Statement of Nondiscrimination

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Warwick Valley Central School District does not discriminate in its employment and admission to programs and activities as applicable, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, veterans’ status, political affiliation, domestic victim status, use of a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog, disability, or other classifications protected under federal or state law, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The designated district compliance officers will coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title VI and Title VII 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, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law.

The Warwick Valley Central School District’s Compliance Officer is Cindy Leandro, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Safety, P.O. Box 595, Warwick, NY 10990-0595, phone(845) 987-3000, Ext. 10522. Complaints may also be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, New York Office, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500, phone (646) 428-3800, fax (646)428-3843, email:


New York State requires that all faculty and staff be notified, in writing, about the Dignity for All Students Act. The Dignity Act states that “No student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex”.

If you witness a “material incident”, please report it to the Dignity Act Coordinator or a building
administrator. The definition of a material incident is, “a single incident or a series of related incidents where a
student is subjected to discrimination and/or harassment by a student and/or employee on school property or at a
school function that creates a hostile environment by conduct, with or without physical contact and/or by verbal
threats, intimidation or abuse, of such severe or pervasive nature that has or would have the effect of
unreasonably and substantially interfering with educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental,
emotional, and/or physical well-being; or causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for
his or her physical safety.”

Teachers, parents, and students can report material incidents, which will then be
investigated. We will keep you informed of any changes and the procedures that we will implement here at
Park Avenue Elementary.