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1008 District Operation During Public Emergencies

F.C. BOARD POLICIES

Series 1000 - School-Community Relations

DISTRICT OPERATION DURING PUBLIC EMERGENCIES    Code No. 1008

The district believes that student learning is the heart of its core mission.  While traditional in-person teaching continues to provide the greatest learning opportunity to all students, there may be rare and unusual circumstances that prevent the school community from convening in traditional in-person settings.  At times of a public emergency declared by federal, state or local officials, the district will seek guidance and recommendations from federal, state and local agencies to assist in determining the safety of convening traditional in-person learning. 

During a declared public emergency, the school board delegates to the Superintendent the authority to determine whether to close school buildings to traditional in-person learning if the Superintendent determines in-person learning would hinder the health and safety of the school community. The district will instead utilize remote or hybrid learning opportunities permitted by law.

Following guidance and recommendations from federal, state, and local agencies when reasonably possible, the administration will create regulations related to district operations during a public emergency, including, but not limited to, student, employee and visitor safety and security; the use and safeguarding of district property; public meetings and events, and when applicable, measures to prevent or slow the spread of infectious disease. 

These measures will be enforced for the period of time of the public emergency, or until the superintendent, in consultation with federal, state and local agencies determine it is appropriate for the safety measures to end.

  

NOTE:  Districts should choose between the options listed in the italicized language, remove text that is not used then remove italics. The language requiring board approval of school closure to in-person learning due to a declared public emergency is a legal requirement from Senate File 2310.  However, boards can choose to delegate this decision to the Superintendent, but that delegation should be specified in board policy.

NOTE:  The optional language listed in this policy and accompanying regulation are just some examples of the local flexibility districts have to make decisions based upon the priorities of their individual school communities.  Districts are strongly encouraged to consult with their legal counsel and adapt the optional language to best suit the needs of their individual communities.

             

Legal Reference:

Senate File 2310

Iowa Code ch. 279.8

Cross Reference:

403.3 Communicable Diseases - Employees

506 Student Records

507 Student Health and Well-Being

          

Adoption: 8-10-20

 Review: 7/13/20  8/10/20

 Revision: