Compliance Officers

Civil Rights Compliance Officer - Amanda Gardner, amanda@catalystpublicschools.org

Title IX / Sex Equity Officer - Dustin Church, dchurch@catalystpublicschools.org

Section 504 / ADA Coordinator - Tatiana Epanchin, tatiana@catalystpublicschools.org

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Coordinator - Dustin Church, dchurch@catalystpublicschools.org

Catalyst Public School Network Compliance Officer - Dustin Church, dchurch@catalystpublicschools.org

Homeless Liaison: Dustin Church, dchurch@catalystpublicschools.org

State Assessment Coordinator, Brittni Troyer, BTroyer@catalystpublicschools.org

Non-Discrimination Policies and Procedures

Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal employment opportunity and respect in the workplace are fundamental principles at Catalyst Public Schools (IPS). IPS prohibits and does not tolerate harassment, intimidation, bullying, discriminatory, or retaliatory behavior. All aspects of your employment are based upon your personal capabilities and qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, disability, age, military status, marital status, partnership status, status as a victim of domestic violence, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other protected class as established by federal, state, or local law.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Catalyst Public Schools 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 or 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.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Procedure - Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Anyone may file a complaint against Catalyst Public Schools alleging that Catalyst Public Schools has violated anti-discrimination laws. This complaint procedure is designed to assure that the resolution of real or alleged violations are directed toward a just solution that is satisfactory to the complainant, the administration and the board of directors. This grievance procedure will apply to the general conditions of the nondiscrimination policy (Policy 3210) and more particularly to policies dealing with guidance and counseling (Policy 2140), co-curricular program (Policy 2150), service animals in schools (Policy 2030) and curriculum development and instructional materials (Policy 2020). As used in this procedure:

  1. Grievance means a complaint which has been filed by a complainant relating to alleged violations of any state or federal anti-discrimination laws.

  2. Complaint means a written charge alleging specific acts, conditions or circumstances, which are in violation of the anti-discrimination laws. The time period for filing a complaint is one year from the date of the occurrence that is the subject matter of the complaint. However, a complaint filing deadline may not be imposed if the complainant was prevented from filing due to: 1) Specific misrepresentations by Catalyst Public Schools that it had resolved the problem forming the basis of the complaint; or 2) Withholding of information that Catalyst Public Schools was required to provide under WAC 392-190-065 or WAC 392-190-005. Complaints may be submitted by mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery to any Catalyst Public School location, school or to Catalyst Public Schools compliance officer responsible for investigating discrimination complaints. Any Catalyst Public Schools employee who receives a complaint that meets these criteria will promptly notify the compliance officer.

  3. Respondent means the person alleged to be responsible or who may be responsible for the violation alleged in the complaint.

The primary purpose of this procedure is to secure an equitable solution to a justifiable complaint. To this end, specific steps will be taken. Catalyst Public Schools is prohibited by law from intimidating, threatening, coercing or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with their right to file a grievance under this policy and procedure and from retaliating against an individual for filing such a grievance.

Informal Complaint Process

Anyone may use informal procedures to report and resolve complaints of sexual harassment. Informal reports may be made to any staff member.  Staff will always notify complainants of their right to file a formal complaint and the process for the same. Staff will also direct potential complainants to the Director of Operations and Finance at 1305 Ironsides Ave, Bremerton, WA 98310. Additionally, staff will also inform an appropriate supervisor or professional staff member when they receive complaints of sexual harassment, especially when the complaint is beyond their training to resolve or alleges serious misconduct. 

 

During the course of the informal complaint process, Catalyst Public Schools will take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end any harassment and to correct any discriminatory effects on the complainant.  If an investigation is needed to determine what occurred, the district will take interim measures to protect the complainant before the final outcome of the district’s investigation (e.g., allowing the complainant to change academic or extracurricular activities or break times to avoid contact with the alleged perpetrator).  

Informal remedies may include:

 

  • An opportunity for the complainant to explain to the alleged harasser that his or her conduct is unwelcome, offensive or inappropriate, either in writing or face-to-face; 

  • A statement from a staff member to the alleged harasser that the alleged conduct is not appropriate and could lead to discipline if proven or repeated; 

  • A general public statement from an administrator in a building reviewing Catalyst Public Schools’ sexual harassment policy without identifying the complainant;

  • Developing a safety plan; 

  • Separating students; or 

  • Providing staff and/or student training 

 

Informal complaints may become formal complaints at the request of the complainant, parent/guardian, or because the district believes the complaint needs to be more thoroughly investigated.

