Nondiscrimination in Child Nutrition Programs
A. Nondiscrimination StatementIn accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
B. Complaint Procedures
Complaint procedures will be made available to students, parents, and guardians through publication on the district website. Complaints of unlawful discrimination in the child nutrition program will be handled in generally the same manner as other complaints of discrimination in district programs. The district’s Title IX/EEO officer is designated to receive informal or formal complaints, and to oversee the complaint process.
When a person wishes to make an informal complaint, he or she shall discuss the complaint with the program supervisor, the Title IX/EEO officer, or the Director of Support Services. Any individual or group may make a complaint. Anonymous complaints will be addressed if there is sufficient information provided to do so. The district employee who receives the complaint shall notify the Title IX/EEO officer. It is intended that the informal discussion shall resolve the issue. If the complaint is not resolved, the individual may proceed to the formal complaint process.
A formal complaint must be signed by the complaining party and set forth the specific acts, conditions, or circumstances alleged to be in violation. All formal complaints will be directed to the Title IX/EEO officer .The Title IX/EEO officer shall investigate the allegations set forth within 30 calendar days of the filing of the charge. The officer shall provide the superintendent with a full written report of the complaint and the results of the investigation. The superintendent or designee shall respond in writing to the complainant as expeditiously as possible.
If a complainant remains aggrieved as a result of the investigation, action or inaction of the superintendent, he or she may file a written notice of appeal with the secretary of the board by the 10th calendar day following the date upon which the complainant received the district’s response to the formal complaint.
The board shall schedule a hearing to commence within twenty (20) working days following the filing of the written notice of appeal. Both parties shall be allowed to present such witnesses and testimony as the board deems relevant and material. The board shall render a written decision by the 10th calendar day following the termination of the hearing and shall provide a copy to all parties involved.
Any person alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability has the right to file a complaint wihtin 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action with the USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 1-800-632-9992.
Adoption Date: May 15, 2012