Nondiscrimination/Grievance Policy

NONDISCRIMINATION AND ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs, activities or employment.
Further, it is the policy of this District to provide an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of gender, religion, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic status, and/or any other legally protected characteristic, to learn through the curriculum provided by the District.
In order to achieve the aforesaid goal, the Board directs the Superintendent to:
        A. Curricula Content – review current and proposed course guides and textbooks to detect any bias based on any legally protected interest; 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.
        B. Staff Training – develop an ongoing program of in-service training for school personnel designed to identify and solve problems of any legally protected interest or other bias in all aspects of the program.
        C. Student Access – review current and proposed programs, activities, facilities, and practices to ensure that all students have equal access thereto and are not segregated on the basis of any legally protected interest in any duty, work, play, classroom, or school practice, except as may be permitted under State regulations.
        D. District Support – ensure that like aspects of the District 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 – ensure 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 stereotyped on the basis of any legally protected interest.
Each program, resource center, or other curricular activity operated by the District shall be subject to the constraints described above. While the District must be diligent in its efforts not to discriminate on any of the bases described in the first paragraph of this policy, a program or resource center may establish eligibility requirements for participation that are designed to ensure that each participating student has the pre-requisite knowledge and skills to be able to benefit from the special activities and so the program or activity can achieve the purpose for which it has been established.
The Superintendent shall appoint and publicize the compliance officer whose responsibility it will be to ensure that Federal and State regulations are complied with and that any inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination or equal access are dealt with promptly in accordance with law. S/He shall also ensure that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II, Title VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is provided to students, their parents, staff members, and the general public.
The Superintendent shall attempt annually to identify children with disabilities, ages 0-25, who reside in the District 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 District 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, 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 District will evaluate the progress of students in achieving English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, on an annual basis (also see Policy 2225).
The District will endeavor to assist the student and/or his/her parents in their access to District programs.
Materials approved by the State Department of Education describing the benefits of instruction in Braille reading and writing shall be provided to each blind student’s individualized planning committee. The District shall not deny a student the opportunity for instruction in Braille, reading, and writing solely because the student has some remaining vision.
The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines as needed for the proper implementation of this policy.
M.C.L.A. 380.1146, 380.1704, 37.1101 et seq., 37.2402, 37.1402
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
29 U.S.C. Section 794, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
42 U.S.C. Section 2000d et seq., Civil Rights Act of 1964
42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq.
34 CFR 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
Revised 5/6/96
Revised 8/15/00
Revised 6/26/01
Revised 8/25/03
Revised 2/04
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR NONDISCRIMINATION

Section I

Any person that believes that s/he has been discriminated against or denied equal opportunity or access to programs or services may file a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator
Superintendent
Manistee Intermediate School District
1710 Merkey Road
Manistee, Michigan 49660
231-723-4264
The individual may also, at any time, contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue, Room 750, Cleveland, Ohio  44114-2611.

Section II

The person who believes s/he has a valid basis for grievance shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complainant. S/He may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:
Step 1
A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The Coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.
Step 2
If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the District’s Civil Rights Coordinator, s/he may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Board of Education within five (5) business days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s response. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within twenty (20) business days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting.
Step 3
If at this point the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue, Room 750, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-2611.
Inquiries concerning the nondiscriminatory policy may be directed to Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20201.
The District’s Coordinator will provide a copy of the District’s grievance procedure to any person who files a complaint and will investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure.
A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based, may be found in the Civil Rights Coordinator’s office.
Revised 5/03
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