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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 Linn-Mar Community School District in obtaining an education. Each student shall have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series.

It is the goal of the board to promote 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 the 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 every other student the same opportunity.

The board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis age, race, color, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, creed, religion, sexual orientation, 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 educational program, students shall 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 school counselors 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 policies. The term “parents” for purposes of this policy manual, means the legal parents, the legal guardians or custodians of a students, 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, should be directed in writing to the district Equity Coordinators:

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

Mr. Nathan Wear, Associate Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer
Phone: 319-447-3028 / Email: nathan.wear@Linnmar.k12.ia.us

Linn-Mar Community School District
2999 North 10th Street
Marion IA 52302
Fax: 319-377-9252

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:

Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights
US Department of Education
Citigroup Center, 500 W Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago IL 60661-4544
Phone: 312-730-1560
https://www.state.ia.us/government/crc/index.html

Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5294
https://www.educateiowa.gov

This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state offices 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 district’s central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.


Adopted: 9/98
Reviewed: 3/12; 7/13; 10/14; 10/17
Revised: 5/11; 7/13; 1/15; 11/18
Related Policy (Code #): 104.1; 105.1; 105.1-R; 105.1-E1-E3
IASB Reference: 500
Mandatory Policy