100 - LEGAL STATUS OF THE DISTRICT

100 - LEGAL STATUS OF THE DISTRICT

Iowa law authorizes the creation of a Common Schools System. As part of this Common Schools System, this school district is a school corporation created and organized under Iowa law. This school district is known as the Carroll Community School District.

This school corporation is located in Carroll County, and its affairs are conducted by elected school officials, the Carroll Community School District Board of Directors. This school corporation has exclusive jurisdiction over school matters in the territory of the school district

 

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July 2003
July 2006
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
October 2018
December 2019

 

admin@iowascho… Wed, 11/28/2012 - 16:04

101 - Educational Philosophy of the School

101 - Educational Philosophy of the School

As a school corporation of Iowa, the Carroll Community School District, acting through its board of directors, is dedicated to promoting an equal opportunity for a quality public education to its students. The board’s ability may be limited by the school 's ability and willingness to furnish financial support in cooperation with the students’ parent/guardian and school community. The board is also dedicated to providing the opportunity to develop a healthy, safe, social, intellectual, emotional, and physical self-concept in a learning environment that provides guidance to and encourages critical thinking in students for a lifetime.

The board endeavors, through the dedication of the school 's resources, to encourage students, who come to the school from a variety of backgrounds, to look forward to the time when they will have jobs, homes, families, and places in the school community; and to attain recognition as individuals. In order to achieve this goal, the board will seek highly qualified employees dedicated to development of their professional skills for the betterment of the education program and of the expertise for educational productivity.

Instruction and curriculum are the key elements of a public education. Critical thinking and problem solving skills that will assist the students' preparation for life are instructed as part of a sequentially coordinated curriculum. The school strives to prepare students for employment, to discover and nurture creative talent, and to prepare them to meet and cope with social change in an atmosphere conducive to learning.

The support and involvement of the home and the school community are essential to achieve educational excellence in the school. The school strives to maintain an active relationship with the home and the school community to create within the students an awareness of dignity and worth of the individual, civic responsibility, and respect for authority.

VISION STATEMENT OF CARROLL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Improving Student Achievement Step By Step

MISSION STATEMENT OF CARROLL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Opening the doors of learning for Success

WE BELIEVE
The students, the parents/guardians, the teachers, the administrators, and the staff of Carroll Community School believe . . .

  • Children should be encouraged to become lifelong learners and problem solvers.
  • Parents and community are the most important influence on a child's development, behavior, and attitude toward learning.
  • A quality school understands the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of its students and makes decisions based on these characteristics.
  • A successful student is able to think and reason for himself/herself, yet not be afraid to ask for advice or help when needed. He/She is willing and able to use all the different resources available in order to achieve success.
  • An effective staff member is one who cares for students, has a sense of pride, and works for the good of the organization.
  • An effective classroom is one where the teacher and student work together in a respectful manner toward a common goal.
  • A quality instructional program includes opportunities, variety, and challenges which create an environment for all students to be successful.
  • Schools should teach fundamentals, responsibility, respect, and skills for use throughout life.

 

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July 2003
July 2006
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
October 2018

 

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102 - Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

102 - Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

The board will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, creed, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status.

The board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

The board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from educational activities on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.

 

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July 2003
July 2006
July 2007
July 2009
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
March 2017
October 2018

 

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102E1 - Section 504 Notice of Nondiscrimination

102E1 - Section 504 Notice of Nondiscrimination

Students, parents, employees and others doing business with or performing services for the Carroll Community School District are hereby notified that this school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age (except students), religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities.

The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age (except students), religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in admission or access to, or treatment in, its hiring and employment practices. Any person having inquiries concerning the school district's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), § 504 or Iowa Code § 280.3 is directed to contact:

(Title) Dianne Battani - (dbattani@carrolltigers.org)

(where located) Adams Elementary, 1026 N Adams St., Carroll, Iowa, 51401

(telephone number) 712 – 792 – 8040

who has been designated by the school district to coordinate the school district's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, § 504 and Iowa Code § 280.3 (2007).

 

Date of Adoption/Revision
July 2007
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
March 2017
October 2018

 

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102R1 - Grievance Procedure (Non-Discrimination)

102R1 - Grievance Procedure (Non-Discrimination)

It is the policy of the Carroll Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Ms. Crystal Boes, the Equity Coordinator, (cboes@carrolltigers.org), 712 - 792- 8040, 1026 North Adams Street, Carroll, Iowa, 51401.

Students, parents of students, employees, and applicants for employment in the school district have the right to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination. The district has policies and procedures in place to identify and investigate complaints alleging discrimination. If appropriate, the district will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and to correct its discriminatory effects on the Complainant and others.

A Complainant may attempt to resolve the problem informally by discussing the matter with a building principal or a direct supervisor. However, the Complainant has the right to end the informal process at any time and pursue the formal grievance procedures outlined below. Use of the informal or formal grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. Please note that informal processes and procedures are not to be used in certain circumstances (e.g., sexual harassment and sexual assault).

