                                               

 

Signature of parent, guardian:                                              

  or legal or actual custodian

504.10 STUDENT FUND RAISING

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with the permission of the school board.  Fundraising 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                            

Reviewed February 11, 2008 

Revised  July 15, 2015

505 STUDENT SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT

505.1 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 70  credits for the class of 2016 and 78 credits for the class of 2017 and thereafter prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required.                                   

 

Class Of

Min. Required & Elective Credits for Graduation

Language Arts

Social Studies

Science

Math

PE

Fine Arts

Financial Literacy

Electives

2016

70

12

9

9

9

6

1

1

23

2017

78

12

9

9

9

6

1

1

31

2018

78

12

9

9

9

6

1

1

31

2019

78

12

9

9

9

6

1

1

31

 

The following required courses must constitute part of the total graduation academic credits:

 

Language Arts–12 credits

English 9–3 credits

English 10-3 credits

English 11-3 credits

*3 additional Language Arts credits

Social Studies-9 credits

Am. Hist. (9th grade)-3 credits

World Hist.(10th grade)-3 credits

Am. Gov.(12th grade)-2 credits

*1 additional Social Studies credits

Science-9 credits

Science 9 – 3 credits

Science 10 – 3 credits

*3 additional Science credits

 

Math – 9 credits

3 consecutive years as determined by Math Instructors

Physical Ed.  – 6 credits

The State of Iowa requires that a student take and pass a physical education course every trimester they are enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

Fine Arts – 1 credit

Band, Vocal, Art Courses, Speech, Virtual Reality, Yearbook, Creative Writing, and other courses with Administrative Approval – 1 credit

 

Elective Courses of students Choice

Class of 2016 must total 70 credits

Class of 2017 and beyond must total 78 credits

Financial Literacy – 1 credit

Personal Finance or Financial Literacy –  1 Credit

 

 

 

 

Community Service Hours – The Class of 2016 will be required to complete 25 hours of community service.  The Class of 2017 and beyond will be required to complete 30 hours of community service.  Service hours may be earned from volunteer work performed by the student without monetary compensation. These hours will be monotred by the Homebase Advisor.

 

One credit is defined as a course taken and passed for one trimester.  All classes with the exception of PE and Advanced Fitness are worth one credit per trimester.  PE and Advanced Fitness are worth .5 credit per trimester.  Concurrent enrollment college courses are all worth one high school credit when passed per course unless otherwise specified.

 

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).  Each student's IEP will include a statement of the projected date of graduation at least 18 months in advance of the projected date and the criteria to be used in determining whether graduation will occur.  Prior to the special education student's graduation, the IEP team will determine whether the graduation criteria have been met.

 

 

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

505.2 TRANSFERRING CREDITS

It is the philosophy of this school to make a wide range of learning opportunities available to all students.  In doing such, the goal is for students to complete their entire course of study (at the high school level), at Sigourney High School.  Exceptions are recognized, but only when the needs of a student cannot or have not been met at Sigourney High School.  In cases where a student wishes to obtain course credit from another school toward graduation from Sigourney High School, said course must always be approved in advance by the Sigourney High School Principal.

 

Transfer credits are desirable and justified in only two cases: 

(1) (Case #1) in an instance where a student of exceptional ability in a particular area of learning has exhausted all Sigourney course offerings in that area;

(2) (Case #2) in instances where a student has failed a sufficient number of courses that his/her graduation schedule has come into serious jeopardy.

 

Given the great distinction between the two categories, special and distinct consideration will be given to each sort.

 

In the instance of students wishing to take (pre-graduation) accelerated classes (Case #1), the student may submit to the high school principal the course or courses he/she desires to take.  In this case any number of courses may be approved by the principal for credit toward graduation, so long as they:

(a)      are not offered at Sigourney High School,

(b)      are in addition to the core (departmental) requirements at Sigourney, or an obvious substitute for one,

(c)      are clearly an advanced course of study,

(d)      are offered by an accredited college, community college, or other institution of higher learning.

 

In instances where a student finds himself/herself behind on credits, due to class failure(s), (Case #2) the student may transfer credit from another institution toward his/her graduation from Sigourney if:

(a)    The student submits the name and description of the transfer course for advanced approval to the high school principal.

(b)    The student takes class(es) from an accredited and recognized institution.

(c)    The maximum is not exceeded.  Normally 2 credits maximum may be transferred in cases such as this (due to student failures).

