Policy IB.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS The Falls Church City Public School Board is committed to providing an inclusive educational and working environment which values the diversity of its students, employees and prospective employees, expects tolerance and respect for self and others, and encourages the life-long learning which results from interactions among people with a wide variety of backgrounds, talents, experiences, cultures etc. The School Board fully supports the requirements of federal and state law in the arena of non-discrimination, but believes that beyond the legal requirements, one goal of the school division should be to create an environment which nurtures diversity. The Board recognizes that conflicts may arise among the members of a diverse school community, however, all community members are expected to work toward tolerant, respectful co-existence within the community. While disagreements may occur, they need not occur disagreeably. The School Board is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in relation to race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, or sexual orientation. This policy will prevail in all its written policies and procedures, and implementation thereof, concerning staff, students, community members, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the Board does business. The School Board and staff will promote good human relations by prohibiting discrimination in employment, and in personnel matters, in location and use of facilities, in educational offerings and instructional materials. The following policies in this section are intended to apply throughout the school divisions operations. Legal References: Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended by Ex. Orders 11375 and 12086; Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX; 45 CFR Parts 81, 86; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; Constitution of Virginia, Article 1 Section 11; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

Adopted: 10/11/00 Revised: 6/8/2010 Falls Church City Public Schools

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