604 Instructional Arrangements

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Instructional Arrangements                             Code No. 604
 
Professional staff members should develop a set of written expectations for students and parents.  Student orientation documents should include all of the following:
 
  1. Classroom materials and other resources along with instructions for proper utilization and protection.
  2. Teaching strategies which will be used to address the various learning styles of students.
  3. Teaching strategies which will address the multiple intelligences of students.
  4. Attendance rules, including procedures in the case of tardiness or requests to leave class (consistent with school policies).
  5. Types of classroom activities or assignments, such as discussions, classwork, homework, culminating projects, authentic assessments, field trips, and multimedia presentations.
  6. Expectations for quality performance.
  7. The responsibility of the teacher to provide special help for students.
  8. Staff guidelines related to make-up or enrichment activities.
  9. Classroom procedures and teacher expectations.
  10. Assessment criteria, including expectations for work samples which may be kept in a student's portfolio.
  11. Standards and benchmarks developed for content areas and benchmarks written for each course.
 
 
Adoption: 7-17-89
                                 
Review: 2-11-10 8-10-15
                                                                                      
Revision: 4-11-94  5-10-99
                                                                    
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604.1 Grouping for Instructional Purposes

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Grouping for Instructional Purposes                   Code No. 604.1
 
The Board of Directors recognizes that grouping is the organization of pupils for the purpose of instruction.  Grouping for instruction may be defined as the placement of pupils in groups so that the individual needs of pupils may be met in a more satisfactory manner.
 
The practice of grouping pupils for instruction shall be done solely for the purpose of providing an improved educational opportunity for each child to develop to the maximum of his/her potential.  Such grouping shall be done only so that the maximum learning and performance of each child may be achieved.
 
The following criteria shall be employed in grouping for instruction of individual pupils in the Forest City Community Schools:
 
  1. The subjective judgment of the classroom teacher with the assistance and advice of other members of the professional staff.
  2. Consideration for any negative impact on the affective domain of the child with concomitant affect on individual student growth.
  3. The effort  and motivation of the child as reflected by past performance. 
  4. Various forms of assessment are necessary, along with consultation with the student and parent prior to prescribing educational programs.
The intent of this policy is not to group students on the basis of ability but rather to identify and match individual programs which are best for individual students.
 
 
Adoption:  6-24-75
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  5-10-99  2-11-10 8-10-15  9-9-19
                                                                
Revision:  4-11-94
                                                                                  
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604.1-R1 Elementary (K-Prep-Gr. 5) Student Placement

REGULATIONS
 
F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Elementary (K-Prep - Gr. 5) Student Placement Code No. 604.1-R1
 
Primary responsibility for student program, class section and/or grade level placement is that of a team of professionals which include teachers, counselors, AEA267, support staff, student services coordinator and principal.  The major consideration will always be the needs of each individual student.  The best information available will be utilized to place each student in that environment which complements his/her learning style.  Criteria for student placement include:
 
1.  Teacher-pupil ratio
2.  Socio-emotional needs
3.  Classroom academic mix and balance
4.  Other special student needs
 
Parents will be given the opportunity to indicate a program preference from some of the following:  Single grade, looping, and K-Prep.  In addition parents may request programs which enhance classroom instruction.  Once these preferences have been identified the team of professionals will place students in the appropriate sections.
 
Parents or guardians of siblings in the same grade level academically in grades kindergarten through grade five may request the siblings be placed in the same or different classrooms. In order to be valid, the request must be in writing and submitted to the school principal at the time of registration for classes, or within fourteen days after the children’s first day of attendance during the school year. If a valid request is received by the school principal, the request must be honored. While a parent or guardian may make a placement request that siblings be placed together or apart, the district administration retains complete discretion to select the classroom teacher(s) to which siblings are assigned. If after the initial grading period following the placement of siblings in the same or different classrooms the school principal determines the placement is disruptive to the class; the principal may assign one or more of the siblings to different classrooms.
 
