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WISCONSIN DELLS SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
The most recent Accountability Report was based on the 2017-18 school year. Rating
levels and indicators of accountability were applied in the following manner:
Overall Accountability Ratings
Score
Significantly Exceeds Expectations
83-100 Five Stars
Exceeds Expectations
73-82.9 Four Stars
Meets Expectations
63-72.9 Three Stars
Meets Few Expectations
53-62.9 Two Stars
Fails to Meet Expectations
0-52.9 One Star
SDWD ACCOUNTABILITY RATINGS 2017-18
School/District
Accountability Rating
Score
SDWD Overall
Meets Expectations
70.1 Three Stars
Lake Delton Elementary
Significantly Exceeds Expectations
85.2 Five Stars
Neenah Creek Elementary
Exceeds Expectations
76.7 Four Stars
Spring Hill Elementary
Meets Few Expectations
62.2 Two Stars
Spring Hill Middle
Exceeds Expectations
74.8 Four Stars
Wisconsin Dells High School
Meets Expectations
65.4 Three Stars
More information on School and District Report Cards can be found at the District and
School Report Cards Home Page on the Department of Public Instruction Website. Parents/
guardians of students have a right to request a school and school district performance
report.
NON-DISCRIMINATION AND ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
The Board is committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students in the District.
The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy,
marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender
identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes”) in any of its student
program and activities.
This policy is intended to support and promote nondiscriminatory practices in all District and school activities,
particularly in the following areas:
A. Use of objective bases for admission to any school, class, program, or activity;
B. Prohibition of harassment towards students and procedures for the investigation of claims (see
Policy 5517);
C. Use of disciplinary authority, including suspension and expulsion authority;
D. Administration of gifts, bequests, scholarships and other aids, benefits, or services to students from
private agencies, organizations, or persons;
E. Selection of instructional and library media materials in a nondiscriminatory manner and that
reflect the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society;
F. Design and implementation of student evaluation practices, materials, and tools, but not at the
exclusion of implementing techniques to meet students’ individual needs;
G. Design and configuration of facilities;
H. Opportunity for participation in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, provided that separate
programs for male and female students may be available provided comparable activities are made
available to all in terms of type, scope, and District support; and
I.
The school lunch program and other school-sponsored food service programs.
The School District of Wisconsin Dells offers career and technical education programs on a nondiscriminatory
basis in Agri-Science, Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering & Mathematics), and Technology Education. Admission to these programs is based on a student
elective basis.
The SDWD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and
participation in all educational and vocational programs.
The Board is also committed to equal employment opportunity in its employment policies and practices as they
relate to students. The Board’s policies pertaining to employment practices can be found in Policy 1422, Policy
3122, and Policy 4122 – Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity.
In furtherance of the aforesaid goal, the District Administrator shall:
A. Curriculum Content
1. Review current and proposed courses of study and textbooks to detect any bias based upon
the Protected Classes ascertaining whether or not supplemental materials, singly or taken as
a whole, fairly depict the contribution of both sexes various races, ethnic groups, etc. toward
the development of human society;
2. Provide that necessary programs are available for students with limited use of the English
language;
B. Staff Training
Develop an ongoing program of staff training and in-service training for school personnel designed
to identify and solve problems of bias based upon the Protected Classes in all aspects of the
program;
C. Student Access
1. Review current and proposed programs, activities, facilities, and practices to ensure that all
students have equal access thereto and are not segregated on the basis of the Protected
Classes in any duty, work, play, classroom, or school practice, except as may be permitted
under State regulations;
2. Verify that facilities are made available in a non-discriminatory fashion, in accordance with
Board Policy 7510 - Use of District Facilities, for non-curricular student activities that are
initiated by parents or other members of the community, including but not limited to any
group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America or any other youth group listed in
Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society;
D. District Support
Require that like aspects of the District program receive like support as to staff size and
compensation, purchase and maintenance of facilities and equipment, access to such facilities
and equipment, and related matters;
E. Student Evaluation
Verify that tests, procedures, or guidance and counseling materials, which are designed to evaluate
student progress, rate aptitudes, analyze personality, or in any manner establish or tend to establish
a category by which a student may be judged, are not differentiated or stereotyped on the basis of
the Protected Classes.
The District Administrator shall appoint and publicize the name of the compliance officer(s) who is/are
responsible for coordinating the District’s efforts to comply with the applicable Federal and State laws
and regulations, including the District’s duty to address in a prompt and equitable manner any inquiries or
complaints regarding discrimination or equal access. The Compliance Officer(s) also verify that proper notice
of nondiscrimination for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Title VI and VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 (as amended), is provided to students, their parents, staff members, and the general public.
The District Administrator shall attempt annually to identify children with disabilities, ages 3 - 21, who reside in
the District but do not receive public education. In addition, s/he shall establish procedures to identify students
who are Limited English Proficient, including immigrant children and youth, to assess their ability to participate
in District programs, and develop and administer a program that meets the English language and academic
needs of these students. This program shall include procedures for student placement, services, evaluation,
and exit guidelines and shall be designed to provide students with effective instruction that leads to academic
achievement and timely acquisition of proficiency in English. As a part of this program, the District will evaluate
the progress of students in achieving English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading
and writing, on an annual basis.
