500 Student Policies Goals and Guiding Principles

500 STUDENT POLICIES GOALS AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The Board of Director’s goal is 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 the District’s 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.

501 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The Board believes inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, and/or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises.

Students should conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered 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.

Students who fail to abide by this and other school district policies, rules, and administrative regulations supporting the school district policies may be disciplined for any of the following:

  1. Conduct which disrupts or interferes with the educational program;

  2. Conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity;

  3. Conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education or participation in educational activities;

  4. Conduct that is violent or destructive; or

  5. Conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.

Teachers and/or others who are in charge of a classroom must be the administrators of classroom discipline.  Therefore, minor disciplinary offenses are the responsibility and obligation of the classroom teacher.  When a situation arises wherein the educational process is substantially interfered with, it then becomes the responsibility of the administration to assist in the disposition of the discipline problem.

Impermissible Conduct

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

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

  2. Assault or threatened assault on another person;

  3. Extortion, intimidation or coercion;

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

  5. Vandalism;

  6. Gambling;

  7. Theft or possession of stolen goods/property;

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Profanity;

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

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

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

  17. Harassment in any form of another person;

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

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

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

A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned or school operated transportation; while attending or engaged in school district activities shall be suspended by the principal.   Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:

  1. Any 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;

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

  3. Intentionally points any firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

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

The District may impose a range of disciplinary measures for acts of misconduct.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.  Discipline will be administered depending on the severity and frequency of the acts of misconduct.  The imposition of discipline will be within the discretion of the individual responsible for imposing the discipline.  In instances where there has been a violation of the law, as well as school rules, appropriate law enforcement officials will be contacted and may become involved in the District's administration of discipline.  The school reserves the right to seek restitution from the parents/guardians of a student or the student for damage caused by the student.

Sanctions for Student Misconduct

Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the building principal's office.  It shall be 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 or after school has been dismissed for the day.  The imposition of a detention and the length of the detention shall be within the discretion of the employee disciplining the student or the building principal.

Suspension means either an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension.  An in-school suspension means the student will attend school but will be temporarily isolated from one or more classes while under supervision.  An in-school suspension will not exceed ten consecutive school days.  An out-of-school suspension means the student is removed from the school environment, which includes school classes and activities.  An out-of-school suspension will not exceed ten school days.

Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded.  The conditional suspension shall mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty.  Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms 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 but no longer than one school year.

Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement shall take place.  The student's Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) shall be evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension.  If a special education student's suspensions, either in-school or out-of-school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, manifestation determination will be held in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and related state law

Approved 4-18-16  Review/updated 7-15-19

501.1 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT – STUDENT SUSPENSION

Students may be suspended for conduct that violates school rules.  Suspensions may take the form of probation, an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension.

Probation

Probation is the conditional suspension of the imposition of discipline for student misconduct for a set period of time.  Probation may be imposed for infractions of school rules which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.

The building principal shall conduct an informal investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of probation.  The investigation shall include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against the student and an opportunity to respond.  Written notice of probation and the reasons therefore shall be sent to the student and the student's parents.

In-School Suspension

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

The building principal shall conduct an informal investigation of the allegations against the student prior to the imposition of an in-school suspension which shall include notifying the student of the allegations against the student and the basis for the allegations and giving a student the opportunity to respond to the allegations.  An in-school suspension shall not be imposed for a period longer than ten school days.  Written notice of the in-school suspension and the reasons therefore shall be sent to the student and the student's parents.

Out-of-School Suspension

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

A student may be suspended for up to ten school days by a building principal for a commission of gross or repeated infractions of school rules or when the presence of the student will cause interference with the maintenance of the educational environment or the operation of the school.  The building principal may suspend a student after conducting an investigation of the charges against the student which shall include giving the student: (1) oral or written notice of the allegations against the student; (2) the basis in fact for the charges; and (3) the opportunity to respond to the charges.

Written notice of the suspension shall be mailed to the student and the student's parents no later than two school days following the imposition of the suspension.  A reasonable effort shall be made to notify the student's parents of the suspension by telephone or in person and such effort shall be documented by the person making or attempting to make the contact.  Written notice shall include the circumstances which led to the suspension and a copy of the Board policy and rules pertaining to the suspension.

Suspension of Special Education Students

 

Following the suspension of a special education student, an evaluation of the student's placement shall take place.  The student's Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) shall be evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension.  If a special education student's suspensions, either in-school or out-of-school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, manifestation determination will be held in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and related state law

 

Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

501.2 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT – STUDENT EXPULSION

Students may be expelled for conduct which violates school rules.  The long-term removal of a student from the school environment, including classes and activities, is an expulsion from school.  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 a student who has been expelled.  A student may be expelled by the Board for a commission of gross or repeated infractions of school rules or when the presence of the student will cause interference with the maintenance of the educational environment or the operation of the school.  It shall be within the discretion of the Board to discipline a student through expulsion depending on the nature of the student's offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.  The building principal shall keep records of expulsions, in addition to the Board's records.

 

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

  1. Notice of the reasons for the proposed expulsion written with sufficient specificity to enable the student to prepare a defense;
  2. Notice of the date, time, and place of the expulsion hearing sufficiently in advance of the hearing to enable the student to obtain the assistance of counsel and to prepare a defense;
  3. Notice that the student is entitled to a closed hearing unless an open hearing is specifically requested;
  4. The names of the witnesses the superintendent will present, if available (see footnote 1),and a statement of the facts to which each witness will testify;
  5. Notice that the student will be given an opportunity to present a defense against the charges; to provide either oral testimony or written affidavits of witnesses; to present documents; to be given copies of documents which will be introduced by the administration, and to cross-examine adverse witnesses, if available, (see footnote 1); and
  6. Notice that the student has the right to be represented by counsel.

At the hearing, the student will have all of the rights given in the notice and may give an opening and closing statement in addition to calling witnesses and cross-examining adverse witnesses.  The Board hearing the expulsion matter must be impartial (i.e. have no prior involvement in the situation, have no stake in the outcome, and have no personal bias or prejudice).

After the Board has heard the expulsion matter, it shall go into deliberations.  No one who advocated a position at the hearing of the matter should be present during the Board’s deliberations unless the other party or parties are also permitted to attend deliberations.  The student has a right to a decision based solely on the evidence presented at hearing.  There must be an adequate factual basis for the Board’s decision.  A preponderance of the evidence standard is sufficient to find the student violated the rule or policy at issue.  Following the Board’s deliberations, the Board shall reconvene in open session and render its decision on the superintendent’ recommendation for expulsion.  The student is entitled to a written decision setting out the Board’s findings and conclusions as to the charges and the penalty.

In addition to these procedures, a special education student will be provided with the following procedures:

  1. A determination shall be made whether the student has participated in the misconduct;
  2. A staffing team shall determine whether the student's behavior is a manifestation of the student's disability and whether the student's conduct is the result of an inappropriate placement.  Discussions and conclusions of this meeting should be recorded.
  3. If the special education student's conduct is found to not be a manifestation of the student's disability, the student may be suspended or expelled pursuant to the District's Student Suspension and Student Expulsion policies.
  4.  If the special education student's conduct is found to be a manifestation of the student's disability and a change in placement is recommended, the change shall be made pursuant to District policies and the law.  If a change in placement is not recommended, a determination shall be made within the student's I.E.P. and the law as to how to manage the student's behavior to prevent the student's possible future misconduct.

 

 

Footnote 1: In some cases, information concerning a student's violation of the Code of Conduct will be gained from students who the District may want to remain anonymous.  The District believes that it is critically important, in certain circumstances, to protect the anonymity of students who report serious violations of the Code of Conduct to insure that violations are reported and those who report them will not be subjected to ostracism and physical reprisals.  If an expulsion is based upon evidence obtained from a student who the District believes needs to remain anonymous because they may be subjected to ostracism or physical reprisals, the administration shall undertake reasonable efforts to determine the veracity of the student's report and the student's credibility.

Approved 4-18-16 . Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

502 ANTI-BULLYING / ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Harassment and bullying of students and employees are against federal, state and local policy and are not tolerated by the Board.  The Board is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.  To that end, the Board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by students, school employees, and volunteers who have contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school district.

The Board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization, of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.  Harassment against employees based upon race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age or disability is also prohibited.

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district.

If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  If, after an investigation, a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to, and including, termination.  If, after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds.  “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

The definition of “bullying” is when an individual or a group of people with more power over the victim(s), repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people who feel helpless to respond. Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through verbal, physical, and/or social behavior that causes physical and/or psychological harm. Bullying can happen in person or online and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Although the following acts can cause great distress, they do not fit the definition of bullying:

  • Single episodes of rejection or dislike
  • Single episodes of nastiness or spite
  • Random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • Mutual arguments, disagreements or fights

Harassment and bullying includes any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
  • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

“Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means.  “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging or similar technologies.

Harassment and bullying may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:

  • Verbal, nonverbal, physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc. that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
  • Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or
  • Unreasonable interference with a student's performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits;
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a school employee is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive education environment.

In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students, bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

  • Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities; and/or
  • Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report.  Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding, is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy.  Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment.  Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds. 

The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment.  The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment.  The building principal or designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.

It also is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the investigator and principals, to develop procedures regarding this policy.  The superintendent or designee also is responsible for organizing training programs for students, school officials, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have direct contact with students.  The training will include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed.  It will also include proven effective harassment prevention strategies.  The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment in the school.  

The Board will annually publish this policy.  The policy may be publicized by the following means:

  • Inclusion in the student handbook;
  • Inclusion in the employee handbook;
  • Inclusion in the registration materials; or
  • Inclusion on the school or school district’s web site.

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

 

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

502.1 ANTI-BULLYING / ANTI-HARASSMENT COMPLAINT FORM

Name of complainant:

 

 

 

Position of complainant:

 

 

 

Date of complaint:

 

 

 

Name of alleged harasser or bully:

 

 

 

Date and place of incident or incidents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of incident or incidents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name of witnesses (if any):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any other information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Signature:

 

 

 

 

Date:

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Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

502.2 ANTI-BULLYING / ANTI-HARASSMENT WITNESS FORM

Name of witness:

 

 

 

Position of witness:

 

 

 

Date of testimony, interview:

 

 

 

Description of incident witnessed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any other information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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502.3 ANTI-BULLYING / ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

I. General Procedures

Individuals who feel that they have been harassed should:

  1. Communicate to the harasser that the individual expects the behavior to stop, if the individual is comfortable doing so.  If the individual wants assistance communicating with the harasser, the individual should ask a teacher, counselor, principal or another appropriate school employee to help.
  2. If the harassment does not stop, or the individual does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, the individual should:
  • tell a teacher, counselor, principal or another appropriate school employee; and
  • write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor, principal or another appropriate school employee including;
    • what, when and where it happened;
    • who was involved;
    • exactly what was said or what the harasser did;
    • witnesses to the harassment;
    • what the student said or did, either at the time or later;
    • how the student felt; and
    • how the harasser responded.

II.   Complaint Procedure

An individual who believes that the individual has been harassed or bullied will notify the building principal or designee, who will be the designated investigator.  The alternate investigator is the District’s Director of Business Affairs.  The investigator may request that the individual complete the Harassment/Bullying Complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment, including, but not limited to, letters, tapes, or pictures.  The complainant shall be given a copy of the completed complaint form.   Information received during the investigation is kept confidential to the extent possible.

