EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Policy Code: 4001
The board affirms the principle that every student -- regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, cultural or economic background, or disability -- should be given an equal educational opportunity for educational development. Further, no student, on the basis of sex, marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood, will be excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity conducted by the district. The school district will treat its students without discrimination in regard to course offerings, athletics, counseling, employment assistance and extracurricular activities.
Any student, parent or guardian who feels that this policy has been misinterpreted, misapplied or violated may file a grievance in accordance with board policy 1740-4010, Student and Parent Grievance Procedure.
The superintendent will develop appropriate procedures to ensure that public education is provided to each qualified student with disabilities in accordance with 34 C.F.R. pt. 104, subpart D.
Married or Pregnant Students
The marriage or pregnancy of a student will not affect his/her right to receive a public education, privileges and responsibilities as a student, or opportunities in any extracurricular activities or honors offered by the school.
The following safeguards will be followed in addressing educational opportunities for pregnant students:
- Upon receiving notification that a student is pregnant, school officials will assess on an individual basis the need for changes in a student’s program. Any decision by school officials to modify the student’s program will be made only after consultation with the student, parent or guardian and medical consultant, as appropriate.
- The school will make appropriate referrals for services to community agencies when determined to be beneficial for the student or as requested by the student.
- The educational program will meet the standards required by the law and rules related to the classification of pregnant students as children with special needs.
- When it is deemed advisable for the student to discontinue regular classes, the school counselor will assist the student in arranging any special education and related services for which the student qualifies in order to continue the student’s chosen course of study.
- Any services available to a student who is temporarily disabled for any medical and/or physical reason will be available on an equal basis to a pregnant student during any period of temporary disability.
- Unless otherwise requested by the student, no student will be excluded from any class or extracurricular activity on the basis of the student’s pregnancy, child birth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery there from, as long as such participation is physically advisable, as determined by the student, medical consultant, parent/guardian and school officials.
- When possible and when necessary to allow a student access to educational opportunities, reasonable accommodations will be made to accommodate a student’s pregnancy.
Legal References: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 100; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 706(8), 794, 34 C.F.R. pt. 104; The Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12134, 28 C.F.R. pt. 35; G.S. 115C-1, -106(a), -109, -111, -367
Adopted: June 17, 1997
Revised: August 28, 2006