500 Student Policies Goals and Guiding Principles

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Goals for Students                                     Code No. 500
 
Our mission statement reaffirms the purpose of the school district and makes a statement of beliefs about the relationship between the school and the learners.
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:  The Forest City Community School District is committed to developing lifelong learners.
 
Based on the mission statement and consensus recommendations, the district’s infusion areas were synthesized into the district's essential learner outcomes.  These outcomes are reflective of the goals for each learner in the Forest City School District.  A collaborative team of students, teachers, parents and community members reached consensus on the following seven essential learner goals and outcomes.
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ESSENTIAL LEARNER OUTCOMES
Career Education
Awareness of self, employment opportunities and decision-making strategies that help to integrate work values and skills.
 
Higher Order Thinking Skills
Different mental operations in varying degrees of complexity.
 
Technology Skills
Hardware and software used to manipulate and transfer information electronically.
 
Communication Skills
Primary medium of interfacing with others through writing, reading, speaking, listening and viewing.
 
Learning Skills
Specific skills and behaviours that lead to the accomplishment of simple to complex tasks.
 
Global Education
An approach to learning which promotes a greater understanding of the world.
 
Multicultural, Gender Fair Education
Curriculum and instruction which educates students about cultural diversity in our society.
 
These expected outcomes identify the knowledge and skills required of all individuals for productive and successful citizenship.  Teachers and learners have the right and responsibility to make choices about programs, methods, and procedures to achieve these outcomes.  However, the learner must accept the goals as his or her responsibility in order to gain full participation as a member of society.
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                                   
Review: 3-8-99   3-31-07  10-09-08  4-14-14
              
Revision: 10-10-94   3-31-07
                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

500.1 Student Rights and Responsibilities

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Rights and Responsibilities                   Code No. 500.1
 
The privileges and rights of all students will be guaranteed without regard to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, economic status, sexual orientation, or disability.
 
 Among these rights and responsibilities are the following:
 
-civil rights, including the rights to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination; the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
 
-the right to attend free public schools; the responsibility to attend school as required by law and to observe school rules that are essential for permitting others to learn at school;
 
-the right to procedural due process in disciplinary matters;
 
-the right to free inquiry and expression; responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights.
 
 It is the Board of Director's belief that, as part of the educational process, the students of the district should be made aware of their legal rights.  They also should be aware of the board's authority to make--or delegate authority to its staff to make--policies and regulations that ensure the orderly operation of the schools.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99   10-09-08 4-14-14
                                                                
Revision: 10-12-06
                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:
 

500.1-R Freedom of Expression

REGULATION
 
Series 500 Student Personnel
 
Freedom of Expression Code No. 500.1-R
 
Student expression, other than student expression in student-produced official school publications, made on the school district property premises or under the jurisdiction of the school district or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the school district; therefore, student expression must be responsible.  Student expression must be appropriate to assure that the students learn and meet the goals of the school activity and that the potential audience is not exposed to material that may be harmful or inappropriate for their level of maturity.
 
Students will be allowed to express their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsible.  The expression shall not, in the judgement of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons, be obscene or indecent, or cause a material and substantial disruption to the educational program.  The administration, when making this judgement, shall consider whether the activity in which the expression was made is school-sponsored or whether review or prohibition of the students/ speech furthers an educational purpose.
 
Further, the expression must be done in a reasonable time, place, and manner that is not disruptive to the orderly and efficient operation of the school district.
 
Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.  Employees shall be responsible for insuring students' expression is in keeping with this policy.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
Adoption: 10-10-94
              
Review: 3-8-99   10-09-08  4-14-14
 
Revised:
                                                                                              
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  Iowa Code 279.8; 280.22; 282.3 (1993)

500.2 Student Handbooks

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 Student Personnel
 
Student Handbooks                                     Code No. 500.2
 
Administrative rules and regulations enacted to implement board policies on student affairs and educational programs shall be contained in a student handbook.  The rules and regulations shall note the code number of the board policy from which they derive their authority.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, and those administrators selected by the superintendent, to prepare and enact the administrative rules and regulations of the student handbooks at all three levels in conformance with board policy.
 
Building level administrators will resolve matters not covered in this policy in a manner compatible with the philosophy and mission of the school
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99 10-09-08  4-14-14
   
Revision:10-10-94
                               
Cross References: 100 101
 
Legal References: 279.8, .20 (1989) 

500.3 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS Code 500.3
 
This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the board's goals and objectives for assisting the students of the school district in obtaining an education. Each student will have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series. 
 
It is the goal of the board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in the students enrolled in the school district.  Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use it and its education program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth.  In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same opportunity. 
 
The board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status, economic status, sexual orientation or disability. This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students. 
 
In the delivery of the education program, students will treat the employees with respect and students will receive the same in return. Employees have the best interests of the students in mind and will assist them in school-related or personal matters if they are able to do so. Students should feel free to discuss problems, whether school-related or personal, with the guidance counselor or other employees. 
 
Board policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district. 
 
This section of the board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies. The term parents for purposes of this policy manual will mean the legal parents, the legal guardian or custodian of a student, and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law. 
 
Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, are directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Forest City Community School District, Forest City, Iowa  50436 or by telephoning 641-585-2323.
 
Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO. 64114 (816)268-0550 or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, lA (515) 281-5294. This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level. 
Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district's central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center. 
 
 
Adoption: 12-14-06
 
Review: 10-09-08  4-14-14
                                                  
Revision:
                                                                                        
 Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

500.4 Parental Involvement

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Parental Involvement Code 500.4
 
Parental involvement is an important component in a student’s success in school.  The board encourages parents to become involved in their child’s education to ensure the child’s academic success.  The board will:
  1. Encourage ongoing feedback between the teacher and parent.   Part of the feedback includes discussions at the Parent/Student/Teacher conferences and the Annual Title I Spring Family Meeting.
  2. Assign responsibility to the Elementary School Principal who will coordinate the following support services: 
    1. District staff development,
    2. Building study groups, and
    3. AEA and state professional development activities.  
  3. Gain support of the Title I Program though the following activities:
    1. Learning Connections for families with children age 0-5, 
    2. Parenting classes for elementary parents, 
    3. Involvement in Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, and 
    4. Ongoing communications with elementary teachers and staff.
  4. Coordinate parental involvement activities with Head Start that promote the importance of reading with your child and supporting and communicating with your child’s teacher.
  5. Seek information concerning the effectiveness of parental involvement through feedback obtained from teachers and parents, Parent/Student/Teacher Conference, and data obtained from the Annual Title I Spring Family Meeting.  (Note:  A survey will be developed and sent to parents who participated in the Annual Title I Spring Meeting.)
  6. Seek ways to strengthen parental involvement of Title I activities by reviewing data obtained from parents and teachers from Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences and the Annual Title I Spring Meeting.
The board will review this policy annually.  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
 
 
 
Adoption: 12-14-06
 
Review: 10-09-08  4-14-14  
 
Revision:
 
Cross References: 903.2  Community Resource Persons and Volunteers
 
Legal References: No Child Left Behind, Title I, Sec. 1118, P.L. 107-110

501 Student Attendance

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Attendance                                     Code No. 501
 
It shall be the policy of this school district to encourage regular attendance on the part of each student.  An accurate and consistently maintained record system is crucial to alerting the staff of the attendance pattern of each student.
 
The staff should use resources available to meet the goal of achieving regular attendance for all students.  It is imperative that:
  1. Teachers let students know they care for them and want them in attendance every day.
  2. Parents and guardians be aware that teachers expect their help in seeing that students attend school daily.
  3. Students realize that valuable information and training is provided each day by the teachers, and they will miss important learning opportunities if they do not attend school daily.
Students who are absent from school without a reasonable excuse shall be subject to disciplinary measures which may include, but will not be limited to, short-term and long-term suspension, expulsion and or referral to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                 
Review: 7-17-89     3-8-99   10-09-08  4-14-14
               
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   274.1; 279.8; 299.8

501.1 Student Code of Conduct – Student Suspension

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Attendance Requirements                               Code No. 501.1
 
The attendance policy requires each child to attend school for at least 175 days per year, to be met by attendance for at least 58 days per trimester.
 
The age of compulsory attendance is to include children between the ages of 6 to 16.
 
Persons within the district who have control of a child over five and under seventeen years of age in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the child attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the board.  Students shall attend school unless excused by the principal of their attendance center.
 
Exceptions to compulsory attendance include children who are:
  • attending a nonpublic school accredited by the State Department of Education;
  • equally qualified educationally to those pupils who have completed the  high school graduation requirements of an accredited school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma and are under the age of seventeen;
  • attend religious services or receiving religious instruction;
  • attend an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school; or
  • receiving equivalent instruction from a certified teacher elsewhere.
  • a student who is excused from attendance by a judge.
  • those who are attending specially approved but not accredited prep schools.  As of this date, those schools are
Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield
Scattergood School in West Branch
St.Katherine/St. Mark in Bettendorf
Walnut Ridge Baptist Academy High School in Waterloo
  • if a child is deaf or blind and the superintendent of the appropriate state school (Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs or Iowa School for the Blind in Vinton) determines that the child is physically or mentally unable to attend school, the child and parents may be exempted from the compulsory attendance law.
  • also excepted from the law are children whose parents have been granted the two-year exemption (subject to renewal annually) under section 299.24.  This is the so-called "Amish" exemption.
  • if a parent believes that the child of compulsory age is physically or mentally unable to attend school, the parent is required to provide an affidavit (sworn statement witnessed by a notary public) to that effect.  This is not an automatic exemption, however.  (It is a separate Code section, not one of the listed exceptions to the law.)  This type of notice from a parent would almost certainly trigger an evaluation of the child for special education services, so an affidavit alone should not exempt a child with severe disabilities from attending school.
It is the responsibility of the person in control 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.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the parent to notify the student's attendance center as soon as the parent knows the student will not be attending school on that day.  The principal may request evidence or written verification of the student's reason for absence.
 
Students who are absent without permission are considered truant.  To be truant means the student willfully failed to attend school regularly even though the student is required to attend in accordance with the requirements of the law or the district's attendance policy, or does not attend private competent instruction.  Truant students will be reported to the county attorney for mediation or prosecution.
 
Students who miss more than 2 days of school per trimester are considered truant and it is the responsibility of the building principal to find the cause of the child's absence and use every means available to the school to assure the child does attend.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.  The administrative regulations shall indicate the disciplinary action to be taken for the unexcused absence or absences.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89   10-09-08  4-14-14
                                                                 
Revision: 10-10-94    1-8-96   11-13-08
             
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   274.1; 279.8; 299.8; 294.4

501.1-R1 Compulsory Attendance

REGULATION
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Compulsory Attendance Code No. 501.1-R1
 
Parents within the school district who have children over age four and enrolled in the statewide preschool program, over age five and enrolled in the District's kindergarten program, or over age six and under age sixteen by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the children attend the school district at the attendance center designated by the board.  
 
Students over age four on September 15 and enrolled in the statewide preschool program and students over age five on September 15 and enrolled in the District's kindergarten programm, may not attend the minimum days only if the student's parent notifies the District in writing of the parent's intennt to remove the child from the preschool program an/or from enrollment in the District.
 
Students of compulsory attendance age, students over age six and under age sixteen on September 15, may not attend the minimum days only if the student fall s into one of the flollowin exceptions:
  • have completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma;
  • are attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;
  • are attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;
  • are attending an accredited nonpublic school; or,
  • are receiving independent private insturction; or,
  • are receiving competent private instruction.
It is the responsibility of the parent of a child to provide evidence of the child's mental and physical inability to attend school or of the child's qualifications for one of the exceptions listed above.
 
The Counselor/Principal shall investigate the cause for a student’s truancy.  If the Counselor/Principal is unable to secure the truant student’s attendance, the Counselor/Principal should discuss the next step with the Board of Directors.  If after Board action, the student is still truant, the Counselor/Principal shall refer the matter over to the county attorney for students in grades 7-12.  
 
The school will participate in mediation if requested by the county attorney.  The superintendent shall represent the school district in mediation.  The school district will monitor the student’s compliance with the mediation agreement and will report violations of the mediation agreement to the county attorney.
 
Other considerations on Compulsory Attendance include:
 
 Student absences approved by the administration are those absences which cannot be avoided, such as illness, family emergencies, and school-sponsored or approved activities.
 
Generally, absences, including tardiness, which are not approved by the administration are considered unexcused absences.  These are absences that could have been avoided, such as shopping or hunting.  Students may be subject to disciplinary action for unexcused absences.
 
Students who are absent will have an opportunity to make up, if possible, the work missed and receive full credit for the missed school work.  It should be the responsibility of the student, for an approved and unapproved absence, to initiate a procedure with the student's teacher to complete missed work. 
 
Students who are absent with both the school district's and their parents' permission will be allowed an opportunity to make up the missed work for full credit.  When students are considered truant, or declared as such, the school district is under no obligation to provide an opportunity for the student to make up the work missed for full credit.  Students who are absent from school with the parent's permission but without the permission of the school district, qualify for an unexcused absence.
 
 Principals are required to investigate and determine whether disciplinary or special action is necessary for students who are absent repeatedly, and to determine what constitutes "absent repeatedly" on a case by case basis.
 
Students who wish to participate in school-sponsored activities must attend school the day of the activity unless permission has been given by the principal for the student to be absent.
 
Additional guidelines are available in the Student Handbook.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89                                   
Review: 7-17-89  9-21-06 10-09-08  4-14-14     8-12-14                                                 
Revision: 8-17-98  10-12-06   4-14-14   8-12-14                                                               
Cross References: 501
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 259A; 279.10-.11; 299.1-.1A; 299A (1995).                            
1978 Op. Att'y. Gen. 379.

501.1-R2 Student Attendance K-8

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Attendance - K-8                             Code No. 501.1-R2
 
I.  Tardiness
  1. Students tardy to school will not be admitted to school without the written permission of the principal or the principal's designee.
  2. A student will receive an excused tardy (not recorded if late because of doctor's appointment, dentist appointment or late bus).  The student will receive an unexcused tardy when arriving late due to his/her own negligence (overslept or missed bus).
II.  Absences
  1. Absences from school will be considered excused for the following reasons:
    1. Personal illness;
    2. Death or serious illness in the immediate family or household;
    3. Medical or dental appointments which cannot be made other than during school time;
    4. Short-term suspension from school;
    5. Recognized religious holidays;
    6. Reasons approved by parents and the principal.
  2. Reasons for absence from school which can be justified from an educational stand point may be approved by the principal of the attendance center.  Permission for such absences should be obtained in advance of the absence from school.  Failure to obtain prior permission may result in the absence being considered unexcused.  The principal should document the reasons for excusing or refusing to excuse such absences.
  3. School work missed due to any absence must be completed to the satisfaction of each teacher whose class or classes were missed.
    1. When students can anticipate absences, every effort should be made to see that school work is made up in advance of the absence.  The principal may determine that the completion of school work in advance be a prerequisite to allowing the absence to be excused.
    2. When an absence was not anticipated, all school work must be made up in accordance with the guidelines listed in the student handbook. 
    3. Students who do not make up their work as required by this rule may be subject to disciplinary actions.
    4. Students shall receive full credit for school work made up due to absences.
  4. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to phone the school regarding a student's absence on the day of the absence.A student is considered absent for the morning if he/she misses more than one-half of the morning session.  And the student is considered absent for the afternoon if he/she misses more than one-half of the afternoon session.
  5. In the event that the principal determines that it is advisable to verify an excuse given for an absence, the principal may take appropriate steps to do so.  When it is determined that an excuse is forged or misrepresents the facts, the principal may treat those instances of absence as unexcused.
III.  Unexcused Absences
  1. Students who are absent from school or class without reasonable excuse shall be subject to disciplinary measures.  Reasonable excuses are those which are acceptable reasons as provided in Section II of these rules.  All other absences from school shall be considered unexcused absences.
  2. Each day or portion of a day of an unexcused absence from school or class shall be considered a separate violation of these rules.
  3. Students who are found to be absent without reasonable excuse may be subject to disciplinary measures.
 IV.  Review
  1. Teacher's decision
Students and parents wishing to have a review of a teacher's decision regarding tardiness and make-up work rendered under this absence rule, may do so by filing a written request for review with the principal within five school business days after the teacher's decision was rendered.  The principal will determine a mutually-agreeable time, place and date for the review and notify the student, parents and teacher accordingly. At the appointed time, the parties attending the review will meet to discuss the matter informally.  Following the review, the principal shall affirm, reverse or modify the teacher's decision.
 
  1. Principal's decision
Students, parents and teachers may obtain a review of the principal's decision under this absence rule by filing a written request for review within five school business days with the superintendent.  The superintendent or designee will determine a mutually-agreeable time, place and date for the review and notify the interested persons accordingly.  At the conclusion of the review, the superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall affirm, reverse or modify the principal's decision.
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                  
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99 10-09-08 4-14-14
                                                                        
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

501.1-R3 Student Attendance-High School

Regulations

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Attendance - High School Code No. 501.1-R3 
 
Regular school attendance is an essential ingredient in obtaining the maximum benefits of a high school education and in developing habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.   Students with good attendance records at school generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and participate in more activities than students with a poor attendance record.   Since high school is the student's “job” we feel that the student should be absent from school for only those reasons that would justify absence from employment.   Employers are reluctant to hire a person who has established a poor attendance record at school because this attendance pattern often is similar to attendance patterns on the job.   
 
The attendance policy is based on the fact that something important happens in class every day and that the activity or interaction with teachers and students can never be exactly duplicated.  The following policy has been developed to encourage good attendance.
 
Parent Notification:
Parents/guardians are asked to notify the high school office if their son or daughter will be absent from school.   Teachers will turn in attendance sheets to the office following each class period.   School personnel will attempt to notify the parent/guardian of any student recorded absent if the parent/guardian has not notified the office of the absence.   These calls will be made once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
 
Student Assistance Team
Students who have an attendance issue may be referred to the General Education Intervention Team or it may be dealt with by the High School Administration depending on the circumstances involved with the excessive absences.  This team will work with the student and the parent/guardians to address the problem and try to improve the student’s attendance.   Excessive absences may result in a student being removed from a class.
 
Attendance Reporting:
The number of absences in each course will be recorded on the student’s report card from Forest City High School.   Absences from a class due to sponsored activities such as field trips will not be included in this count.
 
Make-up Work:
Students who have missed class activities when absent will be expected to make up the work.   Students should make arrangements with their teachers following an absence to determine expectations for any/all missing work.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                  
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  10-09-08 4-14-14
                       
Revision:10-10-94   11-13-08
                                                           
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

501.2 Competent Private Instruction

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
 
Competent Private Instruction Code No. 501.2
 
In the event a child of compulsory attendance age does not attend public school or an accredited non-public school, the child must receive competent private instruction or independent private instruction.
 
A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner, competent private instruction for a student by a non-licensed individual or independent private instruction must meet the requirements outlined under Iowa law.
 
A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner shall notify the District prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the district.  The forms are available in the central administration office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the district and another copy will be forwarded to the appropriate Area Education Agency.
 
A parent choosing competent private instruction for a student by a non-licensed individual may notify the District prior to the first day of school on forms provided by the district.  The forms are available in the central administration office.  One copy of the completed forms will be kept by the district and another copy will be forwarded to the appropriate Area Education Agency.
 
A parent choosing independent private instruction for a student may be asked to provide a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for the independent instruction, and the names of the students enrolled to the district.  
 
The superintendent or superintendent’s designee will determine whether the completed form or report is in compliance with the law.  The district shall report non-compliance with the reporting, immunization, attendance, instructor qualifications, and assessment requirements of the compulsory attendance law to the county attorney of the county of residence of the student's parent, guardian, or custodian.
 
Students receiving competent private instruction or independent private instruction are eligible to request open enrollment to another district.  The receiving district shall not bill the resident district unless the receiving district complies with the reporting requirements.  If the parent, guardian, or custodian fails to comply with the compulsory attendance requirements, the receiving district shall notify the resident district.  The resident district shall then report the non-compliance to the county attorney of the county of residence of the parent, guardian, or custodian.
 
Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner must make adequate progress.  Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner shall be monitored for progress by the supervising teacher.  Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner may be assessed annually.  The district will provide any optional assessments at no cost.
 
Students receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed individual must make adequate progress.  Students receiving competent private instruction by a non-licensed individual shall be evaluated annually by the parent, guardian or legal custodian to ensure adequate progress is being made.  Students receiving competent private instruction from a non-licensed individual may be assessed annually.  The district will provide any optional assessments at no cost.
 
Students receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner and students receiving competent private instruction from a non-licensed individual may dual enroll with the district.  Students receiving individual private instruction may not dual enroll with the district.
 
Upon the request of a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction or upon referral of a licensed practitioner who provides instruction or instructional supervision of a student under competent private instruction, the district shall refer a student who may require special education to the appropriate Area Education Agency, Division of Special Education, for evaluation.
 
 
DUAL ENROLLMENT
 
The parent, guardian, or custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or by a non-licensed individual may also enroll the student in the district.  The student shall be considered under dual enrollment.  The parent, guardian or custodian requesting dual enrollment for the student should notify the superintendent prior to October 1st each year on forms provided by the Iowa Department of Education.  On the form, the parent, guardian or custodian shall indicate the extracurricular and academic activities in which the student is interested in participating.  The forms are available at the central administration office.
 
A dual enrollment student is eligible to participate in the district's extracurricular and academic activities in the same manner as other students enrolled in the District. The policies and administrative rules of the District shall apply to the dual enrollment students in the same manner as the other students enrolled in the District. These policies and administrative rules shall include, but not be limited to, athletic eligibility requirements, the good conduct rule, academic eligibility requirements, and payment of the fees required for participation.
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:  
 
Review: 10-14-13
   
Revision: 10-14-13
 
Cross References:
 
Legal Reference:
 

501.3 Student Withdrawal From School (Dropout Prevention)

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Withdrawal from School (Dropout Prevention)   Code No. 501.3
 
The Board of Directors believes that a high school diploma signifies the minimum preparation for life.  Consequently, students who withdraw from school may have less than minimal preparation. Therefore, the board strongly urges every teacher, guidance counselor, principal, parent, and citizen to exert influence to keep all students in school at least through high school graduation.
 
The instructional staff should recognize potential dropouts and do everything possible to give necessary guidance to such students.
 
The regular school program should be organized and modified to suit the student's needs and aspirations.
 
Conferences with parents may be necessary.
 
The assistance of other agencies should be sought to counsel such students.
 
All students should notify the principal before withdrawing from school.
 
If a student does withdraw, assurance should be given that he or she may return to school at a later date with a minimum of red tape and discomfort.
 
A concerted effort should be made by school administrators and counselors to keep in contact with students who withdraw from school during the months immediately following their withdrawal and to encourage the students to re-evaluate their decisions.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                  
Review: 10-10-94 3-8-99  11-13-08
                                                           
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:
 

501.4 Leaving School Premises

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Leaving School Premises                                         Code No. 501.4
 
All students shall remain on the school grounds from the time they arrive in the morning for classes until the time they leave at the end of the day.  Any excuse to leave the school grounds during the day must be cleared through the building principal and the custodial parent.
 
