1310 Nondiscrimination


The Grand Island Public Schools is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. Helping students and staff to develop an awareness and appreciation for the achievements, problems, and aspirations of all people in our culturally diverse society is essential to this end. Our goal is to create a learning environment free of discrimination.

The district will establish and maintain an atmosphere in which all persons will exhibit the following:

(a) Respect for the individual regardless of economic status, intellectual or physical ability, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, or age,

(b) Respect for cultural differences,

(c) Respect for economic, political, and social lives of others, and

(d) Respect for the right of others to seek and maintain their own identities.

The district will comply with regulations implementing Title IX of the educational amendments of 1972 which state the following:

"No persons in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program receiving federal financial assistance...."

The district will further comply with regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which states in part:

“No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps …shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program…."

The district will further comply with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part:

“…no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program….”

Additionally, the district will comply with the Nebraska Equal Opportunity in Education Act (Neb. Rev. Stat §79-2,114 to §79-2,124 [Reissue 1996]), and amendments thereto, which act states in part that it shall be an unfair or discriminatory practice for any public education institution to discriminate on the basis of sex, the pregnancy of any person, the marital status of any person, or the condition of being a parent.

No student will be treated differently on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, marital status, or the condition of being a parent, in the context of an educational program or activity, so as to interfere with or limit the ability of the student to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges of the district unless there is a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason to do so.

The district will examine thoroughly all parts of the curriculum to be sure that it emphasizes positive human relationships. The instructional materials used in the schools must accurately portray the history, contributions, and culture of the various ethnic groups of our society. The district will develop programs that will increase the awareness of students, parents, and citizens of the cultural diversity of others.

The district will continue to promote good human relations by removing all messages of prejudice and discrimination in employment, assignment, and promotion of personnel; in location and use of facilities; in curriculum development and instructional materials; and in the availability of programs for children.

Conduct which has the effect of creating, for a reasonable person, an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment will not be tolerated. Any act of harassment by either staff or students will result in disciplinary action.

This policy will be referenced in all staff and student handbooks and posted in a place of prominence in all district facilities.

 

References:      Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

                        Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended

                        Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975

                        Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

                        Title II, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

                        Civil Rights Act of 1991

                        Ne. Rev. Stat. 79-267 (2010)

                        Grand Island Board of Education Policies 8455 BULLYING AND HARASSMENT (STUDENT), 8450 STUDENT DISCIPLINE, 8453 STUDENT SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, AND MANDATORY REASSIGNMENT, 6215 BULLYING AND HARASSMENT (Staff) 1310.1 Administrative Procedures (attached), 1310.2 Complaint Form (attached)

 

Policy Adopted: 3-1-76 

Policy Revised: 7-8-91

Policy Revised: 5-5-97

Policy Revised: 12-1-97

Policy Revised: 1-4-01 

Policy Revised: 11-14-2011

Policy Revised: 01-14-2016