600 Series: Education Program

600 Series Policy Manual
Education Program
Grinnell-Newburg School District

600           Goals and Objectives of the Education Program (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
601.1         School Calendar (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
601.2         School Day (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
602.1         Curriculum Development (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
602.2         Curriculum Implementation ((approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
602.3         Curriculum Evaluation (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
602.4         Pilot – Experimental - Innovative Projects (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.1         Basic Instruction Program (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.2         Summer School Instruction (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.3         Special Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.4         Multicultural/Gender Fair Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.5         Health Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.5E1    Human Growth And Development Student Excuse Form (approved 2/8/17)
603.6         Physical Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.7         Career Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.8         Teaching About Religion (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.8R1    Teaching About Religion Regulation – Religious Holidays (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.9         Academic Freedom (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.9R1    Teaching Controversial Issues (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.10      Global Education (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
603.11       Citizenship (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.1         Competent Private Instruction (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.2         Individualized Instruction (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.3         Program For Talented and Gifted Students (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.4         Program For At-Risk Students (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.5         Religious-Based Exclusion From A School Program (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.6         Instruction At A Post-Secondary Educational Institution (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.7         Dual Enrollment (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.8         Foreign Students (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.9         Home School Assistance Program (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
604.10       Virtual/On-Line Courses (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.1         Instructional Materials Selection (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.1R1    Selection Of Instructional Materials (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.2         Instructional Materials Inspection (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.3         Objection To Instructional Materials (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.3E1    Instructions To The Reconsideration Committee (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.3E2    Reconsideration Of Instructional Materials (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.3E3    Sample Letter To Individual Challenging Instructional Materials (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.3R1    Reconsideration Of Instructional Materials Regulation (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.4         Technology And Instructional Materials (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.5         School Library (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.6         Staff Use Of The Internet And Electronic Communications (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.7         Use of Information Resources (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
605.7R1    Use Of Information Resources Regulation (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.1         Class Size – Class Grouping (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.2         School Ceremonies And Observances (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.3         Animals In The Classroom (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.4         Student Production Of Materials And Services (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.5         Student Field Trips And Excursions (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
606.6         Insufficient Classroom Space (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
607.1         Student Guidance And Counseling Program (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
607.2         Student Health Services (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)
607.2R1    Student Health Services Regulation (approved: 1/06/10 reviewed: 2/8/17 revised: 1/27/10)

600 Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

Code No. 600

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EDUCATION PROGRAM

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the goals and objectives for the delivery of the education program.  The board's objective in the design, contents and the delivery of the education program is to provide an equal opportunity for students to pursue an education free of discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

In providing the education program of the school district, the board will strive to meet its overall goal of providing the students an opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance and encourages critical thinking in students.

In striving to meet this overall goal, the objectives of the education program are to provide students with an opportunity to:

  • Acquire basic skills in obtaining information, solving problems, thinking critically and communicating effectively;
  • Become effective and responsible contributors to the decision-making processes of the social and political institutions of the community, state and nation;
  • Acquire entry-level job skills and knowledge necessary for further education;
  • Acquire the capacities for satisfying and responsible roles as family members;
  • Acquire knowledge, habits and attitudes that promote personal and public health, both physical and mental;
  • Acquire an understanding of ethical principles and values and the ability to apply them to their own lives;
  • Develop an understanding of their own worth, abilities, potential and limitations; and,
  • Learn and enjoy the process of learning and acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change.

An advisory committee of representatives of the school district community and the school district is appointed to make recommendations for the goals and objectives of the education program.  Annually, the board will report to the committee regarding progress toward achievement of the goals and objectives of the education program.

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

601.1 School Calendar

 

Code No. 601.1

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the school district.  The school calendar is for a minimum of [180 days or 1080 hours] and includes, but is not limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development, in-service days and teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students shall begin no sooner than August 23.  Employees may be required to report to work at the school district prior to this date.

Special education students may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their Individualized Education Program.

The board, in its discretion, may excuse graduating seniors from up to five days or 30 hours of instruction after the school district requirements for graduation have been met.  The board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the school district's graduation requirements. 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the school calendar for recommendation, approval, and adoption by the board annually.

The board may amend the official school calendar when the board considers the change to be in the best interests of the school district's education program.  The board shall hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar.

NOTE: This policy reflects Iowa law.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 279.10, 280.3 (2013), 299.1(2) (2015).
281 I.A.C. 12.1(7); 41.106.

Cross Reference:     
501.3 Compulsory Attendance
601.2 School Day
603.3 Special Education

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

601.2 School Day

Code No. 601.2

SCHOOL DAY

The student school day for grades one through twelve will consist of a minimum of six hours, not including the lunch period.  The school day consists of the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the school district.  Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences may be counted as part of students’ instructional time.  The minimum school day will meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools.

The board may define the number of days kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for the students attending kindergarten.  The school day will consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board.

The school district may also record a day of school with less than the minimum instructional hours if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve in any five consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the instructional staff or parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day.  If the total hours of instructional time for the first four consecutive days equal at least thirty hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the school district may record zero hours of instructional time on the fifth consecutive school day as a school day.  Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the superintendent.

When the school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies, the part of the day during which school was in session will constitute a school day.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to inform the board annually of the length of the school day.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 256.7, 279.8 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.1(1), .1(7-10).

Cross Reference:     
601.1 School Calendar

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

602.1 Curriculum Development

Code No. 602.1

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Curriculum development is an ongoing process in the school district and consists of both research and design. Research is the studious inquiry and critical investigation of the various content areas for the purpose of revising and improving curriculum and instruction based on relevant information pertaining to the discipline. This study is conducted both internally (what and how we are currently doing at the local level) and externally (what national standards, professional organizations, recognized experts, current research, etc. tell us relative to the content area). Design is the deliberate process of planning and selecting the standards and instructional strategies that will improve the learning experiences for all students.

A systematic approach to curriculum development (careful research, design, and articulation of the curriculum) serves several purposes:

  • Focuses attention on the content standards of each discipline and ensure the identified learnings are rigorous, challenging, and represent the most important learning for our students.
  • Increases the probability that students will acquire the desired knowledge, skills and dispositions and that our schools will be successful in providing appropriate learning experiences.
  • Facilitates communication and coordination.
  • Improves classroom instruction.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective method of conducting research and design activities. A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed in researching, designing, and articulating each curriculum area. This framework will at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum development activities to:

  • Study the latest thinking, trends research and expert advice regarding the content/discipline;
  • Study the current status of the content/discipline (what and how well students are currently learning);
  • Identify content standards, benchmarks, and grade level expectations for the content/discipline;
  • Describe the desired learning behaviors, teaching and learning environment related to the content/discipline;
  • Identify differences in the desired and present program and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding the content area;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum development decisions;
  • Verify integration of local, state, and/or federal mandates (MCNS, school-to-work, etc);
  • Verify how the standards and benchmarks of the content/discipline support each  of the broader student learning goals and provide a K-12 continuum that builds on the prior learning of each level.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of necessary curriculum revisions, progress or each content area related to curriculum development activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum development including recommendations to the board.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy but the content is discretionary to the extent somewhere in the board policy the board describes its process for establishing content standards, benchmarks, performance levels, and annual improvement goals aligned with needs assessment information.

Legal Reference:     
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2012).

34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.7, 279.8 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5, .8.

Cross Reference:     
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District

103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum
605 Instructional Materials

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

602.2 Curriculum Implementation

Code No. 602.2

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

Without careful and continuing attention to implementation, planned changes in curriculum and instruction rarely succeed as intended. How change is put into practice, to a large extent, determines how well it fares.

Implementation refers to what actually happens in practice as compared to what was supposed to happen. Curriculum implementation includes the provision of organized assistance to staff in order to ensure that the newly developed curriculum and the most powerful instructional strategies are actually delivered at the classroom level. There are two components of any implementation effort that must be present to guarantee the planned changes in curriculum and instruction succeed as intended:

  • Understanding the conceptual framework of the content/discipline being implemented; and,
  • Organized assistance to understand the theory, observe exemplary demonstrations, have opportunities to practice, and receive coaching and feedback focused on the most powerful instructional strategies to deliver the content at the classroom level.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum implementation and for determining the most effective way of providing organized assistance and monitoring the level of implementation. A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed to assist all staff in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully implement the developed curriculum in each content area. This framework will, at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum implementation activities to:

  • Study and identify the best instructional practices and materials to deliver the content;
  • Describe procedures for the purchase of instructional materials and resources (See Policy 605.1R1. Boards should insert the policy number to cross reference their policy on Instructional Materials Selection);
  • Identify/develop exemplars that demonstrate the learning behaviors, teaching, and learning environment to deliver the content;
  • Study the current status of instruction in the content area (how teachers are teaching);
  • Compare the desired and present delivery system, identify differences (gap analysis), and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Organize staff into collaborative study teams to support their learning and implementation efforts (address the gaps);
  • Provide ongoing professional development related to instructional strategies and  materials that focuses on theory, demonstration, practice and feedback;
  • Regularly monitor and assess the level of implementation;
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding curriculum implementation;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum implementation decisions.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum implementation activities, progress of each content area related to curriculum implementation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum implementation including recommendations to the board.

Note: This is a mandatory policy but the content is discretionary to the extent somewhere in board policy the board describes its process for establishing content standards, benchmarks, performance levels, and annual improvement goals aligned with needs assessment information. The bulleted items are suggestions for content of this policy. The italicized items are not mandatory functions but are implied from the mandates. Boards, in conjunction with their administrators, should review their curriculum implementation process and incorporate it into this policy – striking what doesn’t apply And adding what does.

Legal Reference:     
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2012).

34 C.F.R. pt. 98 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, 280.3-.14 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(c)(1).

Cross Reference:     
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District

103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

602.3 Curriculum Evaluation

Code No. 602.3

CURRICULUM EVALUATION

Regular evaluation of the total curriculum is necessary to ensure that the written and delivered curriculum is having the desired effect for students.

Curriculum evaluation refers to an ongoing process of collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting information to aid in understanding what students know and can do. It refers to the full range of information gathered in the school district to evaluate (make judgments about) student learning and program effectiveness in each content area.

Curriculum evaluation must be based on information gathered from a comprehensive assessment system that is designed for accountability and committed to the concept that all students will achieve at high levels, is standards-based, and informs decisions which impact significant and sustainable improvements in teaching and student learning.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum evaluation and for determining the most effective way of ensuring that assessment activities are integrated into instructional practices as part of school improvement with a particular focus on improving teaching and learning. A curriculum framework will describe the procedures that will be followed to establish an evaluation process that can efficiently and effectively evaluate the total curriculum. This framework will, at a minimum, describe the procedures for the following curriculum evaluation activities:

  • Identify specific purposes for assessing student learning;
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment plan;
  • Select/develop assessment tools and scoring procedures that are valid and reliable;
  • Identify procedures for collecting assessment data;
  • Identify procedures for analyzing and interpreting information and drawing conclusions based on the data (including analysis of the performance of various sub-groups of students);
  • Identify procedures for establishing at least three levels of performance (specific to the content standard and the assessment tool when appropriate) to assist in determining whether students have achieved at a satisfactory level (at least two levels describe performance that is proficient or advanced and at least one level describes students who are not yet performing at the proficient level);
  • Identify procedures for using assessment information to determine long-range and annual improvement goals;
  • Identify procedures for using assessment information in making decisions focused on improving teaching and learning (data based decision making);
  • Provide support to staff in using data to make instructional decisions;
  • Define procedures for regular and clear communication about assessment results to the various internal and external publics (mandatory for communication about students receiving special education services);
  • Define data reporting procedures;
  • Verify that assessment tools are fair for all students and are consistent with all state and federal mandates;
  • Verify that assessment tools measure the curriculum that is written and delivered;
  • Identify procedures for deciding when multiple assessment measures are necessary for making good decisions and drawing appropriate conclusions about student learning;
  • Identify roles and responsibilities of key groups;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum evaluation;
  • Ensure participation of eligible students receiving special education services in district-wide assessments.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum evaluation activities, the progress of each content area related to curriculum evaluation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum evaluation including recommendations to the board.

Note: This is a mandatory policy but the content is discretionary to the extent somewhere in board policy the board describes its process for establishing content standards, benchmarks, performance levels, and annual improvement goals aligned with needs assessment information.

Legal Reference:     
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2012).
34 C.F.R. pt. 98 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, 280.3 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.8.

Cross Reference:     
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

602.4 Pilot - Experimental - Innovative Projects

Code No. 602.4

PILOT - EXPERIMENTAL - INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

The board welcomes new ideas in curriculum. Proposals for pilot or experimental projects will first be reviewed and analyzed by the superintendent. Projects recommended by the superintendent will be considered by the board. Pilot and experimental projects approved by the board, the Iowa Department of Education, or the U. S. Department of Education may be utilized in the education program.

