Legal Notices

  •  Notice of Non-discrimination related to programs and services or other operations


    As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Wayne County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. 


    Grievance Procedures for Discrimination

    Complaints made to the School System regarding alleged discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin in violation of Title VI, on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX or on the basis of disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans With Disabilities Act will be processed in accordance with the following procedure:

     

    Any student, employee, applicant for employment, parent or other person with a complaint alleging a violation as described above shall promptly notify, in writing or orally, either the principal for his/her school or the appropriate coordinator designated from time to time by the Board of Education. If the complaint is oral, either the coordinator or school principal to whom the complaint is made shall promptly prepare a memorandum or written statement of the complaint as made to him or her by the complainant and shall have the complainant read and sign the memorandum or statement if it accurately reflects the complaint made. If the complaint is made to a school principal, he or she shall be responsible for notifying the appropriate coordinator of the complaint.

    The following coordinators are located at the Wayne County Board of Education, 555 South Sunset Boulevard, Jesup, Georgia 31545; (912) 427-1000:

    Title II Coordinator of the ADA Coordinator, Mary Wildes

    Title IV, Title VI and Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Lisa Smith

    Section 504 Coordinator, Kim Sims

    School Nutrition, Dr. Rindy Trapnell 

    If the alleged offending individual is the coordinator designated by the Board of Education, the complaint shall either be made by the complainant to the Superintendent or, if the complaint is initially made to the school principal, reported by the principal to the Superintendent.

    School Nutrition


    "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender, identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted of funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

    If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202-690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

    Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)-877-8339: or (800)-845-6136 (in Spanish).

    USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

    For a complete copy of the grievance procedure, contact the Board of Education.


    Volunteers


    The Board recognizes that volunteers can make a valuable contribution to our schools. Goals for having a school volunteer program include but are not limited to:

    • Improving the quality of education for all students;
    • Increasing parent involvement;
    • Encouraging other segments (senior citizens; non-parents) of society to contribute to the betterment of the schools and its students;
    • Providing assistance to teachers and other educators;
    • Improving communication between schools and the communities they serve; and
    • Fostering a better understanding of the diversity, problems and achievements of today’s schools.

     

    Volunteers as Mandated Reporters

     

    O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 now holds volunteers in schools, hospitals, social agencies or similar facilities responsible for the same child abuse reporting requirements as employees. As a mandated reporter, you are legally required to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment if you encounter it in your role as a volunteer.

    The following table indicates signs that may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect:

    Physical abuse

    Neglect

    Abuse or Neglect

    -        Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones or black eyes

    -        Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home

    -        Shrinks at the approach of adults

    -        Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance

     

     

    -        Begs or steals food or money

    -        Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor

    -        States that there is no one at home to provide care to them

    -        Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses

     

    -        Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance

    -        Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parent’s attention

    -        Is overly compliant, passive or withdrawn

    -        Has learning problems or difficulty concentrating

    -        Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior

     

    If you suspect that a child that you are working with at the school has been abused or neglected, immediately contact the counselor or administrator of the school with your suspicions. This information is confidential and shall not be shared with anyone other than the counselor or administrator.