Title IX

FPCSO Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“The Age Act”), Friendship PCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, income derived all or in part from any public assistance programs, or protected genetic information in employment or any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Friendship PCS’ non-discrimination policies: 

Grievance Policy and Procedure for Parents/Guardians and Students

The procedures outlined below establish how complaints regarding discrimination or harassment will be investigated and resolved. These grievance procedures are intended to provide for a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints. Procedures related to employees are addressed in the Friendship PCS staff handbook.

Who May file: Any person, including a student, parent or visitor, who believes they have been discriminated against or been the subject of harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment in, Friendship PCS’ programs and activities may make a informal or formal complaint.

Informal Complaint: Friendship PCS recognizes that most if not all disputes are capable of being resolved amicably when there is communication between the person who believes they have been discriminated against or the subject of harassment and the school’s administration. Friendship PCS encourages but does not require that any person who has a grievance speaks directly with the school Principal in an effort to resolve the concern(s).

Formal Complaint

Step 1 Initiation

A written notice must be completed and signed by the grievant and submitted to the Principal at the particular campus within ninety (90) calendar days of the alleged discrimination or harassment. A complaint form may also be obtained from the school’s front office. The written notice must identify the subject of the complaint, the time frame/date(s) of the occurrence and the resolution or relief sought. The written notice should be signed and dated.

Step 2 Investigation

The Principal or his/her designee will promptly conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of the matters outlined in the complaint. Each investigation will consist of obtaining written evidence, interviewing witnesses and allowing parties to present evidence. All matters relating to the investigation and/or the alleged discrimination or harassment are considered confidential and will not be disclosed to persons not involved in the investigation except as required by law. 

Step 3 Response

Within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving the written notice, the Principal or his/her designee will respond to the grievant in writing, summarizing the information obtained from the investigation, determine whether the grievance was substantiated and if so, propose an appropriate resolution. If the grievance was substantiated, immediate action will be taken to rectify the problem.

Step 4 Appeal

Prohibition Against Retaliation

Friendship PCS will not tolerate or permit retaliation against a grievant who files a complaint pursuant to this policy. Immediate action will be taken against any person found to have retaliated against a grievant that has made a complaint.