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I: Instruction

Table of Contents
IA Philosophy
IB School Site Councils
IC Curriculum Development - KSA 72-8205; 72-8212
ICA Pilot Projects
IDAB Support Programs

IDAC Exceptional Programs
IDACA Special Education Services
IDACB Section 504 Accommodations
IDAD Title I Programs
IDAE Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
IDAF Student Privacy Policy
IDCE College Classes (Dual Credit)
IDFA Athletics – KSA 10-1113; 79-3606
IE Instructional Arrangements
IEAA School Improvement and Educational Enhancement Plans – KSA 72-1106
IEB Charter Schools
IF Textbooks, Instructional Materials and Media Centers
IFBH Outside Speakers
IFCB Field Trips
IHF Graduation Requirements
II Educational Testing Program (See JR et seq.)
IIBG Computer Use
IIBGA Children’s Internet Protection Act
IIBGB Online Learning Opportunities
IIBGC Staff Online Activities
IIBGT Technology Use
IKA Financial Literacy
IKB Controversial Issues (See IAA)
IKCA Human Sexuality and AIDS Education
IKD Religion in the Schools

IKDA Religious Objections to Activities
IKE Assemblies
ING Service Animals


IA Philosophy

All students shall have an equal opportunity to pursue and acquire knowledge and to master the curriculum’s objectives.  The Program shall provide for student mastery of basic skills, higher order thinking skills, the ability to work in groups and individually, individual physical and mental well-being and other varied needs and interests of students.  The curriculum shall be outcomes- oriented and the instructional program research-based.

The educational process shall be a comprehensive program undertaken in cooperation with parents, institutions and community programs.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Updated: January 24, 2011

Updated: January 13, 2014

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IB School Site Councils

A site council shall be established in each district building.  Each council shall be responsible for providing advice and counsel for evaluating state, school district, and school site performance goals and objectives and in recommending methods which may be employed at the school site to meet these goals and objectives.  Discussions may include allocations of the school budget and administrative and management functions.  

The membership of each council shall include, at a minimum, the building principal, and representatives of teachers and other school personnel, parents of pupils attending the school, the business community, and community leaders.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

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IC Curriculum Development

The certified staff shall cooperatively develop an integrated, comprehensive outcomes-oriented K-12 curriculum based on valid educational research and in accordance with current State Board of Education requirements which shall be subject to the board's review and approval.

When approved by the board the district's curriculum shall be used by the staff as the basis for developing and implementing instructional programs. The superintendent shall develop a schedule for periodic curriculum review on a subject-by-subject basis.

All additions to, deletions from or major alterations of a curriculum course of study shall be approved by the board.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Reviewed: January 13, 2014

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ICA Pilot Projects (See IDAE)

The board supports the use of pilot projects before any new instructional technique is implemented on a district-wide basis.

Pilot project means any research or experimentation program or project designed to explore or develop new, unproven teaching methods or techniques.  All instructional materials, including teachers' manuals, audio/visual materials

or any other supplementary instructional material to be used in connection with a pilot project shall be available for inspection by parents or guardians of students engaged in the program or project.

Pilot Project Evaluation

Before any pilot project proposal is submitted to the board for approval, an evaluation format shall be developed and included with the pilot project.                                                                               

Student Surveys

Except as provided in policy IDAE with regard to surveys about a student’s or a  student’s parents’ or guardians’ personal beliefs or practices on issues such as sex, family life, morality, or religion, any instrument designed to survey students, either by district staff or by an outside agency or individual, shall be made available for inspection by parents or guardians before the survey is administered.

Approved:  July 27, 2015

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IDAB Support Programs 

As a part of or in addition to the district's curriculum and educational programs, the district hall provide such student support programs as the superintendent may recommend and the board may approve from time to time.  Such student support programs shall include: 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education

The district's comprehensive drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program shall be a part of the district's curriculum and the curriculum at each grade level shall be age-appropriate and developmentally based.

All students shall be made aware of the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use. Students shall be instructed on effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol. Students shall be informed that the use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is both wrong and harmful.

A student who voluntarily seeks assistance, advice or counseling from school personnel

regarding drugs or drug abuse shall not be disciplined on the basis of seeking assistance.

Mental Health Awareness 

Appropriate mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs shall be a part of the district's curriculum and the curriculum at each grade level shall be age-appropriate and developmentally based.  Student psychological services shall be made available as required by law. 

Dropout Prevention

 Programs will be maintained to discourage students from dropping out of school and to encourage students who have dropped out to return to school.

At-Risk Students

The superintendent shall be responsible of developing programs to identify and work with at-risk students.

Homebound Instruction

 If a child is unable to attend school because of lengthy illness or injury, homebound instruction may be provided if (1) the student’s family physician recommends homebound instruction in writing and (2) the district’s director of special education approves the student’s placement in a homebound instruction program.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

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IDAC Exceptional Programs

In addition to the district's curriculum and basic educational programs, the district shall

provide appropriate educational programs and related services in general education and special education classrooms to meet the needs of exceptional students as required by law. 

Approved: January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

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IDACA Special Education Services

In accordance with the provisions of Federal and state law, it is the policy of this district to provide a free appropriate public education for every exceptional child (as defined by K.S.A. 72-962) who is a resident of this district or attends a private or parochial school located in this district.  Special education services are provided for such children, including individual educational programs offered in the least restrictive environment.

Child Find, Identification, and Eligibility

The district shall coordinate and maintain a system which schedules and structures available services for pupils who are referred to determine eligibility for special education services in accordance with procedural processes established in Federal and state law.

Actions and Due Process for Students

Parental involvement and cooperation is important to the success of these educational programs.  In order to encourage the involvement and cooperation of parents in special education services and to safeguard the rights of exceptional children to a free appropriate public education, the board utilizes and refers parents to the “Procedural Safeguards in Parent Rights in Special Education” published by the Kansas State Department of Education. 

In the provision of special education and related services, the district will implement all Federal and Kansas statutes, rules, and regulations.

Approved: July 27, 2015

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IDACB Section 504 Accommodations for Students

In accordance with the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the district is committed to providing students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in and benefit from its programs and activities.  Accordingly, the district will make reasonable modifications to its programs and activities to accommodate otherwise qualified students with disabilities, unless such modifications would impose an undue burden on the operation of the particular program or activity or would fundamentally alter the nature or purpose of the program or activity.  No district board member, employee, or contractor shall retaliate against any person because of his or her exercise of rights under Section 504.

