500 STUDENTS

500 OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the board's goals and objectives for assisting 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.

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, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity 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 policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

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

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, are directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Wapello Community School District, 445 N. Cedar Street, Wapello, IA 52653; or by telephoning 319-523-3641.

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 Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO. 64114 (816) 268-0550 or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA. (515) 281-5294. 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: August 17, 1995

Reviewed: January 11, 2001; December 8, 2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised: August 16, 2007

501 STUDENT ATTENDANCE

501.1 RESIDENT STUDENTS

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

The residence of the student means the place, a boat, 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 the student will be decided upon its individual merits by the superintendent.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised:

501.2 NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS

Students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school but who are not legal residents of the Wapello Community School District may be admitted into the school district at the discretion of the superintendent upon application and payment of tuition. The tuition rate shall be the current per-pupil cost of the school district as computed by the Board Secretary and 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 11 and 12, must have the recommendation of the principal, as well as an adult who resides in the school district, identified for purposes of administration.

Students in grades 11 or 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. The students must have 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 that they will become legal residents of the school district prior to the third Friday in September may be allowed to attend without the payment of tuition.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised:

501.3 COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Parents within the Wapello Community School District who have children over age 6 and under age 16 by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the children attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the board. Students shall attend school the number of hours school is in session in accordance with the school calendar. Students of compulsory attendance age shall attend school a minimum of 1080 hours. Students not attending the minimum hours must be exempted by this policy as listed below or, for students in grades 7-12, referred to the County Attorney or, for students in grades KE-6, referred to the Attendance Cooperation process. Exceptions to this policy include children who:

have completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or had 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 exemptions listed above.

The principal shall investigate the cause for a student's truancy. If the principal is unable to secure the truant student’s attendance, the principal should discuss the next step with the superintendent. If the student is still truant, the principal shall refer the matter over to the County Attorney for students in grades 7-12. Truant students who have not yet completed sixth-grade will be subject to the Attendance Cooperation Process outlined in the supporting administrative regulation.

The school will participate in mediation if requested by the county attorney. The superintendent shall 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 10/11/2017

501.4 ENTRANCE - ADMISSIONS

Children in the Wapello School District community will be allowed to enroll in the school district's regular education program beginning at age 5. The child must be age 5 on or prior to September 15 to participate in the school district's kindergarten program. The child must be age 6 on or prior to September 15 to begin the first grade of the education program.

The board shall 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 shall be within the discretion of the superintendent 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 shall be reason for suspension, expulsion, or denying admission to the student.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

 Revised:

501.5 ATTENDANCE CENTER ASSIGNMENT

The Wapello Board of Directors shall 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 shall be 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 shall consider the geographical layout of the school district, the condition and location of the school district facilities, the location of the student population, possible transportation difficulties, financial condition of the school district, and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent or the board.

 

Approved: 4/17/1995

Reviewed: 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

 Revised:

501.6 STUDENT TRANSFERS IN

Students who transfer into the Wapello Community School District must meet the immunization and age requirements set out for students who initially enroll in the school district. The school district reserves the right to deny admission to any non-resident student unless the student is complying with open enrollment procedures.

The school district shall request the student's cumulative records from the previous school district. If the student cannot offer proof of grade level, the principal will make the grade level determination. The principal may require testing or other information to determine the grade level.

The principal shall determine the amount of credits to be transferred. If the student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is within the principal’s discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised: 12/08/2005

501.7 STUDENT TRANSFERS OUT OR WITHDRAWALS

If the student’s parents wish to withdraw or transfer the student from school prior to completing or graduating from the education program, they shall 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, etc.

The notice shall state the student’s final day of attendance. If the student is not enrolling in another school district, the school district shall maintain the student's records in the same manner as the records of the 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 parent shall notify the superintendent in writing. This notice shall 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 shall inform the parents of their right to review the record sent.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised:

501.8 STUDENT ATTENDANCE RECORDS

As part of the Wapello Community School District's records, the daily attendance of each student shall be recorded and maintained on file with the permanent records of the Board Secretary.

It shall be the responsibility of the principals to ensure that such reports are filed with the board Secretary, the custodian of school records.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised:

 

501.9 STUDENT ABSENCES - EXCUSED

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

Student absences approved by the principal shall be excused absences. Excused absences shall count as days in attendance for purposes of the truancy law. These absences include, but are not limited to:

  • Illness
  • Family emergencies/obligations
  • Recognized religious observances
  • Appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day
  • School-sponsored or approved activities

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

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

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

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised:

501.10 TRUANCY - UNEXCUSED/EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

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

Truancy is the failure to attend school for the minimum number of hours established in the school calendar by the board. Truancy is the act of being absent without parental and/or school knowledge. Truancy will not be tolerated by the board.

Unexcused absences shall include, but not be limited to, oversleeping, shopping, grooming, recreation, going to another area of the building instead of class, senior pictures, and working for hire.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy including suspension and expulsion. It shall be within the discretion of the principal to determine, in light of the circumstances, whether the student may make up work missed because of the truancy. Students receiving special education services will not be assigned to in-school suspension unless the goals and objectives of the student's Individualized Education Program are capable of being met.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised:  10/11/2017

501.10R1 TRUANCY - UNEXCUSED ABSENCES REGULATION

Daily, punctual attendance is an integral part of the learning experiences and required of all students to receive the maximum benefit of the Wapello School's educational program. The habit of good attendance established early is one which helps a person be successful throughout his or her lifetime. More and more, employers, colleges, and vocational schools expect good attendance and are checking attendance records for absences and tardies. They are aware that good and prompt attendance indicates dependability in a student.

The education that goes on in the classroom builds from day-to-day and as a result, absences always cause some disruption in educational progress of the absent student. Students who are absent may not understand what the teacher is currently presenting, and may also become discouraged with a double burden of keeping current and making up missed work. In order to maintain interest and understanding in the instructional program, students should not expect to be absent any more than is absolutely necessary. Irregular attendance or tardiness by students not only retards their own studies, but also interferes with the progress of those students who are regular and prompt in attendance. Attendance is a shared responsibility that requires cooperation and communication among students, parents, and school.

Students who are absent without a reasonable excuse, as determined by the principal, will be assigned to the following:

1st  INFRACTION: Detention assigned equal to the time student missed and parent notification.

2nd INFRACTION: Saturday detention assigned and parent notification.

3rd  INFRACTION: In-school suspension of 1-3 days and parent notification.

4th  INFRACTION: Suspension of three to five days and parent/guardian are required to meet with school administration. Student, parent/guardian may be required to appear in front of the Wapello School Board.

Reasonable excuses include personal illness, death or illness in the student's family, medical and business appointments which cannot be scheduled outside the school hours, and for other reasons which can be justified from an educational standpoint and for which approval is given by the student's parents or guardians and by the administration.

 

Parents are expected to telephone the school office to report a student's absence prior to the time on the day of the absence. Students with unexcused absences may also be referred to the at-risk coordinator.

When possible, arrangements to make up work prior to the absence should be made. Unless special arrangements have been made with the instructor, all make-up work must be completed in a length of time equal to the absence plus one day.

The administration and guidance staff shall make reasonable efforts to advise and counsel and may impose discipline upon any student having unexcused absences. Such advice, discipline and counseling includes, but is not limited to, oral or written notices to the student and his or her parents, conferences with the student and parents, written contracts, or loss of non-academic privileges such as extracurricular activities, open campus, late arrival, or early dismissal.

 

 

Approved: 5/8/1997

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised:

501.11 STUDENT RELEASED DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Students in grades eleven (11) or twelve (12) may be allowed to leave the Wapello School District facilities when they are not scheduled to be in class. Students who violate school rules may have this privilege suspended.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised: 9/19/1996; 10/11/2017

501.12 PREGNANT STUDENTS

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

 Revised: 9/19/1996

501.13 STUDENTS OF LEGAL AGE

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 Wapello Community School District.

Parents will be allowed to access and view the student's records without written permission from the student if the student is still a dependent for tax purposes. In most cases, with the discretion of the principal or the superintendent, the student will be able to make decisions and sign documents rather than requiring parental permission or signature.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 12/08/2005; 02/14/2008; 1/12/121; 10/11/2017

 Revised: 9/19/1996

501.14 OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS THE SENDING DISTRICT

The Wapello Community 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 shall notify the sending and receiving school districts no later than March 1 in the school year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment. The notice shall be 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 shall file in the same manner set forth above by September 1 of the year the child begins kindergarten. Parents are 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 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 11/13/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised: 11/13/2003; 12/08/2005

 

501.15 OPEN ENROLLMENT TRANSFERS - PROCEDURES AS A RECEIVING DISTRICT

The Wapello Community 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 shall have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.

The superintendent shall take action on the open enrollment request no later than June 1 in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment. The superintendent shall notify the sending school district and parents within five days of the school district's action to approve or deny the open enrollment request. The superintendent shall notify the parents within 15 days of the board's or superintendent's action to approve or deny the open enrollment request. The superintendent shall 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. 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 nine through twelve open enrolling into the school district will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, at the varsity level, during the first 90 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. The board will not approve transportation into the sending school district.

 

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 shall remain in the sending district until a final determination is made.

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

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 11/13/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 10/11/2017

Revised: 11/13/2003; 12/08/2005

501.16 HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The Wapello Community School DIstrict believes all students should have access to a free, appropriate public education.  The district will ensure that homeless children and yutoh have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth.

The term "homeless children and youth: means individualswh o lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residents.  The term includes:

  • Children and youth who are:
    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reasons (sometimes referred to as "doubled up:);
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or compaing grounds due to lack of alternate adequate accommodations;
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
    • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private placen ot designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandardhousing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

To help ensure that homeless children and youth have a full opportunity to enroll, attend, and succeed at school, the board shall:

  • Designate the elementary principal as the local homeless children and youth liaison;
  • Provide training opportunities for staff so staff may help identify and meet the needs of homeless children and youth;
  • Remove barriers, including those associated with fees, fines,a nd absences, to the identification, enrollment, retention, attendance and/or success in school for homeless children and youth;
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with other service providers;
  • Ensure transportation is provided in accordance with legal requirements;
  • Provide school stability in school assignment according to the child's best interests;
  • Ensure the privacy of student records, as provided by applicable law, including information about a homeless child or youths' living situation.
  • Engage in the dispute resolution process for decisions relating to the educational placement of homeless children and youth as provided by applicable law; and
  • Prohibit the segregation of a homeless child or youth from other students enrolled in the district.

