Student Rights

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
The district shall provide an equal opportunity for all enrolled children to achieve their maximum potential through the programs offered in these schools regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, place of residence within the district, sexual preferences, social or economic condition or non-applicable handicap.

Enforcement or other district affirmative action policies contribute to this legally required equality of educational opportunity.

No pupil or staff member may harass any person this school in any way. Such harassment is a denial of equal educational opportunity.

Procedures shall be made available for pupils and/or parents/guardians to file grievance protesting alleged discriminatory or sexually (or other) harassing action. An immediate report of the allegation should he made to the affirmative action officer.

EQUITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ISSUES
The Camden City Board of Education has affirmed its policies prohibiting bias, harassment, discrimination, segregation and ensuring equality in educational programs. Discrimination, sexual harassment, or harassment of any kind are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated by the school district. Violators will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with Board policies and state and federal laws. Individuals wishing to report cases of discrimination and/or harassment are to contact either the school principal or the Superintendent of Schools/Affirmative Action Officer. Copies of the District's equity plan, policies, and grievance procedures are maintained in the office of the Affirmative Action Officer, Kimberlee Buell-Alvis, telephone (856) 966-2158.

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING
A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards; harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment; and since students team by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should he commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying.

"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" is defined as any gesture or written, verbal or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus and that:
  • A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, wilt have the effect of harming a pupil or damaging the pupil's property, or placing a pupil ix reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or:
  • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

    Depending on the circumstances, each of the following actions can be sexual harassment:

    • suggestive behavior.
    • sexual staring or leering.
    • sexual or smutty jokes.
    • sexual propositions, such as continual pestering for dates, phoning, or asking for sexual favors.
    • sexual or physical contact, such as touching, slapping, kissing or pinching.
    • sexual comments, insults or teasing.
    • sexually offensive gestures.
    • insensitive questions about sexual activity.
    • sexually explicit or offensive material that is displayed in a public place or put in the work area or personal belongings.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Any parent or pupil who has a grievance against a teacher, school policy, school rates, or regulations shall present the grievance in writing and proceed as follows:
  • Present the grievance to the building principal, who will arrange for a conference between the aggrieved person, the teacher, and an administrator, or a supervisor.
  • If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision at the first level, the grievant may present the grievance in writing to the Superintendent of Schools.
  • If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision of the Superintendent of Schools, the grievant may request a hearing with the Board of Education.
  • The Board of Education will meet with the aggrieved person and still answer the grievance in writing.