Approved: July 27, 2015

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IDAD Title I Programs

The district shall provide and conduct Title I programs in accordance with federal law and applicable regulations. The superintendent is responsible for administering the district's Title I program; assessing the educational needs of all students, particularly the needs of educationally disadvantaged children; developing appropriate communication channels between all parties; to the extent practicable, providing full opportunities for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents/guardians with disabilities, and parents/guardians of migrant children, including providing information and school reports required under federal law in a format and language such parents/guardians can understand; developing training for parents and staff; and developing appropriate evaluation procedures.

Standards for Parent Involvement

Parent involvement in the district is guided by the following national standards developed by the National Parent Teacher Association:

  1. Welcoming all families in the school community
  2. Communicating effectively
  3. Supporting student success
  4. Speaking up for every child
  5. Sharing power
  6. Collaborating with the community

Each individual Title I school shall involve parents in developing a building-level which details how the aforementioned standards will be implemented in their school.

District-Level Parent Involvement

  • The district shall involve parents in developing district improvement plans;
  • Offer technical assistance and coordination to schools to help schools plan parental involvement activities to improve student and school academic performance;
  • Build school and parent capacities for strong parent involvement;
  • Coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with other programs, such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and Parents as Teachers;
  • Annually evaluate, with parents, th effectiveness of the policy in academically improving district schools.

Annual Parent Meeting

Each Title I School shall hold an annual meeting that all parents of the school are invited to attend.  This meeting will serve to inform parents of their school’s participation in Title 1, the requirements of Title I, and the rights of the parents to be involved. 

In addition to the annual meeting, site council meetings will provide an opportunity for regular meetings for parent participation in school-related decisions.  The number and times of these meetings shall be flexible.  Topics covered during these meetings shall include

  • A review of the school/parent/student compact
  • Timely information about Title 1 programs
  • A description and explanation of the curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Revised: July 27, 2015

Revised:  April 11, 2016

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IDAE Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

The board shall have general governance and management responsibility for operations of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs for which the district is the grantee designated in grants administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and other applicable administrative regulations.  
The board shall from time to time establish and adopt policies and procedures relating to 
the governance and management of Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and other applicable administrative regulations.  The superintendent shall be responsible for supervising the administration and implementation of such policies and procedures.  
 
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 308 (HUTCHINSON) 
Head Start and Early Head Start Program Governance and Management Policies and Procedures 
  
District Board of Education 
 
The Board of Education (the”Board“) of Unified School District No. 308, as Grantee has legal and fiscal responsibility for the Head Start and Early Head Start program and for overseeing and assuring compliance by the District in its role as Head Start Grantee with applicable federal laws and regulations including the Head Start Performance Standards and the Head Start Act of 2007 and any amendments thereto and which is referred to herein as the ”Act“.   

The Board shall maintain a formal structure for program governance, for the oversight of quality services for Head Start and Early Head Start children and families and for making decisions related to program design and implementation.  Such structure includes a Governing Board and a Policy Council as required in Section 642 of the Act captioned ”Powers and Functions of Head Start Agencies.”   

In cooperation with the Policy Council, the Board will implement programs to educate members of the Board and the Policy Council with respect to the Head Start philosophy and the roles of Board members, Policy Council members, Parent Committee members and Head Start Parents in carrying out procedures for shared decision-making in formulating and implementing Head Start Program policies. 
 
Governing Board 
 
COMPOSITION - The Board members oversee a public entity and are selected to their positions with the District by public election and are therefore an exception to the governing body composition requirements in Section 642 (c)(1)(B) of the Act.  In the event the Board at any time does not include a member with a background and expertise in fiscal management or accounting, the District’s Director of Fiscal Management and Business Operations shall serve as a consultant to the Board for the purpose of complying with Section 642(c)(B)(i) of the Act.  In the event the Board at any time does not have a background and expertise in early childhood education and development, the District’s Director of Early Childhood Services shall serve as a consultant to the Board for the purpose of complying with Section 642(c)(B)(ii) of the Act.  In the event the Board at any time does not include a licensed attorney familiar with the issues that come before the Board, the Board’s attorney shall serve as a consultant to the Board for the purpose of complying with Section 642(c)(B)(iii) of the Act. 
 
CONFLICT OF INTEREST - Individuals with a financial conflict of interest with the Head Start Agency may not serve as members of the Board.   
 
RESPONSIBILITIES - The Board shall have legal and fiscal responsibility to administer and oversee the implementation of Head Start and Early Head Start programs including the following: 
$ Safeguarding Federal funds 
(The Board also shall ensure that appropriate internal controls are established and implemented to safeguard federal grant funds in accordance with applicable federal law and regulations.  [PS 1304.50(g)]  
  Adopting practices that assure active, independent and informed governance and fully participating in the development, planning and evaluation of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs 
Ensuring compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations  
Selecting delegate agencies and the service areas for such agencies 
Establishing procedures and criteria for recruitment, selection, and enrollment of children Reviewing all applications for funding and funding amendments Reviewing and approving major policies specifically including: 
-    The annual self-assessment  
-    The annual financial audit 
-    Progress in carrying out programmatic and fiscal provisions in grant applications, including implementation of corrective actions 
-    Personnel policies regarding the hiring, evaluation, termination and compensation of employees. 
Developing procedures for the selection of members of the Policy Council. 
Approving financial management, accounting, and reporting policies, and compliance with laws and regulations related to financial statements, including the: 
-    Approval of all major financial expenditures  
-    Annual approval of the Head Start and Early Head Start operating budgets 
-    Selection of independent financial auditors who shall report all critical accounting policies and practices to the governing body (except when a financial auditor is assigned by the State under State law or is assigned under local law) 
-    Monitoring actions to correct audit findings and other actions necessary to comply with applicable laws governing financial statements and accounting practices 
-    Approving personnel policies and procedures pertaining to the appointment, evaluation, compensation and termination of: 
-    Executive Director 
-    Head Start Director 
-    Director of Human Resources 
-    Chief fiscal officer (the Executive Director of Fiscal Management and Business Operations 
-    Other similar positions 
Approving and periodically reviewing written standards of conduct 
Establishing to the extent practicable, advisory committees to oversee key responsibilities related to program governance and improvement of Head Start programs 
  Approving contracts that legally and financially bind Board 
 
Head Start Act of 2007 SEC. 642c)(1)(A-E) 
 
POLICY COUNCIL 
 
IN GENERAL The Policy Council is responsible for the direction of the Head Start program, including program design and operation, and long and short term planning goals and objectives, taking into account the annual community-wide strategic planning and needs assessment and annual self-assessment. 
 