The investigator has the authority to initiate an investigation in the absence of a written complaint.

III.  Investigation Procedure

The investigator will reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the complaint.  The investigator will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The alleged harasser may file a written statement in response to the complaint.  The investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will make written findings and conclusions as to each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the superintendent.  The investigator will provide a copy of the findings of the investigation to the superintendent.

Remember the following points:

  • Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential to the extent possible;
  • Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated;
  • No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation process; and
  • Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion.

IV.  Conflicts with Investigation

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

V. Resolution of the Complaint

Following receipt of the investigator's report, the superintendent may investigate further, if deemed necessary, and make a determination of any appropriate additional steps which may include discipline.

Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action, the superintendent may, at the superintendent’s discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser.  The superintendent or designee will file a written report closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to the complaint.  The complainant, the alleged harasser and the investigator will receive notice as to the conclusion of the investigation.  The superintendent or designee will maintain a log of information necessary to comply with Iowa Department of Education reporting procedures.

 

Approved 4-18-16  Review/update 7-15-19

503 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

The District shall provide equal opportunity to all students for quality education in accordance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations.

 

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, Creston Community School District, 801 N. Elm St., Creston, Iowa 50801 or by telephoning 641-782-7028.

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, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison St., Ste. 1475, Chicago, IL, (312) 730-1560, http://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html 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.

 

Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

504 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

The District supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of age (except for students), 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 District, the Board and the employees in making decisions relating to school District facilities, employment, and 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 may 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.

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

505 APPLICATION OF STUDENT POLICY MANUAL

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 in school owned and/or operated, 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.

 

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

506 STUDENT RESIDENT STATUS

Resident Students

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

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

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

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

Non-Resident Students

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

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

Students in grades eleven (11) or twelve (12) who are no longer residents of the school District, but were residents in the preceding school year, may continue to attend school until they graduate without the payment of tuition.  These students may be required to identify an adult, who resides in the school District, for purposes of administration.

Nonresident students who are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and who have evidence they will become legal residents of the school District prior to October 1 may be allowed to attend without the payment of tuition.

International Students in Student Foreign Exchange Programs

Qualified international students may be enrolled and attend school without charge for tuition if they are part of an approved Student Foreign Exchange Program.  The principal must give final approval before any such student can enroll.

Upon enrollment, the following items are provided at no cost to the student, natural parent or host parent: Class Dues and Student Activity Pass.  The student must pay for his/her own class ring, hot lunch, and cap and gown.

Before being able to participate in athletics, the student must have on file an approved physical examination.  The examination form provided by the IHSAA and IGHSAU must be used.

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

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

Approved 4-18-16   Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

507 STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN DISTRICT

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

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

Prior to enrollment, the child must provide the administration with their health and immunization certificate, as well as verification of a recent dental screening.  Failure to provide this information within the time period set by the superintendent is reason for suspension, expulsion or denying admission to the student.  An exception to this would be a homeless student.

Students enrolling in the District after the first day of regular classes will have one day for orientation, testing and/or scheduling purposes prior to beginning work in the classroom unless circumstances prohibit such.  The classroom teacher will have this one school day to make preparation for the new student(s) prior to admittance to class.  The building administrator/ designee will be responsible for the orientation, testing and/or scheduling.

 

Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

508 HOMELESS YOUTH ENROLLMENT

The Board will make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the District, encourage their enrollment, and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving an education, which may exist in District policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is kept on record in District Central office 641-782-7028:

Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

509 FOREIGN STUDENTS ENROLLMENT

Students who are citizens of a foreign country will be required to meet all district entrance requirements including age, place of residence, and immunization.  The student must be physically able to attend school and provide the District with such proof, including a current TB test. Non-immigrant students must be approved by the principal, and the Board reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted.  Students of a foreign country will be considered residents if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student resides with his/her parents or legal guardian;

  • The student is in the United States with appropriate documentation (Form I-20) from the United States Department of Justice-Immigration and Naturalization Services; or 

  • The student is a participant in a recognized foreign exchange program.  

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

510 STUDENT TRANSFER INTO AND OUT OF DISTRICT

Transfers Into District

The student's parents or the student may transfer the student to the school district.  Students who transfer into the school District must meet the immunization and age requirements set out for students who initially enroll in the school District.

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

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

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

 

Transfers Out of District

The student's parents or the student may withdraw or transfer the student from school district prior to completing and graduating from the education program.  The student or parent shall notify the superintendent or designee in writing as soon as possible of the decision to withdraw or transfer the student from the education program.  The notice shall state the student's final day of attendance.  The student or parent should present this written notice at the office and receive instructions regarding the return of textbooks, library books, and locker equipment, etc.

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 students who have graduated from the school District.

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

If the parents wish to have the student's cumulative record sent to the new school District, the parents shall notify the superintendent or designee 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 shall 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 records sent.

 

Approved 4-18-16 Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

511 OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES AS A RECEIVING DISTRICT

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

The superintendent will approve timely filed applications by June 1; and will take action on incoming kindergarten applications, good cause applications and continuation of an educational program applications filed by the date required under Iowa law.

The superintendent will notify the sending school District and parents within five (5) days of the school District’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  The superintendent will also forward a copy of the school District’s action with a copy of the open enrollment request to the Iowa Department of Education.

Open enrollment requests into the school District will not be approved if insufficient classroom space exists.  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 (9) through twelve (12) open enrolling into the school District will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, at the varsity level, during the first ninety (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.  The Board will not approve transportation into the sending 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 will remain in the sending District until the final determination is made.

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

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

 

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

512 OPEN ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES AS A SENDING DISTRICT

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

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

Parents of children who will begin kindergarten in the school District are exempt from the open enrollment March 1 deadline.  Parents of children who will begin kindergarten will file in the same manner set forth above by September 1.  Parents who have good cause as defined by law for failing to meet the March 1 deadline may make an open enrollment request by September 30 unless another deadline applies.

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

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

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

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

 

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

513 COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

Parent/guardians within the school District who have children over age six (6) and under age sixteen (16) by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, will have the children attend the school District at the attendance center designated by the Board. 

Students will attend school the number of days school is in session in accordance with the school calendar.  Students of compulsory attendance age will attend school a minimum of 1080 hours or 180 days.  Students of compulsory attendance age, students over age six (6) and under age sixteen (16) on September 15, may not attend the minimum days only if the student falls into one of the following exemptions:

  1. has completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or has obtained a high school equivalency diploma;
  2. is attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;
  3. is attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;
  4. is attending an accredited nonpublic school;
  5. is receiving competent private instruction; or independent private instruction; or
  6. is subject to the Attendance Cooperation Process.

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

The truancy officer, principal or other school official will investigate the cause for a student's truancy.  If the truancy officer, principal or other school official is unable to secure the truant student's attendance, the truancy officer, principal or other school official will enact Attendance Cooperation Process outlined in the supporting administrative regulation.

 

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

Approved 4-18-16   Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

514 ATTENDANCE COOPERATION PROCESS

Any student under age sixteen (16) on September 15 is subject to the Attendance Cooperation Process.

When it is determined that a student in grades kindergarten through sixth grade is in violation of the school District attendance policy and procedures, the truancy officer or principal will check the Department of Human Services records to determine whether the student’s family is receiving Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits. 

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

The purpose of the ACP is to determine the cause of the student’s nonattendance, get the parties to agree to solutions addressing the nonattendance, initiate referrals to any other services that may be necessary, and to draft an agreement including all terms agreed to and future responsibilities of all parties.  All parties must sign the agreement and failure to sign by the parent/guardian is considered a violation of the process and initiates the next level.

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

 

Approved 4-18-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

515 ATTENDANCE OF CLASSES AND INSTRUCTIONAL TIME

Attendance is required of all students in all regularly scheduled classes and instructional time.  The superintendent shall, in cooperation with the school administration, staff, parents/guardians, and students, prepare rules and regulations to implement this policy.

Elementary School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Creston Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the elementary school(s).

I. General Attendance Policies Applicable to the Elementary School

At any time that a student’s attendance reflects five absences per semester, either excused or unexcused, the student is violating the school district’s policy regarding the minimum attendance requirement.  After five absences a letter will be sent home notifying the parent that the student has exceeded this policy.  Any absence after that will need to be documented with a note from a doctor or cleared by the school nurse.  If the absences continue, the truant officer will be notified and further action may be taken.

A.  The following absences will be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness or by the next school day:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Family death or emergency;
  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;
  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court.
  5. Family trips and other extended absences which can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed.
  6. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required).

B.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused.  However, to satisfy a mutual concern of parents/guardians and the school for the welfare of unaccounted-for students, the office will contact parent/guardian should a student be found absent for whom no parent/guardian excuse has been received.  This call will be to confirm the whereabouts of the student but will be considered after the fact for attendance purposes and will not be considered excused if the school has to call to find a student;
  2. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse and authorization of the principal's office;

C.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Leaving the building during the day or failing to attend class for personal reasons not approved by the school principal or his/her designee;
  2. Work for parent/guardian or an employer;
  3. Haircut appointments;
  4. Oversleeping;
  5. Car trouble;
  6. Shopping trips
  7. Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same thing as an unexcused absence.
  8. Any other as determined by the Principal.

II.  Tardiness

A.  Tardies are unexcused absences that are thirty (30) minutes or less in nature.  Up to three (3) tardies will be given without penalty per semester.  After the third (3) tardy, parents/guardians will be notified and a meeting will be held between the principal and the parent/guardian.  An attempt to resolve the tardy issue will be made. 

B.  Unexcused tardies beyond four (4) will be considered truant.  Those children who are truant will be considered in violation of the state's mandatory attendance laws.  These cases will be referred to the County Attorney for mediation or prosecution.

C.  Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same as an unexcused absence.

 

Middle School and High School Attendance

The Board and faculty of the Creston Community School District consider regular attendance highly important and have established the following policy to deal with student absence and tardiness in the middle school and the high school.

I. General Attendance Policies Applicable to Both Middle School and High School

At any time that a student’s attendance reflects five absences per semester, either excused or unexcused, the student is violating the school district’s policy regarding the minimum attendance requirement.  After five absences a letter will be sent home notifying the parent that the student has exceeded this policy.  Any absence after that will need to be documented with a note from a doctor or cleared by the school nurse.  If the absences continue, the truant officer will be notified and further action may be taken.

A.  The following regulations will be used in regards to attendance:     

  1. If a student is not present for the entire day on the day of a school activity, that student will not be able to participate in either a practice or performance of a school-sponsored group.  Students must have at least ½ day in attendance on Friday in order to participate in an activity scheduled for Saturday.   
  2. Doctor and dental appointments are excused if the student is prompt in his/her return to school.

B.  The following absences will be excused, providing the excuse has been provided by the parent or guardian in advance of the absence, or at the time of personal illness:   

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Family death or emergency;
  3. Medical appointments that must be made during school time;
  4. Court appearance if validated by the assigned time on the ticket, and the appearance is validated by the Clerk of the Magistrate Court and/or District Court;
  5. College visits with the recommendation of the counselor.  Parent-teacher conference days and semester break days should be used when possible for these visits;
  6. Family trips and other extended absences that can be justified from an educational standpoint.  These must be approved by the principal well in advance and arrangements made with each teacher involved for the make-up of work to be missed; and
  7. School initiated absence (no parent excuse required).

