Volunteer Information

Supervised and Unsupervised Volunteers

We want to thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering. The teachers, students and staff greatly appreciate the time you are willing to take to share wisdom and experience with those on the threshold of the future. You will add greatly to the educational experience of our students.

Individuals desiring to serve as an Unsupervised Volunteer must undergo a criminal background check annually. You can do this by completing the Release of Information Authorization Disclosure.

Harassment based on Sex (Title IX)

Title IX prohibits sex-based harassment by peers, employees, or third parties that is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the recipient’s education programs and activities. This is what is called a hostile environment.

Title IX prohibits several types of sex-based harassment.

Sexual harassment: is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual violence: is a form of sexual harassment and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.

Gender-based harassment: is another form of sex-based harassment and refers to unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s gender, and not necessarily involving conduct of a sexual nature. For example, harassing conduct which focuses on a student’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

The harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. The more severe the conduct the more likely the incident has to create a hostile environment.

Title IX protects all students from sex-based harassment, regardless of the sex of the alleged perpetrator or complainant, including when they are members of the same sex. All students are protected.

District Title IX Coordinator
Brett Arenz

201 E. 38th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605-367-4670
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How to file a Title IX/Sexual harassment complaint

A harassment complaint can be filed with the principal or program supervisor. If the individual feels uncomfortable making a report to the principal/program supervisor, the complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator Complaints forms are available at each school site, the Instructional Planning Center, or Online.

      

Bullying

The Sioux Falls School District is committed to maintaining a constructive, safe school climate that is conducive to student learning and fostering an environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity.

Persistent bullying can severely inhibit a student’s ability to learn and may have lasting negative effects on a student’s life. The bullying of students by students or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated.

Bullying consists of unwanted, repeated physical, verbal, non-verbal, written, electronic or any conduct directed toward a student(s) that involves an imbalance of power and is severe and objectively offensive that it:

has the purpose of creating or resulting in an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic environment, or

has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance which deprives the student access to educational opportunities.

    

Complaint Process

What do you do if you have a concern?

Your first step should be to contact the school principal, or other program administrator to report your concern. If your complaint regards the administrator, please call the Instructional Planning Center at (605) 367-7900 to report your concern.

To file an official complaint, see below for more details. Complaint investigation forms can be found below or are available through every school office.

Student

Discrimination/Harassment/Bullying

  • Report immediately to the principal, program supervisor, or Civil Rights Officer (605) 367-4670

Staff

Discrimination/Harassment/Bulling

  • Report immediately to the principal, program supervisor, or Civil Rights Officer (605) 367-4670

Code of Conduct or other policy violation

  • Report to immediate supervisor, or Senior Director of Human Resources at (605) 367-7944

Negotiated Agreement Grievance

  • Refer to grievance process in the applicable negotiated Agreement

Member of the Public

Persons wishing to submit official complaints or concerns relating to the School District, its policies, personnel, programs, or instructional materials should begin at the level closest to the source of the complaint.

Request for Proposals

Survey

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Data collection for the community survey regarding future facility needs has ended. However, there is still time to voice your opinions by calling or emailing school board members. This link will take you to a page where you can find contact information for Board members. Thank you for your interest in this important community conversation.

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