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SECTION 2: GOVERNING PRINCIPLES OF EMPLOYMENT

2.1 Policies of the Kansas State Board of Education and KSSB

The policies of the Kansas State Board of Education relating to KSSB may be obtained from the Superintendent's office upon request. KSSB maintains a Policy Handbook approved by KSDE as of September 2007. (Currently working on revision)

2.2 Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Title IX Policies

In accordance with the Kansas Organization of State Employee's (KOSE) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) effective July 1, 2010, it is the policy of the Kansas State School for the Blind to prohibit discrimination in employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, military or veteran status, disability status or political affiliation and to promote and implement a positive and continuing program of equal employment opportunity. Any person having inquiries concerning KSSB's compliance with the regulations implementing any federal law prohibiting discrimination may contact the Human Resources Director at 1100 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66102, 913-210-8113 (voice only) or 913-645-5358 (voice or text).

Copies of the KSSB Affirmative Action Plan may be obtained in the Human Resource's Office. The plan is also posted on the Official Bulletin Board in the Irwin Administration building and other bulletin boards throughout the campus buildings. KSSB follows the Governor's Executive Order 92-153 regarding individuals with disabilities (ADA). Coordinator: Human Resources Director, regarding employment and facilities.

Furthermore, the Kansas State School for the Blind now notifies all parents, students, patrons, employees and potential employees that it will not discriminate because of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates. This requirement, not to discriminate in educational programs and activities, extends to employment therein and to admission thereto. No student or employee of the Kansas State School for the Blind shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity conducted by the Kansas State School for the Blind. More specifically, the Kansas State School for the Blind will treat its students without discrimination based on sex regarding access to and participation in course offerings, athletics, counseling, employment assistance and extracurricular activities as prescribed by the Title IX regulations.

2.3 KSSB Code of Ethics

The standards set forth in the KSSB Code of Ethics are designed to help avoid conflicts of interest between your public responsibilities and your personal interests. These standards aim to improve the standard of public service, and to promote and strengthen the faith and confidence of the citizens of Kansas in their public service employees.

The KSSB Code of Ethics policy recognizes:

· You have the same personal and economic interest in the decision and policies of State government as do other citizens.

· You retain your rights as an individual, and interests of a personal or economic nature.

· Your standards or ethical conduct need to distinguish between minor or inconsequential conflicts that are unavoidable in a free society, and those conflicts that are substantial and material.

· You may need to engage in employment, other than official duties or may need to maintain investments, but you shall not engage in any employment or maintain any investment if the employment or investment conflicts with specific provisions of KSSB's code.

Staff- Student Relations

All KSSB employees shall maintain professional relationships with KSSB students which are conducive to an effective educational environment. School employees shall not submit KSSB students to sexual harassment or racial harassment. School employees shall not have interaction of a sexual nature with any KSSB student at any time regardless of the student's age, status or consent. Staff are not permitted to transport students in their own personal vehicles. Refer to Section 3.1 Social Networking.

2.4 Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990

The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination against the physically and mentally disabled. This act provides protection to persons with disabilities similar to those accorded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. KSSB actively supports the ADA in determining and making reasonable accommodations for employees. For more detailed information refer to the ADA Policy Handbook in the office of the Human Resources Director.