The superintendent may develop an administrative process or procedures to implement this policy.

 

Approved:  8/17/1995

Reviewed:  1/9/2003;2/14/2008; 1/12/2012

Revised:  1/9/2003; 12/8/2005; 10/11/2017

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 1/9/2003; 12/08/2005; 10/11/2017

502 STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

502.1 STUDENT APPEARANCE

The Wapello Board of Directors 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, or occasion. Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for the use by minors (i.e. alcohol, tobacco, drugs) and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed. While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and 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.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

 Revised: 9/19/1996; 9/21/2006

502.2 CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY/VANDALISM

Students shall treat Wapello Community School District property with care and respect. Students found to have destroyed or otherwise harmed school district property may be required to reimburse the school district. They may be subject to discipline under board policy and the school district’s rules and regulations. They may also be referred to local law enforcement authorities.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding this policy.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

Revised: 9/19/1996

502.3 STUDENT EXPRESSION

It is the goal of the district to protect the educational environment for all students to help ensure it is free from substantial disruption or infringement upon their rights.  Student expression should be appropriate to ensure  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.

While students will generally be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions, in certain qualifying circumstances, student speech may require administrative regulation to help ensure the safety and welfare of the school community.  The district may regulate speech that:  causes or is reasonably anticipated to cause a material and substantial disruption to the education environment; infringes upon the rights of others; is obscene or lewd; is school sponsored; and/or promotes illegal activity.  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.  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.

The superintendent may develop procedures for safely addressing qualifying types of mass protests by students, including walk-ins and walk-outs.  Walk-ins occur when students leave their learning environments during school hours and gather in a group or groups with the purpose of promoting a belief or beliefs.  Walk-outs occur when students leave their learning environments during school hours and gather in a group or groups off district property with the purpose of promoting a belief or beliefs.

The superintendent is encouraged to obtain feedback from community stakeholders in the development of these procedures.  The goal of the procedures shall be to address student safety,  maintain the educational environment, and promote communication during demonstrations while remaining viewpoint neutral.

Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  Employees are responsible for ensuring students' expression is in keeping with this policy.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

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

                             Iowa Const. art. I (sec 7)

                             Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

                             Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988)

                             Bethel School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S.675 (1986)

                             New Jersey v. T.L.O, 469 U.S. 325 (1985)

                             Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. Sch. Dist, 393 U.S. 503 (1969)

                              Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F. 2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987)

                              Iowa Code 279.8; 280.22

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

 Revised: 9/19/1996

502.4 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 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/17; 11/8/2017

Revised: 9/19/1996

502.5 STUDENT LOCKERS

Student lockers are the property of the school district. Students shall use the lockers assigned to them by the school district for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school. It shall be the responsibility of each student to keep their assigned lockers clean and undamaged.

To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned locker, 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 their lockers. Student lockers may also be searched, at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with board policy regulating search and seizure.

 

Approved: 2/12/1998

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

Revised:

502.6 WEAPONS

The Wapello Board of Directors believes weapons and other dangerous objects and look-­a-likes in school 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 school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.

School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, or dangerous objects, and look-a-likes. Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district.

Parents of students found to possess weapons or dangerous objects or look-a-likes on school property shall be notified of the incident. Possession or confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to the law enforcement officials, and students will 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. Students bringing to school or possessing dangerous weapons, including firearms, will be referred to law enforcement authorities. The superintendent shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student 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, or otherwise defined by applicable law.

Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials shall be exempt from this policy. The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects, or look-a-likes for educational purposes. Such display shall also be exempt from this policy. It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 1/9/2003; 9/21/2006; 11/8/2017

502.7 SMOKING - DRINKING - DRUGS

The Wapello Board of Directors prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, other controlled substances, or look-a-like substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol, or controlled substances by students while on the school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; 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.

The board believes such legal, 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.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. Use, purchase, or being in possession of cigarettes, tobacco, or tobacco products for those under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities. Possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to local law enforcement authorities.

Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school board. If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.

The board believes the substance abuse prevention program shall include:

  • Age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve, which address the legal, social, and health consequences of tobacco, drug, and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use tobacco, drugs, or alcohol;
  • A statement to students that the unlawful possession and/or use of illicit drugs/controlled substances and alcohol is wrong and harmful;
  • Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of or distribution of illicit drugs/controlled substance and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of any of its activities;
  • A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral to law enforcement for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the policy and a description of those sanctions;
  • A statement that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program;
  •  Information about drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students;
  • A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and
  • Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2011; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

 Revised: 9/21 /2006

502.8 SEARCH AND SEIZURE

Wapello Community School District property is held in public trust by the board. School district authorities may, without a search warrant, search a student 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 shall be 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 shall not create a protected student area and shall 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 material discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons, and stolen property. Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on the school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while in school owned and/or operated transportation; 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. The board believes that such 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.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 11/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

Revised: 2/12/1998; 9/21/2006

502.8E1 SEARCH AND SEIZURE CHECKLIST

SEARCH AND SEIZURE CHECKLIST

1. What factors caused you to have a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the search of the student or the student's effects, locker, or automobile would turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law, school rules, regulations, or policy 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.       Was the student told the purpose of search:

H.       Was the consent of the student requested:

 

I.          Was the student informed of the search either prior to or as soon as was reasonably practicable after the search was conducted?_______________________________________________________

 

 

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

A.    What were you searching for: _______________________________

B.       Where did you search: ____________________________________

C.       Gender of the student: M F

D.       Age of the student:_______________________________________

E.        Emergency nature of the situation:__________________________

F.        What type of search was being conducted:_____________________

G.       Who conducted the search: ________________________________

Position:  ______________________________________ Gender: M F

H.       Witness(es): ______________________________________

3. 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: Yes No List any materials turned over to law enforcement officials:

 

F. Were parents notified of the search including the reason for it and the scope: Yes No Date and Time:     

Name of Person Completing This Form:

Date and Time:

502.8R1 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 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 students; or,

4.      The student's past history and school record although this factor alone is not sufficient to provide the basis for a 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 if the school official has reasonable suspicion to believe the student is in possession of illegal or contraband items or has violated board policies, school 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: And if a pat-down 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, book bags, 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 & Desk Inspections

1.    Inspections: Although school lockers and desks or 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 ensuring lockers and desks 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 lockers is permissible to check for cleanliness and vandalism. Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of lockers or desks may be conducted by school officials in the presence of the student or another individual. Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

2.    Searches: 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 locker contains illegal or contraband items or evidence of a violation of law or school policy or rule. 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: 2/12/1998

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 

 Revised:

502.9 INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS BY OUTSIDE AGENCIES

Generally, students may not be interviewed during the school day by persons other than parents and school district officials and employees.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 11/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 11/8/2017

Revised: 9/21 /2006

502.10 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 or at either their attendance center or a shared district's attendance center for the purpose of attending extracurricular activities. 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 who wish to drive to and park at their school attendance center shall comply with 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.

   

 

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 321 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:  502 Student Rights and Responsibilities

   

 

Approved:

Reviewed:

Revised:

503 STUDENT DISCIPLINE

503.1 STUDENT CONDUCT

The Wapello Board of Directors believes inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises. Appropriate classroom behavior allows teachers to interact more effectively with students.

Students shall conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity 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 buses; 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. 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 disruptive; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of the disciplined atmosphere. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.

A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned or school operated chartered buses; 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 shall 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 a firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner a dangerous weapon towards another.

The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above voluntarily participates in a sport, social, or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.

 

Removal from the class means a student is sent to the building principal's office. It is within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.

Detention means the student's presence is required during non-school hours for disciplinary purposes. The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day, after school has been dismissed for the day, or on a non-school day. Whether a student will serve detention, and the length of the detention, is within the discretion of the licensed employee disciplining the student or the building principal.

Suspension means either in-school suspension, and out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities, or loss of eligibility. In-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision. An in-school suspension will not exceed 10 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 10 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 conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded. The conditional suspension shall mean the student must meet the conditions and terms of the suspension of the penalty. Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms shall 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.

Following the suspension of the special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement will take place. The Individual Education Program (IEP) will 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 or out of school, equal 10 days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team will meet to determine whether the IEP is appropriate.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 12/13/2017

 Revised: 1/9/2003

503.1R1 STUDENT SUSPENSION

Administration Action

A. Probation

1.      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.

2.      The principal will conduct an 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 and reasons for the probation will be sent to the parents.

B. In-School Suspension

1.              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 principal for infractions of school rules which are serious but which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.

2.              The principal shall conduct an investigation of the allegations against the student prior to 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 will not be imposed for more than 10 school days. Written notice and reasons for the in-school suspension will be sent to the student's parents.

C. Out-of-School Suspension

 

1. 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.

2. A student may be suspended out of school for 10 days by a principal for a commission of gross or repeated infractions of school rules, regulations, policy, or the law, or when the presence of the student will cause interference with the maintenance of the educational environment or the operation of the school. The principal may suspend students after conducting an investigation of the charges against the student, giving the student:

a.  Oral or written notice of the allegations against the student and

b. The opportunity to respond to those charges.

3. Notice of the out-of-school suspension will be mailed no later than the end of the school day following the suspension to the student's parents and the superintendent. A reasonable effort shall be made to personally notify the student's parents and such effort shall be documented by the person making or attempting to make contact. Written notice to the parents shall include the circumstances which led to the suspension and a copy of the board policy and rules pertaining to the suspension.

D. Suspensions and Special Education Students

1.      Students who have been identified as special education students may be referred for a review of the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). The IEP may be revised to include a continuum of intervention strategies and programming to change the behavior.

2.      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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008;

1/12/12

 Revised:

503.2 EXPLUSION

Only the Wapello Board of Directors may remove a student from the school environment. The removal of a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to classes and activities, is an expulsion from school.

Students may be expelled for violations of board policy, school rules, or the law. It shall be 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 circumstances surrounding the offense.

It shall be 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 shall keep records of expulsions in addition to the board's records.

