100 - SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES

100 - SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES Jen@iowaschool… Mon, 08/24/2020 - 08:43

100 - Legal Status of the School District

100 - 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 is known as the Clarinda Community School District.

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

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 274.1, .2, .6, .7; 279.8; 594A.

Cross Reference:          200      Legal Status of the Board of Directors

Initially Approved  03-08-1999        
Last Reviewed  07-08-2020       
Last Revision   07-08-2020

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:06

101 - Educational Philosophy of the School District

101 - Educational Philosophy of the School District

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Clarinda   Community School District, acting through its board of directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students.  The board’s ability may be limited by the school district's ability and willingness to furnish financial support in cooperation with student’s parents and school district community.  The board is also dedicated to providing the opportunity to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance to and encourages critical thinking in the students for a lifetime.

The board endeavors, through the dedication of the school district's resources, to encourage students, who come to the school district from a variety of backgrounds, to look forward to the time when they will have jobs, homes, families, places in the school district community, and attain recognition as individuals.  In order to achieve this goal, the board will seek qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and for the expertise for educational productivity.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education.  Critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist the students' preparation for life is instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum.  The school district strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

The support and involvement of the home and the school district community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the school district.  The school district strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the school district community to create within the students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility and respect for authority.

 

Clarinda Community School District Mission Statement

The Clarinda Community School District mission is to educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 256.11 (2013).

Cross Reference:        102      Equal Educational Opportunity
                                    103      Long-Range Needs Assessment
                                    209      Board of Directors' Management Procedures
                                    600      Goals and Objectives of the Education Program
                                    602      Curriculum Development

Initially Approved  03-08-1999     
Last Reviewed  03-13-2019      
Last Revision                   

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:08

102 - Equal Educational Opportunity

102 - Equal Educational Opportunity

It is the goal of the board to develop 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 its 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 each student the same educational opportunity.

The Clarinda Community School District does 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 socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.  The belief in 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. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the high school prinicpal, 100 N. Cardinal Drive, Clarinda, 712-542-5167.

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.

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.

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, are directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Clarinda Community School District, Clarinda, Iowa; or by telephoning 712-542-5167.

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 the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60604 (312) 730-1560, fax (312) 730-1576 OCR.Chicago@ed.gov, the Iowa Civil Rights Commissioner, https://icrc.iowa.gov, (515) 281-4121 or the Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA 50319. (515) 281-5294.  This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

 

 

Legal Reference:   20 U.S.C. §§ 1221 et seq.  
                                     20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.
                                     20 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq.
                                     29 U.S.C. § 206 et seq.
                                     29 U.S.C. § 794
                                     42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e.
                                     42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.
                                     34 C.F.R. Pt. 100.
                                     34 C.F.R. Pt. 104.
                              Iowa Code §§ 216.6; 216.9; 256.11; 280.3.
                                      281 I.A.C. 12.

Cross Reference:      101      Educational Philosophy of the School District
                                    401.1   Equal Employment Opportunity
                                    500      Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students
                                    506.1    Student Records

Initially Approved  03-08-1999         
Last Reviewed  11-10-2021
                          
Last Revision 11-10-2021

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:10

102E1 - Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

102E1 - Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Clarinda Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

            Agricultural Education
            Business Education
            Family and Consumer Sciences Education
            Industrial Education

It is the policy of the Clarinda 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 socioeconomic 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 the high school principal, 100 N. Cardinal Drive, (712)542-5167.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:38

102E2 - Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

102E2 - Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the Clarinda 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 socioeconomic 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 the high school principal, 100 N. Cardinal Drive, (712)542-5167.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:29

102E3 - Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights

102E3 - Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights

The Clarinda 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 his or her individual needs as adequately as the needs of other students. As a parent, you have the right to the following:

  • Participation of your child in school district programs and activities, including extracurricular 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 and notice prior to evaluation and placement of your child and 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 Clarinda 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 socioeconomic 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 the high school principal, 100 N. Cardinal Drive, (712)542-5167.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:13

102E4 - Complaint Form

102E4 - Complaint Form

See attached form

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:19
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102E5 - Witness Disclosure Form

102E5 - Witness Disclosure Form

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dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:16
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102E6 - Disposition of Complaint Form

102E6 - Disposition of Complaint Form

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dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:37
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102R1 - Grievance Procedure

102R1 - Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of the Clarinda 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 socioeconomic 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 the high school principal, 100 N. Cardinal Drive, (712)542-5167.

