Title IX Coordinator: Kim Schilson, Superintendentschilson.firstname.lastname@example.org 600 Miller Street Carthage, IL 62321 Phone: 217-357-9607
1. Any student and/or parent having a grievance in relation to the District’s equal opportunity, non-discrimination, or harassment policies shall communicate such to the person directly responsible for such grievance within ten (10) days from the occurrence giving rise to the disagreement through the use of reasonable diligence. A meeting with the responsible party shall be convened within five (5) days of such communication.
2. If unresolved, the grievance shall be submitted, in writing, to the principal by the grieving party within ten (10) school days of the meeting identified in Step 1. A meeting with the principal shall then occur within five (5) school days of receipt of the written grievance. An investigation of the occurrence shall be made. A written response shall then be made to the grievance within ten (10) school days of such meeting.
3. If unresolved, the complaint shall be submitted, in writing, to the Non-Discrimination Coordinator/Superintendent within ten (10) school days of receipt of written response identified in Step 2. A meeting shall occur within five (5) school days of the receipt of the written grievance. Within five (5) school days of such meeting, a written response shall be made to the grieving party.
4. If the complaint is unresolved in Step 3, a written appeal may be taken to the Board of Education within ten (10) school days. The Board shall consider such grievance at their next regularly scheduled board meeting. A written response shall then be made to the grieving party within five (5) school days of such meeting.
If a complaint is unresolved at Level I, the grieving party may notify and address the issue with the Office of Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., or the appropriate court. If the grievance pertains to a disability or handicap, the grievant may also request an impartial due process hearing, which will be held in accordance with the guidelines and regulations established by the Illinois State Board of Education (see Special Education section of this Handbook).