Board Policies

Last revised: June 12, 2017

500.0

Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

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Policy Title: Objectives for Equal Educational
Code No. 500 Opportunities for Students

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the board's goals and objectives for assisting the students of the school district in obtaining an education. Each student will have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series.

It is the goal of the board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in the students enrolled in the school district. Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use it and its education program and services as a means for self-improvement and individual growth. In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same opportunity.

The board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, marital status, socio-economic status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.

Board policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered vehicles; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies. The term parents for purposes of this policy manual means the legal parents, the legal guardian or custodian of a student, and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law.

Complaint Procedure

A “complaint” constitutes an allegation that these rules as they relate to the district’s Equal Educational Opportunity Policy, Title IX, Title VI, the ADA, or Section 504, have been violated. Any student who believes that these rules or laws have been violated shall notify the building principal, supervisor, or the Director of Secondary Education or the Director of Elementary Education. The investigator shall attempt to resolve informally, or at the earliest possible stage, all complaints. A written record will be made and kept. Information received during the investigation shall be kept confidential to the extent possible. Any complainant may be represented at all steps of this procedure by a representative of their choosing. The investigator shall reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the complaint. The investigator shall interview the complainant and may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall present a written report to the superintendent or designee.

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the grievant(s) may request in writing an impartial third-party hearing. The written request shall be filed with the Board Secretary within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the investigator.

The impartial hearing shall be conducted by a hearing officer to be selected by the District and the person(s) filing the complaint. The hearing officer shall be an administrative law judge or another third-party hearing officer that is qualified to hear complaints related to alleged non-compliance with federal and state regulations requiring non- discrimination in educational programs. The impartial third-party hearing officer selected shall set the date and the time of the hearing.

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, City Group Center, 500 West Madison St, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL (312) 730-1560, http://www.ia.us/government/crc/index.html or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA. (515) 281-5294. This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be submitted instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

Date of Adoption:
November 24, 2008

Date of Revision:
May 24, 2010
April 8, 2013
June 12, 2017

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Date of Adoption

November 24, 2008

Date of Revision

May 24, 2010
April 8, 2013
June 12, 2017

Date of Review
June 12, 2017