No student will be permitted to leave the school premises with anyone except a custodial parent without verification by the building principal with the custodial parent.
 
 
Adoption: 8-6-81
                                   
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99    11-13-08
                                                            
Revision:
                                                                                                       
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

501.4-R Open Release for Juniors & Seniors

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Open Release for  Juniors and Seniors                               Code No. 501.4-R
 
Definition.  A privilege granted to Junior and Senior students which permits them to arrive at school when their first class is scheduled or permits them to leave school when they have completed their class schedule. This is an opportunity provided when students have permission from home or have employment.
 
Provision.
 
  1. When exercising this option, juniors and seniors are expected to report to the Instructional Media Center.  Loitering in other parts of the building is not permitted.
  2. Acceptable standards of scholarship, attendance, punctuality and citizenship (work ethic) must be maintained, otherwise the privilege may be revoked.
  1. Scholarship  Any non-credit or failures in subjects, at the mid-term or at the end of the trimester, may result in loss of this option until the succeeding mid-term report or end of the succeeding trimester providing no non-credit or failures are reported.
  2. Attendance & Punctuality  Three tardies to the first or last assigned class during the trimester will result in the loss of the option for the remaining trimester.
  3. Citizenship (Work Ethic)  Unsatisfactory behavior will be handled on an individual basis according to the nature and persistence of the infraction by the principal or assistant principal.
 
  1. Parents will be informed by telephone of any loss of option.  The communication will state the nature of the infraction and duration of loss of option.
  2. Students will abide by all school regulations while on school property.
  3. Juniors and Seniors with this privilege will refrain from encouraging or taking underclassmen with them when leaving the building.  This would result in loss of this privilege.
  4. Students are expected to report for extra help when requested to do so by teachers.
 
Adoption: 2-5-79
                                    
Review: 7-17-89   3-8-99  11-13-08
             
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

501.5 Attendance Records

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Attendance Records                                   Code No. 501.5
 
Each building principal shall ensure that adequate attendance records are kept and that required reports are made to the central administrative office.
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
                                  
Review:  7-17-89  10-10-94 11-13-08
 
Revision:
                                                                                                         
Cross References: 
     
Legal References:   294.4

501.6 Open Enrollment As A Receiving District

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 Student Personnel
 
Open Enrollment As A Receiving District Code No. 501.6
 
The school district will participate in open enrollment as a receiving district.  As a receiving district, the board will allow nonresident students, who meet the legal requirements, to open enroll into the school district.  The board will have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.
 
The board will take action on the open enrollment request no later than March 1 in the year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment.
 
The superintendent will notify the sending school district and parents within five days of the school district’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  The superintendent 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 ten through twelve open enrolling into the school district will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school district.
 
Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement unless the parents qualify for transportation assistance.  Upon a parent's request, the board may approve transportation into the sending district.  (The transportation is limited to within two miles of the district boundary/current bus route.)  The board's approval is subject to the sending district's approval.
 
An open enrollment request into the school district from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factors for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the school district is appropriate for the student's needs and whether the enrollment of the special education student will cause the class size to exceed the maximum allowed.  The area education agency director of special education serving the school district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.
 
The policies of the school district will apply to students attending the school district under open enrollment.
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.
 
 
 
 
Approved    9-19-89
                  
Review       10-10-94   1-13-05     11-13-08
 
Revision       3-8-99     02-10-05   12-11-08
                        
Cross Reference: 501.6 Open Enrollment as a Receiving District
501.7 Open Enrollment as a Sending District
505 Student Health Services
506 Student Records
 
Legal Reference:  Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2003).  281 I.A.C. 17.   1990 Op. Att'y Gen. 75.

501.7 Open Enrollment As A Sending District

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 Student Personnel
 
Open Enrollment As A Sending District Code No. 501.7
 
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 the third Thursday in September.  Parents who have good cause as defined by law for failing to meet the March 1 deadline may make an open enrollment request by the third Thursday in September 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 may 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     09-19-89
                   
Review        10-10-94     1-13-05   11-13-08
 
Revision         3-8-99     02-10-05  10-12-06
 
Cross Reference: 501 Student Attendance
506 Student Records
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 139.9; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2003).  281 I.A.C. 17.  1990 Op.  Att'y Gen. 75

502

502.1 Entrance Requirements: Evidence of Age

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Entrance Requirements:  Evidence of Age                 Code No. 502.1
 
A student shall not be admitted to kindergarten or kindergarten-prep unless he or she is five years old on or before the 15th day of September of the current year.
 
 A student shall not be admitted to first grade unless he or she is six years old on or before September 15 of the current year.
 
A birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of age is required of each student entering school in this district.  Health and immunization certificates are also required, as provided by law and board policy.
 
Notes: School districts are without discretion to admit a student to kindergarten unless the child has attained the age of five on or before September 15 of the school year; not even if the child has been attending kindergarten in another state where earlier admission is allowed.  (Atty. General's Opinion, 7/2/79)
 
Special education services may be provided to children under five. 
 
 
 
Adoption    4-10-89
                                 
Review      7-17-89        3-8-99
                                                        
Revision    10-10-94    01-08-09
                                                                 
Cross References: 602.6 
 
Legal References:  Constitution of Iowa, Art. IX, Sec. 7; 281.2(1);  282.3(1), (2), and (3)

502.2 Resident Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Resident Students                                     Code No. 502.2
 
All children are entitled to an education in the public schools of Iowa free of personal payment of tuition from the age of five (5) until their graduation from an approved public high school or until they reach the age of 21.  A person is restricted in his/her right to attend school free of tuition to the district of residence, unless otherwise provided by stature (See Policy 501.6 Open Enrollment In).  The term "residence" means the place, abode, or dwelling of a person.
 
Ordinarily, the legal dwelling of a minor is the same as that of his/her parents.  A child may establish a dwelling with someone other than the parents and attend the Forest City School tuition free so long as the request was approved by the building principal and superintendent.
 
An emancipated minor or individual who has reached the age of 18 and is still eligible to attend an Iowa secondary school may declare his/her own residence independent of the residence of the parents.
 
Each case involving the bona fide residence of a student may be decided upon its individual merits by the Board of Directors, subject to appeal to the Department of Education.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                  
Review: 7-17-89   3-8-99  01-08-09
                     
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                 
Cross References: 501; 501.5; 501.6
 
Legal References:  282.2; 282.6; 282.7; 285.4; 442.2;

502.2-R Homeless Children and Youth

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Homeless Children and Youth Code No. 502.2-R
 
The board shall 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 education which may exist in district policies or practices.  The designated coordinator for identification of homeless children and for tracking and monitoring programs and activities for these children is the Forest City Middle School Principal.
 
A homeless child is defined as a child or youth between the ages of 5 and 21 who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes a child or youth who is living on the street, in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some other form of shelter not designed as a permanent home; who is living in a community shelter facility; or who is living with non-nuclear family members or with friends, who may or may not have legal guardianship over the child or youth of school age.
 
So that enrollment of homeless children and youth of school age may be facilitated, the following policy areas shall be modified as follows:
 
School Records:  For students transferring out of the district, records may be provided directly to the student or the student's parents.  In addition, students transferring into the district may provide cumulative records directly to the district.  The school district will not require that such records be forwarded from another district before that student may enroll.  The school will then request the official records from the sending school.
 
Immunization Requirements:  Homeless students will not be denied enrollment for lack of immunization records if:
  1. They have a statement signed by a physician stating that immunization would be injurious to the child;
  2. They provide an affidavit stating such immunization would conflict with their religious beliefs;
  3. They are in the process of being immunized; or
  4. They are a transfer student from another school.
The district will make a reasonable effort to locate immunization records from the information provided or will arrange for the student to receive immunizations.
 
Waiver of Fees and Charges:  Fees and charges which may present a barrier to the enrollment or transfer of a homeless child or youth may be waived in the discretion of the superintendent.
 
Enrollment Requirements/Placement:  Enrollment requirements which may constitute a barrier to the education of the homeless child or youth may be waived in the discretion of the superintendent.  If the district is unable to determine the grade level of the student because of missing or incomplete records, the district shall administer tests or utilize other reasonable means to determine the appropriate grade level for the child.
 
Residency:  For purposes of a homeless child or youth, residence for the purpose of attending school shall be where the child actually resides or the child's district of origin.  A child's district of origin is the school district where the child was last enrolled.  The deciding factor shall be the welfare of the child.  As much as possible, the child will not be required to change attendance centers within the district every time the child changes residence unless that change results in the child no longer being classified as homeless.
 
Transportation:  Policies or practices regarding transportation of students which might cause a barrier to the attendance of a homeless child or youth may be waived by the superintendent.
 
Special Services:  All services which are available to resident students shall be made available to homeless children or youths enrolled in the district.  Services include special education, talented and gifted programs, vocational education, English as a second language programs, health services and food and nutrition programs.
 
The contents of this policy will supersede any and all conflicting provisions in district policies dealing with the seven policy areas discussed above.
 
NOTE:  This is a mandatory policy and reflects both Iowa and federal law.
 
 
 
Adoption   10-10-94                 
 
Review      01-08-09            
 
Revision       3-8-99       8-21-03
 
Cross References:  501Attendance Reequirements; 502.12 Fines-Fees- Charges 506    Student Records; 702.2 Student  Eligibility for Bus Service
 
Legal Reference: No Child Left Behind, Title X, Sec. 722, P.L. 107-110 (2002).
42 U.S.C. §§ 11431 et seq. (1994).      281 I.A.C. 33
 

502.3 Admission of Nonresident Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Admission of Nonresident Students                   Code No. 502.3
 
The school district exists to provide publicly supported education to district residents.  The district will enroll nonresident students only to the extent required by law.
 
A child's residence is the residence of his or her parents or legal guardian.  A child living with district residents who are not his or her parents will be enrolled as a resident student only after presentation of an affidavit declaring that the head of the household in which the child resides accepts care, control, and custody of the child.
 
Wards of any public welfare department residing in foster homes within the school district are residents of the district.
 
Exchange students residing in the school district are residents of the district.
 
Qualified students who are not legal residents of this district may be admitted to school at the discretion of the superintendent of schools upon application and payment of tuition in advance.  The tuition rate shall be the current per pupil cost of the district, as computed by the secretary of the board and as authorized by the Department of Education.
 
Nonresident students who show positive evidence that they will become legal residents of the school district prior to October 1 may be allowed to attend without the payment of tuition.  Resident students whose families move from the district after the start of the first or second trimester, and who wish to complete all trimesters in this school district, may be permitted to attend without the payment of tuition provided a resident guardian is identified for purposes of administration.  Students permitted to remain after parents have moved from the district must be recommended by the principal and superintendent.
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                
Review:  10-10-94  3-8-99 01-08-09 501.4,
        
Revision:
                                                                                  
Cross References: 502.2-R, 501.6
 
Legal References:   281.1, 2, 6, 7, 24; 442.4
 

502.4 International Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
International Students                               Code No. 502.4
 
Qualified international students may be enrolled and attend school without charge, if they are recommended by the American Field Service (AFS) or local service organization and reside within the boundaries of this district.  Proper forms and other papers must be processed by the district, the student, and the sponsoring organization before an international student can be formally admitted to school.
 
International students who meet the following criteria are entitled to receive a certificate of completion.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94  12-11-08
                                                       
Revision:  7-15-96    3-8-99   4-13-09
                                                             
Cross References: 501.4
 
Legal References:

502.5 Shared-Time Students (Dual Enrollment)

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Shared-Time Students (Dual Enrollment)                                 Code No. 502.5
 
Students enrolled in approved private instruction may attend public schools on a shared-time basis if the parent applies for dual enrollment.
 
Parents desiring dual enrollment should specify that request prior to the third Friday in September.
 
If dual enrollment is requested, the child may participate in any and all academic activities and extracurricular activities for which he or she is eligible.
 
The dually enrolled student must meet the same eligibility requirements as other students in the school district for extracurricular participation.
 
Dually enrolled students can enroll in and attend one or more classes, take music lessons, go on field trips, etc., at no charge unless there is a charge for regular students to participate.
 
 
Adoption:  4-14-86
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  01-08-09
                                                  
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  257.26

502.7 Admission of Students Suspended or Expelled from another School System

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Admission of Students Suspended or Expelled           Code No. 502.7
from Another School System
 
 
The Forest City Community School District may deny admission of any student that has been suspended or expelled from another school system whose parents or guardian are not residents of the Forest City Community School District.
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  01-08-09
                                                 
Revision:
                                                                                                      
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

502.8 Student Promotion, Retention, and Acceleration

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Promotion, Retention, and Acceleration       Code No. 502.8
 
Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based on the student's achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.
 
The retention of a student will be based on the judgement of the certified staff, principal and parent.  Retention of a student grades K through 8 will be considered if requested by parents. All measures should be taken to adjust programs by working through the Student Assistant Team prior to considering retention.
 
Students in grades nine through twelve will be informed of the required coursework necessary to graduate each year.  When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the graduation requirements, the parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the board of directors to deny graduation to a student.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.  In developing these administrative regulations, the procedures for promotion and retention shall be included.
 
     Note:  Students with one or more exceptional abilities who, in the judgement of administrative and certified personnel, would benefit from acceleration in the education program may take classes in areas beyond their current grade level or participate in other approved forms of acceleration.  Parents shall be contacted and agree to the acceleration of the student.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review: 7-17-89   3-8-99  01-08-09
                                                  
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                  
Cross References: 
     
Legal References:  256.11; 279.8; 280.3 (1989); AC 670-3.3(12);  AC 281-12.3(7)

502.9 Graduation Requirements

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Graduation Requirements                               Code No. 502.9
 
Students must have successfully completed the courses required by the board of directors for graduation.  Students must successfully complete each grade level, grade one through grade twelve, and complete all the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the Department of Education and the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 72 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required:
 
Courses                     Credits
F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Graduation Requirements                               Code No. 502.9
 
Students must have successfully completed the courses required by the board of directors for graduation.  Students must successfully complete each grade level, grade one through grade twelve, and complete all the required courses of study prior to graduation as determined by the Department of Education and the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that students complete grades one through twelve and that high school students complete 72 credits prior to graduation.  The following credits will be required:
 
Courses Credits
English 12 credits (4 units)*
English I (3); English II (3), English III (3), Electives (3)    
Mathematics 9 credits (3 units) taken during grades 9-12
Science 9 credits (3 units) Required:
3 trimesters Biology; 
2 trimesters Physical Science 
1 trimester of Earth Science (to begin with the freshmen class of 2014-2015)
Social Studies 9 credits (3 units) Required:
U.S. History (3), Geography (I), World History (2)
Earth Science (F)
(1 credit) Government I, Government II
 
English Credits (12)
          * Required:                 English I (F, W, S)    (3 credits)
English II (F, W, S)   (3 credits)
English III (F,W, S)   (3 credits)
Math Credits (9 credits during grades 9-12)          
     * Courses selected based on teacher recommendations
 
Sciences Credits (9)
* Required:        
 
              Physical Science (F,W,S)   (3 credits)
**The Earth Science curriculum falls under the umbrella of Physical Science.
Biology (F,W,S)   (3 credits)
 
Social Studies Credits (9)
* Required:           Intro. to Geography           (1 credit)
           US History (F,W, S)         (3 credits)
                       World History*               (2 credits)
* Ancient
* 1200-1900
* 20th Century
   *Must take two of the above courses
Govt. I                                 (1 credit)
Govt. II                                 (1 credit)
 
Physical Education (8)
(beginning with freshman class of 12/13)
        * Required:                   Health*                               (1 credit)
    Team 1                               (1 credit)
                            Fitness & Nutrition         (1 credit)
 
 
A minimum of eight credits of physical education/health over 4 years is required unless excused by a M.D. or waiver to accommodate early graduation.  Four credits of Physical Education may be waived through participation in Athletics, Marching Band, or Weightlifting.  
 
Business Courses (2)
* Required             Computer Applications I (1 credit)
                  Computer Applications II         (1 credit)
 
A regular enrolled student will not be allowed to graduate with fewer than 72 credits without the approval of the board of directors.  Special education and alternative school students may meet individual graduation requirements as stated in their individual education plan.  The Board of Directors shall have complete discretion to determine extraordinary circumstances.
 
The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board of directors every third year.
 
A student that has not fully completed the requirements will not be allowed to go through the graduation ceremonies.
 
*Effective 7/1/2011-- 12 credits (4 units) of English will be required for graduation (2011-2012 
school year)
*Effective 3/22/2010—These changes will be in effect for the freshman class starting 2011-2012
 
Adoption    4-10-89                                     Cross References:
Review         7-17-89    03-13-08   01-08-09   3-10-14          
Revision     10-12-06    03-13-08   03-22-10   12-13-10   1-14-13    
Legal References:   256.11; 279.8; 280.3, .14; AC 670-3.2, 3.3(12);  AC 670-12.2, 4.3(7), 4.5 (new standards) 
 
A minimum of eight credits of physical education/health over 4 years is required unless excused by a M.D. or waiver to accommodate early graduation.  Four credits can be earned through participation in Athletics, Marching Band, or Weightlifting.  
 
A regular enrolled student will not be allowed to graduate with fewer than 72 credits without the approval of the board of directors.  Special education and alternative school students may meet individual graduation requirements as stated in their individual education plan.  The Board of Directors shall have complete discretion to determine extraordinary circumstances.
 
The required courses of study will be reviewed by the board of directors every third year.
 
A student that has not fully completed the requirements will not be allowed to go through the graduation ceremonies.
 
*Effective 7/1/2011-- 12 credits (4 units) of English will be required for graduation (2011-2012 
school year)
*Effective 3/22/2010—These changes will be in effect for the freshman class starting 2011-2012
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review:  7-17-89    03-13-08   01-08-09  3-10-14  5-9-15
             
Revision: 10-12-06  03-13-08  03-22-1  12-13-10  1-14-13  5-9-15
   
Cross References:
   
Legal References:   256.11; 279.8; 280.3, .14; AC 670-3.2, 3.3(12);  AC 670-12.2, 4.3(7), 4.5 (new standards) 

502.10 Early Graduation

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Early Graduation                                     Code No. 502.10
 
Students may graduate prior to the completion of grade twelve if the course work required for graduation under board policy "Graduation Requirements" has been fulfilled.  In such cases, the student must have the approval of the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School and a recommendation by the superintendent and the principal.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                 
Review: 10-12-06  3-13-08  01-08-09
                                                     
Revision:
                                                                                                        
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  279.8; 280.3, .14 (1989); AC 670-3.2, 3.3(12);  AC 281-12.2, 12.3(7), 12.5 (new standards)

502.10-E Early Graduation Application

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Early Graduation Application                         502.10-E
 
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
 
 
I hereby request permission to complete requirements for graduation at the end of the               trimester of my                          year.
 
     I understand that I must abide by the following requirements and regulations:
  1. Must successfully complete 70 credits (72 credits beginning with the class of 2011) of academic work in required and elective courses as stipulated in the student handbook.
  2. Must notify the high school principal no later than the end of the first trimester of my senior year by the receipt of this application. (Some exceptions are considered).
  3. Must successfully complete 13 credits of academic work (with no grade lower than a C-) during the last two trimesters that I am enrolled.  This would include required and elective courses as stipulated in the student handbook in accordance with school board policy.
  4. Will be permitted to attend graduation ceremonies at the end of the school year but will not be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities during the 11th or 12th  trimester.
  5. Understand that class rank will be finally determined with the graduating class at the end of the twelfth trimester.
  6. Must notify high school principal by the end of 2nd trimester of intent to attend graduation exercises.
  7. Must submit a letter of support written by a parent/guardian.
 
                                                                                                                                        
Student's Signature                 Date                 Parents' Approval                 Date
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                        
Counselor's Approval              Date                 Principal's Approval                Date
 
 
                                                                                                                                     
President, Board of Education        Date             Superintendent’s Approval      Date

502.10-R Early Graduation

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Early Graduation                                       Code No. 502.10-R
 
Each student request for early graduation will be given consideration on an individual basis with subsequent final disposition to be made by the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School.  A student of the Forest City Community High School may graduate at the end of the first trimester of their senior year (10 trimesters) provided:
 
All course requirements as stated in the handbook have been met.
 
A formal application is completed and presented to the high school principal by the end of their junior year.  Exception may be made to students who transfer into the district after this deadline but only after thorough evaluation and recommendation by the high school principal.
 
Application is signed by student, parent, guidance counselor, high school principal and president of the Board of Directors, Forest City Community School.
 
No student having been given the option of early graduation shall be permitted to participate in any extra-curricular activities following the completion of the graduation requirements but upon request may attend formal graduation exercises at the end of the twelfth trimester.
 
Any student not wishing to attend formal graduation exercises may, upon request, receive his/her diploma from the high school principal at the end of the twelfth trimester.
 
All seniors, whether they complete requirements for graduation at the end of ten trimesters or at the end of the regular school year will be ranked together in determining class rank.
 
Proof of graduation will be submitted in writing upon request by the high school principal to any institution of higher learning or prospective employer.
 
Students may be considered for early graduation by the principal and superintendent, if they ascertain circumstances beyond reasonable doubt that such a recommendation is definitely in the best interest of the individual student involved.
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                                 
Review:  3-8-99  3-13-08  01-08-09
                                                           
Revision: 10-10-94  3-13-08  02-12-09
                                                               
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

502.11 Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option                     Code No. 502.11
 
High school students will be reimbursed for tuition and other costs directly related to the course, up to the maximum amount as set by the Iowa Legislature.  These costs will not be reimbursed to the student or the institution if enrolled full-time in a post-secondary institution.  The following factors shall also be considered in the reimbursement of tuition and in the Board's determination of whether a student will receive high school credit for a course at a post-secondary educational institution:
 
- The course must be taught at a public or accredited private institution;
 
- a comparable course is not offered in the school district;
 
- the course must be a credited course at the post-secondary institution;
 
- the course is not religious or sectarian.
 
Courses taken at an approved post-secondary educational institution may be approved for credit toward the graduation requirements.
 
Students who begin a post-secondary class and then drop out prior to completion or receive a grade lower than a "C" are required to reimburse the school for the amount paid for tuition to the institution. 
 
The board shall retain the authority to determine the definition of a part-time student eligible to participate in post-secondary enrollment.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99   2-12-09 7-14-14
 
Revision: 7-10-95
                                                                                     
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  261C (1989); AC 281-22

502.12 Fines-Fees-Charges

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Fines - Fees - Charges Code No. 502.12
 
The Board believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others.  Students may be assessed fines, charges, or fees for materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, for participating in activities, or for misuse of school property.
 
The superintendent will inform the Board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for fines, charges, or fees annually.  Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
Adoption: 8-12-96
                                 
Review: 3-8-99     2-12-09  7-14-14
                                                                 
Revision:
                                                                                                       
Cross References:
 
Legal References: Iowa Code 256.7(20); 279.8; 280.10, .11; 282.6; 285.1; 301.1 (1995).281 I.A.C. 18.           
 