When a student is recommended for expulsion by the board, the student shall be provided with:

  1. Notice of the reasons for the proposed expulsion;
  2. The names of the witnesses and an oral or written report on the facts to which each witness testifies unless the witnesses are students whose names may be released at the discretion of the superintendent;
  3. An opportunity to present a defense against the charges and provide either oral testimony or written affidavits of witnesses on the student's behalf;
  4. The right to be represented by counsel; and,
  5. The results and finding of the board in writing open to the student's inspection.

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 guilty of 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.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 12/13/2017

Revised:

503.3 FINES - FEES - CHARGES

The Wapello Board of Directors believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for its 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 shall inform the board of the dollar amount 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. It shall be the responsibility the

superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Approved: 12/12/1996

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 12/13/2017

 Revised:

503.3E1 WAPELLO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STANDARD FEE WAIVER APPLICATION

WAPELLO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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: ____
School:

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

Please check type of waiver desired:

Full Waiver ____                                  Partial Waiver ____                            Temporary Waiver _____

Please check 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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Transportation assistant 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

 

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

503.3R1 STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES

The Wapello Board of Directors 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 may grant either full waivers or partial 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 mandatory fees charged by the school district if the student or student' parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition Program, Family Investment Program, Supplemental Security Income Guidelines, or were eligible for transportation assistance under open enrollment. Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.

2.      Partial Waivers - the student will be granted a partial waiver of mandatory fees charged by the school district if the student or the student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced priced meals offered under the Child Nutrition Programs. The reduction percentage will be 50%.

B. Application - Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver shall 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:

a.    Superintendent

b.    School Board

c.    The Department Of Education

 

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 the registration materials and printed in the district handbooks, newspaper, and newsletter:

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their mandatory fees waived or partially waived.

Parents or students who believe they may qualify for this waiver should contact the building Secretary for waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.

 

Approved: 12/12/1996

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 12/10/1998

 

503.4 GOOD CONDUCT RULE

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

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the 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 and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral, or unhealthy.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures. The principal shall keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

It shall be 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 12/13/2017

Revised:

503.5 CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Corporal punishment is defined as the intentional physical punishment of a student and is prohibited. It includes the use of unreasonable or unnecessary physical force or physical contact made with the intent to harm or cause pain. No employee is prohibited from:

Using reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain, in order to accomplish any of the following:

  • To quell the disturbance that threatens physical harm to any person.
  • To obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a pupil's control.
  • For the purposes of self-defense or defense of others as provided for in Iowa Code section 703.3.
  • For protection of property as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.4 or 704.5.
  • To remove a disruptive pupil from class or any area of school premises or from school-sponsored activities off school premises.
  • To protect a student from the self-infliction of harm.
  • To protect the safety of others.
  • Using incidental, minor, or reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control.

Reasonable physical force should be commensurate with the circumstances of the situation. The following factors should be considered in using reasonable physical force for the reasons stated in this policy:

  1. The size and physical, mental, and psychological condition of the student;
  2. The nature of the student's behavior or misconduct provoking the use of physical force;
  3. The instrumentality used in applying the physical force;
  4. The extent and nature of resulting injury to the student, if any;
  5. The motivation of the school employee using physical force.

Upon request, the student's parents shall be given an explanation of the reasons for physical force.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 12/13/2017

Revised:

504 STUDENT ACTIVITIES

504.1 STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The Wapello student council provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for student leaders, promotes the common good, give students a share of 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, shall set forth the guidelines for the student government's elections, operations, and other elements of the government.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 1/10/2018

Revised:

504.2 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Secondary school student initiated, non-curriculum related groups, and student curriculum related groups, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use school facilities for group meetings during non-instructional time.

Non-instructional time shall 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 shall not interfere with the orderly conduct of the education program or other school district operations. It shall be 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 shall have priority over the activities of another organization.

Curriculum-Related Organizations

It shall 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 school curriculum-related student organizations may use the school district facilities for meetings or other purposes before and after the instructional school day. Employees shall be assigned to monitor approved meetings and may interact with curriculum-related organizations.

Non-curriculum-Related Organizations

Student-initiated, non-curriculum-related organizations shall be provided access to meeting space and school district facilities.

Only students may attend and participate in meetings of non-curriculum-related groups. Such attendance shall be 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 meetings.

Employees will be assigned to monitor approved meetings. Employees shall not participate in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing, or encouraging attendance. Only students may be involved in and attend the non-curriculum group's meetings.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 1/10/2018

Revised:

504.3 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 alter 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 shall 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 shall be guided by the law and 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 shall follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy 214.1. Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced official school publication has been restricted shall follow the grievance procedure outlined in board policy 502.6.

The superintendent shall be responsible for developing a student publications code. This code shall include, but not be limited to, reasonable rules including time, place, and manner of restrictions. The superintendent should also be responsible for distributing this policy and the student publications code to the students and parents.

 

Legal Reference:  Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, U.S. 260 (1988).

                              Bystrom v. Fridley High School, 822 F. 2d 747 (8th Cir. 1987).

                              Iowa Code 280.22 (2013).

 

Cross Reference:  307 Communication Channels

                                502 Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                504 Student Activities

                                903.5 Distribution of Material

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 1/10/2018

Revised:

504.3R1 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 shall 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 act;

2).          violate school rules;

3).          cause the materials and substantial distribution 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 shall be produced under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

C. Responsibilities of students.

1. Students writing or editing official school publication shall assign and edit the news, editorial, and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitations of the school publications code and the law.

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

3. Student shall 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 shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

E. Liability.

Student expression in an official school publication shall 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 alter 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 shall seek review of the decision through the student grievance procedure, under board policy 502.6.

2. Persons who believe they have been aggrieved by a student-related produced official student publication shall file their complaint to the citizen grievance procedure, under board policy 214.1.

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 shall not encourage students to:

a.commit unlawful act;

b.violate school rules;

c.cause of 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/10/2018

Revised: 

 

504.4 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 are the responsibility of the parent and the student.

 

Legal Reference:  Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).; Iowa Code §§ 280.13-.14 (2013).; 281 I.A.C. 12.6.

 

Cross Reference:  502 Student Rights and Responsibilities

                               503.4 Good Conduct Rule

                               504 Student Activities

                               904 Community Activities Involving Students

   

 

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504.5 STUDENT FUND-RAISING

Students may raise funds for school-sponsored events with the permission of the Board of Directors. Fundraising by students for events other than school-sponsored events is not allowed. Collection boxes for school fundraising must have prior approval from the principal before being placed on school property.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 1/10/2018

Revised:

504.6 STUDENT ACTIVITY PROGRAM

Participation in Wapello school activities is a privilege. School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interest and ability in the students during their school years and for their lifetime.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in a school activity unless the activity is not offered or the student cannot participate for disciplinary reasons. If the activity is an intramural or interscholastic athletic activity, students of the opposite sex will have a comparable opportunity for participation. Comparable opportunity does not guarantee boys and girls will be allowed to play on each other's teams when there are athletic activities available that will allow both boys and girls to reap the benefits of school activities, which are the promotion of additional interests and abilities in the students.

Student activity events must be approved by the superintendent unless they involve unusual travel expense, in which case the board will take action. The events must not disrupt the education program or other school district operations.

A high school student who participates in school sponsored athletics may participate in a
non-school sponsored sport during the same season with approval of the athletic director.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for each school activity. These regulations shall include, but not be limited to, when physical examinations will be required, how and when parents will be informed about the risk of the activity, academic requirements, and proof of insurance on the student participating in certain activities. Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 1/10/2018

Revised: 2/16/1999

505 STUDENT SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT

505.01 STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

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

In order to keep the parents informed of the progress of their children, parent-teacher conferences will be held at the elementary and at the Junior/Senior high school.

Parents, teachers, or principals may request a conference for students in grades pre-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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised: 11/11/1999; 2/14/18

505.02 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 district shall adhere to the following:

  • Retention/Promotion in kindergarten-eighth grade:  The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgment of the district's professional staff. When it becomes evident that a student in grades kindergarten through eight may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed prior to making the retention decision. It shall be within the sole discretion of the board to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student
  • Retention/Promotion in ninth-twelfth grade:  Students in grades nine through twelve will be informed of the required coursework necessary to be promoted each year. When it becomes evident the student in these grades will be unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for the year, the student and parents will be informed. It shall be within the sole discretion of the board to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.
  • Acceleration in kindergarten-twelfth grade:  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.
  • Retention or acceleration in kindergarten-twelfth grade may also occur in additional instances as provided by law.

Any student or parent who is not satisfied with the decision of the district's professional staff may seek recourse through policy 502.4 - Student Complaints and Grievances.

 

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code 256.11, 41, 279.8

                             281 I.A.C 12.5 (16).

 

Cross Reference:  501  Student Attendance

                              505  Student Scholastic Achievement

                              603.2  Summer School Instruction

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 2/16/18

 Revised: 8/8/1996

505.03 STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

The Wapello Community 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 will be made aware of honors and awards and the action necessary on the part of the student to achieve them. Students who have not attended an accredited public or private school will not be eligible for honors and awards.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised:2/14/18

505.04 TESTING PROGRAM

A comprehensive testing program is established and maintained to evaluate the education program of the Wapello school district and to assist in providing guidance or counseling services to students and their families.

No student is required, as part of any applicable program, to submit a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

  • political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's family;
  • mental or psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or the student's family;
  • sex behavior and attitudes;
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
  • critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;
  • legally recognized, privileged, and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
  • religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parents; or
  • income other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program.

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

It is the responsibility of the board to review and approve the evaluation and testing program.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 2/14/18

 Revised: 1/9/2003

505.05 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 52 credits prior to graduation. The following credits will be required:

English/Language Arts                         8 credits

Science                                                6 credits

Mathematics                                        6 credits

Social Studies                                      7 credits

Physical Education                               4 credits

Electives                                               17 credits

Health/Fine Arts                                     1 credit

Vocational                                              2 credits

Computer                                              1 credit

Financial Literacy                                  1 credit

 

 

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 2/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised: 1/11/2001; 2/12/2009; 2/14/18

 

505.06 EARLY GRADUATION

Early graduation is defined as graduation prior to the completion of the 16th quarter of high school attendance.

Wapello High School students may graduate at the conclusion of any quarter in which they have:

  1. Met or surpassed minimum graduation requirements as set forth in the Board of Education policy.
  2. Secured written approval of the guidance counselor, a parent, and the building administrator.
  3. The building administrator shall submit the names of early graduates at intervals for Board of Education approval.

