Notice of Non-discrimination
 
The CHISHOLM SCHOOLS do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provide equal access to the Boys Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies:
 
Mr. James Varichak, Superintendent                      Mr. Richard Aldrich, Principal
Chisholm Elementary School                                   Chisholm High School
Phone: 218-254-1400                                             Phone: 218-254-5726 ext. 2900
jvaricha@chisholm.k12.mn.us                                 raldrich@chisholm.k12.mn.us
 
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit
http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contractus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
 
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Definitions of Federal Programs
 
          Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive accommodations and modifications –
 
              Title IV is a term that refers to federal financial aid funds. Federal regulations state that any federal funds disbursed to a student's account in excess of allowable charges must be delivered to the student (or parent in case of an undergraduate PLUS loan).
 
              Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: "No person 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 under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
 
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Vocational Opportunities
 
 
School Districts that offer career and technical (vocational) education must provide notice to students, parents, employees and the general public that all vocational opportunities will be offered regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. The notice must be published each year, prior to the beginning of the school year.  Vocational Education Programs Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap, 44 Fed. Reg. 17162, March 21, 1979, part IV-0.
 
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has developed this sample Vocational Opportunities Annual Notification for use by the education community. Schools are not required to use this sample notification. The purpose of this sample notification is to provide helpful guidance, including the required elements for compliance with federal civil rights laws. Contact Carolyn Ellstra at carolyn.ellstra@state.mn.us with questions regarding this document.
 
VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ANNUAL NOTIFICATION
Chisholm school district offers a variety of vocational opportunities through the Business Education, Industrial Technology and Family and Consumer Science Departments.  The purpose of this notice is to inform students, parents, employees and the general public that these opportunities are offered regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. Admission in the specific courses is determined by grade level, and in some cases, completion of prerequisite courses. The district has designated the following individuals to coordinate compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.
Section 504 Coordinator:                             Alternate Section 504 Coordinator:
Rick Aldrich, Principal                                                       Mark Morrison, Asst. Principal                                                              
Chisholm High School                                                          Chisholm High School                                                           
Phone: 218-254-5726   ext. 3900                                 Phone: 218-254-5726   ext. 3902
                                                                    
 
Title IX Coordinator:                                     Alternate Title IX Coordinator                    
James Varichak, Superintendent                                   Mark Morrison                  , Asst. Principal                                                      
Chisholm Elementary School                                          Chisholm High School                                                           
Phone:  218-254-1400                                                        Phone: 218-254-5726 ext. 3902
jvaricha@chisholm.k12.mn.us                    
 
A brief summary of program offerings are as follows:
Note to district: This notice must include a “brief summary of program offerings.” The following options may be used order to comply with this requirement:
  1. If the district has career and educational technology course descriptions on the district website, the notice may state, for example, “A listing of program offerings includes auto mechanics, woods technology, IT, agriculture, etc.” and provide a link to the district website to the career and educational technology course descriptions.
  2. If the district website does not contain career and technical education course descriptions, a description of a sampling of courses is provided on this notice.
 
 
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GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR COMPLAINTS OF DISCRIMINATION
 
The following grievance procedure applies to claims of sex, disability, and racial discrimination:
 
A.        Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of unlawful discrimination or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute unlawful discrimination shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy. The complaint must be filed within 90 calendar days of the alleged violation.
 
            B.        The Human Rights Officer is responsible for receiving oral or written                           complaints of unlawful discrimination toward an employee or                                             student. However, nothing in this policy shall prevent any person                                from reporting unlawful discrimination toward an employee or                          student directly with the Human Rights Officer, the school board or                            other school district official.
 
            C.         While the school board has designated the Human Rights Officer to                            receive complaints of unlawful discrimination, if the complaint                                             involves the Human Rights Officer, the complaint shall be made to the                                    superintendent.
 
            D.         Upon receipt of a complaint, the Human Rights Officer shall                                          immediately notify the superintendent. If the superintendent is the                                   subject of the             complaint, the Human Rights Officer shall immediately                          notify the school board.
 
            E.         The Human Rights Officer may request but not insist upon a written                          complaint. Alternative means of filing a complaint, such as through a                                   personal interview or by tape recording, shall be made available upon                                   request for qualified persons with a disability. If the complaint is oral,                                    it shall be reduced to writing within 24 hours and forwarded to the                                   superintendent. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary                                            action. The school district encourages the reporting party to complete                                the complaint form for written complaints. It is available from the                               principal of each building or the school district office.
 
