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Policy Date: 05/06/2022

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CSD File: AC
CANDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT
NON-DISCRIMINATION

The Candia School District in accordance with the requirements of federal and state laws, and of regulations which implement those laws declares that the school district shall not discriminate in its education programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender identity, creed, marital, familial or economic status, physical or mental disability or disability under the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the IDEA of 1990, or any other classes protected under RSA 354-A. Any person having inquiries concerning the school district’s compliance with the regulations implementing these laws may contact the office of the Superintendent of Schools.

The person designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies for the Candia School District is:
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Candia School District
SAU #15
90 Farmer Road
Hooksett, NH
03106-2125
(603) 622-3731

Inquiries regarding the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 33 Arch Street, Ninth Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

Complaint and Reporting Procedures.
Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against, harassed, or bullied in violation of this policy by any student, employee, or other person under the supervision and control of the school system, or any third person who knows or suspects conduct that may constitute discrimination, harassment, or bullying, should contact the District Human Rights Officer, or otherwise as provided in the policies referenced below under this same heading.

Any employee who has witnessed, or who has reliable information that another person may have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or bullying in violation of this policy has a duty to report such conduct to his/her immediate supervisor, the District Human Rights Officer, or as provided in one of the policies or administrative procedures referenced below under this same heading. Additionally, employees who observe an incident of harassment or bullying are expected to intervene to stop the conduct in situations in which they have supervisory control over the perpetrator and it is safe to do so. If an employee knows of an incident involving discrimination, harassment, or bullying and the employee fails to report the conduct or take proper action or knowingly provides false information in regard to the incident, the employee will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal.

Investigations and resolution of any complaints shall be according to the policies listed below and related administrative procedures or regulations. Complaints or reports regarding matters not covered in one or the other of those policies should be made to the District Human Rights Officer.
1. Reports or complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence by employees or third party contractors should be made under Board policy GBAA.
2. Reports or complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence by students should be made under Board policy JBAA.
3. Reports or complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability should be made under Board policy AC, except for complaints regarding facilities accessibility by disabled non-students or employees, which should be made under Board policy KED; and
4. Reports or complaints of bullying or other harassment of pupils should be made under Board policy JICK.

Alternative Complaint Procedures and Legal Remedies.
At any time, whether or not an individual files a complaint or report under this Policy, an individual may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), of the United States Department of Education, or with the New Hampshire Commissioner for Human Rights.
1. Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921; Telephone number: (617) 289-0111; Fax number: (617) 2890150; Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov Note: Complaints to OCR must be filed in writing no later than 180 days after the alleged act(s) of discrimination. OCR may waive its 180 day time limit based on OCR policies and procedures.
2. New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, 2 Industrial Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301; Telephone number: (603) 271-2767; Email: humanrights@nh.gov

Notwithstanding any other remedy, any person may contact the police or pursue a criminal prosecution under state or federal criminal law.

Retaliation Prohibited. No reprisals or retaliation of any kind will be taken by the Board or by any District employee against the complainant or other individual on account of his or her filing a complaint or report or participating in an investigation of a complaint or report filed and decided pursuant to this policy, unless that person knew the complaint or report was false or knowingly provided false information.

Staff Assigned Roles
Human Rights Officer-Human Resource Director
Title IX Coordinator-Assistant Superintendent
504 Coordinator-School Counselor

This policy will be reviewed every two years.

Legal Reference: RSA 354-A:7, Unlawful Discrimination Practices R
SA 354-A:6, Opportunity for Employment without Discrimination a Civil Right

Adopted: November 8, 1989
Revised: September 10, 1992
Re-Adopted: June 8, 1999
Revised: March 16, 2001
Re-Adopted: June 2, 2005
Revised: January 3, 2019
Revised: November 7, 2019
Revised: June 4, 2020
Reviewed: June 3, 2021, May 6, 2022