Academic honors and class rank shall be determined in the traditional manner from
among all students who meet or surpass graduation requirements in any given year.

 

Approved: 8/14/1997

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 2/14/18

 Revised:

505.07 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 Wapello Community School District. It shall be 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 2/14/18

 Revised:

505.08 PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT DISTRICTWIDE POLICY

Parent and family engagement is an important component in a student's success in school.  The board encourages parents and families to become involved in their child's education to ensure the child's academic success.  In order to facilitate parent and family involvement, it is the goal of the district to conduct outreach and implement programs, activities, and procedures to further involve parents and families with the academic success of their students.  The board will:

  1. Involve parents and families int eh development of the Title I plan, the process for school review of the plan, and the process for improvement by:
    1. Distributing the policy at the annual meeting, parent/teacher conferences, and informational meetings.
    2. Copies will be mailed to parents who did not attend any of the above.
    3. New families to the district will receive the policy in the mail.
  2. Provide the coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist and build the capacity of all participating schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
  3. To the extent feasible, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement strategies under Title I with parent and family engagement strategies outlined in other relevant Federal, State, and local laws and programs.
  4. Conduct with the involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of the school served including identifying:  barriers to greater participation by parents in Title I activities (with particular attention to low-income parents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents, parents of any racial or ethnic minority, parents with disabilities and parents with limited literacy); needs of parents and family to assist their children's learning; and strategies to support successful school and family interactions.
  5. Use the findings of the annual evaluation to design strategies for more effective parent and family involvement and to revise, as necessary, the parent and family involvement policies.
  6. Involve parents and families in Title I activities.

The district shall involve parents in determining how to allocate reserved Title I funds in accordance with applicable laws.

The board will review this policy.  The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents and families of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year.  The superintendent may develop an administrative process or procedures to implement this policy.

 

Legal Reference:  20 Reference. C. 6318

Cross Reference:  903.2  Community Resource Persons and Volunteers

 

 

 

 

Approved: 7/9/1998

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 6/13/18

Revised: 1/9/2003

505.08R1 PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BUILDING-LEVEL REGULATION

To further the interests of student achievement the superintendent will create necessary rules to engage parents and family members within the district in the following ways on a building-level basis:

  • Policy Involvement:  The district will host an annual meeting and invite all parents to attend; and inform parents of their rights and the district's requirements under Title I.  This meeting will also invite parents to become involved in the planning, review, and improvement of a building policy and in developing the district plan.  The district will inform parents of:
    • programs under this policy
    • curriculum and assessment used for students,
    • the opportunity meet with administration to participate in decisions related to their children's education,
    • a description ad explanation of curriculum used in the school forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and
    • achievement levels of the challenging state academic standards.
  • Accessibility:  Provide opportunities for informed participation of parents and family members in understandable formats and languages.  This includes participation by parents and family m embers who may have disabilities, limited English proficiency, and migratory children.  Offer a flexible number of meetings during the day, evening, and weekends to facilitate parents involvement.  The superintendent has discretion to allow schools to provide childcare for families of students during these meetings through Title I funds.
  • High Student Academic Achievement:  Each school in the district will jointly develop with parents and family members a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, staff, and students share responsibility for improving student academic achievement; and how a partnership will be built to achieve this.  The compact will describe the responsibility of the school to provide high quality curriculum and instruction, and the parents' responsibility to support their children's learning.  This will also address the importance of communication between schools and parents through parent teacher conferences, regular reports to parents on their children's progress, and ensuring regular meaningful communication between family and school staff.
  • Building Capacity for Involvement:  Each school within the district will include in their plan ways to achieve the following:
    • Assist parents and families to understand topics including academic standards and assessments and how to monitor student progress;
    • Provide materials and training to help parents work with students to improve achievement;
    • Educate teachers and staff in how to communicate with parents and build ties to foster academic success;
    • Coordinate and integrate other federal, state, and local programs to support parents in more fully participating in students' education;
    • Ensure information related to programs is sent to parents and families in understandable formats; and
    • Provide other reasonable support to encourage parental involvement
  • Schools Operation a Schoolwide Program:  Each school operating a schoolwide program under this policy shall:
    • Involve parents on a timely and ongoing basis in the planning, review and improvement of programs, including the parent and family engagement school policy drafting and review, and the joint development of the schoolwide program.
    • If the schoolwide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of the participating children, parent comments will be requested and submitted with the plan to the district.

505.09 CREDITS, GRADES, AND GRADUATION FOR THE HOME SCHOOLED

Purpose:

To establish standards for grading high school credit to home schooled students. I. Families Residing within the Wapello Community School District

This section is for families who have resided in the Wapello Community School District when their children entered ninth grade.

A. Credits Toward Graduation

  1. Wapello High School will consider granting credit for classes taken at home when such classes are offered through a pre-approved accredited institution. Approval rights shall rest with the high school principal or superintendent of schools. Grades earned will count toward graduation but will not qualify the student for scholarships, valedictorian, salutatorian, or other honors. Class rank will not be reported to other institutions.
  2.  Home schooled students, enrolled in correspondence courses, who wish to have the credit accepted at Wapello High School, will take the test required by the institution granting credit under adequate supervision, if said supervision is required to meet the terms of the institution granting credit. Wapello High School will not provide such supervision.
  3. The school will loan texts and supplementary curriculum materials to parents for any class offered at Wapello High School as long as such books are available. No purchases will be made by the school in order to supply home schooled students. Copies of district curriculum and plans of study will be placed in the Keck Memorial Library for use by parents.

B. Grade Point Averages and Rank in Class

  1. Students taking pre-approved correspondence classes will receive a pass or fail and not a grade for the courses taken at home.
  2. All classes taken at the same time as other fully enrolled students within the school will be counted for grades and credits the same as all other students (Dual Enrollment).

II. Families Originating Outside the District

This section is for families who move into the Wapello Community School District after their children have entered the ninth grade and who wish to home school their children.

A. Special Rules When Moving into the Wapello Community School District

  1. Wapello Community School District will accept all credits shown in the transcript from the last accredited school district in which the student resided.
  2. All classes taken at the same time as other fully enrolled students within the school will be counted for grades and credits the same as all other students. Students taking pre-approved correspondence courses will receive pass/fail credit for successful completion of the courses.
  3. All other rules concerning credits, grades, graduation, honors as mentioned previously, as well as the entire body of board policy are in effect except where specifically changed in this section.

III. Parents of home-schooled and dual-enrolled students will be assessed book and other applicable district fees, charged to regularly enrolled students, when using district materials or services. Said fees may be pro-rated when appropriate.

 

 

Approved: 4/6/1998

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 2/14/18

 Revised:

505.10 ACCOUNTABILITY OF TEST INTEGRITY/TEST SECURITY

Board Policy No. 505.9

 

Accountability of Test Integrity/Test Security

Purpose:  The Wapello Community School District is committed to ensuring the integrity of the information obtained from the use of educational assessments, ensuring security of test content and upholding professional ethics.  This policy is intended to apply to all Federal, State, and District mandated assessments, including but not limited to:  Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (DLM), English Language Proficiencies for the 21st Century (ELPA21), Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), National assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), all District designated Early Literacy Assessments (e.g. FAST), and GOLD.

This policy is to identify test security practices and administration procedures that align to ESSA and Iowa Code that can ensure  assessment results are truly representative of the achievement of students in our district.  Everyone who is involved in student testing is responsible for test security.  This includes but is not limited to district administrators, school administrators, school assessment coordinators, teachers, test administrators, proctors, students, and parents.  It is also our intent to create awareness of potential negative impact that inappropriate assessment practices might produce, to outline processes to be followed, and to identify the potential consequences of violating the policy.  If test scores become questionable because of inappropriate practice in either preparing students or in administering tests, the meaning of the scores will be distorted and their value for their original purpose will be diminished or lost.

This policy is to ge communicated annually to all staff involved in testing administration as well as a student honor code shared with students engaging in testing.

District Test Coordinators

Each Federal and State assessment will have a district-appointed District Test Coordinator.  Responsibility fo testing-related functions can be delegated by the District Test Coordinator to one or more Building Test Coordinators.  The District Test Coordinator is responsible for developing: rules for storage and test security measures, rules for administration, rules for monitoring, rules for reporting, and the requirements for protecting student personal information (FERPA).

Handling Testing Materials

Each Federal and State assessment has materials handling procedures specific to the assessment.  It is the responsibility of the District Test Coordinator to develop procedures congruent to test type based on the test developer's or vendor's test administration  manual.  Only personnel identified and unauthorized in District procedures will have access to the tests or testing system before, during, and after the identified testing window.  All district personnel will be expected to follow the same test handling procedures.

Test Preparation

As a function of educating students, staff may prepare students for assessments by providing instruction in the content areas to be assessed.  Staff may also prepare students for assessments by teaching general test-taking skills that are applicable to any test or test format.

Staff shall only conduct reviews or drills that use the supplied online practice test supplied by testing companies or vendors.  Staff shall not develop their own "practice" test items to mimic those  supplied by the testing company or vendor.

Security Violations

In the administration of Federal or State standardized tests, it is a violation of test security to do any of the following:

  1. Provide inappropriate test preparation such as the following:
    1. Copy, screenshot, reproduce, or use in any manner any portion of any secure test, for any reason.
    2. Share an actual  test instrument in any form.
    3. Use test preparation materials or strategies that do not comply with Federal, State, and/or District guidelines
  2. Deviate from the test administration procedures specified in the test examiner's manual
  3. Provide inappropriate assistant to students during the test administration
  4. Make test answers available to students.
  5. Change or fill in answers on student answer documents.
  6. Provide inaccurate data on student answer documents.
  7. Engage in any practice to artificially raise student scores without actually improving underlying student achievement.
  8. Participate in, direct, aid, counsel, assist, encourage, or fail to report any of the acts prohibited in this policy.

 

Policy Violation Consequences

If a violation of this policy occurs, as determined by the superintendent following an investigation of allegations of irregularities, the superintendent shall determine whether the integrity of the testing program has been jeopardized, whether some or all of the test results are invalidated, and whether a teacher or administrator has violated the Code of Ethics of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners as found at 282-Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 25.

Reports of students cheating on assessments shall be submitted to the building principal for investigation and disciplinary procedures.