1994 Op. Att'y Gen. 23; 1990 Op. Att'y Gen 79; 1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 227; 1980 Op. Att'y Gen 532

502.12-E1 Student Fee Waiver Application

Exhibit
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Fee Waiver  Application Code No. 502.12-E1
 
 
Date                                                       
 
All information provided in connection with this application will be kept confidential.
 
Name of Student:                                                      Grade:  ____________  
 
Name of parent, guardian: ____________________
  or legal or actual custodian
 
Please check type of waiver desired:
 
Full waiver                         Partial waiver                   Temporary waiver ______
 
Please check if the student or the student’s family meets the financial eligibility and is involved in one of the following programs:
 
Full Waiver
 
                      Free meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program
 
                      The Family Investment Program (FIP)
 
                       Transportation assistance under open enrollment
 
                       Foster care
 
Partial Waiver - 50% Reduction 
 
                       Reduced priced meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program
 
Temporary Waiver
 
If none of the above apply, but you wish to apply for a temporary waiver of school fees because of serious financial problems, please state the reason for the request:                                                                                                                                       
 
 
Signature of parent, guardian:   _________________________________
  or legal or actual custodian
 
NOTE:  Your signature is required for the release of information regarding the student’s family financial eligibility for the programs checked above.

502.12-R1 Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures

REGULATION

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures Code No. 502.12-R1
 
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 students or students parents' ability to meet the financial criteria.
 
Waivers -
  1. Full Waivers - a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition program, Family Investment Program, or transportation assistance under open enrollment.  Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.
  2. Partial Waivers - a student will be granted a partial waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or the student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition program. The reduction percentage will be 50 percent.
  3. Temporary Waivers - a student may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees charged by the district in the event the student's parents are facing financial difficulty.  Temporary waivers may be applied for at any time throughout the school year and shall not extend beyond the end of the school year.
Application - Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver shall make an application on the form provided by the school district.  Applications may be made at any time but must be renewed annually.  Waiver of fees will become effective with approval of application.
 
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.
 
Appeals - Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools, Forest City Community School District, 810 West K St., Forest City IA  50436.  Phone Number (641) 585-2323.
 
Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to school property are not fees and will not be waived.
 
 
Notice - the school district will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials and printed in the student handbooks:
 
Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Parents or student who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the building principal at registration time for a waiver form.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.
 
 
 
Adoption: 8-12-96
               
Review: 3-8-99   9-21-06  2-12-09  7-14-14
 
Revision:10-12-06
                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References

502.13 Alternate high School Program Graduation

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Alternative High School Program Graduation Code No. 502.13
 
Students transferred to or enrolled in the Forest City High Alternative High School Program will receive their diploma at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District.  In order for a student to receive a diploma, he/she must meet all the requirements set forth in Board Policy.  The Alternative High School teacher will notify the Superintendent that a student has met the criteria for graduation.  The Superintendent will make arrangements for the student to obtain his/her diploma at the next regular meeting of the Board.   The only exception to this policy will be a student(s) transferred back to the regular education program prior to his/her senior year.  A student must successfully complete his/her senior year before he/she is allowed to participate in the commencement exercise for the graduating class.
 
 
Adoption: 01-16-03                                  
 
Review: 02-12-09    7-14-14               
 
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

502.14 Transfer Policy

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Transfer Policy Code No. 502.14
 
It is possible that students who have not attended the school district for their entire education or have not attended an accredited public or private school to not be eligible for honors and awards.  (Iowa Code 279.8)   If a student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is with the superintendent’s discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.
 
For students who have not attended an accredited school nor have required credits for graduation, the Board of Directors has authorized the Superintendent to work with the student and their family to develop a plan for graduation.  At a minimum, the plan for graduation will require a student to earn the following credits from an accredited institution (s).  If a student has not previously attended an accredited school, it is with in the superintendent’s discretion to accept or reject credits or grades.
 
English                 *9 credits
Mathematics           9 credits
Science/Health        9 credits
Social Studies         9 credits
                    Government, U.S. History, Geography, World  History are  required.
 
*Effective 7/1/2011 - 12 credits of English will be required for graduation.
 
All students graduating from the Forest City Community School District must have at least 70 credits.    
 
Home schooled students wishing to obtain a diploma from the Forest City Community School District will need to meet criteria set forth in Administrative Rules that are part of this policy.   
 
 
 
Adoption: 1-11-07
               
Review:  2-12-09  7-14-14
   
Revision:
                                                                                     
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

502.14-R1 Transfer Policy Regulation

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Transfer Policy Code No. 502.14-R1
 
Forest City Community School District Administrative Rules
 
Procedures Assisting Home School Students to 
Obtain a Forest City High School Diploma
 
Administrative Rules
  1. Home schooled students desiring to re-enter the high school shall present their portfolio to the Superintendent, High School Principal, and High School Guidance Counselor. 
This three person team shall hear the student’s verbal presentation about what the items in the portfolio mean and use the following criteria and standards to evaluate the portfolio presentation:
  1. depth of study
  • Did the course content reflect the essential learnings of the school district?
Successful communicator
Successful problem solver
Good citizenship
Lifelong learning
  • Did the course content reflect a learning beyond just facts?
Analysis of data
An ability to defend opinions on topics of study
An understanding of cause and effect
  • Did the course content reflect opportunities to marry wisdom with knowledge?
Opinion versus fact
Service
  • Constructive use of technology to solve problems and gain accurate information
  1. Variety of study
  • Did the course of study reflect a balance between social sciences, science, math, and language arts?
  • Did the course of study allow the learner to become an effective verbal communicator, researcher, and written communicator?
  1. Inclusion of fine arts (performing and visual)
  • Did the course of study expose the learner to the fine arts?
  • Did the course of study allow the learner to experience the arts from the performer aspect?
  • Did the course of study encourage the learner to make meaning for themselves of wide variety of visual arts?
  • Did the course of study include a public speaking component?
  1. The student must be dual enrolled for a minimum of 2 academic years.
  2. To earn a Forest City High School diploma the student must:
    1. complete the school board requirements of units of course work as spelled out in School Board Policy 502.9.  It shall be the determination of the superintendent, with input from the high school principal and guidance counselor, to determine which home schooling courses meet which requirements units,
    2. take American Government class on campus,
    3. take at least one other course in the past year on campus or at the Districts’ Alternative High School from the core list of English, Science, and Math,
    4. continue a rigorous home school curriculum (unless registered as a full time  Forest City High School student, and
    5. be involved in an appropriate physical education program (either in school or in the home school setting).
  3. To be eligible for top academic awards bestowed upon graduating seniors, the student must have completed at least 35 units of study in the Forest City High School setting.  The student is eligible for all other awards and scholarships if all requirements above are met including Item 3.
  4. The student may participate in the full graduation ceremony, if they so desire.
  5. All transcripts will reflect all course work completed in the Forest City High School and will include a simple notation that “All other course work and graduation requirements were met in a home school setting.”
  6. Portfolio evidence, and testing, to meet their specific requirements.  The Forest City Community School District will serve as an advocate for all graduates to achieve post-secondary opportunities but cannot be responsible for the requirements post-secondary institutions maintain.  Post-secondary institutions may require additional documentation, 
 
 
 
Adoption: 1-11-07
               
Review:  2-12-09  7-14-14
                                                   
Revision:
 
Cross References:

503 Citizenship

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Citizenship                                           Code No. 503
 
Being a citizen of the United States, of Iowa and of the school district community entitles students to special privileges and protections as well as requiring the students to assume civic, economic, and social responsibilities and to participate in their country, state and school district community in a manner that entitles them to keep these rights and privileges.
 
As part of the educational program, students shall have an opportunity to learn about their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as citizens of this country, state, and school district community.  As part of this learning opportunity students shall be instructed in the elements of good citizenship and the role quality citizens play in their country, state and school district community.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review:  7-17-89 10-10-94 3-8-99  7-14-14
                                                                 
Revision:  2-12-09
                                                                                   
Cross References:
    
Legal References: Iowa Code §§256.11 .11A (2007); 281 IAC 12.3(6)

503.1 Student Conduct

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Conduct                                       Code No. 503.1
 
The board believes inappropriate student conduct causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment, interferes with the rights of others, or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on school premises.  Appropriate classroom behavior allows teachers to communicate more effectively with students.
 
Students will conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.  Consequences for the misconduct will be fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.
 
Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their education; conduct that is violent or destructive; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and expulsion.
 
A student who commits an assault against an employee on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned or school-operated chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school district activities will be suspended by the principal.  Notice of the suspension is sent to the board president.  The board will review the suspension to determine whether to impose further sanctions against the student which may include expulsion.  Assault for purposes of this section of this policy is defined as:
  • an act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
  • any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act; or
  • intentionally points any firearm toward another or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.
The act is not an assault when the person doing any of the above and the other person are voluntary participants in a sport, social or other activity, not in itself criminal, when the act is a reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the peace.
 
Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the building principal's office.  It is within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.
 
Detention means the student's presence is required during non-school hours for disciplinary purposes.  The student can be required to appear prior to the beginning of the school day, after school has been dismissed for the day, or on a non-school day.  Whether a student will serve detention, and the length of the detention, is within the discretion of the licensed employee disciplining the student or the building principal.
 
Suspension means; either an in-school suspension, an out-of-school suspension, a restriction from activities or loss of eligibility.  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 days.  A restriction from school activities means a student will attend school and classes and practice but will not participate in school activities.
 
Probation means a student is given a conditional suspension of a penalty for a definite period of time in addition to being reprimanded.  The conditional suspension will mean the student must meet the conditions and terms for the suspension of the penalty.  Failure of the student to meet these conditions and terms will result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.
 
Expulsion means an action by the board to remove a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, for a period of time set by the board.
 
Following the suspension of a special education student, an informal evaluation of the student's placement will take place.  The Individual Education Program (IEP) is evaluated to determine whether it needs to be changed or modified in response to the behavior that led to the suspension.
 
If a special education student's suspensions, either in or out of school, equal ten days on a cumulative basis, a staffing team will meet to determine whether the IEP is appropriate.
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 3-8-99   01-13-05   2-12-09  7-14-14
           
Revision: 10-10-94    02-0-05
                                                                  
Cross Reference: 501 Student Attendance
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
504 Student Activities
603.9 Special Education
 
Legal References:  No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4115, P.L. 107-110 (2002).  Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975). Brands v. Sheldon Community School District, 671 F. Supp. 627 (N.D. Iowa 1987).  Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F. Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970).  Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555 (Iowa 1972).  Board of Directors of Ind. School Dist. of Waterloo v. Green, 259 Iowa 1260, 147 N.W.2d 854 (1967).  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 282.4, .5; 708.1 (2001).

503.1-R Weapons

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 Student Personnel
 
Weapons Code No. 503.1-R
 
The board believes weapons, other dangerous objects and look-a-likes in school district facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.
 
School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects and look-a-likes.  Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes will be taken from students and others who bring them onto the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district.
Parents of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects or look-a-likes on school property are notified of the incident.  Possession or confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials, and students will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
 
Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than one year.  The superintendent has 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 or from compressed air or gas, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.
 
Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials are exempt from this policy.  The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes.  Such a display will also be exempt from this policy.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 10-10-94
 
Review: 3-8-99  1-13-05  2-12-09  7-14-14
             
Revision:  02-10-05
                                   
Cross Reference: 502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
503 Student Citizenship
505 Student Health Services
 
Legal References   No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4141, P.L. 107-110 (2002).   Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382.  18 U.S.C. § 921 (1994).  McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982).  Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724 (1997).   281 I.A.C. 12.3(6)

503.3 Student Suspension

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Suspension                                     Code No. 503.3
 
The Iowa Code gives the Board of Directors the power to suspend students and the authority to confer this power on members of the professional staff.
 
The principal of each school building may temporarily suspend a student for a period not to exceed three (3) days for disciplinary reasons by following the due process procedures.  The minimal due process procedures include the right of students to:
 
     1.  Be given oral and/or written notice of the charges,
     2.  Be given the opportunity to admit or deny such charges,
     3.  Be given an explanation of the evidence against the student if
           he/she denies the charges,
     4.  Be given an opportunity to explain the situation.
 
The superintendent may extend the suspension upon the principal's request, for a total of no more than ten (10) days.  The president of the Board shall be advised immediately and in writing of all extended suspensions.
 
Readmission after extended suspension may occur following a hearing conducted by the building principal.  The purpose of this informal hearing shall be to determine the most appropriate educational program available for the student, or to consider an administrative recommendation to the board for expulsion.
 
The informal hearing shall be attended by the principal, the student, the parents, and any other persons deemed appropriate or requested by the parent or the student.
 
Parents and students should be aware that under certain circumstances school officials are obligated to inform law enforcement authorities of certain types of student misbehavior.  In addition, legal action may be instituted against the student.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  2-12-09
                                                               
Revision: 3-09-09
                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  279.9; 282.4; 282.5

503.3-R Student Suspension

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Suspension                                   Code No. 503.3-R
 
A.  Probation
  1. Probation is conditional suspension of a penalty for a set period of time.  Probation may be imposed by the principal for infractions of school rules which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.
  2. The principal will conduct an information investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of probationary status.  Such investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against him/her and an opportunity to respond.  Probationary status will not be imposed for a longer period than ten (10) school days.  Written notice of the probation and the reasons therefore shall be sent to the parent.
Should the student breach the condition imposed for probation, the penalty temporarily suspended shall take effect.  An investigation similar to that of the informal investigation above shall be made to determine whether the condition imposed has been breached.
 
B.  In-School Suspension
  1. In-school suspension is the temporary isolation of a student from one or more classes while under administrative supervision.  In-school suspension may be imposed by the principal for infractions of school rules which are serious but which do not warrant the necessity of removal from school.
  2. The principal will conduct an informal investigation of the allegations against the student prior to imposition of an in-school suspension.  Such an investigation will include, but not be limited to, written or oral notice to the student of the allegations against him/her and an opportunity to respond.  In-school suspension shall not be imposed for a longer period than ten (10) days.  Written notice of the in-school suspension and the reasons therefore shall be sent to the student's parents.
 
C.  Out-of-School Suspension
  1. Out-of-school suspension is the removal of a student from the school environment for periods of short duration.  Suspension is to be employed when other available school resources are unable to constructively remedy student misconduct.
  2. A student may be suspended for up to ten (10) school days by a 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 principal may suspend such students after conducting an investigation of the charges against the student, giving the student:
a. Oral or written notice of the allegations against the student,
b. The basis in fact for the charges, and
c. The opportunity to respond to those charges.
 
At the principal's discretion, the student may be allowed to confront witnesses against him/her, or hear witnesses in behalf of the student.
                                           
  1. Notice of the suspension will be mailed no later than the end of the school day following the suspension, to the student's parents, the superintendent and the board president.  A reasonable effort will be made to notify the student's parents by telephone or a personal contact, and such effort will be documented by the person making or attempting to make the contact.  Written notice to the parents will include the circumstances involving the student which led to the suspension and a copy of the board policy and rules pertaining to suspension.
D.  Suspensions and Special Education Students
 
  1. Students who have been identified as special education students may be referred for a review of the student's Individual Education Program.  The Individual Education Program will be revised to include a continuum of intervention strategies and programming to change the behavior.
  2. Students who have not been identified as special education students may be referred for evaluation after the student's second out-of-school suspension to determine whether the student is disabled and in need of special education.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  2-12-09
                                                              
Revision: 3-09-09
                                                                                              
Cross References:
 
Legal References

503.4 Student Expulsion

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Expulsion                                     Code No. 503.4
 
Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with board policy, "Student Conduct."  Students who fail to abide by that policy may be expelled from school.
 
Students may be expelled for violations of board policy, school rules or the law.  It is within the discretion of the board to discipline a student by using an expulsion for a single offense or for a series of offenses depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.
 
It will be within the discretion of the superintendent to recommend to the Board the expulsion of a student for disciplinary purposes.  Only the Board may take action to expel a student and to readmit the student.  It will be within the discretion of the Board to discipline a student depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.  The principal shall keep records of expulsions in addition to the Board's records.
 
When a student is recommended for expulsion by the Board, the student shall be provided with:
  1. Notice of the reasons for the proposed expulsion;
  2. The names of the witnesses and an oral or written report on the facts to which each witness testifies unless the witnesses are students whose names may be released at the discretion of the superintendent;
  3. An opportunity to present a defense against the charges and provide either oral testimony or written affidavits of witnesses on the student's behalf;
  4. The right to be represented by counsel;
  5. The results and finding of the Board in writing open to the student's inspection.
In addition to these procedures, a special education student must be provided with additional procedures.  A determination should be made of whether the student is actually guilty of the misconduct.  A staffing team should determine whether the student’s behavior is caused by the student’s disability and whether the conduct is the result of inappropriate placement.  Discussions and conclusions of this meeting should be recorded.   
 
If the special education student’s conduct is not caused by the disability, the student may be expelled or suspended for a long-term period following written notice to the parent and pursuant to the school district’s expulsion hearing procedures.  If the misconduct is caused by the disability and a change in placement is recommended, the change must be made pursuant to the placement procedures used by the school district.  
 
A student who engages in activities which adversely affect the health or welfare of other students or staff , (including, but not limited to, disruption, disrespect, harassment, inappropriate group activities, illicit or illegal acts, fighting or violation of school rules and policies), will receive disciplinary action in accordance with state law, Board of Director policy and approved building handbook procedures.
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99   2-12-09
                       
Revision:  3-09-09
                                   
Cross References: 502,503
 
Legal References: 419 U.S 565 (1975);  420 U.s. 308 (1975);  285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979);  Iowa Code §§ 21.5; 282.3, .4, .5 (2007); 281 I.A.C. 12.3 (6) 

503.5 Illegal Substances, Weapons and Contraband

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Illegal Substances, Weapons and Contraband                             Code No. 503.5
 
The board believes weapons, other dangerous objects and look-a-likes in school district facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district. 
 
School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects and look-a-likes. Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes will be taken from students and others who bring them onto the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district. 
 
Parents of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects or look-a-likes on school property are notified of the incident. Possession or confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials, and students will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. 
 
Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than one year. The superintendent has 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. 
 
Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials are exempt from this policy. The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes. Such a display will also be exempt from this policy. 
 
The board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, other controlled substances, or "look alike" substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district. 
 
The board believes such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors. 
 
Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. Use, purchase or being in possession of cigarettes, tobacco or tobacco products for those under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities. Possession, use or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to the local law enforcement authorities. 
 
Students who violate the terms of this policy may be required to satisfactorily complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the school board. If such student fails to satisfactorily complete such a program, the student may be subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion. 
 
The board believes the substance abuse prevention program will include: 
  • Age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through twelve, which address the legal, social, and health consequences of tobacco, drug and alcohol use and which provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use tobacco, drugs or alcohol; 
  • A statement to students that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful; 
  • Standards of conduct for students that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, being under the influence of or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of any of its activities; 
  • A clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the policy and a description of those sanctions; 
  • A statement that students may be required to successfully complete an appropriate rehabilitation program; 
  • Information about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs available to students; 
  • A requirement that parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of disciplinary sanctions required; and, 
  • Notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory. 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy. 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  2-12-09
                          
Revision: 10-10-94   9-17-07 3-09-09
                                                 
Cross References: Code 503
 
Legal References: No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4141, P.L. 107-110 (2002). Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382. 18 U.S.C. § 921 (2004).  McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982). Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724 (2007).  281 LA.C. 12.3(6) 34 C.F.R. Pt. 86 (2004).  Iowa Code §§ 123.46; 124; 279.8, .9; 453A (2007). 281 LA.C. 12.3(9); .5(3)(e), .5(4)(e), .5(5)(e), .5(21).

503.5-R Student Substance Abuse

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Substance Abuse Code No. 503.5-R
 
DEFINITIONS:  Student possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance will be viewed as an act of gross misconduct and as such will be subject to disciplinary action.  As an operational definition, school authorities may construe a controlled substance as any drug used, possessed, or distributed by a student except a prescription drug which is used or possessed in the amount specified by a licensed physician.  (It should be noted that alcoholic beverages such as beer, liquor, wine, or wine coolers are included within the parameters of these guidelines.)
 
USE - means that reasonable grounds exist to believe that the student has used a controlled substance (e.g., smoked marijuana, taken a pill, drunk an alcoholic beverage) or is found to be under the influence while under the jurisdiction of school authorities.
 
POSSESSION - means that a student has a controlled substance on his/her person, personal property, or has knowledge of the whereabouts on school property or other property which is under the jurisdiction of school authorities.
 
DISTRIBUTION - means the transfer of controlled substances to any other person, with or without the exchange of money or valuables.  Students having controlled substances in their possession (i.e., quantities in an amount reasonably believed to be available for distribution to others or to be sought by others for distribution purposes) shall be subject to the disciplinary guidelines for distributors.
 
 
Adoption:10-10-94
                               
Review:  3-8-99  2-12-09
                                                                  
Revision: 3-09-09
                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

503.6 Search and Seizure

F.C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Search and Seizure Code No. 503.6
 
School district property is held in public trust by the board.  School district authorities may, without a search warrant, search students, student lockers, personal effects, desks, work areas, or student vehicles or protected student areas based on a reasonable and articulable suspicion that a school district policy, rule, regulation or law has been violated.  The search shall be in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors to the school district facilities.  The furnishing of a locker, desk or other facility or space owned by the school and provided as a courtesy to a student, even if the student provides the lock for it, shall not create a protected student area and shall not give rise to an expectation of privacy with respect the locker, desk, or other facility.
 
School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search.  Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to, nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbituates, apparatus used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered 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.  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 presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school district premises or property within the jurisdiction of the school district.
 
NOTE:  This policy reflects the law regarding school district authority for searching students, their possessions and their lockers. 
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89 10-10-94  2-12-09
           
Revision: 3-08-99  3-09-09                    
 
Cross References: 500.1  503.1
 
Legal Reference: U.S. Const. amend. IV.  New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).      
Cason v. Cook, 810 F.2d 188 (8th Cir. 1987), cert. den., 482 U.S. 930 (1987).                           
Iowa Code ch. 808A (Supp. 1997).  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8). 

503.6-E1 Search and Seizure Checklist

EXHIBIT

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Search and Seizure Checklist Code No. 503.6-E1
 
I. What factors caused you to have a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the search of this student or the student's effects, locker or automobile would turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law, school policy, rules or regulations affecting school order?
 
