The School District of Flambeau is committed to equal educational opportunities for all students in the District.
It is the policy of the School District of Flambeau, pursuant to Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, and PI 9, that no person on the basis of gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, may be denied admission to any school in this District or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extra-curricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program.
This policy also prohibits discrimination under related federal statutes, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (handicap).
It shall be the responsibility of the District Administrator to examine existing policies and develop new policies where needed to ensure that the School District of Flambeau does not discriminate pursuant to federal and state law. The District Administrator shall ensure that an employee is designated annually to receive complaints filed under Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, PI 9, Wisconsin Administrative Code, Title IX of the Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. That employee shall ensure adoption of a complaint procedure to resolve complaints alleging violation of these laws, assure that an evaluation of the District's compliance with Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes is completed every five (5) years under PI 9, Wisconsin Administrative Code and submit Form PI-1197 to the Department of Public Instruction annually.
If any person believes that the School District of Flambeau or any part of the school organization has failed to follow the law and rules of Section 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes, or in some way discriminates against pupils on the basis of gender, age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental statutes, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, he/she may bring or send a complaint to the District Administrator's Office, PO Box 86, Tony, WI 54563.
A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant and signed. This complaint shall be presented to the District employee designated to receive complaints. That employee shall send written acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint within 45 days.
A written determination of the complaint shall be made by the Board within 90 days of receipt of the complaint unless the parties agree to an extension of time; appeals under 20 USC Section 415 and Chapter 115, Subch. V, Wisconsin Statutes. Complaints under 20 USC Section 1231e-3 and 34 CFR ss. 76.780-76.782, commonly referred to as EDGAR complaints, that the state or sub-grantee is violating a federal statute or regulation that applies to a program shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent.
If a complainant wishes to appeal a negative determination by the Board, he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the State Superintendent within 30 days of the Board's decision. In addition, the complainant may appeal directly to the State Superintendent if the Board has not provided written acknowledgment within 45 days of receipt of the complaint or made a determination within 90 days of receipt of the written complaint. Appeals should be addressed to: State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, PO Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707.
Discrimination complaints on some of the above basis may also be filed with the federal government at the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 300 South Wacker Drive, 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606.
If any person believes that the School District of Flambeau or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied to the principles and/or regulations of Title IX (gender) and Section 504 (handicap) or in some way discriminates on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, age, or handicap, he/she may bring forward a complaint to the District Administrator's Office, PO Box 86, Tony, WI 54563.
The person who believes he/she has a valid basis for a complaint shall discuss the concern with the local Title IX or Section 504 Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply to the complainant in writing within two (2) days. If this reply is not acceptable to the complainant, he/she may initiate formal procedures according to the steps listed.
A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant and signed. This complaint shall be presented to the local Title IX or Section 504 Coordinator within 5 business days of receipt of the written reply to the informal complaint. The Coordinator shall further investigate the matters of the complaint and reply in writing to the complainant within 5 business days.
If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the local Title IX or Section 504 Coordinator, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) business days after receipt of the local coordinator's response to the complaint. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complaint within ten (10) business days.
If the complainant remains unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the School Board within five (5) business days of her/his receipt of the Superintendent's response in Step 2. In an attempt to resolve the complaint, the School Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representatives within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board's disposition of the appeal shall be sent by the Board's secretary to each concerned party within ten (10) business days of this meeting.
If, at this point, the complaint has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 300 South Wacker Drive, 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606.