C.  Following an excused absence, the student will be responsible for contacting teachers to complete all work not previously made-up.  Make-up work timeline is outlined in the Student Handbook.  After ten (10) consecutive excused absences, a parent conference will be held to discuss educational planning.

D.  The following absences will be treated as unexcused:

  1. Any absence not properly excused before the occurrence, or at the time in the case of personal illness.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school if a student is to be absent and the absence is to be excused.  However, to satisfy a mutual concern of parents/guardians and the school for the welfare of unaccounted-for students, the office will contact parent/guardian should a student be found absent for whom no parent/guardian excuse has been received.  This call will be to confirm the whereabouts of the student but will be considered after the fact for attendance purposes and will not be considered excused if the school has to call to find a student;
  2. Leaving the building during the day without parental excuse and authorization of the principal's office;
  3. Leaving the building during the day or failing to attend class for personal reasons not approved by the school principal or his/her designee;
  4. Work for parent/guardian or an employer;
  5. Haircut appointments;
  6. Oversleeping;
  7. Car trouble;
  8. Shopping trips;
  9. Senior pictures; or
  10. Obtaining drivers’ license or permit.                                                                                                                                
  11. Any other as determined by the Principal.

II.  Attendance Policies Applicable Only to Middle School

A.  Following an unexcused absence:

  1. All work must be made-up when the student returns to school. 
  2. Following the first unexcused absence the student will be assigned a 30 minute detention.
  3. Following the second unexcused absence the student will be assigned a 60 minute detention.
  4. A third unexcused absence will result in additional disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by the principal.
  5. Any additional unexcused absences will result in further disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by the administration.  Parents/guardians may be required to meet with the principal and/or truant officer to develop an attendance plan for the student.

B.  Tardiness

  1. The only tardiness that will be excused will be that from being detained by another teacher (in which case the detaining teacher will issue a late pass) or because of a late bus.  Being over 30 minutes late will be considered the same as an unexcused absence.
  2. To provide for those cases where being late is unavoidable, there will be no penalty assessed for the first two (2) instances of tardiness each semester.  Following the third (3) tardy and each succeeding tardy up to six in a semester, a student will have to make up 30 minutes of detention.  Following the sixth (6) tardy in a semester, further disciplinary action may be taken up to In-school/Out-of-school suspension and a parent contact will be made.

C.  Detention

Detentions may be assigned by either an individual teacher or by the office.  Students serving detentions are expected to follow the rules of the supervisor and are expected to work on assignments or read a book.   Office detentions will be served until 4:00 p.m.  Detentions may be served on the day with parent permission, on the following day, or at the teacher’s discretion.  Individual teachers will assign detentions according to their schedule.  Failure to report to a detention will result in further disciplinary actions.  Students failing to serve the detention within the allowed time will be referred to the Principal for further consequences.  Detentions may be assigned Monday through Friday.  Detentions will take precedence over scheduled school trips or activities.

 

III.  Attendance Policies Applicable Only to High School

A.  Following the first unexcused absence from a class(es) during a calendar year:

  1. The student will be assigned minute for minute for time missed under 60 minutes, 90- minute detention for two periods or more.  Parents will be notified of infraction.
  2. Truant students might not be given credit for work in the class during the unexcused absence, but may be required by the teacher to complete it as part of the class requirements.

B.  Following the second unexcused absence from class(es):

  1. The student will be assigned ½ ISS period.
  2. A conference between the student and an administrator or counselor will be held and parents will be contacted.     
  3. Truant students might not be given partial or full credit for work missed in the class during the unexcused absence.

C.  Following the third unexcused absence from class(es):

  1.  If the absence results in the third/fourth unexcused absence from any class the student will 2 days of ISS.  The parent/guardian shall be notification.  All credit(s) for the class (es) may be lost or work turned in given partial credit.

D.  Missing a class while being elsewhere in the building without the authorization of a teacher or skipping a study hall will result in detention.  

If a student accumulates a total of ten (10) absences (excused or unexcused) per semester from any class, a conference with parents/guardians, student, teachers, Liaison Officer, and principal may be requested by the principal/Liaison Officer to determine if the student is progressing well enough to justify continuation in the class.

E.  Tardiness

  1. The only tardiness that will be excused will be that from being detained by another teacher (in which case the detaining teacher will issue a late pass), because of a late bus, or parent/guardian consent.
  2. To provide for those cases where being late is unavoidable there will be no penalty assessed.
  3. On the fifth, sixth, and seventh tardy, the student will be assigned 30 minutes of detention.
  4. For the eight, twelfth, or sixteenth tardy the student will be assigned ½ ISS, and the parents/guardians will be contacted.
  5. Parents/guardians will be notified by mail of any detention assigned.

 F.  Detention

  1. The detention room will be open each morning from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.
  2. Students must check in with the teacher or ISS instructor before serving detention.
  3. Students will a set time for detention to be served.  If not served in that time period additional detention or ISS maybe assigned.

Approved 5-16-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

516 TRUANCY

Truancy is the act of being absent without an approved excuse.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for truancy.  It shall be within the discretion of the principal or the superintendent, or either’s designee, to determine, in the light of the circumstances, whether a student may make up work missed because of truancy.

The truancy officer shall investigate the cause for a student's truancy.  If the truancy officer is unable to secure the truant student's attendance after three (3) documented occurrences per school year, the case shall be referred to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution.

The school will participate in mediation, if requested by the county attorney.  The District's superintendent/designee shall represent the District in mediation.  The District will monitor the student's compliance with the mediation agreement and will report violations of the mediation agreement to the county attorney.

 

Approved 5-16-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

517 STUDENT RELEASE DURING SCHOOL HOURS

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

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

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

 

Approved 5-16-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

518 EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

The superintendent/designee shall have the authority to close schools because of extreme weather or other emergency conditions for the length of time the emergency exists.  The superintendent/designee shall make provisions to publicly announce such closings via local media as soon as possible after the decision to close.

School shall be in session in accordance with Iowa law.

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519 STUDENT ATTENDANCE RECORDS

As part of the school District's records, the daily attendance of each student is recorded and maintained on file with the permanent records in the elctonic school records system.  It is the responsibility of the principals to ensure that such reports are filed with the thier designee, who is the custodian of school records.

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520 STUDENT RECORDS

The Board recognizes the importance of maintaining student records and preserving their confidentiality.  For purposes of this policy and other policies relating to student records, student is defined as an enrolled individual in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in school district-sponsored child care programs.

Student records containing personally identifiable information are kept confidential at collection, storage, disclosure, and destruction stages.  The Board secretary is the custodian of student records.  Student records may be maintained in the central administration office or administrative office of the student's attendance center.  Upon graduation cumulative file will be give to graduate or students that do not graduate may pick up records in attendance center office.

Parents and eligible students will have access to the student's records during the regular business hours of the District.  An eligible student is a student who has reached eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education at the post high school level.  Parents of an eligible student are provided access to the student records only with the written permission of the eligible student unless the eligible student is defined as a dependent by the Internal Revenue Code.  In that case, the parents may be provided access without the written permission of the student.  A representative of the parents or eligible student, who has received written permission from the parents or eligible student, may inspect and review a special education student's records.  Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the District has a court order stating such or when the District has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records.  Parents may inspect an instrument used for the purpose of collection of student personal information prior to the instrument’s use.

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

Parents and eligible students will have a right to access the student's records upon request without unnecessary delay and in no instance more than forty-five (45) 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 District will provide an explanation and interpretation of the student records and a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained or used by the District.

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

If the District determines that amendment of the student's record is not appropriate, it will inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the hearing officer provided by the District.  If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the student record is further denied following the hearing, the parents or the eligible student are informed that they have a right to place an explanatory letter in the student record commenting on the District's decision and/or setting forth the reasoning for disagreeing with the District.  Additions to the student's records will become a part of the student record and be maintained like other student records.  If the District discloses the student records, the explanation by the parents will also be disclosed.

Student records may be disclosed in limited circumstances without parental or eligible student's written permission.  When a disclosure is made without parental or eligible student’s written permission, it is disclosed 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:

  1.  to school officials within the District and AEA personnel whom the superintendent has determined to have a legitimate educational interest, including, but not limited to, Board members, employees, school attorney, auditor, health professionals, and individuals serving official school committees;

  2.  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;

  3. to the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education or state and local educational authorities;

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

  5. to organizations and/or their authorized representatives conducting audits, evaluations and/or studies to evaluate the effectiveness of education programs, provided the district has a written agreement with the organization conducting the audit, evaluation and/or study;

  6. to accrediting organizations;

  7. to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;

  8. to comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena consistent with an interagency agreement between the District and juvenile justice agencies;

  9. in connection with a health or safety emergency; or

  10. as directory information.

The superintendent will keep a list of the individuals and their positions who are authorized to view a special education student's records without the permission of the parents or the eligible student.  Individuals not listed are not allowed access without parental or an eligible student's written permission.  This list must be current and available for public inspection and updated as changes occur.

The superintendent will also keep a list of individuals, agencies, and organizations which have requested or obtained access to a student's records, the date access was given and their legitimate educational interest or purpose for which they were authorized to view the records.  The superintendent, however, does not need to keep a list of the parents, authorized educational employees, officers and agencies of the District who have accessed the student's records.  This list for a student record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student, and the custodian of student records.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The notice will include a statement that the parents have a right to file a complaint alleging the District failed to comply with this policy.  Complaints are forwarded to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

 

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520.1 USE OF STUDENT RECORDS REGULATIONS

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

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

 

A.         Access to Records

  1. The parent or legal guardian of a student will have access to these records upon written request to the Board secretary and/or building administrator.  The parent or legal guardian will have the opportunity to receive an interpretation of the records, have the right to question the data, and, if a difference of opinion is noted, shall be permitted to file a letter in the cumulative folder stating the dissenting person's position.  If further challenge is made to the record, the normal appeal procedures established by school policy will be followed.
  2. A student, eighteen (18) years or older, has the right to determine who, outside the school system, has access to the records.  Parents of students who are eighteen (18) years or older, but still dependents for income tax purposes may access the student's records without prior permission of the student.
  3. School officials having access to student records are defined as having a legitimate educational interest.  A school official is a person employed by the 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 employee, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

B.         Release of Information to External Parties

  1. To release student records to other school(s) in which the student intends to enroll, the parent, legal guardian or eligible student must be notified of the transfer and the kinds of information being released unless the District annually notifies parents that the records will be sent automatically.
  2. Student records may be released to official education and other government agencies only if allowed by state or federal law.
  3. To release student records to other persons or agencies, written consent and/or authorization shall be given by the parent, legal guardian or a student of majority age. This consent and/or authorization form will state which records are released, to whom they are released, and the reason for the release.  A copy of the specific records being released will be made available to the person signing the release form if requested.
  4. Before furnishing student records in compliance with judicial orders or pursuant to any lawfully issued subpoena, the District will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parents, legal guardian or eligible student are notified in advance.
  5. Student records may be shared with juvenile justice agencies with which the District has an interagency agreement.  This information is shared without prior parental consent.  The agreement is a public document available for inspection.

C.        Hearing Procedures

  1. Upon parental request, the 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 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 five (5) calendar days if the superintendent does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
  7. The parents may appeal the superintendent's decision, or the hearing officer’s decision if the superintendent was unable to hear the appeal, to the Board within five (5) calendar days.  It is within the discretion of the Board to hear the appeal.

