Student Equal Educational Opportunities

  • Board of Education Policy 7:10 Equal Education Opportunities provides:

    Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical and mental handicap or disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, order of protection status, or actual or potential parental or marital status, including pregnancy. Further, the district will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of any protected status, except that the district remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under Board Policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using the Uniform Complaint Procedure.

    Nondiscrimination

    The District prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of color, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, immigration status, order of protection status, status of being homeless, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other legally protected characteristic.

    District employees are expected to demonstrate sensitivity and respect in dealing with students. The District’s prohibition against discrimination includes, but is not limited to, proscribing any employee from making any discriminatory statements, comments, or remarks to or about any student or engaging in any discriminatory conduct toward any student because of or relating to the student’s legally protected characteristic. District employees found to have violated the District’s non-discrimination or equal education policies will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

    Gender Equity

    No student shall, on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

    Any student may file a gender equity complaint by using the Uniform Complaint Procedure. A student may appeal the Board of Education's resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent of Schools (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3 10 of The School Code) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8 of The School Code).

    The superintendent appoints a nondiscrimination coordinator. The superintendent and building administrators shall inform staff members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

    Any district employee, parent, or student may file a complaint of discrimination pursuant to the Uniform Grievance Procedure (Board Policy 2:260) by bringing his or her complaint to one of the non-discrimination coordinators identified below.

    Equal Access

    The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other designated youth groups.

    Nondiscrimination coordinator: Dr. Claire Kowalczyk at 847-963-3202 or kowalczc@ccsd15.net, and (to be determined), 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.


    STUDENT AND FAMILY PRIVACY RIGHTS

    Surveys

    All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the District’s educational objectives as identified in Board Policy 6:10, Educational Philosophy and Objectives, or assist students’ career choices. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey.

    Surveys Created by a Third Party

    Before a school official or staff member administers or distributes a survey or evaluation created by a third party to a student, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect the survey or evaluation upon their request and within a reasonable time of their request. 

    This section applies to every survey that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and regardless of the subject matter of the questions.

    Surveys Requesting Personal Information

    School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes any survey or evaluation (created by any person or entity, including the District) containing one or more of the following items: 

    1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian; 
    2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family; 
    3. Behavior or attitudes about sex; 
    4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; 
    5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships; 
    6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous privileged relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians and ministers; 
    7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian; 
    8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program). 

    The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may:

    1. Inspect the survey or evaluation upon, and within a reasonable time of, their request, and/or 
    2. Refuse to allow their child or ward to participate in the activity described above. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercises this option. 

    Instructional Material

    A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect, upon their request, any instructional material used as part of their child/ward’s educational curriculum within a reasonable time of their request.

    The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

    Physical Exams or Screenings

    No school official or staff member shall subject a student to a non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as a condition of school attendance. The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening. 

    The above paragraph does not apply to any physical examination or screening that:

    1. Is permitted or required by an applicable state law, including physical examinations or screenings that are permitted without parental notification; 
    2. Is administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.); 
    3. Is otherwise authorized by Board policy. 

    Selling or Marketing Student Personal Information is Prohibited

    No school official or staff member shall market or sell personal information concerning students (or otherwise provide that information to others for that purpose). The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including: (1) a student or parent’s first and last name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (3) a telephone number, (4) a Social Security identification number or (5) driver’s license number or state identification card. 

    The above paragraph does not apply: (1) if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have consented; or (2) to the collection, disclosure or, use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:

    1. College or other post-secondary education recruitment, or military recruitment. 
    2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products. 
    3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools. 
    4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments. 
    5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities. 
    6. Student recognition programs. 

    Under no circumstances may a school official or staff member provide a student’s “personal information” to a business organization or financial institution that issues credit or debit cards.

    Notification of Rights and Procedures

    The Superintendent or designee shall notify students’ parent(s)/guardian(s) of:

    1. This policy as well as its availability upon request from the general administration office; 
    2. How to opt their child or ward out of participating in surveys or other provisions addressed in this policy; 
    3. The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is given or expected to be given; and 
    4. How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy. 

    This notification shall be given to parent(s)/guardian(s) at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy.

    The rights provided to parent(s)/guardian(s) in this policy transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old, or is an emancipated minor.


    SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

    Sexual harassment of students is prohibited. An employee or District agent, or student engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexual advances, requests sexual favors, or engages in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that: 

    1. Denies or limits the provision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makes such conduct a condition of a student’s academic status; or 
    2. Has the purpose or effect of: 

    a. Substantially interfering with a student’s educational environment;
    b. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
    c. Depriving a student of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or
    d. Making submission to or rejection of such unwelcome conduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.

    The terms intimidating, hostile, and offensive include conduct which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment, or discomfort. Examples of sexual harassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexual experiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumors related to a person’s alleged sexual activities. The term sexual violence includes a number of different acts. Examples of sexual violence include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion.

    Making a Complaint

    Students are encouraged to report claims or incidences of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or any other prohibited conduct to the building principal, assistant principal, complaint managers, or non-discrimination coordinator. A student may choose to report to a person of the student’s same gender. Complaints will be kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints will not be disciplined. An allegation that a student was a victim of any prohibited conduct perpetrated by another student shall be referred to the building principal or assistant principal for appropriate action. Any student of the District who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in sexual harassment of another student will be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion. Any person making a knowingly false accusation regarding sexual harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge with regard to employees, or suspension and/or expulsion with regard to students.

    Complaint Managers/Nondiscrimination Coordinators: Dr. Claire Kowalczyk at 847-963-3202 or kowalczc@ccsd15.net, and (to be determined), 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067.


    SPECIAL EDUCATION

    School District 15 provides special education programs and services for children with disabilities that conform to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state legislation.

    These programs and services are provided for students with specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, speech/language impairments, orthopedic impairments, health impairments, traumatic brain injuries, autism, hearing impairments, visual impairments, deaf-blindness, developmental delays, or multiple disabilities.

    See below for Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities.

    For more information about special education programs and services, please call the Student Services Department at (847) 963-3149.


    HOMELESS STUDENTS

    Board of Education policies provide that any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. A homeless child may attend the district school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any district school's attendance area may attend that school. Students eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act shall have transportation provided to them in accordance with both state and federal law. Homeless students will also have all school fees waived and will become automatically eligible for free or reduced cost meals provided by the District.

    The District 15 liaison for homeless children is: Alicia Corrigan, Director of Student Services, 580 North 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067, (847) 963-3152, corrigaa@ccsd15.net.