Return to Headlines

Chapter 4 - Curriculum & Instruction

Chapter 4.0 Table of Contents

  1. 4.10 The Curriculum
  2. 4.11 Student Progression Plan
  3. 4.12 Exceptional Student Education
  4. 4.121 Transition to Postsecondary Education and Career Opportunites for Students with Disabilites
  5. 4.13 Career and Technical Education
  6. 4.14 Dropout Prevention Program
  7. 4.15 English for Speakers of Other Languages
  8. 4.16 Homework Assigments
  9. 4.17 Summer School Program
  10. 4.18 Student Fees
  11. 4.19 Title I Comparability
  12. 4.20 Instructional Materials Selection and Allocation
  13. 4.24 Management of Textooks
  14. 4.30 Challenged Materials
  15. 4.40 Extracurricular Program
  16. 4.42 Public Appearance of School Groups
  17. 4.43 Field Trips
  18. 4.44 School Functions
  19. 4.45 Chaperones for School Functions
  20. 4.50 Student Clubs and Organizations
  21. 4.51 Student Publications
  22. 4.60 Districts and State-Wide Assessment Program
  23. 4.61 Security of Tests
  24. 4.70 Home Education Program
  25. 4.80 Grading and Report Cards
  26. 4.90 Graduation Requirements

4.10 THE CURRICULUM

  1. The District curriculum shall be determined by:
    1. Students’ needs as determined by data, research, assessments and surveys;
    2. Continuous evaluation of curriculum effectiveness in meeting students’ needs in the District;
    3. Florida Statutes, State Board of Education rules, and the School Board; and
    4. Florida Department of Education developed and School Board approved Florida curriculum frameworks, State Student Performance Standards and course descriptions.
  2. The Superintendent may appoint such committees and special study groups as may be necessary to assist in determining the educational needs of the District.
  3. The Superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff member who is responsible for the development and coordination of the total curriculum of the District.
  4. The program of instruction can be found in the Student Progression Plan for elementary, middle, and high school levels. A student’s progression from one grade to another shall be determined, in part, upon proficiency in reading, writing, science, and mathematics.
  5. All instruction of required topics, as well as instructional and supporting materials on the required topics, be consistent with the principles of individual freedom, s. 1003.42.
  6. A course description shall be presented for School Board approval before any course or unit in the objective study of the Bible or a comparative study of religion, as provided in Florida Statutes, is initiated in any school. The description shall detail the purpose of the course, the materials to be used, grade location, length of the course, and credit value. No teacher shall present or permit to be presented any material which ridicules any religious sect, belief, or faith.
  7. The District shall encourage and implement the study of multiple cultures and ethnicities in the regular curriculum of the schools, to include, but not limited to, any required instruction as set forth in section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, as amended from time to time.
    1. Instructional materials used in the District shall give credit to and reflect the contribution of the multiple cultures and ethnicities identified and recognized in the history of our civilization.
    2. Textbooks shall be selected pursuant to sections 1006.28 and 1006.283, Florida Statutes, and Board Policy 4.20, on the basis of the extent to which they unilaterally treat the contributions of all groups to the progress of the human race through the ages.
    3. Supplementary curriculum materials concerning multiple cultures and ethnicities shall be acquired or developed by School Board employees and shall be available in all schools to provide additional resource materials to teachers and students for in-depth study of special interest areas. Curriculum materials shall provide for continuity of learning, reflecting the contribution of each ethnic group in a fused program of instruction.
    4. The instructional staff members of each school shall incorporate available relevant materials and activities concerning multiple cultures and ethnicities into approved courses of study at each grade level to provide continuous sequential learning experiences for students. Such activities as multi- cultural week, assemblies or special school projects may be conducted at individual school principal’s discretion.
  8. All science curriculum guides and science instruction that relate to biological experimentation in grades K-12 shall meet the requirements specified in section 1003.47, Florida Statutes. A student may be excused from such experiments upon written request of his/her parent.
  9. The School Board recognizes the importance of Comprehensive Health Education and encourages its implementation in the regular curriculum of the schools. Comprehensive Health Education is required instruction in grades K-12. Comprehensive Health Education shall be taught efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required, following the prescribed courses of study and adopted standards, and employing the approved methods of instruction.
    1. Comprehensive age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate K-12 instruction shall include:
      1. Health Education which addresses the concepts of community health; consumer health; environmental health and family life, including injury prevention and safety; internet safety; nutrition; personal health; prevention and control of disease; substance use and abuse; and prevention of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking.
      2. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse prevention component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 6 through 12 shall include an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
      3. Instruction of life skills that build confidence, support mental and emotional health, and enable students to overcome challenges, including self-awareness and self-management; responsible decision-making; resiliency; relationship skills and conflict resolution; understanding and respecting other viewpoints and backgrounds; and for grades 9 through 12, developing leadership skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and research skills; creating a resume, including a digital resume; exploring career pathways; using state career planning resources; developing and practicing the skills necessary for employment interviews; workplace ethics and workplace law; managing stress and expectations; and self-motivation.
      4. For students in grades 6 through 12, the social, emotional, and physical effects of social media. This component must include, but need not be limited to, the negative effects of social media on mental health, including addiction; the distribution of misinformation on social media; how social media manipulates behavior; the permanency of sharing materials online; how to maintain personal security and identify cyberbullying, predatory behavior, and human trafficking on the Internet; and how to report suspicious behavior encountered on the Internet.
    2. Comprehensive Health Education shall be considered a separate subject apart from physical education.
    3. Comprehensive Health Education in grades 6-12 shall be taught by certified health education teachers except that students taking Middle/Junior Health 1, such as students at K-6 schools or K-8 schools, may be taught by teachers with K-6, 1-6, or Health K-12 certification for sixth grade students in K-6 or K8 configured schools.
    4. All materials used to teach reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment, as part of sexual reproduction and disease prevention, must be approved by the Florida Department of Education.
      1.  Instructional materials will be available for parental review on the district’s health education homepage as defined in section 1006.29(2), Florida Statutes.
    5. The program will be abstinence based (Abstinence Plus) and will promote sexual abstinence as the expected standard for students. Information and education concerning risks, prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraceptives with the use of medically accurate materials, will be included. In addition, the use of medically accurate props may be included for students in grades 9-12.
  10. Health Options through Physical Education (HOPE) – Core shall be a required course. A parent, as defined by Florida Statutes, shall have the right to request a waiver exempting his/her child from taking the course per the limitations of the Student Progression Plan. Within the required course, HOPE Core, all students shall receive basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction, which includes the following:
    1. The instructional program shall be based on a one-hour, nationally recognized program that uses most current national evidence-based emergency care guidelines;
    2. Instruction shall include appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) which may be taught in a digital format, such as online or through a video; and
    3. Instruction shall include psychomotor skills training (hands-on practice) in addition to cognitive learning.
    4. In addition, all students in grades 9 and 11 will receive basic training in first aid, including CPR, annually.
  11. The harmful effects of alcohol; tobacco use and electronic and/or vapor cigarettes use in any form; marijuana; all other drugs, including the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs; shall be emphasized in an age and developmentallyappropriate manner within the instructional program of students in grades K-12.
  12. Current, research-based, age and developmentally appropriate information about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) shall be taught in Grades K-12. Instruction shall address causes, transmission, signs, symptoms, associated risk factors, and means to prevent, control, and treat HIV, AIDS, and STDs.
  13. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review curriculum frameworks concerning topics set forth in section 1003.46, Florida Statutes, which are prepared and distributed by the Florida Department of Education and related to STDs, reproductive health and disease, HIV/AIDS education. If the curriculum frameworks are inconsistent with locally determined curriculum for human reproduction, STDs, HIV, and AIDS education or are not reflective of local values and concerns, the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) shall review and provide recommendations for instructional activities to the Superintendent, who shall advise the School Board.
  14. Health education instruction shall be provided according to the requirements of State Board Rules and Florida Statutes, including, but not limited to, section 1003.46, Florida Statutes.
  15. A student shall be exempt from instructional activities on reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment, provided his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) completes the opt out form within the Student Information System, FOCUS. Parents shall be provided an opportunity to preview the material prior to instruction. Opting out with parent permission from this portion of the course does not exempt a student from any required assessment or assessment items, including End of Course Exams or state assessments.
  16. The School Board recognizes the importance of physical education and encourages its implementation in the regular curriculum of the schools. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop a physical education program to implement the requirements of Florida Statutes. The K-12 physical education program shall stress physical fitness and encourage a healthful, active lifestyle for all students. Physical education program outcomes shall adhere to the requirements set forth in section 1003.455, Florida Statutes, and include the following:
    1. Instruction in a variety of motor skills that are designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social/emotional development of every child;
    2. Fitness education and assessment to help children understand, improve, and/or maintain their physical well-being;
    3. The development of cognitive concepts about motor skills and fitness;
    4. Opportunities to improve their emerging social and cooperative skills and gain perspective regarding multiple cultures and ethnicities; and
    5. The promotion of regular amounts of appropriate physical activity now and throughout life.
  17. All students shall be required to wear appropriate dress for physical education as prescribed by the school. All middle and high school students shall be required to change into appropriate dress for physical education as prescribed by the school. A student may be permitted to wear other appropriate physical education attire when his/her parent(s) or guardian files an objection based on religious or medical reasons. Physical education apparel such as shorts, shoes, or tee shirts shall be sold to students only on a nonprofit basis.
  18. All swimming courses must be taught by an instructor who is certified by the American Red Cross [e.g., Water Safety Instructor (WSI)], Swim America, YMCA,or is a certified lifeguard. A certified non-teaching lifeguard must be present in addition to the instructor. All students participating in an approved swimming program and/or activity must have written parental permission.
  19. Civic and Character Education shall be taught efficiently and faithfully, following the prescribed methods of instruction, and shall stress such character qualities and responsibilities as set forth in Section 1003.42, Florida Statutes. The plan for Civic and Character Education instruction shall be provided to the School Board prior to submission to the Florida Department of Education.
  20. The District shall provide an instructional program in the recycling of waste materials for elementary and secondary grades. The program shall familiarize students and their families with the recycling of waste and shall encourage the participation of schools, communities and families in recycling programs.
  21. When addressing political issues as an objective of the instructional program, the positions of all parties will be presented on a nonpartisan basis. Partisan political literature will not be distributed in schools. However, schools may give out information relating to School District taxes or the need for construction bonds.
  22. All course materials and verbal or visual instruction shall conform to the requisites and intent of all Florida Statutes and shall align to standards adopted by the State Board of Education. All instructional materials, including teachers’ manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary instructional material, shall be available for inspection by parents or guardians of the children engaged in such classes.
  23. The Superintendent/ or his/her designee shall develop procedures to assure all aspects of curriculum development and implementation are carried out.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 403.714, 1001.42, 1001.43, 1002.20, 1003.42, 1003.45, 1003.453, 1003.455, 1003.46, 1003.47, 1006.28, 1006.28, 1006.283, 1008.25, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014; NOVEMBER 1, 2016; MAY 8, 2017; NOVEMBER 9, 2020; OCTOBER 5, 2021; JULY 11, 2022; NOVEMBER 1, 2022; AUGUST 1, 2023.

