OBJECTIVES FOR EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
This section of the board policy manual is devoted to the board's goals and objectives for assisting the students of the school district in obtaining an education. Each student shall have an opportunity to obtain an education in compliance with the policies in this series.
It is the goal of the board to develop a healthy social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self‑concept in the students enrolled in the school district. Each student attending school will have the opportunity to use it and its education program and services as a means for self‑improvement and individual growth. In so doing, the students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that assures each student the same opportunity.
The board supports the delivery of the education program and services to students free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, national origin, religion or disability and provides equal access to i.e. Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This concept of equal educational opportunity serves as a guide for the board and employees in making decisions relating to school district facilities, employment, selection of educational materials, equipment, curriculum, and regulations affecting students.
The Board of Education of the Columbus Public Schools herein affirms that all procedural safeguards, policies, and programs administered within the School District are consistent with the State Rule 51 and Federal IDEA regulations.
Board policies, rules and regulations affect students while they are on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned, operated, or chartered transportation; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and educational processes of the school district.
This section of the board policy refers to the term "parents" in many of the policies. The term parents for purposes of this policy manual shall mean the legal parents. It shall also mean the legal guardian or custodian of a student and students who have reached the age of majority or are otherwise considered an adult by law.
Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, shall be directed to the superintendent or his or her designee.
Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Kansas Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO 64114, (816) 268-0550, the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, 5th floor, P.O. Box 94394, Lincoln, NE 68509-4934, (402) 471-2024 or (800) 642-6112 or by email to OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov. This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.
Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district's central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.
Legal Reference: Sect. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. (1994)
34 C.F.R. §104 et seq.
34 C.F.R. §160 et seq.
Neb. Statute 79-2,114 et seq. (Neb. Equal Opportunity in Education Act).
Policy COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Adopted: __9/11/06_ Columbus, Nebraska