Policy Alert: AI, Public Comment & more amended policies

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Policy Alert: AI, Public Comment & more amended policies

ASBSD has developed an Artificial Intelligence policy for schools while also amending several other sample school board policies.

Artificial Intelligence

IIBFA: Artificial Intelligence policy to clarify expectations for student and staff use of AI technology.

“With Artificial Intelligence being a fast growing and rapidly changing area in education, ASBSD has developed a policy focused on expected use by students and staff,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said.

Public Comment

BDDC & BDDH: amended to clarify language to be in line with state law now requiring public comment at every official meeting (except for meetings held solely for the purpose of executive session).

BDDH-E(2): revised the introduction to public comment script that includes guidelines for individuals who speak during public comment.

“School boards, by law, are able to limit the time per topic and total time allowed for public comment, but doing so should be applied objectively and unilaterally and not done in a way that appears favorable towards a certain viewpoint or speaker,” Filler said.

Curriculum, Instructional and Library Materials

KLB: amendment to the public complaint process about curriculum or instructional materials, which also includes challenges to library materials.

KLB-E(1): modified the form to complete requesting reconsideration of instructional materials.

KLB-E(2): created a new form for parents and guardians to opt out of certain library materials being checked out that are not part of the curriculum or instruction.

IIAC: revised the library materials selection and adoption policy.

“With respect to sample policies KLB and IIAC, school boards can edit the criteria for library materials and other parameters around materials challenges to fit their district, after consultation with their own local school attorney,” Filled said.

Other Amendments to Sample Policies

JFC: revised the student conduct policy to incorporate artificial intelligence into the cheating prohibition.

JEC: adjusted language on school admissions age.

KG-R(1): language amendments to match sample policy KG to be consistent with the number of days in advance someone needs to submit a facility use request.

The sample policies and exhibitions can be found online through ASBSD’s Policy Services website. For questions related to either, contact Filler at jfiller@asbsd.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.

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 kay@asbsd.org.

Note: For ASBSD member schools who are Online Policy Services subscribers you may access a PDF copy of the modifications made to these policies through your school districts online policy site, simply choose the ASBSD Communications option under the Policies tab.

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