How to Report a Discrimination Concern
SPS Non-Discrimination Complaint Procedure
Seattle Public Schools, SPS, provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability; honorably discharged veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is unfair or unlawful treatment of a person or group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class. Discrimination may include treating a person differently or denying someone access to a program, service, or activity because they are part of a protected class, or failing to accommodate a person’s disability. Discriminatory harassment is verbal or physical harassment based on a protected class.
What is a protected class?
A protected class is a group of people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by federal, state, or local laws. Protected classes in Seattle Public Schools are those groups identified in the Non-Discrimination Statement above, such as sex, race, etc.
Student, Family, and Community Discrimination Concerns
For students, parents/caregivers, and members of the public, the Office of Student Civil Rights has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination in Seattle Public Schools:
- Office of Student Civil Rights, email@example.com, or 206-252-0306
- Mailing Address: Seattle Public Schools, MS 32-149, P.O. Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1166
You can also contact:
- Title IX Coordinator for sex discrimination and harassment concerns, 206-252-0367 or Title.IX@seattleschools.org
- ADA/Section 504 Grievance Coordinator for disability discrimination concerns, 206-252-0306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee Discrimination Concerns
For employee questions about or requests for disability related accommodations and/or complaints of alleged discrimination, including sexual harassment, contact email@example.com.
Staff members can also use the SPS Discrimination Complaint Form (see next section for form link) to submit a complaint in writing. The use of a particular form is optional and not required. Employees should submit the written complaint to the following:
- Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-252-0024 or
- Mailing Address: Seattle Public Schools, Mailstop 33-157, P.O. Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1166
Discrimination Complaint Procedure
If you believe that you or your child has experienced discrimination or discriminatory harassment at school, you have the right to file a formal complaint.
SPS Discrimination Complaint Form (English) – translations available below
Discrimination Complaint Forms Translations