The HSLDA discount number may be used by NICHE members choosing to join HSLDA at a discounted rate [$20 off the regular HSLDA membership rate]. If you are a current NICHE member, email NICHE to get the discount number.
2. Must a district provide driver's education to a resident student who is open-enrolled to a neighboring district, but who wants the district of residence to provide driver's education?
No. Iowa Code section 321.178 was amended in 2007 to add the following sentence: "The receiving district shall be the school district responsible for making driver education available to a student participating in open enrollment under section 282.18." A resident district may offer driver education to a resident student who is open-enrolled into another district, but does not have to do so. The receiving district must offer driver education to all eligible open-enrolled students.
3. Are home educated students exempt from blood lead testing and the new dental and vision exam requirements? Legislation enacted by the 2007 Iowa General Assembly encourages parents of children under 2 to have their blood lead levels tested. It also requires a parent or guardian to "provide evidence to the school district elementary attendance center or the accredited nonpublic elementary school in which the parent’s or guardian’s child is enrolled that the child was tested for elevated blood lead levels by the age of six." [italics added] NICHE has prepared a document called Lead Testing Requirements in Iowa. This document outlines the requirements under this statue.
Proof of the test is not required to be provided with Competent Private Instruction Report form, but if the family is claiming an exemption, an exemption form is required to be submitted with Form A.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH) plans to cross-check its lists of children tested against lists of children provided by schools. However, names of CPI students will not be provided to the DPH if CPI families file privacy protection forms with the school district. [Look for the NICHE privacy protection forms on the Iowa Homeschool Forms page on our website.]
The required dental screening and vision examinations requirements do not apply to home educated students.
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