Nondiscrimination (Policy)

Policy Approve By
Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Policy Team
Policy Category


The WSSB will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, participation in the Boy Scouts of America or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. WSSB programs will be free from sexual harassment.

Conduct against any student that is based on one of the categories listed above that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive as to limit or deny the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the WSSB’s course offerings; educational programming or any activity will not be tolerated. When a WSSB employee knows, or reasonably should know, that such discriminatory harassment is occurring or has occurred the employee has an obligation to report to administration. The WSSB will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

The WSSB’s nondiscrimination statement will be included in all written announcements, notices, recruitment materials, employment applications, and other publications made available to all students, parents, or employees. The statement will include: 1) notice that the WSSB will not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of any of the above-listed categories; 2) the name and contact information of the WSSB’s compliance officer designated to ensure compliance with this policy; and 3) the names and contact information of the WSSB’s Section 504 and Title IX compliance officers. WSSB’s Compliance Officer is designated by the superintendent.

The WSSB will annually publish notice to inform students, students’ parents/guardians (in a language that they can understand, which may require language assistance), and employees of the agency’s discrimination complaint procedure.

The superintendent will designate a staff member to serve as the compliance officer for this policy. The compliance officer will be responsible for investigating any discrimination complaints communicated to the agency.

The WSSB will offer or provide training to administrators and certificated and classroom personnel on their responsibility to raise awareness of and to eliminate bias based on the categories identified in this policy.

Title IX Compliance Officer:


Affirmative Action Officer:

Human Resources Manager

Cross References:

Program Compliance:

  • Service Animals in Schools
  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Co-Curricular Program
  • Interscholastic Activities
  • Transgender Students
  • Use of School Facilities
  • Students
  • Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying by Students
  • Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

Legal References:

  • RCW 28A.640 Sexual Equality
  • RCW 28A.642 Discrimination prohibition
  • RCW 49.60 Discrimination - Human rights commission
  • WAC 392-190-020 Training – Staff responsibilities – Bias awareness
  • WAC 392-190-060 Compliance – School district designation of responsible employee - Notification
  • WAC 392-400-215 Student rights
  • 20 U.S.C. § 7905 Boy Scouts of America Equal Access
  • 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act Management