Notice of Non-Discrimination

  • It is the policy of Johnston County Public Schools that no employee nor student shall be discriminated against in any manner on account of, or because of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, genetic information or disability in its program or activities. Johnston County Public Schools also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

    The Johnston County Public School District offers classes in Career and Technical Education (CTE) program areas under its open admissions policy. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in Career and Technical Education programs.

    Complaints of any of the above discrimination acts should be reported to the Principal of the school. The Principal shall address the concerns of the complaint. If the matter is not resolved through a written response by the Principal, the grievance may be appealed to the Superintendent or his Designee pursuant to Board Policy 4300. If the complainant is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s response, the complainant may appeal to the Johnston County School Board of Education pursuant to Board Policy 4300.

    The Johnston County Public Schools will provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability in accordance with federal law and regulations. The non-discrimination policy includes, but is not limited to, benefits of participation in district programs and activities, including extracurricular activities. A student with a disability who seeks to participate in an extracurricular activity may be entitled to an accommodation in trying out for or participating in that activity and the Board’s Section 504 procedures apply to any situations where a request for accommodation is made.

    The following person has been designated to handle inquiries from employees regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dolores Gill, Chief of Staff
    P.O. Box 1336, Smithfield, NC 27577
    Phone: 919-934-6031

    The following person has been designated to handle inquiries from parents and/or students regarding the non-discrimination policies:

    Dr. Paula Coates, Executive Director of Federal Programs
    P.O. Box 1336, Smithfield, NC 27577
    Phone: 919-934-6031

    For further information on notice of non-discrimination, contact the following OCR enforcement office, which serves North Carolina:

    Washington DC (Metro) Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue
    SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1475
    Phone: 202-453-6020
    FAX: 202-453-6021
    TDD: 877-521-2172
    Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

    Or contact OCR headquarters at 1-800-421-3481.