A staff member found to have committed testing irregularities shall be subject to discipline in accordance with law and board policy.  If the staff member is a licensee of the Board of Educational Examiners, the superintendent shall make a timely report to that Board.

If the superintendent believes that assessment results are invalid, the superintendent shall make a timely report to the Iowa Department of Education.

 

Created:  5/8/19

Reviewed:

Revised:

 

506 STUDENT RECORDS

506.1 STUDENT RECORDS ACCESS

 

The board recognizes the importance of maintaining student records and preserving their confidentiality. 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.

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.

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 postsecondary education at the post high school level. Parents of an eligible student are provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Code. In that case, the parents may be provided access without the written permission of the student. A representative of the parents or eligible student, who has received written permission from the parents or eligible student, may inspect and review a special education student's records. Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the 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 to have a legitimate educational interest, including, but not limited to, board members, employees, school attorney, auditor, health professionals, and individuals serving on official school committees;

· to officials of another school district in which the student wishes to enroll, provided the other school district notifies the parents the student records are being sent and the parents have an opportunity to receive a copy of the records and challenge the contents of the records unless the annual notification includes a provision that records will automatically be transferred to new school districts;

·to authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General for law enforcement purposes, 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.

·to organizations and/or their authorized representatives conducting 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 stuents 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 in order 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.

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 are 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 parent’s or an eligible student’s request to destroy the records, the District must maintain the records for at leaset three years after an individual is determined to be no longer eligible for special education.

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 (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.

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

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students of their right to inspect and review the student's records. The notice is given in a parents' or eligible student's native language. Should the 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 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 are forwarded to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC. 20202-4605.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Approved: 8/ 17/ 1995

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 2/14/2008;

1/12/12; 3/14/2018 Revised: 1/9/2003;

2/12/2009; 9/18/2013

 

506.1E1 REQUEST OF NONPARENT FOR EXAMINATION OR COPIES OF STUDENT RECORDS

REQUEST OF NONPARENT FOR EXAMINATION OR COPIES OF STUDENT RECORDS

The undersigned hereby request permission to examine the Wapello 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:

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 United States Department of Education or United States Attorney General.                                                                                                                                        ( )

(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 no other person will have access to any records or information obtained through this request without the written permission of the parents of the student, or the student if the student is of majority age.

(Signature)                                                                                                     (Title)

Date: _____________  Address:________________________

City:  _________________________ State: _____ Zip: _____

Phone Number: ______________________________  
APPROVED:

 

Signature                                              Title

Dated

506.1E2 AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS

PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS

The undersigned hereby authorizes Wapello Community School District to release copies of the following official student records:

concerning

(Full Legal Name of Student)                              (Date of Birth)

from 20___ to 20____.

(Name of Last School Attended)

The reason for this request is: __

My relationship to the child is:

Copies of the records to be released are to be furnished to:

 

( ) the undersigned

( ) the student

( ) other (please specify)

 

(Signature)                                                                              (Date)

Address: _____________________________________________

City:___________________________ State: ____ Zip:_____
Phone Number:

506.1E3 REQUEST FOR HEARING ON CORRECTION OF STUDENT RECORDS

REQUEST FOR HEARING ON CORRECTION OF STUDENT RECORDS

To:

Board Secretary (Custodian)

Address:____________________________________________________________

I believe certain official student records of my child,____________________________________

are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other rights of my child.

The official education records which I believe are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other rights of my child are:

 

The reason I believe such records are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other rights of my child is:

My relationship to the child is: _________________________________________________________ .

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 10 days after my receipt of the decision.

Date:

Signature

Address: _______________________________________________

City: ____________________________________  State: _____ Zip:

Phone Number:

506.1E4 REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION OF STUDENT RECORDS

PARENTAL REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION OF STUDENT RECORDS

To: ________________________

Board Secretary (Custodian)

Address:

The undersigned desires to examine the following official education records.

 

of_________________________________ ,______________________ ,

Full Legal Name of Student                      Date of Birth                        Grade

Name of School: __________________________________________________

My relationship to the student is: _____________________________________

(Check One)

_____ I do

_____ I do not

desire a copy of such records. I understand that a reasonable charge will be made for the copies.

Parent's Signature                       Date

 

Address: ________________________________________________

City: ___________________________________  State: _____ ZIP:

Phone Number:

 

APPROVED:

Signature: _____________________________________

Title:  ____________________________________ Date:

Address:

Telephone Number:

 

506.1E5 REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION OF STUDENT RECORDS

NOTIFICATION OF TRANSFER OF STUDENT RECORDS

To:_______________________________________ Date: __________________

Parent or Guardian

Street Address: ________________________________________________

City/State: ______________________________  ZIP: ________________  
Please be notified that copies of the Wapello Community School District's official

student records concerning_____________________________________________________

Full Legal Name of Student

have been transferred to:

School District Name

Address

upon the written statement that the student intends to enroll in said school system.

_____ Please check here if you desire a copy of such records furnished and return this form to the undersigned. A reasonable charge will be made for the copies.

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

Superintendent of Schools

506.1E6 LETTER TO PARENT REGARDING RECEIPT OF A SUBPOENA

Date:__________________________

Dear                                                                                             :

This letter is to notify you that the Wapello 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 (phone number).

Sincerely,

 

Principal or Superintendent

506.1E7 JUVENILE JUSTICE AGENCY INFORMATION SHARING AGREEMENT

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of this agreement is to allow for the sharing of information among the school district and the agencies prior to a student's education in order to promote and collaborate 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.

Identification of Agencies:

This agreement is between the Wapello Community School District and (agencies listed).

Statutory Authority:

This agreement implements Iowa code 280.25 and is consistent with 34 C.F.R. 99.38 (1999).

Parameters of Information Exchange:

  1. 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.
  2. Prior to adjudication, information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the agencies without portal consent or court order.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Information obtained by the school from other juvenile justice agencies may not be used as the basis for disciplinary action of the student.
  7. This agreement only governs a school district's ability to share information and the purposes for which that information can be used. Other agencies are bound by their own respective confidentiality policies.

Records Transmission:

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

Confidentiality:

Confidential information shared between the agencies and the school district will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law. Information shared by 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. Agencies or individuals violating the terms of this agreement subject to their entity represented and themselves personally to legal action pursuant to federal and state law.

Amendments:

This agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the agencies with respect to information sharing. Agencies may be added to this agreement at the discretion of the school district.

Term:

This agreement is effective from 9/1/2001.

Termination:

The school district may discontinue information sharing with any agency if the school district determines that the agency has violated the intent or letter of this agreement.

APPROVED:

Signature:_____________________________ Address:_________

Title: ________________________________  City: ____________

Agency: ______________________________  State: _______  ZIP:

Dated:                                                                                       

Phone Number:

 

Signature:_____________________________ Address:_________

Title: ________________________________  City: ____________

Agency: ______________________________  State: _______  ZIP:

Dated:                                                                                       

Phone Number:

506.1E8 ANNUAL NOTICE

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

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the 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 for 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. 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. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding a request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that the FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent. One exception which permits student disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employees, 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. Upon request the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. 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. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fill his or her professional responsibility.
  4. The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information, as defined below, to be released. Director information can be released without prior parental consent. Any student over the age of 18 or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing by the first day of school to the principal. The objection needs to be renewed annually.
    1. NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, E-MAIL ADDRESS, GRADE LEVEL, ENROLLMENT STATUS, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY, PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS, WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OR ATHLETIC TEAMS, DATES OF ATTENDANCE, DEGREES AND AWARDS, THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, AND PHOTOGRAPH AND LIKENESS AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.
  5. The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office US Department Of Education 400 Maryland Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

 

 

Approved: 2/12/1998

Reviewed: 1/9/2003; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 1/9/2003

506.1R1 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: date 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 observation; 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 days.

A. Access to Records

a. The parent or legal guardian of a student will have access to these records upon written request to the board secretary.

The parent or legal guardian will, upon written request to the board secretary, 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, shall be permitted to file a letter in the cumulative folder stating the dissenting person's position. If further challenges are made to the record, the normal appeal procedures established by school policy will be followed.

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

 

b. 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 task.

B. Release of Information Outside the School

a. 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 kinds of information being released unless the school district annually notifies parents at the records will be sent automatically.

b. Student records may be released to official education and other government agencies only if the names and all identifying markings are removed to prevent the identification of individuals allowed by state or federal law.

c. To release student records to other persons or agencies, written consent shall be given by the parent, legal guardian, or a student of majority age. This consent form will state which records shall be released, to whom they shall be 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.

d. 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, if the parents, legal guardian, or eligible student are not notified in advance.

e. 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.

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 of their choice at their own 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 officer's decision to the superintendent within ____ 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 officer's decision if the superintendent was unable to hear the appeal, to the board within _____ days. It is within the discretion of the board to hear the appeal.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 4/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised: 4/11/2001

 

506.2 STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school district. Directory information shall be defined in the annual notice. It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, 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, photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents 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 the child's information in the directory or in the general information about the students.

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

 

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 4/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 3/15/18

 Revised: 4/11 /2001

506.2E1 AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASING STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The Wapello 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: student's name, address, and 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; and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student, 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 first day of school of this 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.


RETURN THIS FORM

Wapello Community School District Parental Directions to Withhold Student/Directory Information for Educational Purposes for 20___ - 20___ school year.

Student Name:___________________________________ Date of Birth:___________

School:_____________________________________________________________________ Grade: _____

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

 

This for must be returned to your child's school no later than_________________________ , 20____.

Additional forms are available at your child's school.

506.2R1 USE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The student handbook or similar publication given to each student which contains general information about the school shall contain the following statement which shall be 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 18 or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing by the first day of school to the principal. The objection needs to be renewed annually.

NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, 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 SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.

Dated:

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 4/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

 Revised: 4/11 /2001

506.3 STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

The Wapello Board of Directors 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 shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative rules regarding student photographs.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised:

506.4 STUDENT LIBRARY CIRCULATION RECORDS

Code No.  506.4

 

 

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 is the teacher-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 maybe charged.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the teacher or teacher-librarian, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:           20 U.S.C. § 1232g (2004).