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520.2 STUDENT RECORDS REQUEST FORM FOR PARENTS OR STUDENTS

520.6 REQUEST FOR HEARING ON CORRECTION OF STUDENT RECORDS

 

To: __________________________________                    Date: ________________________

      Board Secretary, Custodian of Records

     Creston Community School District

 

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

 

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

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

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

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

_________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

I have the following relationship to the student: ____________________________________________

 

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

 

 

 

___________________________________            ___________________________________

(Signature)                                                                  (Address)

___________________________________            ___________________________________

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

                                                                                  ___________________________________

                                                                                  (Phone Number)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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520.7 ANNUAL NOTICE REGARDING STUDENT RECORDS

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

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.
    1. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading or in violation of the student's privacy rights.
    1. 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.
    2. 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 the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    1. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); 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 employee, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
    2. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
    3. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school District in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.  (Note: FERPA requires a school District to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request).
  4. The right to inform the school District that the parent does not want directory information to be released.  Directory information can be released without prior parental consent.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make object in writing by October 1st, to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.
    1. “Directory information” includes: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, student ID number that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), user ID or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.
    2. Even though student addresses and telephone numbers are not considered directory information in every instance, military recruiters and post-secondary educational institutions may legally access this information without prior parental consent.  Parents not wanting military recruiters or post-secondary institutions to access the information must ask the District to withhold the information.  Also, Districts that provide post-secondary institutions and potential employers access to students must provide the same right of access to military recruiters.
  5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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521 STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school District.  For purposes of this policy and other policies relating to student directory information, student is defined as an enrolled individual in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, including children in school district-sponsored child care programs.  Directory information is defined in the annual notice.  It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, student ID number that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), user ID or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), photograph and other likeness, and other similar information. 

The school District may designate that certain directory information is available to specific parties and/or for a specific purpose.

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents of students, including those open enrolled out of the school district and parents of children homeschooled in the school district, will be given notice annually of the intent to develop a directory or to give out general information and have the opportunity to deny the inclusion of their child's information in the directory or in the general information about the students.

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

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521.1 USE OF STUDENT 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 as follows in regard to any individual student of the school district as needed.  Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing by October 1st of this school year to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

Name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, student ID number that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), user ID or other unique personal identifier that is displayed on a student identification card (provided it cannot be solely used to access the student’s educational records), photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.

 

Dated ______________________________, 20___.

 

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522 STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS

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

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

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

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

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523 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 is charged.

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

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524 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The following are the requirements for graduation for students to earn a Creston Community School District High School diploma:

  1. The accumulation of a minimum of Fifty-four (54) credits.  The specific course requirements are outlined elsewhere in the Policy.
  2. A student may be eligible for graduation when the number of credits have been obtained, but not before the end of the third year of high school.
  3. The high school principal/designee shall submit a list of persons eligible for diplomas or certificates of attendance to the Board for approval each year.
  4. Students must have successfully completed the District and state requirements for graduation to be eligible for participation in graduation exercises.  The only exception will be for extenuating circumstances involving unforeseen and unavoidable situations.  Such exceptions may be made at the discretion of the high school principal/designee.
  5. Any student may, after four (4) years of attendance, make-up their failed classes through correspondence work or by returning to school.  When these failed classes have been made-up, the student may receive a regular diploma.
  6. Required courses taken at a post-secondary institution, which are duplicates of courses offered at the Creston Community School District High School, will not count toward graduation requirements unless a course has been previously failed at Creston Community School District High School.

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525 EARLY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Generally, students will be required to complete the necessary course work and graduate from high school at the end of grade twelve (12).  Students may graduate prior to this time if they meet the minimum graduation requirements stated in the Board Policy.  A student who graduates early will no longer be considered a student. 

Students are required to give notice of their intent to graduate early at spring registration.  Application forms are available in the counselors’ offices and must be completed by December 1 for mid-term graduation and by April 1 for graduation at the end of the junior year.

Students who graduate early may attend the next graduation ceremony (e.g., if they graduate at the end of the first semester of their senior year, they may attend the following spring’s ceremony, if students graduate at the end of their junior year, they do not have an option to attend a graduation ceremony ).  It will be the responsibility of the early graduates to check with the school, in advance of graduation, regarding:

  1. Picking up announcement package;
  2. Distribution of cap and gown;
  3. Graduation practice.

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526 COMMENCEMENT

Students who have met the requirements for graduation will be allowed to participate in the commencement activities provided they abide by the proceedings organized by the school District.  

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527 COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The following are the course requirements for students to graduate from Creston Community School District High School:

  1. Social Studies:  Six (6) credits of social studies, including two (2) credits of world history, two (2) credits of American history, and one (1) credit each of government and economics.
  2. Language Arts:  Eight (8) credits.  Four (4) credits must be earned in the area of basic English mechanics and composition.  One (1) credit must be earned in either American Literature or World Literature.  One (1) credit must be earned in another literature course.  Two  (2) credits may be earned in any of the courses listed under language arts.
  3. Mathematics: Six (6) credits. Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
  4. Science: Six (6) credits. 
  5. Physical Education:  One (1) semester of physical education (.25 credit) per year.
  6. Special Education Classes:  Special education student schedules will be driven by IEP needs.
  7. Student of Service (SOS): One (1) credit.
  8. Financial Literacy: One-half (1/2) credit which may be incorporated into the Social Studies requirement.

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529 STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

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

The building adminstrators, in conjunction with the school nurse, health advisory committee, public health nurse, school health team, etc. will develop administrative regulations implementing this policy.  

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530 STUDENT HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATES

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities will provide proof of such an examination to the District.  A physical examination and proof of such an examination is recomended for students entering Kindergarten.

A certificate of health stating the results of a physical examination and signed by the physician is on file at the attendance center.  Each student will submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the superintendent.  

Students enrolling in kindergarten or any grade in elementary school in the District will have, a dental screening performed by a licensed medical professional (physician, nurse, physician assistant, dentist, dental hygienist) sometime between the student turning three (3) years of age and four (4) months following the student’s enrollment in the District, and will provide proof of such a screening to the District.  Students enrolling in 9th grade in high school in the District will have, a dental screening performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist sometime between one (1) year prior to the student’s enrollment in the District and four (4) months following the student’s enrollment in the District, and will provide proof of such a screening to the District.

Parents or guardians of students enrolling in kindergarten and 3rd grade in the District shall be provided a student vision card provided by the Iowa optometric association and as approved by the department of education. 

Students enrolling for the first time in the school District will also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, and other immunizations required by law.  The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so.  Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for 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 certification and immunization requirements in this policy will be allowed only for medical, religious or undue burden 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.

 

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531 ADMINSTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENT

Students may be required to take medication during the school day.  Medication shall be administered only by the school nurse or a qualified designee.  A qualified designee is a person who has been trained under the State Department of Health guidelines.  Training and continued supervision shall be documented and kept on file at school. 

When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan shall be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student's parent. 

Students may be required to take medication during the school day.  Medication is administered by the school nurse, or in the nurse's absence, by a person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners.  The course is conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist.  A record of course completion will be maintained by the school District.

Medication will not be administered without written authorization that is signed and dated from the parent and the medication must be in the original container which is labeled by the pharmacy or the manufacturer with the name of the child, name of the medication, the time of the day which it is to be given, the dosage, and the duration.  Written authorization will also be secured when the parent requests student co-administration of medication when competency is demonstrated.  When administration of the medication requires ongoing professional health judgment, an individual health plan will be developed by the licensed health personnel with the student and the student's parents.  A written record of the administration of medication procedure must be kept for each child receiving medication including the date; student's name; prescriber or person authorizing the administration; the medication and its dosage; the name, signature, and title of the person administering the medication; and the time and method of administration and any unusual circumstances, actions or omissions.  Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented.  Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.  Medication information shall be kept confidential.

The school nurse, or in the nurse's absence, the person who has successfully completed an administration of medication course reviewed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners will have access to the medication which will be kept in a secured area.  Students may carry medication only with the approval of the parents and building principal of the student's attendance center.  Emergency protocol for medication-related reactions will be in place.

The superintendent is responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, for developing rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and nonprescription, including emergency protocols, to students and for ensuring persons administering medication have taken the prescribed course and periodically review the prescribed course.  Annually, each student is provided with the requirements for administration of medication at school.

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531.1 ADMINSTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENT REGULATIONS

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

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

  1. Medication must be in the original container, from the pharmacy with the directions clearly stated.  This serves two purposes: signifies permission from the doctor and includes directions from the pharmacist.  Pharmacists will supply another labeled container for school upon request when the prescription is filled.  NO BAGGIES OR ENVELOPES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT SCHOOL.
  2. Parents/guardians must give written authorization for the administration of the medication.

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

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

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

Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.

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

  • date;
  • student's name;
  • prescriber or person authorizing administration;
  • medication;
  • medication dosage;
  • administration time;
  • administration method;
  • signature and title of the person administering medication; and
  • any unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions.

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

 

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

 

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531.2 PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM FOR THE ADMINSTRATION OF MEDICATION TO STUDENT

533 COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  The term "communicable disease" will mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.

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

The health risk to immunodepressed students is determined by their personal physician.  The health risk to others in the school District environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease is determined on a case-by-case basis by the student's personal physician, a physician chosen by the school District or public health officials.

A student or parent shall notify the the school nurse when they learn the student has a communicable disease.  It shall be the responsibility of the building adminstrator/school nurse to share all reportable communicable disease with the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Health data of a student is confidential and it shall not be disclosed to third parties, except in cases of reportable communicable diseases.

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

 

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533.1 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CHART

CONCISE DESCRIPTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR

EXCLUSION OF CASES FROM SCHOOL

DISEASE

*Immunization is available

Usual Interval Between Exposure and First Symptoms of Disease

MAIN SYMPTOMS

Minimum Exclusion From School

CHICKENPOX*

13 to 17 days

Mild symptoms and fever.  Pocks are "blistery."  Develop scabs, most on covered parts of body.

7 days from onset of pocks or until pocks become dry

CONJUNCTIVITIS

(PINK EYE)

24 to 72 hours

Tearing, redness and puffy lids, eye discharge.

24 hours after adequate treatment .

ERYTHEMIA

INFECTIOSUM

(5TH DISEASE)

4 to 20 days

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

After diagnosis no exclusion from school.

GERMAN MEASLES*

(RUBELLA)

14 to 23 days

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

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

HAEMOPHILUS

MENINGITIS

2 to 4 days

Fever, vomiting, lethargy, stiff neck and back.

Until physician permits return.

HEPATITIS A

Variable – 15 to 50 (average 28 to 30 days)

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

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

IMPETIGO

1 to 3 days

Inflamed sores, with puss.

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

MEASLES*

10 days to fever, 14 days to rash

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

4 days from onset of rash.

MENINGOCOCCAL

MENINGITIS

2 to 10 days (commonly 3 to 4 days

Headache, nausea, stiff neck, fever.

Until physician permits return.

MUMPS*

12 to 25 (commonly 18) days

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

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

PEDICULOSIS

(HEAD/BODY LICE)

7 days for eggs to hatch

Lice and nits (eggs) in hair.

24 hours after adequate treatment to kill lice and nits.

RINGWORM OF SCALP

10 to 14 days

Scaly patch, usually ring shaped, on scalp.

24 hours after adequate treatment.  Exclude from gymnasium, swimming pools, contact sports.

SCABIES

2 to 6 weeks initial exposure; 1 to 4 days reexposure

Tiny burrows in skin caused by mites.

