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It is the school district’s determination whether a student is promoted to the next grade or retained at the current level. While a school district does not need parental consent to retain a child. The support, involvement and structure provided by parents are paramount to support the mission of the district. This academic issue will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

If a child cannot successfully master their assigned work [to the minimum district standard] at their current grade placement, how will passing them on to a more challenging academic level improve their skills or self-esteem? Pushing a child on, to be even more unsuccessful, is not the answer. Skill attainment is the answer. It is our responsibility to make efforts to- “leave no child behind”. [*Mastery of 3 of 5 core classes is critical the district granting promotion at 8th grade].

Demonstration of successful skill attainment will weigh heavily in any decision of retention. Parents must pay close attention to all communications concerning lack of achievement or lack of effort. Parent participation is needed to assist teachers in interventions to promote mastery and successful course completion. Parent support is also needed to implement any SAT [Student Assistance Team] instructional strategies used to target a lack of academic success. Information from observation and classroom assessment may point to academic, behavior or motivational issues that could require more specialized testing to address the lack of skill mastery. *See Support Ser.  


Buses and Other School District Vehicles

Buses are primarily used to transport students to and from school.  Students who ride the bus and other school district vehicles to and from school, extracurricular activities or any other destination must comply with school district policies, rules and regulations.  Students are responsible to the driver while on the bus or in another school vehicle, loading or unloading or leaving the bus.  The driver has the ability to discipline a student and may notify the Principal of a student's inappropriate bus conduct. [Riding a district school bus is not a guaranteed right] *See Code of Iowa.

Video cameras are in use on school buses for the safety of the students riding the bus.  The content of the videotapes may be used to discipline students.  Students are not informed when the video cameras are or are not in use. The director of transportation and administration are in charge of reviewing bus tapes for misconduct.

Persons riding in school district vehicles shall adhere to the following rules.  The driver, sponsor and chaperones are to follow the school district policies, rules and regulations for student violations. [Students not eating school breakfast are to remain on the bus until the 8:10 bell rings]

Riders must be at the designated loading point before the arrival time.

Riders must wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.

Riders must not extend arms or heads out of the windows at any time.

Aisles must be kept cleared at all times.

Riders shall load and unload through the right front door.  The emergency door is for emergencies only.

Riders will depart from the vehicle at the designated point unless written permission to get off at a different location is given to the driver.

Riders may be assigned a seat by the driver.

Riders who damage seats or other equipment will reimburse the school district for the cost of the repair or replacement.

Riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the vehicle is in motion.

Waste containers are provided on all vehicles for riders' use.

Permission to open windows must be obtained from the driver.

Classroom conduct is to be observed by students while riding the vehicle except for ordinary conversation.

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