Multicultural and Gender Fair Education Opportunity

Educational Philosophy
Series 100

Code No. 102

Policy Title: Equal Educational Opportunity

The board will not discriminate in its educational activities on the basis of: age, color, creed national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or
mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status.

The board requires all persons, agencies, vendors, contractors and other persons and organizations doing business with or performing services for the school district to subscribe to all applicable federal and state
laws, executive orders, rules and regulations pertaining to contract compliance and equal opportunity.

The board is committed to the policy that no otherwise qualified person will be excluded from the educational activities on the basis of age, color, creed national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status or familial status. Further, the board affirms the right of all students and staff to be treated with respect and to be protected from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and harassment.

Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to equal educational opportunities includes comments, name-calling, physical conduct or other expressive behavior directed at an individual or group that intentionally demeans the race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability of the individual or individuals or creates an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for education.

Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. §§ 1221 et seq.

20 U.S.C. §§ 1221 et seq. (1988)
20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. (1988)
20 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq. (1988)
29 U.S.C. § 794 (1988)
42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.(Supp. 1990)
34 C.F.R. Pt. 100 (1995)
34 C.F.R. Pt. 104 (1995)
Iowa Codes §§ 216.9; 256.11, .11A; 280.3 (1995).
281 I.A.C. 12. Cross Reference: 101 Educational Philosophy of the

Cross Reference:

101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
500 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students

Approved: 3-13-00
Reviewed: 2/13/12
Revised: 12/10/07

Homeless Students

October 24, 2013

Para espanol, puede leer abajo.

Sifaad Af-somali ugu aragtid qodobabda soo socdaan riix bogga hoose.


In the wake of tough economic times, schools are seeing a rise of homeless youth, and many schools have raised the question of who is considered to be a “homeless youth.” The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistant Act of 2001 (reauthorized in January 2002) – Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act – Sec. 725 is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of homeless children and youth.

The definition of the term “homeless children and youth” is as follows:

  1. Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
    B.  Includes the following:
    i.  Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to a lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or awaiting foster care placement;
    Ii.  Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is public or private not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
    Iii. Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
    Iv.  Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purpose of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clause (i) through (iii).

In Iowa, the rules regarding Education for Homeless children are located in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 33.  These rules add further guidance to school districts regarding education of homeless children and youth and cover the following:

  • A homeless child of ages 3-21;
  • A child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence;
  • A child who is living in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some other form of shelter not defined as a permanent home;
  • A child who is living in a community shelter;
  • A child who is living with non-nuclear family members or friends (includes doubled up families) due to loss of housing, economic hardship or other reason.
  • This Includes: Runaway youth or youth being forced to leave the home.  Questions about who is a runaway may be directed to the local homeless liaison.

Educational Rights of Homeless Youth
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there;
  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed, or the school in which the child was last enrolled;
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin;
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records;
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school arranges for transfer of records;
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students including transportation and supplemental educational services;
  • Have access to free school meals/lunch programs;
  • Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is prohibited.

Local Homeless Liaison
Every Iowa public school district is required to have a liaison for homeless students. Postville’s local homeless liaison is Denise Mauss, K-12 school counselor. You can reach her by phone, email, or stopping by the school. (563) 864-7651 ext. 425. The state coordinator is Sandy Johnson. You can reach her at (515) 281-3965.


Los Estudiantes sin Hogar

A raíz de los tiempos económicos difíciles, las escuelas están viendo un aumento de los jóvenes sin hogar, y muchas escuelas han planteado la cuestión de quién es considerado como un "joven sin hogar." La Ley de Asistente McKinney- Vento de 2001 (reautorizada en enero de 2002) - Título X , Parte C de la ley No Child Left Behind - Sec . 725 es la pieza principal de la legislación federal que trata con la educación de niños y jóvenes sin hogar .

