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Policy Alert: Federally Required Annual Notices and Policies

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


The National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA) 2018 Annual Notices and Policies Required by Federal Law has recently been posted.


The Annual Notices include recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the notices applicable to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which governs disclosure of confidential student information and PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment), which requires school districts to have policies regarding surveys of students, instructional materials, physical examinations, personal information used for marketing, etc., related to students.


Click here to review the NSBA/COSA  August, 2018,  federally required Annual Notices.



The Policies Required by Federal Law includes the ESSA requirement for a policy prohibiting certain employment recommendations in cases of sexual misconduct.


Click here to review the NSBA/COSA  August, 2018, federally  Policies Required By Federal Law (with sample policies and forms).


These links have also been posted on the ASBSD Policy Services website.


For questions related to the notices and policies required, contact Kaufman at or at 605-773-2513.


To access the ASBSD Policy Services website, school board members and administrators must login at Your district’s login and password information has been previously provided to your district’s administration.


If you are not able to access the ASBSD Policy Services website, please contact your district’s administration or ASBSD Policy Services Associate Kay Thompson-Tieszen at

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