1702 N. Main St.
Davenport, IA

Board Policy 501 – Attendance

Board Policy

Administrative Regulation

501.01 Resident Students (Revised 12/10/07) Reviewed 1/14/13) (Reviewed 6-10-19)  
501.02 Non-Resident Students (Revised 12/10/07) (Reviewed 1/14/13)(Reviewed 6/10/19)  
501.03 Foreign Exchange Students (Revised 6/13/05) (Reviewed 2/13/12)(Revised 9/18/17)  
501.04 Entrance & Immunization Requirements (Revised 9/27/10) (Revised 1/9/17)(Revised 3-13-17) 501.04A
501.05 Closing Schools (Reviewed 5/10/10)(Revised 8/24/15)  
501.06 Homeless Children and Youth (Revised 5/10/10)(Revised 8/24/15) (Revised 6/10/19)  
501.07 Placement (Reviewed 12/10/07)(Revised 4/8/13)  
501.08 Students–Legal Status (Revised 5/10/10)(Reviewed 10/12/15)  
501.09 Pregnant Students (Revised 02/09/09) (Revised 7/14/14)  
501.10 Home Instruction (Reviewed 12/10/07) (Reviewed 7/14/14) (Revised 3/12/18) 501.10A
501.11 Attendance Centers (Revised 6/13/05)(Revised 6/10/13) (Revised 8/22/16) (Revised 4/10/17)  
501.12 Boundary Lines (Revised 4/11/05)(Revised 9/23/13) 501.12A
501.12 B
501.13 Attendance Records (Revised 12/10/07) (Revised 1/14/13)  
501.14 Student Fee Refunds (Reviewed 12/10/07) (Revised 1/14/13) 501.14A
501.15 Attendance (See 504.01, Discipline Policy) (Revised 5/9/05)(Revised 9/23/13) 501.15A
501.16 Open Enrollment Between Districts (Revised 2/11/08 with Adopted Diversity Plan included)(Revised 11/12/13)(Revised 7/13/15) (Diversity Plan amended and approved by Board 1-25-16; Iowa DE approved plan on 2-3-16)

501.17 -Fees Associated with Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities  

(Approved by the Board 8/12/19)





Resident Students

The Davenport Community Schools are maintained for all children of school age who are legal residents of the school district. Only those who are bona fide residents of the District or who have been approved for open enrollment shall be permitted to attend the district schools without payment of tuition.

Resident students are those whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the District. Two factors which must be considered in determining residence for school purposes are:

  1. The child must establish a physical presence in the District, including times other than those when school is in session, and

  2. The physical presence in the District must be for a primary purpose other than school attendance.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; 3/4/85; Revised 4/29/96; Reviewed 3/15/99; Revised 12/10/07

  • Edited 12/07; Reviewed 1/14/13; Reviewed 6/10/19




Non-Resident Students

Qualified students who are not legal residents of the District may be admitted to school at the discretion of the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee upon application and payment of tuition. The tuition rate shall be computed as authorized by the Iowa Department of Education.

The established tuition fee as computed by the Iowa Department of Education for the year shall be charged on a pro-rata daily basis (1/180th) for all non-resident pupils who are enrolled for one year or less.

Tuition will be waived for pupils who have been residents of the District the current year, and who within the last four weeks have become non-residents.

Tuition may be waived during the last four weeks of the school year for a non-resident pupil coming into the District during that time, and who intends to become a resident of the District by the start of the ensuing year.

Tuition will be waived for 11th or 12th grade pupils who were residents of the District during the preceding school year, who are no longer residents of the District, but continue to attend school in the District.

Non-resident open enrollment students may attend the District upon proper approval by both the sending and receiving school district.

  • Cross Reference: Board Policy 302.02

  • Legal References: Code of Iowa Chapters 282 and 442; 257.6

  • By action of the Board 9/18/78; Revised 4/11/83; 12/12/88; Revised 4/29/96; Revised 5/24/99; Revised 12/10/07

  • Edited 12/07; Reviewed 1/14/13; Reviewed 6/10/19




Foreign Exchange Students

The following guidelines shall be followed in considering foreign exchange students for attendance in the District:

  1. The number of foreign exchange students shall be limited at each of the high schools, with priority in placement given to those students who are supported by a local community service organization, such as Rotary.

