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Earth Day (April 2013 School Leader Update)

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Earth Day is April 22 of each year. Earth Day is a wonderful annual event celebrated worldwide to increase awareness for our environment. School districts and nonpublic schools can incorporate Earth Day into their curriculum in a number of ways. One way a school can do this is by scheduling a day of community service.

Under 281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.1(8) a day of school is defined as a day during which the district is in session and the students are "under the guidance and instruction of instructional professional staff." A day during which the students are present and under the guidance and instruction of instructional staff is considered a day of attendance. 281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.1(10). A day of community service can be considered a day of school under the rules as long as the community service is aligned to the curriculum and students are under the guidance and supervision of instructional professional staff. Scheduling a community service day may also be a unique way to incorporate Career Education into the curriculum. Not only is this good for the students, it's good for the environment and the community too. Go green!

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 22, 2015 at 12:48pm.