FORMERLY: IGA, IHAC, IHAD, IHAE, IHAM, IHAMA, IHAMC, IHAO, IMB, IMC

Back to Top


4.11 STUDENT PROGRESSION PLAN


The School Board shall approve the Student Progression Plan and copies shall be maintained in the District office. Each school shall have access to the Student Progression Plan electronically. The Plan shall be pursuant to Florida Statutes and shall be comprehensive to include student performance standards and promotional and graduation requirements for Grades K-12, adult and general education, exceptional student education, acceleration mechanisms, job entry, career and technical education,
education of English Language Learners (ELL), and alternative compensatory education. After School Board approval, the District’s Student Progression Plan shall be made a part of this rule. The Student Progression Plan will be available on the District website.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1003.42, 1003.437, 1003.49, 1008.25, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.09401
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 7, 2018; NOVEMBER 10, 2008

 FORMERLY: IA

Back to Top


4.12 EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION


An exceptional student shall mean any student determined eligible for a special program, in accordance with State Board of Education rules and who requires specially designed instruction and related services as are necessary to benefit from education. Exceptional students include children who are gifted and students with disabilities who have an intellectual disability; autism spectrum disorder; a speech impairment; a language impairment; an orthopedic impairment; an other health impairment; traumatic brain injury; a visual impairment; an emotional or behavioral impairment; or a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developlmental aphasia; students who are deaf or hard of hearing or dual sensory impaired; students who are hospitalized or homebound, children with developmental delays, ages birth through 9 years or through the student's completion of grade 2, whichever occurs first.

