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East Grand Rapids Public Schools

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Non-Discrimination Policy


East Grand Rapids Public Schools Title IX Law and Grievance Procedures

Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Scope of Title IX

Title IX applies to institutions that receive Federal financial assistance from ED, including state and local educational agencies. These agencies include approximately 16,500 local school districts, 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia and territories and possessions of the United States.

Educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The ED Title IX regulations  (Volume 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106) provide additional information about the forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.


Non-Discrimination Employees Board of Education Policy 

District Compliance Officers

The Board of Education designates the following individuals to serve as the District's "Compliance Officers" (also known as "Civil Rights coordinators."):
Mrs. Jennifer Fee
District TItle IX Coordinator
East Grand Rapids Public Schools
2915 Hall Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Mr. Craig Weigel
Building TItle IX Coordinator
Principal, East Grand Rapids High School
2211 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 235-7555
Mr. Jeffrey Dykhouse
Building TItle IX CoordinatorPrincipal, East Grand Rapids Middle School
2425 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 235-7551
Dr. Caroline Breault-Cannon
Building TItle IX CoordinatorPrincipal, Breton Downs Elementary
2211 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 235-7552
Mrs. Stephanie Thelen
Principal, Lakeside Elementary
2325 Hall Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 235-7553
Mrs. Carlye Allen
Building TItle IX CoordinatorPrincipal, Wealthy Elementary
1961 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
(616) 235-7550