21-22 Equity Information

Posted: October 5, 2021

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OPEN ENROLLMENT

Parents/guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their child/ren in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:

  • March 1, 2022 – Last date for open enrollment requests for students in grades 1-12 for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • If the student meets the definition of good cause under 281 – Iowa Administrative Code 17.4(2) because of a change in residence the application can be accepted after March 1st for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • If the student will be in kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year, the application may be accepted at any time before enrollment into kindergarten and not later than September 1, 2022.

A student who transfers school districts under open enrollment in all grades 9 through 12, shall not be eligible to participate in varsity interscholastic contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of transfer.

Parents/Guardians of open-enrolled students whose income falls below 160 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend.

 

PARENTAL DENIAL FORM

If for any reason you do not wish your child’s name published in the paper or newsletter (Honor Roll, NHS, Honor’s Recognition at Graduation, Perfect Attendance, or other), please stop in the office and fill out the required forms.

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Section 9528) requires that high schools must provide military recruiters access to student names, addresses and telephone listings.  Parents or students may request that this information NOT be provided without written parent/guardian consent and the districts must comply with all such requests.  If you wish to make the request to withhold the release of private information to military recruiters, please stop in the High School Office and fill out the appropriate forms.  (Note:  Opt-Out forms are available in the HS Office.  This form must be completed by October 1, 2021.

 

STUDENT ABUSE

Any student that has been abused either physically or sexually by a school employee shall make a written report of this to the level one investigator immediately.  The level one investigator is Daniel Fox, Superintendent of Schools, or in his absence, Eric Dockstader, Secondary Principal.  Report forms are available in any administrative office.

“Physical abuse” means non-accidental physical injury to the student as a result of the actions of a school employee.  Physical abuse may occur as the result of intentional infliction of injury or excessive, unnecessary, or unreasonable use of force.  “Sexual abuse” means any sexual offense as defined by Iowa Code chapter 709, Iowa Code section 728.12(1), or any sexual act with or directed toward a student.  The term also encompasses acts of the school employee that encourage the student to engage in prostitution as defined by Iowa law.

 

EAST BUCHANAN COMMUNITY PARENT NOTICE 

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against a person with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance.  In order to fulfill obligations under Section 504, the East Buchanan School District has the responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students.  No discrimination against any person with a disability should knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and/or practices of the school system.

The East Buchanan School District has the responsibilities under Section 504, which include the obligations to identify, evaluate, and, if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school district, he/she has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records.  This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to:  1) inspect and review his/her child’s educational records; 2) make copies of these records; 3) receive a list of the individuals having access to those records; 4) ask for an explanation of any item in the records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violated the child’s rights; and 6) a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.

If there are questions, please feel free to contact Daniel Fox, Section 504 Coordinator for the East Buchanan School District, at phone number 935-3767.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

All school property is held in public trust by the Board of Directors.  School authorities may, without a search warrant search a student, student lockers, desks, work areas or student automobiles under the circumstances as outlined in the following regulations to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel.  School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search.

It is recognized that such illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials generally cause substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school premises.  Items of contraband may include but are not limited to nonprescription controlled substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatus used for the administration of controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons and stolen property.  Such items are not to be possessed by a student anywhere on the school premises.

All non-maintenance searches must be based on a reasonable suspicion and be reasonable in scope.

 

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the East Buchanan Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment) marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.  Individuals shall use the policy complaint form for policy number 102.E1. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Eric Dockstader, Secondary Principal East Buchanan Community School, 414 5th St. N., Winthrop, IA 50682, 319-935-3367, edockstader@east-buc.k12.ia.us.

 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Students of the East Buchanan Community School District are protected in their exercise of freedom of expression by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Iowa.  Understanding the meaning of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech is an important part of the learning process, and school is an appropriate place for inquiry and learning through the expression and exchange of ideas.  Students’ expression in official school publications is specifically defined and protected under Iowa law.

It is the policy of the East Buchanan Community School District that all official school publications shall be free from prior restraint by school officials except as provided by law.  An editorial board comprised of participating students under the supervision of publications advisers shall be responsible for the content of official student publications.  The editorial board shall be guided by the Iowa Code and by ethical standards adopted by professional associations or societies of journalism.  All publications shall provide students a full opportunity for the exchange of ideas and robust debate about topics of student interest, including those that may be controversial.

Student expression in official school publications is not an expression of school policy.  Schools possess a substantial educational interest in teaching student writers journalistic skills.  Journalism advisers shall supervise student writers to maintain professional standards of English and Journalism and to comply with Iowa law including the restrictions against unlawful speech in Iowa Code section 280.22.

It is the policy of the East Buchanan Community School District to encourage the resolution of complaints arising from the application of this policy through an appeal process.  The administration is directed to develop a Code of reasonable rules including time, place, and manner restrictions respecting official student publications in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Iowa.  Administrative Rules and Regulations are available in each office and may be read by any student so they understand the rules of School Publications.

 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY

It is the policy of the East Buchanan Community School District to provide equal educational opportunities and not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status or disability in its educational programs, activities or its employment and personnel practices.

This agency shall provide program activities, a curriculum and instructional resources which will reflect the racial and cultural diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles and life styles open to both men and women in our society.  One of the objectives of the agency’s programs, curriculum, services and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, and disability.  The curriculum, programs and services shall foster respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity found in our country and an awareness of the rights, duties and responsibilities of each individual as a member of pluralistic society.

A fair and supportive environment will be provided for all students regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status or disability.  Harassment of a sexual nature or with demeaning intent related to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status or disability, made from employee to student, from a student to employee and from one student to another is a violation.

Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to Jan Short, Winthrop, Iowa, 935-3367, to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission or to the Director of Region VII Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS BY OUTSIDE AGENCIES

The school will cooperate with law enforcement officials in investigations involving students, while still protecting the rights of students.

Law enforcement officials will be granted permission to interview students (non-suspect) in the school setting. This generally will occur following approval of school officials and in the presence of a school official.

It shall be the responsibility of the investigator in abuse cases to determine who will be present during an interview. Officials who request an interview for a child abuse investigation and the investigator determines that the child should be interviewed independently of his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) and the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, school officials will allow the investigation without contacting the parent(s) or guardian(s).

While school officials generally will allow interviews of students (non-suspects) without parental notification, law enforcement has the responsibility to notify parents of any interrogation of minors. The school will do everything possible to see that parents are notified prior to any interrogation of student. In the event that parents are not available, a school administrator shall be present at the interview and serve as an advocate of the student.

 

TITLE 1 NOTIFICATION TO PARENTS

The East Buchanan Community School will provide the following information to parents upon request.

  • Information on professional qualifications of their student’s classroom teacher.
  • State teacher qualifications and licensing criteria for subject areas and grade level.
  • Degrees and certification held by teachers and area of discipline.
  • Information about teachers who are teaching with conditional licenses.
  • Qualifications of paraprofessionals who provide services to students.
  • Information on student performance levels on each state assessment.
  • Timely notice of 4 or more weeks of teaching by teachers not fully qualified.
  • When a child is placed in a Limited English Proficient Program.