Until 24 hours after treatment.

SCARLET FEVER

SCARLATINA

STREP THROAT

1 to 3 days

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

24 hours after antibiotics started and no fever.

WHOOPING COUGH* (PERTUSSIS)

7 to 10 days

Head cold, slight fever, cough, characteristic whoop after 2 weeks.

5 days after start of antibiotic treatment.

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533.2 REPORTABLE INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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

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

 

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

 

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534 STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL

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

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

It is the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the superintendent within twenty-four hours after the student is injured.

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

The superintendent is 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.

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534.1 STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL ACCIDENT REPORT FORM

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535 STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Board recognizes that some special education students need special health services during the school day.  These students will receive special health services in conjunction with their individualized education program and 504 plan.

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

 

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535.1 STUDENT SPECIAL HEALTH SERVICES REGULATIONS

Some students who require special education need special health services in order to participate in the educational program.  These students will receive special health services in accordance with their individualized educational program or 504 plan.

 

A.         Definitions

 

Assignment and delegation - occurs when licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of individuals performing the health services.  Primary consideration is given to the recommendation of the licensed health personnel.  Each designation considers the student's special health service.  The rationale for the designation is documented.  If the designation decision of the team differs from the licensed health professional, team members may file a dissenting opinion.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  • Interpretation or intervention,
  • Administration of health procedures and health care, or
  • Use of a health device to compensate for the reduction or loss of a body function.

 

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

  • Physically present;
  • Available at the same site; or
  • Available on call.

B.         Licensed health personnel will provide special health services under the auspices of the school.  Duties of the licensed personnel include the duty to:

 

1.            Participate as a member of the education team;

2.            Provide the health assessment;

3.            Plan, implement, and evaluate the written individual health plan;

4.            Plan, implement, and evaluate special emergency health services;

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

C.        Prior to the provision of special health services the following will be on file:

 

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

2.            Written statement by the student's parent requesting the provision of the special health services;

3.            Written report of the preplanning staffing or meeting of the education team; and

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

 

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

 

1.            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;

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

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

4.            Review of the designated person's competency; and

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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536 STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN

The Creston Community School District promotes healthy students by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment.  The district supports a healthy environment where students learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices.  By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, schools contribute to the basic health status of students.  Improved health optimizes student performance potential.

 

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

  • is offered at each building 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 such as math, science, language arts, social sciences, and elective subjects;
  • promotes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutritional practices;
  • emphasizes caloric balance between food intake and physical activity;
  • links with meal programs, other foods, and nutrition-related community services; and
  • includes training for teachers and other staff.

Physical Activity

 

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

 

B.         Physical Education 

 

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

 

C.        Daily Recess

  1. Elementary schools will provide recess for students that:
  • is at least twenty (20) minutes a day;
  • is preferably outdoors;
  • encourages moderate to vigorous physical activity; and
  • discourages extended periods (i.e., periods of two (2) or more hours) of inactivity.

 

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

 

D.        Physical Activity and Discipline

 

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

 

Other Activities that Promote Student Wellness

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

d.         Marketing activities that promote healthful behaviors.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Other Activities that Promote Staff Wellness

 

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

 

Plan for Measuring Implementation of the Wellness Plan and Nutrition Guidelines

 

A.         Wellness Policy Committee.

 

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

 

2.         The wellness policy committee and/or an individual designated by the committee will implement, monitor and evaluate/ measure the wellness policy.  This committee and/or individual will report annually to the board and to the general public regarding these efforts.

 

B.         Implementation

 

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

2.         Each school and the district as a whole will periodically measure prepare reports regarding implementation of the district’s wellness policy.  The report shall describe how the school and/or district are striving to implement the goals outlined in the policy.

 

C.        Monitoring.

 

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

 

2.            Additionally, the following actions will occur:

 

a.            food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance with nutritional policies within food service areas and will report on this matter to the superintendent or principal;

b.            the school district will report on the most recent USDA School Meals Initiative (SMI) review findings and any resulting changes;

c.            the Food Service Director and/or the superintendent will develop a summary report on school district-wide compliance with the school district’s wellness policy, based on input from schools within the school district; and

d.            the report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to the district.

 

D.        Policy Review

 

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

 

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

 

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

b.         review the nutritional and physical activity policies and practices to determine compliance with the district’s wellness policy;

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

d.         describe the progress the district has made in complying with its wellness policy and in comparing to the model local wellness policy;

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

 

 

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

 

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537 STUDENT WELLNESS PLAN – NUTRITION GUIDELINES

School Meals

 

A.         Meals served by the district to students will:

 

1.            be appealing and attractive to students;

2.            be served in clean and pleasant settings;

3.            meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by state and federal law;

4.            offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;

5.            include low-fat and fat-free milk and nutritionally equivalent non-dairy alternatives (as defined by the USDA);

6.            encourage serving of whole grain products; and

7.            accommodate alternatives for those students with allergies that meet the above guidelines as closely as possible.

 

B.         Breakfast

 

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

 

C.        Beverages

 

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

 

D.        Free and Reduced-Price Meals

 

1.         The district will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals.  Toward this end, the district will utilize electronic identification and payment systems and promote the availability of meals to all students.

 

E.         Sharing of Food

 

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

 

F.         Meal Times and Scheduling

 

            1.         The district will do the following:

 

a.            provide students with adequate and appropriate time for meals;

b.            schedule meal periods at appropriate times, e.g., lunch should be scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;

c.            provide students access to hand washing or hand sanitizing before they eat meals or snacks; and

d.            take reasonable steps to accommodate the tooth-brushing regimens of students with special oral health needs (e.g., orthodontia or high tooth decay risk).

 

G.        Qualification of Food Service and Staff

 

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

 

Other Food Available at School

 

A.         Food Sold Outside the Meal

 

            1.         Examples include vending machine, a la carte and sales foods.

 

2.         Elementary Schools.  The food service program will approve and provide all food and beverage sales to students in elementary schools. To this end, the following is true:

 

a.            food in elementary schools will be sold as balanced meals, given young student’s limited nutrition skills; and

b.            food and beverages sold individually will be limited to low-fat and non-fat milk, fruits and non-fried vegetables and occasional extra entrée.

 

1.            Middle School and High School.  All foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs including those sold through a la carte lines and machines during the school day, will meet the following nutrition and portion size standards:

 

a.            Foods.  A food item sold individually will:

 

i.              have no more than 400 calories, for entrée items, and no more than 200 calories, for side items;

ii.             have no more than 600 milligrams of sodium, for entrée items, and no more than 400 milligrams of sodium, for side items;

iii.            have no more than 10 percent of its calories from saturated fat (excluding reduced fat cheese);

iv.           have no more than 0.5 gram of trans fat per serving;

v.            have no more than 35 percent of its calories from total fat (excluding nuts, seeds, peanut butter and other nut butters);

vi.           have no more than 35 percent of its calories from sugar (excluding fruits and yogurts).

 

b.         Beverages.  A beverage sold individually will fit within the following requirements:

 

i.              The beverage sold may be any of the following:

a.            unflavored or flavored low-fat or fat-free milk;

b.            100 percent fruit and vegetable juices with no added sweeteners;

c.            water with no added non-nutritive sweeteners;

 

ii.             The beverage sold will not be a soda or other carbonated beverage.

 

c.         Portion Size.  Limit portion sizes of foods and beverages sold individually to those listed below:

 

i.              One and one-half ounces for chips, crackers, popcorn, cereal, trail mix, nuts, seeds, dried fruit or jerky;

ii.             One ounce for cookies;

iii.            Two ounces for cereal bars, granola bars, pastries, muffins, doughnuts, bagels, and other bakery items;

iv.           Four fluid ounces for frozen desserts, including, but not limited to, low-fat or fat-free ice cream;

v.            Eight ounces for non-frozen yogurt;

vi.           Twelve fluid ounces for beverages, excluding water and milk; and

vii.          The portion size of a la carte entrees and side dishes, including potatoes, will not be greater than the size of comparable portions offered as part of meals.  Fruits and non-fried vegetables are exempt from portion-size limits.

 

B.         Snacks

 

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

 

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

 

C.        Foods and Beverages at School-Sponsored Events

 

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

 

Food Safety

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nutrition Promotion and Education

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Other Aspects of Wellness Plan – Nutrition Guidelines

 

A.         Fundraising Activities

 

1.         To support student health and school nutrition-education efforts, school fundraising groups’ activities will be encouraged to use non foods or foods that are compliant to the school’s wellness policies.  The District will make available a list of ideas for fundraising activities.

 

B.         Rewards

 

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

 

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538 STUDENT INSURANCE

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the health and accident insurance plan selected by the school district.  The cost of the health and accident insurance program is borne by the student.  Participation in the insurance health and accident plan is not a contract with the school district, but rather, a contract between the insurance company and the student.

 

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

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539 EMERGENCY PLANS AND DRILLS

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

Each attendance center will develop and maintain a written plan containing emergency and disaster procedures.  The plan will be communicated to and reviewed with employees.  Employees will participate in emergency drills.  Licensed employees are responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed in the drill.

The emergency plan shall include:

  • assignment of employees to specific tasks and responsibilities;
  • instructions relating to the use of alarm systems and signals.  If combination visual and auditory warning devices do not exist, the plan shall include specific provisions for warning individuals with hearing impairments;
  • information concerning methods of fire containment;
  • systems for notification of appropriate persons and agencies;
  • information concerning the location and use of fire fighting equipment;
  • specification of evacuation routes and procedures;
  • posting of plans and procedures at suitable locations throughout the facility;
  • evacuation drills which include the actual evacuation of individuals to safe areas;
  • an evaluation for each evacuation drill.

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

540 STUDENT APPEARANCE

The District and the Board believe 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 come to school looking clean and neat, dressed in a manner which is accepted as being in good taste, and consistent with an attitude and atmosphere that is conducive to study and learning.  Extreme hairstyle and dress that is unduly immodest, distracting or inappropriate for a school environment will not be allowed.  Clothing or other apparel promoting or referring products illegal for use by minors, (i.e. alcohol, tobacco, drugs) and/or clothing displaying obscene material or profanity or referring to inappropriate or prohibited conduct are not allowed.  Low riding pants and low cut tops are not acceptable.  Bare midriffs will not be acceptable for boys or girls.  Clothes with holes or tears in inappropriate places are not acceptable.  Hats or any head coverings that are not required for religious purposes may not be worn in the building during school time.  Any accessories deemed unsafe (such as chains or jewelry/accessories with spikes) will not be allowed.

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

While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the educational program will not be tolerated.  When, in the judgment of a principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

541 STUDENT LOCKERS

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

To ensure students are properly maintaining their assigned lockers, the principal/designee of the building may periodically inspect all or a random selection of lockers.  Either students or another individual will be present during the inspection of lockers.  Student lockers may also be searched at any time and without advance notice, in compliance with Board policy regulating search and seizure.

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

542 POSSESSION OF WEAPONS

The Board believes weapons, look-a likes, other dangerous objects and any instrument used as a weapon in District facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the District.

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

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

Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school shall be expelled for not less than one year.  The superintendent/designee shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for students on a case-by-case basis.  For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term "firearm" includes, but is not limited to, any weapon which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.