(d)    Sigourney core requirements remain intact;  only one core (departmental) required class may be taken on a transfer basis.

(e)    Courses are viable high school level courses meeting the standards of Sigourney as deemed by the high school principal.  (For this reason perusal of the course of study for transfer classes unfamiliar to the Sigourney staff may be required before acceptance of the course).

(f)     The transfer course does not duplicate or replicate a course for which the student has already received credit.

(g)    The transfer course cannot be a backwards progression in the learning sequence.  In other words, a fundamental or basic course may not be transferred in for credit if a more advanced course has already been successfully completed.

 

In either instance (Case #1 or #2), the following is true:

(a)    Students with simultaneous enrollment in two institutions (Sigourney High School and another) may, with the permission of the high school principal, allow the student to carry a minimum of 48 mods of classes at Sigourney (instead of the 56 minimum class load).

(b)    Transfer class grades will be averaged into the students final grade point average.

(c)    There will be a list of recognized correspondence, alternative and college and vocational technical level programs which normally have admissible transfer courses in the high school guidance office.

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

505.3 EARLY GRADUATION

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve.  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in board policy.

 

Students committed to an early graduation must submit to the high school principal a letter of intent to graduate no later than the end of trimester 1 of their senior year.  In addition, the eligible student must pass all required courses and obtain a minimum of the total credits required for graduation.  If minimum graduation credits for a particular year cannot be met, the high school principal may waive said elective credits in order to satisfy the early graduation request.

 

A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a student and will become an alumnus of the school district.  However, the student who graduates early may participate in commencement exercises.

 

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

505.4 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 school district.  It is the responsibility of the principal to solicit input from each graduating class regarding the proceedings for their commencement.

 

Failure of a student to participate in commencement will not be a reason for withholding the student's final progress report or diploma certifying the student's completion of high school.

 

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

505.5 STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

The school 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 their entire high school education or have not attended an accredited public or private school for their Freshman through Senior years will not be eligible for honors and awards.

 

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008    

Revised  July 15, 2015

505.6 STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

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

 

Parent-teacher conferences will be held at the elementary, junior high, and high school to keep the parents informed.  The conferences at the high school are not individually scheduled.

 

Parents, teachers, or principals may request a conference for students in grades kindergarten through twelve in addition to the scheduled conference time.  Parents and students are encouraged to discuss the student's progress or other matters with the student's teacher.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

505.7 STUDENT PROMOTION - RETENTION - ACCELERATION

Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based on the student's achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.

 

The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgment of the licensed employee and the principal.  When it becomes evident a student in grades kindergarten through eight may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed.  It is within the 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 be promoted each year.  When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for the year, the student and parents will be informed.  It is 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 school district may be allowed when they do not conflict with the school district's graduation requirements.

 

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised July 15, 2015     

506 STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

506.1 STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

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

 

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

506.2 STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATES

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities or enrolling in kindergarten or first grade in the school district will have a physical examination by a licensed physician and provide proof of such an examination to the school district.  A physical examination and proof of such an examination may be required by the administration for students in other grades enrolling for the first time in the school district. Students involved in athletic activities will have a concussion screening completed by a health care provider and provide proof of such screening to the school district. A concussion screening is required by the administration for students in grades 7-12 prior to the start of the activity.

 

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 result in denial for admittance or suspension.

 

Students enrolling in kindergarten or any grade in elementary school in the school 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 school district, and will provide proof of such a screening to the school district.  Students enrolling in any grade in high school in the school 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 school district and four (4) months following the student’s enrollment in the school district, and will provide proof of such a screening to the school district.

 

Parents or guardians of students enrolling in kindergarten in the school 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 school district is that every child receives an eye examination by age seven, as needed.

 

Students enrolling for the first time in the school district shall also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, and other immunizations required by law. The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for expulsion. Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, students entering the school district for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission. The school 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.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed: February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015  

506.3 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - STUDENTS

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  The term "communicable disease" 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 school 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 immunodepressed students is determined by their personal physician.  The health risk to others in the school district environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease is determined on a case-by-case basis by the student's personal physician, a physician chosen by the school 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.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop administrative regulations stating the procedures for dealing with students with a communicable disease.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

506.3E1 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CHART

CONCISE DESCRIPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATION FOR EXCLUSION

OF CASES FROM SCHOOL

Disease

*Immunization is

Available

Usual Interval Between Exposure and First Symptoms

Of Disease

MAIN SYMPTOMS

Minimum Exclusion From School

CHICKENPOX

13 – 17 DAYS

Mild symptoms and fever. Pocks are “blistery.” Develop Scabs, most on covered parts of body.

