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Notice of Non-Discrimination

USD 262 does not discriminate on the base of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Assistant Superintendent of Schools
USD 262
143 S. Meridian Ave
Valley Center, KS 67147
(316) 755-7000



Title I

July 19, 2022

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires parents be informed when their child attends a Title I school.

This letter is to inform you that four district schools, Valley Center Intermediate, Abilene Elementary, West Elementary, and Wheatland Elementary all are School-Wide Title I schools for the 2022-2023 school year.

Each of these schools receives federal funds from the Title I program. The funds provide additional support to students in qualifying schools. As a requirement of receiving these funds, each year the district must provide parents with information on their rights. These rights include:

  1. Parents may request the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers.
  2. Parents may ask if their child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
  3. Information on the level of achievement of their child in each state academic assessment.
  4. Timely notice if their child has been taught by for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
  5. Information regarding annual progress of your child’s school.

State assessment results show our Title I buildings have students who work at or above the state averages in both math and reading.  We use this data, along with data from local assessments, to target Title I resources proportionally to the areas that most need assistance.

We encourage you to participate in your child’s learning by becoming actively involved at his/her school. Please contact the school to find ways you can become involved.

Sincerely,

Adelyn Soellner
Executive Director of Academic Affairs

USD 262 Valley Center Public Schools


Title IX


Coordinator: Adelyn Soellner,
Executive Director of Academic Affairs
[email protected]
316.755.7000


USD 262 does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates, as is required by Title IX. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the district’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, or both.  

Complaints regarding alleged discrimination on the basis of sex, as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other federal and state laws regulating such discrimination and discriminatory harassment, shall be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in board policies GAAC and JGEC and shall be directed to the Title IX Coordinator.

Training
Training for Title IX Coordinators
Title IX Training
Title IX Overview

USD 262 Formal Complaint Procedures

No investigation of alleged sexual harassment may occur until after a formal complaint has been filed. A formal complaint is a document filed by the complainant or signed by
the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment and requesting an investigation. 

The procedures for filing a formal complaint are as follows:
• At the time of filing a formal complaint, a complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the district concerning which the formal complaint is filed.
• A formal complaint should be filed in writing and contain the name and address of the person filing the complaint. The complaint should briefly describe the alleged violation. Filing of the complaint with the Title IX Coordinator may be done in person, b y mail, or by email. If an individual does not wish to file a written complaint, and the matter has not been adequately resolved, the Title IX Coordinator may initiate the complaint. Forms for filing written complaints are available in each school building office and the central office.
• A complaint should be filed as soon as possible after the conduct occurs, but not later than 180 calendar days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation, unless the conduct forming the basis for the complaint is ongoing.

Any employee who witnesses an act of sexual harassment or receives a complaint of harassment from another employee or a student shall report the complaint to their immediate supervisor, building administrator, or Title IX Coordinator. 

Complaints received will be investigated to determine whether, under the totality of the circumstances, the alleged behavior constitutes sexual harassment under the definition outlined above. Unacceptable conduct may or may not constitute sexual harassment, depending on the nature of the conduct and its severity, pervasiveness, and persistence. Behaviors which are
unacceptable but do not constitute harassment may also result in employee discipline.



Public School Works Staff Training Information 

The Public School Works Parent InfoCenter provides a comprehensive look at the training that our district staff undergoes to be knowledgeable and compliant with district, state, and federal guidelines. At this time we do not provide student training through Public School Works, but accessing the staff training resources will provide you with information about them. Click here to explore the information available to you through our online Parent InfoCenter.

(Not all of the courses listed are included in the training provided to USD 262 staff).