A. Eyewitness account.
 
1. By whom: __________________________
2. Date/Time:_________________________              
3. Place:    _____________________________     
4. What was seen: _________________________________________       
 
B. Information from a reliable source.
 
1. From whom: _________________________            
2. Time received:  _______________________          
3. How information was received:   ___________________________    
4. Who received the information: _____________________________      
5. Describe information:   ___________________________________       
   ______________________________________________________        
 
C. Suspicious behavior?  Explain.
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________            
_________________________________________________________                   
_________________________________________________________          
 
D. Student's past history?  Explain.
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________        
__________________________________________________________     
__________________________________________________________     
                                                                     
E. Time of search:  _______________________________    
 
F. Location of search: ____________________________
 
G. Student told purpose of search:__________________________________  
 
H. Consent of student requested:  __________________________________   
 
 
II. Was the search you conducted reasonable in terms of scope and intrusiveness?
 
A. What were you searching for:  ___________________________________  
 
B. Where did you search?  ________________________________________   
 
C. Sex of the student:  ____________  
 
D. Age of the student:  ____________              
 
E. Exigency Emergency of the situation:  ____________________________
 
F. What type of search was being conducted: _______________________
     ___________________________________________________
 
G. Who conducted the search: _____________________________________ 
Position: _________________________ Sex:  __________________
 
H. Witness(s): ______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
 
 
III. Explanation of Search.
 
A. Describe the time and location of the search:
 
B. Describe exactly what was searched:   __________________________
 
C. What did the search yield: ______________________________________
 
D. What was seized: _____________________________________________
 
E. Were any materials turned over to law enforcement officials? ____________________________________________________________
 
F. Were parents notified of the search including the reason for it and the scope: __________________________________________________

503.6-R Search and Seizure

REGULATION
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Search and Seizure Code No. 503.6-R
 
I. Searches, in general.
  1. 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.
 
  1. Reasonable Scope:  A search will be permissible in its scope or intrusiveness when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search.  Reasonableness of scope or intrusiveness may be determined based on factors such as the following:
  1. the age of the student;
  2. the sex of the student;
  3. the nature of the infraction; and
  4. the emergency requiring the search without delay.
 
II. Types of Searches
  1. 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.
  1. Pat-Down Search:  If a pat-down search or a search of a student's garments (such as jackets, socks, pockets, etc.) is conducted, it will be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student and with another adult witness of the same sex present, when feasible.
  2. A more intrusive search, short of a strip search, of the student's person, handbags, book bags, etc., is permissible in emergency situations when the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors are threatened.  Such a search may only be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student, with an adult of the same sex present unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which may be caused by following these procedures.
 
  1. Locker and Desk Inspections 
Inspections:  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.  For this reason, periodic inspections of lockers is permissible to check for cleanliness and vandalism.  Periodic inspections of all or a random selection of lockers or desks may be conducted by school officials in the presence of the student or another individual.  Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.
 
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.
 
  1. Automobile Searches
Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right.  The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots.  The interior of a student's automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94   02-12-09
  
Revision: 3-8-99  10-12-06                
 
Legal Reference: U.S. Const. amend. IV.  New Jersey v. T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).      
Cason v. Cook, 810 F.2d 188 (8th Cir. 1987), cert. den., 482 U.S. 930 (1987). Iowa Code ch. 808A (Supp. 1997).  281 I.A.C. 12.3(8). 

503.7 Corporal Punishment

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Corporal Punishment                                   Code No. 503.7
 
Corporal punishment is defined as the intentional punishment of a student and is prohibited.  It includes the use of unreasonable or unnecessary physical force or physical contact made with the intent to harm or cause pain.  No employee is prohibited from:
  • Using reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain, in order to accomplish any of the following:
    • To quell a disturbance or prevent an act that threatens physical harm to any person.
    • To obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a pupil’s control.
    • For the purposes of self-defense of others as provided for in Iowa Code section 704.3.
    • For the protection of property as provided fro in IOWA CODE section 704.4 or 704.5.
    • To remove a disruptive pupil from class or an area of school premises or from school-sponsored activities off school premises.
    • To protect a student from the self-infliction of harm.
    • To protect the safety of others.
  • Using incidental, minor, or reasonable physical contact to maintain order and control.
 
Reasonable physical force should be commensurate with the circumstances of the situation.  The following factors should be considered in using reasonable physical force for the reasons stated in this policy:
  1. The size and physical, mental, and psychological condition of the student:
  2. The nature of the student’s behavior or misconduct provoking the use of physical force;
  3. The instrumentality used in applying the physical force;
  4. The extent and nature of resulting injury to the student, if any;
  5. The motivation of the school employee using physical force.
 
Upon request, the student’s parents are given an explanation of the reasons for physical force,
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review:  3-08-99  2-10-00  2-12-09
                                                 
Revision:10-12-06  3-09-09
                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  Ingraham v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977).;  Goss v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975);   Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21 (2007); 281 I.A.C. 12.3 (); 103.; 1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 275. 

503.8 Student Appearance

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Appearance                                         Code No. 503.8
 
The Board believes inappropriate student appearance causes material and substantial disruption to the school environment or presents a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district.
 
Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good learning environment.  The standards will be those generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a school setting.
 
The Board expects students to be clean and well-groomed and wear clothes in good repair and appropriate for the time, place and occasion.  Clothing or other apparel promoting products illegal for use by minors and clothing displaying obscene material, profanity, or reference to prohibited conduct are disallowed.  While the primary responsibility for appearance lies with the students and their parents, appearance disruptive to the education program will not be tolerated.  When, in the judgment of a principal, a student's appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
                               
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  2-12-09
                                                               
Revision: 10-10-94
                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:     Iowa code 279.8

503.9 Regulations for Students Riding Buses

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Regulations for Student Riding Buses                 Code No. 503.9
 
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.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                 
Review:10-10-94 3-8-99 02-12-09
                                                    
Revision:  
                                                                                                
Cross References: 702.7
 
Legal References:  285.10; 321.372; 22.40; 22.43

503.10 School Administrators and Law Enforcement Officials

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
School Administrators and Law Enforcement Officials   Code No. 503.10
 
It shall be the policy of the Forest City Community School District that a reasonable cooperative effort be maintained between the school administration and law enforcement agencies.  Law enforcement officials may be summoned in order to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal conduct on the school premises or during a school-sponsored activity or to maintain the educational environment.  They may also be summoned for the purpose of maintaining or restoring order when the presence of such officers is necessary to prevent injury to persons or property.  Administrators have the responsibility and the authority to determine when the assistance of law enforcement officers is necessary within their respective jurisdiction.  The School District's Administrators shall at all times act in a manner which protects and guarantees the rights of students and parents.
 
 
Adoption: 2-5-79
                                   
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  02-12-09
                                                               
Revision:
                                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

503.11 Interrogations of Students by Outside Agencies

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies         Code No. 503.11
 
Generally, students may not be interviewed during the school day by persons other than parents and school district officials and employees.
 
Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, school district officials, and employees to interview students are made through the principal’s office.  Upon receiving a request, it is the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the request will be granted.  Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal will attempt to contact the parents to inform them of the request and to ask them to be present.
 
If a child abuse investigator wishes to interview a student, the principal will defer to the investigator’s judgment as to whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student’s parents, whether the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, and who will be present during the interview.
 
Students will not be taken from school without the consent of the principal and without proper warrant.
 
Note:  Iowa law does not address access to students by law enforcement authorities or other officials.  This policy reflects the generally accepted practice of school districts.
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                               
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  02-12-09
                                                              
Revision: 3-09-09
                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  Iowa Code §§ 232; 280.17 (2007);  281 I.A.C. 102.;  441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.   1980 Op.Att’y Gen. -12.6 (new standards) 

504 Student Activity Program

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Activity Program                               Code No. 504
 
Participation in school activities is a privilege.  School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and ability in the students during their school years and for their lifetime.
 
Students will have an opportunity to participate in a school activity unless the activity is not offered or the student cannot participate for disciplinary reasons.  If the activity is an intramural or interscholastic athletic activity, students of the opposite sex will have a comparable opportunity for participation.  Comparable opportunity does not guarantee boys and girls will be allowed to play on each other's teams when there are athletic activities available that will allow both boys and girls to reap the benefits of school activities, which are the promotion of additional interests and abilities in the students.
 
Student activity events must be approved by the superintendent unless they involve unusual travel expenses, in which case the Board will take action.  The events must not disrupt the education program or other school district operations.
 
A student who participates in school sponsored athletics may participate in a non-school sponsored sport during the same season with approval of the Head Coach, Activities Director and Superintendent.  If a student is found to have participated in a non-school sponsored sport during the same season without approval from the district designees, the following penalties will apply.
 
1st offense - The athlete would suffer a (1) event suspension.
 
2nd offense - The athlete would suffer a loss of (1/2) season suspension.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for each school activity.  These regulation shall include, but not be limited to, when physical examinations will be required, how and when parents will be informed about the risk of the activity, academic requirements, and proof of insurance on the student participating in certain activities.  Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation to the activity.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89    03-09-09  9-8-14  10-13-14
                                                                   
Revision: 10-10-94   11-09-98
                                                                     
Cross References:
 
Legal References: Iowa Code 216.9; 280.13-.14 (1997); 281 I.A.C. 12.6., 36.15.

504.1 Student Government

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Government                                     Code No. 504.1
 
The function of student government shall be to provide a channel of communication between students and the professional staff of the district.  The principal shall establish guidelines for the operation of the student government; these guidelines shall be in accordance with board policy and shall be formulated on the basis of students' and staff members' ideas and suggestions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                                 
Review:  7-17-89  10-10-94  3-8-99    03-09-09  10-13-14
                                                             
Revision:
                                                                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  
 

504.2 School Affiliated Student Organizaitons

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
School Affiliated Student Organizations               Code No. 504.2
 
Student organizations generally will be encouraged when they meet the simple criteria of contributing to learning rather than detracting from it.  Such organizations will operate within the framework of the law, board policy, administrative rules, and the parameters of the learning program.  When such organizations are truly contributive, their establishment and operation  will be facilitated in reasonable ways by district staff and through use of district resources.
 
The building principal will develop general guidelines for student organizations.  Among other provisions, such guidelines will require the assignment of at least one faculty advisor to each student organization that requires the expenditure of budgeted funds or that may engage in activities of a divisive or controversial nature.
 
This policy applies to on-campus organizations only.  It is not intended to restrict the organization of students into groups which function apart from school.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89 10-10-94  3-8-99 03-09-09  10-13-14
                                                             
Revision:
                                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

504.2-R School Affiliated Student Organizations

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
School Affiliated Student Organizations               Code No. 504.2-R
 
Formation of student groups which will enrich and extend student educational experiences are subject to the following regulations:
 
  1. Before it can be recognized as a school group and be given use of school time and facilities, the club must be approved, in accordance with established criteria, by the principal.​
  2. Membership must be open to all students except where the purpose of the club requires qualifications (a French club, for instance), and in no case will such qualification be based solely or in part on an individual student's race, color, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status or disability.
  3. The club must have a faculty sponsor or advisor approved by the principal.
  4. Clearly improper purposes and activities are not permitted, and if persisted in, will be cause for withdrawing official approval of the group.
  5. School groups are not permitted to use the school name in participating in public demonstrations or other activities outside the school unless prior permission has been granted by the principal.
 
 
 
Adoption:4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94  3-8-99    03-09-09  10-13-14
           
Revision: 4-13-09
                                 
Cross References:    

504.3 Non-School Affiliated Student Organizations

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Non-School Affiliated Student Organizations           Code No. 504.3
 
Student-initiated, non-curriculum-related groups must request the use of school facilities with the building principal.  Approval or denial will be made by the principal or his/her designee.
 
Approved groups may meet only during non-instructional time.  Attendance is limited to students and participation shall be strictly voluntary and student-initiated.  Meetings shall not interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activity.
 
Student-initiated, non-curriculum related groups will not use the school name, school mascot name, district name, or any name that might imply school or district sponsorship.  The use of school equipment will be subject to board policy.
 
Either professional or support employees will be assigned to monitor authorized meetings.  An employee may be assigned to monitor more than one such meeting held concurrently if the principal determines that adequate order and discipline can be maintained to ensure that attendance of students at the meetings is voluntary.  Employees shall not participate in any way in the meeting or assist in planning, criticizing, or encouraging attendance.  Non-school persons cannot direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activity of student groups.
 
In determining whether a group is curriculum-related, the school principal or his/her designee should be able to answer these two questions affirmatively:
 
  1. Does the school usually sponsor an activity dealing with this subject matter?
  2. Does the school require or directly encourage student participation in such a group in connection with curriculum course work?
 
As a means of determining whether a student's attendance at an approved meeting is voluntary, a school principal or his/her designee may require parental consent for attendance at meetings of non-curriculum-related groups.
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                               
Review:  7-17-89  10-10-94  3-8-99    03-09-09  10-13-14
                                                     
Revision:
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  287.1-287.3

504.4 Student Publications

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Publications                                   Code No. 504.4
 
  1. Official school publications defined.
 
An "official school publication" is material produced by students in the journalism, newspaper, yearbook, or writing classes and distributed to students either free or for a fee.
 
  1. Expression in an official school publication.
 
  1. No student shall express, publish or distribute in an official school publication material which is:
a.  obscene;
b.  libelous;
c.  slanderous; or
d.  encourages students to:
  1. commit unlawful acts;
  2. violate school rules;
  3. cause the material and substantial disruption of the orderly and efficient operation of the school or school activity;
  4. disrupt or interfere with the educational program;
  5. interrupt the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere; or
  6. infringe on the rights of others.
 
  1. The official school publication shall be produced under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
 
C.  Responsibilities of students.
 
  1. Students writing or editing official school publications shall assign and edit the news, editorial and feature contents of the official school publications subject to the limitation of the student publications code and the law.
  2. Students shall strive to achieve professional standards of accuracy, fairness, objectives and thoroughness in each and every aspect of official school publications.
  3. Students shall strive to achieve professional standards of grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling for clarity and accuracy of official school publications.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  03-09-09
                               
Revision: 10-10-94
                                  
Cross References: 500.1 1002.3
 
Legal References: Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier, 108 S. Ct. 562 (1988) 
Iowa Code § 280.22 (2007).

504.5 Student Contests/Performances

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Contests/Performances                         Code No. 504.5
 
Students, as part of the education program, may participate in contests or other performances approved by the superintendent that will be of benefit to the student and the education program.
 
As a school-sponsored activity, the viewpoints of student participants may be attributed to the school.  In the judgment of the administration, student participants shall not encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons, or use obscenity.  Further, the presentations must be appropriate to assure that the students learn and meet the goals of the activity and that the audience is not exposed to material that may be inappropriate for their level of maturity.
 
It shall be within the discretion of the superintendent to determine whether the contest will benefit the education program and the participating students.  Contests or other performances by students unapproved by the superintendent shall be the responsibility of the parent and the student.
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                                
Review:  7-17-89 10-10-94  3-8-99  03-09-09  9-8-14
             
Revision:
                                                
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988);
Iowa Code §§ 280.13-.14 (2007) ;  281 I.A.C. 12.6)

504.6 Social Events

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Social Events                                         Code No. 504.6
 
Several of our school goals are supported by well-conceived and well-managed social events.  Parents expect their children to learn to feel at ease in appropriate social situations.  Consequently, parties, dances and comparable social events have an important place in a well-rounded school program.  It is suggested that at least two sets of parents and two professional school personnel serve as chaperones at each social event.*
 
All social events shall be under the control and supervision of professional school personnel.  Approval for an event shall be secured from the principal of the building involved before any public announcement is made.  Hours, behavior, and activities related to social events shall be reasonable and proper as determined by the administrative team.  Only those students who can be expected to recognize the authority and responsibility of the school personnel shall be permitted to attend social functions.
 
 
 
*Suggest including a representative from law enforcement at all dances and at prom.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-5-79
                                   
Review: 7-17-94 10-10-94   3-8-99   3-09-09  9-8-14
                                             
Revision: 4-13-09
                                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

504.7 Interscholastic Competition

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Interscholastic Competition                           Code No. 504.7
 
Students may participate in interscholastic competitions that are sponsored or administered by organizations registered with the Department of Education.  The governing organizations shall prescribe and implement eligibility requirements for students participating in contests or competitions as prescribed by state guidelines.
 
The Board of Directors of the Forest City School District may make any additional good conduct rules not in conflict with those of the governing organization.  The Board may suspend eligibility for violation of school rules established for the orderly governance of the school.
 
The interscholastic athletic program, along with regular class instruction and intramural sports, is a recognized part of the total education program.  The prime purpose of the interscholastic program is to benefit the participating students.  Interscholastic athletics provide opportunities for physically talented youth to develop physical and social skills and emotional controls to a degree not usually found in regular classroom instruction.
 
Interscholastic athletics will be provided for all interested and qualified pupils enrolled in the school.  Participants on interscholastic athletic teams that are approved by the Board will be provided safe and sound equipment and will be taught the principles of good sportsmanship and school citizenship as well as athletic skills.
 
A "no cut" policy will be in effect in all sports.  Every eligible boy or girl will be afforded an equal opportunity to be a member of the squad.  Membership on a squad does not necessarily mean full equipment and full travel privileges.  It also does not guarantee participation in games.
 
To be eligible to participate in interscholastic sports, students must have the approval of a physician, physician's assistant or chiropractor.  They must also demonstrate satisfactory scholastic scholarship and school citizenship.
 
Students must have permission of parents/guardians to engage in interscholastic sports.
 
The school will abide by rules governing high school interscholastic competition established by the Iowa Athletic Associations.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  06-11-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                   
Revision: 6-13-94
                                                                                    
Cross References:504.8
 
Legal References:  280.13; 280.14; AC 670-9.15

504.7-R1 Student Eligibility Guidelines-High School

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Eligibility Guidelines - High School Code No. 504.7-R1
 
A.  A student is ineligible for participation if he/she:
 
  1. is below the ninth grade.
  2. has attended high school for more than twelve trimesters.
  3. is a full-time student and has not earned six credits at the end of a trimester.
  4. was not in any school the previous trimester.
  5. entered school this trimester later than the second week of school.  (Does not apply to transfers.)
  6. has changed school this trimester (except upon like change of residence of parents).
  7. does not have a certificate of fitness issued for the current school year.
  8. is 20 years of age or over.
  9. has ever accepted any money or expenses for participation in any athletic activity.
  10. accepts awards for high school participation other than the customary awards issued by the school.
  11. has trained with or has been a member of a college squad or has participated in a college contest.
B.  Twelve Weeks Academic Eligibility:
 
A student must earn six credits per trimester to maintain eligibility for extracurricular activities.  A Student who does no meet these requirements will be considered ineligible to participate in events but will be allowed to practice.  The ineligibility term will be twelve weeks.  *(See exceptions below).
 
C.  School Attendance:
 
A student must be in attendance for at least 1/2 of a regular school day on the day of competition and/or practice.  A student who has previously requested and received approval from a high school administrator is not affected by the attendance requirement.
 
D.  Suspension From School:
 
A student may not rejoin the activity until the school suspension has been lifted by the high school administration.
 
E.  School Equipment:
 
School equipment shall be returned in accordance with the sponsor's procedure.  Indefinite suspension from activities shall result until the equipment is returned in reasonable condition or restitution is made.
 
F.  Additional Requirements:
 
Additional requirements may not be issued by a sponsor/coach unless they are listed in the coach's handbook.  An alternative option for the coach/sponsor is to hold a meeting to explain the requirements to parents and squad members.
 
G.  No Pass/No Play:
 
• A student must receive credit in at least 6 classes/credits at all times, or as approved by the High School Principal.
• Students must pass all and make adequate progress toward graduation to remain eligible.
• If the student is not passing all classes at the end of a grading period the student is ineligible for the first 30 consecutive calendar days from the first official playing date for the sport or activity.
• If the student is not passing all classes at the end of the final grading period of the school year and is a baseball or softball contestant they are ineligible for the next 30 consecutive calendar days.
• When a school checks grades at any other time other than at the end of a grading period the period of ineligibility and conditions of reinstatement are left to the school.
• New requirement that schools report interventions on CSIP. (Study Halls, Study Skills, Mid-term Progress Reports, and Study Table requirements)
• A student with an IEP is judged based on progress made toward IEP goals.
• Summer school or other means to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes stricken.
• There is no statewide definition of passing: this is a locally controlled decision. Withdrawals and incompletes are also a local control decision. Withdrawals after the add/drop date will be considered “F”.
• A final grade is one that goes on a student’s transcript. A final grade is NOT the grade on a mid term progress report.
• The IHSSA and IHSMA will adopt the same rule but participants will be ineligible for 30 consecutive school days.
• Official grades will be given at the end of each trimester. Final grades will be given three times per year at the end of each trimester. Grades will be checked at midterm with a progress report. Students failing at the midterm will be assigned to study table for two hours per week and be held accountable for attending until the end of the trimester. This is a proactive step to get the students grades back to passing status before the final grading period. If the student does not show up for study table the school district will pull the students eligibility at that time.
• A participant must complete the entire season in ‘good standing’ for the ineligibility period to be applied and completed.
• Students who have NC’s at the end of grading period, will be considered ineligible for participation until the NC is reported to the administration to now be a passing final grade.
At the mid-term grading reports, any student involved in activities during that trimester with a “F” on their mid-term report card will be required to attend the study table two hours per week for the remainder of the trimester. Failure to attend study table will result in activity eligibility being suspended.
 
*If a student is taking semester courses (i.e Waldorf, NIACC, or NIACC Hub Coursework) eligibility will be determined off of progress reports and semester grades.
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
         
Review; 10-10-94   3-8-99   01-13-05     06-11-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
 
Revision: 6-13-94   02-10-05 10-12-15                                                                   
 
Legal References:

504.7-R2 Student Eligibility Guidelines-Middle School

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Eligibility Guidelines - Middle School       Code No. 504.7-R2
 
 
A.  A student is ineligible for participation if he/she:
  1. is not in grades 7 or 8.
  2. is 16 years of age or over (athletics only).
  3. has attended middle school for more than 9 trimesters.  Further eligibility may be granted by the recommendation of the middle school principal.  For athletics the approval of the athletic association is also required.
  4. is a full-time student and fails more than one subject the previous trimester.  (Exception:  A first trimester 7th grader is automatically eligible.)
  5. was not in any school the previous trimester.
  6. does not have a certificate of fitness issued for the current school year.  (Athletics and cheerleading only.)
  7. does not have accident insurance coverage (except when an insurance waiver signed by a parent has been turned in).
B.  Twelve-Weeks Academic Eligibility:
 
A student may fail no more than one subject.  A student who does not meet these requirements will be considered ineligible to participate in events, but will be allowed to practice for a probationary period of three weeks.  After three weeks, if the student is passing all subjects, eligibility will be reinstated.
 
NOTE:  If after the three-week period, requirements are not met, the student shall be ineligible to practice or participate in the activity for the remainder of the twelve weeks.
 
C.  School Attendance:
 
A student must be in attendance for at least one-half (1/2) of a school day on the day of competition and/or practice.  A student who has previously requested and received approval from a middle school administrator is not affected by the attendance requirements.
 
D.  Suspension From School:
 
A student may not rejoin any school activity until the suspension has been lifted by the building administrator.
 
E.  School Equipment:
 
School equipment shall be returned in accordance with the sponsor's procedure.
 
