Randolph County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2260 - NONDISCRIMINATION AND ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Any form of discrimination or harassment can be devastating to an individual's academic progress, social relationship and/or personal sense of self-worth. As such, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including transgender status, change of sex, or gender identify), creed or religion, genetic information, disability, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, military service, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, mental/physical/developmental sensory disability, or any other characteristic protected by law (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities. (See West Virginia State Board of Education policy 4373)

The Board is also committed to equal employment opportunity in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students. The Board’s policies pertaining to employment practices can be found at Policy 1422, Policy 3122, and Policy 4122 – Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity.

In order to achieve the aforesaid goal, the Superintendent shall:

 

A.

Curriculum Content

     
   

review current and proposed courses of study and textbooks to detect any bias based upon the Protected Classes ascertaining whether or not supplemental materials, singly or taken as a whole, fairly depict the contribution of both genders, various races, ethnic groups, etc. toward the development of human society;

     
   

provide that necessary programs are available for students with limited use of the English language;

     
 

B.

Staff Training

     
   

develop an ongoing program of staff training and in service training for school personnel designed to identify and solve problems of bias based upon the Protected Classes in all aspects of the program;

     
 

C.

Student Access

     
 

1.

review current and proposed programs, activities, facilities, and practices to verify that all students have equal access thereto and are not segregated on the basis of the Protected Classes in any duty, work, play, classroom, or school practice, except as may be permitted under State and Federal laws and regulations;

     
 

2.

verify that facilities are made available in a nondiscriminatory fashion, in accordance with Board Policy 7510 - Use of County Facilities, for non-curricular student activities that are initiated by parents or other members of the community, including but not limited to any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society;

     
 

D.

County Support

     
   

verify that like aspects of the County program receive like support as to staff size and compensation, purchase and maintenance of facilities and equipment, access to such facilities and equipment, and related matters;

     
 

E.

Student Evaluation

     
   

verify that tests, procedures, or guidance and counseling materials, which are designed to evaluate student progress, rate aptitudes, analyze personality, or in any manner establish or tend to establish a category by which a student may be judged, are not differentiated or stereotypes on the basis of the Protected Classes.

County Compliance Officers

The Board designates the following individuals to serve as the County’s "Compliance Officers" (also known as "Civil Rights Coordinators") (hereinafter referred to as the "COs").

Donna Simmons

Rich Carr

Special Education Director

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

304-636-9150 ext. 163

304-636-9150 ext. 105

40 11th Street

40 11th Street

Elkins, WV 26241

Elkins, WV 26241

dnsimmon@k12.wv.us

vrcarr@k12.wv.us

The names, titles, and contact information of these individuals will be published annually:

 

A.

in the parent/student and staff handbooks.

 
 

B.

on the County’s web site.

The COs are responsible for coordinating the County’s efforts to comply with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, including the County’s duty to address in a prompt and equitable manner any inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination, retaliation, or denial of equal access. The COs shall also verify that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), is provided to students, their parents, staff members, and the general public. A copy of each of the Acts and regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the CO's office.

The Superintendent shall attempt annually to identify children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, which reside in the County but do not receive public education. In addition, s/he shall establish procedures to identify students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP), including immigrant children and youth, to assess their ability to participate in County School System programs, and develop and administer a program that meets the English language and academic needs of these students. This program shall include procedures for student placement, services, and evaluation and exit guidelines and shall be designed to provide students with effective instruction that leads to academic achievement and timely acquisition of proficiency in English. As a part of this program, the school system will evaluate the progress of students in achieving English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, on an annual basis.

Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
20 U.S.C. Section 1681, Title IX of Education Amendment Act
20 U.S.C. Section 1701 et seq., Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974
20 U.S.C. Section 7905, Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act
29 U.S.C. Section 794, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
42 U.S.C. Section 2000 et seq., Civil Rights Act of 1964
42 U.S.C. Section 2000ff et seq., The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq., Age Discrimination Act of 1975
29 C.F.R. Part 1635
34 C.F.R. Part 110 (7/27/93)
Vocational Education Program Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial
of Services, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, March 1979
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
WV Code 18-20-2
West Virginia Board of Education policy 2419

Revised 7/7/08
Revised 6/21/11
Revised 6/3/13
Revised 1/13/15
T.C. 11/30/15

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