Reporting Procedures
Students, parents and all other members of the School District community are encouraged
to promptly report suspected violations of this policy to a teacher or administrator. Any
teacher or administrator who receives such a complaint shall file it with the District’s
Compliance Officer at his/her first opportunity.
Students who believe they have been denied equal access to District educational opportunities, in a manner
inconsistent with this policy may initiate a complaint and the investigation process that is set forth below.
Initiating a complaint will not adversely affect the complaining individual’s participation in educational or extracurricular programs unless the complaining individual makes the complaint maliciously or with knowledge
that it is false.
Title IX Complaint Coordinators/Compliance Officers
The Board designates the following individuals to serve as the District’s “Title IX Complaint Coordinators/
Compliance Officers” (hereinafter referred to as the “COs”).
Dawn Sine, Director of Pupil Services
Spring Hill Elementary/Middle School
300 Vine Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
608-253-2467, dsine@sdwd.k12.wi.us
Hugh Gaston, Principal
Wisconsin Dells High School
520 Race Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
608-253-1461, hgaston@sdwd.k12.wi.us
The names, titles, and contact information of these individuals will be published annually in the staff handbooks
and on the School District’s website.
A CO will be available during regular school/work hours to discuss concerns related to student discrimination
in educational opportunities under this policy.
Investigation and Complaint Procedure
The CO shall investigate any complaints brought under this policy. Throughout the course of the process as
described herein, the CO should keep the parties informed of the status of the investigation and the decision
making process.
All complaints must include the following information to the extent it is available: a description of the alleged
violation, the identity of the individual(s) believed to have engaged in, or to be actively engaging in, conduct in
violation of this policy, if any; a detailed description of the facts upon which the complaint is based; and a list
of potential witnesses.
If the Complainant is unwilling or unable to provide a written statement including the information set forth
above, the CO shall ask for such details in an oral interview. Thereafter the CO will prepare a written summary
of the oral interview, and the Complainant will be asked to verify the accuracy of the report by signing the
document.
Upon receiving a complaint, the CO will consider whether any action should be taken during the investigatory
phase to protect the Complainant from further loss of educational opportunity, including but not limited to a
change of class schedule for the Complainant, tentative enrollment in a program, or other appropriate action.
In making such a determination, the CO should consult the Principal prior to any action being taken. The
Complainant should be notified of any proposed action prior to such action being taken.
As soon as appropriate in the investigation process, the CO will inform any individual named by the Complainant
in connection with an alleged violation of this policy, that a complaint has been received. The person(s) must
also be provided an opportunity to respond to the complaint.
All investigations shall be commenced as soon as practicable upon receipt of a complaint and concluded as
expeditiously as feasible, in consideration of the circumstances, while taking measures to complete a thorough
investigation. The complaining party shall be notified in writing of receipt of the complaint within forty-five (45)
days of the complaint and shall reach a determination concerning the complaint within ninety (90) days of
receipt, unless additional time is agreed to by the complaining party.
The investigation will include:

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Interviews with the Complainant;
Interviews with any persons named in the complaint;
Interviews with any other witnesses who may reasonably be expected to have any information
relevant to the allegations, as determined by the CO;
D. Consideration of any documentation or other evidence presented by the Complainant, Respondent,
or any other witness which is reasonably believed to be relevant to the allegations, as determined
by the CO.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the CO shall prepare and deliver a written report to the District Administrator
which summarizes the evidence gathered during the investigation and provides recommendations based on
the evidence and the definitions in this Policy, as well as in State and Federal law as to whether the Complainant
has been denied access to educational opportunities on the basis of one of the protected classifications, based
on a preponderance of evidence standard. The CO’s recommendations must be based upon the totality of the
circumstances, including the ages and maturity levels of those involved. The CO may consult with the Board
Attorney before finalizing the report to the District Administrator.
Absent extenuating circumstances, within ten (10) business days of receiving the report of the CO, the District
Administrator must either issue a final decision regarding or request the complaint further investigation. A copy
of the District Administrator’s final decision will be delivered to the Complainant.
If the District Administrator requests additional investigation, the District Administrator must specify the
additional information that is to be gathered, and such additional investigation must be completed within ten
(10) business days. At the conclusion of the additional investigation, the District Administrator must issue a
final written decision as described above. The decision of the District Administrator will be reviewed by the
Board upon request.
If the Complainant feels that the decision does not adequately address the complaint s/he may appeal the
decision to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by submitting a written request to the Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction, Pupil Nondiscrimination Program, or by contacting the DPI Pupil
Nondiscrimination Program at (608) 267-9157.
The Board reserves the right to investigate and resolve a complaint or report of regardless of whether the
member of the School District community or third party chooses to pursues the complaint. The Board also
reserves the right to have the complaint investigation conducted by an external person in accordance with this
policy or in such other manner as deemed appropriate by the Board.