COMPOSITION AND SELECTION  The Policy Council shall be elected by the parents of children who are currently enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start program and shall be composed of:   Parents of children who are currently enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start who shall constitute a majority of the membership (at least 51%) 
At-large community members, who may include parents of children who were formerly enrolled in the Head Start or Early Head Start program. 
 
CONFLICT OF INTEREST  Members of the Policy Council shall not have a conflict of interest with the Head Start or Early Head Start programs or with the Board or District and shall not receive compensation for serving on the Policy Council or for providing services to the Head Start program (agency). 
   
RESPONSIBILITIES  The Policy Council shall approve and submit to the Board decisions about each of the following activities: 
Activities to support the active involvement of parents in supporting program operations, including policies to ensure that the Head Start program (agency) is responsive to community and parent needs.  
Program recruitment, selection, and enrollment priorities. 
Applications for funding and amendments to applications for funding prior to submission to the Board and the Office of Head Start (OHS). 
Budget planning for program expenditures, including policies for reimbursement and participation in Policy Council activities. Bylaws for the operation of the Policy Council. 
Program personnel policies and decisions regarding the employment of program staff, including standards of conduct for program staff, contractors, and volunteers and criteria for the employment and dismissal of program staff. 
Developing procedures for how members of the Policy Council will be elected. 
Recommendations on the selection of delegate agencies and the service areas for such agencies. 
 
Head Start Act of 2007 42 U.S.C. 9837; SEC. 642(c)(2)(A-D) 
 
The Policy Council shall provide parents and other community representatives opportunity to participate in shared decision-making concerning the design and implementation of Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by the District. 
 
The Policy Council shall work in partnership with the District’s administrative and management personnel to develop, review and approve the policies and procedures in accordance with applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards to: 
 
1.    Provide integrated procedures for consultation, approval and implementation of the Policy Council’s responsibilities in cooperation with the District Board; 
 
2.    Review and approve all Head Start and Early Head Start Program funding applications and related amendments prior to the submission thereof to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”); 
 
3.    Provide procedures to implement shared decision-making by the Parent Committees, Policy Council and the District s Board and to resolve complaints about Head Start and Early Head 
Start Programs;  
 
4.    Provide for program planning, including both short-term and long-term goals and objectives in consultation with members of the Parent Committees at each Head Start and Early Head Start site, the District Board and public and private community organizations; 
 
5.    Coordinate efforts to consult with other community organizations to secure and expand resources to improve Head Start and Early Head Start Programs; 
 
6.    Establish the number, membership criteria and means of recruiting and selecting the members of the Policy Council; 
 
7.    Provide education, assistance and training to members of the Policy Council and Parent Committees regarding the (a)  application and implementation of applicable Head Start Program regulations and performance standards, (b) efforts to increase enrollment in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, (c) improve communications between the Parent Committees and Head Start Parents to ensure that Head Start Parents understand their rights, responsibilities and opportunities and are encouraged to participate in Head Start and Early Head Start Program (d) developing and implementing program activities for Head Start Parents and assure that funds set aside from Programs funds are used to support parent activities; 
 
8.    Govern the Policy Council’s participation in the annual self-assessment of progress in carrying out Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in accordance with applicable grant applications; 
 
9.    Review District recruitment criteria and personnel policies and make recommendations with respect to decisions to employ or terminate the District’s Head Start Director, Head Start teachers and other personnel employed by the District primarily in connection with the District’s Head Start and Early Head Start Grantee Programs, including standards of conduct for Head Start and Early Head Start Program staff, consultants and volunteers; 
 
10.    Assist in recruiting volunteer services from Head Start Parents, community residents and organizations and mobilizing community resources to meet identified needs of low-income Head Start Parents and children; and 
 
11.    Such other matters as the members of the Policy Council shall determine which are consistent with the intent and purposes of applicable Head Start and Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and regulations. 
 
[P.S. 1304.50(a)(1), 1304.50 (c) and (d)] 

Membership.  The Head Start Policy Council shall consist of representative Head Start Parents of children currently enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs designated by the Parent Committee for each site at which Head Start and Early Head Start Program Services are provided by the District as Grantee.   The Board shall designate one member of the Board to serve as a member of the Policy Council but, otherwise, the members of the Board shall not serve as members of the Policy Council.   

The number and means of selecting the community representatives to serve on the Policy Council shall be determined by the Policy Council members designated by the site Parent Committees. Community representatives must reside or be employed within the boundaries of the District or within the boundaries of one or more of the other unified school districts within which the District operates Head Start and Early Head Start Programs and shall represent a broad cross-section of local businesses, public or private community, civic, and professional organizations and others who are familiar with resources and services for low-income children and families and may include parents of children formerly enrolled in the District’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. 
 
At all times, at least a majority of the members of the Policy Council shall be Head Start Parents.  The term Head Start Parent means a Head Start child’s mother or father, other family member who is a primary caregiver, foster parent, guardian or the person with whom the child has been placed for purposes of adoption pending a final adoption decree. 
 
All members of the Policy Council shall serve for not to exceed three one-year terms commencing as of August 1 in each year and ending as of July 31 of the succeeding year (”Program Year“) and each member, including community representatives,  shall stand for election annually. 
 
The Policy Council shall adopt appropriate bylaws, policies and procedures for carrying out its responsibilities, subject to approval by the District’s Board. 
 
