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The district provides equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, marital status, previous arrest or incarceration or non-program-related physical, sensory or mental handicaps.
The Crescent School District #313 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the School District's Title IX / RCW 28A.640 officer and Section 504 Coordinator, Mr. David Bingham, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343 (360) 928-3311, ext. 1003.
Crescent School District has established complaint procedures. Students or parents who wish to file a grievance regarding discrimination, may receive a copy of the procedures for this purpose and a copy of the appeal procedures from the district office. These procedures comply with WAC 392-190-065 and 392-190- 070.
Crescent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For more information or to file a complaint, please contact: Section 504 & Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer – Mr. Dave Bingham, Crescent School District #313, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343, 360.928.3311.
See district policy 3205
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
The district will take prompt, equitable and remedial action within its authority on reports, complaints and grievances alleging sexual harassment that come to the attention of the district, either formally or informally. Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to law enforcement and suspected child abuse will be reported to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
Engaging in sexual harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against offending students, staff and contractors. Anyone else who engages in sexual harassment on school property or at school activities will have their access to school property and activities restricted, as appropriate.
Retaliation against any person who makes, or is a witness in, a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. The district will take appropriate actions to protect involved persons from retaliation.
It is a violation of this policy to knowingly report false allegations of sexual harassment. Persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.
Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure
A. What is Discrimination?
B. What is a Protected Class?
C. What should I do if I believe my child is being discriminated against?
If you cannot meet with the teacher or principal, you can always contact your school district’s main office. Each school district will have someone who is responsible for responding to complaints about discrimination. Sometimes this person is called the Title IX Coordinator or for issues related to disability, the Section 504 Coordinator.
D. What if I can’t resolve the problem with the school?
E. What will happen at the hearing?
F. What if I don’t agree with the School Board’s decision?
The board is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and community members that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image – including those that are electronically transmitted -- verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight.
“Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.
The district will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies. Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.
E. Retaliation/False Allegations
It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith. However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.
F. Compliance Officer
The superintendent is authorized to direct the implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy.
A major aim of education in the Crescent School District is the development of a commitment to the core values of a democratic society. In accordance with this aim, the district strongly emphasizes a core value of mutual human respect for each person regardless of race, gender, age, disability, physical condition, ethnic group or religion. We expect this value to be manifested in the daily behaviors of students, staff and volunteers. Appropriate consequences for violating this policy will be specified in the student code of conduct. Students violating this policy will be subject to discipline as appropriate.
Special Services Program
Annual Notice of School's Intent to Release Student Directory Information
Directory information includes student name, address, telephone number, date of birth, dates of attendance, participation in activities, and weight and height of team members. Telephone requests for information about students are not honored. A parent may annually request in writing that such information shall not be released.
At least 48 hours before the application of a pesticide to school facilities or school grounds, the District shall notify parents and staff of the planned application. This notice shall be posted in a prominent place in the building office in addition to being provided to parents and staff. This pre-notification is not required if the school grounds or facilities will not be occupied by students for two days following the application of the pesticide. This pre-notification is not required in the case of any emergency application of pesticides to a school facility, such as an application to control stinging pests, but full notification shall be made as soon as possible after the application.
Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM) are Present in the Buildings
Notification of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
a. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school office official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
Such written notice should be addressed to the school principal: Therese Carroll, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343.
b. The right to request the amendment of student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Crescent School District to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
c. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer;, contractor or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
d. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520.
Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U. S. Department of Education (ED) –
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of –
● Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
● Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing or vision screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and
● Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. (This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions.)
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
● Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
● Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
The Crescent School District has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The Crescent School District will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The Crescent School District will also directly notify, such as through U. S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. The Crescent School District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the district has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this direct notification requirement.
● Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
● Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Family Policy Compliance Officer
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
Annual Notice of Parental Right to Request Public Records Relating to School Employee Discipline
Please see Crescent School District Policy 4150 for any updates to the policy as restated below:
Participation by the Public
The Board encourages staff, students, parents and community to participate in the decision making process through commenting on matters of concern to appropriate school officials, submitting written suggestions and proposals and making presentations to the assembled school board. Also through responding to surveys, being involved in school associated groups and serving on advisory committees, as volunteers or resource persons.
The Board urges principals to involve parents and others in the communities their schools serve in the decision making process and service to the schools. The Board endorses the organization of school support groups, especially parent groups.
Any recommendation submitted to the Board by an organization or advisory committee shall be based on facts and study. Such recommendations will be given due consideration in light of how their implementation may affect the education program and students. The final decision may depart from the advice when it’s inconsistent with board policies and goals, current education practices, or isn’t financially feasible.