Policy Alert: Student education related policies amended

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Policy Alert: Student education related policies amended

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).


School board sample policies related to different aspects of a student’s education were recently reviewed and amended by ASBSD’s Policy committee.


Sample policy IKF: Graduation Requirements/Early Graduation was among the amended policies.


“Our student graduation related policy received an extensive rewrite to match the state graduation requirements,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Jessica Filler said.


The amendments to IKF contain the inclusion of the graduation requirements for each track established by the State Board of Education and updates made to language within the policy.



Two other student education related sample policies were amended:

  • JFB: Education of Homeless Children:
    • Changes the definition of homeless child to correspond with current state and federal law and clarifies the language within the dispute resolution section;
  • JOA: Student Directory Information:
    • Changes the reference from technical institute to technical college and removes redundant language regarding providing information to military recruiters;
    • Also made language changes to exhibits JOA-E(1) and JOA-E(2) regarding student information being provided to military recruiters and higher education institutions.

For questions related to the policies, 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.


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.


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.

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