[PS 1304.50(a)(1); 1304.50(a)(5); 1304(b)(1),(2), (3), (4),(5), (6) and (7)] 
 
EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT 
The Policy Council shall prescribe policies and procedures consistent with District policies and procedures for reimbursing Head Start Parents, members of the Policy Council and Parent Committees and Head Start and Early Head Start Program employees and volunteers for expenditures made in connection with Head Start and Early Head Start Programs including, but not limited to, reasonable and necessary travel, lodging and per diem expenses, child care expenses and such other expenses as the Policy Council may approve.  Such reimbursement shall be provided from Head Start and Early Head Start Program funds to encourage and enable Head Start Parents and others to participate fully in Head Start and Early Head Start Program activities and responsibilities 
 
[PS 1304-50(f)]  
 
PARENT COMMITTEES      
Membership.  A Head Start Parent Committee shall be organized as soon as possible after the commencement of each Program Year and maintained throughout the Program Year at each Head Start and Early Head Start Program site. A Program Year commences as of August 1 in each year shall end as of July 31 of the succeeding year.   Each Parent Committee shall consist exclusively of Head Start Parents who have a child or children currently enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start Program at such site and shall provide Head Start Parents the opportunity to assist in the development of activities to address their interests and needs and support the development of their children.  To the extent possible, Parent Committees shall not be dissolved until a Parent Committee is organized for the succeeding Program Year.  
 
All Head Start Parents who have children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at any site shall be members of the Parent Committee for such site.  A single Parent Committees shall serve both Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at those sites at which such programs are provided unless the Head Start Parents elect to establish separate Parent Committees for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, respectively. 
 
Members of Head Start Parent Committees may elect to designate sub-committees to facilitate indepth discussions of Head Start and Early Head Start Program issues before such issues are considered by the Parent Committee.  Parent Committee meetings shall be conducted at times most convenient for the greatest number of members in order to encourage participation by the greatest number of Head Start Parents as possible. [PS 1304-50(a)(2),(3) and (5)] 
 
Responsibilities.  The Parent Committee shall advise the District’s Head Start and Early Head Start Program staff in developing and implementing program policies, activities and services at the Head Start and Early Head Start site and plan, conduct and participate in informal and formal programs and activities for Head Start Parents and Head Start and Early Head Start Program staff personnel.  Parent Committee members, within the guidelines established by the Policy Council, shall participate in the recruiting and screening of Head Start and Early Head Start Program personnel employed by the District. 
 
[PS 1304.50(e)] 
 DISPUTE RESOLUTION 
The Board and Policy Council jointly shall establish written procedures for resolving internal disputes, including appropriate impasse procedures in the event of disputes between the Policy Council and the Board.  In no event, however, shall the Board be obligated to engage in binding arbitration or other means of dispute resolution which could impair the Board’s legal obligation, or the legal obligations of the members of the Board to govern and conduct the District’s affairs and operations in accordance with Kansas law.  
 [PS 1304-50(h)]   
 CONDUCT OF RESPONSIBILITIES - 

  • The Board shall ensure the sharing of accurate and regular information for use by the Board and the Policy Council, about program planning, policies, and regarding Head Start and Early 
  • Head Start Program operations, including - 
  • Monthly financial statements, including credit card expenditures 
  • Monthly program information summaries 
  • Program enrollment reports, including attendance reports for children whose care is subsidized by another public agency 
  • Monthly reports of meals and snacks provided through programs of the 
  • Department of Agriculture (Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP) 
  • Financial audits 
  • The annual self-assessment and related findings 
  • The community-wide strategic planning and needs assessment of the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, including any applicable updates 
  • Communication and guidance from the Secretary of Health and Human Services Program Information Reports  

TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 
 
Appropriate training and technical assistance shall be provided to the members of the Board and the Policy Council to ensure that the members thereof understand the information they receive and can effectively oversee and participate in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. 
 
Responsibilities   

  • The Head Start Director shall ensure that the Board and Policy Council receive joint training on program governance that includes definitions of the roles and oversight responsibilities of each body.   
  • The Head Start Director shall utilize technical assistance materials of Head Start and expertise of the Head Start Training and Technical Assistance System,  
  • The Head Start Director shall seek additional resources for training and technical assistance when any Governing Board or Policy Council member requests training on a specific topic related to the oversight of the program. 
  • Requests shall be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Policy Council, the Superintendent or the President of the Governing Board.  These officials shall determine the priorities of the requests and inform the Head Start Director of the action required.  
  • The Head Start Director shall make every attempt to secure accurate and quality technical assistance in response to these requests.  

Updated:  July 2013  
Updated: January 13, 2014 
Revised: April 11, 2016

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IDAF Student Privacy Policy

(See BCBK, ICA, ICAA, II and JR et seq.)                                                                                   

The superintendent, the board and staff shall protect the right of privacy of students and their families in connection with any surveys or physical examinations conducted, assisted or authorized by the board or administration.  The district shall annually provide parents notice of their rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment and the Student Data Privacy Act, at the beginning of each school year, and at any other time relevant district policies in the area are substantially changed. 

Student Data Restrictions

Any student data submitted to and maintained by a statewide longitudinal student data system shall only be disclosed in accordance with the Student Data Privacy Act.  Disclosure of all other student data or student record information maintained is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).

Annual written notice presented to parents and legal guardians of district students shall: (1) require parent or guardian’s signature; and (2) shall state student data submitted to and maintained by a statewide longitudinal data system only be disclosed as follows.

Student data may be disclosed to:

The authorized personnel of an educational agency or the state board of regents who require disclosures to perform assigned duties; and

  • The student and the parent or legal guardian of the student, provided the data pertains solely to the student.
  • Student data may be disclosed to authorized personnel of any state agency, or to a service provider of a state agency, educational agency or school performing instruction, assessment, or longitudinal reporting, provided a data-sharing agreement between the educational agency and other state agency or service provider provides the following:
  • purpose, scope, and duration of the data-sharing agreement;
  • recipient of student data use such information solely for the purposes specified in agreement;
  • recipient shall comply with data access, use, and security restrictions specifically described in agreement; and
  • student data shall be destroyed when no longer necessary for purposes of the data-sharing agreement or upon expiration of the agreement, whichever occurs first. 

A service provider engaged to perform a function of instruction may be allowed to retain student transcripts as required by applicable laws and rules and regulations. Destruction shall comply with the NISTSP800-88 standards of data destruction.                                                                               

Unless an adult student or parent or guardian of a minor student provides written consent to disclose personally identifiable student data, student data may only be disclosed to a governmental entity not specified above or any public or private audit and evaluation or research organization if the data is aggregate data.  “Aggregate data” means data collected or reported at the group, cohort, or institutional level and which contains no personally identifiable student data. 