Filing a Complaint
A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this grievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the equity coordinator(s). An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the equity coordinator or superintendent committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 180 days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The equity coordinator(s) shall assist the Complainant as needed.

Investigation
Within 15 working days, the equity coordinator will begin the investigation of the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the investigation (hereinafter “equity coordinator”). If the Complainant is under 18 years of age, the equity coordinator shall notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend investigatory meetings in which the Complainant is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy. The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;
  • A request for the individual named in the complaint to provide a written statement;
  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement;
  • Interviews of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses;
  • An opportunity to present witnesses or other relevant information; and
  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

Within 60 working days, the equity coordinator shall complete the investigation and issue a report with respect to the findings.

The equity coordinator shall notify the Complainant and Respondent of the decision within 5 working days of completing the written report. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

Decision and Appeal
The complaint is closed after the equity coordinator has issued the report, unless within 10 working days after receiving the decision, either party appeals the decision to the superintendent by making a written request detailing why he/she believes the decision should be reconsidered. The equity coordinator shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to the superintendent. Within 30 working days, the superintendent shall affirm, reverse, amend the decision, or direct the equity coordinator to gather additional information. The superintendent shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and the equity coordinator of the decision within 5 working days of the decision. Notification shall be by U.S. mail, first class.

The decision of the superintendent shall be final.

The decision of the superintendent in no way prejudices a party from seeking redress through state or federal agencies as provided by law.

This policy and procedures are to be used for complaints of discrimination, in lieu of any other general complaint policies or procedures that may be available.

If any of the stated timeframes cannot be met by the district, the district will notify the parties and pursue completion as promptly as possible.

Retaliation against any person, because the person has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation, is prohibited. Persons found to have engaged in retaliation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures.

 

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July, 2003
July 2006
July 2007
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
March 2017
October 2018
December 2019

 

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103 - Long Range Goals

103 - Long Range Goals

Long-range goals enables the school district to analyze assessment data, get feedback from the community about its expectation for students and determine how well students are meeting student learning goals. The board will conduct ongoing and in-depth needs assessments, soliciting information from business, labor, industry, higher education and community members regarding their expectations for adequate student preparation.

In conjunction with the in-depth needs assessments of the school district, the board will authorize the appointment of a school improvement committee, representing administrators, employees, parents/guardians, students and community members, to make recommendations and assist the board in determining the priorities of the school district in addition to the basic skills areas of the
education program.

The Carroll Community School District will periodically review curriculum with assistance from all CCSD students, parents/guardians, teachers, and community members. The curriculum cycle and review process will be affirmed by the School Improvement Team (SIT) each school year.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the school district community is informed of students' progress on state and locally determined indicators. The superintendent will report annually to the board about the means used to keep the community informed.

As a result of the board and committee's work, the board will determine major educational needs and rank them in priority order; develop long-range goals and plans to meet the needs, establish and implement short-range and intermediate-range plans to meet the goals and to attain the desired levels of student performance, evaluate progress toward meeting the goals and maintain a record of progress under the plan that includes reports of student performance and results of school improvement projects; and annually report the school district's progress made under the plan to the committee, community and Iowa Department of Education.

 

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July 2003
July 2006
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
October 2018

 

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103R1 - Long-Range Goals Needs Assessment Regulation

103R1 - Long-Range Goals Needs Assessment Regulation

Carroll Community School District has developed a process for long-range goals. The process has included three items:

  1. provisions for collecting, analyzing and reporting information derived from local, state and national sources;
  2. provisions for reviewing information acquired on the following:
    1. ❖ state indicators and other locally determined indicators,
    2. ❖ locally established student learning goals,
    3. ❖ specific data collection required by state and federal programs;
  3. provisions for collecting and analyzing assessment data on the following:
    1. ❖ state indicators,
    2. ❖ locally determined indicators,
    3. ❖ locally established student learning goals.
       

Date of Adoption/Revision:
July, 2006
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
October 2018

 

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104 - Student-To-Student Harrassment and Bullying

104 - Student-To-Student Harrassment and Bullying

The Carroll Community School District is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. Bullying and/or harassment of or by students, staff, and volunteers is against federal, state, and local policy and is not tolerated by the board policy. Bullying and/or harassing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and
succeed.

Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the school district that school employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior in school, on school property, or at any school function or school-sponsored activity.

Definitions
● For the purposes of this policy, the defined words shall have the following meaning:
“Electronic” means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optic cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. “Electronic” includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging. (Iowa code: 808B1)
● “Harassment” and “bullying” shall mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student based on the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status, and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property.
  2. Has a substantial detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health.
  3. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance.
  4. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

● “Trait or characteristic of the student” includes but is not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
● “Volunteer” means an individual who has regular, significant contact with students.

Filing a Complaint
A Complainant who wishes to avail himself/herself of this procedure may do so by filing a complaint with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee. An alternate will be designated in the event it is claimed that the superintendent or superintendent’s designee committed the alleged discrimination or some other conflict of interest exists. Complaints shall be filed within 15 days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The Complainant shall receive assistance as needed.

School employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about an act of bullying or harassment.