  1. Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board shall adopt a plan, and approve any subsequent amendments, providing for exceptional student education programs for all exceptional students, prior to submission to the Florida Department of Education.
  2. The Exceptional Student Education Polices and Procedures (SP&P) for exceptional students shall include: screening procedures; pre-referral activities; referral procedures; eligibility criteria; program placement; program dismissal; and descriptions of program organization and operations.
  3. The plan for exceptional student education shall be subject to the approval of the State Commissioner of Education and is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this policy.
  4. Every parent of an exceptional student shall be informed about the services that are available and appropriate for the student’s disability and how to access available informational resources.
  5. Decisions with respect to students, during the referral, identification, assessment, placement and re-evaluation processes, shall be made in accordance with the nondiscrimination provisions of Board Policy 10.10. Members of the Multidisciplinary Team (MT) which determine Exceptional Student Education program eligibility and placement, shall be diverse in racial, ethnic, and gender composition whenever feasible, and include participants knowledgeable about exceptionalities.
  6. In order to monitor compliance with this policy, prior to approval of the Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P) for submission to the State of Florida, the District shall provide the Board with a summary of the proposed changes to the SP&P.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1003.01, 1003.57, 1006.07, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-6.03011 - 6A-6.0361
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014; NOVEMBER 9, 2020; JANUARY 11, 2021; NOVEMBER 1, 2022

FORMERLY: IHBA

Back to Top


4.121 TRANSITION TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

  1. Students with an individual education plan (IEP) who may need post-school services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and any other appropriate state agency shall be identified by the District during an individualized educational plan meeting.
    1. Written consent shall be obtained pursuant to Florida Statutes prior to submitting the student's name and classification of exceptionality to any state agency.
    2. Referrals to Vocational Rehabilitation are made in accordance with agency guidelines.
  2. To ensure quality transition planning for a student with a disability, during the student’s seventh grade year or when the student attains the age of twelve (12), whichever occurs first, the IEP Team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP identifying the need for transition services. Before the student with a disability enters high school or attains the age of fourteen (14), whichever occurs first, the IEP Team shall identify postsecondary and career goals. The plan must be operational and in place to begin implementation on the first day of the student’s first year in high school. This process shall be implemented in accordance with Section 1003.5716, Florida Statutes. Criteria related to transition services and programs shall be identified in an IEP pursuant to State Board of Education rules.
  3. A student with a disability who meets the standard high school diploma requirements may defer the receipt of the diploma and continue to receive services because (1) student has an IEP that prescribes special education; transition planning, transition services, or related services through the age of 21; and (2) is enrolled in accelerated college credit instruction pursuant to s 1007.27, industry certification courses that lead to college credit, a collegiate high school program, courses necessary to satisfy the Scholar designation requirements, or structured work-study, internship, or pre-apprenticeship program pursuant to Section 1003.4282, Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules. Students who have chosen to defer receipt of the diploma must be in attendance in the selected program by October 1 of each school year following deferral unless otherwise approved in writing by the Executive Director of Exceptional Education and Student Services. Non-attendance will result in forfeiture of the deferral and the student will receive the standard diploma.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1002.22, 1003.4282, 1003.5716 F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.09963, 6A-6.03028
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; NOVEMBER 9, 2020; JANUARY 11, 2021; OCTOBER 5, 2021; NOVEMBER 1, 2022

FORMERLY: IBHA

Back to Top


4.13 CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

  1. The School Board is committed to providing quality educational opportunities that enhance student readiness for careers, college, and military service. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide the technical and academic training necessary to prepare students for success in future careers, regardless of a chosen postsecondary pathway. Students who participate in CTE programs have the opportunity to graduate with valuable skills needed to be competitive in the workforce.
  2. The goals of career and technical education are:
    1. To enable students to develop career awareness from elementary grades through secondary education with opportunities for relevant industry experiences;
    2. To provide industry standard classrooms and programs in various career fields;
    3. To provide career pathways from secondary to postsecondary education to workforce;
    4. To offer Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) which will allow the students to compete at the regional, state, and national levels; and
    5. To provide students an opportunity to graduate from high school with articulated college credits earned through dual enrollment, completion of career and technical education courses, or achievement of industry certification.
  3. The District shall collect data on students who are participating in and who have completed a career education program and shall submit reports as required by Florida Statutes and State Board of Education rules. Data shall not contain personally identifiable information unless prior written approval is obtained from the individual or parent as defined in Florida Statutes.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.51, 1002.22, 1003.491, 1003.492, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-6.065, 6A-10.0341
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): SEPTEMBER 2, 2014; NOVEMBER 10, 2008; NOVEMBER 1, 2022

FORMERLY: IHAI 

Back to Top


4.14 DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAM


The Superintendent or designee shall develop, for the School Board’s approval, a Comprehensive Dropout Prevention Plan pursuant to Florida Statutes. The plan shall include all alternative education and safety net programs. The plan is hereby incorporated by reference. These plans will be listed on the District website.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1003.53, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-6.0523
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008

FORMERLY: IHBH


4.15 ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES


The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program shall implement an English language acquisition program according to the Florida Department of Education and School Board approved English Language Learners (ELL) Plan. The plan is written to comply with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the federal court ordered META Consent Decree.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1002.20, 1003.56, F. S.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT OF 2001, P. L. 107 – 110
META Consent Decree
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-6.0900, 6A-6.0901, 6A-6.0902, 6A-9.09021, 6A-6.09022, 6A-6.0903, 6A-6.0904, 6A-6.0905,
 6A-6.0906, 6A-6.0907, 6A-6.0908, 6A-6.0909, 6A-6.09091
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

FORMERLY: NEW 

Back to Top


4.16 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Homework is meaningful, quality work, clearly explained by teachers and assigned to students to complete during non-instructional time. Homework may be assigned as a supplement to the learning tasks accomplished during the regular school day.