The district may disclose:

  • Student directory information when necessary and the student’s parent or legal guardian has consented in writing;
  • directory information to an enhancement vendor providing photography services, class ring services, yearbook publishing services, memorabilia services, or similar services;
  • any information requiring disclosure pursuant to state statutes;
  • student data pursuant to any lawful subpoena or court order directing such disclosure; and
  • student data to a public or private postsecondary educational institution for purposes of application or admission of a student to such postsecondary   educational institution with the student’s written consent.

Student Data Security Breach

If there is a security breach or unauthorized disclosure of student data or personally identifiable information of any student submitted to or maintained on a statewide student longitudinal data system, each affected student or the parent or legal guardian of the student, if a minor, shall be immediately notified, and an investigation into the causes and consequences of the breach or unauthorized disclosure will be conducted.

Biometric Data

The district shall not collect biometric data from a student or use any device or mechanism to assess a student’s physiological or emotional state, unless the adult student or the parent or legal guardian of the minor student consents in writing.  “Biometric data” includes measurable biological or behavioral characteristics that can be used for automated recognition of an individual, such as fingerprints, retina and iris patterns, voiceprints, DNA sequence, facial characteristics, and handwriting.                                             

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the collection of audio voice recordings, facial expression information, and student handwriting for:

  • provision of counseling or psychological services,
  • conducting student threat assessments,
  • completing student disciplinary investigations or hearings, or
  • conducting child abuse investigations. 

Select Student Surveys

No test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing any questions about a student’s or the student’s parents’ or guardians’ personal beliefs or practices on issues such as sex, family life, morality, or religion shall be administered to any student unless:

  1. the parent or guardian is notified in writing; and
  2. the parent or guardian of the student gives written permission for the student to participate.

Nothing shall prohibit school counselors from providing counseling services, including the administration of tests and forms as part of student counseling services.  Any information obtained through such tests or counseling services shall not be stored on any personal mobile electronic device which is not owned by the school district.  Storage of such information on personal laptops, tablets, phones, flash drives, external hard drives, or virtual servers not owned by the district is prohibited.

Students may be questioned:

  • in the provision of psychological services,
  • conducting of student threat assessments,
  • completing student disciplinary investigations or hearings, or
  • conducting child abuse investigations. 

Collection of such information in these limited circumstances is permitted without prior written consent of the parent, guardian, or adult student.

Approved:  July 27, 2015

Revised:  July 25, 2016

Annual Notice of Authorized Student Data Disclosures

 In accordance with the Student Data Privacy Act and board policy IDAE, student data submitted to or maintained in a statewide longitudinal data system may only be disclosed as follows.  Such data may be disclosed to:

  • The authorized personnel of an educational agency or the state board of regents who require disclosures to perform assigned duties; and
  • The student and the parent or legal guardian of the student, provided the data pertains solely to the student.

Student data may be disclosed to authorized personnel of any state agency, or to a service provider of a state agency, educational agency, or school performing instruction, assessment, or longitudinal reporting, provided a data-sharing agreement between the educational agency and other state agency or service provider provides the following:

  • purpose, scope and duration of the data-sharing agreement;
  • recipient of student data use such information solely for the purposes specified in agreement;
  • recipient shall comply with data access, use, and security restrictions specifically described in agreement; and
  • student data shall be destroyed when no longer necessary for purposes of the data-sharing agreement or upon expiration of the agreement, whichever occurs first. 

*A service provider engaged to perform a function of instruction may be allowed to retain student transcripts as required by applicable laws and rules and regulations.

Unless an adult student or parent or guardian of a minor student provides written consent to disclose personally identifiable student data, student data may only be disclosed to a governmental entity not specified above or any public or private audit and evaluation or research organization if the data is aggregate data.  “Aggregate data” means data collected or reported at the group, cohort, or institutional level and which contains no personally identifiable student data. 

The district may disclose:

  • Student directory information when necessary and the student’s parent or legal guardian has consented in writing;
  • directory information to an enhancement vendor providing photography services, class ring services, yearbook publishing services, memorabilia services, or similar services;
  • any information requiring disclosure pursuant to state statutes;
  • student data pursuant to any lawful subpoena or court order directing such disclosure; and
  • student data to a public or private postsecondary educational institution for purposes of application or admission of a student to such postsecondary educational institution with the student’s written consent.

As the parent or legal guardian of [name of student(s)], I acknowledge that I have been provided with notice of authorized student data disclosures under the Student Data Privacy Act.

Parent Signature                                                               Date 

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IDCE College Classes (See JBE and JQ)

With parental permission, eligible concurrent enrollment students who can complete

graduation requirements as prescribed by the board are eligible to be released from school during the regular school day to attend classes at a Regent's university, community college, technical college, vocational educational school or other approved post-secondary institution. 

Concurrent Enrollment

 A student enrolled in grades 9 through 12 who has demonstrated the ability to benefit from participation in the regular curricula of eligible postsecondary education institutions, may apply to the principal for permission to enroll at an eligible postsecondary education institution.

The district may enter into agreement with the eligible postsecondary education institutions for the purpose of allowing these students to receive dual credit.

Approved: August 9, 2004

Updated:  August 28, 2006

Updated:  January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

Reference: K.S.A. 72-11a04

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IDFA Athletics

Any district elementary or middle school that includes any of the grades six through nine may conduct athletic practice during the school day only at times when one or more elective academic courses or a study period is offered to students.

The district high school shall not conduct athletic practice during the school day, and practice shall not be counted for credit or as a part of the school term.

District schools shall neither offer credit for athletic practice nor count athletic practice as a physical education course.

Approved: October 12, 1998 

Updated:  July 7, 2003

Updated: January 24, 2011

Updated:   January 13, 2014 

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IE Instructional Arrangements 

Policy Deleted.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Deleted:    January 13, 2014

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IEAA School Improvement and Educational Enhancement Plans

For the purpose of providing opportunities for supplemental and remedial instruction for at risk and other students to meet state and federal standards for educational achievement, additional school days and additional school hours may be established by the principal of each district attendance center in accordance with a school improvement and educational enhancement plan for the school approved by the superintendent. Such additional school days may be scheduled on weekends and during the summer months, and such additional school hours may be scheduled before or after regular school hours. Inexcusable absence from school on any school day or during any school hour by any pupil for whom additional school days or additional schools hours have been scheduled in accordance with a school improvement and educational enhancement plan adopted pursuant to this policy shall be counted as an inexcusable absence from school for the purposes of K.S.A. 72-1113 and amendments thereto.