Students, who may be or are asked to participate in a research or experimental project or program, must have their parents' written consent on file prior to participating in the project or program. A research or experimental program or project requiring parents' prior written consent is a program or project designed to explore or develop new or unproven teaching methods or techniques. These programs or projects are designated as research or experimental projects or programs. The educational materials of a program or project designated as a research or experimental program or project may be inspected and reviewed by the parents of the students participating or being considered for participation in the program or project. The inspection and review by the parents is in accordance with board policy 605.2, "Instructional Materials Inspection."

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:     
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2012).
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .10; 280.3 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5, .8.

Cross Reference:     
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.1 Basic Instruction Program

Code No. 603.1

BASIC INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

The basic instruction program will include the courses required for each grade level by the State Department of Education. The instructional approach will be gender fair and multicultural.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in kindergarten is designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits, language arts and communication skills, the capacity to complete individual tasks, character education and the ability to protect and increase physical well-being with attention given to experiences relating to the development of life skills and human growth and development.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades one through six will include English language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades seven and eight will include English language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, human growth and development, family and consumer, career, technology education, physical education, music, and visual art.

The basic instruction program of students enrolled in grades nine through twelve will include English-language arts (6 units), social studies (5 units), mathematics (6 units), science (5 units), health (1 unit), physical education (1 unit), fine arts (3 units), foreign language (4 units), and vocational education (12 units).

The board may, in its discretion, offer additional courses in the instruction program for any grade level. Each instruction program is carefully planned for optimal benefit taking into consideration the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or superintendent. Each instruction program's plan should describe the program, its goals, the effective materials, the activities and the method for student evaluation.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations stating the required courses and optional courses for kindergarten, grades one through six, grades seven and eight, and grades nine through twelve.

NOTE: This policy reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2012).
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2012).

Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Cross Reference:     
102 Equal Educational Opportunity
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.2 Summer School Instruction

Code No. 603.2

SUMMER SCHOOL INSTRUCTION

The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District recognizes the importance of ongoing learning opportunities for students. As such, the district shall offer summer school instruction in accordance with the following:

  • Beginning in the summer of 2017, the district shall offer, unless a waiver from this requirement is granted by the Iowa Department of Education, an intensive summer literacy program for students assessed as exhibiting a substantial deficiency in reading. The applicable legal requirements for the intensive summer literacy program, including, but not limited to those relating to criteria and notification, shall be followed.
  • The board, in its discretion, may offer summer school for one or more courses and student activities for students who need additional help and instruction or for enrichment in those areas.  Upon receiving a request for summer school, the board will weigh the benefit to the students and the school district as well as the school district's budget and availability of licensed employees to conduct summer school.
  • If a child who is eligible for special education has been determined to need extended school year services as necessary to receive a free appropriate public education, as determined according to state and federal law, such services shall be provided as described in the child’s individualized education program.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, 282.6.
Iowa Admin. Code. 41.406.

Cross Reference:     
410.2 Summer School Licensed Employees
505.2 Student Promotion - Retention - Acceleration
603 Instructional Curriculum
711.4 Summer School Transportation

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.3 Special Education

Code No. 603.3

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The board recognizes some students have different educational needs than other students. The board will provide a free appropriate public education program and related services to students identified in need of special education. The special education services will be provided from birth until the appropriate education is completed, age twenty-one or to maximum age allowable in accordance with the law. Students requiring special education will attend general education classes, participate in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities and receive services in a general education setting to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of each individual student. The appropriate education for each student is written in the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Special education students are required to meet the requirements stated in board policy or in their IEPs for graduation. It is the responsibility of the superintendent and the area education agency director of special education to provide or make provisions for appropriate special education and related services.

Children from birth through age 2 and children age 3 through age 5 are provided comprehensive special education services within the public education system. The school district will work in conjunction with the area education agency to provide services, at the earliest appropriate time, to children with disabilities from birth through age 2. This is done to ensure a smooth transition of children entitled to early childhood special education services.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects state and federal law.

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. (2010).
34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (2010).
Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.1, .2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 41.109; 41.404

Cross Reference:     
503 Student Discipline
505.5 Graduation Requirements
506 Student Records
507.2 Administration of Medication to Students
507.8 Student Special Health Services
601.1 School Calendar
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.4 Multicultural / Gender Fair Education

Code No. 603.4

MULTICULTURAL/GENDER FAIR EDUCATION

Children enrolled in the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District will have an equal opportunity for a quality education without discrimination regardless of their race, religion, creed, color, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

The educational program is free of discrimination and provides equal opportunity for the students.  The educational program will foster knowledge of, respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women in society.  Special emphasis is placed on Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, American Indians, European-Americans, and persons with disabilities.  It will also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes.

Inquiries regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity shall be directed to the superintendent.

NOTE:  This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:          
Iowa Code §§216.9; 256.11 (2013)
281 I.A.C. 12.5(8)

Cross Reference:
102 Equal Educational Opportunity
600 Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

Approved: 2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, Iowa

603.5 Health Education

Code No. 603.5

HEALTH EDUCATION

Students in grade levels one through twelve will receive, as part of their health education, instruction about personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; human growth and development; substance abuse and non-use, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and poisons on the human body; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; prevention and control of disease; and communicable diseases, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The purpose of the health education program is to help each student protect, improve and maintain physical, emotional and social well-being.

The areas stated above are included in health education and the instruction are adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students.

Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction. The written request will include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the superintendent.  The superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Cross Reference:     
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
603 Instructional Curriculum
607 Instructional Services

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.5E1 Human Growth and Development Excuse Form

Code No. 603.5E1

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT STUDENT EXCUSE FORM

Student Name: ______________________        Grade: _________________________

Parent/Guardian:_____________________         Phone #:  _______________________

Please list the curricular objective(s) from which you wish to have your child excused and the class or grade in which each is taught. An example is provided for you to follow.

                   Objective                                            Class / Grade Ex.
Ex. To understand the consequences of     
        Health Education / 6

responsible and irresponsible sexual behavior.

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I have reviewed the Human Growth and Development program goals, objectives, and materials and wish my child to be excused from class when these objectives are taught. I understand my child will incur no penalty but may/will be required to complete an alternative assignment that relates to the class and is consistent with assignments required of all students in the class.

Parent (Signed): __________________________________ Date: ________________________

Administrator (Signed): ____________________________    Date: ________________________

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.6 Physical Education

Code No. 603.6

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students in grades one through twelve are required to participate in physical education courses unless they are excused by the principal of their attendance center.

The Physical Education curriculum at Grinnell High School is built on the five components of fitness; cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.  Along with the components of fitness, the classes offered help students to understand the importance of how to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical health and well-being.

Students in grades 9-12 may also be excused from physical education courses if:

  • the student is enrolled in academic courses not otherwise available, or
  • the student presents a written statement from a doctor stating that such activities could be injurious to the health of the student, or
  • the student has been exempted because of a conflict with the student's religious beliefs.

Twelfth grade students may also be excused from physical education courses if the student is enrolled in a cooperative, work study or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student's absence from school.

Students who will not participate in physical education must have a written request or statement from their parents.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 256.11 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Cross Reference:     
504 Student Activities
603 Instructional Curriculum

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Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.7 Career Education

Code No. 603.7

CAREER EDUCATION

Preparing students for careers is one goal of the education program. Career education will be written into the education program for grades kindergarten through twelve. This education will include, but not be limited to, awareness of self in relation to others and the needs of society, exploration of employment opportunities, experiences in personal decision-making, and experiences of integrating work values and work skills into their lives.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to assist licensed employees in finding ways to provide career education in the education program. Special attention should be given to courses of vocational education nature. The board, in its review of the curriculum, will review the means in which career education is combined with other instructional programs.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 280.9 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5(7).

Cross Reference:     
603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.8 Teaching About Religion

Code No. 603.8

TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION

The school district is required to keep the practice of religion out of the school curriculum. The board recognizes the key role religion has played in the history of the world and authorizes the study of religious history and traditions as part of the curriculum. Preferential or derogatory treatment of a single religion will not take place.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the study of religion in the schools in keeping with the following guidelines:

  • the proposed activity must have a secular purpose;
  • the primary objective of the activity must not be one that advances or inhibits religion; and
  • the activity must not foster excessive governmental entanglement with religion.

NOTE: This policy and the accompanying regulation reflect the law on teaching religion in the public schools.

Legal Reference:     
U.S. Const. amend. I.
Lee v. Weisman. 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).
Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.6 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
603 Instructional Curriculum
604.5 Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program
606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances

Approved  2/8/17

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.8R1 Teaching About Religion Regulation - Religious Holidays

Code No. 603.8R1

TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION REGULATION - RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

The historical and contemporary significance of religious holidays may be included in the education program provided that the instruction is presented in an unbiased and objective manner. The selection of holidays to be studied will take into account major celebrations of several world religions, not just those of a single religion. Holiday-related activities will be educationally sound and sensitive to religious differences and will be selected carefully to avoid the excessive or unproductive use of school time. Teachers will be especially careful in planning activities that are to take place immediately preceding or on a religious holiday.

Music, art, literature and drama having religious themes (including traditional carols, seasonal songs and classical music) will be permitted if presented in an objective manner without sectarian indoctrination. The emphasis on religious themes is only as extensive as necessary for a balanced and comprehensive study or presentation. Religious content included in student performances is selected on the basis of its independent educational merit and will seek to give exposure to a variety of religious customs, beliefs and forms of expression. Holiday programs, parties or performances will not become religious celebrations or be used as a forum for religious worship, such as the devotional reading of sacred writings or the recitations of prayers.

The use of religious symbols (e.g. a cross, menorah, crescent, Star of David, lotus blossom, nativity scene or other symbol that is part of a religious ceremony) are permitted as a teaching aid, but only when such symbols are used temporarily and objectively to give information about a heritage associated with a particular religion. The Christmas tree, Santa Claus, Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and Halloween decorations are secular, seasonal symbols and as such can be displayed in a seasonal context.

Expressions of belief or nonbelief initiated by individual students is permitted in composition, art forms, music, speech and debate. However, teachers may not require projects or activities which are indoctrinate or force students to contradict their personal religious beliefs or non beliefs.

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.9 Academic Freedom

Code No. 603.9

ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The board believes students should have an opportunity to reach their own decisions and beliefs about conflicting points of view. Academic freedom is the opportunity of licensed employees and students to study, investigate, present, interpret, and discuss facts and ideas relevant to the subject matter of the classroom and appropriate to and in good taste with the maturity and intellectual and emotional capacities of the students.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or biased positions in the classroom or through teaching methods. Teachers are not discouraged from expressing personal opinions as long as students are aware it is a personal opinion and students are allowed to reach their own conclusions independently.

It is the responsibility of the principal to ensure academic freedom is allowed but not abused in the classroom.

NOTE: This is not a mandatory policy, but it is strongly recommended. The policy and accompanying regulation reflect current law on the subject.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .6 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
603 Instructional Curriculum
903.5 Distribution of Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.9R1 Teaching Controversial Issues

Code No. 603.9R1

TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

A "controversial issue" is a topic of significant academic inquiry about which substantial groups of citizens of this community, this state or this nation hold sincere, conflicting points of view.

It is the belief of the board that controversial issues should be fairly presented in a spirit of honest academic freedom so that students may recognize the validity of other points of view but can also learn to formulate their own opinions based upon dispassionate, objective, unbiased study and discussion of the facts related to the controversy.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to present full and fair opportunity and means for students to study, consider and discuss all sides of controversial issues including, but not limited to, political philosophies.

It is the responsibility of the instructor to protect the right of the student to study pertinent controversial issues within the limits of good taste and to allow the student to express personal opinions without jeopardizing the student's relationship with the teacher.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to refrain from advocating partisan causes, sectarian religious views, or selfish propaganda of any kind through any classroom or school device; however, an instructor will not be prohibited from expressing a personal opinion as long as students are encouraged to reach their own decisions independently.

The board encourages full discussion of controversial issues in a spirit of academic freedom that shows students that they have the right to disagree with the opinions of others but that they also have the responsibility to base the disagreement on facts and to respect the right of others to hold conflicting opinions.

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.10 Global Education

Code No. 603.10

GLOBAL EDUCATION

Because of our growing interdependence with other nations in the world, global education is incorporated into the education program for grades kindergarten through twelve so that students have the opportunity to acquire a perspective on world issues, problems, and prospects for an awareness of the relationship between an individual's self-interest and the concerns of people elsewhere in the world.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5(11).

Cross Reference:     
602 Curriculum Development

603 Instructional Curriculum

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

603.11 Citizenship

Code No. 603.11

CITIZENSHIP

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 education program, students will 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 are instructed in the elements of good citizenship and the role quality citizens play in their country, state and school district community.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(6), 12.5(3)(b)-(5)(b).

Cross Reference:     
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
503 Student Discipline

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.1 Private Instruction

Code No. 604.1

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District recognizes that families with students of compulsory attendance age may select alternative forms of education outside the traditional school setting, including private instruction. The applicable legal requirements for private instruction, including, but not limited to those relating to reporting and evaluations for progress, shall be followed.

Except as otherwise exempted, in the event a child of compulsory attendance age as defined by law does not attend public school or an accredited nonpublic school, the child must receive private instruction. Private instruction means instruction using a plan and a course of study in a setting other than a public or organized accredited nonpublic school.