  2. Applications of foreign exchange students for placement in a Davenport high school will be accepted from bona fide programs only. The high schools shall not consider placement of foreign exchange students who are sponsored by an individual or who have privately arranged a long stay with a family living in the Davenport district. The sponsoring programs are responsible for presenting the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status) or similar Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) student exchange form at the time of application for admission into Davenport high schools.

  3. Students shall be considered for placement if applications are received by July 1st of the year for which Fall placement is considered and by November 1st if placement is considered for second semester.

  4. The high schools may accept foreign exchange students aged 15-18 by application deadlines.

  5. The decision to accept a student or not is made by the high school principal based upon the priority stated in #1, age of student, application completion, and deadlines.

  6. The high school may elect to provide:

    1. Service fees (not including driver’s education fees)
    2. Yearbook
    3. Activity ticket
    4. Certificate of attendance or diploma
    5. Cap and gown
  7. The high school may decide to award a diploma if the review of the student’s transcript indicates that sufficient credits have been earned. Each student’s transcript shall be evaluated by the respective high school registrar, counselor, and principal.

  8. The foreign exchange program is managed for the District by an administrator appointed by the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83, 3/13/95; Reviewed 5/13/96; Revised 5/24/99 ; Revised 6/13/05

  • Edited 6/05

  • Reviewed 2/12; Revised 9/18/17

Entrance and Health Requirements

A student shall not be admitted to kindergarten unless said student will be five years of age on or before the 15th day of September of the current year. Every parent or legal guardian shall submit a valid Iowa department of public health certificate of immunization. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for denial of admission or continuation of school services.
• Vision – A student enrolling into Kindergarten shall be screened for a vision impairment at least once before enrollment. A minimum of one child vision screening shall be performed no earlier than one year prior to the date of enrollment in Kindergarten and no later than six months after the date of the student’s enrollment. Either a Student Vision Card or the Vision Screening Form must be completed and a copy given to school nurse.
• Dental – All students newly enrolling into Kindergarten are required to provide proof of a dental screening. This includes out- of -state transfers also.
• Mandatory Lead Testing – A student enrolling into Kindergarten are required to have at least one lead test. The nurse completes an excel spreadsheet containing enrolling student demographic information that is returned by email to IDPH that is compared to the state Lead database. A student must provide a valid Iowa State Department Lead Exemption to be exempted from this requirement.
  • First Grade
    A student shall be admitted to the first grade if said student will be six years of age or older on or before the 15th day of September of the current school year, and has completed kindergarten in the District or another school system.
    Every parent or legal guardian enrolling a student for the first time in the District shall submit a valid Iowa department of public health certificate of immunization. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for denial of admission or continuation of school services.The following exceptions are permitted to the above policy:
    • Students who have not attended kindergarten may enter the first grade in the District providing they will be six by September 15th of the current school year. Students may be required to complete readiness and mental maturity tests that indicate readiness for the first grade. Such tests will not preclude a child from enrolling.• Students of families who move into the District who will be seven years of age on or before September 15th of the current school year may be automatically entered into first grade without previous kindergarten• Students who have completed one full year of kindergarten in an accredited school and whose birthdays fall between September 15th and December 31st, may enter the District first grade. These students may be required to complete readiness and mental maturity tests that indicate readiness for the first grade. Such tests will not preclude a child from enrolling.Third Grade
    Vision – A student enrolled into third grade shall be screened for vision impairment at least once before enrollment. A minimum of one child vision screening shall be performed no earlier than one year prior to the date of enrollment into third grade and no later than six months after the date of the student’s enrollment. The Vision Screening Form must be completed and a copy given to school nurse.Seventh Grade
    If the student is born on or after September 15, 2000, they MUST submit proof of receiving a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccination prior to the start of the school year or they will not be allowed to attend school. Proof of vaccination needs to be presented to the school nurse. Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, Student entering 7th grade born on or after September 15, 2004 shall have one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A.C.W.Y.).  There is no provisional period to implement this requirement. Proof of vaccination needs to be presented to the school nurse.Ninth Grade
    Dental – Iowa law requires a completed Certificate of Dental Screening be done in the year prior to entering the ninth grade. For transfer students, a screening completed within one year prior to enrollment is acceptable. This Certificate of Dental Screen Form must be completed by a dental hygienist or dentist and a copy given to the school nurse.Twelfth Grade
    Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, students entering 12th grade born on or after September 15, 1999 shall have two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A,C,W,Y); or 1 one dose if one dose was previously received when the student was sixteen years of age or older. There is no provisional period to implement this requirement if the student has received no meningococcal conjugate vaccine.General Immunization Information:
    Students shall be granted an exemption from the immunization requirement in the policy for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law but must provide a valid Iowa department of public health certificate of immunization exemption.Homeless students may be exempt from the requirements of immunizations by state. (Board Policy #501.06 Homeless Children & Youth). The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.An Iowa Department of Public Health provisional enrollment certificate shall be granted to a student who has begun but not completed the required immunizations. Only one sixty day provisional enrollment certificate shall be granted for an incomplete vaccination record and student shall remain enrolled during that time. The parent or legal guardian shall ensure that the applicant receive the necessary immunizations during the provisional enrollment. If at the end of the provisional enrollment the parent or legal guardian has not submitted a valid certificate of immunization the student shall be excluded from school until the parent or guardian does so.Evidence of Age
    A birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence showing date of birth shall be required of each pupil entering school in the District for the first time.• Cross Reference: Board Policy 502.01 Physical Examination; 501.07 Placement;501.06 Homeless Children & Youth; Administrative Regulation 501.04A
    • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa Chapter 282.3; 280.13 (207) Section 139A.8; 281
    IAC 33.5; 641 IAC.7; Lead Law ( House file 158); IAC:641.51.
    • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Reviewed 5/13/96; Revised
    3/15/99; Revised 2/23/09; Revised 9/27/10
    • Edited 2/09,9/10
    • Revised 1/9/17; Revised 3/13/17