For purposes of this policy, the term “dangerous object” includes any instrument or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal, and which is capable of inflicting death upon a human being when used in the manner for which it was designed.  The term “dangerous object” also includes any instrument or device or any sort whatsoever which is actually used in such a manner as to indicate that the individual intends to inflict death or injury upon the other, and which, when so used, is capable of inflicting death upon a human being.  In addition, dangerous objects or any instrument used as a weapon in the school includes any object used to intimidate, coerce, scare or threaten a student, school district employee or visitor.  Dangerous objects therefore include, but are not limited to, clubs, nunchakus, brass knuckles, knives regardless of blade length, stun guns, BB and pellet guns, toy guns used or displayed as real guns, and unloaded guns.

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

 

Approved 6-20-16   Reviewed/Updated 7-15-19

543 POSSESSION OR USE OF ILLEGAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

The District and the Board recognize the following as serious violations of the school's disciplinary policy:

  1. Possessing, drinking, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on school property or at school sponsored or approved events off the school grounds at any time, including official school events at other schools;
  2. Possessing, distributing, using, or being under the influence of illegal drugs on school property or at school sponsored or approved events off the school grounds at any time, including official school events at other schools;
  3. Possessing, distributing, or using drug paraphernalia on school property or at school sponsored or approved events off the school grounds at any time, including official school events at other schools.

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

The penalty for such violations may include suspension or expulsion.  Participation in activities, including practices, shall also be prohibited during any period of suspension or expulsion.  A student suspended or expelled under this policy will be allowed to return to classes upon completion of the suspension/expulsion period.  

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

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

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

544 USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Rules and regulations concerning student-driven vehicles in addition to state motor vehicle laws shall be established by the building principal.  Motor vehicles should not be used during school hours unless special permission is given by the parent, principal or designee.  The privilege of driving during school hours may be withdrawn by the building principal/designee from the student if the student fails to comply with state law or rules and regulations as established by the principal/designee.

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

545 SEARCH AND SEIZURE

School District property is held in public trust by the Board.  School District authorities may, without a search warrant, search students or protected student areas, based on a reasonable and articulable suspicion that a school District policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated.  The search is in a manner reasonable in scope with relation to the District policy, rule, regulation or law alleged to be violated, and necessary 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 the locker, desk, or other facility.

School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search.  Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school District property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school District; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school District.  Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials.  The Board believes that illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school District.

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

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

545.1 SEARCH AND SEIZURE REGULATIONS

 

I.          General Searches

 

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

 

1.            Eyewitness observations by employees;

2.            Information received from reliable sources;

3.            Suspicious behavior by the student; or

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

 

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

 

1.         The age of the student;

2.         The gender of the student;

3.         The nature of the infraction; and

4.         The existence of an emergency requiring the search without delay.

 

II.         Types of Searches

 

            A.         Personal Searches

 

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

 

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

 

a.         If a pat-down search or a search of a student's garments (such as jackets, socks, pockets, etc.) is conducted, it will be conducted in private by a school official of the same gender as the student and with another adult witness of the same gender 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 gender as the student, with an adult of the same gender present unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which may be caused by following these procedures.

 

B.            Locker and Desk Inspections

 

1.         Although school lockers and desks are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times.  The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring the lockers 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 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 will be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

2.         The contents of a student's locker  or desk (coat, backpack, purse, etc.) may be searched when a school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion that the contents contains illegal or contraband items 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

 

1.         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 articulatable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.        

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

546 QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS

School District officials and employees may interview students during the school day.  Generally, persons other than parents and school District officials and employees may not interview students during the school day.  For purposes of this policy, the school juvenile court officer shall be considered a school employee. 

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

If a child abuse investigator wishes to interview a student, the principal will determine whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student's parents, whether the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, and who will be present during the interview.

Students will not be taken from school without the consent of the principal.

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

546.1 QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS REGULATIONS

I.          Investigation Conducted in the Educational Environment

 

A. Interviews Initiated by School Administrators

  1. Conducted by Administrators
    1. Principals shall have the authority to conduct investigations and to question students pertaining to infractions of school rules, whether or not the alleged conduct is a violation of criminal law.
  2. Conducted by Law Enforcement Officers
    1. The principal/designee shall determine when the necessity exists that law enforcement officers be contacted to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal behavior.
    2. The principal/designee may request that law enforcement officers conduct an investigation of alleged criminal behavior during school hours.  A reasonable attempt shall be made to contact the student's parents, guardian or representative prior to questioning of students by law enforcement officers.  Such contacts or attempted contacts with parents, guardian or representative shall be documented by the administrator involved.  In the absence of a student's parents, guardian or representative during any questioning of such students, the principal or other designated certificated school staff person shall be present.
    3. If the investigation has centered on any particular student suspected of such alleged criminal activity, the procedure of taking students into custody by the police set forth in Section II shall be followed to the extent that they do not interfere with reasonable law enforcement procedures.

 

B.  Interviews Initiated by Law Enforcement Officers

  1. Although cooperation with law enforcement officers will be maintained, it should not normally be necessary for law enforcement officers to initiate and conduct any investigation and questioning on the school premises during school hours pertaining to criminal activities unrelated to the operation of the school.  Only in demonstrated emergency situations, when law enforcement officers find it absolutely necessary, will they be voluntarily permitted to conduct such an investigation during school hours.  These circumstances should ordinarily be limited to those in which delay might result in danger to any person, or flight from the jurisdiction of a person reasonably suspected of a crime or destruction of evidence.
  2. In such cases, the officers shall be requested to obtain prior approval of the principal/designee before beginning such an investigation on school premises.  The administrator shall document the circumstances of such investigations as soon as practicable.  Alleged criminal behavior related to the school environment brought to the principal's attention by law enforcement officers shall be dealt with under Iowa law.

 

C.           Questioning of Students During Investigation

  1. Violations of School Rules
    1. In instances where school rules have allegedly been violated, the principal/designee may contact the suspected rule violator or potential witness to the infraction.
    2. The suspected student shall be advised orally or in writing of the nature of the alleged offense and of the evidence, if any, against the student.
    3. In questioning a potential student witness to an alleged disciplinary infraction, care should be taken by the administrator to insure that there is a reasonable likelihood that the student was indeed a witness.
  2. Violations of Criminal Law
    1. During an investigation of violation of school rules, it may come to the attention of the administrator that the investigated activity may also be a violation of criminal law.  In proceeding with the investigation, the principal/designee can attempt to ascertain whether there is sufficient justification to believe that a criminal offense was committed that warrants contacting law enforcement officials.
    2. Where a suspected violation of criminal law has occurred on the school grounds, involving the operation of the school or during a school-sponsored activity, law enforcement officials may be notified and their presence requested for the questioning of suspected students.  Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, questioning of the student shall not begin or continue until the law enforcement officers arrive.  Reasonable attempts shall be made to contact a student's parents, guardian or representative who, unless an emergency exists, shall be given the opportunity to confer with the student and to be present with the student during such questioning.  The administrator shall document the contact or attempted contact with the student's parents, guardian or representative.  The law enforcement officers may wish to advise the student of his/her legal rights.

 

 

II.         Taking a Student into Custody

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

III.        Disturbance of School Environment

 

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

 

IV.        Disseminating and Reviewing Policies

 

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

 

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

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

547 DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF STUDENTS

When violations of statutes, regulations or school rules require the disciplining of a student, the following elements of procedural due process will be present:

  1. The student will be provided with accurate information regarding rules and regulations, either in written form or through verbal instruction by teachers or administrators;
  2. The student will be made aware of the specific behaviors giving rise to any proposed penalty or disciplinary action; AND
  3. The student will be offered an opportunity to express their views to the decision-making authority regarding the incident.

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

548 STUDENT FEES, FINES AND CHARGES

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/designee shall inform the Board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for 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/guardian. 

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

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

 

Approved 6-20-16   Reviewed/updated 7-15-19                                                                                                                        

549 FEE WAIVER PROCEDURES

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

 

        A.       Waivers

 

                  1.       Full Waivers.  A student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school District if the student or student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition program (including receiving free or reduced price lunch), Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) guidelines or transportation assistance under open enrollment.  Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

550 CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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

Students may participate in interscholastic athletics, music, speech, and other contests or events approved by the administration subject to the rules and regulations which govern participation in general for each event or contest.  Any such events must be supervised by licensed school personnel.

The District is affiliated and pays dues as a member of the Iowa FFA Association, Iowa State Music Association, Iowa State Speech Association, Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa High School Girls' Athletic Union, and the Iowa Association of Student Councils.  Therefore, the school is subject to all the rules and regulations of these associations and the Department of Education.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school District throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with Board policy and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

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

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

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

Approved 6-20-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

550.1 CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES REGULATIONS

Review - 2018

The opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities is extended as a privilege to students attending Creston Community School.  To retain eligibility for participation in the activities we offer, students must conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times.  Students who represent our school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of our community.

For those students who have met the eligibility requirements at Creston Community School and choose to participate in extracurricular activities, the “Good Conduct Policy” (GCP) further defines expectations for those involved. 

 

ACTIVITIES COVERED UNDER THE GOOD CONDUCT POLICY

The following activities are covered under this Good Conduct Policy: 

Extra and Co-Curricular Programs

ATHLETICS MUSIC DRAMA CLUBS PERFORMANCE GROUPS
+Baseball Instrumental* All-School Play FFA Special Olympics*
+Basketball* Concert Band* One Act Plays FBLA Peppers
+Cross Country* Marching Band* Musical* IJAG Cheerleading
+Football Jazz Band* Individual Speech NHS Color Guard
+Golf Pep Band* Large Group Speech Thespians Winter Guard
+Soccer Vocal*   Spanish Club  
+Softball Mixed Chorus   SADD* OTHER
+Tennis Madrigal Ensemble   YACC* Prom
+Track* National Anthem Singers      
+Volleyball* Ninth Grade Chorus      
+Wrestling* Drumline*      
+Bowling        

+ - indicate activities sponsored by the IHSAA and the IGHSAU.

* - MS Activities

 

VIOLATIONS OF THE GOOD CONDUCT POLICY

Category A

  • Possession, use, distribution/purchase or attempted distribution/purchase of illegal drugs or paraphernalia, or the unauthorized possession, use, distribution/purchase or attempted distribution/purchase of otherwise lawful drugs without a legal prescription
  • O.W.I. and “zero tolerance” (zero tolerance includes violations that align with federal mandates – i.e. weapons on school grounds, commission of serious crimes, etc.)

Category B 

  • Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system and chargeable as a felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or serious misdemeanor, regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted or adjudicated for the act(s)
  • Use, possession, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, and public intoxication (other than that listed in part two of Category A)
  • Any action that could be considered dangerous to the well being of the student, and/or the school is prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to, huffing, over consumption of cough medicine, use of look-a-like chemicals, etc. 

Category C

  • Use, possession or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age
  • Gross misconduct includes, but is not limited to:  fighting, vandalism, and hazing or harassment of others.
  • Whenever a student engaged in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system and chargeable as a simple misdemeanor, the administration may impose the GCP pending their investigation.  This does not include violations of provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 106, 106A, 109, 109A, 110, 110A, 110B, 111, 321, or 321G, which would be simple misdemeanors if committed by an adult, any violations of county or municipal curfew or traffic ordinances.
  • The administration has the discretion to categorize a violation under a higher category if the situation so warrants.

The Activities Director/M.S. Principal shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Policy at their level.

