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Code No. 500.1 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

Code No.  500.1
 

Objectives for Equal Educational 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 and federal and states laws, rules, and regulations.
 
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, gender, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information 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.
 
In the delivery of the education program, students will treat the employees with respect and students will receive the same in return.  Employees have the best interests of the students in mind and will assist them in school-related or personal matters if they are able to do so.  Students should feel free to discuss problems, whether school-related or personal, with the guidance counselor or other employees.
 
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.
 
Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, shall be directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Interstate 35 Community School District, Truro, Iowa 50257; or by telephoning 515-765-4291.
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 Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office, United States Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544 or Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319.  This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.
 
Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district’s central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.
 
 
Approved:  November 17, 1997
 
 
Revised:  June 29, 2015