  1. Individual differences shall be taken into consideration when assignments are made.
  2. The student shall receive adequate orientation to task procedures, demands, and expectations of homework assignments.
  3. Learning tasks shall not be assigned as homework for punitive reasons.
  4. The length of time for completion of the assignment shall be reasonable. The Student Progression Plan shall be evaluated annually and may provide specific guidance regarding the assignment and evaluation of home learning tasks.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1006.28, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Back to Top


4.17 SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

  1. The Superintendent may recommend to the School Board summer school/intersession program. The Superintendent shall determine the building site(s).
  2. Summer school/intersession programs may be available to students who require instruction beyond the one hundred eighty (180) day school year for promotional purposes and to high school students who are enrolled in academic and career and technical education courses to meet graduation requirements. Student eligibility requirements shall be defined in the District's summer school procedures manual.
  3. It shall be the responsibility of the summer school principals and district staff to work collaboratively to complete payroll and attendance reports and to maintain proper accounts of all funds. Registration fees as determined by the School Board shall be charged for students who do not generate state funds.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.42, 1001.43, F.S.
HISTORY: ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; NOVEMBER 1, 2016

FORMERLY: IHCA

Back to Top


4.18 STUDENT FEES

  1. Instructional Fees: Students shall not be required to pay an instructional fee for
    enrollment in any course that is:
    1. Approved by the School Board;
    2. Listed in the Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments Manual published by the Florida Department of Education; or
    3. Taught on School Board property during the regular school day; however, students may be charged for the cost of materials for take home projects made in class.                                      Students shall not be penalized when they are unable to purchase supplementary materials which are recommended for purchase by the teacher.
  2. Fees for Ancillary Programs and Classes
    1. Students may be required to pay a user fee when they elect to participate in an optional course or activity conducted in facilities off the school campus. The activity and use of such facility shall be approved in advance by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who do not participate in such off-campus activities shall be provided appropriate options on campus with no adverse effect on their grade for the activity for the grading period.
    2. The School Board shall authorize all fees supporting ancillary programs and classes offered on School Board property. Such fees shall be set in amounts which will recover the cost of providing such programs and classes after deducting any state and federal funding received. All fees must be paid to the District and must be included in the School Board's budgetary accounts. Any excess revenue derived beyond a break-even point shall go into the individual school’s account in accordance with District accounting procedures.

 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED:  1001.42, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.09983

ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 

FORMERLY: JQ 

Back to Top


4.19 TITLE I COMPARABILITY

Funds allocated to the District, under Public Law 107-110, shall be used to increase the learning opportunities for the economically disadvantaged, and shall be used to supplement the basic curriculum. The funds shall not be used to supplant services which are normally considered the School Board's responsibility. Comparability procedures are as follows:

  1. The annually adopted District Staffing Plan shall include a formula for providing equitable staffing of administrative, instructional, counseling, and auxiliary services at all schools.
  2. Staff who are funded by Title I shall be paid pursuant to salary schedules adopted by the School Board.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S., Public Law 107-110
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-6.0131, 6A-6.03411
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008  

FORMERLY: IHBC

Back to Top


4.20 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION AND ALLOCATION

The School Board shall be legally responsible for all materials relating to the operation of District schools. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall coordinate the selection of instructional materials.

  1. The distribution of all textbooks, library resources, and other instructional materials shall be made on an equitable basis to District schools. The allocation of these materials shall be based solely on student full time equivalent membership funds, school enrollment and membership, or similar indicators of the schools’ student population and needs.
  2. Selection of district-adopted or state-adopted textbooks and instructional materials will be in alignment with Florida Statutes and state rules, including Rule 6A-7.0710, F.A.C., Instructional Materials Evaluation Procedures.
  3. The primary objective for District-adopted textbooks and instructional materials, which may include state-adopted and non-state adopted textbooks and instructional materials, is to unify the curriculum of the total District educational program and to place new and current instructional materials in schools. The recommendation process shall be in accordance with these provisions. A committee of selected instructional District staff and laypersons shall evaluate textbooks and instructional materials for potential use in District schools and shall provide recommendations and concerns to the Superintendent or his/her designee regarding the evaluation results. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish procedures for the evaluation process, which process shall meet the requirements of law. Nothing in this Policy shall be deemed to create the District selection process set forth in section 1006.283, Florida Statutes.
  4. Selection of Non-state Adopted Textbooks and Instructional Materials. The supervisor of a discipline shall convene an Instructional Review committee of instructional staff members to review and consider non-state adopted textbooks and supplemental instructional materials for use in the District. The committee shall make recommendations to the Superintendent or designee following the evaluation process developed when appropriate. Nothing in this Policy shall be deemed to create the District selection process set forth in section 1006.283, Florida Statutes.
  5. Selection of School Library Books, Including Classroom Libraries, and Grade Level Reading Lists
    1. A certified media specialist will select books being made available to students through the school library, classroom library, and recommended or assigned grade level reading lists.
    2. At the elementary level, a list of materials maintained and accessible in each school library, classroom library, or on a grade-level reading list, will be published on its website in a searchable format.
    3. The School Board shall adopt and publish on its website the process for a parent to limit his or her student's access to materials in the school or classroom library.
  6. All instructional materials, as defined in 1006.29(2), Florida Statutes, used to teach reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment, as a part of health education, must be approved by the Florida Department of Education.
  7. Selection of Textbooks and Supplementary Materials for Career and Technical Education. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review new textbooks and supplementary materials for technical content and accuracy. The Superintendent or designee may consult with the appropriate occupational advisory committee to review and make recommendations on new textbooks or supplementary materials.
  8. This Policy shall establish the procedures to implement the provisions of section 1006.28, Florida Statutes, for a parent or resident (as defined in section 1006.28(b), Florida Statutes) challenge to the School Board’s adoption of instructional materials based on the criteria of section 1006.31(2), Florida Statutes or section 1006.40(3)(b), Florida Statutes (compared to Board Policy 4.30 Challenged Materials). When the School Board adopts new instructional materials (as defined by state law), the agenda item shall provide notice that the instructional materials to be adopted are subject to the provisions of this Policy and section 1006.28, Florida Statutes, and the agenda item shall refer to a petition available on the District’s website that a parent of a Duval County public school student or a resident may file within thirty (30) days after the adoption of the instructional materials by the School Board. After the School Board’s adoption of the instructional materials, if the School Board receives any timely and properly completed petition(s), then the following procedures shall be implemented:
    1. The parent or resident must file a petition, on a form provided by the School Board and published on the School Board's website, within thirty (30) calendar days after the adoption of the instructional material by the School Board.
    2. The form must be signed by the parent or resident, include the required contact information, and state the objection to the instructional material based on the criteria of Section 1006.31(2) or 1006.40(3)(d), Florida Statutes. No untimely petition will be considered under this procedure.
    3. Within thirty (30) days after the thirty (30) day period has expired, an unbiased and qualified hearing officer shall conduct an open public hearing on all petitions timely received. The hearing officer shall be appointed by the Superintendent or his/her designee and shall be neither an employee nor agent of the School Board. The petitioner(s) shall be notified in writing of the date and time of the hearing at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing.
    4. The hearing before the hearing officer is not subject to the provisions of Chapter 120, Florida Statutes; however, the hearing officer shall use his or her discretion to provide sufficient procedural protections to allow each petitioner an adequate and fair opportunity to be heard and present evidence to the hearing officer. Pursuant to section 1006.28(2)3., Florida Statutes, the School Board’s decision after convening the hearing is final and not subject to further petition or review.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.42, 1003.42, 1006.28, 1006.29, 1006.31, 1006.32, 1006.40, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; OCTOBER 7, 2014; MARCH 6, 2018; OCTOBER 5, 2021; JULY 11, 2022; FEBRUARY 7, 2023; AUGUST 1, 2023

FORMERLY: IJ, IJL

Back to Top


4.24 MANAGEMENT OF TEXTBOOKS 

The principal shall be responsible for the proper care and storage of textbooks. The following shall be observed by the principal.

