100 Series: Educational Objectives

 

 

 

Legal Status

Reviewed 9/16 100.1 Legal Status of the School District

Educational Objectives

Reviewed 9/16 101.1 Educational Philosophy of the School District
Reviewed 9/16 101.2 Curriculum
Reviewed 9/16 101.3 Instruction
Reviewed 9/16 101.4 Assessment

Goals of the Education Program

Reviewed 9/16 102.1 Educational Objectives for Students

Planning

Reviewed 9/16 103.1 Long-Range Planning

Anti-Bullying and Compliance

Reviewed 9/16 104.1 Anti-Bullying/Harassment
Reviewed 9/16 104.1-R Administrative Regulations Regarding Anti-Bullying/Harassment
Reviewed 9/16 104.1-E1 Anti-Bullying/Harassment Complaint Form
Reviewed 9/16 104.1-E2 Anti-Bullying/Harassment Witness Disclosure Form
Reviewed 9/16 104.1-E3 Disposition of Anti-Bullying/Harassment
Reviewed 9/16 104.2 Section 504 Compliance
Reviewed 9/16 104.2-E Section 504 Student/Parental Rights Notification

Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Grievances

Revised 10/17 105.1 Equal Educational Opportunity
Revised 10/17 105.1-R Administrative Regulations Regarding Equal Educational Opportunity Grievance Procedures
Revised 10/17 105.1-E1 Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination
New 10/17 105.1-E2 Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination
New 10/17 105.1-E3 Notice of Section 504 Student/Parental Rights
New 10/17 105.1-E4 Complaint Form - Discrimination/Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment
New 10/17 105.1-E5 Witness Disclosure Form
New 10/17 105.1-E6 Disposition of Complaint Form

 

100.1 - Legal Status of the School District

 

 

 

Iowa law authorizes the creation of a Common Schools System. As part of this Common Schools System, this school district is a school corporation created and organized under Iowa law. This school district shall be known as the Linn-Mar Community School District. 

This school corporation is located in Linn County and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Directors. This school corporation has exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in the territory of the school district.


Adopted: 6/00
Reviewed: 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 274.1-2, .6-7; 278.1(9); 279.8; 594A (2013)

101.1 - Educational Philosophy of the School District

 

 

 

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Linn-Mar Community School District acting through its board is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students commensurate with the school district’s ability to furnish financial support to provide for students. In cooperation with parents/guardians, the school district will strive to provide a nurturing learning environment that gives guidance and develops critical thinking in students for a lifetime.

The following vision, mission and belief statements govern all actions of the district:

Vision: Linn-Mar 2020: Spirit. Opportunity. Future.

Mission Statement: Inspire Learning. Unlock Potential. Empower Achievement.

Beliefs:

1. Effective teaching and meaningful learning are our highest priorities.
2. Individuals are unique and learn at different rates in a variety of ways.
3. Quality instructional programming requires a rigorous curriculum, effective teaching, and ongoing assessment.
4. Our schools and facilities shall provide safe and engaging environments where civility is evident and individuality is respected.
5. Students, staff, parents, and community members are partners and all have responsibility in the educational process.
6. Meeting the learning needs of every student is an essential factor in their achievement.
7. Staff make an essential difference in the lives of children, communities, and the larger context of the role that students will play as adults in the world.                                                                                                                                      


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 10/11
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 256.11 (2013)

101.2 - Curriculum

 

 

 

Curriculum development and its improvement is of primary importance and as such will be a part of the continuous improvement processes put in place in this district.

The superintendent, or designee, shall:

  1. Have general coordinating authority over development of curriculum
  2. Ensure that curricula is research-based and developed prior to selection of instructional materials
  3. Develop a process for curriculum review and development
  4. Include the participation of teachers, administrators, students, parents/legal guardians, and representatives from higher education, business, and industry in its curriculum development as appropriate
  5. Keep the board informed regarding current district curriculum efforts and student achievement
  6. Provide all necessary assistance to the board in reviewing reports, information,and dates on each curricular area for evaluation and adoption by the board

The superintendent, or designee, will establish a curriculum material review and evaluation process for each area of the curriculum which shall serve the procedure for districtwide curriculum development. The board recognizes that effective curriculum development requires the planned allocation of resources, staff time, and staff development.

