NonDiscrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Avonworth Board of School Directors declares it to be the policy of this school district  to provide an equal opportunity for all students to achieve their maximum potential through the programs and activities offered in the schools regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, or handicap/disability.

 

The Avonworth Board of School Directors shall provide to all students, without discrimination, course offerings, counseling, assistance, employment, career information and assessments, athletics, and extracurricular activities

 

The district shall make reasonable accommodations for identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with the requirements of federal and state law.

The Avonworth Board of School Directors directs that complaints of discrimination shall be investigated promptly and corrective action be taken when allegations are substantiated.

Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the district’s legal and investigative obligations.

No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of discrimination.

 

In order to maintain a program of non-discrimination practices that is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the Avonworth Board of School Directors designates the Director of Student Services as the district’s Compliance Officer.

The Compliance Officer shall publish and disseminate this policy and complaint procedure at least annually to students, parents/guardians, employees, and the public.

 

Jessica Taylor, Director of Student Services

Compliance Officer

412 366 7170 ext. 1512   

jtaylor@avonworth.k12.pa.us

Office of Student Services

258 Josephs Lane

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

 

Compliance Officer Responsibilities-Student Areas

Monitor the implementation of non-discrimination procedures in the following student areas:

  • Curriculum and Materials– review of curriculum guides, textbooks & supplemental materials for discriminatory bias
  • Training- Provision of training for students and staff to identify and alleviate problems of discrimination
  • Student Access- Review of programs, activities and practices to ensure that all students have equal access and are not separated except where permissible by law/regulation

Compliance Officer Responsibilities– Employee Areas

Monitor the implementation of non-discrimination procedures in the following employee areas:

  • Development of position qualifications, job descriptions, and essential job functions
  • Recruitment materials and practices
  • Procedures for screening, interviewing, and hiring
  • Promotions
  • Disciplinary actions, up to and including termination

 

Complaint Procedures

District Action:

If the investigation results in finding that the complaint is factual and constitutes a violation of this policy, the district shall take prompt corrective action to ensure that such conduct ceases and will not recur.

Disciplinary actions shall be consistent with the Student Code of Conduct, Avonworth Board of School Director’s polices and district procedures, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and state and federal laws.

 

Appeal Procedure

If the complainant is not satisfied with a finding of no violation of the policy or with the corrective action recommended in the investigation report, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Compliance Officer within 15 days.

The Compliance Officer shall review the investigation and investigation report and may also conduct a reasonable investigation.

The Compliance Officer shall prepare a written response to the appeal within 15 days. Copies of the response shall be provided to the complainant, the accused, and the building principal who conducted the original investigation.