Students shall be informed that textbooks are on loan from the District and that proper care and accounting of the books is required.

All textbooks received by the school shall be properly accounted for by the principal or designee.

A student who loses or damages a book beyond normal usage shall be assessed the purchase price of the damaged or lost book.

Prior to withholding textbook(s), the principal shall send a written notification to the parent/guardian to ask for a conference regarding the lost or damaged textbook.


Each school shall be responsible for developing a procedure for giving each student access to textbook materials for homework assignments should textbook(s) be withheld. The procedure will contain a requirement that a copy of each textbook shall be available in each classroom for a student to utilize during the regular class period. In addition, one
copy will be available in the media center for homework assignments.


A student who is not financially able to pay for replacing a lost or damaged textbook may have an appeal initiated by a parent/ guardian, teacher, or school administrator. The appeal will include a written statement that neither the student nor his family can financially afford to pay for the lost/damaged textbook. If the appeal statement is proposed by a parent/guardian or teacher, it will be submitted to the principal for his/her approval.

Failure to collect such sum or denial of appeal by the principal may result in the suspension of the student in extracurricular activities (i.e. graduation) or satisfaction of the debt through community service activities at the school site as determined by the principal.

A report card or progress report shall not be withheld from the parent/guardian nor the permanent record for failure to pay an assessment for lost or damaged books or for any other reason.


Teachers shall inventory books issued to students at the end of each grading period and shall determine whether books are receiving proper care.

The principal or designee shall submit to the District at the closing of each school year an annual inventory of all District adopted instructional materials.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1006.28, 1006.42 F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): AUGUST 2, 2011; NOVEMBER 10, 2008

FORMERLY: EDB

Back to Top


4.30 CHALLENGED MATERIALS


Complaints concerning instructional materials and requests for reevaluation of materials shall be presented in writing and shall bear the complainant's signature. Such complaints and requests shall be referred to the Superintendent by the Supervisor of Instructional Materials.

  1. Written complaints and requests for reevaluation of instructional materials shall be easy to read and understand and easily accessible on the homepage of the district’s website. The objection form must also include the district’s point of contact and contact information for submission. It will also contain the following information, as much as possible, or as provided by the Florida Department of Education: 
    1. The title of the book, recording, film, or other item of material under consideration.
    2. The name and address of author, publisher, or sponsor.
    3. Citation of the pages and specific passage or items in question.
    4. Identification of the complainant and contact information, a statement of his/her basis for criticizing or requesting of a reevaluation of the particular item.
  2. The following procedures shall be followed in handling such complaints and requests for reevaluation of instructional materials.
    1. The Chief Officer, Academic Services or designee and a committee appointed by the Superintendent or their designee shall evaluate the complaint or request. The committee shall be composed of at least one (1)
      instructional staff member, at least one (1) certified media specialist, and at least one (1) lay person, and (1) parent who will have access to such materials. These meetings must be noticed and open to the public in accordance with s. 286.011, Florida Statutes.
    2. The author, publisher, or sponsor of the materials may be notified of the complaint and shall be given an opportunity to submit a report or to provide additional information pertinent to the matter. Parents shall have
      the right to read passages from any material that is subject to an
      objection. While the complaint or request for reevaluation is being processed as described in II.C., the materials subject to an objection on the following basis must be removed within 5 school days of receipt of objection and remain unavailable to students of that school until the objection is resolved.
      1. Any material that is subject to an objection on the basis that the material is pornographic or prohibited under s. 847.012, F.S., or 
      2. Any material that is subject to an objection on the basis that the material depicts or describes sexual conduct as defined in s. 847.001(19), F.S., unless such material is for a course required by s. 1003.46, s. 1003.42(2)(n)1.g., or s. 1003.42(2)(n)3., F.S., or identified by State Board of Education rule. 
    3. The committee shall consider the material both on the basis of its individual merits and its relationship to the total instructional program. The committee shall submit a signed written report to the Chief Officer, Academic Services and the Superintendent who shall present the report with appropriate comments to the School Board.
    4. If the School Board finds that any material meets the requirements under s. 1006.28(2)(a)(2)(a), F.S., or that any other material contains prohibited content under s. 1006.28(2)(a)(2)(b)(I), F.S., the district shall discontinue use of the material. If the School Board finds that any other material contains prohibited content under s. 1006.28(2)(a)(2)(b)(II)-(IV), the school district shall discontinue use of the material for any grade level or age group for which such use is inappropriate or unsuitable. 
    5. The complainant shall be notified by the Chief Officer, Academic Services when action has been taken by the School Board on the complaint or request for reevaluation. If a parent disagrees with the determination made by the district school board on the objection to the use of a specific materials, a parent may request the Commissioner of Education to appoint a special magistrate, at the expense of the District, who shall determine facts relating to the school district’s determination, consider information provided by the parent and the school district, and render a recommended decision for resolution to the State Board of Education within 30 days after receipt of the request by the parent.
    6. When materials are removed from the District, a notification may be sent to the author, publisher, or sponsor and shall be sent to personnel concerned with the action.
    7. Annually, a report will be submitted to the Commissioner of the Department of Education that identifies each material for which the district received an objection for the school year and the specific objections, as well as material that was removed or discontinued as a result of the objection, and the grade level and course for which removed or discontinued material was used, as applicable. This also includes each material that was not removed or discontinued and the rationale for not removing or discontinuing the material. 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.41, 1001.43, 1006.28, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; JULY 11, 2022; AUGUST 1, 2023

FORMERLY: KEC

Back to Top


4.40 EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAM

Extracurricular activities shall be defined as planned school sponsored activities which exist as a part of the total school program, but are not a part of the regular curricular offerings, the extracurricular program shall include both competitive activities and student organizations. All of these activities shall be under the principal's direction and general supervision. The principal shall select the personnel to direct and to act as advisors for the various extracurricular activities. Care shall be exercised to limit the load assigned to any one teacher. Eligibility for participation in extracurricular interscholastic student activities, including cheerleading, shall be as outlined in the Bylaws of the Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc. (FHSAA) and pursuant to Section 1006.15, Florida Statutes.