Private instruction can take the form of competent private instruction and independent private instruction. The Iowa Department of Education recognizes three options for delivery of this form of instruction: two options for delivery of competent private instruction and one option for independent private instruction.

Competent private instruction means private instruction provided on a daily basis for at least one hundred forty-eight days during a school year, to be met by attendance for at least thirty-seven days each school quarter, which results in the student making adequate progress.  Competent private instruction is provided by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or by other individuals identified in law.

Independent private instruction means instruction that meets the following criteria: (i) is not accredited, (ii) enrolls not more than four unrelated students, (iii) does not charge tuition, fees, or other remuneration for instruction, (iv) provides private or religious-based instruction as its primary purpose, (v) provides enrolled students with instruction in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies, (vi) provides, upon written request from the superintendent of the school district in which the independent private instruction is provided, or from the director of the department of education, a report identifying the primary instructor, location, name of the authority responsible for the independent private instruction, and the names of the students enrolled, (vii) is not a nonpublic school and does not provide competent private instruction as defined herein, and (viii) is exempt from all state statutes and administrative rules applicable to a school, a school board, or a school district, except as otherwise provided by law.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this

NOTE: This policy reflects Iowa law on competent private instruction and independent private instruction. For additional information, including applicable forms, please visit the “Options for Educational Choice” section of the Iowa Department of Education’s website, located at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/options-educational-choice.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 299, 299A.
281 I.A.C. 31.

Cross Reference:     
501 Student Attendance
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
504 Student Activities
507.1 Student Health and Immunization Certificates
604.7 Dual Enrollment
604.9 Home School Assistance Program

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.2 Individualized Instruction

Code No. 604.2

INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION .

The board's primary responsibility in the management of the school district is the operation and delivery of the regular education program. Generally, students attending the school district will receive the regular education program offered by the district. Only in exceptional circumstances will the board approve students receiving individualized instruction at the expense of the school district.

Recommendations from the superintendent for individualized instruction will state the need for the instruction, the objectives and goals sought for the instruction, the employee requirements for the instruction, the implementation procedures for the instruction and the evaluation procedures and processes that will be used to assess the value of the instruction.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for individualized instruction.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8, .10, .11; 280.3, .14; 299.1-.6, .11, .15, .24; 299A (2013).

Cross Reference:     
501.12 Pregnant Students
604.1 Competent Private Instruction

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.3 Program for Talented and Gifted Students

Code No. 604.3

PROGRAM FOR TALENTED AND GIFTED STUDENTS

The board recognizes some students require programming beyond the regular education program.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a talented and gifted program which provides for identifying students, for program evaluation, and for training of employees.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 257.42-.49 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5(12); 59.

Cross Reference:     
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.4 Program for At-Risk Students

Code No. 604.4

PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

The board recognizes some students require additional assistance in order to graduate from the regular education program.  "The board will provide a plan to encourage and provide an opportunity for at-risk students to achieve their potential and obtain the high school diploma.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a plan for students at-risk which provides for identifying students, for program evaluation, and for the training of employees.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 257.38-.41; 280.19, .19A (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5(13); 33; 65.

Cross Reference:     
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
607.1 Student Guidance and Counseling Program

Approved 2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.5 Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program

Code No. 604.5

RELIGIOUS-BASED EXCLUSION FROM A SCHOOL PROGRAM

Parents who wish to have their child excluded from a school program because of religious beliefs must inform the superintendent. The board authorizes the administration to allow the exclusion if it is not disruptive to the education program and it does not infringe on a compelling state or educational interest. Further, the exclusion must not interfere with other school district operations. Students who are allowed to be excluded from a program or activity which violates their religious beliefs are required to do an alternate supervised activity or study.

In notifying the superintendent, the parents will abide by the following:

  • The notice is in writing;
  • The objection is based on religious beliefs;
  • The objection will state which activities or studies violate their religious beliefs;
  • The objection will state why these activities or studies violate their religious beliefs.

The superintendent will have discretion to make this determination. The factors the superintendent will consider when a student requests to be excluded from a program or activity because of religious beliefs include, but are not limited to, staff available to supervise a student who wishes to be excluded, space to house the student while the student is excluded, available superintendent-approved alternative course of study or activity while the student is excluded, number of students who wish to be excluded, whether allowing the exclusion places the school in a position of supporting a particular religion, and whether the program or activity is required for promotion to the next grade level or for graduation.

NOTE: Paragraph one of this policy reflects Iowa law regarding parents removing their children from parts of the education program. The rest of the policy is a process so boards can adapt but it’s merely recommended, not mandatory.

Legal Reference:     
U.S. Const. amend. I.
Lee v. Weisman, 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).
Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608
F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).
Iowa Code §§ 256.11(6); 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
603 Instructional Curriculum
606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances

Approved 2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution

Code No. 604.6

INSTRUCTION AT A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Students in grades nine through twelve may receive academic or vocational-technical credits that count toward the graduation requirements set out by the board for courses successfully completed in postsecondary educational institutions. The student may receive academic or vocational-technical credits through an agreement between a post-secondary educational institution or with the board's approval on a case-by-case basis.

Students in grades nine through twelve who successfully complete courses in post-secondary educational institutions under an agreement between the school district and the post-secondary educational institution will receive academic and vocational-technical credits in accordance with the agreement.

Students who have completed the eleventh grade but who have not completed the graduation requirements set out by the board may take up to seven units of credit at a post-secondary educational institution during the summer months when school is not in session if the student pays for the courses. Upon successful completion of these summer courses, the students will receive academic or vocational technical credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the board. Successful completion of the course is determined by the post-secondary educational institution. The board will have complete discretion to determine the academic credit to be awarded to the student for the summer courses.

The following factors are considered in the board's determination of whether a student will receive academic or vocational-technical credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the board for a course at a post-secondary educational institution:

  • the course is taken from a public or accredited private post-secondary educational institution;
  • a comparable course is not offered in the school district. A comparable course is one in which the subject matter or the purposes and objectives of the course are similar, in the judgment of the board, to a course offered in the school district;
  • the course is in the discipline areas of mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, vocational-technical education, or a course offered in the community college career options program;
  • the course is a credit-bearing course that leads to a degree;
  • the course is not religious or sectarian; and
  • the course meets any other requirements set out by the board.

Students in grades eleven and twelve who take courses, other than courses taken under an agreement between the school district and the post-secondary educational institution, are

responsible for transportation without reimbursement to and from the location where the course is being offered.

Ninth and tenth grade talented and gifted students and all students in grades eleven and twelve will be reimbursed for tuition and other costs directly related to the course up to $250. Students who take courses during the summer months when school is not in session are responsible for the costs of attendance for the courses.

Students who fail the course and fail to receive credit will reimburse the school district for all costs directly related to the course. Prior to registering for the course, students under age eighteen will have a parent sign a form indicating that the parent is responsible for the costs of the course should the student fail the course and fail to receive credit for the course. Students who fail the course and fail to receive credit for the course for reasons beyond their control, including, but not limited to, the student's incapacity, death in the family or a move to another district, may not be responsible for the costs of the course. The school board may waive reimbursement of costs to the school district for the previously listed reasons. Students dissatisfied with a school board's decision may appeal to the AEA for a waiver of reimbursement.

The superintendent is responsible for annually notifying students and parents of the opportunity to take courses at post-secondary educational institutions in accordance with this policy. The superintendent will also be responsible for developing the appropriate forms and procedures for implementing this policy.

NOTE: This policy reflects current Iowa law.

Legal Reference:   
Iowa Code §§ 256.11, .11A; 261C; 279.8; 280.3, .14 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12, 22.

Cross Reference:     
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
604.3 Program for Talented and Gifted Students

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.7 Dual Enrollment

Code No. 604.7

DUAL ENROLLMENT

The parent, guardian, or custodian of a student receiving competent private instruction may also enroll the student in the school district in accordance with state law and policy. The student is considered under dual enrollment.  The parent, guardian, or custodian requesting dual enrollment for the student should notify the board secretary no later than September 15 of the school year in which dual enrollment is sought on forms provided by the school district. On the form, they will 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 school district's extracurricular and academic activities in the same manner as other students enrolled in the school district. The policies and administrative rules of the school district will apply to the dual enrollment students in the same manner as the other students enrolled the school district. These policies and administrative rules will include, but not be limited to, athletic eligibility requirements, the good conduct rule, academic eligibility requirements, and payment of applicable fees.

A dual enrollment student whose parent, guardian, or custodian has chosen standardized testing as the form of the student's annual assessment will not be responsible for the cost of the test or the administration of the test.

After the student notifies the school district which activities in which they wish to participate, the school district will provide information regarding the specific programs.

The applicable legal requirements for dual enrollment including, but not limited to those related to reporting and eligibility, shall be followed. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

NOTE: This policy reflects Iowa's dual enrollment law.

Legal Reference:   
Iowa Code §§ 279.8, 299A.
281 I.A.C. 31.

Cross Reference:     
502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
503 Student Discipline
504 Student Activities
507 Student Health and Well-Being
604.1 Competent Private Instruction

604.9 Home School Assistance Program

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Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.8 Foreign Students

Code No. 604.8

FOREIGN STUDENTS

Foreign students must meet all district entrance requirements including age, place of residence and immunization. Students who are citizens of a foreign country will be considered residents if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student resides with his/her parents(s) or legal guardian;
  • The student is in the United States with appropriate documentation (Form I-20)  from the United States Department of Justice-Immigration and Naturalization Services; or
  • The student is a participant in a recognized foreign exchange program; and,
  • The student is physically able to attend school and has provided the school

district with such proof, including a current TB test.

NOTE: The only legal requirement for foreign students is stated in the second bullet. However, the other requirements are strongly recommended.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
501 Student Attendance
507.1 Student Health and Immunization Certificates

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.9 Home School Assistance Program

Code No. 604.9

HOME SCHOOL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The board, recognizing alternatives to education outside the formal public school system, authorizes the establishment of a home school assistance program. This program will assist students receiving competent private instruction by providing licensed employees of the school district to assist the parent, guardian or legal custodian in the education of the student.

The parent, guardian or legal custodian registering for the home school assistance program will agree to comply with the requirements established by the faculty of the program.

Students registered for the home school assistance program will be counted in the basic enrollment.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

NOTE: School districts that do not have home school assistance programs should eliminate this policy. If you wish to homeschool your student(s) please find the appropriate forms and documents on the Iowa Dept. of Ed. website.

Legal Reference:     Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 299A (2013).

281 I.A.C. 31.

Cross Reference:     
504 Student Activities
507 Student Health and Well-Being
604.1 Competent Private Instruction
604.7 Dual Enrollment

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

604.10 Virtual/On-line Courses

Code No. 604.10

VIRTUAL/ON-LINE COURSES

The board recognizes that on-line coursework may be a good alternative for students to not only meet graduation requirements but, also have the opportunity to take advanced or other courses not offered by the school district.

High school students may earn credits to be applied toward graduation requirements by completing on-line courses offered through agencies approved by the board, such as the Iowa On-Line Learning. Credit from an on-line or virtual course may be earned only in the following circumstances at the discretion of the superintendent and or their designee:

  • The course is not offered at the high school;
  • Although the course is offered at the high school, the student will not be able to take it due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict that would keep the student from meeting graduation requirements;
  • The course will serve as a supplement to extend homebound instruction;
  • The student has been expelled from the regular school setting, but educational services are to be continued; or,
  • The principal, with agreement from the student's teachers and parents, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated learning environment.

Students applying for permission to take a virtual course shall complete prerequisites and provide teacher/counselor recommendations to confirm the student possesses the maturity level needed to function effectively in an on-line learning environment. In addition, the express approval of the principal shall be obtained before a student enrolls in an on-line course. The school must receive an official record of the final grade before credit toward graduation will be recognized.

Provided courses are part of the student’s regular school day coursework and within budgetary parameters, the costs for a virtual course, such as textbooks or school supplies, shall be borne by the school district, for students enrolled full-time.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.

Note: For more detailed discussion of this issue, see IASB's Policy Primer, Vol. 19 #1-September 14, 2005.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code 279.8 (2013)
281 I.A.C. 15

Cross Reference:     
605.6 Internet Appropriate Use
501.6 Student Transfers In

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.1 Instructional Materials Selection

Code No. 605.1

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION

The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district. This authority is delegated to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be utilized by and purchased by the school district.

In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the changes and the trends in education and society. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to report to the board the action taken by licensed employees.

In the case of textbooks, the board will make the final decision after receiving a recommendation from the superintendent. The criteria stated above for selection of other instructional materials will apply to the selection of textbooks. The superintendent may develop another means for the selection of textbooks. Textbooks are reviewed as needed.

Education materials given to the school district must meet the criteria established above. The gift must be received in compliance with board policy.

NOTE: This is not a mandatory policy. The board may edit the policy and regulation to reflect its philosophy, goals and practices.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).

Cross Reference:     
208 Ad Hoc Committees
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602 Curriculum Development
605 Instructional Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.1R1 Selection of Instructional Materials

Code No. 605.1R1

SELECTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

  1. Responsibility for Selection of Instructional Materials
    1. The board is responsible for matters relating to the operation of the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District.