All curriculum may be reviewed by the board. Curricular proposals from certified staff may be presented to the superintendent or designee. Curriculum maps including standards and aligned assessments shall be developed and used for the various subject areas or interdisciplinary offerings. The maps shall present a framework for proposed instructional strategies and assessment as a basis for further development of any particular area. These maps reflecting a correlation of standards, Iowa Core curriculum, and Common Core shall be designed to assist all users in strengthening and clarifying their teaching, philosophy of learning, differentiation of instruction, and use of materials.

The superintendent, or designee, will design procedures for the development and the use of curriculum maps.


Adopted: 9/99
Reviewed: 4/13; 9/16
Revised: 9/10
Related Policy (Code #): 101.1; 602.10-13
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 602.1

101.3 - Assessments

 

 

 

The purpose of assessments is to measure individual student achievement. As students progress through their educational program at Linn-Mar their progress as learners is to be assessed consistently in their classroom with regard to attainment of the essential learnings and curriculum standards, including content and process, as outlined in the curriculum maps. 

The assessments shall include formative assessments designed to monitor learning and adjust instruction to optimize student achievement as appropriate and summative assessments for the purpose of measuring achievement of curriculum standards.

In addition to formative and summative assessments the district will employ standardized, norm-referenced testing systems for reporting student progress and comparison of student performance, as well as benchmarking with other comparable school districts.


Adopted: 7/05
Reviewed: 10/11; 4/13; 9/16
Revised: 9/10; 5/14
Related Policy (Code #): 602.15; 605.2; 605.6
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 505.4

101.4 - Instruction

 

 

 

The quality of instruction the students receive is essential to their growth as life-long learners and productive community members. The success of students in achieving the educational goals and essential learnings of the district is determined in part by the capacity of professional staff to select and deliver the appropriate instructional strategy that aligns with curriculum content, process, application, and learner need. 

Professional staff development designed for continuous improvement and the acquisition of research-based methodology is necessary to build a repertoire for effective instruction for all students. Implementation of multiple teaching strategies in classroom instruction is critical to student growth and learning as students progress through the educational program at Linn-Mar.


Adopted: 7/05
Reviewed: 9/10; 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 10/11
Related Policy (Code #): 602.27-29E
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 603; 603.1; 603.2
 

102.1 - Educational Objectives for Students

 

 

 

As productive, responsible, lifelong learners, it is essential Linn-Mar students be:

Competent in Core Skills and Knowledge: who are proficient in reading comprehension, computation, mathematical reasoning, and technology skills and who can use cultural, artistic, historical, scientific, and technological applications to explain, assess, and anticipate change as well as construct knowledge as needed.

Thinkers: who independently access information and resources, who create and critically investigate multiple options, and who make decisions that effectively solve a variety of problems.

Self-Directed Learners: who are aware of their strengths, needs, interests, and wants; who can set achievable goals, monitor and evaluate their progress; and who are resourceful in responding to change.

Responsible Citizens: who recognize the relationships between self and others; who accept responsibility for their personal actions; and who actively participate in improving themselves, their family, and local and global communities.

Effective Communicators: who listen, speak, write, read, and respond clearly to a variety of audiences and purposes.

Collaborative Workers: who use their interpersonal skills to develop constructive relationships with diverse individuals and groups.

Practitioners of Healthy Lifestyles: are aware of physical, social, and emotional health and wellness and incorporate appropriate practices into their everyday lives.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 10/11; 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 9/10
Related Policy (Code #): 600.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 600

103.1 - Long-Range Planning

 

 

 

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students, and determine how well students are meeting learning goals. The board may conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment by soliciting information from businesses, labor industry, higher education, and community members regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation as responsible citizens and successful wage earners.

