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Non-Discrimination Policy

The Kennewick 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 employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights & Equity: Douglas Christensen - (509) 222-5010 (doug.christensen@ksd.org)
Section 504, Title IX: Jack Anderson - (509) 222-5004 (jack.anderson@ksd.org

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 the district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or the district office: Kennewick School District 1000 W. 4th Ave Kennewick, WA 99336 or view at: ksd.org.

Complaint Options: Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.

Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to resolve your concerns.

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. 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. 

File a Complaint of Discrimination with Your School District

Anyone can file a formal complaint that alleges discrimination in a Washington State public school—based on a protected class. Anyone could include parents, students, teachers, administrators, and advocates. We encourage you to follow the complaint procedure closely. If you have questions, go directly to your district or and ask for the information you need to move forward.

Step 1 Write Out and Send Your Complaint

  • Describe the conduct or incident. Use facts: what, who and when.
  • Explain why you believe discrimination has taken place.
  • Describe what actions you believe the district or charter school should take to resolve the problem.

Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent, charter school administrator, or civil rights coordinator. OSPI maintains a list of websites for all state school districts. Contact information should be on these district websites.

Deadline for Filing a Complaint

School districts can adopt a filing deadline for complaints. This deadline must be at least one year after the incident or conduct — the subject of the complaint — took place. Find out if your district has a deadline for filing a complaint related to discrimination.

Step 2 School District Investigates Your Complaint

Your civil rights coordinator has an important role to play once the school district receives your written complaint. 

The coordinator must:

  • Give you a copy of the procedure to follow for discrimination complaints
  • Make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place

Important! At this point, you could decide to resolve your complaint immediately instead of proceeding with the investigation.

30 Calendar Days to Respond to Your Complaint

Once the district receives your written complaint, the superintendent or administrator must 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 or charter school must notify you in writing with (1) why staff need this time extension and (2), a new date for their written response.

Step 3 School District Responds to Your Complaint

In its written response, the district or charter school must include this information:

  • Summary of the results of the investigation
  • Determination that states clearly whether or not the district or charter school failed to comply with civil rights law
  • Notification that you can appeal this determination: how and where to file a appeal, and to whom it must addressed
  • Any measures, determined through the investigation, necessary to bring the district or charter school into compliance with civil rights law

Important! Any necessary corrective measures must be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.