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Policy Manual and Legal Notices

School Board Policy Manual

Any form of discrimination or harassment can be devastating to an individual's academic progress, social relationship and/or personal sense of self-worth. As such, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities. The Board also does not discriminate on the basis of Protected Classes in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students, and does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Equal educational opportunities shall be available to all students, without regard to the Protected Classes, age (unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any legitimate objective of the program/activity), place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.

The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

TItle IX Coordinator & Civil Rights Coordinator:
Mr. Dave Pratt
Phone: 517-439-4320
Office Address: 30 . Norwood Ave (Hillsdale High School) Hillsdale. MI 49242  

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.  

Title IX training materials
IX Training
Title IX Coordinator Initial Procedures upon report of Sexual Harrassment

5517 - ANTI-HARASSMENT General Policy Statement:

It is the policy of the Board of Education to maintain an education and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against discriminatory harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, height, weight, martial or family status, military status ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") that are protected by Federal civil rights laws (hereinafter referred to as unlawful harassment), and encourages those within the School District community as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify such problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of unlawful harassment and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated, the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. For purposes of this policy, "School District community" means students, administrators, and professional and support staff, as well as Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board. For purposes of this policy, "third parties" include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on School District property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams, parents), vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with, the Board, and other individuals who come in contact with members of the School District community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off School District property).

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests:    District Administrator for Public Records and Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA): Superintendent Shawn Vondra 30 S. Norwood Avenue Hillsdale MI, 49242   email:  phone: 517-437-4401   Public Records Request Form  

District Website

Hillsdale Community Schools makes every effort to verify that links provided within its website are operational and all information is accurate, appropriate, and of high quality. The district expects that all contributors to the website strive to meet these standards. The viability of links that are not created by the district cannot be guaranteed. The inclusion of links does not imply endorsement of the site by the district.

Policies with Special Emphasis

District Wellness Policy

Wellness Policy 8510-Wellness

Wellness Policy Assessment Plan - 2018-19

Local Wellness Policy Review 2022: Triennial assessment Summary

HCS Student Handbook 2023-2024