Closing Schools

The Board adopts to follow the guidelines set forth “In re Norman Barker, 1 D.P.I. App. Dec. 145(1977)” when considering potential closings of schools in the District.

Norman Barker Guidelines

These seven (7) steps shall constitute procedural due process for the public when making decisions as to the closing of an attendance center:

1.    A timeline shall be established in advance for the carrying out of procedures involved in making the important decision. All aspects of such a timeline would naturally focus upon the anticipated date that the Board of Directors would make its final decision in the matter.

2.    All segments of the community in the District should be informed that a school closing decision is under consideration by the Board.

3.    The public shall be involved in providing sufficient input into the study and planning involved in the decision making process.

4.    Sufficient research, study and planning shall be carried out by the Board and groups and individuals selected by the Board. Such things as student enrollment statistics, transportation costs, financial gains and losses, program offerings, plant facilities, and staff assignment need to be considered carefully.

5.    There shall be an open and frank public discussion of the facts and issues involved.

6.    A proper record shall be made of all the steps taken in the making of the decision.

7.    The final decision shall be made in an open, public meeting, and a record be made thereof.

Procedures for Closing an Attendance Facility

1.         Timetable: Because school closings may create disruptions for families, a timeline shall be established under this policy to minimize problems relating to school closings.

2.         Authority: Pursuant to statutory authority, the Board may close any attendance facility within the District upon finding good and sufficient reason, as they believe to be in the best interest of the District. In order to enhance quality education, this authority shall be exercised in compliance with state law and in the manner outlined in this policy.

3.          Terms Defined: To ensure clarity terms used herein are defined as follows:

(a)     Attendance Facility – A school building where students regularly attend and which is currently owned by the District.

(b)     Attendance Area – The geographic area the Board has designated as the boundary for students to attend a particular attendance facility.

4.          Factors to Consider: Whenever an attendance facility is proposed to be closed, the Board shall consider all factors before reaching a final decision, including but not limited to the following factors:

(a)     Quality of Education – (Primary importance.) The Board shall review staff, specialists, class size, pupil-to-classroom teacher ratios, present and projected enrollment, curriculum, instructional equipment, and special programs (art, music, science, reading, learning centers, etc.) The accessibility and quality of facilities shall be considered including classrooms, cafeteria, media center, computer lab, playground, special program facilities and equipment, and athletic facilities.