Feedback from district patrons, staff, and students will be gathered on a regular basis. The Strategic Planning Committee, working with the superintendent, will gather input from the district’s patrons, staff, and students on the district’s long-range goals, student learning goals, and other areas as deemed appropriate by the committee. This input will be used in the committee’s decision-making processes and guidance in making recommendations to the Board of Education.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent, or designee, to ensure the school district community is informed of student progress on state and locally determined indicators. The superintendent, or designee, shall report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the board and committee’s work, the board shall determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the needs; establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance; evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district’s progress made under the plan to the committee, community, and Iowa Department of Education.


Adopted: 7/81
Reviewed: 10/11; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 9/10; 4/13
Related Policy (Code #): 100.1; 102.1; 901.3
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 21; 103; 103.R1; 256.7; 280.12 (2013); 281 IAC 12.8(l)(b)

 

104.1 - Anti-Bullying/Harassment

 

 

 

Harassment and/or bullying of students and employees is against federal, state, and local policy and are not tolerated by the board. The board is committed to providing all students and employees with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. To that end, the board has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. Bullying and harassment of students by students, school employees, and volunteers will not be tolerated in the schools or school district.

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, socio-economic status, or familial status. Harassment against employees based upon race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, or disability is also prohibited.

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management, and welfare of the school or school district.

If after an investigation a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to and including suspension and expulsion. If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures up to and including termination. If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures up to and including exclusion from school grounds. Volunteer means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

When looking at the totality of the circumstances harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student or employee which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student or employee, and which creates an objectively hostile school/work environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Places the student or employee in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or employee’s person or property.
  • Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or employee’s physical or mental health.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance or the employee’s work performance.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Electronic means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. Electronic includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, electronic text messaging, or similar technologies.

Harassment and bullying may include but are not limited to the following behaviors and circumstances:

  • Verbal, nonverbal, physical, or written harassment, bullying, hazing, shunning, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
  • Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
  • Implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, achievements, property, etc., that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
  • Demeaning jokes, stories, pictures, graphics, or activities directed at the victim that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
  • Unreasonable interference with a victim’s performance or creation of an intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning/work environment.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to the conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student’s education or benefits or the employee’s employment or benefits.
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student or affecting employment status of the employee.
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance or the employee’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

In situations between students and school officials, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have direct contact with students bullying and harassment may also include the following behaviors:

  • Requiring that a student submit to bullying or harassment by another student, either explicitly or implicitly, as a term or condition of the targeted student’s education or participation in school programs or activities.
  • Requiring submission to or rejection of such conduct as a basis for decisions affecting the student.

Any person who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment under this policy to a school official shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to the person’s participation in any administrative, judicial, or other proceeding relating to the report. Individuals who knowingly file a false complaint may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Retaliation against any person because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited. Individuals who knowingly file false harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including suspension and expulsion. Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including termination of employment. Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including exclusion from school grounds.

The school or school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The equity investigator at the building level (principal or designee) will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment. The district equity investigator (associate superintendent, chief officer of human resources, or designee) will be responsible for handling all complaints by employees alleging bullying or harassment.

It also is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with the equity investigator and principals to develop procedures regarding this policy. The superintendent will also develop a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the policy in reducing bullying and harassment. The superintendent shall report on the progress of reducing bullying and harassment to the board.

The board will publish this policy on an annual basis. The policy may be publicized by the following means:

  • Inclusion in the student handbook
  • Inclusion in the employee handbook
  • Inclusion in the registration materials
  • Inclusion on the school or district website
  • Inclusion on student and employee display boards

A copy shall be made available to any person at the Learning Resource Center (2999 N 10th Street, Marion, Iowa  52302).

Complaint Procedures: Persons who feel they are victims of acts of intolerance or harassment, or persons who feel they are aware of acts of intolerance or harassment should take action by reporting said acts or filing a complaint.

