700 AUXILIARY SERVICES

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Statement of Guiding Principles                       Code No. 700
 
The Board of Directors shall, as it deems necessary, make provision for auxiliary services that will enhance the opportunity for all children to take full advantage of the educational program.
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
                                 
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99   04-08-10 12-14-15
                                                              
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 283A;  285;  AC 10 & 22

701 School Lunch Program

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
School Lunch Program                                   Code No. 701
 
The school system operates a school lunch program in its schools; it is administered by the Director of Food Services, under the general supervision of the superintendent.
 
Food services include breakfasts and hot lunches, through participation in the National School Lunch Program, and supplementary foods necessary to meet the school day nutritional needs of students.
 
Lunch and Food Services Prices
 
The Board of Directors will set, and periodically review, the prices for school lunches and milk.
 
School food services are operated on a nonprofit basis, and will comply with all regulations pertaining to health, sanitation, and service of foods.  School food services will meet all state and federal requirements for participation in state and federal programs.
 
Any sale of food or beverages to students during school hours will be under the supervision of the Director of Food Services.  Any revenue from such sales will be deposited and credited to the food service budget. Any sale of food and beverages outside of the Hot Lunch Program during school hours will be under the supervision of the building principal and will be within the regulations set forth by smart snacks in school and the District Wellness Policy.
 
All employees, except for food service personnel, will be required to purchase adult-price tickets for meals consumed.
 
School food service receipts will be used only to pay for regular food service operating costs.  When facilities are used by outside groups or agencies, an adequate fee will be charged, as approved by the Board.  If facilities are used for other than the regular program, the manager will ensure that no supplies provided for the regular program (or by USDA) are used.  The law allows the use of school lunch facilities by non-school organizations.  (See Iowa Code Section 283A.8 and Policy 1004.1)
 
Organization
 
The Director of Food Services will cooperate with the building principals in all matters essential to the proper functioning of the food service program.  The building principal in each school will be responsible for maintaining proper student discipline.  Food service personnel will be directly responsible to the Director of Food Services and to the building principal.
 
General Regulations
 
As required for participation in the National School Lunch Program, the board agrees to the following general regulations:
 
  1. That a "School Lunch Meal Pattern" type lunch be available to students.
  2. That free or reduced-price lunches be provided to students who cannot afford the price of the "School Lunch Meal Pattern" lunch.
 
Students will also be permitted to bring their lunches from home and to purchase beverages.  
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                                
Review: 7-17-89  7-12-99   04-08-10 12-14-15
            
Revision: 3-14-94 12-14-15  05-13-10   Code 1004.1
 
Cross References: Code 701.4;
 
Legal References:  283A.8; 670-10.1 (257); 670-10.2 (257); AC 10.1;   Code 10.2 

701.1 Purpose of Program

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Purpose of Program                                   Code No. 701.1
 
The purpose of the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs shall be to provide nutritional, balanced meals to the students of the school district on a self-supporting, non-profit basis and to utilize the program as an instrument for the teaching of nutrition education.
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
                               
Review: 7-17-89  7-12-99  04-08-10 12-14-15
                 
Revision: 3-14-94
                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:    283A.1 

701.2 Scope of Program

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Scope of Program                                     Code No. 701.2
 
School food service facilities are provided to serve students and all school personnel when school is in session and during school related activities.  Facilities may also be used under the supervision of the Director of Food Services for food service to:  (1) teacher or other school personnel groups, (2) parent-teacher meetings, (3) civic organization meetings for the purpose of better understanding the schools, and (4) senior citizens.
 
The child nutrition program shall be under the supervision of the Director of Food Services who will establish and maintain a central record system, prepare menus and recipes, develop standards, initiate purchasing, recommend personnel for employment, promotion, or dismissal, and conduct in-service training programs.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99   04-08-10 12-14-15
               
Revision:  
                                             
Cross References: Code 1004.1
 
Legal References: Code 283A 

701.2-R Offer Versus Serve

REGULATIONS
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Offer Versus Serve           Code No. 701.2-R
 
The offer versus serve provision is available to all students in grades K-prep through 12.  The following requirements must be met in order for a lunch to be reimbursable under offer versus serve:
 
  1. All five food components must be offered (made available) to all students.
  2. The quantities of each food item offered must be consistent with the minimum quantities specified by the National School Lunch Program.  The quantity of vegetables and fruits offered must be consistent with the planned serving size for each item.
  3. In middle schools and high schools, students must take full portions of at least three out of the five required food components. One of them must be half cup serving of fruit or vegetable.
  4. At the grade  school level, a student must take three or four of the required food items, as determined by the Principal or his designee. One of them must be half cup serving of fruit or vegetable.
  5. When a student has declined a full portion of an item, the school may offer a smaller potion of the item so long as a student has taken full portions of at least three (or four) food items.
 