    2. The responsibility for the selection of instructional materials is delegated to the professionally trained and licensed employees of the school system. For the purpose of this rule the term "instructional materials" includes printed and multimedia materials (not equipment), whether considered text materials or library materials. The board retains the final authority for the approval of textbooks.

    3. While selection of materials may involve many people including principals, teacher-librarian, students, parents and community members, the responsibility for coordinating the selection of most instructional materials and making the recommendation for the purchase rests with licensed employees.

    4. Responsibility for coordinating the selection of text materials for distribution to classes will rest with the licensed employees, principal and superintendent. For the purpose of this rule the term 'text materials' includes textbooks and other printed and non-printed material provided in multiple copies for use of a total class or major segment of a class.

    5. If the board appoints an ad hoc committee to make recommendations on the selection of instructional materials, the ad hoc committee is formed and appointed in compliance with the board policy on Ad Hoc Committees.

      1. The superintendent will inform the committee as to their role and responsibility in the process.

      2. The following statement is given to the ad hoc committee members:

Bear in mind the principles of the freedom to learn and to read and base your decision on these broad principles rather than on defense of individual materials. Freedom of inquiry is vital to education in a  democracy.

Study thoroughly all materials referred to you and read available reviews. The general acceptance of the materials should be checked by consulting standard evaluation aids and local holdings in other schools.

Passages or parts should not be pulled out of context. The values and faults should be weighed against each other and the opinions based on the material as a whole.

Your report, presenting both majority and minority opinions, will be  presented by the principal to the complainant at the conclusion of our discussion of the questioned material.

  1. Material selected for use in libraries and classrooms will meet the following guidelines:
    1. Religion - Material will represent the major religions in a factual, unbiased manner. The primary source material of the major religions is considered appropriate, but material which advocates rather than informs, or is designed to sway reader judgment regarding religion, will not be included in the school libraries or classrooms.
    2. Racism - Material will present a diversity of race, custom, culture, and belief as a positive aspect of the nation's heritage and give candid treatment to unresolved intercultural problems, including those which involve prejudice, discrimination, and the undesirable consequences of withholding rights, freedom, or respect of an individual.
    3. Sexism - Material will reflect sensitivity to the needs, rights, traits and aspirations of men and women without preference or bias.
    4. Age - Material will recognize the diverse contributions of various age groups and portray the continuing contributions of maturing members of society.
    5. Ideology - Material will present basic primary and factual information on an ideology or philosophy of government which exerts or has exerted a strong force, either favorably or unfavorably, over civilization or society, past or present. This material will not be selected with the intention to sway reader judgment and is related to the maturity level of the intended audience.
    6. Profanity and Sex - Material is subjected to a test of literary merit and reality by the teacher librarians and licensed staff who will take into consideration their reading of public and community standards of morality.
    7. Controversial issues materials will be directed toward maintaining a balanced collection representing various views.

The selection decision should be made on the basis of whether the material presents an accurate representation of society and culture, whether the circumstances depicted are realistically portrayed, or whether the material has literary or social value when the material is viewed as a whole.

These guidelines will not be construed in such a manner as to preclude materials which accurately represent the customs, morals, manners, culture, or society of a different time or a different place.

  1. Procedure for Selection
    1. Material purchased for libraries and classrooms is recommended for purchase by licensed employees, in consultation with administrative staff, school library staff, students or an ad hoc committee as appointed by the board. The material recommended for purchase is approved by the appropriate building administrator.
      1. The materials selected will support stated objectives and goals of the school district. Specifically, the goals are:
        1. To acquire materials and provide service consistent with the demands of the curriculum;
        2. To develop students' skills and resourcefulness in the use of libraries and learning resources;
        3. To effectively guide and counsel students in the selection and use of materials and libraries;
        4. To foster in students a wide range of significant interests;
        5. To provide opportunities for aesthetic experiences and development of an appreciation of the fine arts;
        6. To provide materials to motivate students to examine their own attitudes and behaviors and to comprehend their own duties and responsibilities as citizens in a pluralistic democracy;
        7. To encourage lifelong education through the use of the library; and,
        8. To work cooperatively and constructively with the instructional and administrative staff in the school.
      2. Materials selected is consistent with stated principles of selection. These principles are:
        1. To select material, within established standards, which will meet the goals and objectives of the school district;
        2. To consider the educational characteristics of the community in the selection of materials within a given category;
        3. To present the gender, racial, religious and ethnic groups in the community by:
          1. Portraying people, both men and women, adults and children, whatever their ethnic, religious or social class identity, as human and recognizable, displaying a familiar range of emotions, both negative and positive.
          2. Placing no constraints on individual aspirations and opportunity.
          3. Giving comprehensive, accurate, and balanced representation to minority groups and women - in art and science, history and literature, and in all other fields of life and culture.
          4. Providing abundant recognition of minority groups and women by showing them frequently in positions of leadership and authority.
        4. To intelligently, quickly, and effectively anticipate and meet needs through awareness of subjects of local, national and international interest and significance; and,
        5. To strive for impartiality in the selection process.
      3. The materials selected will meet stated selection criteria. These criteria are:
        1. Authority-Author's qualifications - education, experience, and previously published works;
        2. Reliability:
          1. Accuracy-meaningful organization and emphasis on content,meets the material's goals and objectives, and presents authoritative and realistic factual material.
          2. Current-presentation of content which is consistent with the finding of recent and authoritative research.
        3. Treatment of subject-shows an objective reflection for the multi-ethnic character and cultural diversity of society.
        4. Language:
          1. Vocabulary:
            1. Does not indicate bias by the use of words which may result in negative value judgments about groups of people;
            2. Does not use "man" or similar limiting word usage in generalization or ambiguities which may cause women to feel excluded or dehumanized.
          2. Compatible to the reading level of the student for whom it is intended.
        5. Format:
          1. Book
            1. Adequate and accurate index;
            2. Paper of good quality and color;
            3. Print adequate and well spaced;
            4. Adequate margins;
            5. Firmly bound; and,
            6. Cost.
          2. Nonbook
            1. Flexibility, adaptability;
            2. Curricular orientation of significant interest to students;
            3. Appropriate for audience;
            4. Accurate authoritative presentation;
            5. Good production qualities (fidelity, aesthetically adequate);
            6. Durability; and,
            7. Cost.
          3. Illustrations of book and non book materials should:
            1. Depict instances of fully integrated grouping and settings to indicate equal status and nonsegregated social relationships.
            2. Make clearly apparent the identity of minorities;
            3. Contain pertinent and effective illustrations;
          4. Flexible to enable the teacher to use parts at a time and not follow a comprehensive instructional program on a rigid frame of reference.
        6. Special Features:
          1. Bibliographies.
          2. Glossary.
          3. Current charts, maps, etc.
          4. Visual aids.
          5. Index.
          6. Special activities to stimulate and challenge students.
          7. Provide a variety of learning skills.
        7. Potential use:
          1. Will it meet the requirement of reference work?
          2. Will it help students with personal problems and adjustments?
          3. Will it serve as a source of information for teachers and librarians?
          4. Does it offer an understanding of cultures other than the student's own and is it free of racial, religious, age, disability, ethnic, and sexual stereotypes?
          5. Will it expand students' sphere of understanding and help them to understand the ideas and beliefs of others?
          6. Will it help students and teachers keep abreast of and understand current events?
          7. Will it foster and develop hobbies and special interest?
          8. Will it help develop aesthetic tastes and appreciation?
          9. Will it serve the needs of students with special needs?
          10. Does it inspire learning?
          11. Is it relevant to the subject?
          12. Will it stimulate a student's interest?
      4. Gifts of library or instructional materials may be accepted if the gift meets existing criteria for library and instructional materials. The acceptance and placement of such gifts is within the discretion of the board.
      5. In order to provide a current, highly usable collection of materials, teacher-librarians will ensure constant and continuing renewal of the collection, not only the addition of up-to-date materials, but by the judicious elimination of materials which no longer meet school district needs or find use. The process of weeding instructional materials will be done according to established and accepted standards for determining the relevance and value of materials in a given context.

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.2 Instructional Materials Inspection

Code No. 605.2

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS INSPECTION

Parents and other members of the school district community may view the instructional materials used by the students. All instructional materials, including teacher's manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any federally funded programs must be available for inspection by parents.

The instructional materials must be viewed on school district premises. Copies may be obtained according to board policy.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding the inspection of instructional materials.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects federal law on the subject of parental rights to inspect instructional materials.

Legal Reference:     
Goals 2000: Educate America Act, Pub. L. No. 103-227, 108 Stat. 125 (2004).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).

Cross Reference:     
602 Curriculum Development
605 Instructional Materials
901.1 Public Examination of School District Records

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.3 Objection to Instructional Materials

Code No. 605.3

OBJECTION TO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Members of the school district community may object to the instructional materials utilized in the school district and ask for their use to be reconsidered.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principals, to develop administrative regulations for reconsideration of instructional materials.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy. The board may edit the policy and regulation to reflect its philosophy, goals and practices.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3, .14; 301 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).

Cross Reference:   
213 Public Participation in Board Meetings
402.5 Public Complaints About Employees
602 Curriculum Development
605 Instructional Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.3 E1 Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee

Code No. 605.3E1

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE RECONSIDERATION COMMITTEE

The policy of this school district related to selection of learning materials states that any member of the school district community may formally challenge instructional materials used in the district's education program. This policy allows those persons in the school and the community who are not directly involved in the selection of materials to make their own opinions known. The task of the reconsideration committee is to provide an open forum for discussion of challenged materials and to make an informed recommendation on the challenge. The meetings of the committee may be subject to the open meetings law.

The most critical component of the reconsideration process is the establishment and maintenance of the committee's credibility in the community. For this purpose, the committee is composed of community members. The community should not, therefore, infer that the committee is biased or is obligated to uphold prior professional decisions. For this same reason, a community member will be selected to chair the committee.

The reconsideration process, the task of this committee, is just one part of the selection continuum. Material is purchased to meet a need. It is reviewed and examined, if possible, prior to purchase. It is periodically re-evaluated through updating, discarding, or re-examination. The committee must be ready to acknowledge that an error in selection may have been made despite this process. Librarians and school employees regularly read great numbers of reviews in the selection process, and occasional errors are possible.

In reconsidering challenged materials, the role of the committee, and particularly the chairperson, is to produce a climate for agreement. The committee should begin by finding items of agreement, keeping in mind that the larger the group participating, the greater the amount of information available and, therefore, the greater the number of possible approaches to the problem.

If the complainant chooses, the complainant may make an oral presentation to the committee to expand and elaborate on the complaint. The committee will listen to the complainant, to those with special knowledge, and any other interested persons. In these discussions, the committee should be aware of relevant social pressures which are affecting the situation. Individuals who may try to dominate or impose a decision must not be allowed to do so. Minority viewpoints expressed by groups or individuals must be heard, and observers must be made to feel welcome. It is important that the committee create a calm, nonvolatile environment in which to deal with a potentially volatile situation. To this end, the complainant will be kept informed of the progress of the complaint.

The committee will listen to the views of all interested persons before making recommendations. In deliberating its recommendation, the committee should remember that the school system must be responsive to the needs, tastes, and opinions of the community it serves. Therefore, the committee must distinguish between broad community sentiment and attempts to impose personal standards. The deliberations should concentrate on the appropriateness of the material. The question to be answered by the committee is, "Is the material appropriate for its designated audience at this time?"

The committee's final recommendation will be (1) to remove the challenged material from the total school environment, (2) to take no removal action, or (3) to agree on a limitation of the educational use of the materials.

The committee chairperson will instruct the secretary to convey the committee's recommendation to the office of the superintendent. The recommendation should detail the rationale on which it was based. A letter will be sent to the complainant outlining the outcome

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.3E2 Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Reconsideration Request Form

Code No. 605.3E2

RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
RECONSIDERATION REQUEST FORM

Lisa

Request for re-evaluation of printed or multimedia material to be submitted to the superintendent.

REVIEW INITIATED BY:_______________________________    DATE: ________________

Name ________________________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________________________

City/State_________________________Zip Code____________Telephone ________________

School(s) in which item is used____________________________________________________

Relationship to school (parent, student, citizen, etc.)____________________________________

BOOK OR OTHER PRINTED MATERIAL IF APPLICABLE:

Author________________________Hardcover_______Paperback________Other____________

Title__________________________________________________________________________

Publisher (if known)_____________________________________________________________

Date of Publication______________________________________________________________

MULTIMEDIA MATERIAL IF APPLICABLE:

Title__________________________________________________________________________

Producer (if known)_____________________________________________________________

Type of material (filmstrip, motion picture, etc.)_______________________________________

PERSON MAKING THE REQUEST REPRESENTS: (circle one)

____Self                 ____Group or Organization

Name of group _____________________________________________________

Address of Group___________________________________________________

1.  What brought this item to your attention?

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

2.  To what in the item do you object? (please be specific; cite pages, or frames, etc.)

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

3.  In your opinion, what harmful effects upon students might result from use of this item?

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

4.  Do you perceive any instructional value in the use of this item?

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

5.  Did you review the entire item? If not, what sections did you review?

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

6.  Should the opinion of any additional experts in the field be considered? ____yes ____no If yes, please list specific suggestions:

    ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

7.  To replace this item, do you recommend other material which you consider to be of equal or superior quality for the purpose intended?