  1. The principal/designee shall be responsible for determining each student's eligibility for participating in interscholastic extracurricular activities. Any school which allows an ineligible student to participate shall be subject to the penalties set forth by the FSHAA Bylaws.
  2. Students attending a secondary school which does not have an athletic program shall be allowed to participate in activities under FHSAA Bylaws.
  3. All extracurricular activities shall be self-supporting, when possible. Students shall not be excluded from participating in activities for lack of money for dues, materials, or uniforms; however, this does not apply to charging admission for students who are spectators of extracurricular activities.
  4. Funds derived from extracurricular activities shall be processed according to the District's accounting procedures and the FHSAA bylaws.
  5. Academic eligibility for cheerleaders shall be the same as required of team and organization members who are subject to FSHAA Bylaws.
  6. To ensure fair and equitable access to extracurricular activities for all students and because all students benefit from exposure to staff with diverse backgrounds, the principal shall select faculty advisors, directors, coaches and sponsors for extracurricular activities that are diverse in racial, ethnic, gender, or any other distinguishing physical or personality characteristics as set forth in Board Policies 1.22 and 10.10. Students shall not be excluded from any extracurricular activity, or from any position of leadership therein, on account of race, ethnic background or gender. Students shall not be denied participation in activities due to lack of ability to pay for expenses related to the activity.
    To monitor fair and equitable access to extracurricular activities for all students, the
    Superintendent shall submit to the Board, by July 1 of each year, a report showing the
    following:
    1. Data indicating participation in selected extracurricular activities disaggregated by race, ethnicity and gender. The Superintendent or designee shall select the activities to be reported each year which shall be representative of all extracurricular activities and shall be rotated from yearto-year. The Superintendent shall ensure that all activities are reviewed within a five (5) year period.
    2. Any recommended changes which the Superintendent feels are necessary to ensure fair and equitable access to all activities.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1006.15, 1006.20, 1012.22, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; OCTOBER 7, 2014

FORMERLY: JJJ

Back to Top


4.42 PUBLIC APPEARANCE OF SCHOOL GROUPS

  1. Requests for any school group or organization to make a public appearance shall be directed to the principal for approval (For Field Trips see Policy 4.43).
  2. Students or student organizations shall not make public appearances to promote the political candidacy of any person or the interests of any private business enterprise.
  3. School groups may participate in school activities, civic programs, and community benefit programs.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1001.54, 1006.07, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008
FORMERLY: JJC

Back to Top


4.43 FIELD TRIPS

  1. The Superintendent shall develop procedures to be followed relating to extracurricular field trips.
  2. Field trips held during or outside of school hours shall be of educational value to students. Proper attention shall be given to educational preparation of students for field trips to ensure that the experience gained is of optimum benefit.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1003.31, 1006.21, 1006.22, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-3.0171
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008
FORMERLY: IJOA

Back to Top


4.44 SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

  1. Any school social function shall be chaperoned by an instructional or Administrative staff member and shall be approved by the principal prior to scheduling.
  2. Faculty members shall be encouraged to attend social functions.
  3. A student shall lose all privileges under this rule if he/she is unable to behave in a pleasant and wholesome manner.
  4. Two (2) parties per school year may be held during school hours.
  5. For middle schools, students are allowed to attend two (2) home athletic contests during school hours. Only one (1) event shall be held for any specific sport.
  6. Baccalaureate is a student-sponsored event, and is not considered a school function.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1001.54, 1006.07, F.S.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.09983

ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

Back to Top


4.45 CHAPERONES FOR SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

All school functions including field trips and extracurricular events and recreational activities such as picnics, parties, excursions, and similar activities under the sponsorship of the school shall have one (1) sponsor for the first 10 students and one (1) additional chaperone for each 10 additional students. A sponsor is a School Board employee who holds a valid Florida Educator’s Certificate. Chaperones are volunteers and shall be approved by the principal in compliance with procedures outlined by the Superintendent. The principal may use his/her discretion in determining whether additional chaperones are necessary. Activities sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc. (FHSAA), shall be governed by the regulations of that association. Activities of career and technical education student organizations shall be governed by rules of the State Board of Education.


STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1003.31, 1006.07, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008
FORMERLY: NEW 

Back to Top


4.50 STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

School student organizations and activities designed for students shall be encouraged as a part of extracurricular activities and shall be approved by the principal. Each organization shall have a certificated administrator or staff member, appointed by the principal to serve as a sponsor or advisor.

