Fruitland School District, upon the recommendation of the State Department of Education, has adopted a Sexual Harassment Policy.  This policy was adopted to protect all students and employees of the district from all forms of sexual harassment on school property, which violate Section 703 of Title VII of the civil Rights Act of 1964.

Sexual Harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.  Examples of sexual harassment at school may include but are not limited to the following:

1.  Verbal harassment or abuse.

2.  Inappropriate patting, pinching or touching.

3.  Leering, whistling, or obscene comments or gestures.

4.  Continued or repeated sexual jokes, advances, or propositions.

5.  Displaying sexually suggestive pictures, posters, cartoons or clothing.

6.  Flipping up girls’ dresses or pulling down any student’s shorts or pants.

7.  Passing sexually suggestive, foul, or obscene notes or putting such messages on computer screens or in computer files.

8.  Inappropriate public displays of affection.

Students or employees who feel that they are the target of sexual harassment on school property or at school sponsored events are to report the alleged acts to an appropriate school official.  The school district will investigate these claims and deal with them in a responsible and professional manner.

Fruitland School District attempts to provide a learning environment conducive to education and one that is pleasant and non-threatening to all students and employees.

We hope all patrons, parents, and students realize how serious any act of sexual harassment can be.  Each case will be evaluated on the facts and penalties will be administered in those cases where violations have occurred.  The penalties can be quite severe and may include warnings, suspension, or immediate discharge.

We hope you will support our stand on this issue and discuss it with your child or children should you feel it is appropriate.