     ______________________________________________________________________

    ______________________________________________________________________

8.  Do you wish to make an oral presentation to the Review Committee?

___________Yes     

  1. Please contact the Superintendent
  2. Please be prepared at this time to indicate the approximate length of time your presentation will require. Although this is no guarantee that you'll be allowed to present to the committee, or that you will get your requested amount of time. ________________________Minutes.

___________No
 

________________        ____________________________________
Dated     
                          Signature

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.3E3 Sample Letter to Individual Challenging Instructional Materials

Code No. 605.3E3

SAMPLE LETTER TO INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Dear:

We recognize your concern about the use of _________________________ in our school district. The school district has developed procedures for selection of instructional materials but realizes that not everyone will agree with every selection made.

To help you understand the selection process, we are sending copies of the school district's:

  1. Instructional goals and objectives,
  2. Instructional Materials Selection policy statement, and
  3. Procedure for reconsideration of instructional materials.

If you are still concerned after you review this material, please complete the Reconsideration Request Form and return it to me. You may be assured of prompt attention to your request. If I have not heard from you within one week, we will assume you no longer wish to file a formal complaint.

 

Sincerely,

 

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.3R1 Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Regulation

Code No. 605.3R1

RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS REGULATION

  1. A member of the school district community may raise an objection to instructional materials used in the school district's education program despite the fact that the individuals selecting such material were duly qualified to make the selection and followed the proper procedure and observed the criteria for selecting such material.
    1. The school official or employee receiving a complaint regarding instructional materials will try to resolve the issue informally. The materials generally will remain in use pending the outcome of the reconsideration procedure.
      1. The school official or employee initially receiving a complaint will explain to the individual the board's selection procedure, criteria to be met by the instructional materials, and qualifications of those persons selecting the material.
      2. The school official or employee initially receiving a complaint will explain to the individual the role of the objected material in the education program, its intended educational purpose, and additional information regarding its use. In the alternative, the employee may refer the individual to the teacher-librarian who can identify and explain the use of the material.
    2. The employee receiving the initial complaint will advise the building principal of the initial contact no later than the end of the school day following the discussion with the individual, whether or not the individual has been satisfied by the initial contact. A written record of the contact is maintained by the principal in charge of the attendance center. Each building principal shall inform employees of their obligation to report complaints.
    3. In the event the individual making an objection to instructional materials is not satisfied with the initial explanation, the individual is referred to the principal or to the teacher-librarian of the attendance center. If, after consultation with the principal or teacher-librarian, the individual desires to file a formal complaint, the principal or teacher-librarian will assist in filling out a Reconsideration Request Form in full and file it with the superintendent.
  2. Request for Reconsideration
    1. 1.     A member of the school district community may formally challenge instructional materials on the basis of appropriateness used in the school district's education program. This procedure is for the purpose of considering the opinions of those persons in the school district and the community who are not directly involved in the selection process.
    2. Each attendance center and the school district's central administrative office will keep on hand and make available Reconsideration Request Forms. Formal objections to instructional materials must be made on this form.
    3. The individual will state the specific reason the instructional material is being challenged. The Reconsideration Request Form is signed by the individual and filed with the superintendent.
    4. The superintendent will promptly file the objection with the reconsideration committee for reevaluation.
    5. Generally, access to challenged instructional material will not be restricted during the reconsideration process. However, in unusual circumstances, the instructional material may be removed temporarily by following the provisions of Section B.6.d. of this rule.
    6. The Reconsideration Committee
      1. The reconsideration committee is made up of eight members.
        1. One licensed employee designated as needed, by the superintendent.
        2. One teacher-librarian designated by the superintendent.
        3. One member of the administrative team designated by the superintendent.
        4. Three members of the community appointed as needed, by the board.
        5. Two high school students, selected by the high school principal.
      2. The committee will select their chairperson and secretary.
      3. The committee will meet at the request of the superintendent.
      4. Special meetings may be called by the board to consider temporary removal of materials in unusual circumstances. A recommendation for temporary removal will require a two-thirds vote of the committee.
      5. Notice of committee meetings is made public through appropriate publications and other communications methods.
      6. The committee will receive the completed Reconsideration Request Form from the superintendent.
      7. The committee will determine its agenda for the first meeting which may include the following:
        1. Distribution of copies of the completed Reconsideration Request Form.
        2. An opportunity for the individual or a group spokesperson to talk about or expand on the Reconsideration Request Form.
        3. Distribution of reputable, professionally prepared reviews of the challenged instructional material if available.
        4. Distribution of copies of the challenged instructional material as available.
      8. The committee may review the selection process for the challenged instructional material and may, to its satisfaction, determine that the challenge is without merit and dismiss the challenge. The committee will notify the individual and the superintendent of its action.
      9. At a subsequent meeting, if held, interested persons, including the individual filing the challenge, may have the opportunity to share their views. The committee may request that individuals with special knowledge be present to give information to the committee.
      10. The individual filing the challenge is kept informed by the reconsideration committee secretary on the status of the Reconsideration Request Form throughout the reconsideration process. The individual filing the challenge and known interested parties is given appropriate notice of meetings.
      11. At the second or a subsequent meeting the committee will make its final recommendation. The committee's final recommendation may be to take no removal action, to remove the challenged material from the school environment, or to limit the educational use of the challenged material. The sole criterion for the final recommendation is the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use. The written final recommendation and its justification are forwarded to the board, the individual and the appropriate attendance centers. The superintendent my also make a recommendation but if so, it should be independent from the committee’s.
        Following the superintendent’s decision with respect to the committee's recommendation, the individual or the chairperson of the reconsideration committee may appeal the decision to the board for review. Such appeal must be presented to the superintendent in writing within five days following the announcement of the superintendent's decision. The board will promptly determine whether to hear the appeal.
      12. A recommendation to sustain a challenge will not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the part of the individuals involved in the original selection or use of the material.
      13. Requests to reconsider materials which have previously been reconsidered by the committee must receive approval of two-thirds of the committee members before the materials will again be reconsidered.
      14. If necessary or appropriate in the judgment of the committee, the committee may appoint a subcommittee of members or nonmembers to consolidate challenges and to make recommendations to the full committee. The composition of this subcommittee will approximate the representation of the full committee.
      15. Committee members directly associated with the selection, use, or challenger of the challenged material are excused from the committee during the deliberation of the challenged instructional materials. The superintendent may appoint a temporary replacement for the excused committee member, but the replacement must be of the same general qualifications as the member excused.
      16. Persons dissatisfied with the decision of the board may appeal to the Iowa Board of Education pursuant to state law.

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.4 Technology and Instructional Materials

Code No. 605.4

TECHNOLOGY AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The board supports the use of innovative methods and the use of technology in the delivery of the education program. The board encourages employees to investigate economical ways to utilize multimedia, computers, and other technologies as a part of the curriculum.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop a plan for the use of technology in the curriculum and to evaluate it annually. The superintendent will report the results of the evaluation and make a recommendation to the board annually regarding the use of technology in the curriculum.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:   
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12), 12.5(10), .5(4).

Cross Reference:     
602 Curriculum Development
605 Instructional Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.5 School Library

Code No. 605.5

SCHOOL LIBRARY

The school district will maintain a school library in each building for use by employees and by students during the school day.

Materials for the libraries will be acquired according to board policy, "Instructional Materials Selection."

It is the responsibility of the principal of the building in which the school library is located to oversee the use of materials in the library.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures for the selection and replacement of both library and instructional materials, for the acceptance of gifts, for the weeding of library and instructional materials, and for the handling of challenges to either library or classroom materials.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 256.7(24); 279.8; 280.14; 301 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(11), (12).

Cross Reference:     
602 Curriculum Development
605 Instructional Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.6 Staff Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications

 

Code No. 605.6

APPLE DEVICE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Introduction

The Apple MacBook Air, carrying case and peripheral items (collectively referred to herein as the “computer”) that have been issued to you are the property of the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District.  This computer is being provided to the student as a courtesy, and must be used in accordance with the following Policies and Procedures, the District’s Computer Use Expectations and other District policies and procedures, and any applicable laws.  Use of this computer, as well as access to the District’s computer network, the Internet and e-mail is a privilege and not a right. Moreover, the District administrative staff retains the rights to: (1) collect and/or inspect the computer at any time, including via electronic remote access, with or without prior notice, and to (2) alter, add or delete installed software or hardware.  Students should understand that they have no expectation of privacy in the computer and that any data in the computer is not considered private. The computer provided is expected to be used for educational purposes only, and intended to support the learning objectives of the District.  
 

Student Expectations for Use of Computer at School

  • This equipment is, and at all time remains, the property of Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools, and is herewith lent to the Student/ Borrower for educational purposes only for the academic school year. Student/Borrower may not deface or destroy this property in any way. Inappropriate use of the machine may result in the Student/Borrower losing his/her privilege to use this computer. The equipment will be returned to the school when requested by Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, or sooner, if the Student/Borrower withdraws from Grinnell-Newburg Community School District prior to the end of the school year.

  • Each computer is assigned to an individual student.  Students should never “swap” or “share” their computer with anyone.  Loss or damage that occurs when anyone else is using your assigned computer will be the issued student’s full responsibility.

  • Computers should be in a student’s possession, or secured (i.e., home or other secure place where others do not have access) or attended (with you or within your sight) at all times.  Keep the computer stored in a secure place (i.e., locked in locker or other suitable place) when you cannot directly monitor it. For example, during athletic events, games, practices and trips, store the computer in a secure place assigned by your coach/sponsor and arrange to return to school to retrieve it after the activity.  Laptops left in bags and backpacks or in unattended classrooms are considered “unattended” and may be confiscated by school personnel as a protection against theft. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – even at school – will be your full financial responsibility.

  • Passwords should be kept confidential.

  • Students who have permission to take their computer home are responsible for bringing their computer, fully charged, to school each day. Students are responsible for making sure their computer is plugged in for recharging every night. Please note that if a student forgets to bring their computer or power adaptor to school, a substitute will not be provided.

  • Students who do not have permission to take their computer home must pick up and store their computer in the designated area.  

  • Students are responsible for saving or backing up their documents.  Never consider any electronic information safe when stored on only one device.

  • Students are not allowed to download or install software or other materials without permission of the District Technology Department.

  • In the event the computer is inoperable, the District has a limited number of spare laptops for use while the computer is repaired or replaced.  However, it cannot be guaranteed a substitute computer will be available at all times. This agreement remains in effect for a substitute computer also.  The student may not opt to keep a broken computer or to avoid using the computer due to loss or damage. Students are still responsible for the completion of their school work without his/her school-issued computer in operation.

  • Students will not be allowed to utilize their own personal computer at school in place of the District-issued computer. The district is not responsible for supporting personal devices or software i.e. personal online accounts, home network issues, and/or set-up of personal devices to the school-issued computer. 

  • Students are not allowed to broadcast personal Wifi “hotspots” or join each other’s personal wifi signals from cell phones or other devices during school hours. Personal hotspots can be detrimental to district network connections and signals. 

  • Computer with cameras, cell phones with cameras, and other portable “Remotely Activated or Activating Communication Devices” capable of storing and transmitting or receiving images are banned from locker rooms and restrooms at ALL times.  Students will be disciplined for the possession of such cameras in school locker rooms or restrooms. At no time are students authorized to video, photograph, or audio record others in the school building or at school activities without the consent of the other party.

 

  • Harassment and bullying of students and employees, including via electronic communications, are against federal, state and local policy, and are not tolerated by the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District Board and School Administration.  To see the entire Bullying Policy, see pages 15-18 in the High School Handbook and/or pages 9-12 in the Middle School Handbook.

  • All copyright laws must be adhered to, for this reason the installation and/or use of any Internet-based file sharing tools are explicitly prohibited.  File sharing program and protocols like BitTorrent, Limewire, Kazaa, Acquisition and others may not be used to facilitate the illegal sharing of copyrighted material (music, video and images).  Individuals with legitimate, school-related needs to use these tools may seek prior approval from the Director of Technology.

Using the Computer at Home

  • A parent/guardian needs to approve the terms of this document before a student will be allowed to take his/her computer home.

  • If the computer is lost or stolen, parents/guardians should immediately report the loss or theft to the local police and District Administration and file a police report. In the event the computer is lost or stolen, the Student and Parent will be billed the full cost of replacement. 

  • If the computer/charger is damaged or not working properly, it must be turned into the District Technology Department for repair or replacement.  Parents/guardians are not authorized to attempt repairs themselves, or contract with any other individual or business for the repair of the computer. If a parent or student has the school-issued computer repaired by anyone other than the school district, the family will be responsible for any and all charges for the repair. Additionally, the District Technology Department does not make home visits to repair school devices. 