Additional School District Action
If the evidence suggests that any conduct at issue violates any other policies of the Board, is a crime, or requires
mandatory reporting under the Children’s Code (Sec. 48.981, Wis. Stat.), the CO or District Administrator shall
take such additional actions as necessary and appropriate under the circumstances, which may include a
report to the appropriate social service and/or law enforcement agency charged with responsibility for handling
such investigations.
Confidentiality
The District will make reasonable efforts to protect the privacy of any individuals involved in the investigation
process. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed however. All Complainants proceeding through the investigation
process should be advised that as a result of the investigation, allegations against individuals may become
known to those individuals, including the Complainant’s identity.
During the course of an investigation, the CO will instruct all members of the School District community and
third parties who are interviewed about the importance of maintaining confidentiality. Any individual who is
interviewed as part of an investigation is expected not to disclose any information that s/he learns or that s/he
provides during the course of the investigation.
Retention of Public Records, Student Records, and Investigatory Records and Materials
All individuals charged with conducting investigations under this policy shall retain all information, documents,
electronically stored information (“ESI”), and electronic media (as defined in Policy 8315) created and received
as part of an investigation, including but not limited to:
1. All written reports;
2. Narratives of all verbal reports or statements;
3. A narrative of all actions taken by District personnel;
4. Any written documentation of actions taken by District personnel;
5. Written witness statements;
6. Narratives or audio, video, or digital recordings of verbal witness statements;
7. Any documentary evidence;
8. Handwritten and contemporaneous notes;
9. E-mails, texts, or social media posts related to the investigation and allegations;
10. Dated written determinations;
11. Dated written descriptions of verbal notifications to the parties;
12. Written documentation of any interim measures offered and/or provided to complainants, including
no contact orders; and
13. Documentation of all actions taken to stop the discrimination of harassment, prevent its recurrence,
eliminate any hostile environment, and remedy the discriminatory effects.
The information, documents, ESI, and electronic media (as defined in Policy 8315) retained may include public
records and records exempt from disclosure under Federal and/or State law (e.g., student records).
The information, documents, ESI, and electronic media (as defined in Policy 8315) created or received as part
of an investigation shall be retained in accordance with Policy 8310, Policy 8315, Policy 8320, Policy 8330 for
not less than three (3) years, but longer if required by the District’s records retention schedule.
RELIGION IN THE CURRICULUM
As a public entity, the District must comply with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment requirement that the
District neither establishes religion in the schools nor prohibit students’ free exercise of religion according to
pertinent interpretation and application of those Constitutional provisions by the Courts. Accordingly, no Board
employee will promote religion in the classroom or in the District’s curriculum, or compel or pressure any
student to participate in devotional exercises. Displays of a religious character must conform with Policy 8800.
Instructional activities shall not be permitted to advance or inhibit any particular religion or religion generally.
Teachers shall forward requests for religious accommodation in instruction to the Principal.
The Board acknowledges the degree to which religion often is incorporated into certain aspects of the arts,
literature, music, and issues of morality. The instructional and resource materials approved for use in the
District schools sometimes contain religious references or concern moral issues that have traditionally been
the focus of religious concern. That such materials may contain such references, or may concern such issues,
shall not, by itself, bar their use by the District. The Board directs that professional staff members employing
such materials be neutral in their approach and avoid using them to advance or inhibit religion in any way.
The Board recognizes that religious traditions vary in their perceptions and doctrines regarding the natural
world and its processes. The curriculum is chosen for its place in the education of the District’s students, not
for its conformity to religious principles. Students should receive unbiased instruction in the schools, so they
may privately accept or reject the knowledge thus gained, in accordance with their own religious tenets if any.
Accordingly, no student shall be exempted from completion of a required course of study on the grounds
that components of the instruction interfere with the free exercise of his/her religion. However, if after careful
personal review of the program’s lessons and/or materials, a parent indicates to the school that either the
content or activities conflict with his/her religious beliefs or value system, the school will honor a written
request for his/her child to be excused.
The student will be provided with alternate learning activities during the times of such parent requested
absence.
The District’s instructional materials shall not be designed to influence students to accept or reject a particular
religious belief or point of view and the District Administrator shall prepare administrative guidelines to that
effect.
Complaints by students or the public regarding any such course of study will be handled in accordance with
Board Policy 9130.
FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age
or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the
School District of Wisconsin Dells (“School”) receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should
submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The
school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the
time and place where the records may be inspected.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible
student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights
under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend their child’s or their education
record should write the school principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of
the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to
amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or
eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible
student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information
(PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure
without consent.
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with
legitimate educational interests. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official
and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the school’s or school
district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed
by the school or school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member
(including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the
school board. A school official also may include a volunteer, contractor, or consultant who, while
not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would
otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect
to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical
consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such
as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another
school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational
interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional
responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school
or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure
is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by
the School to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

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