Educational Equity Policy Statement - Humboldt Community School District

Educational Equity Policy Statement

 

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the school district shall have the right to file a formal

complaint alleging discrimination under federal or state 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, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disability

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 his/her gender, race, national origin, religion, age, gender identity, or disability

is encouraged to first discuss it with the employment contact person.

 

A student, or a parent of a student, with a complaint of discrimination based upon gender, race, national origin, religion, marital status

or disability is encouraged to discuss it with the instructor, counselor, supervisor, building administrator, program administrator or personnel

contact person directly involved.

 

Level Two-Compliance Officer or District 504/ADA Coordinator. 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 the Grievance Filing Form, which may be obtained from

the Compliance Officer or District 504/ADA Coordinator. The complaint shall 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 the grievant could reasonably

become aware of such 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 shall 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.

 

Level Three-Superintendent. 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/District

504/ADA Coordinator. The grievant or the superintendent may request a meeting for the purpose of discussing 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, junior high, and senior high level, the issue is not resolved through the grievance process, the parents have a right to

an impartial hearing to resolve the issue.

 

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 working days of the decision. It is within the discretion of the Board to determine whether it will hear the appeal.

 

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Equal

Employment Opportunity Commission for Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (Washington D.C. 20201),

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.

 

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