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2260 - NONDISCRIMINATION AND ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
These guidelines are established to assist in the proper implementation of Policy 2260.
Notice of the School Board's policy on nondiscrimination in employment practices and the identity of the Compliance Officers shall be posted throughout the School Corporation and published in any Corporation statement regarding the availability of employment, in any staff handbooks, and in general information publications of the Corporation as required by Federal and State law and this policy.
The Corporation will identify, evaluate, and provide a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities.
Discrimination against a transgender individual because that person is transgender is discrimination based on sex and therefore a violation of Title VII. Specifically, discrimination against transgender individuals on the basis of sex stereotyping/gender-nonconformity constitutes sex discrimination. This is true irrespective of the cause of the personís gender non-conforming behavior.
Additionally, employment actions based upon an individualís sexual orientation are suspect and potentially impermissible.
Administrators are required to investigate allegations of conduct involving the discrimination or harassment of an employee or applicant based upon his/her transgender identity or sexual orientation.
Any questions concerning whether alleged conduct might violate this prohibition should be brought to the Superintendentís attention promptly.
For purposes of this policy/administrative guideline, "military status" refers to a personís status in the uniformed services which includes the performance of duty, on a voluntary or involuntary basis, in a uniformed service including active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, inactive duty for training, and full-time National Guard duty. It also includes the period of time for which a person is absent from school for the purpose of an examination to determine the fitness of the person to perform any such duty as listed above.
The educational programs of this Corporation shall be accessible to all students. All programs need to be designed and scheduled so the location or nature of the facility or area will not deny an otherwise-qualified student with a disability the opportunity to participate in the academic or other school program on the same basis as a nondisabled student.
Service animals for students who require this type of assistance shall be permitted access to all facilities, programs, and events of the Corporation.
The Corporation's educational programs include the academic and nonacademic setting. Each qualified, disabled student shall be educated with nondisabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. In the nonacademic setting, the disabled student shall participate with the nondisabled students to the maximum extent appropriate.
Each principal shall verify that the procedures used with students and parents for selection of and participation in any part of the Corporation's academic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular program do not discriminate on the basis of the Protected Classes. (See AG 2411 - Guidance and Counseling).
All complaints shall be handled in accordance with the procedure described in Policy 2260. The complainant is to be informed that s/he may contact the U.S. Department of Educationís Office for Civil Rights at any time.
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