Adoption: 2-14-96
 
Review:  5-10-99 8-10-15  2-11-10  9-9-19
                                                             
Revision:  9-9-19
                                                                           
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604.1-R2 Parent Request for Section/Teacher Change

REGULATIONS
 
F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Parent Request for Section/Teacher Change Code No. 604.1-R2
 
Prior to approving a parent request for change of program, class section, and/or teacher the following steps are required:
 
  1. The parent will submit, to the building principal, a written request, stating reasons for the change.  The principal will then share a copy of the request with the teacher(s) involved.
  2. The teacher(s) involved, the principal, student services coordinator and parent(s) will discuss the request in a problem solving meeting.  The building principal and student services coordinator may modify this step,  if in their opinion, the information is sensitive and warrants  confidentiality.
  3. The building principal will give written notification to the parent(s) and teacher(s) of his/her decision to accept or deny the request.  A copy of the written decision will be given to the superintendent
 
 
Adoption: 2-14-96
 
Review: 5-10-99 8-10-15 2-11-10  9-9-19
                                                             
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604.2 Class Size

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Class Size                                             Code No. 604.2
 
The size of each class shall depend upon the type of instruction needed to assist each student to develop his/her academic and occupational capacities to the utmost.  Effective use of staff shall also be considered in organizing and scheduling classroom instruction.  The administrators of each school shall determine class size for each school unit.
 
Class size for special education students is established by state statute and AEA (Area Education Agency) guidelines.
 
The administrative team and building level improvement teams are instructed to investigate new approaches and techniques for organizing and scheduling classroom instruction.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                               
Review:  7-17-89  5-10-99    2-11-10  8-10-15  9-9-19
                                                              
Revision:  4-11-94
                                                                                  
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604.3 Homework

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Homework                                             Code No. 604.3
 
Introduction
 
Because education is a lifelong process which extends beyond the school, it is important that students recognize that learning occurs in the home and community.  Homework is one method of teaching the necessary skills of independent study and learning outside the school.  A broad definition of homework is considered here to include not only written work, but also related activities such as viewing specific television programs, news reporting, recreational reading, and other activities which are related to classroom work, but which are assigned to be done at home.
 
 
Reasons for homework;
 
     1.  To complete work started in class.
     2.  To expand and/or enrich regular classwork.
     3.  To build interest in reading and learning.
     4.  To make up work missed due to absence.
     5.  To encourage parents' awareness of student learning.
     6.  To provide an opportunity to pursue special interest or ability areas.
     7.  To increase learning time.
     8.  To establish independent study skills.
 
 
Guidelines for teachers
 
Homework assigned will depend on the discretion of each teacher based on a knowledge of the student's individual ability, awareness of home conditions, and the practice of good learning theory.
 
  1. Homework should be the independent practice of an effectively taught skill.
  2. Homework should be given with a purpose that is understood by both teacher and student.
  3. It is important that homework be within the student's capability.
  4. Homework assignments should be planned to include a wide variety of activities in all areas of the curriculum.
  5. Students should have readily available to them all books and materials required to complete the assigned work.
  6. Homework assignments are not to be given as busy work or disciplinary reasons.
  7. Teachers should refrain from assigning homework on family night.
Guidelines for parents
 
Parents can support a child's interest in lifelong learning by encouraging good study habits and providing a learning environment in the home.
  1. Provide a quiet, well-lighted place for the student to do homework.
  2. Help your child budget time so that a regular schedule for study is set.
  3. Take an active interest in what your child is doing in school.  Ask for an explanation of a particular assignment and what is being learned.  Compliment good work or when improvement is shown.  Make constructive suggestions, but avoid severe criticism and undue pressure.  A positive attitude by parents will encourage the student to do the best work possible.
  4. Encourage your child to seek additional help from the teacher at school if there seems to be any difficulty with work.
  5. Encourage and guide your child with assigned homework.  Under no circumstances do it for your child.
  6.  Regular school attendance is important for your child's continued learning.
  7.  Consult your child's teacher as soon as problems arise.
 
Suggestions for students
 
It is important to develop good study habits at school and at home.
  1. Be sure you understand the assignments, and ask your teacher if you need help.
  2. Set aside a regular time to do homework.
  3. .Study in a quiet place.
  4. Complete your work and hand it in when it is due.
  5. Do your best on each homework assignment.
 
 
 
Adoption: 7-17-89
                                 
Review: 5-10-99    2-11-10 8-10-15
                                                                  
Revision: 4-11-94
                                                                                    
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604.4 Field Trips and Excursions

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Field Trips and Excursions                             Code No. 604.4
 
The Board of Directors recognizes that a properly planned, well-conducted, and carefully supervised field trip is a vital part of the curriculum of any classroom.  As such, student trips of significant educational value are to be encouraged.
 
Field trips shall have the prior approval of the building principal.  Advance consent of the students' parents or guardians is required for any excursion involving the use of public or private transportation.  When the district provides transportation, the cost must be deducted from the yearly transportation costs.
 
Field trips outside the state must meet the criteria listed in Regulation 702.5-R.  Requests must be submitted on the School Field Trip form Exhibit 702.5-E.
 
