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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

Appeals

Athletic Eligibility

Athletic Reminders

Attendance policies - Key Points to Remember

Background checks and the role of Board of Educational Examiners

Birth Certificates - Important Reminders from IDPH

Bloodborne Pathogen Guidance

Bullying and Harassment

Cell Phones - Confiscation and Searches

Chapter 102 Level I Investigator Manual

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

Close or Not to Close, that is the Question

Compulsory Attendance Reminders SWVPP and Kindergarten

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

FERPA

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 (FAPE) following Supreme Court Decision

Gift Law

Good Conduct

Graduation

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

Homeless

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

McKinney-Vento

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

Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment - School Compliance

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 Discipline - Guidance from USDE

School Discipline Guidance from U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education is Rescinded

School Health Legal Summary

School immunizations and enrollment

School Nurses

School Safety

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

Search and Seizure

Service Animals in 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

Student Records and Child Abuse Investigations

Student Records, Retention and Spring Cleaning

Student Who is Almost 21

Students with ADHD - U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights

Students with Disabilities

Summertime coaching activities

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

Supreme Court (United States and Iowa courts)

Suspension, State Board upholds local board decision on

TeachIowa.gov postings

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. Department of Education Issues Updates on Equitable Services for Private School Students under ESSA

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

Work permits for students

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 18, 2021 at 1:13pm.