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Title IX

Title IX Compliance Officer

David Gates - Business Manager

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: 

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Title IX applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds. Athletics programs are considered educational programs and activities. There are three basic parts of Title IX as it applies to athletics: 
  1. Participation: Title IX requires that women and men be provided equitable opportunities to participate in sports. Title IX does not require institutions to offer identical sports but an equal opportunity to play;                          
  2. Scholarships: Title IX requires that female and male student-athletes receive athletics scholarship dollars proportional to their participation; and                          
  3. Other benefits: Title IX requires the equal treatment of female and male student-athletes in the provisions of: (a) equipment and supplies; (b) scheduling of games and practice times; (c) travel and daily allowance/per diem; (d) access to tutoring; (e) coaching, (f) locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; (g) medical and training facilities and services; (h) housing and dining facilities and services; (i) publicity and promotions; (j) support services and (k) recruitment of student-athletes.
Although it is the application of Title IX to athletics that has gained the greatest public visibility, the law applies to every single aspect of education, including course offerings, counseling and counseling materials, financial assistance, student health and insurance benefits and/or other services, housing, marital and parental status of students, physical education and athletics, education programs and activities, and employment.  Title IX benefits everyone -- girls and boys, women and men. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. Elimination of discrimination against women and girls has received more attention because females historically have faced greater gender restrictions and barriers in education. However, Title IX also has benefited men and boys. A continued effort to achieve educational equity has benefited all students by moving toward creation of school environments where all students may learn and achieve the highest standards.
Ferndale Area School District Policy 103 - Nondiscrimination In School and Classroom Practices.  This Policy Identifies ane Compliance Officer, Reporting/Complaint Procedures, and Appeal Procedures.

Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit

The Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation partnered to develop this new online tool that will help parents, educators and others working with youth – including health care professionals, coaches and afterschool staff – prevent bullying and support children affected by it.This toolkit will be especially valuable to schools that do not have bullying prevention programs in place; and to agencies typically called upon in crisis situations.For families, this toolkit ensures that they have a fast-track to assessing and meeting needs when bullying occurs. Along with tips for parents whose children are bullied and advice for parents whose children bully others, it includes helpful hints from kids who have been bulled themselves.It also provides specific information about how to differentiate between bullying and conflict, how to respond to cyberbullying and potential legal implications of bullying-type behaviors. It contains a guide for connecting children to relevant assistance, a sample letter informing the school of a bullying incident, and a list of vetted resources on bullying intervention and support.


PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Ferndale Area School District Policy 249 - Bullying and Cyberbullying

ACT 26

ACT 26 requires that all school entities (a public school, charter school, cyber charter school, private school, nonpublic school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school) and independent contractors of school entities provide child abuse recognition and reporting training to all employees, including contracted substitute teachers who have direct contact with children. Ferndale Area School Distirct in in compliance with Act 126:
- All school employees complete training in the reporting guidelines associated with ACT 26.
- Appropriate information is presented to students during orientation activities to ensure compliance with ACT 26.