Student Safety & Discrimination/HIB
Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
CVSD does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Compliance Officer (listed below) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination.
Conduct or communication that is (1) based on a student's protected class, and (2) serious enough to create a hostile environment. A hostile environment is conduct so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it limits a student's ability to participate in, or benefit from, the school's services, activities, or opportunities. This could impact a student's school life in many ways: physical illness, anxiety about going to school, or a decline in grades or attendance. Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones or the internet; or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents.
- A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to ununwelcomeexual conduct or cocommunicationsn order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
- The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of sexual harassment:
Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, e- mails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
- Physical violence, rape & sexual assault
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child's principal or with the Compliance Officer. This is often the fastest way to resolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
- Write Out Your In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or Compliance Officer.
- District Investigates Complaint. Once the district receives your written complaint, the Compliance Officer will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written
- District Responds to Complaint. In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to The School Board
If you disagree with the district's decision, you may appeal to the district's board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the district's response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board's decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school board's appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with OSPI. This is a separate complaint process that can take place if: (1) you have completed the district's complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: [email protected] Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying (HIB) (H101)
CVSD is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. HIB means any intentionally written message or image—including those that are electronically transmitted—verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
Physically harms a student or damages the student's
Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's
Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational
Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for HIB.
“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight.
“Intentional acts” refers to the individual's choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).
Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images.
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.
The district will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. In its efforts to train students, the district will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement and other community agencies.
Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation or bullying.
It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying. Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith. However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.
Incident Reporting Process
Complete the Incident Reporting Form available in all school offices and online at cvsd.org.
Turn in the completed form to a school teacher, counselor or principal
Principal will review and investigate the incident. The district will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies. Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement
Interventions are designed to remediate the impact on the targeted student(s) and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the perpetrator, and to restore a positive school climate.
Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying – Information for Parents
harassment, intimidation or bullying.
Definition of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying
or physical act including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability (RCW 9A.36.080(3)) or any
other distinguishing characteristic such as physical appearance, clothing or other apparel,
socioeconomic status, gender identity and marital status when an act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student's property at school; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or
- Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school
demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written,
oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images.
Incident Reporting Process• Complete the Incident Reporting Form
• Turn in the completed form to a school teacher, counselor or principal
• The principal will review and investigate the incident. Depending upon the frequency and severity of the conduct, intervention, counseling, correction, discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to remediate the impact on the victim and the climate and change the behavior or the perpetrator.
CVSD Compliance Officer:
19307 E. Cataldo Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99016
Board Policy 3207.
What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is bullying using electronic devices to initiate repeated negative behavior toward another person. Electronic name- calling, shunning and shaming are all forms of cyberbullying. So are spreading rumors, gossiping and making threats online. Washington State law prohibits cyberbullying and schools are permitted to discipline students who engage in cyberbullying if it disrupts the orderly operation of school.
COMPLIANCE OFFICER:ADA, Civil Rights, Gender Inclusive, HIB, Section 504, Title IX
Title: Associate Superintendent of Equity & Whole Child Initiatives 2218 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Phone: 509-558-5400 | Email: [email protected]
OSPI Equity and Civil Rights Office
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept of Education
WA State Human Rights Commission