Series 100 School Board

Series 100 School Board admin@iowascho… Wed, 11/28/2012 - 16:04

100 Legal Status of the School District

100 Legal Status of the School District

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 Harlan Community School District.

This school corporation is located in Shelby County, and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Harlan 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

Adopted: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:44

101 Educational Philosophy of the School District

101 Educational Philosophy of the School District

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Harlan 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 our student’s parents and the 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 find well-being through lives filled with learning, community, and accomplishment. In order to achieve this goal, the board will invest in qualified employees dedicated to the 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 families and the school district community to create, within the students, an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility, and respect for all.

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

Adopted: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:44

102 Equal Educational Opportunity

102 Equal Educational Opportunity

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the Harlan 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 Bill Mueller, 2108 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 51537, 712-755-3196, bmueller@hcsdcyclones.com.

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.

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

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:47

102.E1 Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

102.E1 Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination

ANNUAL NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

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

Agriculture
Business
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health Science
Industrial Technology

It is the policy of the Harlan 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 Bill Mueller, 2108 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 51537, 712-755-3196, bmueller@hcsdcyclones.com

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:48

102.E2 Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

102.E2 Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

CONTINUOUS NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

It is the policy of the Harlan 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 Bill Mueller, 2108 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 51537, 712-755-3196, bmueller@hcsdcyclones.com.

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:49

102.E3 Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights

102.E3 Notice of Section 504 Student and Parental Rights

NOTICE OF SECTION 504 STUDENT AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

The Harlan 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 Harlan 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 Bill Mueller, 2108 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 51537, 712-755-3196, bmueller@hcsdcyclones.com.

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:49

102.E4 Complaint Form

102.E4 Complaint Form

 COMPLAINT FORM

(Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, and Anti-Harassment)

Date of complaint:

Name of Complainant:

Are you filling out this form for yourself or someone else (please identify the individual if you are submitting on behalf of someone else):

Who or what entity do you believe discriminated against, harassed, or bullied you (or someone else)?

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

Names of any witnesses (if any):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Mental Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – please Specify:

In the space below, please describe what happened and why you believe that you or someone else have been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied.  Please be as specific as possible and attach additional pages necessary.

 

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:

Date: 

 

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:50

102.E5 Witness Disclosure Form

102.E5 Witness Disclosure Form

WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

Name of Witness:

Date of Interview:

Date of Initial Complaint:

Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

Date and Place of Alleged Incident(s):

 

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Mental Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – Please Specify:

Description of incident witnessed:

 

Additional Information:

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:

Date:

 

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:52

102.E6 Disposition of Complaint Form

102.E6 Disposition of Complaint Form

DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINT FORM

Date:

Date of initial complaint:

Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

Name of Respondent (include whether the Respondent is a student or employee):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Mental Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – Please Specify:

Summary of Investigation:

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:

Date:  

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:54

102.R1 Grievance Procedure

102.R1 Grievance Procedure

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 

It is the policy of the Harlan 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 Bill Mueller, 2108 Durant Street, Harlan, IA 51537, 712-755-3196, bmueller@hcsdcyclones.com.

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). The elementary principal is 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 30 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 5 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 5 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 in the 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 time frames 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.

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:55

103 Long-Range Needs Assessment

103 Long-Range Needs Assessment

LONG-RANGE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Long-range needs assessment enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectations of students and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals.  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.

Participant feedback surveys are utilized as part of our district’s long-range needs assessment.  Results from these feedback surveys are reviewed by the school board prior to major decisions being made.

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 educational 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 (2013).

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 Survey

Adopted: 1.30.1989
Revised/Reviewed: 10.21.2019                                 

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:56

103.R1 Long-Range Needs Assessment Process

103.R1 Long-Range Needs Assessment Process

LONG-RANGE NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS

The school district’s long-range needs assessment process includes these items:

  • Provisions for collecting, analyzing and reporting information derived from local, state and national sources;
  • Provisions for reviewing information acquired on the following:
    • State indicators and other locally determined indicators,
    • Locally established student learning goals,
    • Specific data collection required by state and federal programs;
  • Provisions for collecting and analyzing assessment data on the following:
    • State indicators,
    • Locally determined indicators,
    • Locally established student learning goals.

Adopted: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:56

104 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment

104 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment

ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

The Harlan Community School District is committed to providing all students and staff 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

A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee. The elementary principal will be designated in the event it is claimed that the superintendent or superintendent’s designee committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 30 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.

School employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about an act of bullying or harassment.

Investigation

The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The Superintendent (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment. The Investigator shall consider the totality of circumstances presented in determining whether conduct objectively constitutes bullying or harassment. The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee shall also be responsible for developing procedures regarding this policy.

Decision

If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this 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.

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 policy adopted pursuant to this section, 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.

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, 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. 

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 website

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

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.21.2019

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:57

104.E1 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Complaint Form

104.E1 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Complaint Form

COMPLAINT FORM

(Discrimination, Anti-Bullying, and Anti-Harassment)

Date of complaint:

Name of Complainant:

Are you filling out this form for yourself or someone else (please identify the individual if you are submitting on behalf of someone else):

Who or what entity do you believe discriminated against, harassed, or bullied you (or someone else)?

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

Names of any witnesses (if any):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Mental Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – Please Specify:

In the space below, please describe what happened and why you believe that you or someone else has been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied.  Please be as specific as possible and attach additional pages if necessary.

 

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:58

104.E2 Witness Disclosure Form

104.E2 Witness Disclosure Form

WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

Name of Witness:

Date of Interview:

Date of initial complaint:

Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Mental Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – Please Specify:

Description of incident witnessed:

 

Additional information:

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:58

104.E3 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Disposition of Complaint Form

104.E3 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Disposition of Complaint Form

DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINT FORM

Date:

Date of initial complaint:

Name of Complainant (include whether the Complainant is a student or employee):

Date and place of alleged incident(s):

Name of Respondent (include whether the Respondent is a student or employee):

Nature of discrimination, harassment, or bullying alleged (check all that apply):

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Familial Status
  • Gender Identity
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry
  • Physical Attribute
  • Physical/Metal Ability
  • Political Belief
  • Political Party Preference
  • Race/Color
  • Religion/Creed
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Socio-economic Background
  • Other – Please Specify:

Summary of Investigation:

 

I agree that all of the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge.

Signature:
Date:

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.7.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:58

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

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

ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

The Harlan Community School District is committed to providing all students and staff 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

A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee. In the event it is claimed that the superintendent or superintendent’s designee committed the alleged discrimination or has some other conflict of interest, the complaint should be filed with the elementary principal, serving as an alternate.  Complaints shall be filed within 30 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.

School employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about an act of bullying or harassment. 

Investigation

The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The superintendent or superintendent’s designee, or the alternate (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment.

If the Complainant is under 18 years of age, the Investigator 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 (hereinafter “Respondent”) to provide a written statement;
  • 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. Upon completion of the investigation, the Investigator shall issue a report with respect to the findings.

Decision

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.

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 policy adopted pursuant to this section, 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.

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. 
 

Adopted: Unknown
Revised/Reviewed: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:59

105 Assistance Animals

105 Assistance Animals

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

It is the policy of Harlan Community Schools 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 requirements 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 alteration to the program. If a service animal is properly excluded from district property, the district shall provide the student served by the animal the opportunity to participate in the program, service or activity without having the service animal on district property.

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

Cross References:
606.3 Animals in the Classroom

Adopted: 10.21.2019

Reviewed 01.17.2022

mameyer@hcsdcy… Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:59