No student may be denied admission to, be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, student services, or other program or activity because of the student’s gender, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, color, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992. This does not preclude decisions relative to classes or activities based on a student’s, IEP, 504 plan individual performance or safety concerns.

The District shall also provide for the reasonable accommodation of a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Requests for accommodations shall be made in writing and approved by the principal. Accommodations may include, but not necessarily be limited to, exclusion from participation in an activity, alternative assignments, and make up opportunities for coursework missed due to religious observances. Any accommodations granted under this policy shall be provided to students without prejudicial effect.

The District encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint procedure shall also be available to address complaints that cannot be solved informally.

Annually, the District shall provide public notice of this policy, the name and address of the designated employee to receive complaints and the complaint procedures. Student nondiscrimination statements shall also be included on staff and student handbooks and other District published materials that describe school activities and opportunities. The complaint procedure shall be included in student and staff handbooks.

Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes

Section 118.13 (Student discrimination prohibited)
Wisconsin Administrative Code
PI 9 (Student nondiscrimination policies/discrimination complaint procedures required)
PI 41 (Accommodating a student’s religious beliefs policy required)
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 (Sex discrimination prohibited)
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Race, color and national origin discrimination prohibited)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Handicap discrimination prohibited)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Accommodating needs of disabled children)

First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009

For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member