 
Adoption:12-9-91
                                
Review: 3-14-94   7-12-99   04-08-10 12-14-15
 
Revision:  05-13-10 12-14-15
               
Cross References:
 
Legal References: P.L. 94-105, P.L. 97-35

701.3 Financial Support

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Financial Support                                     Code No. 701.3
 
District tax funds may, upon approval of the Board of Directors, be used to provide necessary physical plant facilities, purchase the initial equipment necessary for the establishment of food service in new or existing buildings, and replace major items of equipment.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 3-14-94   7-12-99    04-08-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision:  
                                                                                                
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   283A.2 

701.4 Eligibility for Free or Reduced-Cost Meals

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Eligibility for Free or Reduced-Cost Meals           Code No. 701.4
 
Children who attend school in the district will be provided nutritionally acceptable meals at no cost or at a reduced cost if they are unable to pay the regular price.  Whether or not a particular child is eligible for free or reduced price meals or milk will be determined by the “Designated Determining Official” in accordance with guidelines set by the National School Lunch program.  Decisions on eligibility may be appealed to the superintendent of schools.
 
In accordance with the guideline for participation in the National School Lunch program, and in accordance with the wishes of the board, no child who a teacher believes is improperly nourished will be denied a meal simply because the proper papers have not been filed by his parents or guardian.  The needs of the individual child will always be considered first.
 
The criteria and procedures for determining a student's need and the steps to secure free or reduced price meals will be outlined and made known to the general public by the administrative team.  These criteria and procedures are established at the state/federal level.
 
Students who participate in free or reduced price meal programs will not be distinguished in any way from students who pay the regular price; great care shall be taken to protect the anonymity of these students.  Their name will not be made known to any person except such staff member or members as needed to make the special arrangements for them.
 
The board, in accordance with state and federal requirements, adopts an annual policy statement as recommended by the Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs Division of the State of Iowa.  That such a policy is adopted, and a copy of the policy statement and attachments, will be included in the minutes of the board.
 
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99 04-08-10 12-14-15
             
Revision: 05-13-10
                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  283A

701.5 Delinquent Accounts - Hot Lunch Program

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Delinquent Accounts - Nutrition Program Code No. 701.5
 
MEAL CHARGES
 
 
In accordance with state and federal law, the Forest City Community School District adopts the following policy to ensure school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program. 
 
Payment of Meals 
 
Students have use of a meal account. When the balance reaches $0.00 a student shall not be allowed to charge extra entre items, milk or a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid. Families may add money to student accounts (via electronic payment options and/or pay at the school office, etc.).
 
 
Students who qualify for free meals shall never be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. The school district may provide an alternate meal that meets federal and state requirements to students who have charged the maximum allowance to the student account and cannot pay out of pocket for a meal.
 
Negative Account Balances
 
The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low. Additionally, the school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt. The school district will coordinate communications with families to resolve the matter of unpaid charges. Families will be notified of an outstanding negative balance once the negative balance reaches $20.00. Families will be notified by e-mail, phone call, or letters sent home. Negative balances of more than $50.00 will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee and be notified by e-mail, phone call or letters sent home. Negative balances of more than $100.00 will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee and the families will be notified by a certified letter. Negative balances of more the $150.00 will be turned over to collection agencies, small claims court, or any other legal method permitted by law. 
 
 
 
Communication of the Policy 
 
The policy and supporting information regarding meal charges shall be provided in writing to:
• All households at or before the start of each school year; 
• Students and families who transfer into the district, at time of transfer; and
• All staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy.  
 
Records of how and when the policy and supporting information was communicated to households and staff will be retained. 
 
The superintendent may develop an administrative process to implement this policy. 
 
 
NOTE: The IASB sample policy is drafted to be consistent for all grade levels. However, local boards may vary the meal charge policy for elementary, middle, and high schools. Districts should update the policy accordingly if they wish to delineate meal charge practices based on the grade level of students.
 
