Lakewood Public Schools Non-Discrimination Notifications
NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE – Title IX
Lakewood Public Schools
The Lakewood Public School District prohibits discrimination and/or harassment in all programs and activities. This prohibition includes discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, cultural or economic background, height, weight, marital status, lack of English language skills, or disability.
Any person who believes that he or she has been unlawfully discriminated against or harassed may bring forward a complaint, which will be referred to as a grievance, to the local Civil Rights Coordinator at the following address: Superintendent, Lakewood Public Schools, 223 W. Broadway, Woodland, MI 48897, 616.374.8043. Board Policy prohibits harassment and discrimination and is available online and upon request.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR TITLE VI, TITLE IX, TITLE II, SECTION 504 AND AGE DISCRIMINATION
Lakewood Public Schools
The Lakewood Public School District will not knowingly discriminate based on age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, cultural or economic background, height, weight, marital status, lack of English language skills, or disability in its programs or activities.
Any person believing that the Lakewood Public School District or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principle and/or regulations of (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Tile IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (4) The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and (5) Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 may bring forward a complaint, which will be referred to as a grievance, to the local Civil Rights Coordinator at the following address:
Superintendent of Lakewood Public Schools
223 W Broadway, Woodland, MI 48897
The person who believes a valid basis for grievance exists shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the coordinator who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complainant within five (5) business days. The complainant may initiate formal procedures according to the following steps:
Step 1 - A written statement of the grievance signed by the complainant shall be submitted to the coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days.
Step 2 - If unsatisfied, the complainant may appeal through a signed, written statement to the Board of Education within five (5) business days of receiving the coordinator’s response in step one. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within forty (40) business days of receipt of such appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten (10) days of the meeting.
Anyone at any time may contact the Office for Civil Rights for information and/or assistance at 216-522-4970. If the grievance has not been satisfactorily settled, further appeal may be made to the Regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 600 Superior Avenue East, Bank One Center, Suite 750, Cleveland, OH 44114-2611.
Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy may be directed to Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington D.C. 20202. The local coordinator, on request, will provide a copy of the district’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure. A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the Civil Rights Coordinator’s Office.