(b)    Safety of Students – The Board shall review necessity of transportation, major traffic arteries, fire protection, and availability of safety from severe weather, structural integrity, and hazards to the safety and welfare of students.

(c)     Costs of Operating – The Board shall review the present and projected costs of operating the attendance facility on a per-pupil basis or by other appropriate means. Costs shall be compared with projected costs incurred if the attendance facility would be closed. It shall include cost of transporting students to other facilities, hiring or transfer of staff, and purchase or transfer of textbooks and equipment.

(d)     Costs of Necessary Capital Improvements – The Board shall review present and projected costs for capital improvements or additional repairs. The costs will be compared with projected costs incurred to remodel, repair, or make improvements to the existing attendance facility and the receiving attendance facility made necessary by the closing.

(e)     Effect on the Community – The Board shall review the effect on the community for the attendance facility to be closed and on the attendance facility where the students would be reassigned. They shall consider the neighborhood-school concept, community attitudes, and traffic patterns.

(f)      Miscellaneous Factors – The Board shall review any other factors which it feels are relevant to closing of an attendance facility.

5.         Process/Time Line: Whenever the Board considers the possibility of closing an attendance facility, the following timeline or process shall be followed to ensure adequate representation by all parties involved.

(a)     The Board shall consider all the factors for consideration required by law and outlined in this procedure. Upon making an initial determination an attendance facility should be closed, the Board shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to close the attendance facility at the close of the current school year. The resolution shall be adopted on or before the second Monday in October of the school year in which the Board proposing the closing. The resolution shall include (1) the reasons for closing; (2) the name of the attendance facility; (3) the attendance facility or facilities to which the students will be reassigned; and (4) the time, date, and place of all public hearings to be held on the proposal to close an attendance center.

(b)     Written information or data used to make the initial determination shall be available at the affected attendance facilities prior to the time the resolution is considered for adoption. The public may request a copy of the information from the Board Secretary, and additional copies will be available at the board meeting when the resolution is being considered. The District website will also have information available for the public to review.

(c)     A Notice of the Public Hearing which states the time, date, place, and purpose of the hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation at least ten (10) days prior but not more than twenty (20) days before the hearing.

(d)     Within seven (7) working days after the resolution is adopted, a copy of the resolution shall be mailed to the home address of each student attending the affected attendance facilities (both closing and receiving schools).

(e)     Within thirty-five (35) days after adoption of the resolution, any person may file a written response in favor of or opposed to the proposed closing of the attendance facility. Individuals may also file written questions concerning the proposal. These responses shall be filed with the Board Secretary at the Administration Building. All reasonable effort will be made by the administration to answer questions in writing and shall be available five (5) days before the public hearing.

(f)      Not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than sixty (60) days after adoption of the resolution, the Board shall hold a public hearing on the question of closing the attendance facility specified in the resolution. A separate hearing shall be held for each attendance facility proposed to be closed. Such hearing shall be held at the feeder high-school of the attendance center in question if at all possible.

(g)     The Board shall adopt rules and fix the agenda for such a public hearing. All written information and data presented to the Board by the administration shall be available to members of the public at least five (5) days prior to the public hearing. No action shall be taken by the Board at the public hearing on the matter of school closings.

(h)     At the next regular board meeting following the public hearing, the Board shall make a decision as to the closing of the attendance facility. The Board shall consider all testimony and evidence brought forth at the public hearing and consider the factors required by law and this policy before taking final action.

(i)      The Board’s final action shall be in writing and shall include a statement by the Board stating the factors which lead to the decision. The factors stated will be supported with appropriate data and research information.

(j)      Within thirty (30) days after the public hearing, and in no event later than January 15, or the next working day following January 15 if it falls on a weekend or is a holiday, the Board shall adopt its final written decision. The vote of the majority of the Board will be final and conclusive.