Inquiries regarding the district’s complaint procedures may be directed to the Associate Superintendent (2999 N 10th Street, Marion, Iowa 52302).

Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines, Iowa, the Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (500 W Madison Street, Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60661), or the Director of the Midwestern Division Office for Civil Rights (United States Department of Education, Region VII, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City MO 64114 / 816-268-0550).

It shall also be the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with the equity investigator and principals to develop administrative rules regarding this policy. The superintendent, or designee, shall also be responsible for organizing training programs for students and employees. The trainings shall include how to recognize harassment and what to do in case a student is harassed.


Adopted: 8/07
Reviewed: 9/10; 4/13; 9/16
Revised: 10/11; 7/13; 5/14
Related Policy (Code #): 104.1-R; 104.1-E1-E3; 401.1; 403.13; 500.1; 502.14
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 20 USC §§ 1221-1234i; 29 USC § 794; 42 USC §§ 2000d-d-7;
42 USC §§ 12101 et seq; §§ 216.9; 280.28; 280.3; 281 IAC 12.3(6);
Morse v Frederick 551 US 393 (2007)

104.1-R - Administrative Regulations Regarding Anti-Bullying/Harassment

 

 

 

Individuals who feel that they have been harassed should:

  • Communicate to the harasser that the individual expects the behavior to stop, if the individual is comfortable doing so. If the individual wants assistance communicating with the harasser the individual should ask a teacher, counselor, or principal to help.
  • If the harassment does not stop or the individual does not feel comfortable confronting the harasser the individual should:
  1. Tell a teacher, counselor, or principal and
  2. Write down exactly what happened, keep a copy, and give another copy to the teacher, counselor, or principal including the following information:
    1. What, when, and where it happened
    2. Who was involved
    3. Exactly what was said or what the harasser did
    4. Witnesses to the harassment
    5. What the student said or did either at the time or late
    6. How the student felt
    7. How the harasser responded

Complaint Procedure: An individual who believes they have been harassed or bullied will notify the associate superintendent as the designated investigator. The alternate investigator is the chief officer of human resources. The investigator may request that the individual complete the harassment/bullying complaint form and turn over evidence of the harassment including but not limited to letters, tapes, or pictures. The complainant shall be given a copy of the completed complaint form. Information received during the investigation is kept confidential to the extent possible.

The investigator, with the approval of the principal, or the principal has the authority to initiate an investigation in the absence of a written complaint.

Investigation Procedure: The investigator will reasonably and promptly commence the investigation upon receipt of the complaint. The investigator will interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The alleged harasser may file a written statement in response to the complaint. The investigator may also interview witnesses as deemed appropriate.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator will make written findings and conclusions to each allegation of harassment and report the findings and conclusions to the principal. The investigator will also provide a copy of the findings of the investigation to the principal.

Resolution of the Complaint: Following receipt of the investigator’s report the principal may investigate further, if deemed necessary, and make a determination of any appropriate additional steps which may include discipline.

Prior to the determination of the appropriate remedial action the principal may, at the principal’s discretion, interview the complainant and the alleged harasser. The principal will file a written report closing the case and documenting any disciplinary action taken or any other action taken in response to the complaint. The complainant, the alleged harasser, and the investigator will receive notice as to the conclusion of the investigation. The principal will maintain a log of information necessary to comply with Iowa Department of Education reporting procedures.

Points to Remember in the Investigation:

  1. Evidence uncovered in the investigation is confidential
  2. Complaints must be taken seriously and investigated
  3. No retaliation will be taken against individuals involved in the investigation
  4. Retaliators will be disciplined up to and including suspension and expulsion or, in the case of an employee, termination

Conflicts of Interest: If the investigator is a witness to the incident the alternate investigator shall investigate.


