Harassment And Discrimination Reporting

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) aims to foster school environments where every student is valued and respected, protected from harassment and discrimination, and has equal access to learning opportunities. The OEO will appropriately respond to complaints of racial and other harassment and discrimination. 

Every student in Davis School District will feel safe socially and emotionally, respected, and valued; have a sense of belonging; and be empowered to achieve academic excellence in their various learning environments. OEO will collaborate with parents, staff, students, and community stakeholders to create and maintain a district free from racial and other harassment and discrimination. 

You can report an incident of harassment or discrimination here.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Davis School District and Bountiful Junior High School are committed to creating an environment free from harassment and discrimination, including addressing and correcting incidents of harassment and discrimination when they occur, ensuring that discipline is free from discrimination, and ensuring nondiscriminatory access to student groups.  Students and employees may not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Policy 11IR-100 prohibits harassment and discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability (“Protected Class”). 

Complaints of harassment or discrimination against students on the basis of a Protected Class should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity. 

Darrin Nash, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity 
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah   84025
tel: (801) 402-8701

dnash@dsdmail.net

Further information regarding student-on-student or staff-on-student harassment will be provided in a separate Notice of Non-Discrimination.

Employee requests for accommodations or complaints of harassment or discrimination against an employee should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at:

Steven Baker, Associate Director Human Resources
ADA (Employment Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah   84025
tel: (801) 402-5315
sbaker@dsdmail.net

Information regarding accommodations for disabilities should be directed to:

Midori Clough, District 504 Coordinator
Section 504 (Student Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
Freeport Center West Building F3

Clearfield, UT 84015

tel: (801) 402-5180
mclough@dsdmail.net

 

Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in athletic programs may be directed to:

Tim Best, Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator
Title IX Athletic Compliance Coordinator
Sex Based Discrimination in Athletic Programs
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah   84025
tel: (801) 402-7850
tbest@dsdmail.net

Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of a disability in access to facilities may be directed to:

Rich Swanson, Director of Risk Management
Physical Facilities Compliance Coordinator
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah   84025
tel: (801) 402-5307
rswanson@dsdmail.net

 

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Davis School District and Bountiful Junior High School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Students, parents, or employees needing accommodation should contact their school ADA/504 Coordinator Justin Brooks and or Jasey Fatongia at 801-402-6000 , their principal or supervisor, or you may contact the District ADA Coordinator, Steve Baker (402-5315), for parent or employee accommodations; or Section 504 Coordinator, Midori Clough (402-5180) for student accommodations.

SAFE & ORDERLY SCHOOLS

It is the policy of the Davis School District and Bountiful Junior High School to promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students and employees.  Criminal acts or disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and any individual who engages in such activity will be subject to school disciplinary action as determined by school administrators, or District disciplinary action as determined by the District Case Management Team. Criminal acts that are a class B misdemeanor or above (including but not limited to drug possession or physical assault) may also be referred to law enforcement.  In determining appropriate discipline, school officials will consider the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the offense, as well as the individual’s age, disability status, intent, academic status, and prior disciplinary records.

WEAPONS AND EXPLOSIVES – UP TO ONE YEAR EXPULSION (Utah Code 53G-8-205)

Any student who in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, possesses, controls, sales, arranges for the sale of, uses or threatens use of a real weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, or actually uses or threatens to use a look-alike or pretend weapon with the intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, shall be expelled from all District schools, programs, and activities for a period of not less than one calendar year; unless the District Case Management Team determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a lesser consequence would be more appropriate.  The terms “weapon,” “explosive,” and “noxious or flammable material” includes but are not limited to: guns, starter pistols, cap guns, knives, martial arts accessories, bombs, bullets and ammunition, fireworks, gasoline, or other flammable liquids, matches, and lighters. 

DRUGS/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

Any student, who possesses, controls, uses, distributes, sells, or arranges the sale of an illegal drug or controlled substance (which includes alcohol, tobacco in any form, and electronic cigarettes, or electronic cigarette substance or product), an imitation controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, tested for drugs, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted.

SAFE SCHOOL VIOLATIONS

Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for committing any of the following school-related serious violations: 1) threatening or causing harm to the school, school property, or person associated with the school, or property associated with that person, regardless of where the conduct occurs; 2) committing any criminal act, including but not limited to: assault, hazing, rape, trespass, arson, theft, vandalism, possession or use of pornographic materials on school property; 3) engaging in any gang activity, including but not limited to flashing gang signs, displaying or spraying gang graffiti, wearing or displaying gang related clothing or apparel, or soliciting others for membership in a gang.

DISRUPTION OF SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled for any conduct that creates an unreasonable and substantial disruption or risk of disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of the school, including but not limited to frequent, flagrant, or willful disobedience; defiance of school authority; criminal activity; fighting; noncompliance with school dress code; possession of contraband (i.e., drug paraphernalia, pornography, mace, pepper spray, laser pen, chains, needles, razor blades, bats and clubs); or the use of foul, profane, vulgar, harassing or abusive language. Conduct that is a class B misdemeanor may also be referred to law enforcement.  Conduct which is a class C misdemeanor, an infraction, a status offense on school property, or an offense that is truancy may not be referred to law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney unless a student refuses to participate in alternative restorative interventions offered at the time of the infraction, or the student has committed the same offense on two prior occasions and has been referred to alternative restorative interventions in each prior case. 