[Authority: K.S.A. 72-1106(d)].

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IEB Charter Schools

Policy Deleted.

Comment: The procedures regarding petitions for charter schools are prescribed by statute

Approved:  January 24, 2011 

Updated:    January 13, 2014

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IF Textbooks, Instructional Materials and Media Centers

All textbooks and instructional materials used in the district shall be subject to board approval.  Textbooks and instructional materials shall support the district's curriculum and educational programs.

Any person having a complaint about the district's textbooks or instructional materials shall meet with the principal. If the complaint cannot be resolved by the principal, the principal shall notify the superintendent and ask the complainant to complete a request for review form which shall be available from each building principal and at the district administrative offices. After receiving the completed request for review form, the superintendent shall meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint.

If the complaint is not resolved at the meeting with the superintendent, the complainant may request the board consider the complaint. If the board chooses to consider the complaint, it will appoint a review committee to consider the complaint and review all written materials that may be relevant to the complaint.  The review committee shall be composed of a building principal, a media specialist, two subject-area specialists and two community members. The board also shall direct the superintendent to forward to the review committee all written materials that may be relevant or useful in connection with consideration of the complaint.

The committee shall review the materials relevant to the complaint and prepare and deliver to the superintendent and to the complainant copies of a written report setting forth the review committee's conclusions and recommendations within 30 days after the committee is appointed by the board. 

The review committee shall (1) examine and evaluate the relevant materials as a whole, (2) consider the district's policies, and procedures for selecting textbooks and instructional materials and (3) determine by a consensus, if possible, or by a majority of the review committee's members whether the complaint is merited and to make recommendations to the board regarding the use of the challenged textbook or instructional materials..

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the committee's recommendations, the complainant may request the board to conduct a hearing to consider the complaint and the review committee's report and recommendations. The board may, in its discretion, either adopt the report and recommendations of the review committee or schedule a public hearing to hear the complaint's appeal from the review committee's recommendations.  The board's decision, whether by adoption of the review committee's recommendations or upon conclusion of the requested public hearing, shall be final.

Challenged textbooks or instructional materials shall not be removed from use during consideration of the complaint unless otherwise directed by the board.

Approved: January 24, 2011 

Updated:   January 13, 2014

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IFBH  Outside Speakers (See IKB)

Outside speakers may be invited to meet with groups of students as part of the educational process with the building principal’s approval.  Guidelines regarding the use of and conduct of such outside speakers shall be prescribed by the building principal.  The following criteria shall be considered for outside speakers:

Content must align with the district and building learning goals, and value of speaker versus consideration of lost instructional time should be considered.

Approved: January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

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IFCB  Field Trips

 Educational field trips may be approved by the principal when reasonable educational objectives align with the district adopted curriculum.  Advance requests for field trips specifying transportation and other resource requirements needs shall be submitted by the teacher to the principal. 

The district shall utilize a standard form for notifying parents of approved field trips that shall include the nature of the trip, departure time, expected return time, name of sponsor and mode of travel. The form shall also include a form for parents to either approve their child's participation in the field trip or to request that their child be excused from the field trip.  

Non-Sanctioned Field Trips

The district shall not have any legal or financial responsibilities in connection with non-sanctioned field trips or other activities.  

Approved:  January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

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IHF Graduation Requirements

Students shall be eligible for graduation from high school only upon completion of at least the requirements prescribed by law and regulations adopted by the state board of education.  The board may adopt graduation requirements in addition to the minimum requirements established by regulation.

Unless otherwise provided herein, in order to qualify for graduation, the board requires each candidate to earn 26 academic credits of a type meeting state and district requirements beginning with the class of 2002.

Exceptions may be granted by the board to waive local graduation requirements that are in excess of the state minimum requirements for students on a case by case basis.

The board shall award a student a diploma if the student is at least 17 years old; is enrolled or resides in the district; was in custody of the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC), the Secretary for DCF, or a federally recognized Indian tribe in this state at any time on or after the student’s 14th birthday; and has achieved at least the minimum high school graduation requirements adopted by the state board of education.

Other situations which may warrant waiver of graduation requirements in excess of the minimum requirements adopted by the state board include, but may not be limited to, the following circumstances: 

  • If such student is an adult learner whose four-year cohorts have graduated; or
  • if such student is attending an alternative school or program and has experienced high mobility, teen pregnancy, long-term illness, or other hardship conditions.

Current graduation requirements shall be included in secondary student handbooks and other appropriate informational materials as determined by the superintendent.

Approved:  January 24, 2011

Revised: July 27, 2015

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II Educational Testing Program (See JR et seq.)

The district's educational testing program shall consist of multiple assessments. Such

assessments shall include at least, individual teacher subject matter tests, district criterion referenced tests, and state required tests.

Test Integrity

Honest administration of assessment tests and accurate reporting of assessment test results are necessary to maintain the integrity of the districts educational testing program. All students and certified staff are required to maintain a high level of integrity in the administration and completion of student assessments.

In the administration of standardized tests including the State of Kansas Assessments, certified  staff  shall not (1) provide inappropriate test preparation, (2) modify test administration procedures, (3) provide inappropriate assistance to students during test administration, (4) change or fill in answers on student answer sheets, (5) provide inaccurate data on student information sheets, (6) discourage or exclude certain students from taking the test or (7) engage in any other practice to artificially raise student scores without actually improving underlying student achievement.

Violations of this policy by students shall result in the imposition of appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion.  Violations of this policy by certified staff shall result in the imposition of appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Reporting Test Results 

The superintendent shall report annually in writing to the board the results of the district's educational testing program. State required test results shall be disaggregated as required by current regulation and shall be reported annually to the board, the state board of education, district certified staff, and school patrons.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Review and Approved:  January 24, 2011

Updated:    January 13, 2014  

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IIBGA Children’s Internet Protection Act

The district shall implement and enforce an internet safety plan meeting the requirements of both the federal and the Kansas Children’s Internet Protection Acts (CIPA).  The superintendent shall develop a plan to implement the Children’s Internet Protection Acts.  

