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2260.02 - Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of the Board to offer the opportunity to students to participate in appropriate programs and activities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, or age, except as otherwise provided by State law.

The compliance officer for the Board is identified annually and the name is published in the student handbooks. The compliance officer may be reached at the Office of Human Resources, Raymond O. Shelton School Administration Center, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33602.

At each school site, the compliance officer for that institution is the principal thereof. All written grievances may be properly directed to the principal of the institution alleged to be in violation of Title IX of the Florida Education Equity Act.

All written complaints alleging violations of Title IX of the Florida Education Equity Act, regardless of resolution at the individual school level, shall be forwarded to the Board's compliance officer. The Board's compliance officer or designee will maintain all such written complaints as well as the written response to/resolution of such complaints. These documents are public records and shall be available for inspection. Copies may be purchased pursuant to Florida statute upon payment of a fee (see also Policy 8310 - Public Records).

Student Grievance Procedure:

The steps described below must be followed in the submittal and resolution of student grievances.

Grievance Defined

A grievance is another name for a complaint.

School Level Grievance

Student grievances exist when students believe that they have been treated unfairly or have not been afforded due process. Students wishing to register a school level grievance must do so within 60 calendar days from the time that they became aware of the alleged infraction.

Resolving a School Level Grievance:

 

  A. The student will ask the teacher or person(s) who allegedly treated the student unfairly to schedule a conference for the purpose of discussing the complaint.

 

 

  B. If the person charged with the alleged infraction does not resolve the complaint, the student will arrange to talk with the department head, a guidance counselor, a student intervention specialist or some other person who may be able to assist.

 

  C. If the above conferences have not resolved the complaint, the student will talk with a school administrator such as an assistant principal for student affairs, an assistant principal II, or the principal.

 

  D. If necessary, the student can contact the area director responsible for you’re the oversight of the school and request that the area director look into the complaint.

 

  E. Students should involve their parents or guardians in resolving school level grievances.

 

  F. Most student grievances can be resolved at the school level through informal conferences with teachers or other school personnel.

 

  G. If efforts to resolve the grievance with school level administrators and the area director fail, the student, upon filing a Level I Grievance Form with the principal, shall be given a written explanation by the principal either accepting or rejecting the student's position and detailing the reasons for this decision.

 

  H. A student wishing to appeal the principal’s Level I written decision must file a Level II grievance with the Office of Employee Relations, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33602, no later than 10 school days from the date of said decision. Forms for filing grievances are available in the principal’s office and shall be provided upon request.

 

  I. The Office of Employee Relations will have 15 school or work days after receipt of the grievance in which to prepare the case and to schedule and hold a hearing before the Superintendent. The review board shall be composed of persons appointed by the Superintendent. The person filing the grievance may bring witnesses to the hearing.

 

F.S. 1000.05
Titles VI, VII, and IX of the Civil Rights Act 1964
Section 504 of the Education Amendments of 1972
American's with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336

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