CONSEQUENCES

Category A

1st offense:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for 50% of current sport or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school
  • Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance
  • Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 month        
  • Prime for Life or Prevention Concepts class(s)

Category A

2nd offense or more:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended from sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, and other extracurricular performances/contests for the next 12 months

Category B:

1st offense:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for 25% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next drama performance which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next speech contest which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended for 25% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school
  • Suspended for 25% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance
  • Suspended from the next 2 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 2 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months
  • Prime for Life or Prevention Concepts class(s)

2nd offense:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for 50% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school
  • Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance
  • Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

3rd offense or more:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended from sports and other extracurricular performances/contests for the next 12 months

Category C:

1st offense:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for the next athletic contest in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months.
  • If involved in other extracurricular activities, will miss the next upcoming performance/contest in each activity, which takes place within the next 2 weeks

2nd offense:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for 25% of current sport, or sports, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next drama performance which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next speech contest which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended for 25% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school
  • Suspended for 25% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance
  • Suspended from the next 2 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 2 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months.

3rd offense or more:

  • Including, but not limited to, activities listed
  • Suspended for 50% of current sport, or sport, if participating in more than one sport during a season, or next sport in which the student is involved, and which takes place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 drama performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended from the next 2 speech contests which take place within the next 12 months
  • Suspended for 50% of the vocal performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school
  • Suspended for 50% of the band performances which take place within the next 3 months.  If the incident occurs during the summer, the 3-month suspension period will begin on the first day of school.  However, if the student is involved in summer performances, the suspension period will begin at the time of the next performance
  • Suspended from the next 4 jazz band performances which take place within the next 12 months
  • If involved in extracurricular organizations other than those addressed above, the student will be suspended from the next 4 upcoming performances/contests in each organization, which take place within the next 12 months

Suspension from Sporting Events - Regulations

Suspension from sporting events is described below.  The number of suspensions listed represents dates; not necessarily games/meets.  The suspension will move to the next regularly scheduled date if the activity scheduled on one of the identified dates is postponed or cancelled.  Each day of a multi-day meet or tournament is considered a date (e.g. John Harris Wrestling Invite is two dates).  Furthermore, the suspension applies to the student’s primary level of competition.  Additionally, the student would be ineligible to compete in all other performances or contests at any level during the primary level suspension period.

If a sports season ends prior to completion of the suspension, there will be a “carry-over” to the next sport in which the student is participating.  Also, the student will be required to complete the sport season in which participating, or the suspensions served during that season will be invalid.

Students may not participate in or go out for any sport or activity after the sport or activity has been in progress for seven calendar days.  If an extenuating circumstance exists, a request from the student must meet the coaches and athletic director’s approval in order to participate after the seven calendar days deadline has past.

If a student is injured after a good conduct violation any or all games of the original suspension will count towards their original consequence.  If the injury occurs before the good conduct violation, consequences will not be served until the student participant is medically released to participate.

During the suspension period, the student will be expected to continue practicing, but will not be able to participate in contests or performances, as outlined below: 

Suspension from sporting events including, but not limited to, the activities listed below:     

  High School Sports Middle School Sports
      Timely Admission     Timely Admission
  25% 50% 25% 50% 25% 50% 25% 50%
Football 2 4 1 3 1 3 1 2
Cross Country 2 4 1 3 1 3 1 2
Volleyball 3 6 2 5 2 4 1 3
Basketball 4 9 3 8 3 6 2 5
Wrestling 4 8 3 7 2 4 1 3
Tennis 3 6 2 5        
Track 3 6 2 5 1 3 1 2
Golf 3 6 2 5        
Soccer 3 6 2 5        
Baseball 6 12 5 11        
Softball 6 12 5 11        
Bowling 3 6 2 5        

Cheerleading       Corresponds with sport in season
Peppers               Corresponds with sport in season, which has the highest # of events included in the suspension.

  • Plays, musicals, band, Winter Guard, and Color Guard performances will be decided at time of violation.
  • Prom –  A Student is not eligible to attend Prom if they have not served their suspension from their Good Conduct Violation.
  • Middle/High School Timely Admission only affects Category A and B.   A loss of a minimum of one event will be effective regardless of Timely Admission clause. 
           

Education Program

Following a violation in Category A or B, the student will complete the Prime for Life or Prevention Concepts class(s).

Honesty Clause/Timely Admission

We want to encourage students to be honest with the school regarding violations of the Good Conduct Policy.  Student’s who make a “timely admission” to school administration regarding a violation of the GCP, will be given the opportunity to take a one-performance/contest suspension reduction in all activities to which the suspension applies.

“Timely Admission” means:  The student notifies either a school administrator or their sports or activities coach or sponsor on the next day of attendance following the violation.

If the violation occurs during the summer break, the student has (7) days to make a “timely admission” to a school administrator or their sports or activities coach or sponsor.

This “timely admission” option is available only once and only with a first violation of either Category A or B. 

Determination and Appeal Process

A.   Determination of a violation will be based upon:

  • admission by the student, or
  • conviction by a court of law, or
  • an investigation by school officials and a determination that some evidence exists that a violation has occurred.  This investigation may include, but is not limited to, a report from law enforcement, or interviews and/or statements from other students, staff, or members of the community.

B.  The date the school is notified by the student violator, becomes the initiation date for consequences with the exception of summer violations.  Initiation dates for violations that occur in the summer are defined under each category.

The date the school determines there is some evidence to support that a violation has occurred becomes the initiation date for consequences with the exception of summer violations.  Initiation dates for violations that occur in the summer are defined under each category.        

Violations accumulate per category, and accumulate throughout a student’s high school career.  However, following a student’s first violation of the Good Conduct Policy, a 12-month “violation-free” period would allow the student to “buy back” the previous offense.  This option is available only one time during a student’s high school career, and is available only if the student has made a “timely admission.”

A student who has allegedly violated the Good Conduct Policy will be notified of the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Policy, the information which supports the allegations and will be given an opportunity to respond.  Upon a review of all the evidence and circumstances, the Principal/Activities Director will make a decision regarding the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Policy.  If the Principal/Activities Director, determines that the student has violated the Good Conduct Policy, the Principal/Activities Director will then determine a period of ineligibility. 

Whenever a student is declared ineligible under the Good Conduct Policy, the following procedures shall apply:

  1. A conference will be held with the Principal/Activities Director and the student.  At that time, the length of the period of ineligibility and a specific explanation of the reasons for ineligibility will be discussed.  The offense and the consequences will thereafter be put in writing and sent to the student and parent(s).  Depending upon the timing of the offense and imposed consequences, a parent conference and/or call may be employed in addition to the letter.  If the student or parent(s) do not wish to appeal the ineligibility decision, the Principal/Athletic Director’s decision will be in effect and be considered final. 
     
  2. If the student or his/her parents(s) wish to appeal the decision of the Principal/Activities Director, they may appeal the Principal/Activities Director’s decision to the Superintendent.  The request for the appeal must be received by the Superintendent, in writing, within three (3) business days of the date on which the student was declared ineligible by the Principal/Activities Director.  The Superintendent shall consider the circumstances and evidence of the case and shall make a decision which will be communicated in writing to the student, parent(s), and Principal/Activities Director.  The decision of the Superintendent shall be made within seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received.
     
  3. If the student or parent(s) wish to appeal the Superintendent’s decision, they must do so in writing to the Board of Education within three (3) business days of the receipt of the Superintendent’s decision.  The appeal shall be heard by the Board at the earliest feasible opportunity, but no later than seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received by the Board Secretary.
     
  4. The Board shall schedule a meeting for the purpose of conducting a formal hearing with all individuals involved.  The student has the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.  At least three (3) days before the date of the hearing, the student and his/her family and/or representative will be provided with copies of any and all documents that the administration plans to present to the Board at the hearing and a list of all witnesses who may testify before the Board in support of the administration.  At the hearing, the student and his/her parent(s) and the administration will have an opportunity to meet and present evidence and information in support of their position and to cross-examine each other’s witnesses.  The appeal will be conducted in closed session, unless the student or parent(s) request that it be conducted in open session.  However, any formal action by the Board of Directors must be taken at an open meeting.  The Board shall issue a written decision after the hearing, which includes findings of fact and the conclusions.  If the Board of Directors reverses the decision of the administration, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record. 
  5. During the appeal procedure the student will be ineligible from participating in any extracurricular or co-curricular activities. 

Transfers

If a student transfers into the Creston Community School District from another Iowa school or school district and the student has not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a “Good Conduct Policy” in the previous school, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student’s misconduct or violation in the previous district.  The period of ineligibility will align with the Good Conduct Policy of the previous district if applied or if the violation occurred during the summer and the Good Conduct Policy in the previous district was not applied, our Good Conduct Policy will be imposed. 

Transfers and Eligibility

As of July 1, when a high school student transfers into an Iowa High School without a contemporaneous family move or other exception allowed by law, that student is still ineligible to compete for a new high school in interscholastic athletics, but the ineligibility is limited to varsity level sports.  During the 90 school days of ineligibility, the student may participate and compete at any non-varsity level- junior varsity, freshman, and/or sophomore teams.  This is true of open enrollment transfers also.  Determination of whether a student is immediately eligible has not changed. 

General Information

If a student is found to be in violation of the Good Conduct Policy while serving under a suspension from a previous violation, the suspension periods will run consecutively.

If a student drops out of school while serving under the Good Conduct Policy, the consequences remain in effect until the suspension period has expired.

Students may not perform at pep rallies while serving under the Good Conduct Policy.  However, the pep rally does not constitute a performance/contest toward your suspension.   In other words, suspension from pep rallies is in addition to any other consequences imposed by the Good Conduct Policy.

Additional rules and provisions, not in conflict with the GCP, may be communicated at the organizational meeting of the various extracurricular groups.  Students are expected to be aware of and compliant with all provisions.

Because it is impossible to foresee every possible scenario, school administration may choose to consult with legal counsel, Board of Education and law enforcement, to determine whether or not the GCP will be imposed in any situation not directly covered by the rules.

 

Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

551 STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The student council provides for student activities, serves as a training experience for student leaders, promotes the common good, gives students a share in the management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, acts as a clearinghouse for student activities, seeks to interest students in school District affairs and helps solve problems that may arise.  Members of the council are student representatives who have direct access to the administration.

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

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

552 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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

Curriculum-Related Organizations

It will be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether a student group is curriculum-related.  One or more of the following questions will be answered affirmatively if the group is curriculum-related:

  • Is the subject matter of the group actually taught in a regularly offered course?
  • Will the subject matter of the group soon be taught in a regularly offered course?
  • Does the subject matter of the group concern the body of courses as a whole?
  • Is participation in the group required for a particular course?
  • Does participation in the group result in academic credit?

Secondary and/or student-initiated curriculum-related student organizations, upon receiving permission from the principal, may use the school District facilities for meetings and other purposes during non-instructional time.

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

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

Non-Curriculum-Related Organizations

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

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

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

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

553 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 expressions made by students in the exercise of free speech, including student expression in official school publications, is not an expression of official school policy.  The District, the Board, and the District employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students, unless the District employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student speech or expression.

Official school publications are free from prior restraint by District 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 by the ethical standards adopted by professional associations of societies of journalism.

Persons, other than students, who believe they have been aggrieved by student expression in a student-produced official school publication will follow the grievance procedure outlined in this policy manual.  Students who believe their freedom of expression in a student-produced official school publication has been restricted will follow the grievance procedure outlined in this policy manual.

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

553.1 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS GUIDELINES

A.         Official School Publications

 

1.         An "official school publication" is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook or writing classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee.