F.  Notification of Students and Parents:
  1. At the beginning of each school year a letter explaining the middle school good conduct code and regulations will be sent to the parents of each middle school student.
  2. Each sponsor/coach may not implement additional requirements to the Good Conduct Policy unless they are listed in the Coach's Handbook.
  3. An alternative option for the coach/sponsor is to hold a meeting to explain the requirements to parents and squad members.
G.  Carry-Over Provisions:
 
Any violations of the good conduct rule in middle school will not carry-over to the high school.
 

.H.  No Pass/No Play:

• Students must pass all and make adequate progress to remain eligible.
• If the student is not passing all classes at the end of a grading period the student is ineligible for the first 30 consecutive calendar days from the first official playing date for the sport or activity.
• When a school checks grades at any other time other than at the end of a grading period the period of ineligibility and conditions of reinstatement are left to the school.
• New requirement that schools report interventions on CSIP. (Study Halls, Study Skills, Mid-term Progress Reports, and Study Table requirements)
• A student with an IEP is judged based on progress made toward IEP goals.
• There is no statewide definition of passing: this is a locally controlled decision. Withdrawals and incompletes are also a local control decision. Withdrawals after the add/drop date will be considered “F”.
• A final grade is one that goes on a student’s transcript. A final grade is NOT the grade on a mid term progress report.
• The IHSSA and IHSMA will adopt the same rule but participants will be ineligible for 30 consecutive school days.
• Official grades will be given at the end of each trimester. Final grades will be given three times per year at the end of each trimester. Grades will be checked at midterm with a progress report. Students failing at the midterm will be assigned to study table for two hours per week and be held accountable for attending until the end of the trimester. This is a proactive step to get the students grades back to passing status before the final grading period. If the student does not show up for study table the school district will pull the students eligibility at that time.
• A participant must complete the entire season in ‘good standing’ for the ineligibility period to be applied and completed.
• Students who have NC’s at the end of grading period, will be considered ineligible for participation until the NC is reported to the administration to now be a passing final grade.
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Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99   06-11-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                             
Revision: 6-13-94 10-12-15
                                                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

504.8 Good Conduct Rule

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Good Conduct Rule                                     Code No. 504.8
 
Students who participate in extra-curricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year whether at or away from school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in school extra-curricular activities and other school sponsored activities, must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy, Student Conduct 503.1, throughout the calendar year.
 
Students disciplined under the good conduct rule shall receive appropriate due process in concert with the nature of the misconduct.  It shall be the responsibility of the principal to maintain a record of violations of the good conduct policy and supporting administrative regulations.
 
"Any student declared ineligible under the prior school district's Good Conduct Rule, and then without having completed the full period of ineligibility at that school transfers to Forest City High School, may not be eligible for interscholastic competition at Forest City High School, until the full period of ineligibility has been completed."
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations regarding conduct.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                      
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  06-11-09  2-10-14  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                      
Revision: 11-17-97   10-12-06  2-10-14
                                                                   
Cross Reference:  503.1
 
Legal References:280.13, .13A (1989); AC 670-3.5(2), 9;    AC 670-4.3(8) (new standards)

504.8-R Student Good Conduct Regulations

Regulations
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Good Conduct Regulations Code No. 504.8-R
 
It is a privilege and an honor to be able to participate in extra-curricular programs and represent the Forest City School District.  The student body and the school are judged by the participant’s character and conduct at all times.  Middle School-High School students serve as a model to many people and their attitude has an important impact on others.  Any student whose habits and conduct, in and out of school, during the school year and during the summer, are not consistent with the ideals, principles and standards of the Forest City School District shall be declared ineligible for participation in competitions and/or performances.
 
The list of Extra-Curricular Activities is:
Non-Athletic                                                     Athletic
FCTV                                                              Football
Band (any comp./honor)                               Volleyball
Dance Team                                                Basketball
FFA                                                               Wrestling
Quiz Bowl                                                              Golf
Spirit Club                                                           Track
Speech                                                           Baseball
Student Council                                                Softball
Drama (Play and Musical)                       Cheerleading
Vocal Music (any comp./honor)             Cross Country
Warwhoop                                                        Bowling
Yearbook                                                     Trap Team
Link Crew
Future Problem Solvers
Literary Magazine
 
Good Conduct Violations:
  1. A violation of the Good Conduct Policy shall include, but not be limited to, the use or possession of alcoholic beverages, of tobacco, (including use of vapor-producing look-a-likes where the original would include tobacco or nicotine), or of a controlled substance, as defined by the Iowa Code (204).
  2. Violations of the Good Conduct Policy shall include any violation of the Iowa Criminal Code, excluding minor traffic violations, curfew violation, or minor hunting and fishing violations.  
  3. Violations of the Good Conduct Policy will be determined by a school official.  The student will become a Good Conduct Policy violator if sufficient evidence is produced to establish a violation.
 
Consequences:
 
First Offense:
 
Students who violate the Good Conduct Policy will become ineligible for 1/5/ of their current/next athletic season and two events for non-athletic events.  If applicable, the student will develop a plan of restitution approved by the parent/guardian, school administration and the student.  The student will also be responsible to schedule and complete three (3) counselling sessions through area hospitals, the juvenile probation officer, pastor, or a school designee.  The counsellor must be approved by a local school administrator prior to the sessions starting.  Students will pay for any cost or fees.  Both the approved restitution plan and the counselling sessions must be completed prior to reinstatement of eligibility.
 
Second Offense:
 
The student will become ineligible for 2/3 of the student’s next athletic season and the next four (4) non-athletic events that the students are scheduled to participate in and complete the additional evaluation and treatment in accordance with the provisions set out above for first offense violations.
 
All Other Offenses:
 
The student will become ineligible for one (1) calendar year from all athletic/non-athletic competition or performance.
 
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
**If a student begins an athletic/non-athletic season, he/she must complete that season in “good standing” in order for the contests/events to count toward the period of ineligibility.
 
***A student who is ineligible, may practice with their team, music group or speech/drama section, or their club.  If a coach or sponsor grants permission, the student may also travel with the team or group to a contest but may not be in uniform (must be in street clothes) and may only perform tasks as assigned by the coach/sponsor. 
 
 
Due Process Provision
 
  1. A student shall be provided a hearing with a school administrator.  The student will be given oral or written notice of the hearing, and a reasonable effort will be made to notify the parents or guardians of the hearing.  During the hearing the student shall be told the basis for the accusation, and shall be given an opportunity, during the hearing, to present his or her side of the story.  The school administrator shall determine whether the student has violated the good conduct provision, and shall notify the parents, or guardians in writing of his decision.
  2. The student, the parent, or the guardian may appeal within seven calendar days by delivering a written notice of appeal to the school administrator who made the initial decision.  The extra-curricular board shall conduct an appeal hearing within seven calendar days after receipt of the appeal notice and submit a decision in writing which may either affirm or not affirm the prior decision.*
  3. The Extra-Curricular Board's decision may be appealed within seven calendar days to the Board of Directors by delivering a written appeal notice to the superintendent.  The superintendent shall schedule the appeal for a regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors which shall be held within 14 calendar days after receipt of the appeal notice.  The decision of the Board of Directors shall be set forth in the written minutes of the Board and may affirm or not affirm the prior decision.
 
        SPECIAL NOTE:  Violations of the policy in the Middle School are not carried   over to the high school.              
 
  • Extra-Curricular Board:  The Extra-curricular Board will consist of three district administrators, excluding the administrator who assigned the discipline.
 
Adoption: 1-8-90
                                 
Review: 10-10-94   06-11-09  5-11-12  2-10-14  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                                         
Revision:10-12-06  9-17-07 06-12-08  2-10-14
                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

504.8-E Student/Parent/School Agreement

EXHIBIT
Code No. 504-8E
 
STUDENT/PARENT/SCHOOL AGREEMENT
To Abide By The Good Conduct Rule Conditions
Specified In School Board Policy No. 504.8 And 504.8-R
 
 
                                                      and                                                 have read,
   Parent/Guardian                               Daughter/Son
 
 understand, support and accept the conditions described in Policy No. 504.8 and Regulations 504.8-R.
 
                                                                                                                          
                                                    Daughter/Son
 
                                                                                                                          
                                                    Parent/Guardian
 
                                                                                                                          
                                                      Date
 
 
Please return this sheet to Forest City Community School.

504.9 Student Attendance at Events Outside of School

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Attendance at Events Outside of School Code No. 504.9
 
Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school at places outside of the school must be sponsored and supervised by professional school personnel or approved designee.  Rules of behavior shall be the same as for any in-school activity or event.
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
                                   
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99   04-13-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                            
Revision:
                                                                                
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   280.14 

504.10 Honors and Awards

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Honors and Awards Code No. 504.10
 
Any regularly enrolled student may be considered for honors or awards awarded by the school.  Qualifications for such awards shall be established by professional school personnel who have been delegated the responsibility by the building principal.
 
 
Adoption: 6-24-75
 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99  04-13-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
 
Revision:
     
Cross References:
        
Legal References: 

504.11 Practices and Rehearsals

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Practices and Rehearsals Code No. 504.11
 
There will be no Sunday practices, rehearsals, meetings, parties, or performances held in or on school property under the direction of the school without prior approval of the Building Principal or designee.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-5-79
                       
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99  04-13-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                         
Revision:
                                                                                              
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

504.12 Student Involvement in Decision Making

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Involvement in Decision Making Code No. 504.12
 
Constructive student involvement can be a resource for the improvement of the schools as well as a valuable educational experience for students.  Therefore, the Board of Directors wishes to encourage appropriate student involvement in planning and decision making in the school system.
 
In general, the community councils and the various student organizations provide the most effective channels for such involvement.  In addition, any student who has ideas or suggestions may channel them through the principal's office to appropriate central office administrators for further dissemination to and discussion with staff.
 
The Board also invites any student to attend its open meetings as an observer and a member of the public.  Privileges to address the Board are extended to students on the same basis as they are extended to any citizen.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                            
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99   04-13-09  10-13-14 10-12-15
                                                          
Revision:
                                                                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:                                                                                                                              

505 Student Health Services

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Health Services                               Code No. 505
 
Health services are an integral part of comprehensive school improvement, assisting all students to increase learning, achievement, and performance.  Health services coordinate and support existing programs to assist each student in achievement of an optimal state of physical, mental and social well being.  Student health services ensure continuity and create linkages between school, home, and community service providers.  The school district’s comprehensive school improvement plan, needs, and resources determine the linkages.
 
The superintendent, in conjunction with the school nurse, will develop administrative regulations implementing this policy. 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89
                  
Review:  10-10-94   3-8-99   01-13-05   05-13-09  11-10-14 11-9-15
 
Revision: 2-10-00   02-10-05   6-11-09
                              
Cross References:   501.4 Leaving School Premises
       505 Student Health Services 
 
Legal References: No Child Left Behind, Title II, Sec. 1061, P.L. 107-110 (2002).  42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et  seq. (1997).  20 U.S.C. 1232g § 1400 6301 et seq. (1997).  29 U.S.C. § 794(a)(1988)  28 C.F.R. 35 34 C.F.R. pt. 99, 104, 200, 300 et seq. (1999)  Iowa Code §§ 22.7, 139A.3. .8, .21; 143.1, 152, 256.7(24), .11, 280.23 (2001).   281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), (7), (11); 12.4(12); 12.8; 41.12(11), .96.  282 I.A.C. 15.3(14); 22.  641 I.A.C. 7.  655 I.A.C. 6, 6.3(1), 6.3(6), 6.6(1), 7.

505-R1 Student Health Services Administrative Regulations

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Health Services Administrative Regulations Code No. 505.R1
 
  1. Student Health Services  - Each school building may develop a customized student health services program within comprehensive school improvement based on its unique needs and resources. Scientific advances, laws, and school improvement necessitate supports to students with health needs to receive their education program.
Supports to improve student achievement include:
  • qualified health personnel
  • school superintendent, school nurse, and school health team working collaboratively
  • family and community involvement
  • optimal student health services program with commitment to its continuing improvement
Components provided within a coordinated school health program include:
-health services                      -health education
-nutrition                                            -physical education and activity
-healthy, safe environment    -counseling, psychological, and  social -services
-staff wellness                         -family and community involvement
 
Student health services are provided to identify health needs; facilitate access to health care; provide for health needs related to educational achievement; promote health, well-being, and safety; and plan and develop the health services program.
 
  1. Student Health Services Essential Functions

  1. Identify student health needs:
  1. Provide individual initial health assessments as needed and refer on to a primary care provider, and provide follow up care as needed.
  2. Provide needed health screenings
  3. Maintain and update confidential health records
  4. Communicate (written, oral, electronic) health needs as consistent with confidentiality laws

 

  1. Facilitate student access to physical and mental health services:
  1. Link students to community resources and monitor follow through
  2. Promote increased access and referral to primary health care financial resources such as Medicaid, HAWK-I, social security, and community health clinics
  3. Encourage appropriate use of heath care needs

 

  1. Provide for student health needs related to educational achievement:
  1. Manage chronic and acute illnesses under the guidance of family and primary care providers.
  2. Provide special health procedures and medication including delegation, training, and supervision of qualified designated school personnel
  3. Develop, implement, evaluate, and revise individual health plans (IHPs) for all students with special health needs according to mandates in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  4. Provide urgent and emergency care for individual and group illness and injury
  5. Prevent and control communicable disease and monitor immunizations
  6. Promote optimal mental health
  7. Promote a safe school facility and a safe school environment
  8. Participate in and attend team meetings as a team member and health consultant

 

  1. Promote student health, well-being, and safety to foster healthy living:
  1. Provide developmentally appropriate health education and health counseling for individuals and groups
  2. Encourage injury and disease prevention practices
  3. Promote personal and public health practices
  4. Provide health promotion and injury and disease prevention education

 

  1. Plan and develop the student health services program collaboratively with the superintendent, school nurse, and school health team:
 
  1. Gather and interpret data to evaluate needs and performance
  2. Establish health advisory council and school health team
  3. Develop health procedures and guidelines
  4. Collaborate with staff, families, and community
  5. Maintain and update confidential student school health records
  6. Coordinate program with all school health components
  7. Coordinate with school improvement
  8. Evaluate and revise the health service program to meet changing needs
  9. Organize scheduling and direct health services staff
  10. Develop student health services annual status report
  11. Coordinate information and program delivery within the school and between school and major constituents
  12. Provide health services by qualified health professionals to effectively deliver services, including multiple levels of school health expertise such as registered nurses, physicians, and advanced registered nurse practitioners
  13. Provide for professional development for school health services staff
 
  1. Expanded Health Services
These additional health services address learning barriers and the lack of access to health care. Examples include school-based services in the school, school-linked services connected to the school, primary care, mental health, substance abuse, dental health, and vision screening.

505.1 Student Health and Immunization Certificates

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Health and Immunization Certificates         Code No. 505.1
 
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 shall submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the superintendent.  Failure to provide this information may be grounds for disciplinary action.
 
Students enrolling for the first time in the school district shall also submit a certificate of immunization against diphtheria, 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 suspension, expulsion or denial of admission.  Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Department of Public Health, students entering the district for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission.  The school district may conduct TB tests of current students. All 7th grade students are required to receive a Tdap vaccination regardless of the last dose of DTaP or Td vaccine, prior to admission.
 
Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law.  The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy. In the event of an outbreak, any exempt student may be excluded from school per guidelines followed by the state department of public health.
 
 
 
Adoption:4-10-89
                                  
Review: 7-17-89   3-8-99    05-13-09  11-10-14 11-9-15
           
Revision: 10-10-94    6-11-09 11-9-15
                   
Cross References: 405.7 502.1  604.2
 
Legal References:   139.9;  280.13 (1993). 281 I.A.C. 33.5; 641 I.A.C. 7

505.2 Communicable Diseases

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Communicable Diseases-Students                                     Code No. 505.2
 
Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  The term "communicable disease" will mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.
 
Prevention and control of communicable diseases is included in the school district's bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan.  The procedures will include scope and application, definitions, exposure control, methods of compliance, universal precautions, vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, follow-up, communication of hazards to employees and record keeping.  This plan is reviewed annually by the superintendent and school nurse.
 
The health risk to immunosupressed 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.
 
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.
 
For more information on communicable disease charts, and reporting forms, go to the Iowa Department of Public Health Web site:  http://www.idph.state.ia.us
 
 
NOTE:  This policy is consistent with current health practices regarding communicable diseases.  The bloodborne pathogen language in the second paragraph and accompanying regulation is in compliance with federal law on control of bloodborne pathogens.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89   05-13-09  11-10-14 11-9-15
                 
Revision:10-10-94     3-8-99   6-11-09            
 
Cross References:406.5 Communicable Diseases -505 Student Health Services - 506 Student Records
 
Legal Reference:   School Board of Nassau County v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987).  29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. (2004).  45 C.F.R. Pt. 84.3 (2004).  Iowa Code ch. 139A.8 (2007).  641 I.A.C. 1.2-.5, 7.

505.3 Student Injury or Illness at School

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Injury or Illness at School                   Code No. 505.3
 
When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the student's Guardians will attempt to be notified by the school nurse or the principal as soon as possible after these individuals are aware of the incident.
 
The school district, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have authorized school personnel present administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the Guardians, the Guardians' designee, or qualified medical personnel as quickly as possible.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the principal or the school nurse to file an accident report with the superintendent within 48 hours after the student is injured at school.
 
Guardians shall be required to complete a medical emergency authorization form indicating the procedures to be followed, if possible, in an emergency involving their child.  It shall be the responsibility of the parents to provide the school district with updated information on the medical authorization form.
 
The superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the procedure in the event a student should become ill or be injured at school.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94   3-8-99   05-13-09  11-10-14 11-9-15
             
Revision: 6-11-09 11-9-15
                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 631.17 (1989); AC 281-12.3(9) (new standards)

505.5 Special Minnor's License

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Special Minor’s License Code No.  505.5
 
A.  Special Minor’s School License
 
The Board of Directors of the Forest City Community School District or designee may issue a certificate of need to the Iowa Department of Transportation-Drivers License Division authorizing a student to operate a motor vehicle during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. over the most direct and assessable route between the student’s residence and school of enrollment, and between schools of enrollment, for the purpose of attending duly scheduled courses of instruction and extracurricular activities within the School District, if the student meets the following qualifications:
  1. The student must be enrolled in the 9th grade.
  2. The student must have held a valid instruction permit for the previous 6 consecutive months.
  3. The student must have successfully completed a sanctioned drivers education course unless exempted in accordance with the current Rules of the Iowa Department of Transportation and ALL students will be required to drive for the Department of Transportation.
  4. The student must be academically eligible, have attendance in good standing, and only minimal or minor conduct infractions not rising to the level of a violation of the School District’s existing Student Conduct Policies.
Before the Forest City Community School Board of Education authorizes the superintendent to execute a Certificate of Need on a form provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation, the parent/guardian and the student are required to provide certain information to the Board, or designee, on a form which may be obtained from the office of the Forest City Superintendent of Schools.
 
B.  Special Minor’s School License and Use of Motor Vehicles & Bicycles
 
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 principal.  The privilege of driving to school may be withdrawn by the principal from the student if the student fails to comply with state law or rules and regulations as established by the principal.
 
Students who drive to and park at their school attendance center shall only drive to and park at their designated attendance center or at either their attendance center or a shared district's attendance center for the prpose of attending extracurricular activities.  
Students may not loiter around or be in their vehicle during the school day without permission from the principal.  Students shall leave their attendance center when there is no longer a legitimate reason for them to be at their attendance center.  Students who drive shall enter and leave the parking lot by the routes designated by the principal.
 
The principal of each building shall make regulations concerning the riding of bicycles to and from school.  The privilege of riding a bicycle to school may be withdrawn from a student for failure to observe these regulations.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-14-86
 
Review:  3-8-99 1-13-05  8-09-07 11-9-15  5-13-09  11-10-14
 
Revision:  2-10-05  9-17-07  
 
Legal References:  Section 321.194, Code of Iowa 

505.5-E1 Application for Special Minor's License

Application                                         Code No. 505.5-E1
 
Application for Special Minor’s License
 Forest City Community School District
Board of Education
Forest City, Iowa
 
Iowa Code 321.194 (2)(b) reads:  
 
Each application shall be accompanied by a statement from the
school board or superintendent of the applicant’s school.  The
statement shall be upon a form provided by the department.
The school board or superintendent shall certify that a need
exists for the license.
 
To obtain a special minor’s license according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the minor must be between fourteen and eighteen years of age, have held a regular driver's permit for six months, and have successfully completed a driver education course.  The Iowa Code also states that the licensee may drive during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. over the most direct and accessible route between the licensee’s residence and school of enrollment for the purpose of attending duly scheduled courses of instruction and extracurricular activities at the school.
 
The Board of Directors of the Forest City School District has approved operating procedures that must be followed before the Superintendent is authorized to sign a Iowa Department of Transportation form for a special minor’s license:
 
  1. The applicant must be enrolled in 9th grade to be eligible for a special minor’s license.
  2. The applicant must hold a regular driver's permit for six months.
  3. The applicant must have successfully completed a sanctioned drivers education program.
  4. The superintendent may consider grades, attendance, and discipline before recommending approval of the application. 
  5. The student may drive to and from school on a special minor’s license only on the days they are involved in an activity.
  6. The names of all students having a special minor’s license and their driving routes will be shared with local law officials.
  7. A student found violating the rules of a special minor’s license will have their name and incident forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. 
Before the Forest City Board of Education authorizes the superintendent to sign the Iowa Department of Transportation form for a special minor’s license, the parent/guardian must provide the following information to the Superintendent.
 
 
Applicant’s Name ________________________________________________ 
Date of Birth __________________ SS# _________________________
 
Parent/Guardian Name _______________________________________________
Address ____________________________________________________________                ____________________________________________Zip Code________
 
Driver Education Instructor __________________________________________
 
District Office
_____  Driver Education completion form
_____  Proof of learner’s permit for six months for six months
 
 
Would you please state the need for a special minor’s license ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________        
What extracurricular activities do you plan to participate in? 
__________________________ ________________________
__________________________ ________________________
__________________________ ________________________
__________________________ ________________________
__________________________ ________________________
 
Please provide directions or draw a map of your intended route to and from the high school.  (May be attached on a separate page).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is my intent that my child abide by the rules and regulations that pertain to a special minor’s license.  I also understand that the school district will keep this application on record until the applicant turns sixteen.   It will be the practice of the school district to cooperate with law officials when they have reason to question a licensee’s driving route or whether the student in question is involved in extracurricular school activities.    
 
Signed _________________________________________     Date _____________
         Parent/Guardian
Signed _________________________________________     Date _____________
             Student
Signed _________________________________________     Date _____________
                                   Superintendent
 

505.6 Work Permits

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Work Permits                                         Code No. 505.6
 
The Superintendent of Schools, or his designated representative, shall issue age and work permits to students when requested in accordance with provisions of state and federal child labor laws.
 
