Section 2 - Board of Education

  • Policy 2:260
     
    Uniform Grievance Procedure

    A student, parent/guardian, employee, or community member should notify any District Complaint

    Manager if he or she believes that the School Board, its employees, or its agents have violated his or

    her rights guaranteed by the State or federal Constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy, or

    have a complaint regarding any one of the following:

    1. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

    2. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., excluding Title IX

    sexual harassment complaints governed by policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Grievance Procedure

    3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §791 et seq.

    4. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.

    5. Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C. §2000e

    et seq.

    6. Sexual harassment prohibited by the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/70-

    5(a); Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/; and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,

    42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq. (Title IX sexual harassment complaints are addressed under policy

    2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure)

    7. Breastfeeding accommodations for students, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.60

    8. Bullying, 105 ILCS 5/27-23.7

    9. Misuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities for educationally

    disadvantaged or deprived children

    10. Curriculum, instructional materials, and/or programs

    11. Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180/

    12. Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/

    13. Provision of services to homeless students

    14. Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/

    15. Misuse of genetic information prohibited by the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act, 410

    ILCS 513/; and Titles I and II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 42 U.S.C.

    §2000ff et seq.

    16. Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/

    The Complaint Manager will first attempt to resolve complaints without resorting to this grievance

    procedure. If a formal complaint is filed under this policy, the Complaint Manager will address the

    complaint promptly and equitably. A student and/or parent/guardian filing a complaint under this policy

    may forego any informal suggestions and/or attempts to resolve it and may proceed directly to this

    grievance procedure. The Complaint Manager will not require a student or parent/guardian complaining

    of any form of harassment to attempt to resolve allegations directly with the accused (or the accused’s

    parents/guardians); this includes mediation.

    UPDATED POLICY

    Right to Pursue Other Remedies Not Impaired

    The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed under this policy shall not

    be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies, e.g., criminal complaints, civil actions, etc. Use

    of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies and use of this grievance

    procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to the pursuit of other remedies. If a person is

    pursuing another remedy subject to a complaint under this policy, the District will continue with a

    simultaneous investigation under this policy.

    Deadlines

    All deadlines under this policy may be extended by the Complaint Manager as he or she deems

    appropriate. As used in this policy, school business days means days on which the District’s main office

    is open.

    Filing a Complaint

    A person (hereinafter Complainant) who wishes to avail him or herself of this grievance procedure may

    do so by filing a complaint with any District Complaint Manager. The Complainant shall not be required

    to file a complaint with a particular Complaint Manager and may request a Complaint Manager of the

    same gender. The Complaint Manager may request the Complainant to provide a written statement

    regarding the nature of the complaint or require a meeting with a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The

    Complaint Manager shall assist the Complainant as needed.

    For any complaint alleging bullying and/or cyberbullying of students, the Complaint Manager shall

    process and review the complaint according to Board policy 7:180, Prevention of and Response to

    Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment, in addition to any response required by this policy. For any

    complaint alleging sexual harassment or other violation of Board policy 5:20, Workplace Harassment

    Prohibited, the Complaint Manager shall process and review the complaint according to that policy, in

    addition to any response required by this policy.

    Investigation Process

    The Complaint Manager will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified person to undertake the

    investigation on his or her behalf. The Complaint Manager shall ensure both parties have an equal

    opportunity to present evidence during an investigation. If the Complainant is a student under 18 years

    of age, the Complaint Manager will notify his or her parents/guardians that they may attend any

    investigatory meetings in which their child is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainant

    will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law or this policy, (2) as necessary to fully investigate

    the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the Complainant.

    The identity of any student witnesses will not be disclosed except: (1) as required by law or any

    collective bargaining agreement, (2) as necessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized

    by the parent/guardian of the student witness, or by the student if the student is 18 years of age or older.

    The Complaint Manager will inform, at regular intervals, the person(s) filing a complaint under this

    policy about the status of the investigation. Within 30 school business days after the date the complaint

    was filed, the Complaint Manager shall file a written report of his or her findings with the

    Superintendent. The Complaint Manager may request an extension of time.

    The Superintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints.

    If a complaint contains allegations involving the Superintendent or Board member(s), the written report

    shall be filed directly with the Board, which will make a decision in accordance with paragraph four of

    the following section of this policy.

