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Title IV - Part A - Safe and Drug Free Schools (NCLB)

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In 2017, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For current content, see the ESSA webpage.

Note: While NCLB is no longer in place, certain NCLB guidance documents remain in effect. As we transition from NCLB to full implementation of ESSA, updated guidance will be available on the ESSA Guidance webpage.

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools State Grant Program provides federal assistance to schools for program and activities that:

  1. Prevent violence in and around schools
  2. Prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  3. Involve parents and communities
  4. Coordinate with related Federal, State, and local activities.

The State Grant Program supports Goal 4 of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001", to ensure that "all students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug-free, and conductive to learning". By law, at least eighty percent of the state's grant award is distributed to school districts.

District Allocation
To receive the SDFSC allocation, the district submits their application to the Iowa Department of Education in their Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). The CSIP includes the SDFSC questions, requirement codes, and assurances. The distribution of District funds occurs when the District has completed an approved plan, budget, and expenditure report. The District amends the application, as necessary, to reflect changes in the activities and programs.

The local educational agency develops its application through timely and meaningful consultation with State and local government representatives, representatives of schools to be served (including private schools), teachers and other staff, parents, students, community-based organizations, and others with relevant and demonstrated expertise in drug and violence prevention activities (such as medical, mental health, and law enforcement professionals).

On an ongoing basis, the local educational agency consults with community representatives and organizations to seek advice on how best to coordinate the school programs and activities with other related strategies, programs, and activities.

To ensure timely and meaningful consultation, a local educational agency at the initial stages of design and development of a program or activity consults, with appropriate entities and persons on issues regarding the design and development of the program or activity, including efforts to meet the principles of effectiveness.

Legal Requirements and Reports

CSIP Application Contents
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA)
Sec. 4114. Local Education Agency Program

Sec. 4115. Authorized Activities

Application Do's

  • Write your application performance measures and indicators for the same period as your CSIP
  • Each performance measure indicator must be tied to a "Prevention Program"
  • Each performance measure indicator should have a realistic level of change and method to measure
  • Submit budget not to exceed allocation amount


SDFCS Laws (2006-09-01) - Summary of federal and state laws applicable to SDFSC.

Waiver SDFSC Program and Activity

Waiver of District Receipt Allocation 2006-2007 (2006-12-07)

Waiver SDFSC Program and or Activity 2006-2007 (2006-09-05)

Advisory Group

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) is the SDFSC District Advisory Committee. The SDFSC Program and Activities, performance measures, evaluation, and opportunities for input are reported to the SIAC at least annually.

Funding Sources

The Iowa Department of Education receives federal funds and distributes the funds to districts as designated by law.

2009-2010 SDFS Allocations

Guiding Practices

Documentation of Consultation with Nonpublic Schools Regarding Participation in Title IV (2006-09-05)

Glossary of Authorized Activities and Guidelines for Expenditure (2006-09-05)

List of 88 Prevention Programs Based on Scientifically-Based Research

Principles of Effectiveness Presentation (2006-09-05)

88 Prevention Programs Based on Scientifically-Based Research (2006-09-05)

Budgeting and Reporting Requirements (2006-09-05)

Plan Development Checklist (2006-09-05)

Practical Information on Crisis Planning--A Guide for Schools and Communities (2006-09-05)


Iowa Youth Survey - The State of Iowa, Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) assists state-level planners in identifying youth development-related needs, developing relevant programs, and assessing the outcomes of those programs. The data presents our youth's perspective on their needs and assess the strengths and weaknesses of our schools, families, and communities. The data can help obtain funds for a wide variety of programs. The Iowa Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP), and Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), Iowa State University completed the most recent 2005 IYS.


Staff also implemented several other provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. These provisions are consistent with the support and creation of safe, disciplined, drug-free and healthy learning environments for students, and include:

Gun-Free Schools Act (Title IV, Part A, Subpart 3, Section 4141)

Pro-Children Act (Title IV, Part C)
Guidance Concerning State and Local Responsibilities Under the Pro-Children Act of 2001

The PCA requires that smoking not be permitted in any indoor facility, or in some cases a portion of a facility, used routinely or regularly for the provision of certain types of "children's services" to persons under age 18, if the services are funded by specified Federal programs either directly or through State or local governments.

Transfer of Disciplinary Records (Title IV, Part A, Subpart 4, Section 4155)

Iowa Code section 279.9A Information sharing states upon the request of school officials of a school to which the student seeks to transfer or has transferred, school officials of the sending school shall provide an accurate record of any suspension or expulsion actions taken, and the basis for those actions taken, against the student.

Unsafe School Choice Option (Title IX, Part E, Section 9532)

Notify Students of School Choice Options
All school districts that operate more than one attendance center per grade level are required to provide a notice to any student victim of violence at school that the student may transfer to another attendance center within the district. May 2006, a letter was sent from the DE to school districts regarding this obligation. Included in the letter was a sample notice for district use. Again, this notification is required only of districts with multiple elementary or secondary buildings. If a district has, for example, one K-3 building, one 4-6 building, one 7-8 building, and one 9-12 building, that district is exempt from this requirement.

Source: July 2006 School Leader Update, page 2

Memo to LEA Superintendents 2006

Unsafe School Rules--Notice to Victims of Right to Transfer (2007-02-08)

Sample notice 2006
Sample Notice (2007-02-08)

281--Iowa Administrative Code 11 Unsafe School Choice Option

US Department of Education, Non-Regulatory Guidance:

Bullying-Free Schools

Preventing Bullying and Harassment Manual (2006-12-27)

A Companion to the Bullying and Harassment (2006-09-08)

Anti-Bullying/Harassment Sample Policy

Calendar of Events 

  • October 15 - Annual budget due
  • September 30 - Budget claim due
  • December 30 - Budget claim due
  • March 30 - Budget claim due
  • June 30 - Budget claim due


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