Exceptions to Procedure of Closing an Attendance Facility

If an extraordinary or unanticipated event occurs after the initial deadline of on or before the second Monday in October in the year preceding the closing of the attendance facility, the Board may adopt an alternative schedule utilizing the factors for consideration listed in this policy. A final written decision shall be made no later than April 15 of the year preceding the school closing

  • By Action of the Board 8/12/02; Revised 02/23/04; Reviewed 5/10/10

  • Edited: 02/04; 5/10;Revised 8/24/15

Homeless Children and Youth
The Davenport Community School District believes all students should have access to a free, appropriate public education. The District will ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth.The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes:

  • Children and youth who are:
    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled up”);
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
    • Abandoned in hospitals.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

To help ensure that homeless children and youth have a full opportunity to enroll, attend, participate fully, and succeed at school, the board shall:

  • Designate the Director of Social Emotional Behavior and Mental Health (SEBMH) as the local homeless children and youth liaison;
  • Provide training opportunities for staff so staff may help identify and meet the needs of homeless children and youth;
  • Remove barriers, including those associated with fees, fines, records, and absences, to the identification, enrollment, retention, attendance, and/or success in school for homeless children and youth;
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination with other service providers;
  • Ensure transportation is provided in accordance with legal requirements;
  • Provide school stability in school assignment according to the child’s best interests;
  • Ensure the privacy of student records, as provided by applicable law, including information about a homeless child or youth’s living situation;
  • Engage in the dispute resolution process for decisions relating to the educational placement of homeless children and youth as provided by applicable law; and
  • Prohibit the segregation of a homeless child or youth from other students enrolled in the district.

The superintendent may develop an administrative process or procedures to implement this policy.

  • Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. § 6301 et seq.;42 U.S.C. § 11301 et seq.;42 U.S.C. §§ 11431 et seq. (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act) ; 281 I.A.C. 33
  • Cross Reference:  305. 05  School Bus Transportation ;501 Attendance; 502.01  Physical Examination; 502.02 Vision Screening; 502.04 Communicable Diseases: Students;                502.11  Student Special Health Services; 503.06 Student Records – Cumulative and Permanent;      506.07  Fines, ees, Charges and Waivers;602.11 Special Education;602.12 Alternative Education; 602.22 Alternative Programs; 603.04  Outside Resource People
  • Adopted by the Board: 05/12/03
  • Revised 5/10/10, Edited 5/12/03; 5/10; Revised 8/24/15; Revised 4/2/2019; Revised and Reviewed by Attorney 6/10/19






When a child enters the District for the first time (aside from kindergarten round-up), or re-enrolls after a lapse of two or more years, the principal will determine  grade level placement after consultation with the parents or guardian and assessment of the child. The principal will complete a final placement within two weeks. A temporary placement can be made immediately so that the child may attend school.


  • By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83; Reviewed 5/13/96; Reviewed 3/15/99; Reviewed 12/10/07
  • Edited 12/07, Revised 4/8/13




Students–Legal Status

Students who have attained the legal age of 18 may continue the education program without payment of tuition as long as they are eligible to attend an Iowa public school and are residents of the District. 

Parents shall be allowed to access and view the student’s records without written permission from the student unless the student has attained age 18 or is attending a post-secondary school full time or with the equivalent of 12 semester hours. In most cases, with the discretion of the principal or the Superintendent, the student shall be able to make decisions and sign documents rather than requiring parental permission or signature.


  • Legal References: 20 U.S.C.; § 132g (1988).  Iowa Code §§ 22; 282.2, .6 .7.  Iowa Code §§ 285.4; 599.1; 622.10 (1995)
  • Cross References: Board Policy 501.13 Attendance Records; 501.15 Attendance Policy
  • By action of the Board 8/19/60, 5/11/70, 10/12/70, 1/29/73, 11/8/76, 4/11/83; Revised 6/10/96; Revised 9/18/00; Revised 11/22/04; Revised 5/10/10
  • Edited:11/04; 5/10
  • Reviewed 10/12/15

Pregnant Students  
The Board encourages pregnant students to continue to attend the education program as long as they are physically able to do so. A pregnant student is encouraged to notify the principal, guidance counselor, or the nurse as soon as she is aware of the pregnancy.  The school may require that a pregnant student provide the principal with a written note from her doctor relative to special conditions that might exist and specific suggestions as to how long the student may continue to attend classes.  If the student is unable to attend school because of her physical condition, the student may be excused and arrangements made to continue her studies during her absence.  The student shall resume classes upon the written release of her physician.

