Nondiscrimination Policies at SCOE
The Sonoma County Board of Education (BOE) maintains policies that support the rights of all SCOE students. The board oversees educational programs run by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), including hundreds of special education and alternative education students.
SCOE Board Policy 0410 outlines SCOE’s commitment to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Specifically, it states:
“The Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Sonoma County Office of Education programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.”
The following guides may be helpful to students and schools concerned about these issues:
U.S. Office for Civil Rights: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. | How to file a complaint with the OCR
California Department of Education: Office of Equal Opportunity: Responsible for ensuring compliance with State and Federal civil rights laws and regulations, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 504, and Methods of Administration (MOA) in CDE employment and delivery of education services.