NOTE: If the district elects to provide alternate meals for students, the alternate meal must contain components available to all students and be provided in the same manner as meals are provided to other students. Additionally, the district is expected to accommodate special dietary needs when a child’s disability restricts their diet. 
 
NOTE: The Iowa Department of Education has tools and resources available to help districts with the school nutrition program and meal charge policy implementation and review. Please visit the “School Meals” section of the Iowa Department of Education’s website. 
 
NOTE: School districts must follow appropriate debt collection practices when trying to recover unpaid meal charges. 
 
 
 
Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq. 
7 C.F.R. §§ 210 et seq. 
U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 46-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies (2016). 
U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 47-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Clarification on Collection of Delinquent Meal Payments (2016). 
U.S. Dep’t of Agric., SP 57-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance and Q&A (2016). 
Iowa Code 283A. 
281 I.A.C. 58.
 
Cross Reference: 710.1 School Food Program
710.2 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility 
710.3 Vending Machine
 
 
 
 
Adoption    9-18-00                                     Cross References:
Review     10-23-07     04-08-10    12-14-15     7-10-17            
Revision   12-13-07     05-13-10      7-10-17              
 
Legal References: 

702

702.1 Local and State Transportation Regulations

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Local and State Transportation Regulations Code No. 702.1
 
The policy and rules and regulations for the transportation of pupils to and from school shall be in strict compliance with statutory provisions, Department of Education regulations, and rules and regulations established and approved by the Board of Directors.
 
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
                               
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99   5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   285; 321

702.2 Student Eligibility for Bus Service

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Student Eligibility for Bus Service                   Code No. 702.2
 
Chapter 285 of the Iowa Code permits school boards the option of transporting, or not transporting, elementary (K-8) students who live two miles or less from an attendance center and high school (9-12) students whose residence is three miles or less.
 
The board has the option of providing for transporting those students living within the above limits that have special needs.  The board will establish a rate schedule annually in July which would apply to discretionary busing:
 
  1. Exception to the fee schedule will be granted to those families whom by paying this fee, will be placed in a state of financial difficulty.  Application for exemption is to be made to the superintendent of schools, and approval will be based on criteria established for free and reduced price lunch guidelines.
  2. Students in grades K-5 not eligible for school transportation may be transported without charge from designated pick-up points.
  3. Students may be required to meet a school bus on an approved route a distance not to exceed three-fourths of a mile.
When transportation by school bus is impracticable or where a school bus service is not available, the board may require the parents to transport their children to the school designated for attendance.  The parent or guardian will be reimbursed for such transportation as designated by statute.
 
Distance to school or to a bus route shall be measured on the public highway or street only and over the most passable and safest route as determined by the Board of Directors, starting in the roadway opposite the private entrance to the residence of the pupil and ending in the roadway opposite the entrance to the school grounds or designated point on his/her route.
 
 
 
Adoption: 10-8-84
                                 
Review: 7-17-89   7-12-99   5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision: 3-14-94
                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   285.1; 321; 22.1(1) through (6)

702.2-R Student Fees for Bus Service

REGULATIONS

Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Student Fees for Bus Service                         Code No. 702.2-R
 
Students not eligible for transportation services may be provided transportation providing the school district is reimbursed according to the schedule included in policy 702.2.  Reimbursement and refunds are required according to the following regulations:
 
  1. Students who begin riding (one or more days per week) at the beginning of the school year are required to pay the total annual fee.
  2. Students who begin riding (one or more days per week) after the beginning of the school year are required to pay the total annual fee.
  3. Students who move into the district after the start of the school year are required to pay a pro-rated annual fee.
  4. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches are required to pay one-half the fee assessed in (1) or (2) above.
  5. Refunds will be made only when the place of the family residence changes.
  6. Refunds will not be made to families utilizing a babysitting service in a pay area if/when such services are changed.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89   7-12-99  5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                        
Revision:  3-14-94
                                                                                    
 Cross References: 702.2
 
Legal References:

702.2-R Student Fees for Bus Service

REGULATIONS

Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Student Fees for Bus Service                         Code No. 702.2-R
 
Students not eligible for transportation services may be provided transportation providing the school district is reimbursed according to the schedule included in policy 702.2.  Reimbursement and refunds are required according to the following regulations:
 
