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Equity and Civil Rights

For Districts
Nondiscrimination Statement

State and federal civil rights laws require school districts to publish nondiscrimination notices. These laws contain minor differences in the required content of these notices and the methods used to publish them. School districts are encourages to publish a combined nondiscrimination statement that covers all of the requirements of state and federal laws. The combined notice must include the following parts:

  1. A statement that specifies the basis (protected class) for nondiscrimination, including sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, and the use of a trained dog guide or service animal;
  2. A statement that the school district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups; and
  3. The name or title, address, and telephone number of the Title IX Officer, Section 504 Coordinator, and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator.

Note: If a school district offers a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, there may be additional requirements for an annual notice of nondiscrimination. For more information, visit OSPI’s Career and Technical Education.

 


Sample Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Statement

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___________ 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 complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator
Name and/or Title*:
Address:
Telephone Number:
Email:

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Name and/or Title*:
Address:
Telephone Number:
Email:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Name and/or Title*:
Address:
Telephone Number:
Email:

*OCR recognizes that including a person’s name may result in an overly burdensome requirement to republish the notice if a person leaves the coordinator position. It is acceptable for a school district to identify its coordinator only through a position title.

 


On what publications should school districts include the nondiscrimination statement?
School districts 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.

 


Why are school districts required to include the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups in the nondiscrimination statement?

The Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act was passed in 2002 and applies to school districts that receive funds through the U.S. Department of Education. Under the Boy Scouts Act, schools and districts that provide an opportunity for one or more outside youth or community groups to meet on school premises or in school facilities before or after school hours may not deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. To comply with federal regulations, school districts must inform people of the protections provided under the Boy Scouts Act (34 C.F.R. §108.9). Including the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups in the district’s nondiscrimination statement satisfies this requirement.

 


Additional Resources:

OSPI Civil Rights Guidelines: Procedural Requirements

Notice of Nondiscrimination (U.S. Department of Education)

 

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