 
 
Adoption: 8-6-81
                                   
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94 3-8-99  5-13-09  11-10-14 11-9-15
                                                    
Revision:
                                                                                                      
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  92.11

505.7 Emergency School Closings

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Emergency School Closings                             Code No. 505.7
 
The superintendent, or designee, has the authority to close schools, dismiss early, or keep school open beyond the regular school day in case of extreme weather or other emergency conditions.  As soon as possible after the decision has been made, the superintendent shall arrange to announce the closing via the news media.
 
Make-up days will be scheduled so that students will attend school for the minimum number of school days per year prescribed by statute, Iowa Department of Education rules, and board policy.  On any day when the school is forced to close early, the portion of that day that school was in session shall be defined as a day of school.
 
Transportation in Poor Weather Conditions
 
Buses will not operate when weather conditions (fog, rain, snow, storm,) 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.
 
The final decision in declaring conditions "unsafe" will be made by the superintendent or his designee.  He/she will be assisted by the director of transportation, and by the actual "on location" reports of the drivers.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99    6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                           
Revision:  7-09-09
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  279.8; 279.10; 321.372(1)

505.8 Student Insurance-General

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Insurance, General                             Code No. 505.8
 
An all-public insurance program may be offered to the parents of pupils in the district.  The Board of Directors upon recommendation of the administrative team shall select an insurance company to issue such policies for all schools in the district.
 
The purchase of pupil insurance shall be voluntary with the entire cost being paid by the student or his/her parents.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2 -5-79
                                 
Review: 10-10-94   3-8-99   6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                             
Revision:  
                                                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

505.9 Student Insurance -Athletic

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Insurance, Athletic                           Code No. 505.9
 
It is the policy of the Board of Directors that all students participating in school athletic programs be covered by insurance (health and accident insurance).  Parents may purchase insurance from the program selected by the school district or provide proof that the student is adequately insured by another policy.
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                   
Review: 10-10-94    3-8-99    6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                            
Revision:
                                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:                                                                                                                              

505.9-E Insurance or Responsibility Release

Exhibit
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Insurance or Responsibility Release                   Code No. 505.9-E
 
Dear Parents:
 
     If your son/daughter participates or practices in athletics, they must have verification of some form of health and accident insurance, or be willing to assume the responsibility of an accident.
 
     Please complete this form and return to the coach or principal's office.
 
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INSURANCE OR RESPONSIBILITY RELEASE
 
 
     Our son/daughter plans to participate or practice in high school athletics.
 
 
                                                                                                                         has our 
        (Name)                                     (Grade)
permission to participate in athletics and
 
             
_______ Has school insurance
 
 
 
          Covered by another insurance company
 
                                                                                          
            (Company Name)
 
              Has no health and accident insurance and is willing to assume the
        responsibility in case of an accident for medical expenses.
 
             
 
                                                                                                                         
                                                  (Parent's Signature)
 
                                                                                                                      
                                                        (Date)
 

505.10 Fire/Tornado/Disaster Drills

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Fire/Tornado/Disaster Drills                           Code No. 505.10
 
By mandate of the state fire marshall, school officials shall conduct two fire and two tornado drills prior to December 31st of each school year and two fire and two tornado drills after January 1 each school year.  Fire safety standards will be checked each year to ascertain that schools are meeting standards.
 
 
 
 
Adoption:4-10-89
                                   
Review: 10-10-94    3-8-99    6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                              
Revision: 10-12-06
                                                                                      
Cross References:
 
Legal References:  100.31

505.10-R Fire/Tornado/Disaster Drills

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Fire/Tornado/Disaster Drills                           Code No. 505.10-R
 
Fire and tornado drills will be scheduled by the principal periodically during the school year.  The purpose of the drills is to train students, under staff direction, to move safely, quickly, and quietly from any location in the school building to a designated area.
 
     The following rules and procedures will be complied with in all schools:
 
  1. Rules for fire evacuation will be posted in each room.  These will include directions on the exit and alternative exits to use, and the outdoor area to proceed to upon leaving the building from the particular room.  The posted rules will be discussed with each class using the room during the first day(s) of the school year.
  2. A distinct fire alarm will be used for fire drills only; another signal will be established by the principal to return to class.
  3. All people are encouraged to vacate the building during fire drills.
  4. Evacuation areas will be at least 100 feet away from buildings and out of driveways.
  5. It is each student's responsibility to move quickly, and in an orderly fashion through the assigned exit and to the assigned evacuation area.  No running or pushing will be allowed; talking will not be permitted as students exit from the room and building.
  6. The teacher will be responsible for:
  • Seeing that windows and doors are closed;
  • ensuring that lights, electrical circuits, and gas jets are turned off;
  • maintaining order during the evacuation; ensuring that handicapped children are assisted;
  • assigning students from the first group to go through a set of doors to hold the doors open if necessary, and instructing them to rejoin the class after the last person passes through the doors;
  • taking with them the roll book, and checking roll when the class is in its evacuation areas; immediately reporting to the principal or his/her designee any student who is unaccounted for.
  1. The principal will provide the superintendent or his/her designee with a report on all drills, including evacuation time required.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                    
Review: 10-10-94    3-8-99    6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                              
Revision:
                                                                                                       
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

505.11 Student & Teacher Safety

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 600 - Educational Program
 
Student & Teacher Safety                             Code No. 505.11
 
Every student and teacher participating in any of the following courses:
 
  1. Industrial Technology laboratories involving experience with any of the following:

  1. Hot molten metals
  2. Milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding, or stamping of any solid materials.
  3. Heat treatment, tampering, or kiln firing of any metal or other materials.
  4. Gas or electric arc welding.
  5. Repair or servicing of any vehicle.
  6. Caustic or explosive materials.
 
  1. Science laboratories involving caustic or explosive chemical or hot liquids or solids, when risk is involved.
 
shall wear industrial quality eye protective devices at all times while participating and while in a room or other enclosed area where others are participating in any phase or activity of such course which may subject the student or teacher to the risk or hazard of eye injury from the materials or processes used in said course.  Visitors to such shops and laboratories shall be furnished with and required to wear the necessary safety devices while such programs are in progress.  It shall be the duty of the teacher or other person supervising the students in said courses to see that the above requirements are complied with.  Any student failing to comply with such requirements may be temporarily suspended from participating in said course and the registration of a student for such course may be cancelled for willful, flagrant or repeated failure to observe the above requirements.  The Board of Education shall provide the safety devices required herein.  Such devices may be paid for from the general fund but the board may require the students and teacher to pay for said devices and shall make them available to students and teachers at no more than the actual cost to the district. "Industrial quality eye protective devices," as used in this section, means devices meeting the standard of the American National Standard Z87.1-1968, Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection promulgated by the American National Standards Institute, Inc."
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:6-24-75
                                 
Review:  7-17-89  3-8-99  6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                           
Revision: 10-10-94   10-12-06
                                                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   280.20

505.11-R Student Safety

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Safety                                         Code No. 505.11-R
 
Every reasonable precaution to protect the safety of all students, employees, and others present on district property or at school sponsored events will be taken to guard against accidents.
 
It is important that staff members adhere to recommended safety practices as they pertain to the school plant, special types and areas of instruction, student transportation, school sports, occupational safety, etc.  It will be the responsibility of the superintendent to see that appropriate staff members are kept informed of current state and local requirements relating to fire prevention, civil defense, sanitation, public health, and occupational safety.
 
Teachers will recognize and be particularly observant of conditions that affect the health and safety of children in their classrooms, on the playgrounds, or in any other areas where children work or play.  Teachers will take every possible precaution to protect students and other personnel from accident, injury, or health hazards, and will concern themselves with continual, repeated health and safety instruction as may be appropriate and necessary for the welfare of students and other personnel.  Teachers also are expected to make written reports to their principal of any health or safety hazard that is beyond their power to control.
 
First Aid
 
Schools are responsible only for giving first aid or emergency treatment in case of sudden illness or injury to a student or staff member.  Further medical attention to students is the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardian(s), or of someone the parent(s) or guardian(s) designate in case of emergency.
 
In each school, procedures for handling such emergencies will be made known to the staff.  The principal, where possible assisted by the school nurse, will be charged with providing for the immediate care of ill or injured persons.  Emergency aid will be administered only by the school nurse or other qualified staff member.
 
All school employees are expected to know where first aid supplies are kept in their work areas, and to be well informed about proper first aid practices so that they can take necessary action until the school nurse or other qualified staff member can be notified.
 
Accident Reports
 
Accurate and prompt accident reporting is essential if similar accidents are to be prevented from happening again.  If there are injuries or damage prompt reports also are vital in assuring the district, staff, students, and others of proper insurance coverage.
 
Therefore, the board requires that an accident report be filed for every accident that takes place on school property, or that involves a school vehicle, students or staff on school sponsored trips, or staff members on authorized school business trips.  Such accident reports are required whether or not there is an injury or damage immediately evident.
 
For accidents involving students, the teacher responsible for the child when the accident occurred will file an accident report with the principal on the same day.  Teachers also will report promptly to the principal any illness affecting a child in their charge.  Reports on accidents to staff members, or accidents occurring off school grounds or involving school transportation vehicles, will be filed in accordance with procedures developed by the superintendent.
 
Accident report forms will be designed and made available for each school; they will give information that (1) might be helpful in preventing similar accidents in the future; (2) is needed for filing insurance claims; (3) might be important in case of litigation.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                 
Review: 10-10-94 3-8-99   6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                           
Revision:
                                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

505.11-E Student Accident Report

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
 
 
Student Accident Report                               Code No. 505.11-E
 
 
Name of Student                                                       Grade                Date  ________    
 
Time Of Accident                                    A.M.       P.M._____
 
Nature of Accident                                                                                                                                 
 
                                                                                                                                                               
 
Activity or Class Engaged In                                                                                                                  
 
Teacher/Sponsor of Activity or Class                                                                                                     
 
Disposition of Student                                                                                                                            
 
                                                                                                                                                               
 
Treatment Given                                                                                                                                     
 
                                                                                                                                                               
 
Person Filing This Report                                                           Date ____________
Verbal notification should be made immediately to the administration
 
THIS WRITTEN REPORT MUST FOLLOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

505.12 School Response to Student Death by Accident, Suicide, or Otherwise

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
School Response to Student Death by                   Code No. 505.12
Accident, Suicide, or Otherwise
 
 
The following is suggested as a procedure to be followed by administration and teachers in response to the death of a student.
 
Day One
 
  1. Upon receiving a report of a student death, the school administrator will be responsible for notifying faculty and support staffs.  A faculty meeting will be held at school before the start of the next school day.
  2. The faculty meeting will review the facts of the case, funeral arrangements, plans for the school day, etc.  It is important that everyone have the correct facts and all rumors are dispelled.  The feelings and possible response of students should also be discussed.
  3. The teacher in all first hour classes shall inform the students in their class of the death, arrangements, etc.  Students should be encouraged to express their feelings and grief.  The following options could be available to students for the day:
 
          a.  Continue class schedule (best option)
          b.  Go to guidance office staffed by counselors, ministers, and
              CARE Team members.
          c.  Go home with parents.
 
Day Two
 
  1. Guidance office will be staffed with counselors, ministers, and CARE Team members to provide support to students.
  2. Teachers will continue to provide factual information to students and dispel any rumors.
Day Three
 
     1.  Provide an opportunity for close friends of deceased to attend the funeral.
  1. Continue to monitor behavior of students and determine amount of support that might be needed.
 
School Response to the Media
 
The building administrator will be the designated spokes person for the school, unless the situation warrants that the district administrator be the spokes person.
 
 Discourage individual teachers or students from discussing the death with the media and encourage them to refer the media to the designated spokes person.
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                    
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99  6-11-09  12-8-14
                                                              
Revision:    10-10-94
                                                                                  
Cross References:
 
Legal References:

505.13 Student Special health Services

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Special Health Services Code No. 505.13
 
 
The board recognizes that some special education students need special health services during the school day.  These students shall receive special health services in conjunction with their individualized education program.  
 
The superintendent, in conjunction with licensed health personnel, shall establish administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy.
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-10-05
                   
Review: 7-9-09  1-12-15
       
Revision: 
   
Cross Reference:   502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
506 Student Records
603.9 Special Education
 
Legal Reference:  Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982).  Springdale School District #50 v. Grace, 693 F.2d 41 (8th Cir. 1982).  Southeast Warren Comm. School District v. Dept. of Public Instruction, 285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979).  20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et seq. (1994).34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (1996).  Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (1999)  281 I.A.C. 12.3(7), 41.96

505.13-R1 Special health Services Regulation

REGLATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Special Health Services Regulation Code No. 505.13-R1
 
Some students who require special education need special health services in order to participate in the educational program.  These students shall receive special health services in accordance with their individualized educational program.
 
  1. 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 shall be on file at school.
 
"Individual health plan" - the confidential, written, preplanned and ongoing special health service in the educational program.  It includes assessment, planning, implementation, documentation, evaluation and a plan for emergencies.  The plan is updated as needed and at least annually.  Licensed health personnel develop this written plan with the education team.
 
"Licensed health personnel" - includes licensed registered nurse, licensed physician, and other licensed health personnel legally authorized to provide special health services and medications.
 
 
"Prescriber" - licensed health personnel legally authorized to prescribe special health services and medications.
 
"Qualified designated personnel" - persons instructed, supervised and competent in implementing the eligible student's health plan.
 
"Special health services" - includes, but is not limited to, services for eligible students whose health status (stable or unstable) requires:
  • Interpretation or intervention,
  • Administration of health procedures and health care, or
  • Use of a health device to compensate for the reduction or loss of a body function.
"Supervision" - the assessment, delegation, evaluation and documentation of special health services by licensed health personnel.  Levels of supervision include situations in which licensed health personnel are:
  • physically present.
  • available at the same site.
  • available on call.
 
  1. Licensed health personnel shall provide special health services under the auspices of the school.  Duties of the licensed personnel include the duty to:
  • Participate as a member of the education team.
  • Provide the health assessment.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate the written individual health plan.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate special emergency health services.
  • Serve as liaison and encourage participation and communication with health service agencies and individuals providing health care.
  • Provide health consultation, counseling and instruction with the eligible student, the student's parent and the staff in cooperation and conjunction with the prescriber.
  • Maintain a record of special health services.  The documentation includes the eligible student's name, special health service, prescriber or person authorizing, date and time, signature and title of the person providing the special health service and any unusual circumstances in the provision of such services.
  • Report unusual circumstances to the parent, school administration, and prescriber.
  • Assign and delegate to, instruct, provide technical assistance and supervise qualified designated personnel.
  • Update knowledge and skills to meet special health service needs.
 
  1. Prior to the provision of special health services the following shall be on file:
  • Written statement by the prescriber detailing the specific method and schedule of the special health service, when indicated.
  • Written statement by the student's parent requesting the provision of the special health service.
  • Written report of the preplanning staffing or meeting of the education team.
  • Written individual health plan available in the health record and integrated into the IEP or IFSP.
 
  1. Licensed health personnel, in collaboration with the education team, shall determine the special health services to be provided and the qualifications of individuals performing the special health services.  The documented rationale shall include the following:
  • Analysis and interpretation of the special health service needs, health status stability, complexity of the service, predictability of the service outcome and risk of improperly performed service.
  • Determination that the special health service, task, procedure or function is part of the person's job description.
  • Determination of the assignment and delegation based on the student's needs.
  • Review of the designated person's competency.
  • Determination of initial and ongoing level of supervision required to ensure quality services.
 
  1. Licensed health personnel shall supervise the special health services, define the level of supervision and document the supervision.
  2. Licensed health personnel shall instruct qualified designated personnel to deliver and perform special health services contained in the eligible individual health plan.  Documentation of instruction and periodic updates shall be on file at school.
  3. Parents shall provide the usual equipment, supplies and necessary maintenance for such.  The equipment shall be stored in a secure area.  The personnel responsible for the equipment shall be designated in the individual health plan.  The individual health plan shall designate the role of the school, parents, and others in the provision, supply, storage and maintenance of necessary equipment.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-10-05
    
Review: 7-9-09  1-12-15
 
Revision:

505.14 Administration of Medication to Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Administration of Medication to Students   Code No. 505.14
 
The board is committed to the inclusion of all students in the education program and recognizes that some students may need prescription and non-prescription medication to participate in their educational program. 
 
Medication shall be administered when the student's parent or guardian (hereafter "parent") provides a signed and dated written statement requesting medication administration and the medication is in the original, labeled container, either as dispensed or in the manufacturer's container. A guardian is defined in IOWA CODE as a person appointed by the court to have custody of the ward under the provision of this code.
 
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 who have demonstrated competence in administering their own medications may self-administer their medication. A written statement by the student's parent shall be on file requesting co-administration of medication, when competence has been demonstrated.   By law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases or students with a risk of anaphylaxis who use epinephrine auto-injectors may self-administer their medication upon the written approval of parents and prescribing licensed health care professional regardless of competency. 
 
Persons administering medication shall include authorized practitioners, such as licensed registered nurses and physicians, and persons to whom authorized practitioners have delegated the administration of medication (who have successfully completed a medication administration course).  A medication administration course and periodic update shall be conducted by a registered nurse or licensed pharmacist, and a record of course completion shall be maintained by the school. 
 
A written medication administration record shall be on file including: 
• date; 
• student’s name; 
• prescriber or person authorizing administration; 
• medication; 
• medication dosage;
• administration time; 
• administration method; 
• signature and title of the person administering medication; and 
• any unusual circumstances, actions, or omissions.
 
Medication shall be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented.  Emergency protocols for medication-related reactions shall be posted.  Medication information shall be confidential information as provided by law.
 
Disposal of unused, discontinued/recalled, or expired medication shall be in compliance with federal and state law.  Prior to disposal school personnel shall make a reasonable attempt to return medication by providing written notification that expired, discontinued, or unused medications needs to be picked up.  If medication is not picked up by the date specified, disposal shall be in accordance with the disposal procedures for the specific catergory of medication.  
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-10-05
 
Review:7-9-09  1-12-15  3-14-16
 
Revision: 3-14-16
 
Cross Reference: 505 Student Health Services 506 Student Records
 
Legal Reference: §124.101(1), Code of Iowa  §147.107, Code of Iowa  §147.107, Code of Iowa   §155A.4(2), Code of Iowa  §152.1, Code of Iowa  §280.23, Code of Iowa  §280.16, Code of Iowa Education [281]—§41.12(11) IAC   Pharmacy [657]—§8.32(124, 155A), IAC  Nursing Board [655]—§6.2(152), IAC

505.14-E1 Medication Self-Administration consent Form

 

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 505.14-E1
 
Authorization-Asthma or OTHER Airway Constricting DISEASE Medication OR Epinephrine Auto-Injector Self-Administration
Consent Form
 
_________________________      ___/___/___   ______________      ___/___/___
Student's Name (Last), (First) (M)   Birthday         School                     Date
 
The following must occur for a student to self-administer asthma or other airway constricting disease medication or for a student with a risk of anaphylaxis to self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector:
  • Parent/guardian provides signed, dated authorization for student medication self-administration.
  • Parent/guardian provides a written statement from the student's licensed health care professional (A person licensed under chapter 148 to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 152 or 152
  • e and registered with the board of nursing, or a physician assistant licensed to practice under the supervision of a physician as authorized in chapters 147 and 148C) containing the following:
  • Name and purpose of the medication or epinephrine auto-injector, 
  • prescribed dosage; and 
  • times or special circumstances under which the medication or epinephrine auto-injector is to be administered. 
  • The medication is in the original, labeled container as dispensed or the manufacturer's labeled container containing the student name, name of the medication, directions for use, and date.
  • Authorization shall be renewed annually.  In addition, if any changes occur in the medication, dosage or time of administration, the parent is to notify school officials immediately. The authorization shall be reviewed as soon as practical.
Provided the above requirements are fulfilled, the school shall permit the self-administration of medication by a student with asthma or other airway constricting disease or the use of an epinephrine auto-injector by a student with a risk of anaphylaxis while in school, at school-sponsored activities, under the supervision of school personnel, and before or after normal school activities, such as while in before-school or after-school care on school-operated property. If the student abuses the self-administration policy, the ability to self- administer may be withdrawn by the school or discipline may be imposed, after notification is provided to the student's parent.
 
Pursuant to state law, the school district and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of any injury arising from self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto injector by the student. The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school district is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self-administration of medication or an epinephrine auto-injector by the student as provided by law. 
 
                                                                                                                                
Medication                                         Dosage                Route                    Time
 
                                                                                                                               
Purpose of Medication & Administration /Instructions
 
 
                                                                                           /       /           
Special Circumstances                                              Discontinue/Re-Evaluate/
                                                                                  Follow-up Date
 
                                                                                          /       /
Prescriber’s Signature                                                 Date
 
                                                                                                                   
Prescriber’s Address                                                   Emergency Phone
 
  • I request the above named student possess and self-administer asthma or other airway constricting disease medication(s) and/or an epinephrine auto-injector at school and in school activities according to the authorization and instructions. 
  • I understand the school district and its employees acting reasonably and in good faith shall incur no liability for any improper use of medication or an epinephrine auto-injector or for supervising, monitoring, or interfering with a student's self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector.  I acknowledge that the school district is to i incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self-administration of medication or use of an epinephrine auto-injector by the student.
  • I agree to coordinate and work with school personnel and notify them when questions arise or relevant conditions change.
  • I agree to provide safe delivery of medication and equipment to and from school and to pick up remaining medication and equipment. 
  • I agree the information is shared with school personnel in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and any other applicable laws. 
  • I agree to provide the school with back-up medication approved in this form.
  • Student maintains self-administration record.
 
                                                                                     /             /              
Parent/Guardian Signature                                   Date
(agreed to above statement)
 
                                                                                                                   
Parent/Guardian Address                                       Home Phone
 
                                          
Business Phone
 
 
 
Self-Administration Authorization Additional Information 
 

505.14-E2 Parental Release Form for Medication to Students

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 505.14-E2
 
Parental Authorization and Release Form for the Administration of 
Medication to Students
 
 
_____________________            __/___/___   ________________     __/___/___ 
Student's Name (Last), (First) (M)    Birthday       School                              Date
 
School medications and health services are administered following these guidelines:
  • Parent has provided a signed, dated authorization to administer medication, an epinephrine auto-injector, and/or provide the health service.
  • The medication is in the original, labeled container as dispensed or the manufacturer's labeled container. 
  • The medication label contains the student’s name, name of the medication, directions for use, and date.
  • Authorization is renewed annually and as soon as practical when the parent notifies the school that changes are necessary.
 
                                                                                                                  
Medication/Health              Care             Dosage       Route          Time at 
                                                                                                      School
 
 
Administration instructions
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                  
 
                                                                                                                 
Special Directives / Signs to observe / Side Effects
 
         /          /           
Discontinue/Re-Evaluate/Follow-up Date
 
                                                                                              /          /             
Prescriber’s Signature (if prescription medicaiton)       Date
 
                                                                                                 
Prescriber's Address                             Emergency Phone
 
I request the above named student carry medication at school and school activities, according to the prescription, or other medication administration instructions, and a written record kept. Special considerations are noted above. The information is confidential except as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and any other applicable law.  I agree to coordinate and work with school personnel and prescriber when questions arise. I agree to provide safe delivery of medication and equipment to and from school and to pick up remaining medication and equipment. Procedures for medication disposal shall be in accordance with federal and state law. 
 
