Level 1 Investigator: Abuse

It is the policy of the district that school employees not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students. Any district employee who commits such acts is subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including discharge.


It is the policy of the district to respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by district employees by investigating or arranging full investigation of any allegation, and to do so in a reasonably prudent manner. The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible. All employees are required to assist in the investigation when requested to provide information and to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting and investigating process.


General Education Interventions

Each Local Education Agency (LEA), in conjunction with the Area Education Agency (AEA), shall attempt to resolve any presenting problem or behaviors of concern in the general education environment prior to conducting a full and individual evaluation. In circumstances when there is a suspicion that a child is an eligible individual, the AEA, in collaboration with the LEA, shall conduct a full and individual initial evaluation. Documentation of the rationale for such action shall be included in the individual’s educational record.


Each LEA shall provide general notice to the parents on an annual basis about the provision of general education interventions that occur as a part of the agency’s general program and that may occur at any time throughout the school year.


General education interventions shall include consultation with special education support and instructional personnel. General education intervention activities shall be documented and shall include measurable and goal-directed attempts to resolve the presenting problem or behaviors of concern, communication with parents, and collection of data related to the presenting problem or behaviors of concern, intervention design and implementation, and systemic progress monitoring to measure the effects of interventions.


If the referring problem or behaviors of concern are shown to be resistant to general education interventions or if interventions are demonstrated to be effective but require continued and substantial effort that may include the provision of special education and related services, the agency shall then conduct a full and individual initial evaluation.


The parent of a child receiving general education interventions may request that the agency conduct a full and individual initial evaluation at any time during the implementation of such interventions.


Equal Educational Opportunity

Saydel Community School District does not discriminate in its education programs or educational activities on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, martial status, socioeconomic status, or abilities/disabilities in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI and Title XII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment, Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Iowa Code #216.9. Students are educated in programs which foster knowledge of, and respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.


Students who feel they have been discriminated against are encouraged to report it to the school district’s Equity Coordinator Aimee Rhode, Director of Student Services, 5740 NE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50313;rhodeaimee@saydel.net; 515-264-0866. Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0201, 515-281-4121 or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL, 60661.


The district, in its educational program, has a process to assist students experiencing behavior and learning difficulties. Building response to intervention (RTI) teams, facilitated by building administrators and/or school counselors are responsible for this process. Representatives from the area education agency may also assist the district in this process. Parents wanting access to this process should contact the principal or counselor.


Notice Concerning Highly Qualified Teachers/Professionals

Parents and guardians in the Saydel Community School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child’s teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child’s teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree. You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your students in a Title I program or if your school operates a school-wide Title I program.


Parents and guardians may request this information from the office of the superintendent by calling 515-264-0866 or sending a letter of request to:

Saydel Community School District Office, 5740 NE 14th Street, Des Moines IA 50313


Saydel Community School District ensures parents will be notified in writing if their child has been assigned or has been taught by a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered highly qualified.


Homeless Students

In accordance with 281 IAC Chapter 33 Iowa Administrative Code, the Saydel Community School District is required to give written notice to homeless children and families if the district is going to deny access to their educational programs. Homeless children and families may obtain free legal services by contacting:

Legal Aid Society of Polk County

1111 9th Street – 3rd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50314



Chapter 33 of the Iowa Administrative Code defines “homeless child or youth” as a child or youth from the age of three years through 21 years who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes the following:


  • A child or youth who is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; is living in an emergency or transitional shelter; is abandoned in a hospital; or is awaiting foster care placement;
  • A child or youth who has primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • A child or youth who is living in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting; or
  • A migratory child or youth who qualifies as homeless because the child or youth is living in circumstances described in paragraphs “1” through “3” of this sect


Iowa Concussion Legislation

Effective July 1, 2011, Iowa law requires that students in grades 7-12 who participate in extracurricular interscholastic activities, cheerleading and dance; and their parents/guardians; must sign a copy of the acknowledgement form and return it to their school.


Students cannot practice or compete in those activities until this form is signed and returned.


In addition, please note this important information from Iowa Code Section 280.13C, Brain Injury Policies:


1. A child must be immediately removed from participation (practice or competition) if his/her coach or a contest official observes signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion or brain injury in an extracurricular interscholastic activity.