Students, parents 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 procedure is not a prerequisite 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).

Filing a Complaint
A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the equity coordinator(s). An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the equity coordinator or superintendent committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 180 days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The equity coordinator(s) shall assist the Complainant as needed.

Investigation
Within 15 working days, the equity coordinator will begin the investigation of the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation (hereinafter “equity coordinator”).  If the Complainant is under 18 years of age, the equity coordinator shall notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend investigatory meetings in which the Complainant is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy. The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;
  • A request for the individual named in the complaint to provide a written statement;
  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement;
  • Interviews of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses;
  • An opportunity to present witnesses or other relevant information; and
  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

Within 60 working days, the equity coordinator shall complete the investigation and issue a report with respect to the findings.

The equity coordinator shall notify the Complainant and Respondent of the decision within 5 working days of completing the written report. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

Decision and Appeal
The complaint is closed after the equity coordinator has issued the report, unless within 10 working days after receiving the decision, either party appeals the decision to the superintendent by making a written request detailing why he/she believes the decision should be reconsidered. The equity coordinator shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the superintendent. Within 30 working days, the superintendent shall affirm, reverse, amend the decision, or direct the equity coordinator to gather additional information. The superintendent shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and the equity coordinator of the decision within 5 working days of the decision. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

The decision of the superintendent shall be final.

The decision of the superintendent in no way prejudices a party from seeking redress through state or federal agencies as provided by in law.

This policy and procedures are to be used for complaints of discrimination, in lieu of any other general complaint policies or procedures that may be available.

If any of the stated timeframes cannot be met by the district, the district will notify the parties and pursue completion as promptly as possible.

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation, is prohibited. Persons found to have engaged in retaliation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:35

103 - Long-Range Needs Assessment

103 - Long-Range Needs Assessment

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectation of students and determines how well students are meeting student learning.  The board will conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessment, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members, regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessment of the school district, the board will authorize the appointment of a committee, representing administrators, employees, parents, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the education program.

The Board of Education will annually appoint community members to serve on the School Improvement Advisory committee (SIAC).  The SIAC will meet periodically throughout the school year to review student achievement data, attendance rates, data on student behavioral issues, graduation rates, and other local indicators used to evaluate programs and practices of the district.  Following the review of the district data, the advisory committee will make annual recommendations to the Board regarding district goals.  The Board will also annually appoint community members to serve on a Technology Advisory Committee and Vocational Advisory Council to provide ongoing feedback on technology and vocational needs of the district.  These committees will report to the Board, recommendations on future needs and goals identified by the committee.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students' progress on state and locally determined indicators.  The superintendent will 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 will 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.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 21; 256.7; 280.12, .18 (2003).
                                    281 I.A.C. 12.8(1)(b).

Cross Reference:     101      Educational Philosophy of the School District
                                    200      Legal Status of the Board of Directors
                                    208      Committees of the Board of Directors
                                    603.1   Basic Instruction Program
                                    801.1   Buildings and Sites Long Range Planning
                                    801.2   Buildings and Sites Surveys

Initially Approved  03-08-1999    
Last Reviewed  03-13-2019      
Last Revision    03-10-2014 

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:20

103R1 - Long-Range Needs Assessment

103R1 - Long-Range Needs Assessment

The Clarinda Community School District will collect student achievement data annually, utilizing a variety of resources throughout the district.  This data will include achievement results from standardized testing including NWEA and ISASP testing programs.  Additional data will be collected utilizing locally developed assessments that have been aligned to district standards and benchmarks as well as other assessments deemed appropriate by the administration and staff.  Additional data focusing on graduation rates, average daily attendance, behavioral trends, and other local, state, and federal indicators will be collected and evaluated by the district advisory council, School Improvement Advisory Committee, and the Board of Education.

