Drug Free, Weapons Free, Tobacco Free Statement
The Yakima School District is a Drug Free, Weapons Free, Tobacco Free district. Possession of firearms on school property will be classified as exceptional misconduct and will result in the following required steps:
- Mandatory 1-year expulsion
- Subject to appeal
- Notification to parents
- Notice to law enforcement
RCW 9.41.280, RCW 69.50.435, RCW 28A.210.310(2), Sec 4141(b)(1), Sec 4141 (h) (1)
Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX– Omar Santoy, Executive Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7260, email@example.com;
- Deputy Coordinator (Students): Title IX - K.C. Mitchell, Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7261, firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Deputy Coordinator (Students): Title IX - Shawn Orminski, Assistant Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7263, email@example.com;
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX – Deena Alley, Director of Human Resources Pathways & Leadership/Investigator, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7054, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): ADA/Section 504 – Omar Santoy, Executive Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7260, email@example.com;
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): ADA – Christopher Miller, Director of Human Resources, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7066, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington Relay Services by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Sexual Harassment Statement
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint. For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online here: Operational Procedure 5013 - Sexual Harassment (PDF).
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Statement
"Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to those shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when such as act:
- Physically or emotionally harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
- Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
How to Prevent Being a Target:
- Learn how to communicate effectively and stick up for yourself:
- If it feels safe, look the bully in the eye and say strongly and calmly, 'Leave me alone.'
- Walk (don’t run) away from the bully. Running away may strengthen a feeling of power in the fully.
- Tell an adult about the episode. If you see another student being bullied, seek help from an adult right away.
- Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying occurs when adults are not around.
- Stay away from places where bullying occurs.
How to Report Bullying:
If you see someone bullying, recognize it and act. Tell someone you trust. You can report bullying to any school staff member or the District HIB Compliance Officer: Omar Santoy, (509) 573-7221. Reports can be filed anonymously. Each school office has incident reporting forms. Incident reporting forms are also available on the Yakima School District website. www.ysd7.org/hibform
Interactive Media Use Statement
Yakima School District reserves the right to remove any obscene or otherwise inappropriate content from interactive media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.)
Otherwise inappropriate content includes messages that are discriminatory, promote commercial services or products, promote illegal activity or support or oppose a particular political candidate or ballot measure.
The District will not, however, remove otherwise permissible comments based on viewpoint. The District does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify, or agree with comments, opinions, or statements posted on the page. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the District.