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Legal Lessons

The selected Legal Lessons listed below are a series of items legal in nature originally published as part of the School Leader Update. Legal Lessons are only informational. They do not constitute legal advice. If you need legal advice for your own situation you should contact your district's legal counsel or private counsel.

Abuse of students by school employees (Chapter 102 Level 1 Investigator)


Athletic Eligibility

Athletic Reminders

Attendance policies - Key Points to Remember

Background checks and the role of Board of Educational Examiners

Birth Certificates

Bloodborne Pathogen Guidance

Bullying and Harassment

Cell Phones - Confiscation and Searches

Choosing an Electronic Health Record System, Vendors, and School Health Services

Compulsory Attendance Ages

Custody, Court Orders, and Requests for Records

Dress Codes

Digital Fingerprinting by School Districts Illegal

Driver's Education, waivers, nonpublic school students

Emergency Operations Plans & Confidentiality

ESSA’s Provisions for Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Effective December 2016

English Learners

Enrollment policies for the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program

Epinephrine for schools

Equity Issues

Expulsion and suspension policies in early childhood classrooms

Fee Reminders


Firearms on school grounds

First Amendment/Free Speech

Food Allergies

Foreign exchange students (those with a J-1 Visa)

Foster Care

Free Appropriate Public Education: USDE Q&A

Gift Law

Good Conduct


Head Lice: A nuisance but not a medical or health hazard


IDEA and ADA, Intersection of

Instructional Hours vs. Days Updates

Immigrant Children/Students

Kadyn’s Law - Iowa School Bus Safety

Laptops, Chromebooks and Other Technology Fees

Limited home rule


Medicaid, New federal special education rule on claiming

Medication Waste Guidance

Miranda Warnings to Students

Money remaining in student lunch accounts

Natural Disasters and Displaced Students

New Rule Adopted by the Iowa Public Information Board - Exempt Sessions

Open Enrollment

Open Records Law and Emails

Opting Out of Testing

Physical education excusals and less-than-year-long PE

Pledge of Allegiance

Pregnancy Discrimination - New Guidance from EEOC

Prom: The Four "Ds" of Prom Protocol: Dates, Dress, Decorum, Drug Testing

Public property, equipment and funds

Records and access to students

Top Five Registration Issues

Religious Holiday Celebrations in Public Schools - Important Reminders

Religious Music in Public Schools

Residency Issues

Resident or Not - That is the Question

Resident Students, Obligation to Educate

School Assembly Guidance

School Delays and Closings

School Health Legal Reference Summary

School immunizations and enrollment

School Safety

School start date: co-curricular vs. extra-curricular activities

Search and Seizure: Top 10 Things to Know

Service Animals - Revised Regulations for Districts, Area Education Agencies, and Accredited Nonpublic Schools

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Exploitation

Senior Year Plus and dual-enrolled students

Smoking & Vaping on School Grounds

Snow Days and Hours Guidance Revisited

Snow Days, Part II

Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program Important Policy Reminders

Student Privacy Website U.S. Department of Education

Student Records and Child Abuse Investigations

Student Records, Retention and Spring Cleaning

Student Who is Almost 21

Students with Disabilities

Summertime coaching activities

Supplement Not Supplant Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

The Teacher Next Door - How to Catch a Predator

Title IX

Transportation for Shared Programs

Uninterrupted Scholars Act

U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law

U.S. Department of Education Guidance on School Climate Resources

U.S. Departments of Education, Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services Release School Safety District Guide

Unpaid Meal Policies - Best Practices to Ensure Access to Meals

Student VISAs

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 27, 2022 at 6:07am.