All data collected will be summarized in an annual report made available to the public through the district newsletter, district web site, the superintendent’s annual report, district achievement brochure, Annual Progress Report, and/or presentations to local organizations throughout the community.  The analysis of this report will be used to determine district goals and action plans to address the needs of the district.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:41

104 - Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy

104 - Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy

The Clarinda Community School District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, staff, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board. Bullying and/or harassing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed.

Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, employees, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board.

Accordingly, school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior while on school property, while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles, while attending or participating in school-sponsored or sanctioned activities, and while away from school grounds if the conduct materially interferes with the orderly operation of the educational environment or is likely to do so.

Complaints may be filed with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee pursuant to the regulation accompanying this policy.  Complaints will be investigated within a reasonable time frame. 

A school employee, volunteer, or student, or a student’s parent or guardian who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment, in compliance with the procedures in the regulation, to the appropriate school official designated by the school district, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to participation in any administrative or judicial proceeding resulting from or relating to the report.

 

Retaliation Prohibited
Individuals who knowingly file false bullying or harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation may be subject to discipline by appropriate measures.

Any student found to have violated or retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  Any school employee found to have violated or retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment.  Any school volunteer found to have violated or retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, removal from service and exclusion from school grounds.

 

Definitions

For the purposes of this policy, the defined words shall have the following meaning: 

  • “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optic cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging.
  • “Harassment” and “bullying” mean any repeated or potentially repeated electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or other ongoing conduct toward an individual based on any trait or characteristic of the individual which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
    1.  
    Places the individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual’s person or property.
    2.  
    Has a substantial detrimental effect on the individual’s physical or mental health.
    3.  
    Has the effect of substantially interfering with a individual’s academic or career performance.
    4.  
    Has the effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
  • “Trait or characteristic of the individual” includes but is 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, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
  • “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

 

Publication of Policy

The board will annually publish this policy. 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 school district’s web site,
  • (other) _______________________________________________________

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy. School districts are required to integrate the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy into the comprehensive school improvement plan and shall collect and report data regarding instances of bullying and harassment as required by law.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal and state antidiscrimination laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its anti-bullying/anti-harassment disciplinary policy and the accompanying procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in discriminatory bullying and/or harassment.

 

 

Legal References:    20 U.S.C. §§ 1221-1234i.
                                    29 U.S.C. § 794.
                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d-2000d-7.
                                    42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 2et. seq.
                                    Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 280.28; 280.3.      
                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(6).
                                    Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

Cross References:    102      Equal Educational Opportunity
                                    502      Student Rights and Responsibilities
                                    503      Student Discipline
                                    506      Student Records 

Initially Approved  06-11-2007                           
Last Reviewed 05-09-2016                            
Last Revision 05-09-2016

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:25

104E1 - Complaint Form

104E1 - Complaint Form

See attached form

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:31
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104E2 - Witness Disclosure Form

104E2 - Witness Disclosure Form

See attached form

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:39
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104E3 - Disposition of Complaint Form

104E3 - Disposition of Complaint Form

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dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:41
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104R1 -Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures

104R1 -Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Investigation Procedures

The Clarinda Community School District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, staff, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board. Bullying and/or harassing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed. Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the school district that school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior in school, on school property, or at any school function or school-sponsored activity.