 Such plan shall include technology protection measures and such other measures as deemed appropriate to address the following issues:

  1. Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web,
  2. The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat  rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications,
  3. Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  4. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal  information regarding minors; and
  5. Measures designed to restrict minors' access to materials that may be harmful to them.

For the purposes of this policy, "minor" shall be defined to mean any student who is under 18 years of age.  The board charges the superintendent to develop the CIPA implementing plan so that all of the protections provided by this policy and the corresponding plan may be afforded to all district students, regardless of their age.

If the district is providing public access to any computer, the CIPA plan shall also implement and enforce technology protection measures to ensure no minor has access to visual depictions that are child pornography, harmful to  minors, or obscene.  This plan shall be on file with the board clerk and in each school office with Internet access, and copies shall be made available upon request.

The superintendent shall ensure compliance with CIPA by completing Federal

Communication Commission forms as required.

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IIBGB Online Learning Opportunities

Application

Students may apply for permission to enroll in an online course for credit.  The student and the student’s parents shall be informed of the administrator’s decision regarding enrollment.

Students may enroll in an on-line course as an alternative to any course offered by the high school.  

Guidelines

The following guidelines shall be used by the administration:

  1. Only administration approved courses shall be posted on student transcripts.
  2. Approval of any course shall be based upon the course content and rigor, its length and scope, its method of assessing knowledge acquired by the student, the qualifications of the instructor, and other appropri ate factors.
  3. Enrollment in an on-line course will be allowed only if an appropriately licensed staff member supervises the student’s participation in the course.
  4. Suspended or expelled students may also apply for permission to enroll in on-line course work.

Other Regulations or Guidelines

 Approval by the administration of online coursework shall be based on Kansas State Department of Education regulations and/or guidelines in effect at the time the student request is made.

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IIBGC Staff Online Activities

 Employees are encouraged to use district electronic mail and other district technology resources to promote student learning and communication with parents of students and education-related entities. If those resources are used, they shall be used for purposes directly related to work-related activities.  Technology-based materials, activities, and communication tools shall be appropriate for and within the range of the knowledge, understanding, age, and maturity of students with whom they are used.

 District employees, including, but not limited to, classroom teachers and extracurricular activity coaches and sponsors, may set up blogs and other social networking accounts using district technological resources and following district policy and guidelines to promote communications with students, parents, and the community concerning school-related activities and for the purpose of supplementing classroom instruction.  Social networking sites and other online communication options offering instructional benefits may be used for the purpose of supplementing classroom instruction and to promote communications with students and parents concerning school -related activities.

 In order for district employees and activity sponsors to utilize a social networking site for instructional, administrative, or other work -related communication purposes, they shall comply with the following:

1.      They shall request prior permission from the superintendent.

2.      If permission is granted, staff members will set up the site following any district guidelines developed by the superintendent.  If the expenditure of district funds is required to complete the set -up or maintenance of the site, the requesting staff member shall present an itemized summary of such costs to the superintendent.  Superintendent approval shall be required prior to the expenditure of district funds for such purpose. 

3.      Guidelines shall specify whether access to the site must be given to school/district administrators and technology staff.

4.      If written parental consent is not otherwise granted through acceptable use policy forms provided by the district, staff shall notify parents of the site and obtain written permission for students to become “friends” of the site prior to the students being granted access. This permission shall be kept on file at the school as determined by the superintendent.  

5.      Once the site has been created, the sponsoring staff member is  responsible for the following:

a.       Monitoring and managing the site to promote safe and acceptable use and compliance with district policies; and

b.      Observing confidentiality restrictions concerning release of personally identifiable student information under state and federal law.

 Staff members are discouraged from creating personal social networking accounts to which they invite current or future students to be friends. Employees taking such action do so at their own risk.  All employees shall be subject to disciplinary action if their conduct relating to use of technology or online resources violates this policy or other applicable board policy, statutory, or regulatory provisions governing employee conduct or the protection of student record information; or if it impairs the staff member’s job performance or effectiveness in the work setting.  District staff shall endeavor to protect the health, safety, and emotional well -being of students and confidentiality of student record information both in the school setting and in their online actions. Conduct in violation of this policy, including, but not limited to, conduct relating to the use of technology, social networking, or online resources, may form the basis for disciplinary action up to and including termination from employment.

Adopted: January 13, 2014

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IIBG  Technology Use (See GAA and JCDA)

Use of District Technology/Privacy Rights

District technology systems are for educational and professional use only. All information created by district employees shall be considered district property and shall be subject to unannounced monitoring by district administrators.  Unauthorized access to and/or unauthorized use of the district server or security system (including, but not limited to, surveillance footage) is also prohibited.  The district retains the right to discipline any student, up to and including expulsion and any employee, up to and including termination, for violations of this policy.

Copyright (See ECH)

Software acquired by staff using either district or personal funds, and installed on district computers, must comply with copyright laws. Proof of purchase (copy or original) must be filed in the district office.

Installation

No software, including freeware or shareware, may be installed on any district computer without the prior written approval of the Director of Operations. The Director of Operations will verify the compatibility of the software with existing software and hardware, and prescribe installation and de‑installation procedures.  Network and operating system program files must be approved by the superintendent upon the recommendation of the Director of Operations. Students shall not install software on district computers or computer networks or related systems.

Hardware

Staff shall not install hardware or components on district computers, or make changes to software settings that support district hardware without the prior written approval of the Director of Operations.

Audits

The administration may conduct periodic audits of software installed on district equipment to verify legitimate use. Legitimate use is considered that use which aligns with district curriculum and course content or for communications carried out in connection with the employee's position in the school district.

Privacy Rights

District employees and students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district computers, computer networks, email or other district computer or telecommunication systems and such use shall be subject to monitoring by the administration.

Ownership of Employee Computer Materials

Computer materials or devices created as part of any assigned district responsibility or classroom activity undertaken on school time shall be the property of the district

Approved: October 12, 1998

Updated:  July 7, 2003

Reviewed and Approved:  January 24, 2011

Revised: January 13, 2014

Revised: July 27, 2015

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IKA Financial Literacy (See ID)

The board supports the goal of providing district students with sufficient knowledge of economic systems to make informed, financial choices.  In furtherance of this goal, the board directs the superintendent to develop and implement a plan to incorporate outcome-based personal financial literacy education into the district’s instructional program.

