100 SCHOOL DISTRICT

100 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 shall be known as the Tipton Community School District.

This school corporation is located in Cedar County, and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Tipton 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 ßß 274.1, .2, .6, .7; 278.1(9); 279.8; 594A (1995).

Cross Reference:

     200 Legal Status of the Board of Directors

 

Approved: 10/14/96                                         Reviewed: 07/09/12                                                     Revised:

 

101 EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Tipton Community School District, acting through its board of directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students within the limitations of the school district's ability and willingness to furnish financial support to provide for students in cooperation with their parents and the school district community, 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 have jobs, homes, families, places in a school district community, and attain recognition as individuals. In order to achieve this goal, the board will seek qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the educationprogram 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 shall be 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 the home and the school district community to create within the students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility and respect for authority.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:

     Iowa Code ßß 256.11, .11A; 275.1 (1995).

Cross Reference:

     102 Equal Educational Opportunity

     103 Educational and Operational Planning

     209 Board of Directors' Management Procedures

     600 Goals and Objectives of the Education Program

     602 Curriculum Development

 

Approved: 10/14/96                                         Reviewed: 07/09/12                                                Revised:

 

101.1 EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Within the resources available, the Tipton Community School is committed to providing and promoting educational opportunities to all students under the school's jurisdiction. The learning experience offered is appropriate for the age level of and the nature of the individual student. The school climate is conducive to learning. The scope of the program is broad enough to encompass the intellectual, the physical, the psychological, the civic, the social, and the aesthetic needs of the student.

 

 

 

 

 

Approved: 10/14/96                                           Reviewed: 07/09/12                                             Revised:

 

101.2 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EDUCATION PROGRAM

The following are the objectives of the educational program of our school:

  1. To learn and enjoy the process of learning and acquire the skills necessary for a lifetime of continuous learning and adaptation to change.
  2. To assist the student to learn his/her ethical, social, and civic accountabilities within a world society.
  3. To provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the skills and experiences to cope with and succeed in an ever-changing world.
  4. To provide the opportunity to develop a cultural interest through knowledge and/or appreciation of the fine arts.
  5. To assist the student to develop self-respect, a feeling of self-worth, and self- discipline.
  6. To assist the student to explore aptitudes and expand capabilities.
  7. To assist the student to think independently, to solve problems, to think critically, to evaluate results, and to communicate effectively.
  8. To organize an effective program of physical activities, to provide health instruction, and to cooperate with the home and community in promoting health.
  9. To acquire a background sufficient to enter the job market and/or to acquire knowledge necessary for further education.
  10. To enhance the capacities for a satisfying and responsible role as family members.
  11. To enhance an understanding of ethical principles and values and the ability to apply them to their own lives.

 

Approved: 10/14/96                                                Reviewed: 07/09/12                                         Revised:

 

102 EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of the Tipton 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:

 

Name:              Dawn Siech 

E-mail:              dawn.siech@tipton.k12.ia.us

Phone:             (563) 886-6121

Address:           400 E 6th Street

                         Tipton, IA  52772

 

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.

 

NOTE: A school district may have a different coordinator for each law or consolidate the responsibilities under one employee. The Iowa Department of Education encourages districts to have no more than two (2) coordinators: one for employment and one for programs. If the district has more than one coordinator, publications of this policy and notifications must include the name, contact address, contact phone number and email address for each coordinator.

 

NOTE: The language utilized above is consistent with Iowa Department of Education guidance released in the School Leader Update on September 1, 2015. The classes listed are all mandatory.  

 

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s equal educational opportunity policy also may trigger responsibilities under the state’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its equal educational opportunity policy and the accompanying grievance procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in bullying and/or harassment.

 

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

 

Approved: 07/09/2012                                                   Reviewed:                                             Revised:   8/8/2016                

    

 

102.E1 ANNUAL NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

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

            Business

            Family and Consumer Science

            Agriculture

            Industrial Technology

            Project Lead the Way

 

It is the policy of the Tipton 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

 

Name:               Dawn Siech 

E-mail:              dawn.siech@tipton.k12.ia.us

Phone:             (563) 886-6121

Address:           400 E 6th Street

                         Tipton, IA  52772

 

 

NOTE: A school district may have a different coordinator for each law or consolidate the responsibilities under one employee. The Iowa Department of Education encourages districts to have no more than two (2) coordinators: one for employment and one for programs. If the district has more than one coordinator, publications of this policy and notifications must include the name, contact address, contact phone number and email address for each coordinator.

 

 

 

Approved: 07/09/2012                                                   Reviewed:                                             Revised:    8/8/2016              

102.E2 CONTINUOUS NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

 

It is the policy of the Tipton 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:

Name:               Dawn Siech 

E-mail:              dawn.siech@tipton.k12.ia.us

Phone:             (563) 886-6121

Address:           400 E 6th Street

                        Tipton, IA  52772

 

NOTE: A school district may have a different coordinator for each law or consolidate the responsibilities under one employee. The Iowa Department of Education encourages districts to have no more than two (2) coordinators: one for employment and one for programs. If the district has more than one coordinator, publications of this policy and notifications must include the name, contact address, contact phone number and email address for each coordinator.