Definitions
For the purposes of this policy, the defined words shall have the following meaning: 

  • “Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optic cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging.
  • “Harassment” and “bullying” shall mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual’s actual or perceived 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, socioeconomic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
    1.   Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
    2.  
    Has a substantial detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
    3.  
    Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
    4.  
    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.
  • “Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is 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, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
  • “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Filing a Complaint
An individual who believes that the individual has been harassed or bullied may file a complaint with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee. The complaint form is available on the website under policy 104.E1.  An alternate investigator will be designated in the event it is claimed that the superintendent or superintendent’s designee committed the alleged bullying or harassment or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 180 days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The Complainant shall receive assistance as needed.

 

ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

Investigation
The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment upon receipt of a written complaint. The superintendent (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment.

The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Interviews with the Complainant and the individual named in the complaint (“Respondent”)
  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;
  • A request for the “Respondent” to provide a written statement;
  • Interviews with witnesses identified during the course of the investigation;
  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement; and
  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

The Investigator shall consider the totality of circumstances presented in determining whether conduct objectively constitutes bullying or harassment as defined in Board policy. Upon completion of the investigation, the Investigator shall issue a report with respect to the findings and provide a copy of the report to the appropriate building principal or Superintendent if the investigation involved the building principal

The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy.  Similarly, evidence uncovered in the investigation shall be kept confidential to the extent reasonably possible.

Additional suggestions for administrative procedures regarding this policy include:

  • Organizing training programs for students, school employees, and volunteers regarding how to recognize bullying and harassing behavior and what to do if this behavior is witnessed; and
  • Developing a process for evaluating the effectiveness of this policy in reducing bullying and harassing behavior.

Decision
The investigator, building principal or superintendent, depending on the individuals involved, shall inform the Complainant and the accused about the outcome of the investigation.  If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of the policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include 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, which may include 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, which may include exclusion from school grounds.

Individuals who knowingly file false bullying and/or harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation may 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. 

 

NOTE: School districts must include a number of requirements in the district anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy. This regulation builds on the requirements addressed in IASB sample policy 104 by more specifically detailing sample investigation procedures. Districts should ensure that the district’s practice is reflective of the policy and regulations that the district’s leadership team has established. Please remember that the procedures outlined here should be consistent with the policy.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal and state antidiscrimination laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its anti-bullying/anti-harassment disciplinary policy and the accompanying procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in discriminatory bullying and/or harassment.

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:32

105 - Assistance Animals

105 - Assistance Animals

It is the policy of the Clarinda Community School District to foster an equal education environment for all students, employees and community members within the district. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the district on the proper use of assistance animals while on district property. The district shall allow the use of qualified service animals and assistive animals to accompany individuals with disabilities in all areas of district buildings where the public is normally allowed to go. This can include classrooms, cafeteria and school buses. Individuals with disabilities are people who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Service animals are dogs and in some instances miniature horses trained to do work or perform tasks for individuals with disabilities. Assistive animals are simians or any other animal specially trained or in the process of being trained to assist a person with a disability.

Service animals and assistive animals must be current on all required vaccinations. Service animals and assistive animals also must be under control while on district grounds. The animal may be under control by either the individual with a disability, or a handler of the service or assistive animal. Under control means harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the animal’s work, in which case under voice or other directive control.

 

Miniature Horses as Service Animals

Miniature horses shall be allowed as service animals within the district whenever it is reasonable to allow them.  Factors to consider when determining reasonableness include: whether the miniature horse is house broken; whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control; whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size and weight; and whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.

 

Establishing the Need for a Service Animal

When no prior notice is given to the district of the use of a service or assistive animal, the Superintendent and/or school administrators are permitted to ask the following questions:

            “Do you need/require this animal because of a disability?’

If the animal’s trained tasks are not readily apparent, the administrator may ask:

            “What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?”

 

Service and Assistive Animals in Training

Assuming the handler and animal are otherwise allowed, individuals who train service and/or assistive animals will also be allowed access with their service animal in training to public areas of district buildings and property. The service or assistive animal in training is expected to abide by the same requirement as a service or assistive animal.