  1. Membership in student organizations shall be open to all interested or eligible students. Students shall not be denied participation or membership in a student organization based upon race, ethnic background, religion, or any other distinguishing physical or personality characteristic as set forth in Board Policies 1.22 and 10.10. In order to ensure fair and equitable access to student organizations for all students and because all students benefit from exposure to staff with diverse backgrounds, the principal shall select advisors and sponsors for student organizations who are diverse in racial, ethnic and gender composition. Students shall not be denied membership in organizations due to lack of ability to pay for dues or other expenses of membership. In order to monitor fair and equitable access to extracurricular activities for all students, the Superintendent shall submit to the Board, by July 1 of each year, a report showing the following:
    1. Data indicating participation in selected student organizations disaggregated by race, ethnicity and gender. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall select the organizations to be reported each year, which shall be representative of all organizations and shall be rotated from yearto-year. The Superintendent shall ensure that all activities are reviewed within a five (5) year period.
    2. Any recommended changes which the Superintendent feels are necessary to ensure fair and equitable access to all organizations.
  2. Organizations shall be coordinated with and supplementary to the regular school program.
  3. Secret societies, social clubs, sororities, fraternities or any similar organizations are prohibited. This provision shall not be construed to prevent students from belonging to any organization fostered and promoted by school authorities, or which is first approved and accepted by the school authorities, and whose membership is selected on the basis of good character, good scholarship, leadership ability and achievement.
  4. Approval from the Florida High School Athletic Association, Inc., (FHSAA) shall be sought for organizations, when applicable. Rules of organizations shall conform with FHSAA guidelines, when applicable.
  5. It is the intent of the Duval County School Board that all organizations operate with fairness, integrity, and transparency of process.
  6. National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Chapters will be run in accordance with each organization’s Bylaws.
    1. Affiliation – Each chapter shall be in good standing with the national Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), including the payment of yearly chapter dues;
    2. Every chapter shall develop its own set of by-laws;
    3. Selection – Each chapter shall use a student invitation packet to gather consistent information from students, use letters and notifications, and use a “blind” selection process based on the sample packet;
    4. Notification – Each chapter shall publish the eligibility criteria and procedure for membership selection in school publications, announcements, posters, the web and all other appropriate means to communicate to all students;
    5. Each chapter school’s principal shall appoint a chapter sponsor(s) who cannot be a member of the Faculty Council and who cannot vote on membership. The sponsor(s) may be reappointed yearly. Members may be reappointed in consecutive years;
    6. Each chapter’s school’s principal shall appoint a diverse, five member Faculty Council for a term of one year;
    7. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester at the school where he/she is being considered for membership before being eligible for consideration. However, in accordance with the National Honor Society bylaws and regulations, the Faculty Council may waive this requirement, e.g. a military student who recently transferred;
    8. GPA criteria must be the same average for each grade level as prescribed the National Honor Society’s by-laws and regulations;
    9. Each chapter will provide an appeal process: The student is notified in writing of the non selection and has a meeting with the NHS sponsor to receive feedback. An appeal to the sponsor for review by the Faculty Council can only be done on the basis of procedural error. If the sponsor determines that there has been a procedural error, then he/she can reconvene the Faculty Council to review the student’s case and appeal. A final appeal can be made to the school’s principal;
    10. The District’s National Honor Society Oversight Committee is responsible for reviewing national and district procedures and to provide training to appointed sponsors.
  7. Students shall be subject to the Code of Student Conduct when participating in clubs and organizations.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1000.05, 1001.43, 1006.07, 1006.09, 1006.14, F.S.

ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

FORMERLY: JICF, JJA 

Back to Top


4.51 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

The school principal may approve establishment of a school newspaper or magazine for students and their parent(s) or legal guardian.

  1. The principal shall be responsible for supervising the publication of newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and programs and for ensuring these publications do not impede or otherwise interfere with the educational purpose of the school. Publications shall conform with School Board rules relating to communications with the public.
  2. The principal shall not allow advertisements which promote the use or sale of materials which are inconsistent with school objectives. This shall include, but not be limited to, the use or sale of intoxicants or tobacco.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1001.54, F.S.
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008
FORMERLY: JICE 

Back to Top


4.60 DISTRICT AND STATE-WIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

  1. Provisions of the District and state-wide testing program for students shall be set forth in the state mandated template. This template, which includes the District Assessment Calendar, shall be approved by the School Board within the time frame allocated by the Florida Department of Education and is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of these rules. The testing program shall:
    1. Provide teachers with information which enables them to diagnose students’ needs and to modify the instructional programs, when appropriate.
    2. Report the effectiveness of instructional programs by classroom, schools and the District.
    3. Provide school counselors and other school staff with data for assisting students in educational decision making.
  2. No student shall, on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived identity with regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or any other distinguishing physical or personality characteristics, as outlined in Board Policy 10.10, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity conducted by this School District, except as provided by law.
  3. Testing accommodations shall be made for students with disabilities and Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans to ensure aptitude and achievement are measured and not their disability.
  4. The parent or guardian of each student must be notified as to the progress of the student towards achieving state and District expectations for proficiency in reading, science, writing and mathematics. A student’s state assessment results must be reported to the parent or guardian.
  5. Testing accommodations, in accordance with the approved ELL district plan, shall be provided for English Language Learners (ELLs) who are currently receiving services in an ESOL program in order to enable them to fully participate in the statewide assessment program.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.11(5), 1001.43, 1003.435, 1008.22, 1008.34, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.099828, 6A-1.09981, 6A-6.09091
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014; NOVEMBER 1, 2016 

FORMERLY: JICE 

Back to Top


4.61 SECURITY OF TESTS

All mandatory tests administered by or through the State Board of Education, District administered national norm-referenced achievement tests, and District administered student ability tests shall be secured pursuant to Florida Statutes and State Board of Education rules.

  1. District and school personnel who have access to mandated tests shall be informed of test security laws and procedures and of penalties for breaches of test security.
    1. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall instruct school test coordinators and principals on test security measures.
    2. Principals shall be responsible for informing their faculties of test security measures.
  2. The loss of tests, cheating, or any other breach of test security procedures and laws shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent or his/her designee. Any incidents related to state assessments in the District shall be reported to the Florida Department of Education pursuant to provisions in State Board of Education rules.
  3. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall coordinate the return and/or the destruction of test materials as directed by the Florida Department of Education.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.

LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.11(5), 1001.43, 1008.22, 1008.24, 1008.34, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-10.042
HISTORY: ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014; NOVEMBER 1, 2016

 FORMERLY: ILB

Back to Top


4.70 HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM

  1. Home education programs shall adhere to the provisions of Florida Statutes.
  2. The following provisions shall govern home education programs offered by a student’s parent(s) or legal guardian.
    1. The parent(s) or legal guardian shall:
      1. Notify the Superintendent or designee in writing within thirty (30) days of the establishment of a home education program. The notice shall be signed by the parent(s) or legal guardian, and include the names, addresses, and birth dates of all children who shall be enrolled in the program. Copies of applicable Florida Statutes and the home education policy will be given to the parent(s) or guardian upon request.
      2. Maintain a portfolio of records and materials for a period of two (2) years. Section 1002.41, F.S., defines a portfolio as “A log of educational activities which is made contemporaneously with the instruction and which designates by title any reading materials used and samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student.”
    2. Portfolios will be inspected by a District employee upon fifteen (15) days written notice.
    3. Parents shall provide an annual educational evaluation to their student(s) being home educated. The annual educational evaluation shall document the student’s demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with his/her ability. A copy of the evaluation shall be filed annually with the School Board. The annual educational evaluation shall be conducted in accordance with Florida Statutes.
    4. The Superintendent shall receive and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in the home education program. If the student has not demonstrated educational progress commensurate with his/her ability, the parent(s) or legal guardian shall be notified in writing and have one (1) year from the receipt of written notification to provide remedial instruction. Continuation in the home educational program shall depend upon the student’s educational progress at the end of the one (1) year probationary period.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1002.41, 1003.33, 1003.437, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.0955
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; NOVEMBER 1, 2016; NOVEMBER 7, 2018

FORMERLY: IKA

Back to Top


4.80 GRADING AND REPORT CARDS

Individual progress reports of all students shall be made on report cards in the form of letter grades to parents and legal guardians.