 

Catalyst Public Schools will inform the complainant and their parent/guardian how to report any subsequent problems.  Additionally, Catalyst Public Schools will conduct follow-up inquiries to see if there have been any new incidents or instances of retaliation, and to promptly respond and appropriately address continuing or new problems.  Follow-up inquiries will follow a timeline agreed to by the district and complainant.

Formal Complaint Process

Level One – Complaint to District 

Anyone may initiate a formal complaint of sexual harassment or discrimination, even if the informal complaint process is being utilized. At any level in the formal complaint process, the district will take interim measures to protect the complainant before the final outcome of the district’s investigation. 

 

The following process will be followed:

 

Filing of Complaint
 

  • All formal complaints will be in writing and will set forth the specific acts, conditions or circumstances alleged to have occurred and to constitute sexual harassment. The Title IX Coordinator may draft the complaint based on the report of the complainant for the complainant to review and approve. The superintendent or Title IX Coordinator may also conclude that the district needs to conduct an investigation based on information in his or her possession, regardless of the complainant's interest in filing a formal complaint.

  • The time period for filing a complaint is one year from the date of the occurrence that is the subject matter of the complaint.  However, a complaint filing deadline may not be imposed if the complainant was prevented from filing due to: 1) Specific misrepresentations by the district that it had resolved the problem forming the basis of the complaint; or 2) Withholding of information that the district was required to provide under WAC 392-190-065 or WAC 392-190-005.

  • Complaints may be submitted by mail, fax, e-mail or hand-delivery to the district Title IX Coordinator, Director of Operations and Finance at 1305 Ironsides Ave., Bremerton, WA 98310. Any Catalyst Public Schools’ employee who receives a complaint that meets these criteria will promptly notify the Coordinator.   

 

Investigation and Response

  • The Title IX Coordinator will receive and investigate all formal, written complaints of sexual harassment or information in the coordinator’s possession that they believe requires further investigation. The Coordinator will delegate his or her authority to participate in this process if such action is necessary to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Coordinator will provide the complainant a copy of this procedure.   

  • Investigations will be carried out in a manner that is adequate in scope, reliable and impartial.  During the investigation process, the complainant and accused party or parties, if the complainant has identified an accused harasser(s), will have an equal opportunity to present witnesses and relevant evidence. Complainants and witnesses may have a trusted adult with them during any district-initiated investigatory activities. The school district and complainant may also agree to resolve the complaint in lieu of an investigation. When the investigation is completed, the Coordinator will compile a full written report of the complaint and the results of the investigation. 

 

Superintendent Response
 

  • The Co-Founders will respond in writing to the complainant and the alleged perpetrator within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the complaint, unless otherwise agreed to by the complainant or if exceptional circumstances related to the complaint require an extension of the time limit.  In the event an extension is needed, the district will notify the complainant in writing of the reason for the extension and the anticipated response date.  At the time Catalyst Public Schools responds to the complainant, Catalyst Public Schools must send a copy of the response to the office of the superintendent of public instruction.  

  • The response of the Co-Founders or designee will include: 1) a summary of the results of the investigation; 2) a statement as to whether a preponderance of the evidence establishes that the complainant was sexually harassed ; 3) if sexual harassment is found to have occurred, the corrective measures the district deems necessary, including assurance that the district will take steps to prevent recurrence and remedy its effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate; 4) notice of the complainant’s right to appeal to the board of directors and the necessary filing information; and 5) any corrective measures the district will take, remedies for the complainant (e.g., sources of counseling, advocacy and academic support), and notice of potential sanctions for the perpetrator(s) (e.g., discipline).  

  • The Co-Founders’ or designee’s response will be provided in a language the complainant can understand and may require language assistance for complainants with limited English proficiency in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If the complaint alleges discriminatory harassment by a named party or parties, the coordinator will provide the accused party or parties with notice of the outcome of the investigation and notice of their right to appeal any discipline or corrective action imposed by Catalyst Public Schools.

  • Any corrective measures deemed necessary will be instituted as quickly as possible, but in no event more than thirty (30) days after the Co-Founders’ mailing of a written response, unless the accused is appealing the imposition of discipline and the district is barred by due process considerations or a lawful order from imposing the discipline until the appeal process is concluded. 

  • Catalyst Public Schools will inform the complainant and their parent/guardian how to report any subsequent problems.  Additionally, Catalyst Public Schools will conduct follow-up inquiries to see if there have been any new incidents or instances of retaliation, and to promptly respond and appropriately address continuing or new problems.  Follow-up inquiries will follow a timeline agreed to by the district and complainant.

 

 

Level Two - Appeal to Board of Directors

 

Notice of Appeal and Hearing
 

  • If a complainant disagrees with the Co-Founders’ or designee’s written decision, the complainant may appeal the decision to the Catalyst Public Schools’ board of directors , by filing a written notice of appeal with the secretary of the board within ten (10)  calendar days following the date upon which the complainant received the response. 