 
 
                                                                                             /         /            
Parent's Signature                                                      Date
 
                                                                                                                                                                        
Parent's Address                                                                       Home Phone
 
                                                                                                                                                                        
Additional Information                                                                   Business Phone
 
 
 
 
 
Authorization Form

505.14-E3 Stock Epinephrine Auto-injector Supply

EXHIBIT

The Forest City Community School District seeks to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors who are at risk of severe allergic reactions.  Therefore, it is the policy of the district to annually obtain a prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors from a licensed health care professional, in the name of the school district for administration by a school nurse or personnel trained and authorized to a student or individual who may be experiencing an anaphylactic reaction.

 

Procurement and maintenance of supply:  The district shall stock a minimum of one pediatric dose and one adult dose epinephrine auto-injector for each school building.  The supply of such auto-injectors shall be maintained in a secure, dark temperature-controlled location in each school building.

 

The nurse shall routinely check stock epinephrine auto-injectors and document in a log monthly:

  • The expiration date;
  • Any visualized particles; or
  • color change.

The employee shall be responsible for ensuring the district replaces, as soon as reasonably possible, any logged epinephrine auto-injector that is used, closed to expiration, or discolored or has particles visible in the liquid.

 

Training: A school nurse or personnel trained and authorized may provide or administer an epinephrine auto-injector from a school supply to a student or individual if the authorized personnel or school nurse reasonable and in good faith believes the student or individual is having an anaphylactic reaction.  Training to obtain a signed certificate to become personnel authorized to administer an epinephrine auto-injector shall consist of the requirements established by law.

Authorized personnel will be required to provide a procedural skills demonstration to the school nurse demonstrating competency in the administration of stock epinephrine auto-injectors to retain authorization to administer stock epinephrine auto-injectors if the following occur:

  • Failure to administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a student or individual by proper route, failure to administer standards of practice ('medication error:) or
  • Accidental injection of an epinephrine auto-injector into a digit of the authorized personnel administering the medication ('medication incident').

Reporting:  The district will contact emergency medical services (911) immediately after a stock epinephrine auto-injector is administered to a student or individual.

The superintendent may develop an administrative process to impalement this policy.

 

NOTE:  Districts are not required by law to stock and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors.  However, if a district decides to stock and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors, the board is required to establish a policy.

506 Permanent Records of Students

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Educational Program
 
Permanent Records of Students                         Code No. 506
 
The superintendent of schools, assisted by the professional staff, shall develop a system of maintaining and preserving the educational records of the students in the school system.
 
 
 
Adoption: 7-17-89
                                   
Review: 4-11-94 3-8-99 7-9-09  1-12-15
                 
Revision:  
                                                  
Cross References:506.1
 
Legal References:  P.L. 93-280; Section 68A 

506.1 Student Records Access

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES

Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Education Records Access                               Code No. 506.1
 
The board recognizes the importance of maintaining education records and preserving their confidentiality as provided by law.  Education 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.
 
Definitions
 
For the purposes of this policy, the defined words have the following meaning:
 
  • "Education Record" means those records that contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.
  • "Eligible Student" means a student who has reached eighteen years of age or is attending an institution of post-secondary education. 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.  
An education 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, eligible students and other individuals authorized in a accordant with law will have a right to access the student's education records upon request without unnecessary delay and in no instance more than forty-five calendar days after the request is made. Parents, other than parents of an eligible student, may be denied access to a student's records if the school district has a court order stating such or when the district has been advised under the appropriate laws that the parents may not access the student records.
Parents, an eligible student or an authorized representative of the parents will have the right to access the student's education records prior to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting or hearing.
 
Copies of education records will be provided if failure to do so would effectively prevent the parents or student from exercising the right to access the education 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 education records.  
 
Upon the request of parents or an eligible student, the school district will provide an explanation and interpretation of the education records and a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained or used by the school district.
 
If the parents or an eligible student believes the information in the education records is inaccurate, misleading or violates the privacy or other rights of the student, the parents or an eligible student may request that the school district amend the student records.  
 
Education records may be disclosed in limited circumstances without parental or eligible student's written permission.  This disclosure is made on the condition that the education record will not be disclosed to a third party without the written permission of the parents or the eligible student.  This disclosure may be: 
  • to school officials within the school district and AEA personnel whom the superintendent has determined to have a legitimate educational interest, including, but not limited to, board members, employees, school attorney, auditor, health professionals, and individuals serving on official school committees;
  • to officials of another school district in which the student wishes to enroll, provided the other school district notifies the parents the education records are being sent and the parents have an opportunity to receive a copy of the records and challenge the contents of the records unless the annual notification includes a provision that records will automatically be transferred to new school districts;
  • to authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General for law enforcement purposes, the U.S. Secretary of Education or state and local educational authorities;
  • in connection with a student's application for, or receipt of,  financial aid; 
  • to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions for the purpose of developing validating, or administering predictive tests, administering student aid programs, and improving instruction, if such studies are conducted in such a manner as will not permit the personal identification of students and their parents by persons other than representatives of such organizations and such information will be destroyed when no longer needed for the purpose for which it was conducted;
  • to accrediting organizations; 
  • to parents of a dependent student as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
  • to comply with a court order or judicially issued subpoena;
  • Consistent with an interagency agreement between the school district and juvenile justice agencies
  • in connection with a health or safety emergency; 
  • as directory information; or
  • In additional instances as provided by law.
The superintendent will keep a list of the individuals and their positions who are authorized to view a special education student's education 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 educating records, the date access was given and their legitimate educational interest or purpose for which they were authorized to view the records.  The superintendent, however, does not need to keep a list of the parents, authorized educational employees, officers and agencies of the school district who have accessed the education records.  This list for a education record may be accessed by the parents, the eligible student and the custodian of education records.  
 
Permanent education 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 or they may be maintained electronically with a secure backup file.
 
When personally identifiable information, other than permanent education records, no longer needs to be maintained by the school district to provide educational services to a special education student, the parents or eligible student are notified.  This notice is normally given after a student graduates or otherwise leaves the school district.  If the parents or eligible student request that the personally identifiable information be destroyed, the school district will destroy the records, except for permanent records.  Prior to the destruction of the records, the school district must inform the parents or eligible student the records may be needed by the parents or eligible student for social security benefits or other purposes. For purposes of policy, "no longer needed to provide educational services" means that a record is no longer relevant to the provision of instruction, support, or related services and it is no longer needed for accountability and audit purposes.  At a minimum, a record needed for accountability and audit purposes must be retained for five years after completion of the activity for which funds were used. 
 
The school district will cooperate with the juvenile justice system in sharing information contained in the permanent student records regarding students who have become involved with the juvenile justice system.  The school district will enter into an interagency agreement with the juvenile justice agencies involved.
 
The purpose of the agreement is to allow for the sharing of information prior to a student’s adjudication in order to promote and collaborate between the school district and the agencies to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.
 
The school district may share any information with the agencies contained in a student’s permanent record, which is directly related to the juvenile justice 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 court order.  Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the agencies after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.  Information shared pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family.
 
Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings, which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.
 
Confidential information shared between the school district and the agencies will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provide by law.  The school district may discontinue information sharing with an agency if the school district determines that the agency has violated the intent or letter of the agreement.
 
Agencies will contact the principal of the attendance center where the student is currently or was enrolled.  The principal will the forward copies of the records within a reasonable time following receipt of the request.
 
The school district will provide training or instruction to employees about parents' and eligible students' rights under this policy.  Employees will also be informed about the procedures for carrying out this policy.  
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to annually notify parents and eligible students that they have the right to;
  1. inspect and review the student's records.  
  2. Seek amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights;
  3. Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that the law authorizes disclosure without consent; and
  4. File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the law.
 
The notice will include a statement that the parents have a right to file a complaint alleging the school district failed to comply with this policy.  Complaints are forwarded to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC. 20202-4605.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
 
Review: 3-8-99  01-13-05   7-9-09  4-8-13  1-12-15  5-8-17
     
Revision: 2-10-05  08-13-09  4-8-13
             
Cross Reference: 501 Student Attendance
505 Student Health Services
506 Student Records
603.9 Special Education
805.1 Examination of School District Public Records
805.2 School District Records
 
Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, 1415 (1994). 34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300.560 - .574 (1996).  Iowa Code §§ 22; 279.9B, 280.24,.25, 622.10 (1999).  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 41.20  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

506.1-E Annual Notice

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Series 500 – Student Personnel

 

ANNUAL NOTICE 506.1-E

 

 

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

 

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access.

 

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

 

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 under FERPA.

 

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 should be changed.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist, 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.

 

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. 

 

Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enrol or is already enrolled in the disclosure is for purposes of the student's enrolment of transfer.  (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 notificiationt hat it intends to forward records on request.)

 

The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information, as defined below, 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 objection in writing to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.

 

NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, 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 SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, PHOTOGRAPH AND LIKENESS AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.

 

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, 20202-4605.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT

 

Series 500 – Student Personnel

 

ANNUAL NOTICE Spanish Version 506.1-E (Spanish)

 

La FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), la ley que trata sobre el derecho a la privacidad y los derechos educativos de la familia, le depara a los padres y a los estudiantes mayores de dieciocho años (estudiantes emancipados) ciertos derechos con respecto a los expedientes académicos del estudiante.  Estos derechos están a continuación:

 

1) El derecho a inspeccionar y a revisar los expedientes académicos del estudiante dentro de un plazo de 45 días a partir de la fecha en que el distrito reciba una solicitud para obtener acceso a los expedientes.

 

Los padres o los estudiantes emancipados deben someter una solicitud por escrito al director de la escuela (o al oficial escolar apropriado) identificando el expendiente o los expedientes que ellos desean inspeccionar.  El director hará arreglos para el acceso a los mismos y le notificará al padre o a la madre o al estudiante emancipado de la hora y el lugar en donde se pueden inspeccionar los expedientes.

 

(2) El derecho a solicitar una enmienda de los expedientes académicos del estudiante, los cuales piensan los padres o el estudiante emancipado que están incorrectos, que son engañosos o que quebrantan los derechos del estudiante a su privacidad.

 

Si los padres o los estudiantes emancipados creen que un expediente está incorrecto o es engañoso, pueden pedirle al distrito escolar que enmiende el expediente.  Ellos deben escribirle al director de la escuela, identificando claramente la parte del expediente que ellos desean cambiar y especificando por qué el expediente está incorrecto o es engañoso.

 

Si el distrito escolar decide no enmendar el expediente, según la solicitación de los padres o de los estudiantes emancipados; el distrito notificará a los padres o al estudiante emancipado de esta decisión y les informará de su derecho a tener una audiencia con relación a la solicitud de enmienda.  Cuando se le notifique del derecho a tener una audiencia, el padre, la madre o el estudiante emancipado también recibirá información adicional sobre los procedimientos de la audiencia.

 

(3) El derecho al consentimiento de la divulgación de información contenida en el expediente académico del estudiante y que lo identifica personalmente, a la excepción de lo que autoriza FERPA divulgar sin consentimiento.

 

Una excepción que permite la divulgación de información sin consentimiento es la divulgación de información a los oficiales escolores que tienen intereses educativos legítimos.  Un oficial escolor es una persona que es empleado del distrito ya sea como administrador, supervisor, instructor, personal auxiliar (incluyendo el personal médico o de servicios de salud y el personal policial), una persona miembro de la junta escolar, una persona o compañía con quien el distrito ha contratado para realizar una tarea especial (tal como un abogado, interventor de cuentas, empleados del AEA (Agencias de Educación Regionales), asesor médico o terapeuta), o como un padre o estudiante que participa en un comité oficial, tal como un comité disciplinario o de quejas, o un equipo auxiliar de estudiantes, o como una persona que ayuda a otro oficial escolar a realizar sus tareas.

 

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ANNUAL NOTICE Spanish Version     506.1-E (Spanish) (Cont.)

 

 

Un oficial escolar tiene un interés escolar legítimo si el oficial necesita revisar un expediente académico a fin de cumplir con su obligación profesional.

 

 

(4) El derecho de informarle al distrito escolar de que el padre o la madre no quieren que se comunique al público la información contenida en el directorio, tal como se define abajo.  Cualquier estudiante mayor de dieciocho años de edad o padre o madre que no quiera que se comunique al público esta información puede hacer una objeción de los escribiéndole.   La objeción tiene que ser renovada anualmente.

 

Nombre, dirección, número de teléfono, fecha y lugar de nacimiento, materia de estudio principal, participación en deportes y en actividates reconocidas oficialmente, peso y estatura de los miembros de los equipas atléticos, fechas de asistencia a la escuela, diplomas y premios recividos, la escuela o institución docente más reciente a la que asistió el estudiante, fotografía o imagen u otra información parecida.

 

(5) El derecho a presentar una queja al U.S. Department of Education (Ministerio de Educación de los Estados Unidos) con respecto a las faltas supuestas del distrito en cumplir con los requisitos de FERPA.  A continuación encontrará el nombre y la dirección de la oficina que maneja FERPA:

 

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

400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.,  20202-4605.

 

 

Adoption       9-15-09

Review          2-9-15 5-8-17

Revision      5-8-17

506.1-E3 Authorization For Release of Student Records

EXHIBIT
Series 500 – Student Personnel
Authorization For Release Of Student Records Code No. 506.1-E3
 
 
The undersigned hereby authorizes
 
School District to release copies of the following official student records:
 
 
concerning
(Full Legal Name of Student)                     (Date of Birth)
 
        From 19_____to ______
(Name of Last School Attended)      (Year(s) of Attend.)
 
The reason for this request is:
 
 
 
My relationship to the child is:
 
Copies of the records to be released are to be furnished to:
 
(  )  the undersigned
(  )  the student
(  )  other (please specify)
 
 
 
(Signature)
 
Date:
Address
City:
State: ZIP
Phone Number:
 

506.1-E1 Consent for the Release of Confidential Information

EXHIBIT
Series 500 - Student Personnel
Consent for the Release of Confidential Information   Code No. 506.1-E1
 
     I,                                                                              authorize                                                         
         (Name of student or participant)
 
                                                                                                                                                            
            (Name of the program making the disclosure)
 
to disclose to                                                                                                                                       
           (Name of person or organization to which disclosure is to be made)
 
the following information                                                                                                                   
 
                                                                                                                                                           
                 (Nature and extend of the information)
 
The purpose for this disclosure:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
 
I understand that my records are protected under the Federal Confidentiality Regulations and cannot be disclosed without my written consent unless otherwise provided for in the regulations.  I also understand that I may revoke this consent at any time except to the extent that action has been taken in reliance on it (e.g. probation, parole, etc.) and that in any event this consent expires automatically as described below.
 
Specification of the date, event or condition upon which this consent expires:
 
                                                                                                                                                           
Executed this                       day of                                                , 20        .
                                                                                                                                    
 Signature of student or participant     Signature of witness
                                                                                 
 Signature of parent, guardian or
 authorized representative
 
*NOTE:  "e.g. probation, parole etc." refers to a special condition.  Federal Confidentiality Regulations place limits on the right to revoke if a person is at an alcohol/drug program as a condition of correctional supervision.  The release cannot be revoked until supervision is terminated or other changes in status occur.  The release expires in 60 days or when a substantial change in status occurs whichever is later.

506.1-E2

EXHIBIT
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Forest City, Iowa  50436
 
Request of Student Records                           Code No. 506.1-E2
 
 
To:                                                                             Re:                                                                      
 
                                                                                  who is enrolling in grade                                                                      
 
The student named above has requested admission to Forest City Community Schools.  In order that we may enroll him/her properly, we would appreciate having the information from your records:
 
  1.  Transcript of courses, grades, credits earned, and any grades in progress.
  2. Send all health records.  Iowa law requires immunization records of polio, D.P.T., measles and rubella.
  3. Test results (mental ability, reading, achievement, interest, etc.)
  4. Cumulative folder including any pertinent information that may be used for guidance purposes.
     Address correspondence to: Forest City Community Schools
                                  Forest City, Iowa  50436
     Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.
 
     Sincerely,
 
 
 
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment)
states that a parent signature is not required for transfer of records between schools.  Copies of the Amendment may be obtained from Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Room E514, South Portal Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201.

506.1-E3 Authorization For Release of Education Records

EXHIBIT
Series 500 – Student Personnel
Authorization For Release Of  Educaiton Records Code No. 506.1-E3
 
 
 
The undersigned hereby authorizes
 
School District to release copies of the following official education records:
 
 
 
 
concerning
(Full Legal Name of Student)                                                 (Date of Birth)
 
                                                                                                           From 19_____to ______
(Name of Last School Attended)                         (Year(s) of Attend.)
 
The reason for this request is:
 
 
 
My relationship to the child is:
 
Copies of the records to be released are to be furnished to:
 
(  )  the undersigned
(  )  the student
(  )  other (please specify)
 
 
 
                           (Signature)
 
                           Date:
                           Address
                           City:
                           State:                           ZIP
                           Phone Number:
 

506.1-E4 Notification of Transfer of Student Records

EXHIBIT
Series 500 – Student Personnel
Notification Of Transfer Of Education Records Code No. 506.1-E4
 
 
To:                                                                              Date:
Parent/or Guardian
 
Street Address:
City/State                                                          ZIP:
 
Please be notified that copies of the Forest City Community School District's official education records concerning ________________________________, (full legal name of student) have been transferred to:
 
School District Name                                                     Address
 
upon the written statement that the student intends to enroll in said school system.
 
If you desire a copy of such records furnished, please check here( _____ ) and return this form to the undersigned.  A reasonable charge will be made for the copies.
 
If you believe such records transferred are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, you have the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of such records.
 
 
 
                                                                                          (Name)
 
 
                                                                                          (Title)
 

506.1-E5 Request for Examination of Student Records

EXHIBIT

 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Request For Examination Of Student Records Code No. 506.1-E5
 
 
To:   Address:                                               
        Board Secretary (Custodian)
 
The undersigned desires to examine the following official education records.
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
of ,                                                                                                                         
(Full Legal Name of Student)            (Date of Birth)                  (Grade)
 
                                                                                                                             
(Name of School)
 
My relationship to the student is:
 
(check one)
            I do
            I do not
 
desire a copy of such records.  I understand that a reasonable charge may be made for the copies.
 
 
 
                                                          
(Parent's Signature)     
 
 
 
 
APPROVED:                                           Date:
                                                               Address:
Signature:                                              City:                                                                                           
Title:              State:                              ZIP                       
Dated:                                                     Phone Number:                                          
 

506.1-E6 Request for Hearing on Correction of Student Records

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Request For Hearing On Correction Of Educaiton Records Code No. 506.1-E6
 
To:                                                          Address:
       Board Secretary (Custodian)
 
I believe certain official education records of my child, ________________________, (full legal name of student), _______________________ (school name), are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of privacy rights of my child.
 
The official education records which I believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the privacy or other rights of my child are:
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     
 
The reason I believe such records are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the privacy or other rights of my child is:
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 
My relationship to the child is:                                                                                  
 
I understand that I will be notified in writing of the time and place of the hearing; that I will be notified in writing of the decision; and I have the right to appeal the decision by so notifying the hearing officer in writing within 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)
 
                                                                     Date:                                           
                                                                     Address
                                                                     City:
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506.1-E7 Request of Non-parent for Copies of Student Records

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 506.1-E7
 
REQUEST OF NONPARENT FOR EXAMINATION OR COPIES OF EDUCATION RECORDS
 
The undersigned hereby requests permission to examine the Forest City Community School District's official education records of:
 
                                                                                                                            
(Legal Name of Student)                           (Date of Birth)
 
 
The undersigned requests copies of the following official student records of the above student:
 
 
The undersigned certifies that they are (check one):
 
  1. An official of another school system in which the student intends to enroll. (  )
  2. An authorized representative of the Comptroller General of the United States. (  )
  3. An authorized representative of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education or U.S. Attorney General (  )
  4. An administrative head of an education agency as defined in Section 408 of the Education Amendments of 1974. (  )
  5. An official of the Iowa Department of Education. (  )
  6. A person connected with the student's application for, or receipt of, financial aid (SPECIFY DETAILS ABOVE.) (  )
  7. A representative of a juvenile justice agency with which the school district has an interagency agreement. (  )
 
The undersigned agrees that the information obtained will only be re-disclosed consistent with state or federal law without the written permission of the parents of the student, or the student if the student is of majority age.
 
                                                                 
(Signature)                                             
                                                                 
(Title)                                                     
                                                                  
(Agency)                                                
 
APPROVED:                                                    Date:                                                       
                                                                        Address:                                                  
Signature:             City:                                                        
Title:              State:                                ZIP:
Dated:                                                              Phone Number:                                       

506.1-E8 Letter to parent Regarding Receipt of Subpoena

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 506.1-E8
 
LETTER TO PARENT REGARDING RECEIPT OF A SUBPOENA
 
 
 
 
Date
 
 
 
Dear     (Parent)     :
 
This letter is to notify you that the Forest City Community School District has received a              (subpoena or court order)_______ requesting copies of your child's permanent records. 
The specific records requested are                                                                       .
The school district has until                        (date on subpoena or court order)                       to deliver the documents ________(requesting party on subpoena or court order).  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at              phone #)              
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
(Principal or Superintendent)
 

506.1-E9 Juvenile Justice Agency Information Sharing Agreement

EXHIBIT
 
Code No. 506.1-E9
 
JUVENILE JUSTICE AGENCY INFORMATION SHARING AGREEMENT
 
Statement of Purpose:  The purpose of this Agreement is to allow for the sharing of information among the School District and the Agencies prior to a student's adjudication in order to promote and collaborate to improve school safety, reduce alcohol and illegal drug use, reduce truancy, reduce in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and to support alternatives to in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions which provide structured and well supervised educational programs supplemented by coordinated and appropriate services designed to correct behaviors that lead to truancy, suspension, and expulsions and to support students in successfully completing their education.
 
Identification of Agencies:  This agreement is between the Forest City Community School District (hereinafter "School District") and          (agencies listed)       (hereinafter "Agencies")
 
Statutory Authority:  This agreement implements Iowa Code § 280.25 and is consistent with 34 C.F.R. 99.38 (1999).
 
Parameters of Information Exchange:
  1. The School District may share any information with the Agencies contained in a student's permanent record which is directly related to the juvenile justice system's ability to effectively serve the student.
  2. Prior to adjudication information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the school district to the Agencies without parental consent or court order.
  3. Information contained in a student's permanent record may be disclosed by the School District to the Agencies after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order.
  4. Information shared pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student's family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student's family.
  5. Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student's parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.
  6. Information obtained by the school from other juvenile justice agencies may not be used as the basis for disciplinary action of the student.  
  7. This agreement only governs a school district's ability to share information and the purposes for which that information can be used.  Other agencies are bound by their own respective confidentiality policies.
Records' Transmission:  The individual requesting the information should contact the principal of the building in which the student is currently enrolled or was enrolled.  The principal will forward the records within 10 business days of the request.
 