La definición del término "niños y jóvenes sin hogar" es el siguiente :

  1. Medios de personas que carecen de una residencia fija, regular y adecuada, y 
  2. Incluye lo siguiente:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

i . Los niños y jóvenes que comparten la vivienda de otras personas debido a la pérdida de la vivienda, problemas económicos o razones similares, están viviendo en moteles, hoteles, parques de remolques o campamentos debido a la falta de alojamiento alternativo, viven en situaciones de emergencia o refugios de transición, o en espera de colocación en hogares de refugio;

ii . Los niños y jóvenes que tienen una residencia nocturna primaria que es público o privado no diseñado o utilizado como un alojamiento regular para dormir para los seres humanos; 

iii. Los niños y jóvenes que viven en automóviles, parques, espacios públicos, edificios abandonados, estaciones de vivienda, autobús o tren de mala calidad, o lugares similares , y

iv . Niños migratorios que califican como sin hogar con el propósito de este subtítulo, porque los niños están viviendo en circunstancias descritas en la cláusula ( i ) y ( iii ) .

En Iowa, las normas relativas a la educación para los niños sin hogar se encuentran en 281 - Iowa Código Administrativo 33. Estas reglas se agregan más orientación a los distritos escolares con respecto a la educación de niños y jóvenes sin hogar y abarcan los siguientes:                                                             

  • Un niño sin hogar de las edades 3-21 ;
  • Un niño que carece de una residencia fija, regular y adecuada ;                                                                                                                     
  • Un niño que vive en un coche, tienda o edificio abandonado o algún otro tipo de refugio no se define como un hogar permanente ;
  • Un niño que vive en un refugio de la comunidad;
  • Un niño que vive con sus familiares no de su núcleo familiar o amigos (incluye familias dobles) debido a la pérdida de la vivienda, problemas económicos u otra razón.           
  • Esto incluye: jóvenes fugitivos que se vieron obligados a abandonar el hogar. Preguntas acerca de quién es un fugitivo se pueden dirigir a la persona de su enlace local.     


Ardayda bilaa guriga ah

Marxalada badan oo kale duwan, dugsiyada yaa sameyeen aragtiya badan eey ku argeen arday badan oo bilaa gur ah, iyo sido kale ardayda loo tixgelini kara ineey yihiin guri la’aan. Barnaamijka McKinney-Vento ee qeybtiisa Title X ee Part C, ee hal cunug laga matagi kara sec 725 yaa ah barnaamij dhexe ee lagu dejinaya ardayda iyo dhallinyarada bilaa guri la’aanta ah.

Qeexida macnaha ardayda iyo dhallinyarada bilaa guri la’aanta ah, ayaa sida soo socota.

  1. Waxaa loola jeeda ardayda aan heysanin akhal ama guri eey saxdaan
  2. Sido kale kuwa soo socdaan:
    i.  Caruurta iyo dhallinyarada oo qof kale gurigiisa ku-nool sababa la xadiida, dhaqaala la’aan, ama ku nool motel, hotel, park, dhulka camping sababta tahay guri la’aan, ku nool xarun deg deg ah, ama ama xarun ku meel gaar ah ama sugaaya inuu hela xanaana korineed.
    Ii.  Caruur ama dhallinyara saxdaan degan ama saaxdan meel aaan jiif ku habooneyn.

Iii. Caruur ama dhallinyara ku nool gawaari, park, xarun dadweyna, dhisma aan la ogaleyn, akhal heer hoose ah, bus, ama ishteeshinka taraynka.

Iv. Caruurta laajiyiinta ah oo u qalmaan ineey yihiin guri la’aan , ujeeda tahay in caruurta ku noolyihiin marxaladaha lagu soo qeexay qeybta (i) ilaa (ii)


Sharciyada gobalka Iowa ee qeybta waxbarashada ee ardayda guri la’aanta ah yaad ka heli karta sharaxaad dheeri ah 281--Iowa Administrative Code 33.  Sharciyada yaa sharaxaya hanaanka ee ardayda dugsiga ee guriga la’aanta ah:

  • Ilma guri la’aan ah da’da tahay 3-21jir
  • Ilma aan lahayn guri wanagsan
  • Ilma ku nool gaari, dheenta, guri aan ku habooneyn in lagu noolada ama meela kale aan ahayn guri la saaxni kara.
  • Ilma ku nool hoyga jaaliyada
  • Ilma la nool qoys tira badan ama saaxiba , sababta tahay in ilmaha haysan qarash ama dhaqaala ama marxalad adag.


  • Waxa ka mid ah: Dhalanyarada da’da yad ee guryahooda ka tagay ama lagu khasbay ineey guriga ka tagaan. Su’aala la xadiida qof ama ilmaha u qalmi kara barnaamijka caruurta guri la’aanta ah, la xadiid wakaalada kugu dhow.