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HUDSON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2017 Equal Educational Opportunities Notice

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:26pm

Hudson School District - Annual Notice
Equal Educational Opportunities (Policy #411)
The Board of Education is committed to providing the best education possible for every student in the District and to maintain a safe, secure and respectful environment for all students, staff, and other visitors. To that end, the District does not discriminate against students, parents, staff or other visitors. This policy does not, however, prohibit the district from placing a student in a school, class, program or activity based on objective standards of individual performance or need.
Definition
Discrimination is any behavior that prevents individuals from achieving their full human potential. Discrimination involves treating persons as members of a group rather than as individuals. No person may be denied admission to any public school or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil services, recreational or other program or activity because of a person's sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.
Complaints
Inquiries or complaints regarding the implementation of this or other nondiscrimination policies of the Board shall be directed to a Compliance Officer and processed in accordance with established procedures.
Compliance Officer
Complaints of discrimination should be directed to a District Compliance Officer. The Board designates the following individuals to serve as Compliance Officers:
Dave Grambow, Chief Academic Officer Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning - 715-377-3705
Andrea Voelker, Chief of Human Resources Officer - 715-377-3706
Erin Schiltgen, Interim Chief of Schools Officer - 715-377-3703
The Compliance Officers are all located at: Hudson School District, 644 Brakke Drive, Hudson, WI 54016.
Retaliation
There shall be no retaliation against the individual(s) filing a complaint /report alleging discrimination. There shall be no retaliation against the individual(s) who are the alleged target/victim of the complaint/report alleging discrimination. Students engaging in retaliatory behavior may be subject to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion, in accordance with applicable law, policy, and code and handbook provisions. Staff engaging in retaliatory behavior may be subject to discipline up to and including termination in accordance with applicable law, policy and handbook procedures. Parents and volunteers are also expected to adhere to this requirement. Retaliatory acts by parents and other volunteers while on school property, at school events or that interfere with the educational and work environment will not be tolerated.
Discrimination Complaint Procedures (Procedure #411 - Rule 1)
Discrimination against any student or employee is prohibited. No District employee, officer, or agent will discriminate against any student or employee on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, color, religion, handicap, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, military service, use or non-use of lawful substances, or any other ground prohibited by state or federal law.
If any person believes that the District, or any District employee, officer, agent, or student has engaged in discrimination in violation of this policy, that person may file a complaint (also referred to as a grievance) with the building principal, the Chief Academic Officer Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, or Superintendent - Chief Executive Officer. Individuals filing a complaint are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit the initial complaint in writing.
Complaints alleging discrimination in violation of this policy will be processed in the following manner:
Step 1. Within a period of ten (10) business days after the complaint is received, a meeting will be held between the complainant and a designee of the District, which may include a supervisor, teacher, principal, or administrator, as the District deems appropriate.
Step 2. If the complaint is not resolved as a result of the meeting described in Step 1, within ten business days after that meeting the complainant must, submit a written complaint to the Chief Academic Officer Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning or Superintendent - Chief Executive Officer. The complaint must contain a clear statement of the facts upon which the complaint is based, the specific form of discrimination alleged to have occurred, and the relief sought.
Step 3. Within five (5) business days after the District receives the complaint at Step 2, a meeting will be scheduled between the complainant and one or more of the following: Superintendent - Chief Executive Officer, Chief Academic Officer Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, or a designee of the Superintendent - Chief Executive Officer or Chief Academic Officer Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.
Step 4. If the complaint alleges discrimination against a student and is not resolved in five (5) business days after the meeting in Step 3, the Superintendent - Chief Executive Officer will schedule a meeting with the Board of Education and the complainant.
Step 5. If the complaint is not resolved within ten (10) business days following the meeting in Step 3 or the meeting in Step 4 in the case of a student, the complaint may be submitted to the appropriate State and/or federal agency or agencies having jurisdiction over the alleged discrimination. Examples of such agencies include, but are not limited to, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Office of Civil Rights, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complainant may also initiate legal action in any court having proper jurisdiction. Nothing in this policy or procedure is intended to delay or limit the right of any individual to file a charge or claim directly with a court or a state or federal agency with proper jurisdiction.
Hudson School District Board of Education policies may be found online at www.hudsonraiders.org or contact the Human Resources Office at 715-377-3706.
______________________________________ (Pub. 08/10/17) WNAXLP


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