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Policy

Civil Right regulations are intended to assure that the benefits of the Head Start Child and Adult Food Program are made available to all eligible persons. In recruiting and enrollment procedures we will make every effort to allow equal participation by all eligible and potential participants regardless of race, color,national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

Regulation

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age and disability. A non-discrimination statement must be included in the parent handbook and the employees’ handbook or anywhere that mentions CACFP or USDA (including menus and any flyer that is sent home to the parent). The statement should also be on the Head Start website.

Classrooms of Head Start of Lane County must display the poster, “And Justice for All” where parents, adult participants and the general public can see and read it.

Procedure

  1. Annual training in Civil Rights policy will occur via the online training system (Moodle).
  2. The Procedure and Complaint forms will be located in the “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” folder or binder. The procedure is:
    1. Civil Rights Complaint Received by Head Start Employee
    2. Civil Right Complaint is documented In Civil Rights Complaint Log by the Regional Manager
    3. The employee will give the Complaint Civil Right Complaint Form and/or staff will help the person complete the Civil Rights Complaint Form with Complainant.
    4. If Complainant returns the Civil Right Complaint Form to Head Start, the Head Start Manager will forward the Civil Right Complaint form to Oregon Department of Education (ODE) within three (3) working days
  3. The Regional Manager is responsible for signing as the sponsor on the “Log of Civil Rights Complaints” form and the “Civil Rights Training for Site Staff” form that is distributed by the Food Service Manager at the beginning of each year, and adding the most recent version of the “Civil Rights Complaint” form to the folder. These must be kept for a minimum of four years.

SNP, CACFP and SFSP Sponsors:

Child Nutrition Programs updated the Civil Rights forms with the new Nondiscrimination Statement. The updated forms are posted on the Nutrition Civil Rights web page

The long nondiscrimination clause must be used on all publications that are over one page that mention USDA Child Nutrition program.

The forms with the new Nondiscrimination Statement are:
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
Civil Rights Complaints Log
Civil Rights Training for School Staff Signature Sheet (NSLP ONLY)
Civil Rights Complaint Form (English, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese)

Effective immediately, please use the updated forms and discard all other versions of the forms.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR Section1304.23 .
Updated June 2008, June 2010.December 2013. December 2015. May 2018
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