Diversity and social justice are embraced and celebrated at Minnesota Online High School! Please read on for information about how MNOHS supports LGBTQI+ students, families and staff; how we work to end racism; and the policies, practices and laws that guide our day-to-day work to build a just and inclusive learning community.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices and policies at MNOHS
It is the practice of Minnesota Online High School to recruit and hire faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of our Minnesota communities.
It is the practice of MNOHS teachers and staff to use inclusive curriculum materials that reflect the diversity of our students’ lives and provide windows into the experiences of others.
As stated in the Minnesota Online High School Enrollment Policy, Minnesota Online High School does not limit admission to pupils on the basis of intellectual ability; measures of achievement or aptitude; or athletic ability and does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; creed; religion; national origin; sex (including sexual orientation;, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, and sex stereotypes); marital status; disability; status with regard to public assistance; age; intellectual ability; measures of achievement or aptitude; or athletic ability.
We invite students, families, staff and community members to contact our Executive Director if you see places where these practices and this policy are not consistently applied: [email protected]
LGBTQI+ equality at MNOHS
Minnesota Online High School is committed to creating a learning community that is safe, welcoming, and free from stigma and discrimination for all students, families and staff—including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and those whose identities may be changing. All MNOHS academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including social groups and clubs, are open to all students regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We do not tolerate bullying or harassment, and will intervene immediately if we see it happening.
At MNOHS we honor the rights of students to be identified and addressed by their preferred name and pronouns, and to maintain their privacy. We recognize the rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming students to discuss and express their gender identity and expression openly if they choose to, and to decide when to share information, with whom, and how much to share. We know that if someone transitions it is their transition; they get to pilot their amazing journey—and, if they like, to create a plan to come out at school with guidance from our student support staff. If asked to, we will keep confidential a student’s legal name and gender assigned at birth.
The MNOHS Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a student-led club that meets monthly to create a supportive school community. Students decide the group’s needs and focus—ranging from confidential discussions to open forums with invited guest speakers. GSA meetings are held in a private online space. For more information, please contact MNOHS school counselor Sarah Benson: [email protected]
It is the policy of the Minnesota Online High School Board that all MNOHS documents and instruction use gender inclusive pronouns. We invite students, families, staff and community members to contact our Executive Director if you see places where this policy is not consistently applied: [email protected]
Racial equity at MNOHS
All MNOHS teachers and staff are committed to designing and delivering engaging culturally responsive learning activities to meet the needs of our diverse learners. At MNOHS all staff are required to participate in on-going training opportunities that empower them with the tools and skills needed to examine systemic racism and to create an inclusive and equitable learning community.
As an organization, MNOHS is committed to actively disrupting systems of oppression and to combatting racism by being anti-racist. This includes creating inclusive policies that expand learning opportunities for all students; recruiting and hiring diverse staff; and analyzing disaggregated student achievement data to better understand how all groups are being served. MNOHS teachers work to incorporate diverse cultural perspectives in our curriculum and instruction, so that all students have windows to see and understand other cultures as well as mirrors to understand and celebrate their own unique qualities.
For more information, please contact MNOHS teacher and Racial Equity Coordinator Melissa Greene: [email protected]
MNOHS compliance with state and federal laws
Minnesota Online High School (MNOHS) affirms that we are in compliance with the following state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000d, et. seq.; 34 C.F.R. Part 100), which provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the district receives federal financial assistance.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000e, et. seq.; P.L. 88-352), as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (P.L. 92-261), which prohibits discrimination in employment because of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (within Title VII) (42 USC § 2000 e(k)).
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC § 1681; 34 C.F.R. Part 106), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 USC § 621; 42 USC § 6101; 29 C.F.R. Part 860), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age (over 40 years).
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. part 104) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
- The American with Disabilities Act (42 USC § 12101, et seq.), also prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Denial of Equal Educational Opportunity Prohibited (20 USC § 1703).
- The Fair Housing Act (42 USC § 3601 et seq.; 24 C.F.R. part 100).
- The Age Discrimination Act (42 USC § 6101 and 6102; 45 C.F.R. part 100).
- Prohibition of Discrimination Based on Blindness (20 USC § 1684).
- Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.03, which requires school districts to have a policy prohibiting sexual/racial/religion harassment and violence which applies to students, teachers, administrators and other school personnel.
- Minnesota Statues, section 121A.031, which prohibits student bullying.
- Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.04, which prohibits sex discrimination in athletic programs.
- Minnesota Rules, part 3500.0550, relating to the Inclusive Educational Program Plan.
- Minnesota Rules, Chapter 3535, relating to equality of educational opportunity and school desegregation, and prohibition of discriminatory practices.
- The Minnesota Human Rights Act (Minn. Stat. § 363A), which prohibits discrimination in education programs and activities on grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, disability or age.