  • Students are responsible for recharging the computer at home on a daily basis. Loaner computers and/or chargers will not be issued for not recharging computers. 

Using the Computer for Internet and E-mail

  • Students and parents/guardians understand the District does not have control over information found on the internet.  While every attempt will be made to block access from inappropriate material while the student is at school, it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to supervise the information that a student is accessing from the internet while at home.

  • Students should never share personal information about themselves or others while using the internet or email i.e. social security number, passwords, age, address, phone number, or school name.

  • Parents/guardians and students are required to read and agree to the District’s Computer Use Expectations prior to students receiving internet and e-mail access.

  • The District retains the sole right of possession and/or ownership of District equipment and/or resources, including, but not limited to: the computer; related equipment including but not limited to any materials, hardware, software, or programs owned by and/or installed on the computer by the District; District internet and networks; and/or District email.  The District grants permission to the student to use the District equipment and/or resources, for educational purposes only, according to the guidelines set forth in this document; the Student Handbook; District rules and/or policies; and all applicable laws.

  • The student may not deface or destroy District equipment and/or resources in any way.  The student may not install or use any software or programs other than software or programs owned or approved by the District and made available to the student in accordance with this agreement.  Inappropriate use of District equipment or resources may result in the student losing his/her privilege to use the District equipment and/or resources, discipline, and/or fines. The District Technology Department reserves the right to wipe the computer to factory settings if it is found to have unauthorized programs or content that may harm the performance of the machine. 

  • The District retains the right to collect and/or inspect District equipment and/or resources at any time as well as the right to alter, add or delete items, documents, software, and/or programs accessed, created, stored, or installed as well as those which are in violation of the guidelines set forth in this document.

  • The District has the right to review these items for appropriateness, and to limit or revoke student’s access to them at any time and for any reason.

General Use and Care of the Computer

  • When transporting their computer to and from school, students should always be sure it is placed in the carrying case and the case is fully closed.  Cases are for the computer and should not be used for any additional books, cords, etc.

  • Computer cases should not be placed inside the student’s book bag or backpack where it may be compressed and damaged by other heavy books, etc.

  • Students are expected to treat their computer with care and respect.  The computer, carrying case, and peripheral items are the property of the District and should be kept clean and free of marks at all times.  Placing stickers, writing or drawing on, engraving or otherwise defacing the computer, case, or peripheral items are not allowed and will result in loss of privileges to use the District equipment and/or resources, discipline, and/or fines.

  • Do not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the computer, including the keys, screen cover or casing. Doing so will void the warranty and families will be responsible for 100 percent of the repair or replacement cost.

  • Students are encouraged to help each other in learning to operate their computers.  However, such help should be provided with voices and not hands. Students should operate only their own computers and not those of other students.

  • Any damage, loss, or inappropriate or careless use of a computer should be reported to the District Technology Department or a District administrator immediately.

  • Computers should only be used while they are on a flat, stable surface such as a table.

  • Students should protect their computer from extreme heat or cold.  Avoid storing the Computer in a car other than in a locked trunk (under acceptable weather conditions). See Standard for Proper Use and Care. 

  • Computers should be protected from the weather, water or other liquid, food, and pets.  Students should never eat or drink while using their computer or use the computer near others who are eating and/or drinking. This includes use during school lunches.  Computers should remain in designated carrying cases until all liquid items are removed from lunch table. 

  • Heavy objects should never be placed or stacked on top of your computer. This includes books, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.

  • Student should use care when plugging in their power cord or phone cord.

  • Computers should never be placed in their carrying case while they are turned on. The computer should either be turned off or in “sleep mode.”  In addition, computers should not be placed on or under soft items such as pillows, chairs or sofa cushions, or blankets. This will cause the computer to overheat and will result in damage to the computer.

  • Do not remove or interfere with the serial number or any identification placed on the computer or its peripheral items.

  • The computer screen can be easily damaged if proper care is not taken. Broken screens are NOT covered by warranty and can cost over $400.00 to replace. Do not touch the computer screen with anything (e.g. pen, pencil, etc.) other than approved screen cleaners.

  • Never leave any object on the keyboard. Pens or pencils left on the keyboards are likely to crack the screen when closing the lid.

Consequences of Inappropriate Use

The use of any District technology is a privilege and not a right.  Students are expected to use their computers in accordance with these policies and procedures, District Computer Use Expectations and other District policies and procedures, and any applicable laws. Students are expected to maintain a 100% working computer at all times and will use reasonable care to ensure that the computer is not damaged or lost. Failure to use this computer in an appropriate manner may result in one or more of the following consequences, as determined by the staff and administration of the District:

  • Cancellation of student use or access privileges, including but not limited to the privilege of the use of the computer, taking the computer home, or loss of specific websites and/or internet connection.

  • Suspension from school.

  • Expulsion from school.

  • Civil or criminal liability under applicable laws.

  • Fines.

Administration, including Principals and the District Technology Department, reserves the right to limit or revoke student's access to school networks and devices.

Damage/Loss Fine Schedule

In the event of damage to or loss of the computer, carrying case, and/or any of the peripheral items not covered by the warranty, the student and parents/guardians will be billed a fine for the costs of repair or replacement. If the cost of the repair is under the $100 amount, the damage to the computer will not be considered the student’s first incident and will pay only the cost of repair or replacement. If the cost of the repair is above the $100 amount, the student will be subject to the following schedule:

First incident         – full cost of repair or replacement up to $100

Second incident     – full cost of repair or replacement up to $200

Third incident         – full cost of repair or 50% of new machine purchase price

Negligence         – full cost of repair or 50% of new machine purchase price

Notwithstanding the above fine schedule, the District reserves the right to charge the student and parents/guardians the full and actual cost for repair or replacement (whichever is less) at any time, such as when damage or loss occurs due to intentional misconduct or gross negligence as determined by the District administration. 

  • Negligence is the intentional or willful act of destruction of property or the failure to follow guidelines and procedures. 

    • Examples of negligence include but are not limited to the following:

      • Rough-housing or horseplay with devices, resulting in damage

      • Drinks or food spilled on the computer, resulting in damage

      • Using the equipment in an unsafe manner 

In the event the Computer is lost or stolen, the Student and Parent will be billed the full cost of replacement. Parents are highly encouraged to make sure that their homeowner’s and/or renter’s insurance covers the laptop and accessories in case of fire, flood, theft, or other natural disaster. The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District is not responsible for any costs or deductibles from any private homeowner’s insurance policies or any damages resulting from the above circumstances- computer costs will need to be reimbursed to the district.

The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District reserves the right to charge the student and parents/guardians the full and actual cost for repair or replacement at any time, such as when damage or loss occurs due to intentional misconduct or gross negligence (as above) as determined by the District Administration. 

Agreement Form

Students and parents may be required to complete a form prior to issuance of the computers, acknowledging their agreement to comply with the foregoing policies and procedures.

Standard for Proper Use and Care - Addendum

This document is an important addendum to the MacBook Policies and Procedures. You are expected to follow all the specific guidelines listed in this document and take any additional common sense precautions to protect your assigned Computer. Loss or damage resulting in failure to abide by the details below may result in full financial responsibility.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Treat this equipment with as much care as if it were your own property.

  • Bring the fully charged Computer to Grinnell-Newburg CSD during every school day. (If it is forgotten, substitute computers will not be easily provided.)

  • Keep the Computer either secured (i.e., home or other secure place where others do not have access) or attended (with you or within your sight) at all times. Keep the computer stored in a secure place (i.e., locked in the locker room, locked car-trunk or other suitable place) when you cannot directly monitor it. For example, during athletic events, games, practices and trips, store the Computer in a secure place assigned by your coach/sponsor and arrange to return to school to retrieve it after the activity. Laptops left in bags and backpacks, or in unattended classrooms are considered “unattended” and may be confiscated by school personnel as a protection against theft. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – even at school – will be your full financial responsibility.

  • Avoid use in situations that are conducive to loss or damage. For example, never leave Computers in school vans, in the gym, in a locker room, bus stops, on playing fields or in other areas where it could be damaged or stolen. Avoid storing the Computer in a car other than in a locked trunk (under acceptable weather conditions). Avoid leaving the Computer in environments with excessively hot or cold temperatures.

  • Adhere to Grinnell-Newburg Community School’s Computer Use Policy/School Board Policy at all times and in all locations. When in doubt about acceptable use, ask the District Technology Department Staff or Principal.

  • Back-up your data. Never consider any electronic information safe when stored on only one device.

  • Read and follow general maintenance alerts from school technology personnel.

How to Handle Problems

  • Promptly report any problems to the Administrative Staff and/or District Technology Department Staff.

  • Don’t force anything (e.g., connections, popped‐off keys). Seek help instead.

General Care

  • Do not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the Computer, including the keys, screen, cover or plastic casing. Doing so will void the warranty, and families will be responsible for 100 percent of the repair or replacement cost if altering occurs.

  • Do not remove or interfere with the serial number or any identification placed on the computer, including school-issued asset tags.

  • Do not do anything to the Computer that will permanently alter it in any way. (You can apply clings so long as they are completely removable.)

  • Keep the equipment clean. For example, don’t eat or drink while using the Computer.

  • Drinks and food in the immediate vicinity of the computer are prohibited! Any food or drink spilled on the computer will be considered negligence and up to the full cost of repair of the full cost of replacement will be assessed to the family. You will be required to dispose of your drink or food if near a laptop.

Carrying the Computer

  • Always completely close the lid and wait for the Computer to enter Sleep Mode before moving it, even for short distances. 

  • Always store the computer in the laptop bag provided. Note: do not store anything (e.g., cords, papers or disks) in the area within the laptop case designed for the Computer other than the Computer itself as this may damage the screen.

  • Do not overstuff your pack – extreme pressure on the laptop can cause permanent damage to the screen and other components.

  • Do not grab and squeeze the Computer, as this can damage the screen and other components

  • Do not force the laptop into the bag! Damage could result.

  • Students will need to carry their laptops from class to class with the laptops in their school-issued laptop bags.

Screen Care

  • The Computer screen can be easily damaged if proper care is not taken. Broken screens are NOT covered by warranty and can cost over $400 for parts and replacement. Screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.

  • Do not touch the Computer screen with anything (e.g., your finger, pen, pencil, etc.) other than approved Computer screen cleaners.

  • Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti‐static cloth or with a screen cleaner designed specifically for LCD type screens.

  • Never leave any object on the keyboard. Pens or pencils left on the keyboard are likely to crack the screen when the lid is closed, thus resulting in a screen replacement charge to the family.

  • Report any screen damage to the District Technology Department Staff as soon as possible. Glass and metal pieces can cause injury.

*The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District will not be responsible for a cracked or broken screen. Any negligent screen damage can result in the full replacement cost of the screen.

Battery Life and Charging

  • Students are encouraged to arrive at school each day with a fully charged battery. They are also encouraged to establish a routine at home whereby each evening you leave your computer charging overnight.

  • Avoid using the charger in any situation where you or another is likely to trip over the cord. Don’t let the battery completely drain. Immediately shutdown if you are unable to connect to the charger.

  • Close the lid of the computer when not in use, to save battery life and protect the screen.

Personal Health and Safety

  • Avoid extended use of the Computer resting directly on your lap. The bottom of the laptop can generate significant heat and therefore cause temporary or permanent injury. Use a barrier—such as a book or devices made specifically for this purpose— when working on your lap. Also, avoid lap‐based computing while connected to the power adapter, as this will significantly increase heat production.

  • Avoid lengthy use involving repetitive tasks (such as typing and use of the track‐pad). Take frequent breaks as well as alter your physical position (typing while standing, sitting, leaning, etc.) to minimize discomfort. If possible, set up a workstation at home with an external keyboard and mouse that allows you to situate the screen at eye‐level and keyboard at lap‐level.

  • Read the safety warnings included in the Apple User Guide. The Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools District requires and assumes that the Student and Family reads and follows all guidelines/suggestions within the Apple User Guide.

COMPUTER USE AND CONDUCT POLICY

The primary goal of Grinnell-Newburg Community School’s available technology is to enrich the learning that takes place in and out of classrooms. In particular, technology offers opportunities for exploration and analysis of academic subjects in ways that traditional instruction cannot replicate. However, certain legal and ethical restrictions apply. Also, the limited supply of both hardware and software requires us to set priorities for use. Academic work for courses always takes priority over any other use of the computer equipment. Library and Media Lab equipment are reserved exclusively for academic use. The following is a list of rules and guidelines, which govern the use of Grinnell-Newburg Community School District computers and network resources.

Network Resources refers to all aspects of Grinnell-Newburg Community School District’s owned or leased equipment, including computers, printers, scanners and other peripherals, as well as email, Internet services, servers, network files and folders, and all other technology‐related equipment and services. These rules apply to any use of Grinnell-Newburg Community School District’s network resources whether this access occurs while on or off campus.

Students may not:

  • Use school networks to download music, video and large image files not required for schoolwork, as this slows the performance of the network for all users. The school will monitor the network for violations. Internet-based music is allowed, but will be throttled to make educational sites a priority. Non-educational Youtube viewing must be reserved for after-school hours.

