The DeForest Area School District declares that it does not discriminate on the basis of sex (gender), race, color, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, transgender status, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, national origin (including limited English proficiency), ancestry, citizenship, or any other non-merit factor in its curricular, career and technical education, co-curricular, student services, recreational or other school district-sponsored program or activity. Acceptance into some curricular, career and technical education, co-curricular, student services, recreational or other school sponsored program or activity may require completion of pre-requisites, credit eligibility, or student services screening. (Program offerings and admission criteria are available on the DASD website at www.deforest.k12.wi.us or may be obtained by contacting DASD staff.)
The District shall provide appropriate educational services or programs for students who have been identified as having a handicap or disability, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap or disability. In addition, reasonable arrangements can be made to accommodate a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs in regard to examinations and other academic requirements and to ensure that the lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation. A summary of career and technical education program offerings and admission criteria is available on the DASD website at https://sites.google.com/a/deforestschools.org/dahs-coursehandbook/. It is the intent of the DeForest Area School District to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations and operations. Grievance procedures have been established for students, parents, and employees who believe discrimination has been shown by the DeForest Area School District. Inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination should be directed to the Director of Pupil Services. (See complaint procedures below.)
The DeForest Area School District shall not discriminate on employment against properly qualified and eligible individuals by reason of age, culture, religion, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, transgender status, language, disability, economic status, creed, marital status, handicap, military or veteran status, ancestry, arrest or conviction record not substantially related to the nature of a person’s job or activity in the school, political affiliation, genetic information, homeless status, citizenship, any other non-merit factor provided for by state and federal laws and regulations, or use of a lawful product off District premises during non-working hours. Reasonable workplace accommodations shall be made, upon request, for qualified individuals with a disability, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship to the District. It is the intent of the DeForest Area School District to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations and operations. Ref: DASD Administrative Regulation 3.8 (3)
- A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant and signed. This complaint shall be presented to the Director of Human Resources (employees) or Director of Pupil Services (students) within ten (10) school/work days of the alleged discrimination. The Director shall further investigate the matters of the complaint and reply in writing to the complainant within ten (10) school/work days.
- If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the Director, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Superintendent within five (5) school/work days after receipt of the Director’s response to the complaint. The Superintendent shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) school/work days.
- If the complainant remains unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) school/work days of his/her receipt of the Superintendent’s response. Specified complaints of alleged discrimination under Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act will attempt to be resolved using DeForest Area School District Discrimination Complaint procedures. Please refer complaints to: Human Resources Director or Pupil Services Director, DeForest Area School District, 520 E. Holum Street, DeForest, WI 53532. Also, complaints may be filed with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights – Chicago Office, Midwestern Division, 111 North Canal Street, 10th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606.
Ref: DASD administrative regulation AR 4.7(1)