  • Legal References: Iowa Code §§ 216; 279.8; 280.3 (1995)
  • Cross References: Board Policy 501 Student Attendance (IASB); Board Policy 604.02 Individualized Instruction (IASB)
  • By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83; Revised 6/10/96; Reviewed 3/15/99; Reviewed 12/10/07; Revised 2/09/09
  • Edited 2/09; Revised 7/14/14




Home Instruction

Davenport enrolled students unable to attend school because of a temporary or permanent physical disability but able to receive instruction shall be taught in the home (or as otherwise arranged) by a visiting teacher on a schedule of a minimum of once each week during those weeks school is in session. The length of period for instruction necessarily varies with the student’s academic load. Each student shall receive at least one hour and thirty minutes of instruction during each call.

In case of temporary disability, the student may later return to continue work at school. The visiting teacher shall consult with the teachers in the regular classroom and strive to give the student a program as nearly identical with the classroom as possible. The building classroom teacher will be responsible for assessing and grading student’s work.

In case of a permanent disability that precludes the student from being accommodated in a school setting, the student shall be provided the opportunity to complete the course work at home, graduate, and receive a diploma.

Guidelines shall be established by the administration on eligibility for this program. Such guidelines shall comply with all regulations of the Iowa Department of Education.



Attendance Centers

I.   High School parents and guardians may enroll their students in any  DCSD high school they choose regardless of the attendance center area in which the family resides.  Mid City High School requests require administrative approval. However, students electing to enroll in a high school outside of their boundaried attendance area will be responsible for their own transportation. All student fees must be paid current for transfer options to be considered.

II.  Elementary and middle school parents and guardians are responsible for enrolling students in the school within the boundary of the attendance area in which the student resides.  If it is discovered that a student is attending a school outside his or her attendance area, the parent or guardian will be directed to remove the student and enroll him or her in the school within the attendance area where the student resides.  School and district administration are charged with continuously monitoring elementary and middle school enrollment to assure that students are enrolled in schools in the attendance area where they live unless an exception has been granted. All student fees must be paid current for transfer options to be considered.

                            Exceptions for elementary and middle school transfer requests are as follows:

A.  Transfers approved by the superintendent, or his or her representative, for health, safety or security of students or staff.

B.  Transfer that meets the elements of the District’s Diversity Plan, namely:

                  1. Category A students transferring from a Category A school to a Category B school;  or

                  2. Category B students transferring from a Category B school to a Category A school.

 Transfers under this provision must be requested no later than May 1 for the following school year.  Only one such request will be  approved in any single                year.

C.  Transfers approved to attend Buffalo Elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project.

III.  Transfer of students will be approved with the following provisions:

A. Parents or guardians are responsible for transportation.
B. Transportation will be provided for district administrative placements.
C. Transfers are only allowable to those schools that do not exceed 85% capacity.
D. Transfer approval will not cause elementary class sizes to exceed district standards.
E. If you reside outside the walk zone of the desired school, and a transportation route exists, then transportation may be provided for student transfers which balance a school’s diversity ratio as defined on the Diversity Plan Reference Chart in the District Diversity Plan.

IV.  If a student moves from one school attendance area to another during the school year, the  student will be allowed to remain at current school if space is available and transportation will be the responsibility of the family.  If the student will be attending a new school they will be required to enroll in the new school the first school day after a quarter or grading period. Students who move within six weeks of the end of the school year will not be required to move schools until the following school year.  Students in 5th and  8th grades are exempt from this provision and may remain in their current school until matriculation.