            F.         The school district shall respect the privacy of the complainant, the                             individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses,                               consistent with the school district’s legal obligations to investigate,                               take appropriate action, and comply with any discovery or disclosure                                obligations.
 
INVESTIGATION
            A.         The Human Rights Officer, upon receipt of a complaint alleging                                                unlawful discrimination shall promptly undertake an investigation if                                  deemed appropriate. The investigation may be conducted by the Title                                    IX coordinator for complaints of sex discrimination or the Section 504                             Coordinator for complaints of disability discrimination, or a school                                     district official or neutral third party designated by the Title IX                                                coordinator, Section 504 coordinator or Human Rights Officer. The                                     investigation shall be completed within 30 days of the complaint,                                unless impracticable.
 
            B.         The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the                                       complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed,                                   and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or                               circumstances giving rise to the complaint. The investigation may also              consist of other methods deemed pertinent by the investigator.
 
            C.         In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes a violation of                                     this policy, the school district shall consider the facts and the                                       surrounding circumstances such as the nature of the behavior, past                            incidents or continuing patterns of behavior, the relationships                                               between the parties             involved and the context in which the alleged                                    incident occurred.
 
            D.         The school district may take immediate steps to protect the parties                             involved in the complaint process, pending completion of an                                           investigation of alleged unlawful discrimination.
 
            E.         Upon completion of the investigation, the school district investigator                           shall make a written report to the Human Rights Officer. If the                                      complaint involves the Human Rights Officer, the report may be filed                          directly with the superintendent or school board. The report shall                                    include the facts, a determination of whether the allegations have                               been substantiated, whether a violation of this policy has occurred as                                     well as a description of any             proposed resolution which may include                            alternative dispute resolution.
 
            F.         The district shall comply with federal and state law pertaining to                                 retention of records.
 
APPEAL
 
If the grievance has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, s/he may appeal to the Human Rights Officer within ten (10) school days of receipt of the findings of the school district investigation. The school district investigator shall conduct a review of the appeal and within ten (10) school days of receipt of the appeal, shall affirm, reverse, or modify the findings of the report. The decision of the school district investigator is final but does not preclude pursuit of alternative complaint procedures noted in the section entitled “Right to Alternative Compliant Procedures.”
 
 SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION
 
            A.         Upon conclusion of the investigation and receipt of the findings, the                            school district shall take appropriate action. If it is determined that a                                  violation has occurred, such action may include, but is not limited to,                           warning, suspension, expulsion, transfer, remediation or termination.
 
                        School district action taken for violation of this policy shall be                                       consistent with the requirements of applicable collective bargaining                                     agreements, Minnesota and federal law and school district policies.
 
            B.         The result of the school district’s investigation of each complaint filed                                     under these procedures shall be reported in writing to the                                        complainant by the school district in accordance with state and                                    federal law regarding data or records privacy.
 
RETALIATION
 
The school district shall take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who retaliates against any person who reports alleged unlawful discrimination toward an employee or student or any person who testifies, assists or participates in an investigation or hearing relating to such unlawful discrimination. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation or harassment.
 
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
 
If there is a conflict of interest with respect to any party affected by this policy, appropriate action shall be taken such as, but not limited to, appointing or contracting with a neutral third party investigator to conduct the investigation or recusal from the process by the person for whom a conflict or potential conflict of interest exists.
 
DISSEMINATION OF POLICY
 
The school district shall adopt and publish these procedures. 
 
RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
 
These procedures do not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse, which may include filing charges with the agencies listed below or initiating action in state or federal court.
 
 
Claims of discrimination may also be pursued through the following agencies where appropriate:
 
U.S. Department of Education                     MN Department of Human Rights 
Office for Civil Rights, Region V                   190 E 2nd Street
500 W. Madison Street – Suite 1475          St. Paul, MN 55101
Chicago, IL 60661                                         Tel: 800-657-3704
Tel: 312-730-1560                                       Tel: 651-296-5663
TDD: 312-730-1609                                                TDD 612-296-1283
 
For complaints of employment discrimination:
 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
330 S. 2nd Avenue
Suite 430
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tel: 800-669-4000
Tel: 612-235-4040
TDD 612-335-4045