Excursions outside the United States must have the recommendation of the administration and the approval of the Board of Directors.
 
 
 
Adoption: 7-17-89
                               
Review: 5-10-99  2-11-10 8-10-15
                     
Revision: 4-1-94
                                                                                 
Cross References: 702.5, 702.5-R, 702.5-E 
 
Legal References:  AC 22.9(285)

604.5 Outside Resource People

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Outside Resource People                               Code No. 604.5
 
The Board of Directors recognizes that one of the greatest resources of the school system is to be found in the people of the community who have special knowledge and particular talents to contribute to the school program.  The Board of Directors, therefore, encourages the use of community resources and mentors to assist in furthering the educational program.  Use of outside personnel and resources shall be approved by the principal.  
 
It is a matter of courtesy, as well as a method of providing knowledge of the presence of these outside resource people, for the classroom teacher to notify the principal in advance of the expected attendance of the speaker.
 
 
 
Adoption:  6-24-75
                               
Review:  4-11-94  5-10-99   2-11-10 8-10-15
                                                             
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604.6 Teaching Controversial Issues

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Teaching Controversial Issues                         Code No 604.6
 
A "controversial issue" is defined as an area of significant academic inquiry about which substantial segments of the citizens of this community, state or nation hold sincere conflicting points of view.
 
It is the belief of this school board that controversial issues should be fairly presented in a spirit of honest academic freedom to the end that individual students may recognize the validity of other points of view, but can learn to formulate their own opinions based upon dispassionate, objective, unbiased study and discussion of the factual bases underlying the controversy.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the instructors to present fully and fairly the opportunity and means for students to study, consider and discuss all sides of controversial issues, including but not limited to political philosophies.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the instructors to protect the right of the student to study pertinent controversial issues within limits of good taste, allowing the expression of their personal opinions without jeopardizing their relationships with their instructors or school.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the instructors to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views or selfish propaganda of any kind through any classroom or school device; however, instructors shall not be prohibited from expressing a personal opinion as long as the students are encouraged to reach their own decisions independently.
 
It shall be the policy of this school system with respect to controversial issues to encourage instructors to lead full discussions thereof in a spirit of academic freedom to the end that the students may learn that they have the right to disagree with the opinions of others, but they have the responsibility to base their disagreements upon the facts and, at the same time, respect the rights of others to hold conflicting opinions.
 
 
 
Adoption:  6-24-75
                                 
Review:   4-11-94   5-10-99   2-11-10 8-10-15
                                                              
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604.6-R Academic Freedom

REGULATIONS
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Academic Freedom                                     Code 604.6-R
 
The board recognizes the right of a teacher to discuss any social, economic, or political problem as well as the right of a student to explore any field or hold any belief without interference from the teacher.
 
The board believes, however, that freedom carries with it responsibility.  Academic freedom also carries with it academic responsibility that is determined by the basic ideals, goals, and institutions of the local community as they are expressed in the goals and objectives of the school district.
 
As a consequence of its responsibility to guarantee academic freedom to both students and teachers, the board expects that:
 
  1. All classroom studies will be curriculum-related, factual, objective, and impartial;
  2. Teachers will create and maintain an atmosphere of open-mindedness and tolerance;
  3.  Teachers will not attempt, directly or indirectly, to limit or control students' judgment concerning any issue, but will make certain that full and fair consideration is given to the subject and that facts are carefully examined as to their accuracy and interpretation.
 
 
Adoption: 7-17-89
                               
Review: 4-11-94   5-10-99   2-11-10 8-10-15
                                                              
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604.8 Shared-Time Enrollment

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Shared-Time Enrollment                               Code No. 604.8
 
The Board of Directors is obligated and charged by the State of Iowa to supply educational opportunity to all who qualify and enroll in its schools.  The board will permit the education of private school students on a part-time basis, provided this is consistent with the rules developed by the Iowa legislature, and provided that such students are enrolled in the public school for sufficient times and courses of study as administrators determine to be in the best interest of all concerned.
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                               
Review: 7-17-89   5-10-99    03-22-10 9-14-15
                                                               
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Legal References:  257.26

604.9 Supplemental Weighting

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Supplemental Weighting Code No. 604.9
 
Students in classes that are taught under a 28-E agreement with another school or higher educational institution may be eligible for weighted counting.  In these cases, those students taking qualifying classes in the fall of a new school year, and those students taking qualifying course in the previous spring semester, shall be counted on the fall budget and certified enrolment head count.
 
 
Adoption:  11-13-03
               
Review:  03-22-10 9-14-15
                                                 
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