 

B.         Expression in an Official School Publication

 

1.         No student will express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which is:

 

                        a.         obscene;

                        b.         libelous;

                        c.         slanderous; or

                        d.         encourages students to:

 

                                    i.          commit unlawful acts;

                                    ii.          violate school rules;

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

                                    iv.        disrupt or interfere with the education program;

                                    v.         interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or

                                    vi.        infringe on the rights of others.

 

2.         Official school publications are produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

 

C.        Responsibilities of Students

 

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

 

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

 

3.         Students will strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.

 

D.        Responsibilities of Faculty Advisors

 

1.         Faculty advisors will supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and journalism and to comply with the law including, but not limited to, the restrictions against unlawful speech.

 

 

E.         Liability

 

1.         Student expression in an official school publication will not be deemed to be an expression of the school District.  The school District, the Board, and the employees or officials are not liable in any civil or criminal action for any student expression made or published by students unless the employees or officials have interfered with or altered the content of the student expression.  The liability, if any, is only to the extent of interference or alteration of the speech or expression.

 

F.         Appeal Procedure

 

1.         Students who believe they have been unreasonably restricted in their exercise of expression in an official student publication will seek review of the decision through the student grievance procedure.

 

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

 

G.        Time, Place and Manner of Restrictions on Official School Publications

 

1.         Official student publications may be distributed in a reasonable manner on or off school premises.

 

            2.         Distribution in a reasonable manner will not encourage students to:

 

a.         commit unlawful acts;

                        b.         violate school rules;

c.         cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school 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 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

554 SOCIAL EVENTS

All social events shall be under the control and supervision of licensed school personnel.  Approval for an event shall be secured from the principal/activities director or designee of the building involved and placed on the school calendar before any public announcement is made.  Hours, behavior, and activities related to social events shall be reasonable and proper.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

555 ATTENDENCE OF EVENTS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT

Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the District, but at places outside of the school District must be sponsored and supervised by licensed school personnel.  Rules of behavior shall be the same as at any in-school activity or event.

The District has no control or responsibility for any school child when the child is in the custody and control of his parents/guardians or other agencies.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

556 PARENT/GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT

The District recognizes that parental involvement, referring to the involvement of any caregiver who assumes responsibility for nurturing and caring for children, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, stepparents, etc., is important to academic achievement.  Studies demonstrate that when parents are involved in their children’s education, the attitudes, behaviors and achievements of students are positively enhanced.

Parents and families provide the primary educational environment for children; consequently, parents are vital and necessary partners with the educational communities throughout their children’s school career.  Although parents come to the schools with diverse cultural backgrounds, primary languages and needs, universally all parents want what is best for their children.  School Districts and schools, in collaboration with parents, teachers, students, and administrators, must establish and develop efforts that enhance parental involvement and reflect the needs of students, parents, and families in the communities which they serve.

In order to enhance parental involvement, the District will promote six essential elements:

 

1.         Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful:  Effective communication requires school-initiated contact with the parent and parent-initiated contact with the school where both parties provide vital information about a child’s strengths, challenges, and accomplishments.  Open communication is encouraged any time.  Other communications are done each quarter of the school year.  To effectively communicate, both parties must be aware of issues such as cultural diversity and language differences and appropriate steps must be taken to allow clear communication for all participants.  

 

2.         Responsible parenting is promoted and supported:  The family plays a primary role in a child’s education, and schools must respect and honor traditions and activities unique to a community’s cultural practices and beliefs.  Parents are linked to programs and resources within the community that provide support services to families.  A jointly developed school/parent compact on how parents, the staff, and students share responsibility for improved achievement is distributed through K-3 elementary children in the fall of the year for parents to review and sign and return.  The compact is also in the elementary handbook and reviewed at annual meetings. 

 

3.            Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning:  Educators recognize and acknowledge parents’ roles as the integral and primary facilitator of their children’s education.  Research demonstrates that student achievement increases when parents are actively involved in the learning process. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers in the school setting.

 

 

4.         Schools are open and inviting to parents and families and are actively seeking parental support and assistance for school programs:  Parents are welcome in the school and their support and assistance are sought.  Capitalizing on the expertise and skills of the parents strengthens the family, school, and community partnership.

 

5.         Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families:  Parents and educators have a joint responsibility to make informed decisions related to all aspects of the education provided to the community’s youth.  The role of parents in shared decision-making should be continually evaluated, refined, and expanded. Title I teachers continue their involvement with parents through parent informational meetings, surveys, and conferences while their children remain in the program.

 

6.         Community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning:  Schools and parents will cultivate relationships with additional members of the community in order to promote and effectively increase educational opportunities for children.  Together, parents, educators and community members will join efforts toward identifying and promoting community resources and innovative programs for strengthening schools, families and student learning.  Annual Title I meetings are held and parents of all Title I students in public and private schools are notified.

 

Providing all children in the community with equal access to quality education is a primary goal.  It is vital that all partners (parents, educators, communities, etc.) have the opportunity to provide input and offer resources to meet this goal.  These partnerships are mutually beneficial.  Developing cooperative efforts and linking access to resources will ensure improved academic achievement for all students, as well as quality schools.

The Board will review this policy regularly.  The superintendent is responsible for notifying parents of this policy annually or within a reasonable time after it has been amended during the school year.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

557 CUSTODY AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

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

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

It is the responsibility of the superintendent/designee to ensure employees remain neutral in a disagreement about custody and parental rights.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

558 PARENT/GUARDIAN – TEACHER CONFERENCES AND STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS

The Board recognizes the following objectives or purposes of a system of reporting to parents and/or guardians regarding the status of the student:

  1. To inform parents/guardians of the progress made by their students.
  2. To bring parents/guardians into closer understanding of the expectations of the school.
  3. To record for students their growth or achievement.
  4. To assist students in evaluating their growth or achievement.
  5. To assist the student, parent/guardian, and the school in working cooperatively for the welfare of the student.

Reporting shall be done at nine-week intervals.  At the end of each nine weeks the parent/guardian shall be sent a progress report.  Conferences between parent/guardian and teachers will be held at the request of parent/guardian or as the teacher or principal/designee deem advisable.

Parent/guardian(s) of all students doing unsatisfactory work will receive a progress report at the mid-point of each nine-week period.  All parent/guardian(s) of students who have received an unsatisfactory mid-term must be informed of the possibility of failure in a course not later than two (2) weeks before the close of the semester.  The teacher shall notify the student and the parent/guardian.

Parent/Guardian-Teacher conferences shall be scheduled in grades kindergarten through high school a minimum of twice a school year.  At the end of the other two nine-week periods a report card shall be sent to the parent/guardian.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

559 RETENTION AND PROMOTION

The District recognizes that not all students grow and develop at the same rate and that some students may need more time at a particular level.  Whenever a student at any grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade is not achieving up to expectation, the professional staff and parent/guardian shall consider retention.

Generally, retention is more appropriate at lower grade levels; however, retention in any grade through grade five (5) is acceptable if done in the best interest of the student.  In all cases, parent/guardian(s) and staff should work together in reaching a decision.

In rare instances, it may be in a student’s best interest to promote or “skip” the student over a grade.  This should only be done after extensive evaluation and consultation with all concerned.

Retention and promotion shall be carried out according to rules and regulations set forth in this policy.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

559.1 RETENTION AND PROMOTION REGULATIONS

The following are rules and regulations that shall govern the procedures under which administrators, teachers and any other staff personnel concerned with retention and promotion shall operate:

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

A.         Criteria to be Considered

  1. Academic Achievement;

  2. Intellectual Ability;

  3. Social Maturity;

  4. Emotional Maturity;

  5. Physical Development;

  6. Chronological Age;

  7. Language Development; and

  8. Attendance.

B.         Procedures

  1. The classroom teacher will inform the principal/designee of his/her intent to discuss retention/promotion with parents/guardians before the parents/guardians are approached.

  2. The classroom teacher will hold a face-to-face conference with the parents/ guardians to initiate the possibility of retention/promotion before February 1 if possible.

  3. Parents/guardians and staff should strive to make a final decision by the end of the third quarter, but in no case later than the last school day of the year.

  4. The classroom teacher, parents/guardians, and principal/designee shall reach a joint decision regarding retention/promotion of the student.  However, in the event of a disagreement, the parents/guardians shall have the final decision regarding retention since they have ultimate responsibility for their student’s education.

  5. The classroom teacher’s recommendation to retain a student shall be placed in writing in the student’s cumulative record regardless of the final decision.  This written record shall list the reasons for the recommendation.  This written recommendation will remain a part of the cumulative record but will not be a part of the permanent record.  The parents/guardians’ signature to indicate they have seen the written recommendation shall be incorporated into the record.

  6. Light’s Retention Scale will be used in the retention considerations.

  7. The student must have been referred to the Student Teacher Assistance Team (STAT) and the intervention data collected will be used in the retention process.

  8. Once a student has been targeted for retention consideration, a Personal Education Plan (PEP) for success will be developed and maintained for the student unless they have an IEP.

  9. Final recommendations for retention of students with a special education classification will be completed in staffing.  

 

Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade

A.         Criteria to be Considered

  1. Academic Achievement

  2. Intellectual Ability

  3. Social Maturity

  4. Emotional Maturity

  5. Physical Development

  6. Chronological Age

  7. Language Development

  8. Attendance

 

B.         Procedures

  1. The Success Program will be the first step in the retention procedure.  Students who fail to complete the Success Program will be considered for retention.

  2. The parent/guardians and the building principal will reach a joint decision regarding retention of the student.  However, in the event of a disagreement, the parent/guardians shall have the final decision regarding the grade level placement of the students.

  3. Students who fall substantially below grade level expectations in both reading and math on all State and district wide assessments will be considered for retention.

  4. Students who fail three of the five core classes (English, reading, math, science and social studies) will be considered for retention.

  5. Light’s Retention Scale will be used in the retention considerations.

  6. Once a student has been targeted for retention consideration, a Personal Education Plan (PEP) for success will be developed and maintained for the student unless they have an IEP.

  7. The student must have been referred to the Student Teacher Assistant Team (STAT) and the intervention data collected will be used in the retention process.

  8. Final recommendations for retention of students with a special education classification will be completed in staffing.  

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

560 EVALUATION AND SURVEY GUIDELINES

A  program is established and maintained to evaluate the guidance or counseling services to students.

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

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

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

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

561 STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

Any regularly enrolled student may be considered for honors or awards.  Students that attend the alternative school or alternative placement are not eligbile for academic awards. Qualifications for such awards shall be established by licensed school personnel who have been delegated the responsibility by the superintendent or the building principal.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

562 CLASS OR GROUP GIFTS TO SCHOOL

Student groups may make expenditures for gifts to the District upon securing the recommendation of the building principal/designee and the approval of the superintendent/ designee.  Gifts may be accepted and acknowledged by the superintendent/designee acting for the Board.

 

Approved 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19

563 STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

Student complaints and grievances regarding Board policy or administrative regulations and other matters should be addressed to the student's teacher or another licensed employee, other than the administration, for resolution of the complaint.  It is the goal of the Board to resolve student complaints at the lowest organizational level.

If the complaint cannot be resolved by a licensed employee, the student may discuss the matter with the principal.  If the matter cannot be resolved by the principal, the student may discuss it with the superintendent in a timely manner.

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 7-18-16  Reviewed/updated 7-15-19