7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities

Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, immigration status, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy.  Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under School Board policy 8:020, Community Use of School Facilities.  Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.

Sex Equity

No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the Board’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8).

Administrative Implementation

The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator, who also serves as the District’s Title IX Coordinator. The Superintendent and Building Principal shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy and related grievance procedures.

Cross Reference: 

2:260 Uniform Grievance Procedure

2:265 Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure

7:020 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:050 School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

7:060 Residence

7:130 Student Rights and Responsibilities

7:160 Student Appearance

7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment

7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited

7:250 Student Support Services

7:330 Student Use of Buildings – Equal Access

7:340 Student Records

8:020 Community Use of School Facilities

Legal Reference(s): 

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

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

Good News Club v. Milford Central Sch., 533 U.S. 98 (2001).

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

775 ILCS 35/5, Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Ill. Constitution, Art. I, §18.

Good News Club v. Milford Central School, 121 S.Ct. 2093 (2001).

105 ILCS 5/3.25b, 53.25d(b), 10-20.12, 5/10-20.12, 5/10-20.60 (P.A.s 100-29 and 100-163, final citations pending) 5/10-22.5, and 5/27-1.

775 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq., Illinois Human Rights Act.

23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.240 and Part 200.

Date Adopted: January 26. 2020

Dates Amended:  October 6, 2015; September 22, 2020