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December05

Policy Alert: Five Important Legal Related Policies

Five important sample policies related to the legal system in some manner received rewrites or updates to its language.   The amended policies include: JEA: Compulsory Attendance Ages, which aligns language in the policy with state statute, references to alternative instruction and removes reference to the School-Based program, as it is referenced in other sample
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December04

Policy Alert: Student Organizations policy rewritten

ASBSD’s sample policy IGDA: Student Organizations received a full edit.   “This is a full policy rewrite,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said. “We recommend school districts who adopted the previous version of sample policy IGDA: Student Organizations consider these changes as soon as they can.”   In addition, IGDA-R(1): Student
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December03

Policy Alert: Staff related policies amended

Two sample policies pertaining to school staff members received revisions.   Modifications to sample policy GBI: Staff Gifts and Solicitations are substantial.   “After review of the sample policy, we made significant edits to acceptance of gifts by employees,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said. “In addition, changes were also made
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December02

Policy Alert: Vaping references added to sample policies

References to vaping marked the changes in two sample policies.   Sample policies AEA: Tobacco and Vaping Free Schools and JFC: Student Conduct received edits by the ASBSD policy team.   “Changes made to sample policy AEA: Tobacco and Vaping Free Schools included a prohibition for vaping, as well as the prohibition of distribution or
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December01

Policy Alert: Multiple policies receive revisions

Updated terminology was incorporated into multiple sample policies ranging from school board legal status to students in foster care and a few other topics in between.   BB: School Board Legal Status Changed reference for Vocational Education to Technical Education DBDA: General Fund Balance  Changes the term LEP to the updated term English Learner (EL)
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November04

Policy Alert: 2022 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

2022’s Policies Required by Federal Law and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law has been updated by the National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA).   Links to the 2022 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law are posted on the ASBSD Policy Services website in the News window, located on the right hand side of the
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May27

Policy Alert: 2022 Legislative Session

Recap of bills signed into law during the 2022 Legislative Session relevant to public education in South Dakota. To view the bill, click on the blue link.   HB 1087: Revise certain provisions regarding records that are not open to inspection and copying and deliberations in an executive or closed meeting.    Summary:  Incorporates SDCL
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September26

Policy Alert: 2021 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

The National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA) recently updated and posted Policies Required by Federal Law and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law.   ASBSD Policy and Legal Services Director Jessica Filler requested when school districts review the notices, they especially focus on the addition made in 2021 to the Title IX Summary of Requirements
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August26

Policy Alert: Alternative Instruction

ASBSD has updated multiple policies related to the student alternative instruction (homeschool) law overhaul by the legislature during the 2021 session.   “The major changes are to policy IGDK: Participation of Alternative Instruction Students and JEAA: Students Alternative Instruction,” ASBSD Policy and Legal Services Director Jessica Filler said.   IGDK: Participation of Alternative Instruction Students Revisions include
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August24

Policy Alert – Medical Cannabis Administration in Schools

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).   ASBSD has created a new sample policy and accompanying exhibit
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