  • Cross Reference: Policy 501.12 Boundary Lines; 604.12 Balanced Enrollment
  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83, 2/13/84, Revised 1/14/85, Revised 7/8/91; Revised 2/7/94;  Revised 9/29/97; Revised 7/12/99; Revised 6/13/05; Edited 6/05
  • Revised 6/10/13; Revised 8/22/16
  • Revised 4/10/17



Boundary Lines 

The Board will have complete discretion to determine the boundaries for each attendance center, to assign students to the attendance centers, and to assign students to the classrooms within the attendance center.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee to review the defined boundaries periodically and make recommendations to the Board as needed. In making the recommendation, the Superintendent will consider the geographical layout of the District, the condition and location of the District facilities, the location of student populations, possible transportation difficulties, financial condition of the District and other factors deemed relevant by the Superintendent or the Board.

Public input should be incorporated in a plan as part of the decision-making process.

  • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa 274.37; 274.38
  • Cross Reference: Board Policy #501.11 Student Transfers; Administrative Regulation 501.12A
  • By action of the Board: 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83, 4/11/94; Reviewed 5/13/96; Revised 3/15/99; Revised 4/11/05
  • Edited 4/05; Revised 9/23/13



Attendance Records

Building principals will assure that adequate attendance records are kept and  will make reports to the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee as requested.

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76, 4/11/83; Revised 5/13/96; Revised 3/15/99; Revised 12/10/07

  • Edited 12/07; Revised 1/14/13



Student Fee Refunds

The administration shall establish consistent procedures for refunding student fees and shall inservice building principals to ensure the refunding of fees is equitable for all students.

  • Cross Reference: Administrative Regulation 501.14A

  • By action of the Board 11/8/76; Revised 4/11/83; Revised 12/19/95; Reviewed 5/13/96; Reviewed 3/15/99; Reviewed 12/10/07

  • Edited 12/07; Revised 1/14/13




A.  Compulsory Attendance

Parents within the District who have children over age six and under age sixteen by September 15, in proper physical and mental condition to attend school, shall have the children attend the District at the attendance center designated by the Board. Students shall attend school the number of days that school is in session in accordance with the school calendar.  Exceptions to this policy include children who:

  • Have completed the requirements for graduation in an accredited school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma;
  • Are attending religious services or receiving religious instruction;
  • Are attending an approved or probationally approved private college preparatory school;
  • Are attending an accredited nonpublic school; or,
  • Are receiving competent private instruction.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of a child to provide evidence of the child’s mental and physical inability to attend school or of the child’s qualifications for one of the exceptions listed above.

B.  Board Policy on Absence

Any absence from school is a serious handicap not only to the individual student, but to the entire school system as well.  There is no real substitute for actual classroom attendance.  For this reason, parents or guardians are requested to notify the school regarding family absences.  It is the responsibility of the parents and the students to make arrangements prior to the absence for making up missed classroom work and assignments that might be given while the student is gone.  Furthermore, parents and students are encouraged to ascertain that the students are not in academic jeopardy or will not be in academic jeopardy as a result of this absence.

Makeup work must be planned with school personnel. Work missed during excused absenses may be turned in for full credit if received within the timeframe established by the classroom teacher.  Work missed during unexcused absenses must be made up in order to obtain credit for assignments missed. The full responsibility for makeup work resulting from absence shall be assumed by the parents and the child. Teacher conferences for help shall be available. For cases other than serious personal illness in the home or death in the family, arrangements for the absence should be made in advance.

This policy recognizes that students may be absent from school for participation in school sponsored activities. All such absences must have prior approval from the school administration.

C.  Excuses for Absence

It shall be the policy of the District to require a written excuse or telephone contact with parents or legal guardians for all students under the age of 18 about the cause of all absences. The purpose of the contact is not only to explain the reasons for the absence, but to indicate that the parents or legal guardians are aware of the absence.

Excessive unexcused absences will result in a truancy letter and possible citation.

All absences must be recorded and a record kept. Procedures shall be established by the administration.

D.  Doctor, Dentist, Community Health Care Center, or Visiting Nurse Excused Absence

Any child may be excused for any part of the day for an appointment with a dentist, doctor, Community Health Care Center, or visiting nurse, providing the child is present for a part of the one-half day in which the appointment takes place in order to receive credit for that one-half day’s attendance.

E.  Religious Instruction

Students of the District may be excused from school for religious services, observances, or for instructional purposes.

