Section 12.1.F.3 - Declaration of General Understandings Stipulations and Conditions for Application
All applicants must read the following information. By signing this affidavit, the applicant declares understanding and agreement of all conditions and stipulations descripted.
All external research requests must be determined to:
For the purpose of this application, references in Federal Guidance to IRB is inferred to mean internal review by Dysart Unified School District.
Parent/Student Consent Forms: All research studies involving students must include written permission from the student’s parent/guardian. Communication with the parent/guardian must disclose the exact nature of the research activity, the questions/information, and a statement explaining how confidentiality of responses will be ensured.
All research studies involving students-as-participants must include similar written permission. For students who do not agree to participate in the study, no data collections may take place regardless of prior parent approval. For students in grades PS-5, verbal explanation and agreement may be conducted. The specific approach for obtaining consent from younger students must be reviewed and approved by the District.
Copies of a signed Parent and Student Consent Forms must be forwarded to the Director, Department of Research and Accountability prior to any student-level data collection activity. A copy of a sample Parental Consent Form is attached for review.
District-Appointed Oversight: All external research activities will be overseen by the Director, Department of Research and Accountability. Communications concerning each step in the research study must be made to this office: data collection dates, communications with site administrators, completion of significant mile posts in the study’s timeline, etc… The Director, Department of Research and Accountability will maintain all documentation regarding the proposed study including all contacts, Informed Consent Agreements, and monitor progress during the study’s implementation.
Additional Conditions: With respect to any externally-initiated research study, the District may impose additional conditions prior to, or at any time during the course of the study when, in the judgment of the District, additional conditions are necessary.
Local Site Approval: For research projects requiring participation of school staff and/or students, the request must also be approved by the local school principal.
Conditions for Review and Approval: All applications will be reviewed by the Director, Department of Research and Accountability. Considerations for review will include relevance of the proposed study to educational research and practice, disruption and/or impact on staff, students, schools, relevance of the topic to specific programs and practices in the District, the number of current external research studies on-going in the District, timeline within the school year, and other factors as determined to be of consideration. The Director of Research and Accountability will formulate a recommendation on the application and forward it to the Superintendent for final consideration. Final decision will rest with the District Superintendent. No request will be considered without complete documentation.
Acknowledgement of review and agreement with the General Understandings, Stipulations and Conditions for Application.
Reference: Section 12.1, Form 12.1.F.3