Non-Discrimination StatementUnion Gap School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and/or complaints of alleged discrimination: Patrick Vincent, Assistant Principal is the District Title IX, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Compliance Officer, and the District 504/ADA Coordinator. He can be contacted at 3201 S. 4th Street, Union Gap, WA. (509) 248-3966 or at email@example.com.
El Distrito Escolar de Union Gap no discrimina en ningún programa o actividad por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen de nacionalidad, edad, veterano o estatus militar, orientación sexual o identidad, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o un animal de servicio, y provee acceso de igualdad a los Boys Scouts y otros grupos designados de jóvenes. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para manejar preguntas y/o quejas de presunta discriminación: El Director Auxiliar Patrick Vincent es el Oficial de la Acción Afirmativa/Titulo IX y Oficial del Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles del Distrito y el Coordinador de 504/ADA del Distrito. El puede ser contactado en el 3201 South 4th Street, Union Gap, WA. (509)-248-3966 o en firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about formalizing a complaint alleging discrimination can be found immediately below.
Discrimination Complaint Procedures
(These steps can also be accessed at http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Complaints.aspx or http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/pubdocs/DiscrimComplaint_Eng.pdf.)
If you wish to file a formal complaint alleging discrimination, you must first write a letter to the Superintendent that describes what happened and why you think it is discrimination. It is helpful to include what you want the district to do. Your letter must be signed.
· What will the District do? The employee designated by the District to receive complaints will investigate your allegations and provide the Superintendent with a written report of the complaint, and the results of the investigation. You and the district may also agree to resolve your complaint in lieu of an investigation.
· What will the District Superintendent do? The Superintendent will send you a written letter within 30 calendar days of your complaint which will either deny your allegations or describe the reasonable actions the district will take. The letter will include how to file an appeal with your School Board if you do not agree with the Superintendent’s decision. Corrective measures
must occur no later than 30 calendar days of the Superintendent’s letter.
· What if I don’t agree with the Superintendent’s decision or no one responds to my letter? Your next step is to appeal to the School Board.
· What is an appeal? An appeal is a request to change an official decision.
· How do I file an appeal to the School Board? You can file an appeal by writing a letter to your School Board. The letter must include the part of the Superintendent’s written decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do. Your letter must be filed with the Secretary of the School Board by the 10th calendar day after you received the Superintendent’s response letter.
· What will the School Board do? The School Board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal letter. You may also all agree on a different date.
· What will happen at the Hearing? You will explain why you disagree with the Superintendent's decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. The board will send you a copy of their decision within 10 calendar days after the hearing. The decision will include how to appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction if you disagree.
· What if I don’t agree with the School Board’s decision? You may appeal the School Board’s decision to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
· How do I file an appeal to OSPI? You can file an appeal by writing a letter to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The letter must include the part of the School Board’s decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do. Your signed letter must be received by OSPI by the 20th calendar day of receiving the school board’s decision. It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:
OSPI, Administrative Resource Services
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone (360) 725-6133
· What will OSPI do?
OSPI will schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge through the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). During this process you will be provided information about the hearing.
At the hearing you will explain why you disagree with the School Board’s decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. After the hearing, you will receive a copy of the judge’s decision.
You also have the right to contact the following agencies at any time to request an investigation into your allegation of discrimination:
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
(206) 607-1600/TDD: (877) 521-2172
Washington State Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 42490
Olympia, WA 98504-2490
(360) 753-6770/Toll Free: (800) 233-3247
TTY: (800) 300-7525