Civil Rights

Civil Rights Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, it’s Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

If you wish to file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider”

Procedures for Filing Civil Rights Complaints
Office of Child Nutrition

Right to File a Complaint - Any person alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability has a right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. Under special circumstances this time limit may be extended by the Office of Minority Affairs.

Acceptance - All complaints, written or verbal, shall be accepted by the designated person at the school (Principal) and the School Food Authority (Stella Young, Child Nutrition Office) and then forwarded to the Department of Education. It is necessary that the information be sufficient to determine the identity of the agency or individual toward which the complaint is directed, and to indicate the possibility of a violation. Anonymous complaints shall be handled as any other complaint.

Verbal Complaints - In the event that a complainant makes the allegation verbally or through a telephone conversation and refuses or is not inclined to place such allegations in writing, the person to whom the allegations are made shall document the elements of the complaint for the complainant and provide the following information.

  • Name, address and telephone number or other means of contacting the complainant.
  • The specific location and name of the entity delivering the program service or benefit.
  • The nature of the incident(s) or action(s) that led the complainant to feel discrimination was a factor.
  • The basis on which the complainant believes discrimination exists (race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability).
  • The names, titles and addresses of persons who may have knowledge of the discriminatory action(s).
  • The date(s) during which the alleged discriminatory action occurred, or if continuing, the duration of such actions.

All complaints should be addressed to the Superintendent of Schools, Putnam County Board of Education.