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C6 - Nondiscrimination

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy

 

SECTION:     BOARD PROCEDURES                                                             CODE:  C6

 TITLE:            NONDISCRIMINATION 

 

The board recognizes its obligation to respect the legal rights of all students, parents. employees, applicants for admission or employment, sources of referral of applicants for admission or employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the school district.  The board will seek to comply with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws.  The board will not unlawfully discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or marital status.

 

The following Notice of Non-Discrimination will be given to appropriate recipients as required by law.

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union are hereby notified that this district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or marital status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  Any person having inquiries concerning the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or other state or federal non-discrimination laws or regulations is directed to contact:

Superintendent of Schools

48 Green Street, Suite #1

Vergennes, VT 05491

(802) 877-3332

This person has been designated by the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to coordinate the district’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other non-discrimination laws or regulations.

Grievance Procedure

1.         Definitions

(a)        A grievance is a claim made by a student, teacher or employee of the school district that he or she has been subjected to discrimination because of specific actions of the school board or its employees.

(b)        A grievant shall be a student(s) and/or parent(s), employee, or applicant making the claim.

2.         Intent

Nothing contained within this grievance procedure shall be construed as limiting the right of an aggrieved person or persons to informally discuss a problem with the school administration or staff.  Should such an informal process fail to resolve the situation, then a formal filing of a grievance may be made in accordance with the following procedure:

3.         Procedures (all days are calendar days):

Step I         Within one hundred eighty (180) days of an alleged violation of this policy, the aggrieved shall submit in writing to the superintendent or designed the nature of the grievance and the remedy the grievant seeks.  The superintendent should arrange for a hearing within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the grievance.  The superintendent shall provide a written answer on the grievance within five (5) days of the meeting.

Step II        If the grievance is not resolved at Step I, then the aggrieved may, within ten (10) days of the denial, request in writing that the school board or a committee of the school board hear the grievance.  The chairperson of the school board or their designee shall establish a meeting before the board or a committee of the board within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the request.  Such a meeting will be in a public or in an executive session, at the discretion of the grievant.  The board or its committee shall provide a written answer on the grievance within five (5) days of the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting.  The decision of the board or its committee shall be final and binding to the extent of the jurisdictional limits and authority of the school board.

Date Adopted:         ACS:        9/17/98

                                FCS:        6/11/98

                                VUES:     7/20/98

                                VUHS:    6/08/98

Date Revised:          ANWSU: 9/24/02; October, 2008

Date Reviewed:       ANWSU:  December, 2005

 

Legal Reference(s):

9 V.S.A. §4502 (Public accommodations)
21 V.S.A. §§495 et seq. (Employment practices)
21 V.S.A. §1726 (Unfair labor practices)
20 U.S.C. §§1400 et seq. (IDEA)

20 U.S.C. §§1681 et seq. (Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972)

29 U.S.C. §206(d) (Equal Pay Act of 1963)

29 U.S.C. §§621 et seq. (Age Discrimination in Employment Act)

29 U.S.C. §794 (Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

42 U.S.C.§§2000d et seq. (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)

42 U.S.C. §§12101 et seq. (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)

 

Cross Reference: Personnel: Recruitment, Selection, Appointment and Criminal Records Checks (D1)