  1. Students who begin riding (one or more days per week) at the beginning of the school year are required to pay the total annual fee.
  2. Students who begin riding (one or more days per week) after the beginning of the school year are required to pay the total annual fee.
  3. Students who move into the district after the start of the school year are required to pay a pro-rated annual fee.
  4. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunches are required to pay one-half the fee assessed in (1) or (2) above.
  5. Refunds will be made only when the place of the family residence changes.
  6. Refunds will not be made to families utilizing a babysitting service in a pay area if/when such services are changed.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89   7-12-99  5-13-10
                                                        
Revision:  3-14-94
                                                                                    
 Cross References: 702.2
 
Legal References:

702.3 Transportation for Handicapped Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Transportation for Handicapped Students Code No. 702.3
 
Resident students who qualify for special education classes and are assigned to a school approved by the Department of Education in this or a neighboring school district will be provided transportation as required by state and federal law pertaining to the education of handicapped students.  When transportation by school bus is impracticable, the board may require the parents or guardians to transport their children to the designated school; the parent or guardian will be reimbursed for such transportation as provided by law.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                 
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99 12-14-15 5-13-10
                                                                
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  281.4; 285.11; 12.9 

702.4 Extra-Curricular Activities Bus Sersvices

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Extra-Curricular Activities Bus Services               Code No.  702.4 
 
The board in its discretion may provide school district transportation for extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, transporting student participants and other students to and from extracurricular events.
 
Students participating or attending extracurricular events, other than those held at the school district facilities, may be transported to the extracurricular event by school district transportation vehicles or by another means approved by the superintendent.
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board as to whether the school district will provide the transportation authorized in this policy.  In making the recommendation to the board, the superintendent will consider the financial condition of the school district, the number of students who would qualify for such transportation, and other factors the board or superintendent deem relevant.
 
 
 
Adoption: 11-14-88
                                 
Review: 3-14-94    7-12-99   5-13-10 12-14-15
           
Revision: 10-12-06    6-10-10
               
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 285.11(6);  22.10(1);  22.10(5)

702.4-R Chaperone Responsibilities on Field Trip

REGULATIONS
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Chaperone Responsibilities on Field Trip Code No. 702.4-R
  1. Be at pickup point when buses arrive and supervise boarding on bus.
  2. Check roll and inform driver when ready to depart.
  3. Be seated at or near the back of the bus.
  4. Supervision and conduct of the student during trip is responsibility of the chaperone.  The bus driver and the chaperone work as a team in providing a safe and enjoyable trip for all students.
  5. Check with driver about departure time for return trip home and if bus is needed for additional transportation at destination site and where pickup point is located.
  6. Eating on the bus should be held to a minimum.  Bus clean-up upon return home is the responsibility of the students under the supervision of the chaperone.  Each bus should have a box for litter.  Teachers should check the bus for litter and for articles left behind at the conclusion of the trip.
  7. The route has been predetermined by the driver and Director of Transportation.
  8. Common rules of bus safety should be followed during the trip.  These include:
 
  1.  Please remain seated at all times while the bus is in motion.

  2.  Refrain from extending hands, arms, or head through bus windows.

  3. Keep your voice at a normal tone.  Courteous students do not use profanity.

  4. Please ask permission from the driver before opening and closing the windows.

  5. Do not leave your seat until the bus has stopped.

  6. Books, musical instruments and other property should not be stored in the aisles. Try to keep the aisles clear at all times.

 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                                 
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99   5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                              
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:
   
Legal References: 

702.5 Bus Services for Non-School Organizations

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Bus Services for Non-School Organizations Code No.  702.5
 
School buses may be used by non-school organizations of, or sponsoring activities for, senior citizens, Forest City Parks and Recreation Department, North Central Human Services and the Forest City Y.M.C.A.
 
The Superintendent of Schools is authorized to furnish buses to the above-named groups providing the following assurances are provided:
 
  1. A regular, qualified driver is available and approved by the Director of Transportation.
  2. Actual mileage costs are paid by the sponsor (fuel + driver + district rate).
  3. Primary insurance coverage is provided by the sponsor.
  4. Travel is not permitted outside of the State of Iowa according to Section 22.10 of the Code of Iowa.
  5. During the summer months only one bus will be designated for the Parks and Recreation Department and only one for the Y.M.C.A.
  6. Requests for short, in-district trips are discouraged.
 