                                    34 C.F.R. Pt. 99 (2004).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22; 622.10 (2007).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), (12)

                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

 

 

Cross Reference:           506       Student Records

 

 

 

Approved          10/9/07             Reviewed          02/09/11; 3/08/16           Revised                             

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

WAPELLO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

507 STUDENT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

507.1 STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATES

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities or enrolling in kindergarten or first grade in the school district shall 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.

A certificate of health stating the results of a physical examination and signed by the physician shall be on file at the attendance center. Each student shall submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the superintendent. Failure to provide this information may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Students enrolling for the first time in the school district shall also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, produces, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, at least three doses of hepatitis B vaccine if born on or after 7/1/1994 and other immunizations required by law. The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for suspension, expulsion, or denial of admission. Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, students entering the district for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission. The district may conduct TB tests of current students.

Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law. The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised: 2/16/1999

507.2 ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

Some students may need prescription and nonprescription medication to participate in their educational program.

Medication shall be administered when the student's parent or guardian (hereafter "parent") provides a signed and dated written statement requesting medication administration and the medication is in the original, labeled container, either as dispensed or in the manufacturer's container.

When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by an authorized practitioner with the student and the student's parent. Students who have demonstrated competence in administering their own medications may self-administer their medication. A written statement by the student's parent 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.

Persons administering medication shall include the licensed registered nurse, physician, persons who have successfully completed a medication administration course, or be an authorized practitioner, including, parents. A medication administration course and periodic update shall be conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist, and a record of course completion kept on file at the agency.

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 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 confidential information.

 

Approved: 1/14/1996

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 2/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised: 4/6/1998; 2/12/2009

507.2E1 Authorization Asthma or Airway Constricting Medicadtion Self-Administration Consent Form

Student's Name (Last), (First) (Middle)                                                                                                                      Birthday ___/___/___

School                                                                                                                                                                        Date ___/___/___

   

The following must occur for a student to self-administer asthma or other airway constricting disease medication or for a student with a risk of anaphylaxis to self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector:

  • Parent/guardian provides signed, dated authorization for student medication self-administration.
  • Parent/guardian provides a written statement from the student's licensed health care professional (A person licensed under chapter 148 to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 152 or 152E and registered with the board of nursing, or a physician assistant licensed to practice under the supervision of a physician as authorized in chapters 147 and 148C) containing the following:
    • Name and purpose of the medication,
    • Prescribed dosage, and
    • Times or special circumstances under which the medication or epinephrine auto-injector is to be administered.
  • The medication is in the original, labeled container as dispensed or the manufacturer's labeled container containing the student name, name of the medication, directions for use, and date.
  • Authorization shall be renewed annually. In addition, if any changes occur in the medication, dosage or time of administration, the parent is to notify school officials immediately. The authorization shall be reviewed as soon as practical.

Provided the above requirements are fulfilled, the school shall permit the self-administration of medication by a student with asthma or other airway constricting disease or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector by a student with a risk of anaphylaxis while in school, at school-sponsored activities, under the supervision of school personnel, and before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property. If the student abuses the self-administration policy, the ability to self-administer may be withdrawn by the school or discipline may be imposed, after notification is provided to the student's parent.

Pursuant to state law, the school district or and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of any injury arising from self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the student. The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school district is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self-administration of medication or an epinephrine auto-injector by the student as provided by law.

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AUTHORIZATION ASTHMA OR OTHER AIRWAY CONSTRICTING MEDICATION

SELF-ADMINISTRATION CONSENT FORM

              

Medication                                                                                      Dosage                                 Route                                 Time                                

Purpose of Medication & Administration Instructions                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Special Circumstances                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                               /                      /                        

    Discontinue / Re-Evaluate / Follow-up Date

    

Prescriber's Signature                                                                                        Date ___/___/___

   

  • I request the above named student possess and self-administer asthma or other airway constricting disease medication(s) and/or an epinephrine auto-injector at school and in school activities according to the authorization and instructions.
  • I understand the school district and its employees acting reasonably and in good faith shall incur no liability for any improper use of medication or an epinephrine auto-injector or for supervising, monitoring, or interfering with a student's self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector. I acknowledge that the school district is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the student.
  • I agree to coordinate and work with school personnel and notify them when questions arise or relevant conditions change.
  • I agree to provide safe delivery of medication and equipment to and from school and to pick up remaining medication and equipment.
  • I agree the information is shared with school personnel in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and any other applicable laws.
  • I agree to provide the school with back-up medication approved in this form.
  • (Student maintains self-administration record.) (Note: This bullet is recommended but not required.)

   

Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                       Date ___/___/___(agreed to above statement)

Parent/Guardian Address                                                                                                                                                               

Business Phone                                                                       Home Phone                                                                                  

    

Self-Administration Authorization Additional Information

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

   

507.2E2 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

Student's Name (Last), (First) (Middle)                                                                                                                      Birthday ___/___/___

School                                                                                                                                                                        Date ___/___/___

     

School medications and health services are administered following these guidelines:

  • Parent has provided a signed, dated authorization to administer medication and/or provide the health service.
  • The medication is in the original, labeled container as dispensed or the manufacturer's labeled container.
  • The medication label contains the student's name, name of the medication, directions for use, and date.
  • Authorization is renewed annually and as soon as practical when the parent notifies the school that changes are necessary.

   

Medication / Healthcare                                                                                      Dosage                             Route                             Time at School                            

Administration instructions:

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Special Directives, Signs to Observe and Side Effects:

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

                               /                      /                        

    Discontinue / Re-Evaluate / Follow-up Date

    

Prescriber's Signature                                                                                        Date ___/___/___

Prescriber's Address                                                                                                        Emergency Phone                                                

I request the above named student carry medication at school and school activities, according to the prescription, or other medication administration instructions, and a written record kept. Special considerations are noted above. The information is confidential except as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and any other applicable law. I agree to coordinate and work with school personnel and prescriber (if any) when questions arise. I agree to provide safe delivery of medication and equipment to and from school and to pick up remaining medication and equipment. Procedures for medication disposal shall be in accordance with federal and state law.

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PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION

OF MEDICATION TO STUDENTS

Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                                        Date ___/___/___

 

Parent/Guardian Address                                                                                                         Business Phone                                 Home Phone                                

    

Additional Information

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                               

507.3 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES - STUDENTS

Students with the 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" shall 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 shall be included in the student's blood-borne pathogens exposure control plan. The procedures shall 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 shall be reviewed annually by the superintendent and school nurse.

The health risk to immunodepressed students shall be 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 shall be 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 who is at school and who has a communicable disease which creates a substantial risk of harm to the other students, employees, or others at school shall report the condition to the superintendent anytime the student is aware that the disease actively creates such risk.

It shall be 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised: 12/10/1998

507.4 STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL

When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the school district shall 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 shall be the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the superintendent within twenty-four hours after the student is injured.

Annually, parents shall be required to complete a medical emergency authorization form indicating the procedures to be followed, if possible, in an emergency involving their child. The authorization form will also include the phone numbers of the parents and alternative numbers to call in case of an injury or illness.

The superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the procedure in the event a student should become ill or be injured at school.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised:

507.5 EMERGENCY PLANS OR DRILLS

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

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

  • Assignment of employees to specific tasks and responsibilities;
  • Instructions relating to the use of alarm systems and signals. If combination visual and auditory warning devices do not exist, the plan shall include specific provisions for warning individuals with hearing impairments;
  • Information concerning methods of fire containment;
  • Systems for notification of appropriate persons and agencies;
  • Information concerning the location and use of firefighting equipment;
  • Specification of evacuation routes and procedures;
  • Posting of plans and procedures at suitable locations throughout the facility;
  • Evacuation drills which include the actual evacuation of individuals to safe areas;
  • An evaluation for each evacuation drill.

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised: 11/14/1996

 

507.6 STUDENT INSURANCE

Student shall 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 shall be 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.

Students participating in intramural or extracurricular athletics shall be 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.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised:

507.7 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 shall be followed by the school district. It shall be the responsibility of the person requesting an action by the school district to inform and provide the school district court order allowing such action.

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

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure employees remain neutral in a disagreement about custody and parental rights.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised:

 

507.8 STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

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

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

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 4/11/2018

Revised: 11/14/1996

507.8R1 SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES REGULATION

Some students require special education needs special health services in order to participate in educational program. The students shall 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 a 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 parents,

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 in periodic update shall be on file at school.

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

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

Prescriber - licensed health personnel legally authorized to prescribe special health service and medication.

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 shall 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 a liaison to encourage participation in communication with health service agencies and individuals providing health care.
  • Provide health consultation, counseling and instruction with the eligible student, the student's parents and the staffing cooperation in 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, in any unusual circumstances in the provision of such services.
  • Report unusual circumstance 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 shall be on file:

  • Written statement by the prescriber detailing the specific method and schedule of the special health service, when indicated.
  • Written statement by the student's parent requesting the provision of the special health service.
  • Written report of the preplanning staffing or meeting of the education team.
  • Written individual health plan available in the health record and integrated into the IEP or IF SP.

D. Licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, shall determine the special health services to be provided and the qualification of the 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 shall supervise the special health services, define the level of supervision, and document the supervision.

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

G. Parent shall provide the usual equipment, supplies, and necessary maintenance for such. The equipment shall be stored in a secure area. The personnel responsible for the equipment shall be designated in the individual health plan. The individual health plan shall designate the role of the school, parents, and others in the provision, supply, storage and maintenance of necessary equipment.

 

Approved: 11/14/1996

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12

Revised 1/11/2001

 

507.9 WELLNESS POLICY

The board promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The school district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, 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.

The school district supports and promotes proper dietary habits contributing to students' health status and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities during the instructional day should meet or exceed the school district nutrition standards. Foods should be served with consideration toward nutritional integrity, variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high-quality meals.

The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the school district may utilize electronic identification and payment systems; promote the availability of meals to all students; and/or use nontraditional methods for serving meals, such as "grab-and-go" or classroom breakfast.

The school district developed a wellness policy committee comprised of representatives from health, nutrition services, teaching staff, and administration. This committee will meet throughout each school year to evaluate the effectiveness of the wellness policy and consider ways to improve overall health of our students and staff.

Specific Wellness Goals

  • Nutrition Education and Promotion – Appendix A.
  • physical activity – Appendix B.
  • other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness – Appendix C.
  • The nutrition guidelines – Appendix D.
  • Evaluation of this policy – Appendix E.

