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Application Submission

All applications and waivers listed on this page are submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). These applications are accessible only to users identified as a superintendent or nonpublic administrator.

Instructions for CASA Access

Home School Assistance Program Limitation Exemption

Iowa Code Section 281-31.4(4)

  • Department Deadlines: Not Applicable
  • Board Approval: Not Applicable
  • Hearing: None required
  • Assurances: None required
  • Application Components:
    • Licensed Iowa Practitioner Name
    • Folder number
    • Exception from family limitation of 20 to __ and/or
    • Exemption from children limitation of 40 to __
    • Reason for Exemption
      • More families/students enrolled than initially anticipated and the best interest of all children will continue to be met
      • Teacher on extended leave. Students re-assigned and the best interests of all children will continue to be met.
      • Teacher left unexpectedly. Students re-assigned and the best interests of all children will continue to be met.
      • Other (limit 150 characters)
  • Application Instructions: This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). Applications are available only to superintendents and nonpublic administrators. Home School Assistance Program Limitation Exemption Instructions Contact Buffy Campbell at buffy.campbell@iowa.gov with questions.

Year Round Attendance Center

Iowa Code section 279.10

  • Department Deadline: Applications must be received no later than November 1 of the year preceding the calendar start date. Districts will be notified no later than January 15th of the Department’s approval or denial of the application. Applications are approved for two years at a time. The district must reapply in November of the year preceding the expiration of the approval for the subsequent two years.
  • Board Approval: Required upload of minutes.
  • Hearing: All applications are required to include a copy of the minutes from the public hearing at which the calendar was approved. These minutes must be signed by the district’s superintendent.
  • Assurances: (a) the attendance center will provide at least ten days of instruction or the hourly equivalent during eleven of the twelve months of the year, (b) the period of time between instructional days will not exceed six weeks, and (c) the attendance center serves all students, and attendance is not limited based on any trait or characteristic of a student.
  • Application components:
    • Assurances and acknowledgment of requirement to report start date in BEDS
    • Grades served
    • Number of calendar hours or days
    • Date of public hearing
    • Minutes from public hearing
  • Application Instructions - This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). The district must request to have this application made accessible the system. Contact Meredith MacQuigg at meredith.macquigg@iowa.gov for this addition.

Guidance on School Start Date and Frequently Asked Questions

Education Standards Exemption

Iowa Code section 256.11

  • Department Deadline: Applications must be received no later than January 1st of the year preceding the school year for which the waiver is requested.
  • Board Approval: Required upload of minutes.
  • Hearing: None required
  • Assurances: None required
  • Application Components:
    • Upload of board minutes where exemption was approved
    • Is this a new exemption or a renewal? new/renewal
    • What is the district/school’s objective in asking for an exemption from this requirement?  Please provide any evidence you have to support your rationale. (200 characters)
    • What is the district/school’s plan to help students achieve during the time this exemption is in place? (200 characters)
    • How will the district/school demonstrate that students’ achievement will not be lessened by the granting of the exemption? (200 characters)
    • How will district/school personnel, time, and facilities be used to facilitate the implementation of this exemption? (200 characters)
    • What it is the estimated cost associated with granting this exemption versus not granting the exemption? (200 characters)
    • How will the district/school revise plans based on the outcome of this school year if the exemption is granted? (200 characters)
    • PE Only - In one semester/trimester, how many minutes of Physical Education will each student engage in?
    • World Language
      • Exemption request for the 1st and 2nd units of the sequence follow the requirements outlined above
      • Waiver request for the 3rd and 4th units of the sequence requires a different application. Please see below.
  • Application Instructions: This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). Applications are available only to superintendents and nonpublic administrators. Education Standards Exemption Application Instructions

World Language Waiver

If seeking an exemption from the 1st and 2nd units of the sequence, this is covered by the Education Standards Exemption shown above. The below information pertains only to a waiver for the requirements of the 3rd and 4th units of the sequence.

Iowa Code 256.11 & 256.11(5)(f)

  • Department Deadline: Applications must be received no later than August 23rd of the school year for which the waiver is requested.
  • Board Approval: Required upload of minutes.
  • Hearing: None required
  • Assurances: None required
  • Application Components:
    •   Upload of board minutes where the waiver was approved 
    •   Upload of documentations showing that
    •   A licensed/certificated teacher was employed and assigned a schedule that would have allowed students to enroll
      • The class was properly scheduled
      • That students were aware of the course offerings
      • That no students enrolled
  • Application Instructions: This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). Applications are available only to superintendents and nonpublic administrators. World Language Waiver Application Instructions

Offer and Teach Exemption and Waiver for Online Courses

Iowa Code section 256.11 section 17

  • Department Deadline: Applications must be received no later than October 1 of the school year for which the waiver is requested
  • Required Assurance: The district or nonpublic school assures that provision of a course through an online alternative shall be offered in one of the following ways:
    (1) The district, school, or a consortium of schools provides the course in an online learning platform in a
    manner that meets the requirements of the rules for online learning passed by the Board;
    (2) The district or school uses a private provider approved by the Department; or
    (3) The district or school uses an online platform offered by the Department in collaboration with the AEAs
    and/or districts or nonpublic schools.
  • If applying for an exemption for world language, personal finance literacy and/or computer science
    Indicate which of the following criteria were met and upload corresponding documentation. 
    (a) Fewer than ten students typically register for the course, or
    (b) The district/school makes every reasonable and good faith effort to employ a licensed teacher to teach the course, but is unable to
  • If applying for an exemption for up to two science, social studies, English-language arts, mathematics, physical education, career and technical education, fine arts and/or health courses
    Indicate which of the following criteria were met and upload corresponding documentation. 
    (a) Fewer than ten students typically register for the course, or
    (b) The district/school makes every reasonable and good faith effort to employ a licensed teacher to teach the course, but is unable to
  • If applying for a waiver for up to two ADDITIONAL science, social studies, English-language arts, mathematics, physical education, career and technical education, fine arts and/or health courses
    Indicate which of the following criteria were met and upload corresponding documentation. 
    (a) Fewer than ten students typically register for the course, or
    (b) The district/school makes every reasonable and good faith effort to employ a licensed teacher to teach the course, but is unable to

    AND

    • How did the district or nonpublic school incentivize students to register for the course?
    • Does the district or nonpublic school wish to request a second waiver for a high school science, social studies, English-language arts, mathematics, physical education, career and technical education, fine arts, or health course?
  • Application Instructions - This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). Applications are available only to superintendents and nonpublic administrators.

Temporary Waiver of Endorsement (Applicable Only to 2020-2021)

Section 17 of SF2310

  • Department Deadline: Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2021 for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Upload documentation that shows the district/school made every reasonable and good faith effort to employ a licensed teacher to teach the course, but was unable to.
  • Provide an explanation of why the course cannot be offered online.
  • Provide the license number, full name and current endorsement(s) for each instructor for which a waiver is being sought.
  • Application Instructions - This application is submitted through the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA). Applications are available only to superintendents and nonpublic administrators.

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