 
 
Adoption: 11-14-88
                               
Review: 7-12-99   05-10-07   5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision:   6-10-10
                                                                                      
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  22.10

702.5-E School Field Trip Transportation

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 702.5-E
 
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Forest City, IA  50436
SCHOOL FIELD TRIP
Out of State request - Destination                                     
 
 
Educational Purpose:                                                                                         
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
Agenda:                                                                                                            
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
 
                                                                                                                       
 
Signature of Teacher Requesting Trip                                                                            
 
School Administrator                                                                                                     
 
This information is for the use of Public School Buses and complies with the I.C.C

702.5-R Use of School Buses for Interstate Travel

REGULATIONS
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Use of School Buses for Interstate Travel     Code No. 702.5-R
 
Forest City School District school buses may not be utilized to transport non-school related groups outside of the State of Iowa.  Operation of a school bus outside of the State of Iowa is permitted only when a particular trip meets the following five criteria:
 
  1. The operation or trip must be directly connected with and contribute to the educational development of school children.
  2. The operation must be sponsored by the school and supervised by school authorities.
  3. The trip must be considered an official school function.
  4. The vehicle must be transporting only school children and teachers or chaperons.
  5. Staff members are required to complete the following (702.5-E): 

School Field Trip

Out of State Request

 
 
Adoption: 2-11-91
                               
Review: 7-12-99    5-13-10 12-14-15
                                                                  
Revision:  3-14-94
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 22.10; 49 U.S.C. Section 1190 (a)

702.6 Transportation Insurance Program

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Transportation Insurance Program Code No. 702.6
 
The Board of Directors shall carry insurance on all school owned, leased or borrowed motor vehicles, including buses.  The following type of insurance should be carried:
 
  • Comprehensive Auto Liability Insurance
  • Bodily Injury & Property
  • Damage (at least)                          
  • Medical Payments (at least)           
  • Uninsured Motorist (at least)          
  •  Auto Physical Damage Insurance
  • All covered autos are afforded actual cash value
  • comprehensive and a deductible collision.
The automobile liability and medical payment insurance shall provide coverage for all activities and during all time periods as specified by the Board of Directors in accordance with the law.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89   3-14-94  06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                                  
Revision:  7-12-99
                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  285.10(6); 285.10(9); 285.10(10); 613A.7

702.7 Regulations for Students Riding Buses

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Regulations for Students Riding Buses Code No. 702.7
 
Bus transportation for students enrolled in the school district is one of the requirements set forth by the Department of Education.  In complying with this requirement, the board is authorized to establish policies and regulations that will ensure safe transportation for all students.
 
Although the law requires the district to provide transportation, it does not relieve parents from the responsibility of supervision until such time as the child boards the bus and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day.  Nor does it relieve students from the responsibility to behave in an orderly and safe manner on the bus.  School bus transportation is a privilege that can be taken away any time a student's conduct is considered bad enough to jeopardize the safety of the other passengers.  The right to safe transportation will not be taken from an entire bus load of students because a few of them disobey the rules.
 
Those students guilty of flagrant, repeated, or gross disobedience or misconduct on school buses are subject to suspension within the guidelines of the district's Student Suspension Policy, Code No. 502.2.  Continued violation of bus rules will be considered sufficient cause for refusing to transport the student(s) involved, and may lead to suspension from school, depending upon the seriousness of the matter.
 
The bus driver shall have complete control of the bus and the students he or she is transporting for the duration of the bus ride.  Any problem arising with a student will be promptly reported to the building principal, who shall discipline the student in accordance with procedures developed by the superintendent and approved by the board.
 
 
Adoption:  3-13-89
                                
Review: 7-17-89   3-14-94  7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                    
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:Code 502.2
 
Legal References:  285.10;  321.372;  AC 22.40; 22.43

702.8 Bus Basics for Students

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Bus Basics for Students                               Code No. 702.8
 
  1. Expected behavior on the bus is the same as in the classroom!  Students are expected to behave like ladies and gentlemen at all times.
  2. Remain on the sidewalk, or a minimum of 10 feet away, until loading doors open and until the bus is unloaded.
  3. Students who damage buses will bear the expenses for any repairs.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89  7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision:  3-14-94
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

702.8-R bus Basics for Students

REGULATIONS
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Bus Basics for Students Code No. 702.8-R
 
 
RULES
 
  1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
  2. Sit in your seat with your feet on the floor, facing forward.
  3. Keep hands, feet, objects, to yourself.
  4. Do not swear, use rude gestures, use inappropriate language, or tease anyone on the bus.
  5. Do not litter, write on, or damage the bus in any way.
 