 

Approved: 6/08/2006

Reviewed: 02/14/2008; 4/11/2018

Revised:1/12/12

 

 

507.9E1 NUTRITION EDUCATION AND PROMOTION

The school district will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that:

  • is offered at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health;
  • is part of not only health education classes, but also classroom instruction in subjects not directly related to health and elective subjects whenever possible.;
  • includes enjoyable, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant participatory activities such as promotion and taste testing;
  • promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
  • emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and physical activity;

507.9E2 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical Education

The school district will provide physical education that:

  • is for all students in grades K-12 for the entire school year;
  • is taught by a certified physical education teacher;
  • includes students with disabilities, students with special health-care needs may be provided in alternative educational settings; and,
  • Students in grades K-5 will be provided at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Students in grades 6-12 will be provided at least 120 minutes of physical activity each week.

Physical Activity and Punishment

Employees are discouraged from using physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) or withhold opportunities for physical activity (e.g., physical education) as punishment. When activities, such as mandatory school-wide testing make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time, school should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.

507.9E3 OTHER SCHOOL-BASED ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE STUDENT WELLNESS

Integrating Physical Activity into Classroom Settings

The Wapello Community School System recognizes that in order for students to receive the nationally recommended amount of physical activity and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, ALL students need opportunities for physical activity beyond the physical education class. Toward this end, Wapello Community School District will:

  • offer classroom health education that complements physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities;
  • discourage sedentary activities, such as watching television, playing computer games, etc.;
  • provide opportunities for physical activity to be incorporated into other subject lessons; and,
  • encourage classroom teachers to provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.

Communication with Parents

The Wapello Community School District will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school district will:

  • post nutrition tips and healthy habits on the back of monthly menus;
  • encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks, including beverages that meet the school's nutrition standards;
  • provide a list of suggested foods for school celebrations parties, school snacks, etc...that meet the district's snack standards;
  • support parents' efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school;
  • include information about physical activity and physical education through website, newsletter, or have other take-home materials for special events or physical education homework;
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Food Marketing in Schools

  • Wapello school-based marketing will be consistent with a focus on health promotion and should:
  • limit foods that do not meet school nutrition standards when sold individually;
  • promote healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products; and
  • promote juices, water, and dairy products market activities that promote healthful behaviors including: pricing structures that promote healthy options in ala carte lines, including vending machines..

Staff Wellness

The school district values the health and well-being of every staff member. To this end: The district should designate the school nurse as the wellness coordinator and establish a staff wellness committee that will develop a plan that will demonstrate and challenge staff to healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles.:

  • The committee shall yearly have a multi-faceted plan to entice staff to support one another in becoming healthy individuals.

507.9E4 NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS

School Meals

Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

  • be appealing and attractive to children;
  • be served in clean and pleasant settings;
  • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state and federal law:
  • Offer low-fat (1 %) and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives
  • Encourage the consumption of whole grain.

Breakfast

To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn, schools will:

  • operate the breakfast program, to the extent possible;
  •  
  • notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, through the use of the website, newsletter, etc...; and,
  • encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children if the parents choose not to use the School Breakfast Program. This can be done through newsletter articles, take-home materials or other means.

Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

The school district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Toward this end, the school district may:

  • utilize electronic identification and payment systems; and,
  • promote the availability of meals to all students.

Meal Times and Scheduling

The school district:

  • will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch. When occasions arise in which the students do not get this amount of time, procedures should be in place to allow longer eating times;
  • should schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; should not schedule tutoring, club or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;
  • will provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and,
  • Have accessible drinking water available during school meals;
  • should take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

Qualification of Food Service Staff

Qualified nutrition professionals will administer the meal programs. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, the school district will:

  • provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals; and,
  • provide staff development programs for cafeteria workers and nutrition managers according to their level of responsibility.
  • In school year 2015-2016, the first year of implementation, program directors must complete 8 hours of training; program managers, 6 hours of training ; and program staff, 4 hours of training.

Sharing of Foods

The school district discourages students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.

Foods Sold Outside the Meal (e.g. vending, a la carte, sales)

Food and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs (including vending machines, ala carte, etc...) during the school day or through programs after school should meet the following nutrition and portion size standards.

Beverages

  • Encouraged:Water, seltzer, water without added caloric sweeteners, fruit and vegetable juices, fruit-based drinks containing 100% fruit juice, unflavored or flavored low-fat or fat-free milk..
  •  Discouraged: All soft drinks, sports drinks, beverages with caffeine excluding low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk

Foods

A food item sold individually:

  • will have no more than 35 percent of its calories from fat (excluding nuts, seeds, peanut butter and other nut butters) and 10 percent of its calories from saturated and trans fat combined;
  • will have no more than 35 percent of its weight from added sugars;
  • will contain no more than 230 mg of sodium per serving for chips, cereals, crackers, French fries, baked goods and other snack items; will contain no more than 480 mg of sodium per serving for pastas, meats and soups; and will contain no more than 600 mg of sodium for pizza, sandwiches and main dishes; and,
  • will include a choice of at least one fruits or non-fried vegetables at any location on the school site where foods are sold.

Portion Size

Limit portion sizes of foods and beverages sold individually as recommended by state guidelines.

one and one-quarter ounces of chips, crackers, popcorn, cereal, trail mix, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or jerky one ounce for cookies two ounces for cereal bars, granola bars, pastries, muffins, doughnuts, bagels, and other bakery items eight ounces for non-frozen yogurt twelve fluid ounces for beverages, excluding water and milk portion size of a la carte entrees and side dishes shall not be bigger than the size of comparable portions offered as part of meals. Fruits and non-fried vegetables are exempt from portion-size limits.

Snacks

Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health. The Wapello School District will distribute a list of healthy snack items and healthy party ideas to teachers, parents, and after-school program personnel.p>

Food Safety

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

All foods made available on campus 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.

 

507.9E5 PLAN FOR MEASURING IMPLEMENTATION

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee shall be appointed each year. Membership will include: building principal, food service representative, PE instructor from each building, health instructor, school nurse, board member, persons that would give representation of parents.

In each school:

  • the committee will monitor the district-wide nutrition and physical activity wellness policies. The following will have specific responsibilities: Food service staff at the school district level will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within food service areas and will report this matter to the district wellness committee; they shall yearly plan their emphasis in the nutrition program.
  • The school nurse will monitor the staff wellness efforts and report yearly to the district wellness committee.
  • the PE and Health instructors will indicate their emphasis for the year and report results to the Wellness committee;
  • the building principals shall report on selections in the vending machines as in reference to the nutrition policies,
  • the Wapello Wellness Committee will meet on a semi-annual basis to assess the school district's nutrition and physical activity environments and practices.

Policy Review

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

Assessments will be repeated every three (3) years to help review policy compliance, assess progress and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the school district will review the nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and the provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity. The school district, and individual schools within the school district will, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

507.10 LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES

Code No. 507.11

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

 

Recognizing that students with life-threatening allergies attend our school, the Wapello Community School District will maintain a system-wide emergency plan for addressing life-threatening allergic reactions and maintain an Individual Emergency Medical Plan (IEMP) for any student(s) whose parents/guardians,, and physicians have informed the principal of the school in writing that the student(s) has a potentially life-threatening allergy.  Further, the District will utilize procedures to minimize the chance of a child experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Adopted 12-10-2014                             

Reviewed

 

 

 

Code No. 507.11R1

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTING LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGY POLICY

 

Severe food allergies are serious and can be fatal.  Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, can be triggered by exposure to one or more allergens, including food.  Anaphylaxis can affect multiple areas of the body, such as skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, and the cardiovascular system.  Symptoms can include severe headache, nausea and vomiting, sneezing and coughing, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue and throat, itching all over the body, anxiety, and shock which can be fatal.

 

The risk of accidental exposure to allergens can be reduced in the school setting if schools partner with students, parents, and health-care professionals to minimize risks and to provide a safe environment for severely allergic students.

 

Wapello Community School District CANNOT guarantee that a student will never experience an allergy-related event while at school.  However, the district has created these procedures to reduce the risk to those students with life-threatening allergies will experience a life-threatening event at school.

 

The most common life-threatening allergies are to peanuts/tree nuts.  For this reason, these procedures outline steps regarding nut allergies.  These procedures will be followed and adapted for any other life-threatening allergy, where appropriate.

 

MANAGEMENT AND PROCEDURES

 

·         The school principal, in consultation with the school nurse, will be responsible for notifying classroom teachers, classroom associates, and parents of students in classrooms where one or more students have a life-threatening allergy.  (The allergy must be clearly documented by the primary care physician or a board certified allergist.)  Notification will include an explanation of the severity of the health threat, a description of signs and symptoms to be aware of, and a concise list of foods and materials to avoid.  Parents, in consultation with their primary care provider/allergist, will be encouraged to provide the list of allergens to be avoided.

 

·         The school nurse shall educate the student, staff, kitchen staff, administrators, paraeducators, substitute staff, and transportation staff of the food allergy.

 

·         The school nurse will educate staff on emergency plan and medications, their location, and how to properly administer.

 

·         The classroom teacher, in conjunction with the building principal and school nurse, will create classroom rules and practices for dealing with a food allergy.

 

·         The building principal, in consultation with the school nurse, will send a letter to parents of classmates on the severity of food allergy.  The letter will request that parents not send food items that may contain food allergens to school for lunches/snacks/class parties.

 

·         All peanut/nut products will be eliminated from the school food service menu.

 

 

 

·         All teachers will be encouraged to eliminate peanut/nut food items of any kind from instruction or any school project related to the curriculum.  Food preparation will only be allowed in academic settings with the principal’s and school nurse’s pre-approval.  Precautions will be taken for students with life-threatening allergies.

 

·         Only non-food manipulatives and supplies should be used in classrooms where a student has a life-threatening allergy.  Food containers should not be used for storage of manipulatives or supplies, even if the containers have been thoroughly washed.

 

·         Classroom pets that have been pre-approved by the building principal and school nurse will be allowed, provided that nut-free foods and bedding are used.  Visiting pets are prohibited in our schools.  An exception will be made for service animals and approved classroom curriculum units involving animals as a part of a lesson or lessons.

 

·         Students and staff that bring their lunch to school will be asked to wash their hands after eating and/or use a wipe.  Antibacterial gels and liquids kill germs, but they do not remove protein from the skin and should not be used in place of soap and water/wipes.