7 days from onset of pocks or until pocks become dry

CONJUNCTIVITIS

(PINK EYE)

 

24 – 72 HOURS

Tearing, redness and puffy lids, eye discharge.

Until treatment begins or physician approves readmission.

ERYTHEMIA

INFECTIOSUM

(5TH DISEASE)

 

4 – 20 DAYS

Usual age 5 to 14-unusual in adults. Brief prodrome of low-grade fever followed by Erythemia (slapped check) appearance on cheeks, lace-like rash on extremities lasting a few days to 3 weeks.  Rash seems to recur.

After diagnosis no exclusion from school.

GERMAN MEASLES

(RUBELLA)*

14-23 DAYS

Usually mild.  Enlarged glands in neck and behind ears.  Brief red rash.

7 days from onset of rash.  Keep away from pregnant women.

HAEMOPHILUS

MENINGITIS

2-4 DAYS

Fever, vomiting, lethargy, stiff neck and back.

Until physician permits return.

HEPATITIS A

 

VARIABLE

15-50

(average 28-30days)

Abdominal pain, nausea, usually fever.  Skin and eyes may or may not turn yellow.

14 days from onset of clinical disease and at least 7 days from onset of jaundice.

IMPETIGO

1-3 DAYS

Inflamed sores, with puss.

48 hours after antibiotic therapy started or until physician permits return.

MEASLES*

10 DAYS TO FEVER

14 DAYS TO RASH

Begins with fever, conjunctivitis, runny nose, cough, then blotchy red rash.

4 days form onset of rash.

MENNINGOCOCCAL

MENINGITIS

2-10 DAYS

Headache, nausea, stiff neck, fever.

Until physician permits return.

MUMPS*

12-25 DAYS

Fever, swelling and tenderness of glands at angle of jaw.

9 days after onset of swollen glands or until swelling disappears.

PEDICULOSIS

(HEAD/BODY LICE)

7 DAYS FOR EGGS TO HATCH

Lice and nits (eggs) in hair.

24 hours after adequate treatment to kill lice and nits.

RINGWORM OF SCALP

10-14 DAYS

Scaly patch, usually ring shaped, on scalp.

No exclusion from school. Exclude from gymnasium, swimming pools, contact sports.

SCABIES

2-6 WEEKS INITIAL EXPOSURE; 1-4 DAYS REEXPOSURE

Tinny burrows in skin caused by mites.

Until 24 hours after treatment.

SCARLET FEVER

SCARLATINA

STREP THROAT

1-3 DAYS

Sudden onset, vomiting, sore throat, fever, later fine rash (not on face).  Rash usually with first infection.

24 hours after antibiotics started and no fever

WHOOPING COUGH*

(PERTUSSIS)

7-10 DAYS

Head Cold, slight fever, cough, characteristic whoop after 2 weeks

5 days after start of antibiotic treatment

 

Readmission to School-It is advisable that school authorities require written permission from the health officer, school physician or attending physician before any pupil is readmitted to class following any disease which requires exclusion, no mere absence, from school.

506.3E2 REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

While the school district is not responsible for reporting, the following infectious diseases are required to be reported to the state and local public health offices:

Acquired Immune
  Deficiency Syndrome
  (AIDS)
Leprosy Rubella (German
  measles)
Leptospirosis
Lyme disease Rubeola (measles)
Amebiasis Malaria Salmonellosis
Anthrax Meningitis
  (bacterial or viral)
Shigellosis
Botulism Tetanus
Brucellosis Mumps Toxic Shock Syndrome
Campylobacteriosis Parvovirus B 19
  infection (fifth
  disease and other
  complications)
Trichinosis
Chlamydia trachomatis Tuberculosis
Cholera Tularemia
Diphtheria Typhoid fever
E. Coli 0157:h7 Pertussis
  (whooping cough)
Typhus fever
Encephalitis Venereal disease
  Chancroid
  Gonorrhea
  Granuloma Inguinale
Giardiasis Plague
Hepatitis, viral
  (A,B, Non A-
  Non-B, Unspecified)
Poliomyelitis
Psittacosis
Rabies   Lymphogranuloma
    Venereum
  Syphilis
Histoplasmosis Reye's Syndrome
Human Immunodeficiency
  Virus (HIV) infection
  other than AIDS
Rheumatic fever
Rocky Mountain
  spotted fever
Yellow fever
 
Influenza Rubella (congenital
  syndrome)
 
Legionellosis  

Any other disease which is unusual in incidence, occurs in unusual numbers of circumstances, or appears to be of public health concern, e.g., epidemic diarrhea, food or waterborne outbreaks, acute respiratory illness.