The superintendent shall document district efforts to provide financial literacy education opportunities for district students and shall provide, upon request, feedback or information to the Kansas State Department of Education on such efforts.

Approved:  July 27, 2015

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IKB Controversial Issues

When a controversial subject arises in the classroom, teachers may use the opportunity to teach about the controversy.

Teachers shall ensure that various positions concerning any controversial subject are presented and that students have the opportunity to freely discuss the topic.

Approved:October 12, 1998

Reviewed: January 24, 2011

Updated: January 13, 2014

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IKCA  Human Sexuality and AIDS Education

Opt-Out Procedure and Form 

A parent or guardian or student eighteen years of age or older may use the district opt-out provision to remove the student from some portion or all of human sexuality and AIDS classes included in the district's required curriculum.

Opt-Out Procedure 

Following appropriate review of the curriculum goals on file at the board of education office, the parent or guardian must complete the district opt-out form and state the portion(s) of the curriculum in which the student is not to be involved.

Any parent or guardian (or student over eighteen years of age) who does not want the student involved in all or some portion of the Human Sexuality and AIDS education classes of the district shall be provided a written copy of the district goals and objectives for the appropriate Human Sexuality and AIDS class to which the student is assigned. This information may be provided to the parent or guardian upon request prior to the opening of school.

Notice of the availability of the Human Sexuality and AIDS curriculum goals and objectives will be made to the public by means of handbooks, notification at enrollment and by such other means as the superintendent shall direct.

Opt-Out Form

Parents or guardians (or students eighteen years of age or older) may complete the opt-out request by obtaining a copy of the appropriate form from the principal, completing and signing the form and returning the form to the principal. The signed form will be kept on file in the principal's office.

The building principal will receive a copy of the signed form so the named student can be excused from all or a portion of the Human Sexuality and AIDS classes. In addition, arrangements shall also be made for class reassignment of the student during the opt-out period.

No parent or guardian (or student eighteen years of age) shall be allowed to make a written opt-out request prior to the opening day of class of the year the opt-out request applies. Opt-out requests shall be required annually and are valid only for the school year in which they are submitted.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed and Approved:  January 24, 2011

Updated:  January 13, 2014

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No religious belief or non-belief shall be promoted or disparaged by the district or its employees. Students and staff should be tolerant of others' religious views. Students and staff members may be excused from participating in practices contrary to their religious beliefs unless there are clear issues of overriding concern which prevent it.

Teaching About Religion

Teachers may teach about religion, religious literature and history but are prohibited from promoting, expounding, criticizing or ridiculing a religion. Religious texts may be used to teach about religion, but the use of religious texts to promote a particular religious doctrine is prohibited. 

Religion in the Curriculum and School Activities 

In compliance with these rules, religious themes may be presented in the curriculum and as part of school activities.

Religious Symbols in the Classroom 

Temporary display of religious symbols is permitted as part of the curriculum and in a manner consistent with this policy.

Religious Holidays (See AEA)

Holidays which have a religious and a secular basis may be observed.

Graduation and Other Ceremonies 

School graduation and related ceremonies shall be secular in nature.

Reviewed and Approved: January 24, 2011

Updated:  January 13, 2014

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IKDA  Religious Objections to Activities

 A parent or guardian or a student eighteen years of age or older may request that the student be excused from participating in activities for religious reasons. The parent, guardian, or adult student must complete the district opt-out form for religious objections, stating the specific activity, the portion of the curriculum in which the activity exists, and the reasons for the request. The form must be submitted within a reasonable amount of time prior to the scheduled activity in order to allow time for the principal to consider the request.  The request may be granted, or denied, or partially granted and partially denied.

This policy shall not be interpreted to allow parents to prevent the dissemination of information which parents find religiously objectionable. Rather, this policy only extends to actual participation by their child in an activity, the performance of which is contrary to the child's religious teachings.

Opt-out requests must be submitted annually and are valid only for the school year in which they are submitted.

Religion in the Curriculum and School Activities 

Music, art, literature and drama having a religious theme or basis are permitted as part of the curriculum or as part of a school activity if they are presented in a balanced and objective manner and are a traditional part of the cultural and religious tradition of a particular holiday or field of study. The emphasis on religious themes in the arts, literature and history should be only as extensive as necessary for a balanced and thorough study of these areas. These studies should never foster any particular religious tenets or demean any religious beliefs or non-beliefs.

Religious Symbols in the Classroom 

The temporary use of religious symbols such as a cross, menorah, crescent, Star of David, creche, symbols of native American religions or other symbols that are a part of a religious holiday are permitted as a teaching aid if they are displayed as an example of a holiday's cultural and religious heritage.

Religious Holidays (See AEA)

School vacations shall have secular designations, e.g., Winter Vacation, Spring Break.

Graduation and Other Ceremonies 

The district seeks to maintain traditions significant to the community. While recognizing the significance of tradition, graduation exercises and dedication ceremonies shall be secular in nature.

Inspirational addresses which do not promote religion may be permitted at these ceremonies.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed and Approved:  January 24, 2011

Updated:  January 13, 2014

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IKE Assemblies 

Each building principal shall develop a behavioral code and guidelines for students attending school assemblies and may schedule assemblies as needed.

Approved: October 12, 1998

Reviewed and Approved: January 24, 2011

Updated: January 13, 2014

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ING Service Animals

The district permits the use of service animals by exceptional students and persons with a disability in accordance with policies and guidelines established by the superintendent in accordance with federal and Kansas law and applicable regulations.

For purposes of this policy, the term "service animal" means a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an exceptional child or a person with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability, which tasks are directly related to the handler's disability.  

Examples of work or tasks performed by service animals include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, pulling a wheelchair, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility difficulties.  The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort and companionship  generally do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this policy unless expressly made a part of an exceptional child's individual educational plan.

Policies and procedures relating to the use of service animals in district facilities and in connection with the district's curriculum and educational programs and related activities and events shall be included the district's student handbooks and employee handbooks and be published in such other manner as the superintendent shall determine.

Approved:  January 24, 2011

Updated:    January 13, 2014

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