MENU OF CONSEQUENCES
 
* Driver verbally warns student that behavior must stop.
 
* Student is assigned a seat.
 
* Driver-student conference.
 
* Call/written report to parent.
 
* Call/written report to principal.
 
* Conference--parent, principal, student, bus driver (or representative).
 
Possible conference outcomes
 
  1. Apology acceptable to bus driver.
  2. Student only allowed to ride:  to school or to home.
  3. Suspension (1-3 or 4-7 days, up to 1 month, over 1 month)
* Suspension of bus privileges (parents notified and made responsible for transportation).
 
 
Severe Clause Consequences
 
A severe clause is . . . .an action that will occur immediately if the incident is serious and jeopardizes the safety of the passengers.
 
  1. STOP BUS-- refuse to continue until disruption ends.
  2. STOP THE DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR  (Call dispatcher or supervisor to remove student if necessary)
  3. MOVE DIRECTLY TO A MORE SEVERE CONSEQUENCE.
 
 
POSITIVE REWARDS
 
  1. Praise.
  2. Positive notes to parents/students.
  3. Choice of seat.
  4. Music on bus.
  5. Treat day.
 
 
Adoption: 3-14-94
                
Review:  7-12-99    06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                                          
Revision:
                               
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

702.9 School Bus Route Clear Vision

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
School Bus Route Clear Vision                         Code No. 702.9
 
The Forest City Community School District buses will not operate when weather conditions due to fog, rain, snow, ice or other natural elements make it unsafe to do so.  Because weather conditions may vary around the district and may change quickly, the best judgment will be used that is possible with the information available.
 
Except to the extent that reduced visibility is caused by fog, snow, or other weather conditions, a school bus shall not stop to load or unload pupils unless there is at least three hundred feet of unobstructed vision in each direction.  In such circumstances the driver is expected to use his/her best judgment to ensure the safety of the children and the bus.
 
The final judgment as to when conditions are unsafe to operate will be made by the Superintendent or his designee.  He will be assisted by the Director of Transportation and the actual "on location" reports of the drivers.
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                               
Review: 7-17-89   3-14-94   7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                              
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

702.9-R School Bus Route Clear Vision

Regulation
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
School Bus Route Clear Vision                         Code No. 702.9-R
 
In the event that inclement weather or any other emergency situation requires the superintendent an/or his/her designee to:
 
  1. Cancel school prior to the normal start time, or
  2. delay the start of school, or
  3. dismiss school early,
 
school buses will be dispatched only when and where the Superintendent and/or his/her designee considered it safe to do so.
 
When school buses are dispatched to transport students and weather conditions vary across the school district, the school bus driver will consider each stop on his/her route independently.  The driver shall use his/her best professional judgment and place the safety of all students on board as a first priority before stopping to receive or discharge students at individual stops on his/her route.  A drivers experience, existing road conditions, visibility and road traffic.
 
When the decision is made by the driver not to stop while enroute:
 
  1. The driver shall immediately radio back to the students attendance center and inform the building administrator or his/her designee.
  2. The administrator or his/her designee shall notify the students parents or guardian of this decision not to stop.
 
If student(s) were to be transported from home to school
 
  1. Parent(s) may choose to bring the student(s) to the attendance center, and parents will be reimbursed as computed by the Iowa Department of Education
  2. Parent(s) may choose to keep student(s) at home and student will not be considered absent from school
If student(s) were to be transported from school to home, the student(s) will be returned to the attendance center for pick up by parent(s) or parent designee.
 
Adoption: 12-9-96
                               
Review: 7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                                
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

702.10 Convenience Stops and Turn-A-Round

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Convenience Stops and Turn-A-Rounds Code No. 702.10
 
No bus shall leave the public highway to receive or discharge students unless their safety is ensured or the private road is maintained in the same manner as the public highway.
 
