House File 598 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 598 BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (SUCCESSOR TO HF 197) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the assignment of pupils who are siblings to 1 classrooms by school districts. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1859HV (2) 88 kh/jh
H.F. 598 Section 1. Section 279.11, Code 2019, is amended to read as 1 follows: 2 279.11 Number of schools —— attendance —— terms —— classroom 3 assignment . 4 1. The board of directors shall determine the number of 5 schools to be taught, divide the corporation into such wards or 6 other divisions for school purposes as may be proper, determine 7 the particular school which each child shall attend, and 8 designate the period each school shall be held beyond the time 9 required by law. 10 2. Prior to assigning siblings who are enrolled in 11 kindergarten through grade five and deemed by the school 12 district to be at the same grade level academically to 13 a classroom, a school district shall require school 14 administrators to consult with, and give deference to, the 15 parents or guardians of the siblings, to determine whether the 16 siblings shall be assigned to the same classroom. 17 EXPLANATION 18 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 19 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 20 This bill requires school districts to require its 21 administrators, prior to assigning siblings to a classroom when 22 the siblings are enrolled in kindergarten through grade five 23 and are academically at the same grade level, to consult with 24 and give deference to the parents or guardians of the siblings, 25 when determining whether the siblings shall be assigned to the 26 same classroom. 27 -1- LSB 1859HV (2) 88 kh/jh 1/ 1