  • The board will schedule a hearing to commence by the twentieth (20th) calendar day following the filing of the written notice of appeal, unless otherwise agreed to by the complainant and the superintendent or for good cause.   

  • Both parties will be allowed to present such witnesses and testimony as the board deems relevant and material. 

 

Board Decision
 

  • Unless otherwise agreed to by the complainant, the board will render a written decision within thirty (30) calendar days following the filing of the notice of appeal and provide the complainant with a copy of the decision. 

  • The decision will be provided in a language that the complainant can understand which may require language assistance for complainants with limited English proficiency in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  

  • The decision will include notice of the complainant’s right to appeal to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and will identify where and to whom the appeal must be filed. The district will send a copy of the appeal decision to the office of the superintendent of public instruction.  

 

 

Level Three - Complaint to the Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

Filing of Complaint
 

  • If a complainant disagrees with the decision of the board of directors, or if Catalyst Public Schools fails to comply with this procedure, the complainant may file a complaint with the superintendent of public instruction.

  • A complaint must be received by the Superintendent of Public Instruction on or before the twentieth (20) calendar day following the date upon which the complainant received written notice of the board of directors’ decision, unless the Superintendent of Public Instruction grants an extension for good cause.  Complaints may be submitted by mail, fax, electronic mail, or hand delivery.

  • A complaint must be in writing and include: 1) A description of the specific acts, conditions or circumstances alleged to violate applicable anti-sexual harassment laws; 2) The name and contact information, including address, of the complainant; 3) The name and address of the Catalyst Public Schools’ subject to the complaint; 4) A copy of Catalyst Public Schools’ complaint and appeal decision, if any; and 5) A proposed resolution of the complaint or relief requested. If the allegations regard a specific student, the complaint must also include the name and address of the student, or in the case of a homeless child or youth, contact information.

 

Investigation, Determination and Corrective Action
 

  • Upon receipt of a complaint, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction may initiate an investigation, which may include conducting an independent on-site review. OSPI may also investigate additional issues related to the complaint that were not included in the initial complaint or appeal to the superintendent or board. 

  • Following the investigation, OSPI will make an independent determination as to whether the district has failed to comply with RCW 28A.642.010 or Chapter 392-190, WAC and will issue a written decision to the complainant and the district that addresses each allegation in the complaint and any other noncompliance issues it has identified.  The written decision will include corrective actions deemed necessary to correct noncompliance and documentation the district must provide to demonstrate that corrective action has been completed.

  • All corrective actions must be completed within the timelines established by OSPI in the written decision unless OSPI grants an extension.  If timely compliance is not achieved, OSPI may take action including but not limited to referring the district to appropriate state or federal agencies empowered to order compliance.

 

A complaint may be resolved at any time when, before the completion of the investigation, Catalyst Public Schools voluntarily agrees to resolve the complaint.  OSPI may provide technical assistance and dispute resolution methods to resolve a complaint.

 

Level Four - Administrative Hearing 

A complainant or school district that desires to appeal the written decision of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction may file a written notice of appeal with OSPI within thirty (30) calendar days following the date of receipt of that office’s written decision. OSPI will conduct a formal administrative hearing in conformance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 34.05, RCW.

 

Other Complaint Options

Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education 

OCR enforces several federal civil rights laws, which prohibit discrimination in public schools on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. File complaints with OCR within 180 calendar days of the date of the alleged discrimination.

206-607-1600 ǀ TDD: 1-800-877-8339 ǀ OCR.Seattle@ed.gov ǀ www.ed.gov/ocr  

 

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC)

WSHRC enforces the Washington Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60), which prohibits discrimination in employment and in places of public accommodation, including schools. File complaints with WSHRC within six months of the date of the alleged discrimination.

1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov  

Website Accessibility Policy

Catalyst Public Schools is committed to making its website content accessible to all persons, including individuals with disabilities.  

Report An Issue

If you wish to request CPS to provide access to online information or functionality that is currently inaccessible, you may do so in any of the following ways:

  1. E-mail amanda@catalystpublicschools.org.
    Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.

  2. Submit written correspondence to: Amanda Gardner
    Address: Catalyst Public Schools, 1305 Ironsides Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98310
    In your correspondence, please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.

File A Complaint

If you wish to file a formal Section 504 or Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II) complaint about the accessibility of any content on a IPS website, you may do so in any of the following ways:

    • E-mail amanda@catalystpublicschools.org.
      Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.

    • Submit written correspondence to: Amanda Gardner
      Address: Catalyst Public Schools, 1305 Ironsides Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98310
      In your correspondence, please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.