 

Exclusion of Service and Assistive Animals

In certain limited circumstances, it may be reasonable to exclude the use of a service or assistive animal from district property. The Superintendent is permitted to exclude service and assistive animals from district buildings and property in the following circumstances: The presence of the animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others; the owner or handler is unable to control the animal; the animal is not house broken; the presence of the animal significantly disrupts or interferes with the educational process; or the presence of the animal would require a fundamental alternation to the program. If a service animal is properly excluded from district property, the district shall provide the student service by the animal the opportunity to participate in the program, service or activity without having the service animal on district property.

 

Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals

Emotional support animals are medically prescribed to provide therapeutic benefit through dedicated companionship. Emotional support animals’ sole function is to provide emotional support or comfort.

Therapy animals are involved in an animal-assisted therapy program involving animals as a form of treatment.

Emotional support animals and therapy animals do not meet the definition of service or assistive animals. However, the district recognized their value in our community. The superintendent shall evaluate the use of emotional support animals and therapy animals on a case-by case basis. District employees may use therapy animals in the course of their regular duties only after receiving permission from the superintendent.

 

Student use of Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals

Factors the superintendent should consider in making the determination include but are not limited to:

  1. Whether the animal is housebroken
  2. Whether the animal has a current vaccination certificate
  3. Whether the animal has been recommended through an individual education plan (IEP) or a 504 plan as necessary for the student to receive free access to public education
  4. Whether the facility can accommodate the animal’s type, size and weight, and
  5. Whether the animal’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility

 

Employee use of Therapy Animals as part of Education Environment

Before permission to use therapy animals is granted, staff members must provide:

  1. Proof that the animal is certified to be a therapy animal;
  2. An explanation of how the animal will be used, including research supporting the use of therapy animals;
  3. A plan for how the staff member will provide for the care and control of the animal;
  4. A plan for how the staff member will accommodate students with allergies to the animal; and
  5. A current vaccination certification for the animal.

 

 

Legal Reference:  29 U.S.C. §794
                                    42 U.S.C. §12132
                                    28 C.F.R. 35
                                    Iowa Code §§ 216C

Cross Reference:          606.3   Animals in the Classroom

Initially Approved 11-12-18                           
Last Reviewed  
03-13-2019                           
Last Revision ___________

 

dawn@iowaschoo… Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:22

106 - Discrimination and harassment Based on Sex Prohibited

106 - Discrimination and harassment Based on Sex Prohibited

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Clarinda Community School District prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment as defined by the
regulations implementing Title IX (34 C.F.R. § 106.30), against any individual participating in any education program or activity of the District.  This prohibition on discrimination applies to
students, employees, and applicants for employment. 

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to adopt procedures for any individual to report sexual harassment to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, for the provision of supportive measures to
anyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment whether or not they proceed with a formal complaint under those procedures, and for the investigation and resolution of such complaints, as
required by Title IX.  This Title IX grievance process shall be used to respond to all complaints of sexual harassment that fall within the scope of Title IX.  For complaints of sexual harassment
that do not fall within the scope of Title IX, the District may still offer supportive measures to the subject of such conduct and shall apply any other policy or procedure applicable to the alleged
conduct.

Any individual with questions about the District’s Title IX policy and procedures, or who would like to make a report or file a formal complaint of sex discrimination or sexual harassment may
contact the District’s designated Title Coordinator at the high school, 712-542-5167.

Retaliation against a person who made a report or complaint of sexual harassment, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a sexual harassment report or
complaint is strictly prohibited. Retaliation includes threats, coercion, discrimination, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment or education.  Any individual who
believed they have been retaliated against in violation of this Policy should immediately contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator.

 

Legal References:  20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.
                                         34 C.F.R. § 106 et seq.

 

 

Initially Approved  02-15-2021
Last Reviewed  11-10-2021
Last Revision  11-10-2021

nmckinnon@clar… Tue, 02/16/2021 - 13:39