NONDISCRIMINATION IN DISCIPLINE

The District will ensure that students are not discriminated against in the administration of discipline, including the duration and type of consequence, and in referrals to law enforcement.

DUE PROCESS

When a student is suspected of violating Bountiful Junior High School or District policy the school administrator must meet with and inform him/her of the allegations and provide the student the opportunity to give his/her version of the incident.  If the school administrator determines sufficient evidence exists to impose discipline the school administrator shall notify the parent that 1) this student has been suspended; 2) grounds for the suspension; 3) the period of time for which the student is suspended; and 4) the time and place for the parent to meet a designated school official to review the suspension.

AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND OR EXPEL

The school administration has the authority to suspend a student for up to ten school days per incident.  If the school administrator desires or contemplates suspending for longer than ten school days or expelling a student, the school administrator shall make a referral to the District’s Case Management Team. School administration should also seek advice from the District’s Case Management Team when suspension mandate completion delays the typical process of returning a student to the school environment in a timely manner.

BULLYING/CYBER-BULLYING/HAZING/RETALIATION/ABUSIVE CONDUCT

A student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any written, physical, or verbal aggression, intimidation, discrimination, or abusive conduct of any school employee or student at school or a school-related activities regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation.

District policy may be found at 5S-100 Conduct and Discipline.  Bountiful Junior High School policy may be found at https://bountifuljr.davis.k12.ut.us/ or a copy may be obtained in the school office.  For incidents of harassment (unwelcome conduct based on a protected class) and discrimination, please refer to 11IR-100.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

School officials have the authority to search a student’s person, personal property, or vehicle while located on school property or at a school sponsored activity, when they have reasonable grounds to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a particular law or school rule.

School Lockers, desks, or other storage areas are the sole property of the Davis School District and Bountiful Junior High School.  Periodic general inspections of school lockers may be conducted by school authorities randomly without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. Searches will be conducted in such a way as to be short in duration and not disrupt educational activities.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The District will ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in, create, and maintain student groups without regard to their race, sex, disability, or other protected classification.

However, students who are suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled, may lose the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, student government, student clubs, graduation ceremonies, and other extracurricular activities, during the period of discipline and will not be afforded separate due process procedures to challenge the denial of participation in an extracurricular activity.

COMPULSORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

A parent having custody over a school-age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or established private school during the school year in the district in which the minor resides.  The process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation and study. Parents are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

Student Education Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records.  FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their student’s education records.  These rights are:

1.       Inspect and review all their student’s education records maintained by the school within 45 days of a request for access.

2.       Request that a school correct education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

3.       Provide consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PPI) from a student’s record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  Such exceptions include, but are not limited to:
[a]  school officials with legitimate educational interests;
[b]  other schools to which a student is transferring;
[c]   individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas;
[d]  individuals who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies;
[e]  official in the juvenile justice system to improve education outcomes;
[f]   a State agency or organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student, including the responsibility to investigate a report of educational neglect;
[g]  specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; or
[h]  organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the District.

A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving as a volunteer; a person serving on the District School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or to whom the District has outsourced institutional services or functions. 
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Student Directory Information
Directory Information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be released at the discretion of school officials, without consent, for appropriate reasons such as, school publications, newspaper articles, and to outside education related organizations.  In addition, two federal laws require secondary schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of their students.
The Davis School District has designated the following information as directory information:
1) student’s name, address, and telephone number; 2) student’s date and place of birth; 3)  grade level and enrollment status; 4) student’s District email address; 5) student’s ID number that is displayed on a student ID badge; 6) parent email address; 7) participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 8) weight and height of members of athletic teams; 9) dates of attendance; 10) degrees, honors, and awards received; 11) most recent educational institution attended by the student; 12) student’s digital image.


The following shall be considered limited use directory information that may be disclosed only to other students enrolled in the same course (regardless of whether such students are enrolled in the same class section) that has been audio or video recorded by the District, for instructional and educational purposes only: 1) name to the extent it is referenced or captured during the audio or video recordings; 2) any photograph or image of the student captured during the audio or video recording; 3) any audio or video recording of the student participating in the course; and 4) any online chats or other recorded communications among participants in the course captured during the audio or video recording.

To protect the privacy of other students, parents/students are not permitted to make their own recordings of class sessions or to share or distribute District recordings of class sessions.

If you, as a parent do not want Bountiful Junior High School to disclose limited directory information of your child without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing annually.

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:

Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-5920
 (202) 260-3887

Informal inquiries may be sent to FPCO via the following email address: FERPA@ED.Gov

For additional information please visit the SPPO website at the following address: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/

Complaints should be reported as soon as possible, but not later than 180 days from the date you learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation.

RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the use of surveys or other school activities which may involve the collection or use of protected information. 
These include the right to:

Consent before students are required to participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information, whether personally identifiable or not, concerning the student’s or any family member’s:
[a]          political affiliations or beliefs;
[b]         mental or psychological problems;
[c]          sexual behavior, orientation, or attitudes
[d]         illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
[e]         critical appraisals of others with whom the student or family have close family relationships;
[f]          legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
[g]          religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; or
[h]         income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students regarding any of the protected information areas.
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of:
[a]         protected information surveys designed to be administered to students; and
[b]         instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

Davis School District has policies in place to protect student privacy as required by both State and Federal law. Bountiful Junior High School will directly notify you of the specific or approximate dates of activities which involve the collection or use of protected information and provide an opportunity to opt your student out of participating in such activities.

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:

Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-5920
 (202) 260-3887

Informal inquiries may be sent to FPCO via the following email address:  PPRA@ED.Gov

For additional information please visit the SPPO website at the following address: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag shall be recited by students at the beginning of each school day in each public school classroom in the State, led by a student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis.  Participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory.

RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In compliance with existing federal and State law regarding religion and religious expression in public schools, the District or school may neither advance nor inhibit religion.  It is the District’s policy to: 1) allow students and employees to engage in expression of personal religious views or beliefs within the parameters of current law; and 2) maintain the schools’ official neutrality regarding sectarian religious issues according to the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.


 

PARENTAL RIGHTS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

The Davis School District and Bountiful Junior High School shall reasonably accommodate ** a parent’s:

·       Written request to retain a student in kindergarten through grade 8 on grade level based on the student’s academic ability or the student’s social, emotional, or physical maturity.

·       Written request, prior to scheduled event, to excuse the student from attendance for a family event or a scheduled proactive visit to a health care provider. (Student agrees to make up course work for school days missed for the scheduled absence).

·       Written request to place a student in a specialized class, a specialized program, or an advance course. (In determining whether placement is reasonable, the District shall consider multiple academic data points).

·       Request to excuse the student from taking an assessment that is federally mandated, is mandated by the state, or requires the use of a state assessment system or software that is provided or paid for by the state.

·       Initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher.

·       Request to visit and observe any class the student attends.

·       Request to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if unable to attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference.

Each accommodation shall be considered on an individual basis and no student shall be considered to a greater or a greater or lesser degree than any other student.

**Reasonably accommodate for purposes of this section means the District or school shall make its best effort to enable a parent to exercise a parental right specified here without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation of expenditures; while balancing: the parental rights of parents; the educational needs of other students; the academic and behaviorally impact to a classroom; a teacher’s workload; and the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.

The parental rights specified here do not include all the rights or accommodations available to parents from the public education system.

MEAL CHARGES IN SCHOOLS

The purpose of these procedures is to establish consistent meal charging and collection procedures districtwide.  The District’s goals are:

·       To maintain a positive experience for students during meal service.

·       To treat all students with dignity and respect.

·       To establish practices which are age appropriate.

·       To minimize meal charges and encourage parents to pre-pay for all meals.

·       To promote parents’ responsibility for meal payment and self-responsibility of the student.

Meal Accounts:  Payment in advance for meals enables the District to achieve these goals.  Personal checks and cash deposits are accepted daily at the schools.  For convenience, deposits may also be made by credit/debit card through a parent’s myDSD account.

Emergency Meal Service: The Board of Education acknowledges that on occasion, students may forget or lose meal money.  In such cases, the student’s statement of need shall be accepted, and a meal will be made available.  School lunch employees shall not, withhold a meal, provide an alternate meal, pull a student from the line, ask the student to call his parent or friend, stamp the student’s hand, or otherwise call attention to the student who has forgotten or lost meal money.  A school lunch employee may remind a student attending a secondary school that his account is in the negative.  The cost of the unpaid meal will be charged to the student’s account.

Evaluate Individual Circumstances:  When a student repeatedly comes to school without a meal from home or money to participate in the school meal program, school administrators should consider if circumstances in the home warrant contacting social workers or Child Protective Services.  Frequent requests may indicate the family’s need for free- or reduced-price meals.  School administrators may work with the family to apply for school meal benefits. All meals eaten before a free- or reduced-price meal application is processed and approved are the responsibility of the parent and must be paid for.

Repayment for Meal Charges and Bad Checks:  Federal guidelines prohibit the Food and Nutrition operation from writing off bad debts as a result of charged meals.  Every effort will be made to collect for unpaid meals.  Unpaid meal charges may result in the following:

·       An automated telephone call to the parent.

·       An email sent to the parent.

·       A verbal reminder to student attending a secondary school.

·       School lunch manager contact parents by phone or notes in teacher mailboxes.

·       In case of significant delinquent payments, a letter will be sent home from the Food and Nutrition Department.

Parents are responsible to pay all their student’s meal charges.  All unpaid charges will be added to the list of any outstanding fees or unpaid fines at the end of the school year.  Uncollected meal charges shall be handled the same as other school debt.
 

Spanish Version of the NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION Document

AdminMemo312023-24-Spanish.docx