Nondiscrimination Statement

The Washougal 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, gender 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 complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050; Title IX Officer: Gary McGarvie, 1201 39th St., Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3104; Section 504 Coordinator: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050.

 

Bullying and Harassment Complaint Officer: Aaron Hansen
4855 Evergreen Way
Washougal, WA  98671
(360) 954-3050

 

Staff, when publishing items for various purposes, please cut and paste this EXACT statement below, between the dashed intro and closing mark, and include it in your publication.  Please do not edit or remove anything from the official statement.

—2019 Non Discrimination Statement—

The Washougal 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, gender 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 complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050; Title IX Officer: Gary McGarvie, 1201 39th St., Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3104; Section 504 Coordinator: Aaron Hansen, 4855 Evergreen Way, Washougal WA 98671, (360) 954-3050.

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On what publications should district staff include the nondiscrimination statement?
School district staff must include a nondiscrimination statement in any publication that is disseminated on an annual or periodic basis to all students, parents, participants, applicants, employees, or stakeholders. This includes district publications as well as building publications.

Some examples include:

  • Announcements
  • Flyers and brochures
  • Course catalogs
  • Employment application forms and recruitment materials
  • Staff and student handbooks
  • School newsletters
  • School calendars
  • District web site

Routine letters or daily announcements do not need to include the statement, although a school may choose to do so.  (quoted from “Equity & Civil Rights.” Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 12 May 2014, http://www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Districts/NondiscriminationStatement.aspx.)

Filing a complaint

Anyone can file a complaint alleging discrimination in a Washington public school based on a protected class.  This includes parents, students, teachers, administrators, community members, and advocates.  Please follow the complaint process closely.  If you need help, or have questions, please contact the district compliance officer for the type of complaint you would like to make, and they can provide assistance through the process.  Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations can contact the compliance officer for assistance with filling out forms and filing complaints.

The complaint process for Title IX violations, which are forms of discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, use the process described in policy 3205 for students, or policy 5011 for staff.  The school board has appointed Gary McGarvie, WHS Associate Principal and Athletic Director, as the compliance officer.  Mr. McGarvie can be reached at 360-954-3104.

The steps involved include submitting a written complaint which describes the conduct or incident, why you believe there was discrimination, and what actions you believe the school or district should take to resolve the problem.

After receiving the complaint, the compliance officer for Title IX will investigate the issue or incident.  They will provide you with a copy of the discrimination complaint process, and will respond to your complaint in writing within 30 calendar days, unless you agree to a different response timeline.

You have the right to appeal the determinations of the investigation, you may appeal the process.  The appeal process is detailed in policy 3205 (sexual harassment) and/or policy 3210 (Nondiscrimination) for students, and 5010 (nondiscrimination and affirmative action) and 5011 (sexual harassment)  for staff.

Board Policy 3207 provides students the right to a safe and civil educational environment.  The school board has appointed Aaron Hansen, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services, as the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying compliance officer.  Mr. Hansen can be reached at 360-954-3050.

The steps to report an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a student are part of Policy 3207, including a form which should be used by students, parents, advocates, or staff who witness any type of harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student.  Policy 3207 also outlines the appeal process.

Board Policy 5282 provides staff, students, volunteers, parents, and community members the right to a safe and civil environment in our schools.  Aaron Hansen, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services, is the contact person for reporting uncivil behavior.  Mr. Hansen can be reached at 360-954-3050.

The steps to report uncivil behavior, including the definitions of this type of behavior, and the process/form are part of policy 5282.

The Washougal School District, WSD School Board, and District Staff are committed to an environment free of discrimination.  The complaint process for discrimination violations excluding sex/gender covered under Title IX above, which are forms of discrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal or for providing equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, use the process described in policy 3210 for students, or policy 5010 for staff.  The school board has appointed Aaron Hansen, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services, as the Civil Rights Coordinator.  Mr. Hansen can be reached at 360-954-3050.

The steps involved include submitting a written complaint which describes the conduct or incident, why you believe there was discrimination, and what actions you believe the school or district should take to resolve the problem.

After receiving the complaint, the Civil Rights Compliance Officer will investigate the issue or incident.  They will provide you with a copy of the discrimination complaint process, and will respond to your complaint in writing within 30 calendar days, unless you agree to a different response timeline.

You have the right to appeal the determinations of the investigation, you may appeal the process.  The appeal process is detailed in policy 3210 for students, or policy 5010 for staff.

Staff or Students who have a complaint about discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should use the same complaint process for discrimination in policy 3210 for students, or policy 5010 for staff.  The school board has appointed Aaron Hansen, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Student Services, as the Section 504 Coordinator.  Mr. Hansen can be reached at 360-954-3050.

The staff and student policies listed above document the process including appeal rights for those filing complaints under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

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