Policy 709: Insurance Program

Original Adopted Date: 03/10/2022 | Last Reviewed Date: 03/10/2022

The board will maintain a comprehensive insurance program to provide adequate coverage against major types of risk, loss, or damage, as well as legal liability.  The board will purchase insurance at replacement values, when possible, after reviewing the costs and availability of such insurance.  The comprehensive insurance program is reviewed once every three years.  Insurance will only be purchased through legally licensed Iowa insurance agents.

The school district will assume the risk of property damage, legal liability, and dishonesty in cases in which the exposure is so small or dispersed that a loss does not significantly affect the operation of the education program or financial condition of the school district.

Insurance of buildings, structures, or property in the open will not generally be purchased to cover loss exposures below $1,500 unless such insurance is required by statute or contract.  

The board may retain a private organization for capital assets management services.  

Administration of the insurance program, making recommendations for additional insurance coverage, placing the insurance coverage and loss prevention activities is the responsibility of the superintendent.  The capital assets manager is responsible for maintaining the capital assets management system, processing claims and maintaining loss records.

NOTE:  The board may choose the amount of its deductible in paragraph three.  Since significant cost savings in insurance premiums can be generated with higher deductibles, it is suggested the board give careful thought before subscribing to a deductible below $5,000.  Maintaining the replacement cost in the school district’s capital assets management system allows the school district to ensure insurance coverage is at the appropriate level.


Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 85.2; 279.12, .28; 285.5(6), .10(6); 296.7; 298A; 517A.1; 670.7.


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 20.9 Collective Bargaining – Scope of Negotiations
Iowa Code  § 279.12 Directors – Powers and Duties – teachers-insurance-leave
Iowa Code  § 285.10 Transportation Aid – Powers and Duties of Local Boards
Iowa Code  § 285.5 Transportation Aid – Contracts
Iowa Code  § 296.7 Indebtedness of Schools Corporations – Tax Levies
Iowa Code  § 298A School District Fund Structure
Iowa Code  § 517A.1 Liability  Insurance – Authority to Purchase
Iowa code § 670.7 Insurance
Iowa Code § 85.2 Public Employees – Chapter Compulsory
Iowa code §279.28 Insurance-Supplies-Textbooks

Cross References

Code Description
205 Board Member Liability
802.04 Capital Assets
802.04-R(1) Capital Assets  – Regulation
802.04-R(2) Capital Assets  – Management System Definitions