503.3 Fines – Fees – Charges

503.3 Fines – Fees – Charges

The board believes students should respect school district property and assist in its preservation for future use by others.  Students may be assessed fines, charges, or fees for the materials needed in a course, for overdue school materials, for participating in activities, or for misuse of school property.

The superintendent will inform the board of the dollar amount to be charged to students or others for fines, charges, or fees annually.  Parents of students meeting specific financial eligibility standards will be eligible for a waiver of student fees or a reduction of student fees based upon the request of the parent.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

Legal Reference:         

Iowa Code §§ 256.7(20); 279.8; 280.10, .11; 282.6; 285.1; 301.1.

281 I.A.C. 18.2.

Cross Reference:     501.16 Homeless Children & Youth

                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    503      Student Discipline

Approved 10/20/2021                         Reviewed                                             Revised                   

503.3E1 Standard Fee Waiver Application

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503.3R1 Student Fee Waiver and Reduction Procedures

The board recognizes that while certain fees charged students are appropriate and authorized, certain students and their families are not financially able to pay the fees.  The school district will grant either full waivers, partial waivers or temporary waivers depending upon the circumstances and the student or student’s parents’ ability to meet the financial criteria.

A.  Waivers –

1.  Full Waivers – a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the Child Nutrition program, Family Investment Program, or transportation assistance under open enrollment.  Students in foster care are also eligible for full waivers.

2.  Partial Waivers – a student will be granted a partial waiver of fees charged by the school district if the student or the student’s parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the Child Nutrition program. A partial waiver is based on the same percentage as the reduced price meals.

3.  Temporary Waivers – a student may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees charged by the district in the event the student’s parents are facing financial difficulty.  Temporary waivers may be applied for at any time throughout the school year and will not extend beyond the end of the school year.

B. Application – Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver will make an application on the form provided by the school district.  Applications may be made at any time but must be renewed annually.

C.  Confidentiality – The school district will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.

D.  Appeals – Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Superintendent.

E.  Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to school property are not fees and will not be waived.

F.   Notice – the school district will annually notify parents and students of the waiver.  The following information will be included in registration materials.

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), or transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived.  Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees.  Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the Nutrition Services Director for a waiver form.  This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.