Adopted: 6/00
Reviewed: 9/10; 10/11; 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 7/13
Related Policy (Code #): 104.1; 104.1.E1-E3

104.1-E1 - Anti-Bullying/Harassment Complaint Form

 

 

 

Name of Complainant:
Position of Complainant:
Name of Student or Employee Target:
Date of Complaint:
Name of Alleged Harasser or Bully:
Date and Place of Incident(s):

Nature of discrimination or harassment alleged (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical or Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other - Please specify below
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Backround/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

Description of Misconduct:
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Name of Witness (If Any):
Evidence of harassment or bullying (Letters, photos, etc.) Attach evidence if possible:
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Any other information:
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:


Reviewed: 5/14; 9/16
Related Policy (Code#): 104.1; 104.1-R; 104.1-E2-E3

104.1-E2 - Anti-Bullying/Harassment Witness Disclosure Form

 

 

 

Name of Witness:
Position of Witness:
Date of Testimony/Interview:
Date of Initial Complaint:

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical/Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other: Please Specify
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

Description of Incident Witnessed (include date and place of incident):
____________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________

Any Other Information:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

SIgnature: __________________________________________________ Date: _____________________________


Reviewed: 5/14; 9/16
Related Policy (Code#): 104.1; 104.1-R; 104.1-E1, E3

104.1-E3 - Disposition of Anti-Bullying/Harassment

 

 

 

Date of Initial Complaint:
Name of Complainant/Target:
Grade/Position and Building of Complainant/Target:
Date and Place of Alleged Incident:
Name and Grade/Position of Alleged Perpetrator/Respondent:

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or alleged bullying (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical/Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other: Please Specify
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

Summary of Investigation:
____________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all of the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

SIgnature: __________________________________________________ Date: _____________________________


Reviewed: 5/14; 9/16
Related Policy (Code#): 104.1; 104.1-R; 104.1-E1-E2

104.2 - Section 504 Compliance

 

 

 

It is the policy of the Board of Education of the Linn-Mar Community School District not to discriminate against any otherwise qualified individual with disability solely by reason of their disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity sponsored by this school district.

Inquiries regarding compliance with this policy should be directed to the district’s Section 504 coordinator:

Leisa Breitfelder
Executive Director of Student Services
2999 N 10th Street, Marion, Iowa 52302
Phone: 319-447-3003
Email: lbreitfelder@Linnmar.k12.ia.us
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Inquiries can also be directed to:
US Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights Region VII
8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037
Kansas City MO 64114
Phone: 816-268-0550


Adopted: 1973
Reviewed: 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 9/10; 10/11
Related Policy (Code #): 104.1; 104.1-R; 10.1-E1-E3; 104.2-E
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; 102; 102.R1; 102.E1-E6

104.2-E - Section 504 Student/Parental Rights Notification

 

 

 

The following statement is to be published in written and electronic form in the district's official documents and on the district website.

The Linn-Mar Community School District does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of a student’s disability. It has been determined that your child has a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made to meet their individual needs as adequately as the needs of other students.

As a parent you have the right to the following:

  1. Participation of your child in district programs and activities including extra-curricular programs and activities, to the maximum extent appropriate, free of discrimination based upon the student’s disability and at the same level as students without disabilities.
  2. Receipt of free educational services to the extent they are provided students without disabilities.
  3. Receipt of information, either orally or written, about your child and your child’s educational programs and activities in your native language.
  4. Notice of identification of your child as having a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made, notice prior to evaluation and placement of your child, and the right to periodically request a re-evaluation of your child.
  5. Inspect and review your child’s educational records including a right to copy those records for a reasonable fee. You also have a right to ask the school district to amend your child’s educational records if you feel the information in the records is misleading or inaccurate. Should the school district refuse to amend the records, you have a right to a hearing and to place an explanatory letter in your child’s file explaining why you feel the records are misleading or inaccurate.
  6. Hearing before an impartial hearing officer if you disagree with your child’s evaluation or placement. You have a right to counsel at the hearing and to have the decision of the impartial hearing officer reviewed.

Inquiries concerning the school district’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), § 504 or Iowa Code § 280.3 should be directed to the district’s Section 504 compliance coordinator who has been designated by the school district to coordinate the district’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, the ADA, § 504 and Iowa Code § 280.3 (2013).

