503.03 Fines-Fees-Charges

The Superintendent/designee 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.

The Board believes students should respect 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 District property. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

Following unsuccessful collection of unpaid account balances, parents/guardians may be subject to having unpaid account balances greater than $250 forwarded to an outside collections agency.

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 256.7(20); 279.8; 280.10, .11; 282.6; 285.1; 301.1 (2007).
281 I.A.C. 18.
1994 Op. Att'y Gen. 23.
1990 Op. Att'y Gen. 79.
1982 Op. Att'y Gen. 227.
1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 532.

Cross Reference:
501.51 Homeless Children and Youth
502 Series Student Behavior and Discipline

Adopted:
December 21, 2009

Reviewed:
March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017

Revised:
March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017

R.R. 1 #503.03

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 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.

  • Waivers
  1. Full Waivers - a student will be granted a full waiver of fees charged by the District if the student or student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for free meals under the District's Nutrition Services 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 District if the student or the student's parents meet the financial eligibility criteria for reduced price meals offered under the District's Nutrition Services program.
  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.
  • Application - Parents or students eligible for a fee waiver will make an application on the form provided by the District. Applications may be made at any time but a new eligibility application must be completed and submitted annually.
  • Confidentiality - The District will treat the application and application process as any other student record and student confidentiality and access provisions will be followed.
  • Appeals - Denials of a waiver may be appealed to the Superintendent/designee.
  • Fines or charges assessed for damage or loss to District property are not fees and will not be waived.
  • Notice - the 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 principal, secretary, etc. for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.

Reviewed:

March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017

Revised:

March 25, 2013

November 20, 2017