• 503.3


    Code No. 503.3

    FINES - FEES - CHARGES

    The board believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others. Students may be assessed fines, charges, or fees for the materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, for participating in activities, or for misuse of school property.

    The superintendent will inform the board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for fines, charges, or fees annually. Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent. It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

    Legal Reference:Iowa Code §§ 256.7(20); 279.8; 280.10, .11; 282.6; 285.1; 301.1 (2009).

    281 I.A.C. 18.

    1994 Op. Att’y Gen. 23.

    1990 Op. Att’y Gen. 79.

    1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 227.

    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 532.

    Cross Reference:501.6Homeless Children & Youth

    502   Student Rights and Responsibilities

    503       Student Discipline

    Approved: 02/16/2006

    Reviewed: 01/19/2006, 03/24/2011

    Revised:

    Code No.  503.3E1

    STANDARD FEE WAIVER APPLICATION

    Date

    School year

    All information provided in connection with this application will be kept confidential.

    Name of student:

    Grade in school

    Name of student:

    Grade in school

    Name of student:

    Grade in school

    Attendance Center/School:

    Name of parent, guardian:

    or legal or actual custodian

    Please check type of waiver desired:

    Full waiver

    Partial waiver

    Temporary waiver

    Please check if the student or the student's family meets the financial eligibility criteria or is involved in one of the following programs:

    Full waiver

    Free meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program (CNP)

    The Family Investment Program (FIP)

    Transportation assistance under open enrollment

    Foster care

    Partial waiver

    Reduced priced meals offered under the Children Nutrition Program

    Temporary waiver

    If none of the above apply, but you wish to apply for a temporary waiver of school fees because of serious financial problems, please state the reason for the request:

    Signature of parent, guardian:

    or legal or actual custodian


























    Code 503.3R1

    STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES

    The board recognizes that while certain fees charged students are appropriate and authorized, certain students and their families are not financially able to pay the fees. The school district will grant either full waivers, partial waivers, or temporary waivers depending upon the circumstances and the student or student’s parent’s ability to meet the financial criteria.

    A.Waivers –

    1.Full Waivers – a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition Program, Family Investment Program, or transportation assistance under open enrollment. Students in foster car are also eligible for full waivers.

    2.Partial Waivers – a student will be granted a partial waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or the student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition Program. (A partial waiver shall be based on the same percentage as the reduced price meals.)

    3.Temporary Waivers – a student may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees charged by the district in the event the student’s parents are facing financial difficulty. Temporary waivers may be applied for at any time throughout the school year and shall

    not extend beyond the end of the school year.

    B.Application – Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver shall make an application on the form provided by the school district. Applications may be made at any time but must be renewed annually.

    C.Confidentiality – The school district will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.

    D.Appeals – Denial of a waiver may be appealed to the school Superintendent.

    E.Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss of school property are not fees and will not be waived.

    F.Notice – the school district will annually notify parents and students of the waiver. The following information will be included in registration materials and printed in the parent- handbook, student handbook, and newsletter.

    Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), or transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.   Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the building principal, secretary, or business office at registration time for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.