506.3E3 REPORTING FORM

REPORT THE FOLLOWING DISEASES IMMEDIATELY BY TELEPHONE (1-800-362-2736

 

Botulism

Poliomyelitis

Yellow Fever

Cholera

Rabies (Human)

Disease outbreaks of

Diphtheria

Rubella

any public health concern

Plague

Rubeola (measles)

 

 

REPORT ALL OTHER DISEASES BELOW.                                          Week Ending________

 

DISEASE

PATIENT

COUNTY OR CITY

DOB

SEX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name                 Parent(If Applicable)

 

 

 

Address

 

 

 

Attending Physician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name                 Parent(If Applicable)

 

 

 

Address

 

 

 

Attending Physician

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reporting Physician, Hospital, or Other Authorized Person

 

Address

 

Remarks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR SCHOOLS ONLY:  REPORT OVER 10% ABSENT ONLY.  TOTAL ENROLLMENT:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

No. Absent

 

 

 

 

 

% of Enrollment

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT NUMBER OF CASES ONLY

 

___CHICKEN POX                                                              ____GASTROENTERITIS

 

 

___ERYTHMA INFECTIOSUM (5TH DISEASE)                       ____INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS(URI)

 

 

506.4 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 at school. 

 

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. 

 

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 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 school 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.

 

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

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 protocol 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.

 

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

 

506.4R1 ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS REGULATION

No over-the-counter medication shall be administered at school, unless the school has the parent/guardian's written permission. 

 

Prescription medication will be dispersed to students during a school day only if the following requirements are met:

 

1.     Medication must be in the original container, from the pharmacy with the directions clearly stated.  This serves two purposes: signifies permission from the doctor and includes directions from the pharmacist.  Pharmacists will supply another labeled container for school upon request when the prescription is filled.  NO BAGGIES OR ENVELOPES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT SCHOOL.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the medication is current and that all information regarding the medication is current.

 

2.     Parents/guardians must give written authorization for the administration of the medication.  It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the information provided to the district, including, but not limited to the written authorization, is current.

 

Students are to bring all medications to the school office immediately upon their arrival at school.  Students are not to carry over-the-counter medications with them during the school day unless approved by the school nurse.  Students are not to carry prescription medication with them during the school day unless ordered by the physician and cleared by the school nurse.

 

Medication on school premises shall be kept in a locked container in a limited access storage space.  Only appropriate personnel shall have access to the locked container.  Each school or facility shall designate in writing the specific locked and limited access space within each building to store pupil medication.  More specifically, the following requirements shall be followed:

 

1.     In each building in which a full-time registered nurse is assigned, access to medication locked in a designated space shall be under the authority of the nurse.

 

2.     In each building in which a less than full-time registered nurse is assigned, access to the medication shall be under the authority of the principal.

 

Iowa law requires school districts to allow students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases to carry and self-administer their medication as long as the parents and prescribing physician report and approve in writing.  Students do not have to prove competency to the school district.

 

Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.

 

A written medication administration record shall be on file, including:

•      date;

•      student's name;

•      prescriber or person authorizing administration;

•      medication;

•      medication dosage;

•      administration time;

•      administration method;

•      signature and title of the person administering medication; and

•      any unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions.

 

Medication information shall be confidential information and shall be available to school personnel with parental authorization.

 

The superintendent/designee shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and non-prescription, to students.  Students and parents/guardians shall be provided with the requirements for medication procedures by the school annually.

 

Approved  July 15, 2015

506.4E1 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

The undersigned(s) are the parent(s), guardian(s), or person(s) in charge of ____________________________________ (student’s full legal name), who is in the ______ grade at the _________________________ building in the Sigourney Community School District.

 

It is necessary that the above student receive the following medication(s), at the following frequencies, for the following time period (Attach additional sheets if necessary):

 

(a) _________________________________________________________________________

        (Medication)

        _________________________________________________________________________

        (Frequency (i.e., once at noon, etc.))