F.   Truancy

Any child who has reached the age of six and is under sixteen years of age by September 15 is of compulsory attendance age. Students who turn 16 after Sept. 15 must complete that current school year.  Any child in this age group failing to attend school regularly without a reasonable excuse for absence as provided by the State Code of Iowa shall be deemed to be a truant.

In such case, the truant officer shall be notified and shall enforce the laws as provided by the State Code of Iowa.

  1. Seniors Discretionary Days
    The Board, in its discretion, may excuse graduating seniors from up to five days of instruction after the District requirements for graduation have been met. The Board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the District’s graduation requirements (#503.11–Graduation Requirements).


  • Cross Reference: Board Policy 501.12 Boundary Lines; 503.11 Graduation Requirements; 506.06 Religious Excuse from Activities & Practices; 601.02 School Calendar; Administrative Regulation 501.15A
  • Legal References: Iowa Code §§ 259A; 279l.10-.11; 299.1-.1A; 299A (1995).  19 78 Op. Att’y. Gen. 379.
  • By action of the Board 12/12/88, Revised 10/14/91; Revised 12/9/96; Revised 3/15/99; Revised 5/9/05
  • Edited 5/05; Revised 9/23/13




Open Enrollment Between Districts

The mission of the Davenport Community School District is to enhance each student’s abilities by providing a quality education enriched by our diverse community. Therefore, we believe maintaining a diverse school district better prepares students to live in a global society, expands every student’s educational opportunities, and leads to a more effective use of District resources.

The District is a participant in the state-enacted Open Enrollment program, both as a sending and as a receiving district. It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or the superintendent’s designee to review all applications for open enrollment into or out of the District under provisions of the Open Enrollment Act of 1989, and any amendments thereto, Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 17, the District’s Diversity Plan, and controlling case law.

The primary determinant when making decisions regarding approval or denial of open enrollment applications is the result such approval or denial will have on the diversity of the District as determined by the ratio of certain student groups as defined by the District’s Diversity Plan This plan places students into one of two categories, Category A or Category B, based on key demographic characteristics, specifically, student academic performance and free and reduced lunch eligibility or fee waiver eligibility based upon the Household Economic Survey. The ratio of Category A to Category B students, as established in the District’s Diversity Plan will determine the number of applications from each Category that can be approved for open enrollment out of the District or open enrollment into the District.

For students applying to open enroll into the District under the state-enacted Open Enrollment program, available classroom space will also be a consideration for acceptance. If open enrollment into the District is approved, the District will make every effort to accommodate requests relative to specific attendance centers. However, the Board reserves the right to determine attendance center assignments for all students enrolled in the District.

In accordance with Iowa Code a student whose family moves to the Davenport District and requests continuous open enrollment in his or her previous district of residence will have the application approved under the provisions for continuous open enrollment.

The Superintendent is granted authority to adopt administrative procedures to implement this policy. The District’s Diversity Plan is attached hereto and is hereby approved.

  • Legal Reference: Code of Iowa Chapters 139.A. 8, 274.1, 279.11, 282.1, 282.3, 282.8, 282.18, (2007). A.C. 17; Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, 127 S. Ct. 2738 (2007)
  • Cross References: Davenport Community School District Diversity Plan,  Administrative Regulation 501.16A
  • By action of the Board 5/14/90; Revised 7/8/91; Reviewed 9/20/93; Revised 10/14/96; Reviewed 3/15/99; Adopted 1/13/03; Revised 02/11/08
  • Edited: 02/08; Revised 11/12/13; Revised 7/13/15



Fees Associated with Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities

It is the policy of the Davenport Community School District that no enrolled student be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of course offerings and related activities dues to the student’s or the student’s parent’s guardian’s financial inability to pay a fee associated with the class, program, or activity.

For school-sponsored curricular and extracurricular activities, students may not be charged related fees to participate, unless allowed under the law.  To the extent the law allows for the District to assess a fee for participation or costs associated with a curricular or extra-curricular activity and the District determines to do so, the District will also provide for a waiver of such fee or payment on a sliding scale when necessary to allow for a student’s participation. Information regarding student fee waivers and reductions is in board policy 506.07.

  • Approved by the Board 8/12/19