Notice of Non-Discrimination 

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, it is the policy of Allendale Public Schools that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, height, weight, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination during any instructional opportunities, programs, services, job placement assistance, employment or in policies governing student conduct and attendance. Any person suspecting a discriminatory practice should contact the Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator.

Any person believing that the Allendale Public Schools or any part of the school organization has inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of (1) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (4) the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, (5) Title II of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance to:

Dr. Daniel Jonker, Superintendent
Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator
10505 Learning Lane Allendale, MI 49401
616-892-5570

The person who believes a valid basis for grievance exists shall discuss the grievance informally and on a verbal basis with the building principal or the Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator, who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer within five (5) business days.

If the complainant feels the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, s/he 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 Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator within five (5) business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within five (5) business days.

Step 2. A complainant wishing to appeal the decision of the Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Vice President of the Allendale Public Schools Board of Education. A subcommittee of the Allendale Board of Education shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten (10) business days of this meeting.

The Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator, on request, will provide the complainant with a copy of the district’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with the procedure.

A copy of each of the Acts and the regulations on which this notice is based may be found in the office of the Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator.