Non-Discrimination Policy

  • WICOMICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

     

    Wicomico County Public Schools (WCPS) prohibits illegal discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, immigration status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, family/parental status, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, poverty and socioeconomic status, language, or other legally or constitutionally protected attributes or affiliations and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Discrimination undermines our community’s long-standing efforts to create, foster, and promote equity, inclusion, and acceptance for all.


    SECTION 504 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS
    PURSUING A DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT


    The following procedures are available to students and/or their parent/guardian and applies to disability discrimination and harassment carried out by students, employees, or third parties.


    For Inquires or Complaints about                                            For Inquires or Complaints about    
    Discrimination Against WCPS staff                                        Discrimination Against WCPS students 

    Office of Human Resources                                                        Office of Student & Family Services             
    Contact Name:  Vince Pavic                                                        Contact Name:    Kimberly Miles
    Address:             2424 NorthGate Drive,                                    Address:                2424 NorthGate Drive,
                                 Suite 100                                                                                              Suite 100
                                 Salisbury, MD 21802-1538                                                               Salisbury, MD 21802-1538
     Phone No.:        410-677-4531                                                     Phone No.:             410-677-4480    

     

    WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS COMPLAINTS?

     

    1.    Complaints must be filed in writing within 180 calendar days of the alleged discrimination, or 90 days after the complaining party becomes aware of the alleged discrimination. There is no standard form for entering a complaint. However, all complaints must contain the following:


           a. Name and address of the complaining party;
           b. A description of the violation of the law or unlawful discriminatory act; and
           c. The date of the alleged act and the name of all persons alleged to be responsible.

           Complaints may be filed by the student alleging discrimination or by his/her parent/guardian.

    2.     Adequate, reliable, and impartial investigations, including the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence shall be conducted with respect to all timely filed complaints of discrimination.


    3.    Complaints shall be resolved within 60 calendar days of their filing with written notice delivered to the complaining party and the respondent of the outcome of the investigation and basis for decision.


    ASSURANCE

     WCPS will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any prohibited action and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.