 

·         The District will have a separate lunch table for those students that bring their lunch to school if there is a student in the building with a life-threatening food allergy.

 

·         No homemade treats or food items are permitted in our schools.  All treats must be commercially prepared and packaged for distribution with intact ingredient labels.

 

·         Parents of a student with a life-threatening food allergy will be advised to have a “safe” food treat on hand with their respective teacher.  Parents will be responsible for providing these treats.

 

·         Signs designating nut-free zones, will be used in areas such as a student’s classroom as a reminder not to bring into the classroom anything that may contain the food allergen.

 

·         Whenever students travel on field trips or out of the building for walks or other adventures, a clear plan to activate Emergency Medical Services (911) should be reviewed by all teachers and chaperones.  Teachers or others conducting the trip will converse with the school nurse prior to leaving the building to ensure that all parts of the plan are prepared and ready to go for the student(s) with allergies.  Field trips need to be chosen carefully; no child should be excluded from a field trip due to unavoidable allergen exposure.

 

·         The Transportation Director will be notified of the student(s) with life-threatening allergies.  It will be the Transportation Director’s responsibility to communicate this information to all regular drivers and substitute drivers.

 

Adopted: 12-10-2014

Reviewed:

 

Code No. 507.11R2

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

TREATMENT PROCEDURES

 

·         All emergency medications will be either kept in the school nurse medication cabinet or as federal law requires reasonable modifications of school policies when necessary to avoid disability discrimination, and in some cases this may require allowing a student to carry an epinephrine auto-injector with them at all times.  Epinephrine pens that are stored at school in the nurse medication cabinet will need to be taken on all school field trips.

 

·         Staff will be educated and trained on how to use Epi-pen and procedures for “individualized” student allergy and emergency plans.

 

·         When an epinephrine injection is used, school staff MUST call 911 or emergency medical services.  EMS must know that emergency is due to an allergic reaction, if epinephrine has been administered, when it was administered, and that an additional dose of epinephrine may be needed.  Because medical attention is needed urgently in this situation, staff must not wait for parents to come and pick up their child.

 

·         Emergency response should include a protocol for documenting or recording each emergency incident and use of epinephrine.  Documentation should include the following:

 

o   Time and location of the incident

o   Food allergen that triggered the reaction

o   Medication given and route of administration

o   Notification of parents and EMS

o   Staff members who responded to the emergency

 

Adopted: 12-10-2014

Reviewed:

508 MISCELLANEOUS STUDENT - RELATED MATTERS

508.1 CLASS OR STUDENT GROUP GIFTS

The Wapello Board of Directors 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: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 5/9/2018

Revised:

508.2 OPEN NIGHT

In keeping with good community relations, student school activities will not be scheduled on Wednesday nights whenever possible. It shall be the responsibility of the principal to oversee the scheduling of school activities for compliance with this policy.

 

Approved: 8/17/1995

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 5/9/2018

Revised:

508.3 SCHOOL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY

There will be no mandatory attendance of school activities, rehearsals, practices, or events scheduled for Sunday without prior approval of the Wapello Board of Directors or their designee.

 

Approved: 6/12/1997

Reviewed: 1/11/2001; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 5/9/2018

Revised:

508.4 SCHOOL DRIVING LICENSES

The School License Guidelines, as provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, shall be used to determine whether a student qualifies for a school license or not. (See attached regulation 509.5R1.)

The distance from the residence to the school shall be calculated using a mapping program or service such as maps.yahoo.com, Microsoft Streets & Trips, maps.google.com, mapquest.com, etc. The shortest (most direct) route between the resident address of the applicant and the school address shall be used.

It shall be the responsibility of the parent(s) and the student to know the law and guidelines.

 

Approved: 6/13/2002

Reviewed: 4/13/2006 ; 02/14/2008; 1/12/12; 6/13/18

Revised: 4/13/2006

508.4R1 SCHOOL DRIVING LICENSES REGULATIONS

Iowa Minor School License (MSL)

Many questions have been raised about the provisions of Iowa Code Section 321.194 governing Minor School Licenses (MSL). An MSL is very restrictive and its use is narrowly construed to protect the public interest. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has formulated the following general guidelines applicable to MSLs. The guidelines do not cover every detail concerning MSLs.

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age to be eligible for a minor school license (MSL) is 141/2. What are the basic requirements?

  • The student must have completed an Iowa-approved course in driver education unless exempted because of hardship as defined by Iowa Administrative Code 761-602.26(3).
  • The student must have held a valid Instruction Permit during the six-month period immediately preceding application for the MSL.
  • The student's driving history must be free of convictions for moving traffic violations, contributive accidents and license withdrawals during the six-month period immediately preceding application.
  • The student must live one mile or more from the school of enrollment

Who approves the application?

  • The superintendent, chairperson of the school board, or principal if authorized by the superintendent must determine eligibility and sign a Statement of Necessity/Affidavit for  School License, Form 430021, available from any driver's license station or downloaded from the Iowa DOT web site.
  • The student's parent or guardian must also provide signed consent on the Statement of Necessity/Affidavit for School License, Form 430021.
  • The Iowa DOT issues the MSL and may require a drive test.
  • When can the MSL be used?
  • During the hours of 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There are no exceptions or waivers of the time period when driving on an MSL.

Where can the student drive?

 

Over the most direct and accessible route between the licensee's residence and school(s) of enrollment and between schools of enrollment for the purposes of attending duly scheduled courses of instruction. The MSL may also be used to travel to and from extracurricular activities within the school district.

Can the MSL be used to drive to another school district?

Use of the MSL is limited to the school district of residence of the parent or guardian of the student. However, it may also be used to drive to a contiguous (bordering) district if the student is enrolled in the public school which is not the school district of residence because of open enrollment under Iowa Code Section 282.18, or as a result of an election by the student's district of residence to enter into one or more sharing agreements pursuant to the procedures in Chapter  282, Code of Iowa.

If a student's parents do not live together, whose residence is used for measuring the distance from the school of enrollment? For example, if a student's mother has primary custody and lives two blocks from the school but the father has visitation on some school days, may the student obtain an MSL to use when staying with the father who may live more than a mile from the school?

The statute allows driving to and from the licensee's residence. The official residence would seem to be with the parent who has primary custody. Anything beyond that would be a local decision made by the school district. Advice should be given by local law enforcement and the county attorney.

Can the MSL be used to drive to another school district for athletic sharing agreements only?

No. This is not authorized by Chapter 282, Code of Iowa. Can the MSL be used to drive to a private school?

Yes, providing the private school is accredited or uses licensed practitioners as instructors. The same guidelines apply to private schools and public schools.

May a home-schooled and dual-enrolled student get an MSL?

If the student has completed an Iowa-approved driver's education course, the student is eligible for an MSL for the limited purpose of driving to the district academic program or activity that takes place a mile or more from the student's home, unless school transportation is an option. The MSL would not be valid for driving to home school academics or activities.

May a home-schooled student get an MSL to drive to a home-schooled cooperative for music or art classes?

There is no provision in law or administrative rules to allow this.

Is there reciprocity between Iowa and any other states so that a minor who has completed driver's education in another state may get an Iowa MSL? For example, if a family moves from Nebraska and has a child who has completed a driver's education program in Nebraska, must the child go through an Iowa driver's education program to obtain an Iowa MSL?

Iowa law requires that applicants for an Iowa MSL provide proof of satisfactory completion of an Iowa-approved course in driver education. The law does not provide for specific reciprocity with other states as program curriculum varies. However, in the above example, the Iowa school district could choose to ask the Nebraska school to send transcript information about the Nebraska driver's education course. If the Nebraska course satisfies the program requirements of an approved Iowa driver's education course, then the driver's education teacher and school administrator in the Iowa resident school district could choose to issue a driver's education completion certificate. DOT could then issue an MSL. The option to issue the certificate of completion would be a decision of the local school district.

Is the MSL subject to suspension or revocation?

Yes. A conviction for a single moving traffic violation will result in a 30-day suspension. A conviction of two or more violations will result in a revocation for one-year. If the license is revoked, reinstatement procedures will also require posting of proof of financial responsibility (SR22 Insurance) for two years and payment of a $50 civil penalty in addition to a reinstatement and new license fee. A suspension or revocation of an MSL also withdraws the Instruction Permit or any other driving privilege.

Iowa's Graduated Driver Licensing Law (GDL) requires that before a driver upgrades to the Intermediate License, the immediate six-month period prior to application be free of contributive accidents, convictions for moving traffic violations and sanctions. The driving privilege must not be expired. If the MSL is suspended, revoked or expired, the six-month period will start over beginning on the reinstatement date or renewal date of the MSL. (MSL's and Instruction Permits have a sixty-day grace period for renewal.)

Can the MSL be suspended for reasons other than a conviction?

Yes. The DOT may also suspend an MSL when it receives written notice from a peace officer, parent, custodian or guardian, school superintendent, or superintendent's designee that the student has violated the restrictions of the MSL. The MSL may also be suspended under the remedial driver improvement provisions of Iowa's Graduated Driver Licensing Law and suspended due to a contributive accident.

Is the MSL valid as an instruction permit when accompanied by a parent or guardian?

Yes. The licensee, while having the MSL in his or her immediate possession, may operate a motor vehicle at any time when accompanied by a parent, a guardian, a member of the licensee's immediate family (brother, sister or other relative who resides at the licensee's residence) who is 21 years of age or by an approved driver education instructor or prospective driver education instructor. The licensee may also operate a motor vehicle if written permission is granted by the parent or guardian when accompanied by a person who is 25 years of age or more. All accompanying persons must have a license valid for the vehicle operated and must occupy a seat beside the driver.

Can a student transport passengers when driving on an MSL?

The statute that governs the MSL does not authorize or prohibit passengers. The DOT's position is that passengers are allowed only if they enter the vehicle at the licensee's home and exit the vehicle at the same destination as the driver. No stops along the way to pickup or discharge passengers.

Can a student stop for fuel?

The statute that governs the MSL does not authorize or prohibit stopping for fuel. Since obtaining fuel is incidental to driving, the DOT's position is that it is allowed providing the service station is on the most direct and accessible route.

Related websites:

Proprietary Driver Education School Application Instructions

Public School District Driver Education Program Application Instructions

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