100 SCHOOL DISTRICT

100 LEGAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                                                      Code No. 100

LEGAL STATUS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

This school district is organized as a school corporation pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Iowa and Iowa law, and is known as the Sigourney Community School District (the “District’).  The District is located in Keokuk County, Iowa.  The District’s affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Sigourney Community School District Board of Directors (the “Board”).   The District and the Board have exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in the territory of the District.

Approved August 10, 1998                     Reviewed April 13, 2016   

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101 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Code No.  101

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

The District and the Board are dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students, within the limitations of the District’s ability, in order to provide for students, in cooperation with the families and the District community, the opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance and  encourages each student to develop his/her full potential and become a productive citizen .

The Board endeavors, through the dedication of the District's resources, to encourage students, who come to the District from a variety of backgrounds, to look forward to the time when they will have jobs, homes, families, places in the District community, and attain recognition as individuals.  In order to achieve this goal, the Board will seek qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and for the expertise for educational productivity.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education.  Critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist the students' preparation for life is instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum.  The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

The support and involvement of the home and the District community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the District.  The District strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the District community to create within the students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility and respect for authority.

Approved  August 10, 1998                       Reviewed April 13, 2016    

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102 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND EQUAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY

Code No.  102

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND EQUAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY

The District and the Board will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information  in accordance with all state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

The District and the Board will not discriminate in its educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, creed or genetic information in accordance with all state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

This nondiscrimination policy extends to educational programs, student activities and athletics, student behaviors, District staff members, the public, District employment practices, and all aspects under the jurisdiction of the Sigourney Community School District.

Further, the District and the Board affirm the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.  The Board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing or any other victimization of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including, but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status.  The Board prohibits harassment against employees based upon race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The District and Board will require all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the District to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to the District Director of Curriculum at the District Administrative Office; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (800) 457-4416; to the Office for Civil Rights Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661, (312) 730-1560; or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Office, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60661, (800) 669-4000.  Inquiries may also be directed to the District, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

Approved  August 10, 1998                            Reviewed  April 13, 2016   

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102.E1 NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Code No.  102.E1

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

Students, parents, employees and others doing business with or performing services for the Sigourney Community School District are hereby notified that this school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information in admission or access to, or treatment in, its hiring and employment practices. 

Students, parents, employees and others doing business with or performing services for the District are hereby notified that this District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, creed or genetic information in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities.

Any person having inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with federal and/or state non-discrimination law is directed to contact:

Shannon Webb

Secondary Principal

Sigourney Community School District

907 E. Pleasant Valley

Sigourney, IA  52591

641-622-2010

This individual has been designated by the District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with federal and/or state non-discrimination laws.

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103 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Code No. 103

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the District  have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination under federal and/or state laws, rules and regulations requiring non-discrimination in programs and employment.

Level One - Principal, Immediate Supervisor or

Personnel Contact Person

(Informal and Optional - may be bypassed by the grievant)

Employees with a complaint of discrimination based upon their gender, race, national origin, creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetic information are encouraged to first discuss it with their immediate supervisor, with the objective of resolving the matter informally.  An applicant for employment with a complaint of discrimination based upon their gender, race, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are encouraged to first discuss it with the personnel contact person.  This paragraph is for employees and “marital status” is not a protected class for employees.

A student, or a parent of a student, with a complaint of discrimination based upon their gender, race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability are encouraged to discuss it with the instructor, counselor, supervisor, building administrator, program administrator or personnel contact person directly involved.

Level Two - Compliance Officer

If the grievance is not resolved at Level One and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, the grievant may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing on a Grievance Filing Form, which may be obtained from the Compliance Officer.  The complaint will state the nature of the grievance and the remedy requested.  The filing of the formal, written complaint at Level Two must be within fifteen (15) working days from the date of the event giving rise to the grievance, or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the Compliance Officer.  A minor student may be accompanied at that meeting by a parent or guardian.  The Compliance Officer will investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it.  A written report from the Compliance Officer regarding action taken will be sent to the involved parties within a reasonable time after receipt of the complaint.

Approved August 10, 1998                               Reviewed April 13, 2016

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Level Three - Superintendent/Administrator

If the complaint is not resolved at Level Two, the grievant may appeal it to Level Three by presenting a written appeal to the superintendent within five (5) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Compliance Officer, the grievant may request a meeting with the superintendent.  The superintendent may request a meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal.  A decision will be rendered by the superintendent within a reasonable time after the receipt of the written appeal.  If, in cases of disability grievances at the elementary and secondary level, the issue is not resolved through the grievance process, the parents have a right to an impartial hearing to resolve the issue.

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or Office of Special Education Programs, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Iowa Department of Education for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

Level Four - Appeal to Board

If the grievant is not satisfied with the superintendent's decision, the grievant can file an appeal with the board within five (5) working days of the decision.  It is within the discretion of the board to determine whether it will hear the appeal.

The Compliance Officer is:

Name:  Shannon Webb

Office Address:  907 E. Pleasant Valley        Sigourney, IA  52591

Phone Number:  641-622-2010

Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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103.E1 GRIEVANCE FORM FOR COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION OR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL OR STATE REGULATIONS REQUIRING NON-DISCRIMINATION

Code No. 103.E1

GRIEVANCE FORM FOR COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION

OR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL OR STATE REGULATIONS

REQUIRING NON-DISCRIMINATION

I,                                      , am filing this grievance because

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103.E2 GRIEVANCE DOCUMENTATION

Code No. 103.E2

GRIEVANCE DOCUMENTATION

Name of Individual Alleging Discrimination or Non-Compliance

Name:                                             

Grievance Date:                                   

State the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested.

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Indicate Principal's or Supervisor's response or action to above complaint.

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Signature of Principal or Supervisor :                                                 

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104 PARTICIPATION IN DECISION MAKING

 

                                                                                                                                               Code No. 104

PARTICIPATION IN DECISION MAKING

The District and the Board endorse the concept that participation in the affairs of the District by the students and the community is essential if the school system, the students, and the community are to maintain mutual confidence and respect and work together to improve the quality of education for students.

The District and the Board wish to maintain open, free communications between the students of the District and the various levels of staff, the administration, and the Board itself.  Such communications will usually go through established channels of student government; however, all students have the right to bring individual concerns and suggestions to the attention of teachers, administrators, and the Board.  In addition, students have the right, as do all citizens of the District, to attend open Board meetings and address the Board in accordance with the Board’s policy on public participation at Board meetings.

Citizens will be encouraged to express ideas, concerns, and judgments about the District to the District administration, the staff, any appointed advisory bodies, and the Board via established channels.  Consideration will be given to the advice that community groups and individuals may give to the Board and the staff, especially to the advice that comes from individuals and groups invited to offer advice on specific issues, but in making decisions, the administration and the Board shall use their own best judgment.

Approved August 10, 1998                                Reviewed  April 13, 2016

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