2. A child may not participate again until a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and other brain injuries has evaluated him/her and the student has received written clearance from that person to return to participation.

3. Key definitions:

a. “Licensed health care provider” means a physician, physician assistant, chiropractor, advanced registered nurse practitioner, nurse, physical therapist, or athletic trainer licensed by a board.

b. “Extracurricular interscholastic activity” means any extracurricular interscholastic activity, contest, or practice, including sports, dance, or cheerleading.


Open Enrollment

Per Iowa Code 282.18 open enrolling is a process that allows parents/guardians residing in an Iowa school district the option of enrolling their children into another Iowa school district. There are two deadlines that must be kept in mind when considering applying for open enrollment. March 1 is the deadline for open enrollment grades 1-12. September 1 is the deadline for kindergarten open enrollment.


By Iowa state statute, unless Saydel Community School District can show insufficient classroom space, the district must allow open enrollment into the district if the application is received by the established March 1 and September 1 deadlines. Students seeking open enrollment after the March 1 and September 1 deadlines must first secure release from their resident district and sufficient classroom space must be available. Saydel Schools can accept open enrollments after the deadline if the student has been released. The Saydel Schools can choose to end acceptance of all new open enrollment requests at any time after the deadline.


For more information: To obtain an open enrollment handbook, application or for more information, please refer to the Iowa Department of Education website. Contact the Saydel District Office with open enrollment questions, 515-264-0866.


Handbooks & Board Policies

Each year, students receive a copy of the student/parent handbook for their grade-level, and handbooks and School Board policies are posted on the district website at www.saydel.k12.ia.us. Parents are strongly encouraged to review the handbook and policies of the Board of Education with their student so both understand the regulations and expectations of the district for students. Handbooks include many important annual notices and information about policies students and their parents are responsible for knowing and understanding. Ignorance of the contents of the handbooks and policies of the Board of Education excuses no one from complying with these regulations.


Corporal Punishment, Restraint and Physical Confinement and Detention

State law forbids district employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by district employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, district employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property. State law also places limits on district employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student.


The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a district employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the district must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the student’s parent. If you have any questions about this state law, contact your student’s school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education website: www.educateiowa.gov.


Use of Video Cameras On School Vehicles/Property

The Saydel Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses and sites. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents/guardians are hereby notified that the content of the real and electronic files may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The contents of the files are confidential student records and will be retained if necessary with other student records.


Section 504 – Notice of Rights

Section 504 is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination based upon a disability. Section 504 covers eligible students for accommodations that enable them to work or learn. The great majority of academic accommodations should take place in the general education classroom. A school team knowledgeable of the student determines, with evaluation data, if the student meets eligibility criteria.


Saydel Community School District does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of a student’s disability. If it has been determined that your child has a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made to meet his/her individual needs as adequately as the needs of other students, as a parent, you have the right to the following:


• Participation of your child in school district program and activities, including extracurricular programs and activities, to the maximum extent appropriate, free of discrimination based upon the student’s disability and at the same level as students without disabilities;


• Receipt of free educational services to the extent they are provided students without disabilities;


• Receipt of information about your child and your child’s educational programs and activities in your native language;


• Notice of identification of your child as having a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made and notice prior to evaluation and placement of your child and right to periodically request a re-evaluation of your child;


• Inspect and review your child’s educational records, including a right to copy those records for a reasonable fee; you also have a right to ask the school district to amend your child’s educational records if you feel the information in the records is misleading or inaccurate; should the school district refuse to amend the records, you have a right to a hearing and to place an explanatory letter in your child’s file explaining why you feel the records are misleading or inaccurate; and


• Hearing before an impartial hearing officer if you disagree with your child’s evaluation or placement; you have a right to counsel at the hearing and have the decision of the impartial hearing officer reviewed.


It is the policy of the Saydel Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identify and socioeconomic status (for programs), in its educational programs and its employment practices.


There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to the policy, please contact Equity Coordinator Aimee Rhode, Director of Student Services, 5740 NE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50313; rhodeaimee@saydel.net; 515-264-0866.


Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:


1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.


