Appendix D: Civil Rights Policy, Procedure, and Forms

Civil Rights Laws and Regulation

Discrimination, Harassment and Discriminatory Harassment

Discrimination and Protected Classes
Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of a person or a group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class.
Protected class refers to a group of people who share common characteristics, and who are protected from discrimination and harassment under federal and state laws. In Washington, discrimination based on these protected classes is prohibited.

  • Sex
  • Race and color
  • Religion and creed
  • National origin
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Disability and the use of a trained dog guide or service animal
  • Honorably discharged veteran or military status

 

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

DISCRIMINATION

Columbia School District No. 206 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 employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Coordinator: W. J. Wadlington; wwadlington@columbia206.net; PO Box 7, 4961 Hunters Shop Road, Hunters, WA.; 509.722.3311

Title IX Officer: W. J. Wadlington; wwadlington@columbia206.net; PO Box 7, 4961 Hunters Shop Road, Hunters, WA.; 509.722.3311

Section 504 Coordinator: W. J. Wadlington; wwadlington@columbia206.net; PO Box 7, 4961 Hunters Shop Road, Hunters, WA.; 509.722.3311

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online here: https://www.columbia206.com/cms/Workspace/Section/Section.aspx?DomainID=141.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:

A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order  to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or

The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.

Examples of Sexual Harassment:

Pressuring a person for sexual favors

Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature

Writing graffiti of a sexual nature

Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures

Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks

Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault

You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online here: Students - CSB3205P and Staff - CSB5011P.

Complaint to the School District

Step 1. Write Our Your Complaint

In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.

Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint

Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.

Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint

In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.

Appeal to the School District

If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Complaint to OSPI

If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.

You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:

Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967

Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200

 

NONDISCRIMINATION Information for Columbia School District No. 206

Columbia School District 206 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 employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Dr. William J. Wadlington, Superintendent/Principal at P.O. Box 7, 4961 B Hunters Shop Road, Hunters, WA  99137. Telephone: 509-722-3311. Email: wwadlington@columbia206.net.  

Select the link below to access the discrimination complaint process
 
Title IX Coordinator
Dr. William J. Wadlington
Superintendent/Principal
PO Box 7
4961 B Hunters Shop Road
Hunters, WA   99137
509.722.3311
 
Policy 3210        Procedure 3210P   
 
Click here for complaint form.
 
Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Dr. William J. Wadlington
Superintendent/Principal
PO Box 7
4961 B Hunters Shop Road
Hunters, WA   99137
509.722.3311
 
Policy 3210        Procedure 3210P   
 
Policy 3207        Procedure 3207P  
 
Click here for complaint form.
 
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Dr. William J. Wadlington
Superintendent/Principal
PO Box 7
4961 B Hunters Shop Road
Hunters, WA   99137
509.722.3311
 
Policy 3205        Procedure  3205P 
 
Policy 3210        Procedure 3210P   
 
Policy 3207        Procedure 3207P  

Click here for complaint form.