Non-Discrimination Statement and Tobacco-Free Policy

Non-Discrimination Statement and Tobacco-Free Policy

Non-Discrimination Statement

The School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, transgender status, or gender identity), disability (including HIV, AIDS, or sickle cell trait), pregnancy, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), ancestry, genetic information, which are classes protected by State and/or Federal law (collectively, “protected classes”) in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.

It is the legal obligation and the policy of the Board to employ only those persons who are best qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations.

The Superintendent shall appoint a compliance officer whose responsibility it will be to require that Federal and State regulations are complied with and that any inquires or complaints are dealt with promptly in accordance with law. S/He shall also require that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II, Title VI, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act will be provided to staff members and the general public. Any sections of the District’s collectively-bargained negotiated agreements dealing with hiring and promotion will contain a statement of nondiscrimination similar to that in the Board’s statement above.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Use of all Tobacco Products is prohibited in/on all school board owned or leased property, including, but not limited to, all interior and exterior parts of schools, administration buildings, ancillary facilities, work sites, athletic fields and facilities, and vehicles, as well as at any event sponsored by schools or the District. Violation of this policy will subject employees to appropriate discipline. Any non-employee who has been given notice of this policy by a school official and fails to comply will be asked to leave the premises. Any person who is asked to leave the premises and refuses or who leaves but returns without permission shall be deemed a trespasser and shall be subject to arrest. “Tobacco Products” includes, but is not limited to, real or electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or blunts; rolling/loose tobacco; smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco, dip, or snuff; or any other substance containing tobacco, or product simulating the use or effects of tobacco.

Definition: For the purpose of this rule, the terms person and individual include, but are not limited to all students, employees and volunteers.

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