  1. Grading shall be a measure of a student’s progress and achievement in mastering his/her subject matter.
  2. Written academic warnings to a student's parent(s) or legal guardian shall be issued pursuant to the Student Progression Plan. The notification process is not required if a student fails as a result of any End of Course exam.
  3. The grading system for students shall be set forth in the Student Progression Plan and shall conform with Florida Statutes.
  4. The method of reporting student progress shall be determined to be of at least equal value to the usual grading system when the structure of a School Board approved special instructional program necessitates a unique method of reporting student progress to parents or legal guardians. Elementary schools desiring to use other reporting methods, such as conferences in lieu or report cards, shall secure the Superintendent's (or his/her designee's) approval.
  5. Descriptive comments to supplement letter grades are encouraged at all grade levels. Such comments shall be required at the lower grade levels to provide each student's parent(s) or legal guardian with a comprehensive description of his/her performance. At all levels, individual cases requiring more extensive explanation shall be handled, when possible, in conferences with the student's parent(s) or legal guardian, teacher(s), and appropriate supportive personnel.
  6. Report cards shall be considered the property of students and their parents or legal guardians and may not be withheld to force payment of dues, fines, or other monies which are owed to the school. In such cases, a principal may request a student's parent(s) or legal guardian to call, send a note, or schedule an interview before releasing report cards.
  7. Circumstances for reducing a student's academic grade shall be specified in the District Student Progression Plan.
  8. The teacher shall have the primary responsibility for assigning grades to indicate a student's progress in class, in accordance with the Student Progression Plan and subject to the school principal's review. The principal may request a review of the information recorded by a teacher to justify the grades of a student. However, the grades given a student by a teacher shall be subject to modification only by the Superintendent when cause is found.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1003.33, 1003.437, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.0955
HISTORY: ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

 FORMERLY: IKA 

Back to Top


4.90 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Requirements for a Standard Diploma
    The District Student Progression Plan shall specify graduation requirements for a Standard Diploma for high school, early admission and advanced studies, and exceptional student education services. Such requirements shall be in accordance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Education rules. Special diploma options are only available to students entering 9th grade prior to the 2013-2014 school year and will no longer be valid after the 2022-2023 school year.
  2. High School Diplomas
    High school diplomas shall be issued only upon authority of the School Board to students who have met all graduation requirements as specified in the District Student Progression Plan. Diplomas shall be furnished by the School Board at no cost to students and shall bear the school principal, Superintendent, and School Board Chairperson’s signatures.
  3. Certificate of Completion
    Students electing the 18 or 24 credit general requirement option who have not met all graduation requirements, if eligible, shall be awarded either a certificate of completion or a college placement test eligible certificate of completion. Students entitled to either certificate of completion may elect to remain in secondary school as a full-time or part-time student for up to one additional year. Any student who has received either certificate of completion who subsequently meets requirements for a standard high school diploma shall be awarded a standard high school diploma following District Student Progression Plan procedures.
  4. High School Equivalency Diploma
    1. A candidate for a high school equivalency diploma shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of the examination, except in extraordinary circumstances as defined in IV.B., in which the candidate must have reached the age of sixteen (16).
    2. A candidate seeking to take the examination for an equivalency diploma prior to age eighteen (18) must present medical evidence from one or more attending physicians attesting to the fact that said student is unable to attend on a full time basis. As an alternative, a candidate must present documented evidence from a recognized social agency of an undue hardship that precludes full time attendance in school.
  5. Commencement Exercises
    1. Commencement exercises shall be held as near as possible to the last day of school. The date of commencement shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee.
    2. Caps and gowns shall be standard apparel for senior high school commencement exercises. The style and color of caps and gowns shall be selected by the individual school. Any senior who does not desire to participate in the commencement exercises may be excused.
    3. The principal is authorized to exclude, prior to or during commencement exercises, any student for misconduct or for refusing to follow established rules or procedures for commencement exercises.
    4. The following requirements have been established regarding participation in commencement exercises:
      1. Diplomas: Any student meeting the requirements for a Standard Diploma is eligible to participate in commencement.
      2. Certificates of Completion: A student receiving a W8A (24 credit) Certificate of Completion or W8B (18 credit) Certificate of Completion who has met the minimum credits and required grade point average (GPA) but did not pass the state approved graduation test or a concordant and/or comparative score is  NOT eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony but may participate in a summer commencement ceremony if he/she has completed participation in all Grade 10 FSA English Language Arts (ELA) or other required state reading assessment administrations, Algebra 1 EOC administrations, PSAT, NMSQT, SAT and/or ACT School Day if applicable, that they were eligible for.
      3. W8A/W8B: The W8A (24 credit) and W8B (18 credit) Certificates of Completion are awarded to students who have completed all requirements for the standard high school diploma, including a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, except for passage of the state approved graduation test or alternate assessment.
      4. W08: Students receiving a W08 (24 credit) Certificate of Completion are not eligible to participate in spring or summer commencement, but may participate in a subsequent ceremony, within the following year, after completing their diploma requirements. The W08 (24 credit) Certificate of Completion is awarded to students who have completed the minimum number of credits and all other requirements prescribed by the local school board but failed to meet at least one of the following criteria:
        1. Failed to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or
        2. Failed to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and failed to earn passing scores on the state approved graduation tests or alternate assessments.
  6. Promotion Exercises
    Informal promotion exercises are permissible in elementary, middle and high schools. No student shall be denied the opportunity to participate in the exercises.
    These exercises shall be consistent with the following guidelines:
    1. Informal programs which are held during the school day and prior to the last day of school;
    2. Planned in terms of students’ interest and planned to include all students; and
    3. Conducted with minimal expense to schools and students.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.
LAW(S) IMPLEMENTED: 1001.32, 1001.42, 1001.54, 1003.4281,
1003.4282, 1003.4285, 1003.435, 1006.07, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE(S): 6A-1.0955, 6A-1.09961, 6A-6.020,
6A-6.0201, 6A-6.0212
ADOPTED: APRIL 1, 1997
REVISION DATE(S): NOVEMBER 10, 2008; OCTOBER 7, 2014; NOVEMBER 7, 2018; MAY 2, 2023

FORMERLY: IKF, IKFB

Back to Top