Leisa Breitfelder
Executive Director of Student Services
2999 N 10th Street, Marion, IA  52302
Phone: 319-447-3003
Email: lbreitfelder@Linnmar.k12.ia.us
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Adopted: 11/08
Reviewed: 10/11; 4/13; 5/14; 9/16
Related Policy (Code #): 104.1; 104.1-R; 104.1.E1-E3; 104.2
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; 102; 102.R1; 102.E1-E6

105.1 - Equal Educational Opportunity

 

 

 

The following statement is to be published in written and electronic form in the district’s official documents and on the website.

The board will not discriminate in its educational activities and is committed to the policy that no otherwise-qualified person will be excluded from educational activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, age (for employment), national origin, marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, covered military veteran, disability, genetic information, familial status, physical attribute, political belief/party preference, or socio-economic status (for programs). Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and harassment.

There is a grievance procedure related to this policy. If you have questions or a grievance, please contact the district’s Equity Coordinators:

Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N 10th Street, Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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


Adopted: 11/08
Reviewed: 10/11; 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 9/10; 4/13; 7/17; 10/17
Related Policy (Code #): 101.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E6; 400.1; 500.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 20 USC §§ 1221 et seq; 20 USC §§ 1681 et seq;
20 USC §§ 1701 et seq; 29 USC § 206; 29 USC § 794; 42 USC §§ 2000d, 2000e;
42 USC §§ 12101 et seq; 34 CFR Pt 100; 34 CRF Pt 104;
§§ 216.6; 216.9; 256.11; 280.3; 281 IAC 12

105.1-R - Administrative Regulations Regarding Equal Educational Opportunity Grievance Procedures

 

 

 

It is the policy of the Linn-Mar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Students, parents/guardians of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the school district have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination. The district has policies and procedures in place to identify and investigate complaints alleging discrimination. If appropriate, the district will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others.

A complainant may attempt to resolve the problem informally by discussing the matter with a building principal or a direct supervisor. However, the complainant has the right to end the informal process at any time and pursue the formal grievance procedures outlined below. Use of the informal or formal grievance procedures is not a pre-requisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Please note that informal processes and procedures are not to be used in certain circumstances (e.g., sexual harassment and sexual assault).

Level One
Principal, Immediate Supervisor, or Chief Officer of Human Resources

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

Employees with a complaint of discrimination based upon their race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, covered military veteran, disability, genetic information, familial status, physical attribute, political belief/party preference, or socio-economic status 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 race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, covered military veteran, disability, genetic information, familial status, physical attribute, political belief/party preference, or socio-economic status are encouraged to first discuss it with the chief officer of human resources. This paragraph is for employees and marital status isn’t a protected class for employees.

A student or a parent of a student with a complaint of discrimination based upon their race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, covered military veteran, disability, genetic information, familial status, physical attribute, political belief/party preference, or socio-economic status 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 with the district compliance officer (Refer to Policy 105.1-E4). 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 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. The grievant will be given the opportunity to present witnesses and other relevant information. A minor student may be accompanied at the meeting by a parent or guardian. The compliance officer will investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it. This investigation may include requesting witnesses to provide a written statement as well as interviews with the complainant, respondent, and witnesses (Refer to Policy 105.1-E5). 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 (Refer to Policy 105.1-E6).

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 working days after the grievant receives the report from the compliance officer. The grievant may request a meeting with the superintendent. The superintendent may also 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 US 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 days of the decision. It is within the discretion of the board to determine whether it will hear the appeal.

The Linn-Mar Community School District takes all grievance claims very seriously and will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any discrimination that may occur.

