Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).
By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services
ASBSD recently added a new sample policy, ACAB: Prohibition Against Aiding or Abetting Sexual Abuse.
Federal law – initially the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and then amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act – requires school districts to have such a policy.
“The sample policy includes several definitions as the terms ‘sexual misconduct’ and ‘probable cause’ are not defined in the federal law.”
For questions related to the notices and policies required, contact Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 605-773-2513.
To access the ASBSD Policy Services website, school board members and administrators must login at http://policy.asbsd.org. Your district’s login and password information has been previously provided to your district’s administration.
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