    Decision and Appeal

    Within five school business days after receiving the Complaint Manager’s report, the Superintendent

    shall mail his or her written decision to the Complainant and the accused by first class U.S. mail as well

    as to the Complaint Manager. All decisions shall be based upon the preponderance of evidence

    standard.

    Within 10 school business days after receiving the Superintendent’s decision, the Complainant or the

    accused may appeal the decision to the Board by making a written request to the Complaint Manager.

    The Complaint Manager shall promptly forward all materials relative to the complaint and appeal to

    the Board.

    Within 30 school business days, the Board shall affirm, reverse, or amend the Superintendent’s decision

    or direct the Superintendent to gather additional information. Within five school business days after the

    Board’s decision, the Superintendent shall inform the Complainant and the accused of the Board’s

    action.

    For complaints containing allegations involving the Superintendent or Board member(s), within 30

    school business days after receiving the Complaint Manager’s or outside investigator’s report, the

    Board shall mail its written decision to the Complainant and the accused by first class U.S. mail as well

    as to the Complaint Manager.

    This policy shall not be construed to create an independent right to a hearing before the Superintendent

    or Board. The failure to strictly follow the timelines in this grievance procedure shall not prejudice any

    party.

    Appointing a Nondiscrimination Coordinator and Complaint Managers

    The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator to manage the District’s efforts to

    provide equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities and prohibit the harassment of

    employees, students, and others. The Nondiscrimination Coordinator also serves as the District’s Title

    IX Coordinator.

    The Superintendent shall appoint at least one Complaint Manager to administer this policy. If possible,

    the Superintendent will appoint two Complaint Managers, one of each gender. The District’s

    Nondiscrimination Coordinator may be appointed as one of the Complaint Managers.

    The Superintendent shall insert into this policy and keep current the names, office addresses, email

    addresses, and telephone numbers of the Nondiscrimination Coordinator and the Complaint Managers.


    Nondiscrimination Coordinator:

    Name Address Telephone

    Mr. Jason Lind, Superintendent

    18550 Millburn Road
    Wadsworth, IL 60083

    847-245-2900

     

    Complaint Managers:
     
    Name Address Telephone
    Dr. Stephen Johns, Business Manager

    18550 Millburn Road
    Wadsworth, IL 60083

    847-245-2920
    Ms. Kari Gedville, Administrator 18550 Millburn Road
    Wadsworth, IL 60083
    847-245-2910

     


    LEGAL REF.: Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §621 et seq.

    Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.

    Equal Employment Opportunities Act (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), 42 U.S.C.

    §2000e et seq.

    Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. §206(d).

    Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000ff et seq.

    Immigration Reform and Control Act, 8 U.S.C. §1324a et seq.

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §11431 et seq.

    Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §791 et seq.

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.

    Title IX of the Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.; 34 C.F.R. Part 106

    State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/70-5(a).

    105 ILCS 5/2-3.8, 5/3-10, 5/10-20.7a, 5/10-20.60, 5/10-22.5, 5/22-19, 5/24-4, 5/27-

    1, 5/27-23.7, and 45/1-15.

    Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act, 410 ILCS 513/.

    Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174/.

    Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/.

    Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, 820 ILCS 180/, 56 Ill.Admin.Code Part

    280.

    Equal Pay Act of 2003, 820 ILCS 112/.

    Employee Credit Privacy Act, 820 ILCS 70/.

    23 Ill.Admin.Code §§1.240 and 200.40.

    CROSS REF.: 2:105 (Ethics and Gift Ban), 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance

    Procedure), 5:10 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Minority Recruitment),

    5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 5:30 (Hiring Process and Criteria),

    5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting), 6:120 (Education of Children

    with Disabilities), 6:140 (Education of Homeless Children), 6:170 (Title I

    Programs), 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and

    Programs), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:15 (Student and Family

    Privacy Rights), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited), 7:180 (Prevention of

    and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:185 (Teen Dating

    Violence Prohibited), 7:310 (Restrictions on Publications; Elementary Schools),

    7:315 (Restrictions on Publications; High Schools), 8:70 (Accommodating

    Individuals with Disabilities), 8:95 (Parental Involvement), 8:110 (Public

    Suggestions and Concerns)

     

    Adopted: November 30, 2020