Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) does not discriminate in its employment, programs or activities based on race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or genetic information.

The Board is committed to providing students, staff and the community with a safe and supportive environment that fosters mutual respect, equity, inclusion and acceptance of the rich diversity that makes up our community.

Relevant Board policies and Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) regulations which outline expectations and processes for filing complaints are outlined below:

  • Policy 309 Discrimination and Harassment
  • Policy 447 Sexual Harassment/Child Sexual Abuse – Student Rights and Reporting *
  • Policy 318 Sexual Harassment – Employee Rights and Reporting *
  • Policy 437 Bullying – Harassment - Intimidation 
  • Regulation 400-48 Bullying – Harassment – Intimidation Complaint Process for Students
  • Regulation 400-66 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Implementation Guidelines
  • Policy 443 Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
  • Regulation 400-36 Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

* Note:  These policies are currently under review to incorporate changes and ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX Regulations.

Questions about policies and regulations identified above may be referred to the Division of Legal Services 301-696-6851 or email: EEO-TitleIX@fcps.org  This email will be monitored regularly by the Division of Legal Services and the Department of Human Resources.

Discrimination or harassment complaints may be filed as noted below:

Employee/Applicant/Community Member Allegation **

  1. Director of Human Resources 
    Frederick County Public Schools
    191 South East Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    301-644-5081

    OR
     
  2. EEOC Compliance Officer - Human Resources Department
    Frederick County Public Schools
    191 South East Street
    Frederick, MD 21701
    301-644-5091

Per Policy 309, complainant may use the form attached to the Policy.

**Note: Based on an individual being engaged in an FCPS program or activity.

Student Allegation

Per Regulation 400-48, a student complainant may use the form linked below to file a complaint with his/her Principal:

Student Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form

Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaints

It is the policy and expectation of the Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. The Board believes that sexual harassment is offensive and morally wrong.

Under Title IX, sexual harassment is defined as including the following categories of offenses:

  1. Quid Pro Quo
  2. Hostile School Environment
  3. Sexual Violence (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking)

Title IX Coordinator: Student Offenses – Principal or Assistant Principal at student’s school of attendance, in collaboration with the Director of Human Resources/EEOC Compliance Officer

Policy 447 Sexual Harassment/Child Sexual Abuse – Student Rights and Reporting 

Title IX Coordinator:  Employee Offenses – Director of Human Resources or EEOC Compliance Officer

Policy 318 Sexual Harassment – Employee Rights and Reporting 

Any Title IX questions may be referred to the Division of Legal Services at 301-696-6851 or via email: EEO-TitleIX@fcps.org. This email will be monitored regularly by the Division of Legal Services and the Department of Human Resources.

Complaints of discrimination may also be filed with:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

Title IX Complaints Regarding Equity in Athletics

The Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) supports provisions of Title IX and the implementation of the athletic program to reflect equity in funding, scheduling and access to program and facilities. In accordance with Board Policy 509 Extracurricular Activities, complaints regarding inequity or discrimination in interscholastic high school athletics may be submitted to Kevin Kendro, Supervisor of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities, 301-696-6845, kevin.kendro@fcps.org.

Title IX Training

The document linked below represents training on the U.S. Department of Education’s New Title IX Regulations that was received by designated staff that have Title IX Coordinator, investigative, or decision-making responsibilities as outlined under the new Title IX Regulations.

Title IX Sexual Harassment Training