In situations where the safety of the bus and its occupants are enhanced, along with the necessity to establish bus route efficiency, turn-a-rounds may be utilized following approval of the property owner, the Director of Transportation and the Superintendent.
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  3-14-94  7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                   
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:Code  504.7
 
Legal References:  285.1(7); 321.372 as amended; 279.8 as amended

702.11 Bus Usage by nonresident, Open Enrolled or Private School Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Bus Usage by Nonresident, Open Enrolled or Private School Students   Code No. 702.11
 
Subject to the prior claim of resident students, any student not residing in the district but accepted on a tuition basis, as an open enrolled student, or attending an approved private school, may be transported on a district bus over a regularly established bus route, provided prior approval is obtained.
 
Contiguous school districts may not enter and pick-up students who reside in the Forest City School District without approval of the Forest City School Board.  See 702.11-R.
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                
Review: 7-17-89   3-14-94  7-12-99   06-10-10 12-14-15
                                                      
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References: Code 501.6
 
Legal References:    285.1(10)

702.11- R Open-Enrollment Bus Transportation-In and Out

REGULATIONS
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Open Enrollment Bus Transportation--In and Out Code No. 702.11-R
 
Upon the approval of both sending and receiving school boards as well as AEA267, bus transportation may be provided to open enrolled students, in or out, according to the following guidelines:
 
  1. Forest City buses will travel out-of-district two (2) miles, one way, or around a mile square, providing the total distance does not exceed four (4) miles.  One quarter (1/4) mile may be added in order to reach a safe, accessible turn-a-round.
  2. Contiguous school districts requesting bus travel into the Forest City district will be approved on the same basis as stated in No. 1 above.
  3. When there is a difference in the policies of the Forest City district and a contiguous district the board will consider requests according to that policy which is most restrictive.
 
Approved: 10-12-92
                    
Review: 7-12-99  06-10-10 12-14-15  08-08-2011
                                                                          
Revision: 3-14-94   07-08-10
                                                                          
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

702.12 School District Personnel Use of School Vehicles

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
School District Personnel Use Of School Vehicles Code No. 702.12
 
School district personnel may not utilize school owned vehicles for private or personal use, except for incidental personal use.  The vehicles are assigned to personnel on a first come-first serve basis and the intended usage must be restricted to school functions and serve public purpose.  Documentation is to be maintained including the purpose for use, mileage used, personnel assigned and any other information deemed necessary.  Personnel required to commute in district vehicles are required to maintain documentation required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Commuting and personal use, other than incidental personal use, will be included as additional compensation for employees.  The additional compensation will be calculated according to the guidelines established by the IRS.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-11-91                              
Review: 3-14-94  7-12-99 12-14-15   06-10-10
                                                                  
Revision:  11-13-95
                                                                                
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

702.13 Use of Video Cameras On School Buses

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 700 - Auxiliary Services
 
Use Of Video Cameras On School Buses Code No. 702.13
 
The Board supports the use of video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and employees. The video cameras may be used on buses used for transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events, and extra curricular events. The contents of the video may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding. 
 
Student Records:  The content of the video is a student record subject to board policy and administrative regulation regarding confidential student records. Only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view the videos.  In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, transportation director, bus driver and special education staffing team. A video recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity.  A parent may view the video without consent from any student or parent also shown in the video if the other students are just bystanders..  But if there is an altercation between multiple students, than all parents must give consent in order for the video to be viewed by parents.
 
Notice:   The District will annually provide the following notice to students and parents: The Forest City Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on District buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment.  Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The contents of the videos are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videos will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.  Parents may request to view video of their child if the videos are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child. 
 
The following notice will also be placed on all school buses equipped with a video-camera. 
This bus is equipped with a video/audio monitoring system. 
 
Review of Video:  When necessary as a result of an incident reported by a bus driver or student. The video may be re-circulated for erasure after 30 days or less if no incidents are reported. Viewing of videos is limited to the individuals having a legitimate education purpose or training. 
 
Video Monitoring System:   Video cameras will be used on all school district buses.
 
Student Conduct:  Students are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras on the school buses. Student found in violation of this regulation shall be disciplined in accordance with the District discipline policy and good conduct rule and shall reimburse the District for any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering. 
 
 
Adoption: 3-13-08
               
Review: 11-14-11
                                                                  
Revision: 12-12-11
 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:    Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991;  41 U.S.C. § 701-707 (1998); 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (Supp. 1990); 34 C.F.R. Pt.85 (1993); 49 C.F.R. Pt 40; 382; 391.81-123 (1994).  Iowa Code 124; 279.8; 730.5 (1993).