       

        Beginning on ______________________ and continuing through _________________.

        (Duration)

 

 I hereby request the Sigourney Community School District, or its authorized representative, to administer the above-named medication to my child named above and agree to:

1.       Submit this request to the principal or school nurse;

2.       Personally ensure that the medication is received by the principal or school nurse administering it in the container in which it was dispensed by the prescribing physician or licensed pharmacist or is in the manufacturer's container;

3.       Personally ensure that the container in which the medication is dispensed is marked with the medication name, dosage, interval dosage, and date after which no administration should be given. OR

 I hereby authorize my child to self-administer his/her medication as he/she has shown the competency to do so.  I hereby agree to:

1.       Submit this request to the principal or school nurse;

2.       Personally ensure that

a.       the medication is received by the principal or school nurse administering it in the container in which it was dispensed by the prescribing physician or licensed pharmacist or is in the manufacturer's container, or

b.       the medication will be kept in the student's possession but only with prior written permission from the parent and principal.

3.       Personally ensure that the container in which the medication is dispensed is marked with the medication name, dosage, interval dosage, and date after which no administration should be given.

 

___________________________________                   _________________

(Signature of Parent/Guardian)                            (Date)

___________________________________                   _________________

(Printed Name of Parent/Guardian)                      (Phone Number)

506.4E2 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF ASTHMA MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

I authorize my child, _________________________, to self-administer his/her own asthma inhaler or airway medication at school. I understand that the Sigourney Lake Community School District and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of any injury arising from my child's self-administration of medication. The school district, and its employees, acting reasonably and in good faith, shall incur no liability for any improper use of medication, or for supervising, monitoring, or interfering with a student's self-administration of medication.

 

________________________________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                                                              Date

 

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The Following to Be Completed by the Student’s Physician:

 

I have prescribed the following medication (asthma inhaler/airway medication)

________________________________for this student____________________________

Name of Medication                                                                           Students Name

 

In this dosage:_________________________________________________________.

 

Dosage and Instructions (Frequency of Use)

 

For the purpose of:______________________________________________________.

 

 

________________________________________________           ________________.

Doctor's Signature                                                                                          Date

 

506.4E3 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF EPINEPHRINE VIA EPI-PEN

I authorize my child, _________________________, to carry an epi-pen auto-injector and to self-administer his/her own epinephrine at school in the event of an emergency following my child’s:

 

• Demonstration of his/her knowledge and understanding of anaphylaxis and correct usage of the epi-pen to the school nurse;

• Agreement never to share the epi-pen with another student; and

• Agreement to obtain or send for assistance from the school nurse or another adult immediately in the event of an allergic reaction and/or use of the epi-pen.

 

________________________________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature                                                                              Date

 

 

The Following to Be Completed by the Student’s Physician:

 

I have prescribed an epi-pen auto-injector in the following dosage _____________________ to _______________________for his/her allergy/allergies to the following (list all applicable allergies):_______________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

I have further instructed him/her with respect to:

 

• The events surrounding the need for epinephrine;

• The consequences of incorrectly administering epinephrine;

• The signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction; and

• The correct usage of an epi-pen.

 

 

 

________________________________________________           ________________.

Doctor's Signature                                                          Date

506.5 STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the school district will attempt to notify the student's parents as soon as possible.

 

The school district, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have employees present administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the parents or qualified medical employees as quickly as possible.

 

It 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.

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed  February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

506.5E1 ACCIDENT REPORT OF STUDENT INJURY AT SCHOOL

Parent's Phone #:_________________________

 

Alternate Parent's Phone #:_________________________

 

Name of Student:______________________________________        Grade_______________

 

Address:______________________________________________________________________

 

Date of Incident:________________                        Location of Incident:______________________________

 

Please write a brief description of what occurred:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please list any eye witnesses to the incident (attach their statements, if any, to this report):

 

 

 

Please indicate what procedure was taken to resolve the incident:

 

 

 

 

 

 

____________________________                               _____________________________

           Date                                                                                  Signature

 

                                                                            _____________________________

                                                                                                   Title

 

Accident reports will be completed and returned to the office of the respective principal within 24 hours of the incident by employee witnessing any event involving injury to a student.  The superintendent will receive a copy of the report of any incident involving need for doctor's care or hospitalization.  Reports will be kept in the office for the year and then filed in the student's cumulative folder.

 

506.6 STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

The board recognizes that some special education students need special health services during the school day.  These students will receive special health services in conjunction with their individualized education program.

