Legal Notices

Equal Education Opportunity and Nondiscrimination

The Richardson Independent School District maintains a strict policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services and in employment. RISD intends to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations concerning equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.

  • No student shall, on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other category protected by law, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by RISD, including career and technical education programs.

  • All employment decisions and actions such as recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall, compensation and benefits, discipline, termination, and educational, recreational, and social programs are administered without regard to the race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability of an otherwise qualified individual, his or her membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, or any other category protected by law. RISD does not discriminate against an employee or applicant who acts to oppose unlawful discrimination or participates in the investigation of a complaint of alleged discriminatory employment practices. Hiring decisions are made on the basis of each applicant’s qualifications, experiences, and abilities as well as the business needs of the district.

  • In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, RISD has designated the following persons to coordinate compliance with the District’s legal responsibilities under these nondiscrimination statutes. Complaints or concerns may be directed to the persons listed below at any time in person, by mail, email, or telephone.

  • Title IX Coordinator
    (concerns regarding complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment)
    Matthew Gibbins, Chief Executive Director of Student Services
    420 S. Greenville Avenue Richardson, TX 75081
    matthew.gibbins@risd.org
    469-593-0372

  • Section 504/ADA Coordinator
    (concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability)
    Alicia Zornig, Section 504/ADA Coordinator
    701 W. Belt Line Road Richardson, TX 75080
    alicia.zornig@risd.org
    469-593-7517

  • All other concerns regarding unlawful discrimination, including harassment:
    Dr. Jeannie Stone, Superintendent or
    Tabitha Branum, Deputy Superintendent
    400 S. Greenville Avenue Richardson, TX 75081
    469-593-0401
    jeannie.stone@risd.org
    tabitha.branum@risd.org

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

No qualified person with a disability shall, on the basis of such disability, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by this school district unless specifically authorized by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and implementing regulations.

RISD does not discriminate on the basis of disability by denying access to the benefits of District services, programs, or activities. Inquiries relating to any of these statements or information about the student’s rights or grievance procedures should be directed to the District’s § 504 Coordinator: 504 and RtI Services, RISD, 701 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, TX 75080, 469-593-7500.

Employee inquiries regarding RISD’s policy of equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination or the District’s grievance procedures should be directed to the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, RISD, 400 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX 75081, 469-593-0250.

Provision of Special Services

The Special Student Services department is committed to providing services to every student with a disability who resides in RISD. Families of children suspected of having a disability from birth through age 21 should contact the district. Parents of children from birth to 4 years of age should call 469-593-7442, while parents of children ages 5 – 21 should contact the neighborhood school or call 469-593-7488.

Services are available to children who have a visual and/or auditory impairment from birth through age two. Children ages birth through two who have other disabilities are referred to an Early Childhood Intervention program.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities

RISD receives funds under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to support programs that (i) prevent violence in and around schools and the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and (ii) foster a safe and drug-free learning environment and support student academic achievement.

Upon receipt of a written notification from the parent or legal guardian of a student, RISD will withdraw the student from any program or activity that is funded under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Throughout the year, the District will make reasonable effort to inform parents and legal guardians of the content of programs (other than classroom instruction) that are funded under this Act.

Career and Technology Education

Richardson ISD offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry; Public Services; Arts and Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in LEA secondary schools.

It is the policy of Richardson ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

It is the policy of Richardson ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Richardson ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.

Richardson ISD ofrece programas vocacionales en Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas (STEM); Industria de Negocios; Servicios Públicos; Arte y Humanidades; y Multidisciplinario. La admisión a estos programas se basa en ESC-20 número de estudiantes en secundaria.

Es norma de Richardson ISD no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.

Es norma de Richardson ISD no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.

Richardson ISD tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.

For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact:

Matthew Gibbins, Chief Executive Director of Student Services
420 S. Greenville Avenue Richardson, TX 75081
matthew.gibbins@risd.org
469-593-0372

Alicia Zornig, Section 504/ADA Coordinator
701 W. Belt Line Road Richardson, TX 75080
alicia.zornig@risd.org
469-593-7517

Annual Notice Regarding Human Sexuality Instruction

RISD provides age-appropriate instruction to its students in the area of human sexuality. This curriculum is generally provided during health class and the District’s School Health Advisory Committee is involved in the review of curriculum material. A parent has the right to review human sexuality curriculum material and may request that his or her child be removed from class during the time when this curriculum is delivered.

Summary of RISD Curriculum: Abstinence-based curriculum includes instruction about reproduction, pregnancy, human development, building responsible relationships, risks of adolescent sexual activity, and communicable diseases.

Information About Your Child’s Teachers

RISD encourages parents to be full partners in their children’s education.

A parent who would like to receive information about his/her child’s teacher should contact the campus principal.

Special Education Records Destruction Notice

RISD will destroy Special Education Records of any students who moved, graduated, and/or exited the RISD program during the 2009-2010 school year. Parents of children under the age of 18 or adult students who wish to have their records retained should contact Records Management at 469-593-0360 no later than September 8, 2017.

Visitors

RISD welcomes visitors to its property and expects all visitors to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times. RISD may refuse a person entry to or eject a visitor from RISD property if the visitor does not leave peaceably upon request if he or she –

  • Poses a substantial risk of harm; and/or
  • Behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting and persists in such behavior even after being warned that the behavior could result in ejection or refusal of entry.

A person who has been refused entry to or ejected from RISD property may appeal the action by filing an appeal under Board Policy FNG (Local) (parents/students) or GF (Local) (public). The policies are available at http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/370.

Annual Notification of Asbestos Management Plan

The safety and well being of all students, staff, and visitors to our schools and facilities is always of paramount importance to the RISD. The purpose of this notice is to provide information regarding the management plan RISD maintains ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations related to asbestos containing building materials (ACBM).

As required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), RISD has engaged an asbestos consultant agency to perform periodic reinspections at all RISD schools where ACBM may be located. The consultant agency and its inspectors are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and accredited by the EPA. RISD uses information and recommendations obtained from those reinspections to develop ongoing plans and procedures to safely manage any asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in our schools.

RISD will abate (remove or contain) any ACBM that are encountered during any of the construction or renovation projects. RISD has retained experienced Asbestos Abatement Contractors who are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services to perform the abatement work that will be required.

Copies of the Asbestos Management Plan and results of the reinspection for individual schools are on file at each school campus. The reinspection results for all schools and the Asbestos Management Plan also are maintained at the RISD Operations Center, Facilities Services Department, located at 1123 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, Texas 75081. The documents are available for public inspection during regular business hours. If you have any questions or concerns regarding asbestos, please contact Melanie Rhea, Asbestos Program Manager, at 469-593-0044.

Language Assistance Services

For non-English speaking parents, RISD offers free language assistance services for matters related to school. Contact the school, call 469-593-0236, or email languageliaison@risd.org.

Para los padres no anglohablantes, RISD ofrece servicios de asistencia lingüística gratuita para los asuntos escolares. Comuníquese con la escuela, llame a 469-593-0236, o mande correo electrónico a languageliaison@risd.org.

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