  • send file attachments through the school’s email system that are greater than 100MB in size (the transfer process can hinder network speed and access to others ‐ if you need to transfer large files, please contact the Director of Technology to make special arrangements);

  • alter, add or delete any files that affect the configuration of a school computer other than the laptop assigned for personal use;

  • conduct any commercial business or political business;

  • conduct any illegal activity (this includes copyright laws);

  • access the data or account of another user (altering files of another user is considered vandalism and against Acceptable Use Policy);

  • install any software onto Grinnell-Newburg Community School District computers; to copy Grinnell-Newburg Community School District school software (copying school owned software programs to other computers is considered theft and against federal copyright laws).

  • practice in video-style downloading

In addition, students may not:

  • give out their home address or phone number to anyone on the Internet (this protects users from becoming potential victims of those with criminal intent);

  • give password(s) to anyone;

  • create, send, access or download material which is abusive, hateful, harassing or sexually explicit;

  • post anonymous messages;

  • forward email commonly known as “SPAM,” Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE), or “junk email.”

  • facilitate in screen sharing between computers

Responsibility for Property

Students are responsible for maintaining a 100 percent working laptop at all times. The student shall use reasonable care to be sure that the computer is not lost, stolen or damaged. Such care includes, but not limited:

-   Not leaving equipment in an unlocked car or unlocked home.

-   Not leaving equipment unattended or unlocked while at school or elsewhere.

-   Not using equipment in an unsafe environment.

Students must keep the computer locked (i.e. locked in your school locker, home or secure place where others do not have access) or attended (with you or within your sight) at all times. Laptops left in bags or backpacks or in unattended classrooms are considered “unattended” and may be confiscated by faculty or staff as a protection against theft. If confiscated, the student will receive a warning before getting the laptop back. If the laptop is confiscated a second time, the student may be required to get a parent signature acknowledging financial responsibility before getting the laptop back. Unattended and unlocked equipment, if stolen – even at school – will be the student’s responsibility.

File Sharing and File Sharing Programs

  • The installation and/or use of any Internet‐based file‐sharing tools are explicitly prohibited. File‐ sharing programs and protocols like BitTorrent, Limewire, Kazaa, Acquisition, The Pirate Bay, 4shared, and others may not be used to facilitate the illegal sharing of copyrighted material (music, video, and images).

  • Individuals with legitimate, school‐related needs to use these tools may seek prior approval from the District Technology Department Staff.

Discipline

Any student who violates these rules will be subject to disciplinary action, according to Technology Policies and Board Policies. Students who violate the File Sharing rules will have their hard drives restored to the original settings without saving any work. Serious or repeated violations will result in the students use of technology restrict and or revoked.

Legal Issues and Jurisdiction

Because the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District owns and operates the equipment and software that compose our network resources, the school is obligated to take steps to insure that all facilities are used legally. Hence any illegal use of network resources is prohibited. All content created, sent, accessed or downloaded using any part of Grinnell-Newburg Community School District’s network resources is subject to the rules stated in this policy. School administration monitors our network and may find it necessary to investigate electronic incidents even if they happen after hours and outside of school. As the owners of our network resources, including email system, the school administration reserves the right, if needed, and at its discretion to remotely access, to open, examine and/or delete electronic files that violate this policy.

Disclaimer

The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District does not have control of the information on the Internet or incoming email, nor does it provide any technical barriers to account holders accessing the full range of information available. Sites accessible via the Internet may contain material that is defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, illegal or otherwise inconsistent with the mission of the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District. While Grinnell-Newburg Community School District's intent is to make Internet access available for educational goals and objectives, account holders will have the ability to access other materials as well. At Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, we expect students to obey the Computer Use Policy/Acceptable Use Policy and School Board Policy when using the Internet. Students found in violation of the policy will be disciplined (at the discretion of the school administration). It is the child(ren)s and parent’s responsibility to practice good habits and not use the school-owned machines for unapproved activities.

In addition, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District account holders take full responsibility for their access to Grinnell-Newburg Community School District’s network resources and the Internet. Specifically, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District makes no warranties with respect to school network resources nor does it take responsibility for:

  1. the content of any advice or information received by an account holder;

  2. the costs, liability, or damages incurred as a result of access to school network resources or the Internet; any consequences of service interruptions. 

Approved   July 11, 2018
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.7 Use of Information Resources

Code No. 605.7

USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES

In order for students to experience a diverse curriculum, the board encourages employees to supplement their regular curricular materials with other resources. In so doing, the board recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes. Severe penalties may be imposed for plagiarism, unauthorized copying or using of media, including, but not limited to, print, electronic and web-based materials, unless the copying or using conforms to the "fair use" doctrine. Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research providing that all fair use guidelines are met.

While the school district encourages employees to enrich the learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is the responsibility of employees to abide by the school district's copying procedures and obey the requirements of the law. In no circumstances shall it be necessary for school district staff to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties properly. The school district will not be responsible for any violations of the copyright law by employees or students. Violation of the copyright law by employees may result in discipline up to, and including, termination. Violation of the copyright law by students may result in discipline, up to and including, suspension or expulsion.

Parents or others who wish to record, by any means, school programs or other activities need to realize that even though the school district received permission to perform a copyrighted work does not mean outsiders can copy it and re-play it. Those who wish to do so should contact the employee in charge of the activity to determine what the process is to ensure the copyright law is followed. The school district is not responsible for outsiders violating the copyright law or this policy.

Any employee or student who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with the school district's procedures or is permissible under the law should contact the principal, who will also assist employees and students in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected material when such authorization is required.

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

Note: This is a mandatory policy. The policy is based upon federal law. It is strongly recommended the board seek legal counsel prior to making substantive edits to the policy and sample regulation.

Legal References:     
17 U.S.C. § 101
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).

Cross References:     
605.6 Internet Appropriate Use

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

605.7R1 Use of Information Resources Regulation

Code No. 605.7R1

USE OF INFORMATION RESOURCES REGULATION

Employees and students may make copies of copyrighted materials that fall within the following guidelines. Where there is reason to believe the material to be copied does not fall within these guidelines, prior permission shall be obtained from the publisher or producer with the assistance of the principal. Employees and students who fail to follow this procedure may be held personally liable for copyright infringement and may be subject to discipline by the board.

Under the "fair use" doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. Under the fair use doctrine, each of the following four standards must be met in order to use the copyrighted document:

  • Purpose and Character of the Use – The use must be for such purposes as teaching or scholarship.
  • Nature of the Copyrighted Work – The type of work to be copied.
  • Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used – Copying the whole of a work cannot be considered fair use; copying a small portion may be if these guidelines are followed.
  • Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market for or value of the Copyrighted Work – If resulting economic loss to the copyright holder can be shown, even making a single copy of certain materials may be an infringement, and making multiple copies presents the danger of greater penalties.

Authorized Reproduction and Use of Copyrighted Material Reminders:

  • Materials on the Internet should be used with caution since they may, and likely are, copyrighted.
  • Proper attribution (author, title, publisher, place and date of publication) should always be given.
  • Notice should be taken of any alterations to copyrighted works, and such alterations should only be made for specific instructional objectives.
  • Care should be taken in circumventing any technological protection measures. While materials copied pursuant to fair use may be copied after circumventing technological protections against unauthorized copying, technological protection measures to block access to materials may not be circumvented.

In preparing for instruction, a teacher may make or have made a single copy of:

  • A chapter from a book;
  • An article from a newspaper or periodical;
  • A short story, short essay or short poem; or,
  • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical or newspaper.

A teacher may make multiple copies not exceeding more than one per pupil, for classroom use or discussion, if the copying meets the tests of “brevity, spontaneity and cumulative effect” set by the following guidelines. Each copy must include a notice of copyright.

  • Brevity
    • A complete poem, if less than 250 words and two pages long, may be copied; excerpts from longer poems cannot exceed 250 words;
    • Complete articles, stories or essays of less than 2500 words or excerpts from prose works less than 1000 words or 10% of the work, whichever is less may be copied; in any event, the minimum is 500 words;
    • Each numerical limit may be expanded to permit the completion of an unfinished line of a poem or prose paragraph;
    • One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or periodical issue may be copied. “Special” works cannot be reproduced in full; this includes children's books combining poetry, prose or poetic prose. Short special works may be copied up to two published pages containing not more than 10 percent of the work.
  • Spontaneity – Should be at the “instance and inspiration” of the individual teacher when there is not a reasonable length of time to request and receive permission to copy.
  • Cumulative Effect – Teachers are limited to using copied material for only one course for which copies are made. No more than one short poem, article, story or two excerpts from the same author may be copied, and no more than three works can be copied from a collective work or periodical column during one class term. Teachers are limited to nine instances of multiple copying for one course during one class term. Limitations do not apply to current news periodicals, newspapers and current news sections of other periodicals.

Copying Limitations

Circumstances will arise when employees are uncertain whether or not copying is prohibited. In those circumstances, the principal should be contacted. The following prohibitions have been expressly stated in federal guidelines:

  • Reproduction of copyrighted material shall not be used to create or substitute for anthologies, compilations or collective works.
  • Unless expressly permitted by agreement with the publisher and authorized by school district action, there shall be no copying from copyrighted consumable materials such as workbooks, exercises, test booklets, answer sheets and the like.
  • Employees shall not:
  • Use copies to substitute for the purchase of books, periodicals, music recordings, consumable works such as workbooks, computer software or other copyrighted material. Copy or use the same item from term to term without the copyright owner's permission;
  • Copy or use more than nine instances of multiple copying of protected material in any one term;
  • Copy or use more than one short work or two excerpts from works of the same author in any one term;
  • Copy or use protected material without including a notice of copyright. The following is a satisfactory notice:

NOTICE: THIS MATERIAL MAY BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT LAW.

  • Reproduce or use copyrighted material at the direction of someone in higher authority or copy or use such material in emulation of some other teacher's use of copyrighted material without permission of the copyright owner.
  • Require other employees or students to violate the copyright law or fair use guidelines.

Authorized Reproduction and Use of Copyrighted Materials in the Library

A library may make a single copy or three digital copies of:

  • An unpublished work in its collection;
  • A published work in order to replace it because it is damaged, deteriorated, lost or stolen, provided that an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price.
  • A work that is being considered for acquisition, although use is strictly limited to that decision. Technological protection measures may be circumvented for purposes of copying materials in order to make an acquisition decision.

A library may provide a single copy of copyrighted material to a student or employee at no more than the actual cost of photocopying. The copy must be limited to one article of a periodical issue or a small part of other material, unless the library finds that the copyrighted work cannot be obtained elsewhere at a fair price. In the latter circumstance, the entire work may be copied. In any case, the copy shall contain the notice of copyright and the student or staff member shall be notified that the copy is to be used only for private study, scholarship or research. Any other use may subject the person to liability for copyright infringement.

Authorized Reproduction and Use of Copyrighted Music or Dramatic Works Teachers may:

  • Make a single copy of a song, movement, or short section from a printed musical or dramatic work that is unavailable except in a larger work for purposes of preparing for instruction;
  • Make multiple copies for classroom use of an excerpt of not more than 10% of a printed musical work if it is to be used for academic purposes other than performance, provided that the excerpt does not comprise a part of the whole musical work which would constitute a performable unit such as a complete section, movement, or song;
  • In an emergency, a teacher may make and use replacement copies of printed music for an imminent musical performance when the purchased copies have been lost, destroyed or are otherwise not available.
  • Make and retain a single recording of student performances of copyrighted material when it is made for purposes of evaluation or rehearsal;
  • Make and retain a single copy of excerpts from recordings of copyrighted musical works for use as aural exercises or examination questions; and,
  • Edit or simplify purchased copies of music or plays provided that the fundamental character of the work is not distorted. Lyrics shall not be altered or added if none exist.

Performance by teachers or students of copyrighted musical or dramatic works is permitted without the authorization of the copyright owner as part of a teaching activity in a classroom or instructional setting. The purpose shall be instructional rather than for entertainment.

Performances of nondramatic musical works that are copyrighted are permitted without the authorization of the copyright owner, provided that:

  • The performance is not for a commercial purpose;
  • None of the performers, promoters or organizers are compensated; and,
  • Admission fees are used for educational or charitable purposes only.

All other musical and dramatic performances require permission from the copyright owner. Parents or others wishing to record a performance should check with the sponsor to ensure compliance with copyright.

Recording of Copyrighted Programs

Television programs, excluding news programs, transmitted by commercial and non-commercial television stations for reception by the general public without charge may be recorded off-air simultaneously with broadcast transmission (including simultaneous cable retransmission) and retained by a school for a period not to exceed the first forty-five (45) consecutive calendar days after date of recording. Upon conclusion of this retention period, all off-air recordings must be erased or destroyed immediately. Certain programming such as that provided on public television may be exempt from this provision; check with the principal, or the subscription database, e.g. unitedstreaming.