 

The superintendent, in conjunction with licensed health personnel, will establish administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

506.6R1 SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES REGULATION

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 at school.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                 ·         Interpretation or intervention,

                 ·         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 school.  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 shall include the following:

 

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

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

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

        ·         Review of the designated person's competency.

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

 

E.    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 is stored in a secure area.  The personnel responsible for the equipment are 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.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998 

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

506.7 STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN

Code No. 506.7

STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN

The Sigourney Community School District 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 school district provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors.   The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to positively influence a student’s understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity.

 

Wellness Goals

The district has the following goals that will encourage wellness in students and staff:

  1. Encouraging physical activity, as outlined in the Student Wellness Plan Physical Activity policy.
  2. Providing nutrition education and promotion, as outlined in the Student Wellness Plan – Nutritional Guidelines policy.
  3. Establishing other school-based activities that are designed to promote student and staff wellness, as outlined in the Student Wellness Plan – Other Activities to Promote Wellness policy.

Plan for Measuring Implementation of the Wellness Plan and Nutrition Guidelines

A.    Wellness Policy Committee.

1.     The district will establish a local wellness policy committee that  will be comprised of the following: representatives of the board; representatives of the district, including administrators; representatives of the public; parents; students; representatives of the school food authority; and nutrition/wellness experts, including teachers of physical education and/or school health professionals.

2.     The wellness policy committee will implement, monitor, evaluate/ measure and update the wellness policy.  This committee will report annually to the board and to the general public regarding  annual progress towards Wellness Goals.

3.     The district will designate the Superintendent as primary official the wellness policy committee to ensure that each school within the district and the district as a whole complies with the local wellness policy.

B.    Implementation

1.     The district, through the committee and/or the designated official, will inform and update the public, including parents, students and the general community, about the content and implementation of the district’s wellness policy.

C.    Monitoring.

1.     The superintendent, the principal at each school, and the committee and/or designee will ensure compliance with established district-wide nutritional and physical activity wellness policies.

  1. Additionally, the following actions will occur:
    1. food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance with nutritional policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent or principal;
    2. the school district will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes;
    3. the Food Service Director and/or the superintendent will develop a summary report on school district-wide compliance with the school district’s wellness policy, based on input from schools within the school district; and
    4. the report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to the district.
    5. Each building will have a Wellness Committee chaired by the principal to measure the implementation of the Wellness Policy and make annual recommendations for their specific building to the District Wellness Committee.

D.    Policy Review

1.     To help with the initial development of the district’s wellness policy, each school in the school district has conducted a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutritional and physical activity environments and practices.  The results of those school-by-school assessments will be compiled at the school district level to identify and prioritize needs.

2.     Periodic assessments will be conducted to review implementation and compliance, to assess progress, and to determine areas in need of improvement.  As part of that review, the committee and/or the designated official will do the following:

a.  generally consider whether there exists an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity;

b.  review the nutritional and physical activity policies and practices to determine the extent to which the district and schools within the district are in compliance with the local wellness policy;

c.   consider the extent to which the district’s local wellness policy compares to the model local wellness policy;

d.  assess the progress the district has made in attaining the goals of its local wellness policy;

e.  provide to the board any recommended updates to the district’s wellness policy.

The committee and/or the designated official will make the assessment available to the general public.  The board will revise the wellness policies and develop plans to facilitate their implementation.

Approved  April 12, 2006

Reviewed  April 13, 2016

SIGOURNEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD POLICY 3 of 3

506.7R1 STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN – PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

Code No.506.7R1

STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN – PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical Activity

A.    The district will provide at least thirty (30) minutes of physical activity per day for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  The district will provide at least one-hundred twenty (120) minutes of physical activity per week for students in sixth through twelfth grade.

B.    Physical Education 

       The district will provide physical education that:

  • is for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade;
  • is taught by a certified physical education teacher;
  • includes students with disabilities; students with special health-care needs may be provided with alternative educational settings; and
  • engages students in moderate to vigorous activity during physical education class time.

C.    Daily Recess

       Elementary schools will provide recess for students that:

  • is at least twenty (20) minutes a day;
  • is preferably outdoors;
  • encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity; and
  • discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two (2) or more hours) of inactivity.

2.     When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

D.    Physical Activity and Discipline

Employees should not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) as disciplinary action.  Withholding opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess, physical education) is discouraged.

SIGOURNEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD POLICY 

506.7R2 STUDENT WELLNESS – NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES

Code No.507.6R2

STUDENT WELLNESS – NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES

A.    Meals served by the district to students will:

  1. be appealing and attractive to students;
  2. be served in clean and pleasant settings;
  3. meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by state and federal law;
  4. offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
  5. include low-fat and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA);
  6. encourage serving of whole grain products; and
  7. accommodate alternatives for those students with allergies that meet the above guidelines as closely as possible.

B.    Breakfast

       To ensure that all students have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will notify parents and students of the availability of the district’s breakfast program and encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children.

C.    Beverages

 The district will seek to provide water without added caloric sweeteners; fruit and vegetable juices and fruit-based drinks that contain 100 percent fruit juice and that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners; unflavored may be low-fat or fat-free milk and flavored milk must be skim milk/non fat; and nutritionally equivalent nondairy beverages (as defined by the USDA).

D.    Free and Reduced-Price 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-priced meals.  Toward this end, the district will utilize electronic identification and payment systems and promote the availability of meals to all students.

E.    Sharing of Food

The district prohibits students from sharing foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies, spreading of germs and communicable diseases, and other restrictions on student diets.

F.     Meal Times and Scheduling

       1.      The district will do the following:

  1. provide students with adequate and appropriate time for meals;
  2. schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
  3. provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and
  4. take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

G.    Qualification of Food Service and Staff

Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs.  As part of the district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the district will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals and provide staff development programs and training programs for the Food Service Director, kitchen managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their level of responsibility.

Other Food Available at School

A.    Food Sold Outside the Meal

1.      All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs including those sold through a la carte lines, vending machines and sales foods during the school day, will meet federal and state nutritional standards.

2.      Elementary Schools.  The food service program will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in elementary schools.

3.      Middle School and High School.  The food service program and the school make available to middle and high schools foods and beverages meeting federal and state nutritional standards regarding calorie, sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, total fat, sugar and dietary fiber content of food and the ingredients in beverages.

B.    Snacks

1.      Snacks served during the school day will make a positive contribution to students’ diets and health.  The district will disseminate a list of suggested snack items to teachers and parents.  The district encourages parents and teachers to provide food that is commercially packaged or comes from a commercial bakery.

2.      Each building’s Wellness Committee will be encouraged to evaluate their building celebration practices that involve food during the school day.  The district will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to teachers and parents at registration.

C.    Foods and Beverages at School-Sponsored Events

Foods and beverages made available and/or sold at school-sponsored events that occur outside of the school day are encouraged to meet the nutrition standards for meals and for foods and beverages outlined in this policy.

Food Safety

A.    All foods made available on campus will adhere to food safety and security guidelines.

B.    All foods made available through food service will comply with the state and local food safety and sanitation regulations.  Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food illness in schools.

C.    For the safety and security of the food and facility, access to the food service operations are limited to food service staff and authorized personnel.

Nutrition Promotion and Education

A.    The school district will promote general nutrition and the specific nutritional goals and requirements outlined in this policy by doing any and/or all of the following:

1.       Promote nutrition and/or provide nutrition education at each grade level by including and incorporating general nutritional standards and the provisions of this nutritional policy into the teaching curriculum;

2.       Promote educational learning activities, specifically participatory activities, which focus on nutrition (i.e., preparing nutritious food, attending field trips, planting a garden, etc.);

3.       Develop nutrition extra-curricular and/or curricular programs that relate to the school lunch program and emphasize health choices within the school lunch program;

4.       Emphasize caloric balance between food intake and physical activity;

5.       Provide nutrition training for administrators, teachers and other staff members.

Other Aspects of Wellness Plan – Nutrition Guidelines

A.    Fundraising Activities

1.     Regulated fundraising groups’ activities, which offer the sale of food and/or beverages on school property to students by students and/or student groups/organizations, must use foods and/or beverages that are compliant with the school’s wellness policies.  These groups’ activities will be encourage to promote physical activity.

2.     To support student health and school nutrition-education efforts, non-regulated school fundraising groups’ activities will be encouraged to use foods and/or beverages that are compliant with the school’s wellness policies and promote physical activity.  The school district will make available a list of ideas for fundraising activities.

B.    Rewards

The school district will discourage the use of foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior, and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through meals) as a discipline.

506.7R3 STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN – OTHER ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE WELLNESS

Activities that Promote Student Wellness

 

A.     For students to receive the nationally recommended amount of daily physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond the physical education class.  Toward that end, the school district will:

 

        1.       Integrate physical activity into classroom settings, by doing the following:

 

a.       Offering classroom health education that compliments physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities;

b.       Discouraging sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, etc.;

c.       Providing opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons; and

d.       Encouraging classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

 

2.     Market food in school in a manner consistent with nutritional education and health promotion, by doing the following:

 

a.       Limiting food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutritional standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually;

b.       Prohibiting school-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages;

c.       Promoting healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products; and

d.       Marketing activities that promote healthful behaviors.

 

3.     Communicate with parents regarding providing students with a healthy diet and daily physical activity, by doing the following:

 

a.       Sending home nutrition information and post nutrition tips on a school web site;

b.       Encouraging parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the established nutritional standards for individual foods and beverages;

c.       Providing parents a list of foods that meet the school district’s snack standards, ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities;

d.       Asking parents or guardians to notify the school if their student has any food allergies or special dietary requirements;

e.       Providing information about physical education and other physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day;

f.        Supporting parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school; and

g.       Sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a web site and/or newsletter.

 

B.    The district will also provide instruction concerning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to all students, so that each student has completed instruction in CPR prior to their high school graduation.  The district may offer this instruction as it deems appropriate, including offering it through its physical education program.

 

Activities that Promote Staff Wellness

 

A.     The district values the health and well-being of every staff member.  Staff members are encouraged to plan and implement activities that support efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

506.8 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 fire fighting equipment;
  • specification of evacuation routes and procedures;
  • posting of plans and procedures at suitable locations throughout the facility;
  • evacuation drills which include the actual evacuation of individuals to safe areas;
  • an evaluation for each evacuation drill.

 

Employees will participate in emergency drills.  Licensed employees are responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                    

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015   

507 MISCELLANEOUS STUDENT-RELATED MATTERS

507.1 STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

The board will permit student "portrait" photographs to be taken on school premises by a commercial photographer as a service to the students and their families.

 

Parents will be notified prior to the taking of pictures by a commercial photographer for student "portraits."  In no case will students be required to have their picture taken or be pressured to purchase pictures.

 

Students or commercial photographers may take pictures of students upon consent for such things as the yearbook or student newspaper.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding student photographs.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                     

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

507.2 CLASS OR STUDENT GROUP GIFTS

The board welcomes gifts to the school district from a class or student group.  While class gifts to the school district do not require the approval of the superintendent, the board encourages students to consult with the superintendent or other licensed employees prior to selecting a gift for the school district.

 

 

Approved December 14, 1998                                      

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015

 

507.3 PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

It is the policy of Sigourney Community Schools 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.  Sigourney Community Schools 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 Sigourney Community Schools that:

 

  • This jointly developed, written policy is distributed to parents of participating Title I children and is available to all the patrons of our school district.  This policy will be given to parents of participating Title I children at our annual Fall meeting or at Parent-Teachers 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 parent with flexile meeting times shall be held throughout the year as determined by parent interest and suggestions.   These meeting shall include parent-teacher conferences and meeting requested by parents and/or teachers.  Notification of these meetings will be made through U.S. mail, phone calls, written notes via students, and/or through the school 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 our annual meeting each Fall.  Such information may also be printed in the school 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 I 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 our 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 school 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 school-wide program provides opportunities for parents to become partners with the school by promoting the education of their children at home and school.  Parents are given help monitoring their student’s progress.  The school provides assistance to parents on how they can participate in decisions related to their student’s education.  The school 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 school coordinates and integrates parent involvement programs and activities with other programs as appropriate.  All teachers will have the opportunity to attend training session/workshops in reading.  Title I parents will have representation on our district advisory committee (locally called the Futures 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 U.S. Mail or through Title I students.

 

 

Approved February 11, 2008

Reviewed July 15, 2015

507.4 CUSTODY AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

Disagreements between family members are not the responsibility of the school district.  The school district will not take the "side" of one family member over another in a disagreement about custody or parental rights.  Court orders that have been issued are followed by the school district.  It is the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the school district to inform and provide the school district the court order allowing such action.

 

This policy does not prohibit an employee from listening to a student's problems and concerns.

 

 

Approved  December 14, 1998                                   

Reviewed February 11, 2008

Revised  July 15, 2015