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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation                     Alleged Abuse of Students by                        Identification and Education of
Act of 1973                                           School Employees                                    Homeless Children and Youths
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973         It is the policy of KCSD that employees not         Definition of Homeless Child or Youth:
prohibits discrimination against persons with         commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, in-
a disability in any program receiving federal         cluding inappropriate and intentional sexual        1. A child or youth who is sharing the hous-
financial assistance. In order to fulfill obliga-     behavior toward students. Any school em-
tions under Section 504, the Knoxville Com-                                                                  ing of other persons due to loss of hous-
                                                      ployee who commits such acts is subject to
munity School District (KCSD) has the respon-         disciplinary sanctions. Allegations of abuse           ing, economic hardship, or a similar rea-
sibility to avoid discrimination in policies and      of students by school employees should be              son; is living in a motel, hotel, trailer
practices regarding its personnel and students.       brought to the attention of Kevin Crawford             park, or camping grounds due to the lack
No discrimination against any person with a           or Joe Ferguson, Level 1 Investigators for             of alternative adequate accommodations;
disability should knowingly be permitted in any       the district, (641) 842-2173; or to Linda              is living in an emergency or transitional
of the programs and practices of the school sys-      Abbott, Alternate Investigator, at (641) 842-          shelter; is abandoned in a hospital; or is
tem.                                                  6528.                                                  awaiting foster care placement;
The KCSD has the responsibilities under Sec-          Notice of Accessibility                             2. A child or youth who has a primary night-
tion 504, which include the obligations to iden-
tify, evaluate and, if the student is determined                                                             time residence that is a public or private
                                                      The Knoxville Community School District
to be eligible under Section 504, to afford ac-       will take steps as are necessary to ensure             place not designed for or ordinarily used
cess to appropriate educational services.             that no qualified handicapped person is de-            as a regular sleeping accommodation for
                                                      nied the benefits of, excluded from partici-           human beings;
If the parent or guardian disagrees with the de-      pation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimi-
termination made by the professional staff of         nation because of inaccessibility of educa-         3. A child or youth who is living in a car,
the school district, he/she has a right to a hear-    tional programs and activities operated by             park, public space, abandoned building,
ing with an impartial hearing officer.                the Knoxville Community School District.               substandard housing, bus or train station,
                                                      To obtain information as to the existence              or similar setting; or
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act         and location of services, activities, and fa-
(FERPA) also specifies rights related to educa-       cilities that are accessible to handicapped
tional records. This Act gives the parent or                                                              4. A migratory child or youth who qualifies
                                                      persons, interested persons should contact
guardian the right to: 1) inspect and review          Dr. Randy A. Flack, Superintendent; Knox-              as homeless because the child or youth is
his/her child's educational records; 2) make          ville Comm. School District, 309 W. Main,              living in circumstances described in para-
copies of these records; 3) receive a list of the     Knoxville, IA 50138, (641) 842-6552.                   graphs "1" through "3" above.
individuals having access to those records; 4)
ask for an explanation of any item in the             Asbestos Notice                                     Cheryl McCaskey, Knoxville High School
records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report                                                            Counselor, is the district's liaison for home-
on the grounds that it is inaccurate, mislead-        With regard to the requirement of the As-           less children and youth. She can be reached
ing, or violates the child's rights; and 6) a hear-   bestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, a             at (641) 842-2174.
ing on the issue if the school refuses to make        copy of the Asbestos Management Plan for
the amendment.                                        each school building is available for review
                                                      in each school's office of the principal of         Non-Discrimination Policy
If there are questions, please contact the build-     each respective facility. A complete set of
ing administrator or Brian McNeill, Section           management plans is available for review            The Knoxville School District does not dis-
504 Contact Person for the Knoxville Commu-           in the district's administrative office at 309      criminate on the basis of race, color, age
nity School District at 842-3315.                     W. Main St., Knoxville, Iowa.
                                                                                                          (except students), socioeconomic status (ex-
Harassment                                                                                                cept students), religion, creed, national ori-
                                                      Family Rights and Privacy Act
                                                                                                          gin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation,
Harassment of students and/or employees of the        Directory Information: In compliance with           gender identity, disability, physical at-
Knoxville School District will not be tolerated.      the "Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974"         tributes, physical or mental ability, ances-
The Knoxville School District includes school         parents and students should be aware that           try, political party preference and political
district facilities, premises, and non-school         the following information may be released           belief in admission or access to, or treatment
property if the employee or student is at any         in regard to any individual student of the          in, its hiring and employment practices. Any
school-sponsored, school-approved, or school-                                                             person having inquiries concerning the
related activity or function, such as field trips     Knoxville Community School District as nec-
                                                      essary or desirability arises: Name, address,       school district's compliance with the regu-
or athletic events where students are under the
control of the school district or where the em-       telephone listing, date and place of birth,         lations implementing Title VI, Title VII,
ployee is engaged in school business.                 major field of study, participation in officially   Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act
                                                      recognized activities and sports, weight and        (ADA), or Iowa Code 280.3 is directed to
Harassment includes, but is not limited to ra-        height of members of athletic teams, date of        contact:
cial, religious, national origin, age, disability,    attendance, degrees and awards received, and
and sexual harassment. Harassment by board            the most recent previous school or institu-         Dr. Randy A. Flack, Superintendent
members, administrators, employees, parents,          tion attended by the student.                       Knoxville Schools
students, vendors, and others doing business                                                              309 W. Main St.
with the school district is prohibited.                                                                   Knoxville, IA 50138
                                                      Any student, parent, or guardian not want-
                                                      ing this information released to the public,        (641) 842-6552
Employees and/or students who believe they
have suffered harassment shall report such mat-       must make objection in writing to the prin-
ters to the building principal or counselor who       cipal in charge of the school which the stu-        Or contact the director of the Region VII
will refer the complaint(s) to the district's in-     dent is attending at the time of registration.      Office of Civil Rights
vestigative officer (Mike Montgomery, East El-                                                            Department of Education
ementary, 842-6542) or alternate investigative                                                            Kansas City, MO
officer (Linda Abbott, Northstar, 842-6528).