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Nondiscrimination Statement

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DATE:            SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

TO:                 LEADERSHIP COLLABORATIVE, ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF

FROM:           BRAD SARON, SUPERINTENDENT

RE:                 REMINDER OF NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT IN DISTRICT PUBLICATIONS

The school district’s nondiscrimination statement must be included in all “key district publications.”

Parts I and II are general principles for everyone.

Part I: Nondiscrimination statements on all publications

State law requires that the nondiscrimination statement must be included in “pupil and staff handbooks, course selection handbooks, and all other published material distributed to the public describing any school activities or opportunities.” Please review and revise documents before the next printing to make sure that they contain the following notice exactly as presented below. This is available electronically from Chandu Vemuri.


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.

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 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), shall be provided reasonable accommodations in educational services or programs or 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 Office, Attention: Assistant Superintendent of Operations (Title IX Coordinator), at 501 S. Bird Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. This individual may also be reached at by calling 608-834-6500.


It is not always practical to include this “long version” of the notice in every document. It is, therefore, permissible that one of the following “short versions” may be used in public documents such as school newsletters, etc. Use the one that is most relevant to the audience. It may be in small, but legible, font.

(For all student, family, or community publications)

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

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 expressions, 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.

(SPASD District Policy JB)

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Spanish, please contact us at 608-834-6620. Si un estudiante, padre ó guardian prefiere tener esta información traducida en Español, por favor contactenos en el 608-834-6620.

If a student or parent/guardian would prefer to have this information translated into Hmong, please contact us at 608-834-6630. Yog tus me nyuam lub xiv los yog niam thiab txiv/tus neeg muaj cai saib xyuas tus me nyuam xav tau qhov ntawv ntawm no ua lus Hmoob, thov hais rau peb paub rau ntawm 608-834-6630.


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(For district-wide employee and external applicant publications)

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The District shall not unlawfully discriminate in employment against properly qualified and eligible employment candidates or employees on the basis of 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, the use or non-use of lawful products 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. . (SPASD District Policy GBA)


Central Copy has been asked to return for correction any document intended for public distribution missing one of these three statements.
Part II: Handbooks

In addition, Wisconsin state law also requires that the school district's ENTIRE discrimination complaint policy and  procedure must be included in every student and staff handbook.

  • In the case of STUDENT HANDBOOKS, this means (1) Policy JB and (2) Procedure JB-R and (3) the student notice presented in Appendix B of Guidelines for Student Discrimination  and Harassment Response: Implementing Policy JB & Procedure JB-R.
  • In the case of STAFF HANDBOOKS, this means (1) Policy GBA and (2) Procedure GBA-R and (3) the notice presented in Appendix A of Guidelines for Student Discrimination and Harassment Response: Implementing Policy JB & Procedure JB-R.

Please make sure this is happening consistently.

If you have any question about these two directives, please contact me 608- 834-6502 or bgsaron@sunprairieschools.org