Confidentiality:  Confidential information shared between the Agencies and the school district will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other person, unless otherwise provided by law. 
 
Information shared 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.  Agencies or individuals violating the terms of this agreement subject their entity represented and themselves personally to legal action pursuant to federal and state law.  
 
Amendments:  This agreement constitutes the entire agreement among the agencies with respect to information sharing.  Agencies may be added to this agreement at the discretion of the school district.
 
Term:  This agreement is effective from  September 1, 200      (or other date)  . 
 
Termination:  The School District may discontinue information sharing with an Agency if the School District determines that the Agency has violated the intent or letter of this Agreement. 
 
APPROVED:
 
Signature: Address:
Title: City:
Agency: State: ZIP
Dated: Phone Number:
 
Signature: Address:
Title: City:
Agency: State: ZIP
Dated: Phone Number:
 
Signature: Address:
Title: City:
Agency: State: ZIP
Dated: Phone Number:
 
Signature: Address:
Title: City:
Agency: State: ZIP
Dated: Phone Number:
 

506.01-10E Student Records Checklist

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506.1-R1 Use of Student Records

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Use of Education Records                                Code No. 506.1-R1
 
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 in a newspaper of general circulation in the school district:
The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the School District as necessity or desirability arises.  Any student over the age of eighteen (18), parent, or guardian, not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing within fifteen (15) days of the date of this publication and within fifteen (15) days of enrollment should enrollment occur after that date, to the principal or other person in charge of the school which the student is attending.  It is desirable to renew this objection at the beginning of each school year.
NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, ELECTRONIC MAIL ADDRESS, PHOTOGRAPHY, DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH, MAJOR FIELD OR STUDY, PARTICIPATION IN OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS, WEIGHT AND HEIGHT OF MEMBERS OF ATHLETIC TEAMS, DATES OF ATTENDANCE, GRADE LEVEL, DEGREES, HONORS  AND AWARDS RECEIVED, THE MOST RECENT PREVIOUS SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.
 
STUDENT ID NUMBER, USER ID, OR OTHER UNIQUE PERSONAL IDENTIFIER USED TO COMMUNICATE IN ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS THAT CANNOT BE USED TO ACCESS EDUCATION RECORDS WITHOUT A PIN, PASSWORD, ETC.  (A STUDENT'S SSN, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, CANNOT BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.)
 
DATED                                                                                    .
 
 
The parent shall be given a reasonable period of time, at least sixteen (16) days, after such notice to inform the district that any or all of the information with regard to his/her child should not be released without his/her prior consent.
 
 
 
 
 
Adoption:4-10-89
                                 
Review: 10-10-94  3-8-99   7-9-09  1-12-15  5-8-17
             
Revision:  5-8-17
                                                    
Cross References:
 
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506.1-R2 Use of Student Records

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Use of Student Records Regulation                                 Code No. 506.1-R2
 
Parents and eligible students will have a right to access a student's education records upon request without unnecessary delay and in no instance more than forty-five calendar days after the request is made.  The intent of this regulation is  to establish procedures for granting requests from eligible students and parents to access a student's education records. 
 
Education records mean those records that contain formation directly related to a student and which are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. These may include, 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.
  1. Access to Records
Parents, eligible students, and other individuals authorized in accordance with law will have access to the student's education records during the regular business hours of the school district.  Parents and eligible students will have a right to access the student's education records upon request without unnecessary delay and in no instance more than forty-five calendar days after the request is made.  An eligible student or parent, upon written request to the board secretary, shall receive an explanation and interpretation of the education records.  
 
A student, eighteen years or older, has the right to determine who, outside the school system, has access to the records.  Parents of students who are 18 years or older but still dependents for income tax purposes may access the student's records without prior permission of the student.
  1. School officials having access to student records are defined as having a legitimate educational interest.  A school official is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employee, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  

 

  1. Release of Information Outside the School-Information from education records may be disclosed to outside parties as outlined in board policy and otherwise provided by law. 

 

        C.  Procedures for Requesting a Record Amendment

Hearing Procedures
  1. If the eligible student, parent, or legal guardian believe the information in the education records is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of students, the parents or an eligible student may request that the school district amend the education student records.
  2. The school district will decide whether to amend the education student records within a reasonable time after receipt of the request.
  3. If the school district determines an amendment is made to the education student record, the school district will make the amendment and inform the parents or the eligible student of the decision in writing.
  4. If the school district determines that amendment of the student's education record is not appropriate, it will inform the parents or the eligible student of their right to a hearing before the hearing officer provided by the school district.  The hearing officer may be an employee of the school district, so long as the employee does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
  5. Upon parental request, the school district will hold a hearing regarding the content of a student's education records which the parent believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of students.  
  6. 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.
  7. The parents or eligible student will be given a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues.  The parent or eligible student may be represented by an individual at their choice at their own expense.
  8. 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.
  9. The parents may appeal the hearing officers decision to the superintendent within ten days if the superintendent does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
  10. The parents may appeal the superintendent’s decision, or the hearing officers decision if the superintendent was unable to hear the appeal, to the board within ten days.  It is within the discretion of the board to hear the appeal. 
  11. If the parents' and the eligible student's request to amend the education 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 education records will become a part of the education student record and be maintained like other education student records.  If the school district discloses the education student records, the explanation by the parents will also be disclosed or the eligible student of the decision in writing.  
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
 
Review: 3-8-99 01-13-05  7-9-09  1-12-15  5-8-17
 
Revision: 02-10-05  5-8-17

506.1-R3 Use of Student Records

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Use of Student Records                               Code No. 506.1-R3
 
The Forest City Community School District has established policies and procedures relative to the maintenance of student records as required under the provisions of Part B, Education of the Handicapped Act as amended by PL 94-142.
 
The policies and procedures provide protection for confidential student data gathered by Forest City School personnel and other agencies or school districts participating in the identification, location, and evaluation of handicapped children in need of special education and related services.  The data gathered about students will be used for purposes of educational planning and programming.  The current policies and procedures relate to:
 
1. Filing and storage of records.
2. Disclosure procedures.
3. Rights of parents and students regarding personal records.
 
Anyone interested in reviewing these policies and procedures may obtain a written copy of this information by contacting a school administrator.
 
 
 
Adoption:  4-10-89  
                                 
Review:  10-10-94  3-8-99   7-9-09  1-12-15  5-8-17
         
Revision:
                                                    
Cross References:
 
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506.1-R4 Transfer of Immunization Records

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Transfer of Immunization Records                     Code No. 506.1-R4
 
The law requires that the admitting official assist the parent or guardian in the transfer of the certificates. (see 470-7.7a(139)
 
  The following suggested protocols should alleviate the problem.
 
  A. In-state transfer of students:
 
If a child is transferring to a new school in Iowa, the Certificate of Immunization, exemption or provisional shall be transferred to the new school.  The school may make a copy of the card for their records.  If the school anticipates the students return we urge a copy be made.
 
  B.   Out-of-state transfer:
 
If the child is transferring out-of-state it is appropriate to make a copy of the "certificate" and forward that with the child's records.  If there is any chance the child will return to Iowa it is important that a copy of the record or the record itself be retained.  All data required by the new state will be entered on their "official" card and our form discarded by the new school system.
 
  If the parent or guardian request the card then it must be given to the parent.
 
 
 
 
Adoption:  7-17-89
                                   
Review:  4-11-94  3-8-99   7-9-09  5-8-17
             
Revision:
                                                     
Cross References:
 
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506.1-E Annual Notice

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
ANNUAL NOTICE 506.1-E
 
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  They are:
 
The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access.
 
Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
 
The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading or in violation of the student's privacy rights.
 
Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
 
If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding 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.
 
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.
 
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 employees, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or student assistance team, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
 
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.
 
The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information, as defined below, 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 objection in writing to the principal.  The objection needs to be renewed annually.
 
NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE LISTING, 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 SCHOOL OR INSTITUTION ATTENDED BY THE STUDENT, PHOTOGRAPH AND LIKENESS AND OTHER SIMILAR INFORMATION.
 
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, 20202-4605.
 
 
Adoption: 2-10-05
 
Review: 9-15-09
 
Revision:

506.1-E1 Consent for the Release of Confidential Information

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Consent for the Release of Confidential Information   Code No. 506.1-E1
 
 
     I,                                                                       authorize                                                      
         (Name of student or participant)
 
                                                                                                                               
            (Name of the program making the disclosure)
 
to disclose to                                                                                                            
           (Name of person or organization to which disclosure is to be made)
 
the following information                                                                                         
 
                                                                                                                                  
                 (Nature and extend of the information)
 
The purpose for this disclosure:                                                                                
 
                                                                                                                                   
 
                                                                                                                                     
 
     I understand that my records are protected under the Federal Confidentiality Regulations and cannot be disclosed without my written consent unless otherwise provided for in the regulations.  I also understand that I may revoke this consent at any time except to the extent that action has been taken in reliance on it (e.g. probation, parole, etc.) and that in any event this consent expires automatically as described below.
 
Specification of the date, event or condition upon which this consent expires:
                                                                                                                              
 
 
Executed this                       day of                                                , 20        .
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 Signature of student or participant           Signature of witness
 
                                                                                 
 Signature of parent, guardian or
 authorized representative
 
*NOTE:  "e.g. probation, parole etc." refers to a special condition.  Federal Confidentiality Regulations place limits on the right to revoke if a person is at an alcohol/drug program as a condition of correctional supervision.  The release cannot be revoked until supervision is terminated or other changes in status occur.  The release expires in 60 days or when a substantial change in status occurs whichever is later.

506.1-E2 Request of Student Records

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
FOREST CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Forest City, Iowa  50436
 
Request of Student Records                           Code No. 506.1-E2
 
 
To:                                                                             Re:                                                                      
 
                                                                                  who is enrolling in grade                                     
 
                                                                                
 
The student named above has requested admission to Forest City Community Schools.  In order that we may enroll him/her properly, we would appreciate having the information from your records:
 
  1.                      Transcript of courses, grades, credits earned, and any grades in progress.
  2.                     Send all health records.  Iowa law requires immunization records of polio, D.P.T., measles and rubella.
  3.                   Test results (mental ability, reading, achievement, interest, etc.)
  4.                  Cumulative folder including any pertinent information that may be used for guidance purposes.
 
     Address correspondence to: Forest City Community Schools
                                                Forest City, Iowa  50436
 
     Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.
 
 
     Sincerely,
 
 
 
 
 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment)
states that a parent signature is not required for transfer of records between schools.  Copies of the Amendment may be obtained from Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Room E514, South Portal Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201.

506.1-E3 Authorization for Release of Student Records

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Authorization For Release Of Student Records Code No. 506.1-E3
 
 
 
The undersigned hereby authorizes                                                               
 
School District to release copies of the following official student records:
                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                       
 
concerning                                                                                                        
                    (Full Legal Name of Student)                         (Date of Birth)
 
                                                                                       From 19_____to ______
(Name of Last School Attended) (Year(s) of Attend.)
 
The reason for this request is:                                                                               
                                                                                                                              
 
My relationship to the child is:                                                                               
 
Copies of the records to be released are to be furnished to:
 
(  )  the undersigned
(  )  the student
(  )  other (please specify)                                                                        
 
 
                                                                                                                    
                                                                              (Signature)
 
Date:                                                     
Address:                                                
City:                                                       
State:                           ZIP                   
Phone Number:

506.1-E4 Notification of Transfer of Student Records

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Notification Of Transfer Of Student Records Code No. 506.1-E4
 
 
To:                                                                            Date:
     Parent/or Guardian
 
Street Address:                                                                                                
City/State                                                                                   ZIP:
 
Please be notified that copies of the Forest City Community School District's official student records concerning ________________________________, (full legal name of student) have been transferred to:
                                                                                                                             
School District Name                               Address
 
upon the written statement that the student intends to enroll in said school system.
 
If you desire a copy of such records furnished, please check here( _____ ) and return this form to the undersigned.  A reasonable charge will be made for the copies.
 
If you believe such records transferred are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, you have the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of such records.
 
 
                                                      
(Name)
 
                                                                
  (Title)

506.1E Annual Notice (Spanish Version)

EXHIBIT
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
ANNUAL NOTICE Spanish Version 506.1-E (Spanish)
 
La FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), la ley que trata sobre el derecho a la privacidad y los derechos educativos de la familia, le depara a los padres y a los estudiantes mayores de dieciocho años (estudiantes emancipados) ciertos derechos con respecto a los expedientes académicos del estudiante.  Estos derechos están a continuación:
 
1) El derecho a inspeccionar y a revisar los expedientes académicos del estudiante dentro de un plazo de 45 días a partir de la fecha en que el distrito reciba una solicitud para obtener acceso a los expedientes.
 
Los padres o los estudiantes emancipados deben someter una solicitud por escrito al director de la escuela (o al oficial escolar apropriado) identificando el expendiente o los expedientes que ellos desean inspeccionar.  El director hará arreglos para el acceso a los mismos y le notificará al padre o a la madre o al estudiante emancipado de la hora y el lugar en donde se pueden inspeccionar los expedientes.
 
(2) El derecho a solicitar una enmienda de los expedientes académicos del estudiante, los cuales piensan los padres o el estudiante emancipado que están incorrectos, que son engañosos o que quebrantan los derechos del estudiante a su privacidad.
 
Si los padres o los estudiantes emancipados creen que un expediente está incorrecto o es engañoso, pueden pedirle al distrito escolar que enmiende el expediente.  Ellos deben escribirle al director de la escuela, identificando claramente la parte del expediente que ellos desean cambiar y especificando por qué el expediente está incorrecto o es engañoso.
 
Si el distrito escolar decide no enmendar el expediente, según la solicitación de los padres o de los estudiantes emancipados; el distrito notificará a los padres o al estudiante emancipado de esta decisión y les informará de su derecho a tener una audiencia con relación a la solicitud de enmienda.  Cuando se le notifique del derecho a tener una audiencia, el padre, la madre o el estudiante emancipado también recibirá información adicional sobre los procedimientos de la audiencia.
 
(3) El derecho al consentimiento de la divulgación de información contenida en el expediente académico del estudiante y que lo identifica personalmente, a la excepción de lo que autoriza FERPA divulgar sin consentimiento.
 
Una excepción que permite la divulgación de información sin consentimiento es la divulgación de información a los oficiales escolores que tienen intereses educativos legítimos.  Un oficial escolor es una persona que es empleado del distrito ya sea como administrador, supervisor, instructor, personal auxiliar (incluyendo el personal médico o de servicios de salud y el personal policial), una persona miembro de la junta escolar, una persona o compañía con quien el distrito ha contratado para realizar una tarea especial (tal como un abogado, interventor de cuentas, empleados del AEA (Agencias de Educación Regionales), asesor médico o terapeuta), o como un padre o estudiante que participa en un comité oficial, tal como un comité disciplinario o de quejas, o un equipo auxiliar de estudiantes, o como una persona que ayuda a otro oficial escolar a realizar sus tareas.
 
Un oficial escolar tiene un interés escolar legítimo si el oficial necesita revisar un expediente académico a fin de cumplir con su obligación profesional.
 
(4) El derecho de informarle al distrito escolar de que el padre o la madre no quieren que se comunique al público la información contenida en el directorio, tal como se define abajo.  Cualquier estudiante mayor de dieciocho años de edad o padre o madre que no quiera que se comunique al público esta información puede hacer una objeción de los escribiéndole.   La objeción tiene que ser renovada anualmente.
 
Nombre, dirección, número de teléfono, fecha y lugar de nacimiento, materia de estudio principal, participación en deportes y en actividates reconocidas oficialmente, peso y estatura de los miembros de los equipas atléticos, fechas de asistencia a la escuela, diplomas y premios recividos, la escuela o institución docente más reciente a la que asistió el estudiante, fotografía o imagen u otra información parecida.
 
(5) El derecho a presentar una queja al U.S. Department of Education (Ministerio de Educación de los Estados Unidos) con respecto a las faltas supuestas del distrito en cumplir con los requisitos de FERPA.  A continuación encontrará el nombre y la dirección de la oficina que maneja FERPA:
 
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 
400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.,  20202-4605.
 
 
 
Adoption: 9-15-09
 
Review:
 
Revision: 

506.2 Student Directory Information

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Directory Information                         Code No. 506.2
 

Student directory information is designed to be used internally within the school district.  Directory information is information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  The district may disclose “directory information” to third parties without consent if it has given public notice of the types of information which it has designated as “directory information” to third parties without consent if it has given public notice of the types of information which it has designated as “directory information,’ the parent’s or eligible student’s right to restrict the disclosure of such information, and the period of time within which a parent or eligible student has to notify the school in writing that he or she does not want any or all of those types of information designated as “directory information.” The district has designated the following as “directory information”.   

It may include the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrolment 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, user ID or other unique personal identified photograph and other likeness, and other similar information.  Student is defined as an enrolled individual, PK-12 including children in school district sponsored child-care programs.

Prior to developing a student directory or to giving general information to the public, parents (including parents of students open enrolled out of the school district and parents of children home schooled 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.

 
 
Adoption  4-10-89
 
Review   10-10-94   3-8-99   01-13-05    10-8-09  3-9-15  5-8-17
       
Revision 02-10-05  3-9-15  5-8-17
                                              
Cross Reference: 504 Student Activities 506 Student Records 805.1 Examination of School District Public Records
 
Legal References:  20 U.S.C. § 1232g (1994).  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99, 300.560 - .574 (1999).  Iowa Code § 22; 622.10 (1999).  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 41.20.  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720.

506.2-E1 Authorization for Releasing Student Directory Information

EXHIBIT

Code No. 506.2-E1
 
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASING STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION
 
The Forest City Community School District has adopted a policy designed to assure parents and students the full implementation, protection and enjoyment of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  A copy of the school district's policy is available for review in the office of the principal of all of our schools.
 
This law requires the school district to designate as "directory information" any personally identifiable information taken from a student's educational records prior to making such information available to the public.
 
Even though student addresses and telephone numbers are not considered directory information, military recruiters and post-secondary educational institutions may legally access this information without prior parental consent.  Parents not wanting military recruiters and post-secondary institutions to access the information must ask the school district to withhold the information.
 
The school district has designated the following information as directory information: (The only items left out of this list are address and telephone numbers.  Boards need to amend the form to reflect their practice.)  student's name; date and place of birth; email address, grade level, enrollment status, major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student; photograph and other likeness and other similar information.  You have the right to refuse the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information as directory information with respect to your student provided that you notify the school district in writing not later than __________ 200_ of this school year.  If you desire to make such a refusal, please complete and return the slip attached to this notice.
 
If you have no objection to the use of student information, you do not need to take any action.
 
RETURN THIS FORM
Community School District
Parental Directions to Withhold Student/Directory Information, for 20___- 20___ school year.
 
Student Name:   Date of Birth
 
School:                                                                    Grade:                                   
 
                                                                                                                                  
(Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian/Custodian of Child)     (Date)
 
 
This form must be returned to your child's school no later than  ______________, 20__.
Additional forms are available at your child's school. 
 
Parental Directions to Withhold Student Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers from Military Recruiters and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions, for 20___ - 20___school year.
 
Student Name:                                         Date of Birth:                                       
 
School:                                                       Grade:                                             
 
                                                                                                                            
(Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian/Custodian of Child)    (Date)
 
This form must be returned to your child's school no later than _______________________, 20___.
Additional forms are available at your child's school.

506.2-R1 use of Directory Information

REGULATIONS
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Use of Directory Information Code No. 506.2-R1
 
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Forest City Community School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records.  However, Forest City Community School District may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Forest City Community School District to include the type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications.
Examples include:
  • A playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook:
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and,
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want the Forest City Community School District to disclose directory information from your child's educaotn records wihtout your prior written consent, you must notify the District in wrtiting by ____(date).  Forest city Community School District has designated the following infromatin as directory information: (Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.)

 

  • Student's name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc.  (A student's SSN, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)

506.3 Student Library circulation Records

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 – Student Personnel
 
Student Library Circulation Records Code No. 506.3
 
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 may be charged.
 
It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the teacher or teacher-librarian, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
 
 
Adoption:12-13-07
 
Review: 10-8-09  3-9-15
 
Revision: 506 Student Records
 
Cross References:
 
Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. § 1232g (2004).  34 C.F.R. Pt. 99 (2004).  Iowa Code §§ 22; 622.10 (2007).  281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), (12)  1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 720, 825.

506.4 Class or Group Gifts to School

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Class or Group Gifts to School                       Code No. 506.4
 
Student groups may make gifts to the district after obtaining their principal's recommendation and the approval of the superintendent.  Gifts may be accepted and acknowledged by the superintendent or his designated representative acting for the board.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                                  
Review:7-17-89   10-10-94  3-8-99    10-8-09  3-9-15
                                                           
Revision:
                                                                                                    
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   279.42; 565.6

506.5 Student Costs for Activity Trips

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Costs for Activity Trips                     Code No. 506.5
 
A nominal charge for riding a school bus for activity trips, such as:  Pep buses to ball games or buses used for trips which are designed primarily for entertainment, shall be made to each student.
 
Charges for these trips will be set up in advance by the administration and follow Department of Education guidelines.
 
 
 
Adoption: 2-5-79
                                 
Review: 7-17-89  10-10-94  3-8-99   09-15-09  3-9-15
         
Revision: 10-8-09
                                   
Cross References:
 
Legal References: 

506.6 Commencement

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Commencement                                         Code No. 506.6
 
Students who have successfully completed high school shall be granted diplomas.  Attendance at commencement is optional.  Any student wishing to attend the commencement ceremony will inform the high school principal by January 1st.  
 
The Board of Directors will exclude any students, from participation in the ceremony, that have not completed the requirements set for graduation. 
 
The Board of Directors may exclude students from participation for violation of rules established for orderly governance of the school.
 
 
Adoption:4-10-89
                 
Review: 7-17-89  3-8-99   09-15-09  3-9-15
             
Revision: 10-10-94   10-8-09
               
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   279.8; 280.3; 280.14; AC 670-3.2, 3.3(12); 281-12.2,   4.3(7), 4.5 

506.7 Student Activity Accounts

F. C. SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES
 
Series 500 - Student Personnel
 
Student Activity Accounts                             Code No. 506.7
 
Collection of any funds for school activities must have the recommendation of the building principal and the approval of the superintendent.  All such funds shall be under the financial control of the board.
 
Accurate, complete, and up-to-date records of all student activity funds shall be maintained according to a system approved by the Department of Education.  These accounts shall be audited at the same time as the annual audit of school funds.
 
 
 
Adoption: 4-10-89
                               
Review: 7-17-89 10-10-94  3-8-99 10-8-09  3-9-15
                                                               
Revision; 12-13-07
                                                                                 
Cross References:
 
Legal References:   AC 3.3(3)