 

 

 

Approved:       07/09/2012                                          Reviewed:                                             Revised:   8/8/2016                

 

102.E3 NOTICE OF SECTION 504 STUDENT AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

The Tipton 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 Tipton 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

 

Name:              Dawn Siech 

E-mail:              dawn.siech@tipton.k12.ia.us

Phone:             (563) 886-6121

Address:           400 E 6th Street

                         Tipton, IA  52772

 

 

 

 

Approved:       7/9/2012                                              Reviewed:                                              Revised:     8/8/2016              

102.E4 COMPLAINT FORM

Code No. 102.E4

 

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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

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:  __________________________

 

Approved:  8/8/2016                          Reviewed: __________                              Revised:  ________

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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

 

 

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:  __________________________

 

Approved:  8/8/2016                        Reviewed:  _______________                                           Revised:  _________________

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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

 

 

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:  _________________________

 

Approved:  8/8/2016                                              Reviewed:  ______________                                   Revised:  ___________________

102.R1 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

It is the policy of the Tipton 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

Name:               Dawn Siech 

E-mail:              dawn.siech@tipton.k12.ia.us

Phone:             (563) 886-6121

Address:            400 E 6th Street

                         Tipton, IA  52772

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). An alternate will be 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 90 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 15 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 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 10 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 by in 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 timeframes 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.

NOTE: A school district may have a different coordinator for each law or consolidate the responsibilities under one employee. The Iowa Department of Education encourages districts to have no more than two (2) coordinators: one for employment and one for programs. If the district has more than one coordinator, publications of this policy and notifications must include the name, contact address, contact phone number and email address for each coordinator.

NOTE: The sample grievance procedures include an appeal process that ends with the superintendent. If the board chooses to have a different practice that involves the board in these grievance procedures, the procedures should be updated to reflect this practice.

NOTE: The Office for Civil Rights requires that the procedures must designate reasonably prompt time frames for the major stages of the complaint process. The number listed in the italic brackets for each stage includes suggested time frames based on guidance from both the United States Office for Civil Rights and the Iowa Department of Education. Districts should ensure that the time frames selected are reasonable for the individual district.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s equal educational opportunity policy also may trigger responsibilities under the state’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its equal educational opportunity policy and the accompanying grievance procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in bullying and/or harassment.

Approved:  8/8/2016                                               Reviewed:                                             Revised:  8/8/2016                 

103 LONG-RANGE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

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

The Annual Progress Report will be placed on the school website.

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 shall 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 shall 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 goalsand maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performanceand 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 ßß 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 Surveys

 

Approved: 10/14/96                                                    Reviewed: 2/10/2020                                                  Revised: 2/10/2020

103R-1 LONG-RANGE NEEDS ASSESSMENT

School districts also need to develop a process for long-range needs assessment. The process needs to include three items: 

  • provisions for collecting, analyzing and reporting information derived from local, state and national sources;
  • provision for reviewing information acquired on the following:       
  1.  state indicators and other locally determined indicators,
  2.  locally established student learning goals,
  3.  specific data collection required by state and federal programs;
  • provisions for collecting and analyzing assessment data on the following:
  1. state indicators  
  2. locally determined indicators,
  3. locally established student learning goals.

 

Reviewed:     10/14/1996                                          Reviewed:    2/10/2020                                              Revised:  2/10/2020

104 ANTI-BULLYING/ANIT-HARASSMENT POLICY

The Tipton Community School District is committed to providing all students 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. An alternate 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 [state number of days - 180] 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 the superintendent’s designee 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 web site,
  •   (other) _______________________________________________________

 

 

NOTE: School districts are required to integrate the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy into the comprehensive school improvement plan and shall collect and report data regarding instances of bullying and harassment as required by law.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal and state antidiscrimination laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its anti-bullying/anti-harassment disciplinary policy and the accompanying procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in discriminatory bullying and/or harassment.

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

 

Approved: 07/09/2012                                                     Reviewed:                                                         Revised:     8/8/2016              

 

104.E1 ANTI-BULLYING/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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

 

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:  _____________________

 

Approved:  8/8/2016                                                 Reviewed:  ______________                                        Revised:  _______________

104.E2 ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT 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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

 

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:  _______________                                                                                                                     

Approved:  8/8/2016                    Reviewed:  _______________            Revised:  ___________________

104.E3 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

 

Physical Attribute

 

Sex

 

Disability

 

Physical/Mental Ability

 

Sexual Orientation

 

Familial Status

 

Political Belief

 

Socio-economic Background

 

Gender Identity

 

Political Party Preference

 

Other – Please Specify:

 

Marital Status

 

Race/Color

 

 

 

National Origin/Ethnic Background/Ancestry

 

Religion/Creed

 

 

 

 

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:  ______________________

 

Approved:  8/8/2016                    Reviewed:  _______________           Revised:  ________________

104R.1 ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

The Tipton Community School District is committed to providing all students 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. An alternate 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 90 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 the superintendent’s designee 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. 

 

NOTE: School districts must include a number of requirements in the district anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy. This regulation builds on the requirements addressed in IASB sample policy 104 by more specifically detailing sample investigation procedures. Districts should ensure that the district’s practice is reflective of the policy and regulations that the district’s leadership team has established. Please remember that the procedures outlined here should be consistent with the policy.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal and state antidiscrimination laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its anti-bullying/anti-harassment disciplinary policy and the accompanying procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in discriminatory bullying and/or harassment.

 

Approved:  07/09/2012                                                           Reviewed:                                                               Revised:   8/8/2016