Nondiscrimination Statement

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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

Sun Prairie Area School District

In compliance with the Executive Order 11246; Title II of the Education Amendments of 1976; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Title IX Regulation Implementing Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and all other federal and state laws, including Subchapter II of Chapter 111, Wis. Stats., entitled "Fair Employment"; school rules, regulations and policies, the Sun Prairie Area School District shall not unlawfully discriminate in employment against properly qualified and eligible individuals by reason of their age, race, religion, profession or demonstration of belief or non-belief, color, disability, citizenship, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliation, membership in the National Guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of Wisconsin or the United States, arrest or conviction record not substantially related to a person's job duties or activity in school, or the use or non-use of lawful products by individuals off school premises during non-working hours, the use of family or medical leave or worker's compensation benefits, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law.  Reasonable accommodations shall be made for qualified individuals with a disability or handicap and to employees with sincerely held religious beliefs to the extent required by law, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the District. 

The Sun Prairie Area School District is committed to providing equal access to educational services for every student in the district and to providing a learning environment free of any form of harassment against or between students.

No student may be unlawfully discriminated against in any school programs, activities or in facilities usage because of the student's sex (gender identity, gender expression and non-conformity to gender role stereotypes), color, religion, profession or demonstration of belief or non-belief, race, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, homelessness status, sexual orientation, age, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and shall not be tolerated in the district. It is the responsibility of administrators, staff members and all students to ensure that student discrimination or harassment does not occur.

This policy does not prohibit the provision of special programs or services to students based on objective standards of individual need or performance.

Homeless children, unaccompanied homeless youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) and youth residing in the District shall be provided with equal access to the District’s educational programs, have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State of Wisconsin and Sun Prairie Area School District academic standards and shall not be segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. The District shall establish safeguards that protect homeless students from discrimination based on their homelessness.

Students who have been identified or regarded as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), shall be provided reasonable accommodations in educational services or programs and facilities. When program or classroom modifications are necessary in order to provide a disabled student with equal opportunity, they will be made as required by law. Facilities modifications necessary to provide for appropriate access and participation for persons with disabilities shall be made to the extent required by law.

The district also shall provide for the reasonable accommodation of a student's sincerely held religious beliefs in accordance with established Board policies. Any modifications or accommodations granted under this policy shall be provided to students without prejudicial effect. School Board Policy: IND, Accommodating a Student’s Beliefs. 

It is the intent of the Sun Prairie Area School District to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations and operations.  Grievance procedures have been established for students, their parents, and employees who feel discrimination has been shown by the Sun Prairie Area School District. 

Specific complaints of alleged discrimination, including those under Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Wisconsin Pupil Nondiscrimination Law (Wis. Stat 118.13) should be referred to: the Sun Prairie Area School District Support Center, Attention:  Director of Student Policy and School Operations (Title IX Coordinator) at 501 S. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590.  This individual may also be reached by calling 608-834-6500.