Notice of Intended Action

Open enrollment—participation in cocurricular or extracurricular activities, amendments to ch 17

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to open enrollment

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The State Board of Education hereby proposes to amend Chapter 17, "Open Enrollment," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 256.7.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 282.18.

Purpose and Summary

2018 Iowa Acts, Senate Files 475 and 2415, made changes to Iowa Code section 282.18 allowing individual pupils who participate in open enrollment to online education to participate in up to two cocurricular or extracurricular activities at their resident districts. The changes also allow districts to deduct up to $200 per activity off of the open enrollment tuition out. The proposed amendments implement Senate Files 475 and 2415.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


An agencywide rule waiver is provided for in 281—Chapter 4.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 8, 2019. Comments should be directed to:

Nicole Proesch

Department of Education

Grimes State Office Building, Second Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0416

Phone: 515.281.8661


Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

January 8, 2019

11 a.m. to 12 noon

State Board Room, Second Floor

Grimes State Office Building

East 14th Street and Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs by calling 515.281.5295.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend subrule 17.8(2), introductory paragraph, as follows:

17.8(2) Restrictions on participation in interscholastic athletic contests and competitions. A Subject to rule 281—17.15(282), a pupil who changes school districts under open enrollment in any of the grades 9 through 12 shall not be eligible to participate in varsity interscholastic athletic contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of enrollment. This restriction also shall apply to enrollments resulting from an approved petition filed by a parent/guardian to open enroll to an alternative receiving district and when the pupil returns to the district of residence using the process outlined in subrule 17.8(4). This 90-school-day restriction does not prohibit the pupil from practicing with an athletic team during the 90 school days of ineligibility. This 90-school-day restriction is not applicable to a pupil who:

Item 2. Adopt the following new subrule 17.10(9):

17.10(9) Open enrollment pursuant to rule 281—17.15(282). If a pupil participates in cocurricular or extracurricular activities in accordance with subrule 17.15(2), the district of residence may deduct up to $200 per activity, for up to two activities, from the amount calculated in this rule. For a cocurricular activity, one semester shall equal one activity. Extracurricular activities for which such a resident district may charge up to $200 per activity for up to two activities under this subrule include interscholastic athletics, music, drama, and any other activity with a general fund expenditure exceeding $5,000 annually. A pupil may participate in additional extracurricular activities at the discretion of the resident district. The school district of residence may charge the pupil a fee for participation in such cocurricular or extracurricular activities equivalent to the fee charged to and paid in the same manner by other resident pupils.

Item 3. Adopt the following new rule 281—17.15(282):

281—17.15(282) Open enrollment and online coursework.

17.15(1) General. A school district may provide courses developed by private providers and delivered primarily over the Internet to pupils who are participating in open enrollment under Iowa Code section 282.18. However, if a student's participation in open enrollment to receive educational instruction and course content delivered primarily over the Internet results in the termination of enrollment in the receiving district, the receiving district shall, within 30 days of the termination, notify the district of residence of the termination and the date of the termination.

17.15(2) Participation in activities in resident district. A pupil participating in open enrollment for purposes of receiving educational instruction and course content primarily over the Internet in accordance with Iowa Code section 256.7(32) may participate in any cocurricular or extracurricular activities offered to children in the pupil's grade or group and sponsored by the district of residence under the same conditions and requirements as the pupils enrolled in the district of residence. The pupil may participate in not more than two cocurricular or extracurricular activities during a school year unless the resident district approves the student's participation in additional activities. The student shall comply with the eligibility, conduct, and other requirements relating to the activity that are established by the district of residence for any student who applies to participate or who is participating in the activity.

Item 4. Amend 281—Chapter 17, implementation sentence, as follows:

These rules are intended to implement Iowa Code Supplement section 282.18.

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/8/2019.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 281-17.10(9) Rule 281-17.15 Rule 281-17.15(2) Rule 281-17.8(2) Rule 281-17.8(4)

Iowa Code References

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Iowa Code 256.7(32) Iowa Code 282.18


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