Investigation
The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment. The building principal or his/her designee (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment. The Investigator shall consider the totality of circumstances presented in determining whether conduct objectively constitutes bullying or harassment. The superintendent or the superintendent’s designee shall also be responsible for developing procedures regarding this policy.

Decision
If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include suspension and/or expulsion. If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include termination. If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures, which may include exclusion from school grounds.

A school employee, volunteer, student, or a student’s parent or guardian who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of bullying or harassment, in compliance with the procedures in the policy adopted pursuant to this section, to the appropriate school official designated by the school district, shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to participation in any administrative or judicial proceeding resulting from or relating to the report.

Individuals who knowingly file false bullying or harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation may be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and/or expulsion. Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment. Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds.

Publication of Policy
The board will annually publish this policy. The policy may be publicized by the following means:
● Inclusion in the student handbook,
● Inclusion in the employee handbook
● Inclusion in the registration materials
● Inclusion on the school or school district’s website.

Furthermore, a copy shall be made available to any person at the district’s central administrative
office.

 

Approved/Revision
October 2007
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
December 2016
October 2018

 

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104E1 - Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Compliant Form

104E1 - Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying Compliant Form

See form attached

 

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File Attachments

104E2 - Witness Disclosure Form

104E2 - Witness Disclosure Form

See form attached

 

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File Attachments

104E3 Disposition of Complaint Form

104E3 Disposition of Complaint Form mkohorst@carro… Wed, 03/11/2020 - 14:41

104R1 - Student-to-Student Harassment and Bullying Complaint Form

104R1 - Student-to-Student Harassment and Bullying Complaint Form

ANTI-BULLYING/ANTI-HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

Filing a Complaint

An individual who believes that the individual has been harassed or bullied may file a complaint with the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.  The complaint form is available on the Carroll Community School District's website (under Board Policies).  An alternate investigator will be designated in the event it is claimed that the superintendent or superintendent’s designee committed the alleged bullying or harassment or some other conflict of interest exists.  Complaints shall be filed within 180 days of the event giving rise to the complaint or from the date the Complainant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence.  The Complainant will state the nature of the complaint and the remedy requested. The Complainant shall receive assistance as needed.

 

Investigation

The school district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying or harassment upon receipt of a written complaint.  The superintendent or superintendent's designee (hereinafter “Investigator”) will be responsible for handling all complaints alleging bullying or harassment. 

The investigation may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Interviews with the Complainant and the individual named in the complaint (“Respondent”)
  • A request for the Complainant to provide a written statement regarding the nature of the complaint;
  • A request for the Respondent to provide a written statement;
  • Interviews with witnesses identified during the course of the investigation;
  • A request for witnesses identified during the course of the investigation to provide a written statement; and
  • Review and collection of documentation or information deemed relevant to the investigation.

The Investigator shall consider the totality of circumstances presented in determining whether conduct objectively constitutes bullying or harassment as defined in Board policy.  Upon completion of the investigation, the Investigator shall issue a report with respect to the findings, and provide a copy of the report to the appropriate building principal or Superintendent if the investigation involved the building principal

The complaint and identity of the Complainant, Respondent, or witnesses will only be disclosed as reasonably necessary in connection with the investigation or as required by law or policy.  Similarly, evidence uncovered in the investigation shall be kept confidential to the extent reasonably possible.

Additional suggestions for administrative procedures regarding this policy include:

  • Organizing training programs for students, school employees, and volunteers regarding how to recognize bullying and harassing behavior and what to do if this behavior is witnessed; and
  • Developing a process for evaluating the effectiveness of this policy in reducing bullying and harassing behavior.

 

Decision

The investigator, building principal or superintendent, depending on the individuals involved, shall inform the Complainant and the accused about the outcome of the investigation.  If, after an investigation, a student is found to be in violation of the policy, the student shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include suspension and expulsion.  If after an investigation a school employee is found to be in violation of this policy, the employee shall be disciplined by appropriate measures, which may include termination.  If after an investigation a school volunteer is found to be in violation of this policy, the volunteer shall be subject to appropriate measures, which may include exclusion from school grounds.

Individuals who knowingly file false bullying and/or harassment complaints and any person who gives false statements in an investigation may be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall any person who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy.  Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.  Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, termination of employment.  Any school volunteer found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school grounds. 

 

NOTE: School districts must include a number of requirements in the district anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy. This regulation builds on the requirements addressed in IASB sample policy 104 by more specifically detailing sample investigation procedures. Districts should ensure that the district’s practice is reflective of the policy and regulations that the district’s leadership team has established. Please remember that the procedures outlined here should be consistent with the policy.

NOTE: Some conduct that falls under a school’s anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal and state antidiscrimination laws. By limiting the response to a specific application of its anti-bullying/anti-harassment disciplinary policy and the accompanying procedures, a school may fail to properly consider whether the alleged conduct also results in discriminatory bullying and/or harassment.

 

 

Approved/Revision
October 2007
July 2009
July 2012
July 2015
December 2016
October 2018
February 2020

 

 

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