2. The right to contest placement of a controversial record in the student’s education records. Parents or eligible students may ask Saydel Community School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading or a violation of the student’s right to privacy. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent of eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a meeting with a district employee who is not directly interested in the outcome. Additional information regarding the meeting procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when they are notified of their right to the meeting.


3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. An exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, faculty member, staff member, member of the Board of Directors, or others acting on their behalf who the superintendent has determined to have a legitimate educational interest in obtaining access to information in a student’s education records. This may include outsourced law enforcement and security units contracted with the school district. A legitimate educational interest exists when the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district will disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.


4. The right to inform the district that the parent or eligible student does not want the district’s designated directory information, as defined below, to be released to the public. To object to the designation and release of certain student records as directory information, the parent or eligible student must notify the principal in writing, prior to August 1 of each school year (or two weeks from the date of enrollment in the district if such enrollment occurs after August 1), of the information not wished to be released. This objection to the release of directory information must be renewed annually.

Examples of school or media publications include; but are not limited to:

• A playbill showing our student’s role in a drama production

• The annual yearbook

• Honor roll or other recognition lists

• Graduation programs

• Sports activity sheets such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members

• Newspaper articles or television news stories

• Photos, podcasts, videos or information posted on the district website

• Athletic or activities team photos or class photos

• Website articles


Directory information means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The Saydel Community School District has designated the following student information as directory information:

• Student’s name

• Curriculum (major field of study)

• Section/Team

• Year in school

• Participation in recognized organizations, activities and sports

• Weight and height of members of athletic teams

• Degrees, awards and honors received

• The most recent educational institution attended by the student

• Photographs, audio recordings and video recordings of the student

• Date of attendance at the school district (general periods of time during which an individual attended or was enrolled in an educational agency or institution)

• Student work


Any information not designated by the district as directory information will be considered an educational record under FERPA and may not be released to the public without parental or eligible student consent. Two federal laws require local school districts receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the school district that they do not want their student’s information disclosed to the military recruiters without their prior written consent. (1) If you do not want the district to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing by August 1.


5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:Family Policy and Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605


6. The district may share information contained in a student’s record with officials of the juvenile justice system if such information will assist in their ability to serve the student. These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the Nation’s armed forces.


Your student's information will be used as defined above unless you choose to opt-out.


If you have no objections to use of your student's information as defined above, no further action is necessary and you do not need to fill out the form.


If you object to use of your student's information as defined above and you do not want your student's directory information included in class lists, yearbooks, school programs, brochures, athletic programs, newspaper articles, and other publications such as are noted above, please request and fill out the opt-out form. The form should then be returned to your child's school no later than August 1.


Student Media Interviews

During the course of the school year, students may be interviewed from time to time by newspaper, television, radio or other reporters in regard to projects, activities and other school events. This is considered a part of the district’s directory information consent policy (Student Records), along with photos, video, audio recording and other media.


If you object to your student being interviewed in this manner, you should deny Photo Use Permission in your student’s profile in PowerSchool and electronically sign the photo status update.


Parents’ Role During Emergencies

The best action parents can take in an emergency is to stay close to their phone and email and to monitor local radio and TV reports for regular updates and instructions.


  • Do not report to your child’s school during emergency situations. Law enforcement officials will not allow entry to the school site during a lockdown or shelter-in-place.
  • Avoid calling the school or the district offices during the emergency.



Notification and Communication: The school district is committed to providing parents and guardians with the latest and most accurate information available. In most cases the district will post information on the district website. In some forms of emergency, the district may also send automated phone and email messages and use news media outlets to distribute information.


Parents should monitor official emergency information updates using the district’s website, automated call/text system, and local media. In today’s world, students will be texting and calling parents immediately. Be aware that information you receive from your child may not always be accurate as they may only have a portion of the information; ensure the information you are using is official and comes directly from Saydel Community Schools.


Emergency notification system: The automated calling/email/text system used by the school district can store a primary home phone and email address, as well as up to four additional phone numbers per parent and one additional email address per parent.


School emergency response protocols: A school crisis can take a number of forms including an environmental event, such as a chemical spill or gas leak; a weather emergency, such as a tornado warning; or an intruder in or near the school. The nature of a school crisis dictates whether school officials will put in place a lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation, or any combination of two of these protocols, as a means to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff. To ensure timely communication, please make sure your contact information at the school is up to date.