The Compliance Officers are:
Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N 10th Street, Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM             


Adopted: 9/10
Reviewed: 10/11; 9/16
Revised: 4/13; 5/14; 7/17; 10/17
Related Policy (Code #): 104; 104-R; 104-E1-E3; 105.1; 105.1-E1-E6
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 216.6; 216.9; 256.11; 280.3

105.1-E1 - Annual Notice of Non-Discrimination

 

 

 

The Linn-Mar Community School District offers career and technical education programs in the following areas of study:

  • Agricultural-Science
  • Business
  • Design/Engineering/Materials
  • Family/Consumer Sciences

It is the policy of the Linn-Mar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N 10th Street, Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Reviewed: 5/14; 9/16
Revised: 7/17; 10/17
Related Policy (Code#): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E2-E6

105.1-E2 - Continuous Notice of Non-Discrimination

 

 

 

It is the policy of the Linn-Mar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N 10th Street, Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Adopted: 10/17
Related Policy (Code#): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1, E3-E2

105.1-E3 - Notice of Section 504 Student/Parental Rights

 

 

 

The Linn-Mar Community School District does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of a student's disability. It has been determined that your child has a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made to meet their individual needs as adequately as the needs of other students. As a parent/guardian, you have the right to the following:

  • Participation of your child in school district programs and activities, including extra-curricular programs and activities, to the maximum extent appropriate, free of discrimination based upon the student's disability, and at the same level as students without disabilities;
  • Receipt of free educational services to the extent they are provided students without disabilities;
  • Receipt of information about your child and your child's educational programs and activities in your native language;
  • Notice of identification of your child as having a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made, notice prior to evaluation and placement of your child, and the right to periodically request a re-evaluation of your child;
  • Inspect and review your child's educational records including a right to copy those records for a reasonable fee; you also have a right to ask the school district to amend your child's educational records if you feel the information in the records is misleading or inaccurate; should the school district refuse to amend the records, you have a right to a hearing and to place an explanatory letter in your child's file explaining why you feel the records are misleading or inaccurate; and
  • Hearing before an impartial hearing officer if you disagree with your child's evaluation or placement; you have a right to counsel at the hearing and have the decision of the impartial hearing officer reviewed.

It is the policy of the Linn-Mar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socio-economic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Associate Superintendent Shannon Bisgard
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: sbisgard@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Chief Officer of Human Resources Karla Christian
Phone: 319-447-3036 / Email: kchristian@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 N 10th Street, Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252
Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Adopted: 10/17
Related Policy (Code#): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E2, E4-E6
 

105.1-E4 Complaint Form - Discrimination/Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment

 

 

 

Date of Complaint:
Name of Complainant:

Are you filling out this form for yourself or someone else? (Please identify the individual if you are submitting this form on behalf of someone else):
Who or what entity do you believe discriminated against, harassed, or bullied you (or someone else):

Date and Place of Alleged Incident(s):
Names of Witnesses:

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical or Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other - Please specify below
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

In the space below, please describe what happened and why you believe that you or someone else has been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied. Please be as specific as possible and attach additional pages if necessary. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:


Adopted: 10/17
Related Policy (Code #): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E3, E5-E6

105.1-E5 Witness Disclosure Form

 

 

 

Name of Witness:
Date of Interview:
Date of Initial Complaint:
Name of Complainant (include whether the complainant is a student or employee):
Date and Place of Alleged Incident(s):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical or Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other - Please specify below
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

Description of incident witnessed:
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Additional Information:
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:


Adopted: 10/17
Related Policy (Code #): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E4, E6

105.1-E6 Disposition of Complaint Form

 

 

 

Date:
Date of Initial Complaint:
Name of Complainant (include whether the complainant is a student or employee):
Date and Place of Alleged Incident(s):
Name of Respondent (include whether the respondent is a student or employee):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  Age   Physical Attribute   Sex
  Disability   Physical or Mental Ability   Sexual Orientation
  Familial Status   Political Belief   Socio-Economic Background
  Gender Identity   Political Party Preference   Other - Please specify below
  Marital Status   Race/Color  
  National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry   Religion/Creed

Summary of Investigation:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________

I agree that the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:


Adopted: 10/17
Related Policy (Code#): 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E5