Ridgway Nondiscrimination Statement

The Ridgway Board of Education (Board) is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. The schools in the district are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, disability, or need for special education services. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment or member of the public may be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any district program or activity on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, disability, or need for special education services . Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. School Board Policies are located here:  

Title IX Coordinator

Ridgway School District Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Butterbaugh - Email: jbutterbaugh@ridgway.k12.co.us, Phone: 970-626-4337

 Complaint Procedures

Students and parents/guardians (on student’s behalf) may file a complaint. Complaints must be filed in writing and turned in to the Title IX Coordinator. All staff are required to forward received complaints to the Title IX Coordinator. The district strictly prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or participates in an investigation.

  • For more information, please refer to BOE Policies AC-R-1 (Nondiscrimination-Equal Opportunity Complaint & Compliance Process) and AC-R-2 (Sexual Harassment Investigation Procedures)

 Staff Training

Ridgway staff receive annual training on sexual harassment and staff conduct. Training on the specific roles in the complaint process investigation took place in the Fall of 2020, supported by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado School District Self Insurance Pool (CSDSIP)

 Administrators receive the following training through ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators) and/or CSDSIP (Colorado School District Self-Insurance Pool):

·         Jeff Butterbaugh, Title IX Coordinator – Coordinator Training

·         Heidi Hanssen, Elementary Principal – Investigator Training - Foundations

·         Russell Randolph, Secondary Principal – Investigator Training - Level One

·         Shawnn Row, Athletic Director – Compliance & Athletics Training

·         Susan Lacy, Superintendent – Title IX for Investigators and Decision Makers 

 

Questions 

Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Ridgway School District Title IX Coordinator or to the Denver Office for Civil Rights.

Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Butterbaugh, jbutterbaugh@ridgway.k12.co.us

Colorado Civil Rights Commission, US Department of Education, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303.894.2977 Email: DORA_CCRD@state.co.us