Off-air recording may be used once by individual teachers in the course of instructional activities, and repeated once only when reinforcement is necessary, within a building, during the first 10 consecutive school days, excluding scheduled interruptions, in the 45 calendar day retention period. Off-air recordings may be made only at the request of and used by individual teachers, and may not be regularly recorded in anticipation of requests. No broadcast program may be recorded off-air more than once at the request of the same teacher, regardless of the number of times the program may be broadcast. A limited number of copies may be reproduced from each off-air recording to meet the legitimate needs of teachers. Each additional copy shall be subject to all provisions governing the original recording.

After the first ten consecutive school days, off-air recordings may be used up to the end of the 45 calendar day retention period only for evaluation purposes, i.e., to determine whether or not to include the broadcast program in the teaching curriculum. Permission must be secured from the publisher before the recording can be used for instructional purposes after the 10 day period.

Off-air recordings need not be used in their entirety, but the recorded programs may not be altered from their original content. Off-air recordings may not be physically or electronically combined or merged to constitute teaching anthologies or compilations. All copies of off-air recordings must include the copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded.

Authorized Reproduction and Use of Copyrighted Computer Software

Schools have a valid need for high-quality software at reasonable prices. To assure a fair return to the authors of software programs, the school district shall support the legal and ethical issues involved in copyright laws and any usage agreements that are incorporated into the acquisition of software programs. To this end, the following guidelines shall be in effect:

  • All copyright laws and publisher license agreements between the vendor and the school district shall be observed;
  • Staff members shall take reasonable precautions to prevent copying or the use of unauthorized copies on school equipment;
  • A back-up copy shall be purchased, for use as a replacement when a program is lost or damaged. If the vendor is not able to supply a replacement, the school district shall make a back-up copy that will be used for replacement purposes only;
  • A copy of the software license agreement shall be retained by the, technology director and,
  • A computer program may be adapted by adding to the content or changing the language. The adapted program may not be distributed.

Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia

Students may incorporate portions of copyrighted materials in producing educational multimedia projects such as videos, PowerPoints, podcasts and web sites for a specific course, and may perform, display or retain the projects.

Educators may perform or display their own multimedia projects to students in support of curriculum-based instructional activities. These projects may be used:

  • In face-to-face instruction;
  • In demonstrations and presentations, including conferences;
  • In assignments to students;
  • For remote instruction if distribution of the signal is limited;
  • Over a network that cannot prevent duplication for fifteen days, after fifteen days a copy may be saved onsite only; or,
  • In their personal portfolios.

Educators may use copyrighted materials in a multimedia project for two years, after that permission must be requested and received.

The following limitations restrict the portion of any given work that may be used pursuant of fair use in an educational multimedia project:

  • Motion media: ten percent or three minutes, whichever is less;
  • Text materials: ten percent or 1,000 words, whichever is less;
  • Poetry: an entire poem of fewer than 250 words, but no more than three poems from one author or five poems from an anthology. For poems of greater than 250 words, excerpts of up to 250 words may be used, but no more than three excerpts from one poet or five excerpts from an anthology;
  • Music, lyrics and music video: Up to ten percent, but no more than thirty seconds. No alterations that change the basic melody or fundamental character of the work;
  • Illustrations, cartoons and photographs: No more that five images by an artist, and no more than ten percent or fifteen images whichever is less from a collective work;
  • Numerical data sets: Up to ten percent or 2,500 field or cell entries, whichever is less;

Fair use does not include posting a student or teacher’s work on the Internet if it includes portions of copyrighted materials. Permission to copy shall be obtained from the original copyright holder(s) before such projects are placed online. The opening screen of such presentations shall include notice that permission was granted and materials are restricted from further use.

Notices – Before including this section, make sure employees are ready to comply with it and notices are posted.

The superintendent, principal, teacher and teacher-librarian, are responsible for ensuring that appropriate warning devices are posted. The warnings are to educate and warn individuals using school district equipment of the copyright law. Warning notices must be posted in each building.

NOTE: For copyright notices and more information, please go to Heartland AEA website: http://www.iowaaeaonline.org/copyright/BriefNOTESscreen.pdf

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.1 Class Size - Class Grouping

Code No. 606.1

CLASS SIZE - CLASS GROUPING

It is within the sole discretion of the board to determine the size of classes and to determine whether class grouping will take place. The board shall review the class sizes annually.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board on class size based upon the financial condition of the school district, the qualifications of and number of licensed employees, and other factors deemed relevant to the board.

Draft: Proposed addition to policy

The following are recommended class size guidelines to be used as a target for the purpose of planning class groupings based upon enrollment and student need by grade level or course.     These guidelines will be used to determine if there is a need to split a class section or reduce a class section.    This is only a target, and other considerations may impact either a smaller or larger class size such as special education, band, choir, or other courses in which safety may be a factor.    

Kindergarten through Grade 3:  Ranging from 18-23

Grade4: Ranging from 21-26

Grade 5: Ranging from 22-27

Grades 6,7,8: Ranging from 24-28

Grades 9-12: Ranging from 24-30

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.3 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances

Code No. 606.2

SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES

The school district will continue school ceremonies and observances which have become a tradition and a custom of the education program. These include, but are not limited to, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and observance of holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween and Easter, by programs and performances. Such ceremonies or observances will have a secular purpose and will not advocate or sponsor a particular religion.

Students who do not wish to participate in these activities may be silent during the ceremony or observance or receive permission from the principal to be excused from the ceremony for religious reasons in compliance with board policy.

Legal Reference:     
U.S. Const. amend. I.

Lee v. Weisman, 112 S.Ct. 2649 (1992).
Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971).
Graham v. Central Community School District of Decatur County, 608 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Iowa 1985).
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
603 Instructional Curriculum

604.5 Religious-Based Exclusion From A School Program

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.3 Animals in the Classroom

Code No. 606.3

ANIMALS IN THE CLASSROOM

Live animals will not be allowed in school district facilities except under special circumstances and only for an educational purpose. Permission from the principal will be required of anyone wishing to bring an animal into school district facilities. Appropriate supervision of animals is required when animals are brought into the school district facilities.

The person bringing the animal must furnish transportation for the animal brought to school. Animals will not be allowed to travel to and from the student's attendance center on the school bus without prior approval from the principal.

It is the responsibility of the principal to determine appropriate supervision of animals in the classroom.

Legal Reference:   
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
507 Student Health and Well-Being

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.4 Student Production of Materials and Services

Code No. 606.4

STUDENT PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS AND SERVICES

Materials and services produced by students at the expense of the school district are the property of the school district. Materials and services produced by students at the student's expense, except for incidental expense to the school district, are the property of the student.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to determine incidental expense.

Legal Reference:     

Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).

Cross Reference:     
408.2 Licensed Employee Publication or Creation of Materials

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.5 Student Field Trips and Excursions

Code No. 606.5

STUDENT FIELD TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

The principal may authorize field trips and excursions when such events contribute to the achievement of education goals of the school district. The school district will provide transportation for field trips and excursions.

In authorizing field trips and excursions, the principal will consider the financial condition of the school district, the educational benefit of the activity, the inherent risks or dangers of the activity, and other factors deemed relevant by the superintendent. Written parental permission will be required prior to the student's participation in field trips and excursions. The superintendents and board’s approval will be required for field trips and excursions outside the state.

Field trips and excursions are to be arranged with the principal well in advance. A detailed schedule and budget must be submitted by the employee. The school district will be responsible for obtaining a substitute teacher if one is needed. Following field trips and excursions, the teacher may be required to submit a written summary of the event. Parents will be provided the nature and timing about field trips in a timely manner.

NOTE: This is not a required policy but one that is recommended. The board may need to amend it to reflect current practice.

Legal Reference:     
390 C.F.R. Pt. 390.3(f) (2012).
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 43.9.

Cross Reference:     
503.1 Student Conduct
503.4 Good Conduct Rule
507.2E1 Authorization for Administration of Medication
603 Instructional Curriculum
711 Transportation

Approved  10/11/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.5E2 Release for Overnight Travel Procedure

Code 606.5E2

RELEASE FOR OVERNIGHT TRAVEL PROCEDURE

The undersigned parent(s) or guardian(s) and student  ________________________________________
                                                                                                                     (Name of student)

acknowledge having read the following and that we fully understand travel is an important part of the educational process.

  1. The  ____________________________________________________has scheduled a field trip to
                                 (Name of organization)

____________________________________________________________________________________
                       (Destination)                                                       

from ____________________________________   to _________________________________.
                   (Date of departure)                                         (Date of Return)

  1. The Grinnell-Newburg Community School District has granted approval for: (1) The aforementioned student to be absent from regular daily school attendance during the term of the field trip, and (2)  the participation of the student in this field trip.            

  2. Travel by the student on this field trip could subject the student to various hazards and dangers during the course of the field trip including, but not limited to, negligent or intentional actions of third persons, transportation accidents, slips and fall accidents, etc.

  3. Does your child have any allergies?     Yes  __________  No __________

    If Yes, Please explain: ___________________________________________________________

  1. Are there other health concerns?         Yes __________  No __________

    If Yes, please explain: ___________________________________________________________

  1. I authorize school personnel to administer the following medication to my child while on overnight travel  

_________________________________________________________.
                                              (Name of medication)

____________________________________     ________________________________________
                              (Dosage)                                                         (Time)

I further state that I have received a copy of this notice, that I have read and understand it, that I have the parental/guardianship authority to execute this form, and that I hereby consent to the student’s participation.

Pursuant to state law, the school district or accredited nonpublic school and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of any injury arising from self-administration of medication by the student. The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school district or nonpublic school is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence as a result of self-administration of medication by the student as established by IOWA CODE §280.16.

_________________________________          ______________________________________________
                 (Date)                                                         (Parent/Guardian Signature)

______________________________________________________________
(Student Signature)

Approved: 2/8/17              
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space

Code No. 606.6

INSUFFICIENT CLASSROOM SPACE

Insufficient classroom space is determined on a case-by-case basis. In making its determination whether insufficient classroom space exists, the board may consider several factors, including but not limited to, the nature of the education program, the grade level, the available licensed employees, the instructional method, the physical space, student-teacher ratios, equipment and materials, facilities either being planned or under construction, facilities planned to be closed, financial condition of the school district and projected to be available, a sharing agreement in force or planned, a bargaining agreement in force, laws or rules governing special education class size, board-adopted school district goals and objectives, and other factors considered relevant by the board. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to bring this policy to the attention of the board each year.

NOTE: This is a policy mandated by Iowa's open enrollment law and reflects the requirements of the law.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 282.18(13) (2013).
281 I.A.C. 17.6(3).

Cross Reference:     
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
501.15 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving District
606.1 Class Size - Class Grouping

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

607.1 Student Guidance and Counseling Program

Code No. 607.1

STUDENT GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM

The board will provide a student guidance and counseling program. The guidance counselor will be certified with the Iowa Department of Education and hold the qualifications required by the board. The guidance and counseling program will serve grades kindergarten through twelve. The program will assist students with their personal, educational, and career development. The program is coordinated with the education program and will involve licensed employees.

NOTE: Although it is not mandated to have a guidance counselor, it is required that a counseling program exist. This is a mandated policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 280.14; 622.10 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(11).

Cross Reference:     
506 Student Records
603 Instructional Curriculum
604.4 Program for At-Risk Students

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

607.2 Student Health Services

Code No. 607.2

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

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

The superintendent, in conjunction with the school health team will develop administrative regulations implementing this policy. The superintendent will provide a written report on the role of health services in the education program to the board annually.

Note: This is a mandatory policy. If a school district will be using federal money to perform physical exams or screenings on students, the school district must annually notify parents of the exam or screening except for hearing, vision or scoliosis. The following language is suggested;

“The school district will annually notify parents of physical exams or screenings conducted on students except for vision, hearing or scoliosis.”

Legal Reference:     
No Child Left Behind, Title II, Sec. 1061, P.L. 107-110 (2002).
42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq. (2012).
34 C.F.R. pt. 99, 104, 200, 300 et seq. (2012)
29 U.S.C. § 794(a)(2012)
28 C.F.R. 35
20 U.S.C. 1232g §1400, 6301 et seq. (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 22.7, 139A.3. .8, .21; 143.1, 152, 256.7(24), .11, 280.23 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), (7), (11); 12.4(12); 12.8; 41.404(1)(g); 41.405(2).
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.

Cross Reference:     
501.4 Entrance - Admissions
507 Student Health and Well-Being

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA

607.2R1 Student Health Services Regulation

Code No. 607.2R1

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES REGULATION

Student Health Services Administrative Regulations

  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:

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.

  • health services
  • nutrition
  • healthy, safe environment
  • staff wellness
  • health education
  • physical education and activity
  • counseling, psychological, and social services
  • family and community involvement
  1. Student Health Services Essential Functions
    1. Identify student health needs:
      1. Provide individual initial and annual health assessments
      2. Provide needed health screenings
      3. Maintain and update confidential health records
      4. Communicate (written, oral, electronic) health needs as consistent with confidentiality laws
    2. 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 health care
    3. Provide for student health needs related to educational achievement:
      1. Manage chronic and acute illnesses
      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
    4. 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
    5. 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
  2. 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, and dental health.

Approved  2/8/17
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA