Compliance: Title IX, McKinney-Vento & USDA

Title IX 

Liberty STEAM Charter School is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity status, spousal affiliation, or any other protected characteristic, as may be required by law. As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations, 106.8(b)(2)(i), LSC does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities.  Our board policy outlines the district's compliance with the regulation.


In addition, LSC is committed to providing a work and scholar environment that is free of sexual harassment and will not tolerate sexual harassment activity by any school employee, substitute employee, student or third party. We will act quickly and impartially to address claims of sexual harassment and discrimination and remedy discriminatory effects of inappropriate acts of discrimination. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

 

  • An employee of the school conditioning the provision of aid, benefit, or service of the school on participation in unwelcome conduct;

  • Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the school's education program or activity;

  • Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined by applicable law.


LSC's grievance process will:

  • Treat parties equitably.

  • Require an objective evaluation of all relevant evidence, including both inculpatory and exculpatory evidence.

  • Require that any person designated as a Title IX coordinator, investigator, decision-maker, or any person designated to facilitate an informal process not have a conflict of interest against complainants or respondents generally or against the particular complainant and respondent. The District will ensure required training is provided to these individuals.

  • Include a presumption that the respondent is not responsible for the alleged conduct until a determination has been made at the conclusion of the grievance process.

  • Include reasonably prompt time frames for the conclusion of the grievance process.

  • Describe or list the possible disciplinary outcomes and remedies that may be implemented following a determination of responsibility.

  • Include the procedures and permissible reasons for appeal by a respondent or a complainant.

  • Describe the range of supportive measures available to complainants and respondents.

  • Not require, allow or use evidence or questions that constitute or seek legally privileged information, unless the privilege is waived.

Complaint forms can be accessed here

Inquiries or complaints about Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct may be directed to the school’s Title IX Coordinator:
 
Dr. Trevor Ivey, NBCT 
Chief of Staff 
LSC Administrative Offices
117 North Main Street
Sumter, SC 29150
803-830-5966
tivey@libertysteamcharter.org


Reporting Claims of Harassment/Discrimination
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator.


School Response
After a report of sexual harassment has been made, the school and/or Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment. If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all stakeholders.
Complaint forms, training Materials for SY 2021-22 used to train LSC Title IX personnel, and Title IX

 

Certifications can be accessed here.   

 

 

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance
In December of 2001, Congress strengthened a law giving children and youth in a homeless situation the right to go to school, no matter where they live or how long they live there.

 

The law is called the McKinney-Vento Act, and it gives children and youth in homeless situations the right to:

  • Stay in their school even if they move.

  • Enroll in a new school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other papers.

  • Get transportation to school.

  • Go to pre-school programs.

  • Get all the school services they need.

  • Have disagreements with schools settled quickly.

  • Go to their school of origin while disagreements are settled.

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law, passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. Part of the law protects the rights of children and youth who are homeless to go to school. The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless. It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home. It also does not matter if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents.

 

Under the Act, students are homeless if they are:

  • Living with a friend, relative or someone else because they lost their home or can’t afford a home;

  • Staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of affordable housing;

  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter;

  • Staying in substandard housing;

  • Living in a car, park, public place, abandoned building or bus or train station;

  • Awaiting foster care placement;

  • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home;

  • Abandoned in a hospital; or

  • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter.

Migrant children, pre-school children, and youth on their own are covered if they fit into one of these categories. Runaway youth can be considered homeless even if their families want them to come home. Students who live in any public or private place that is not supposed to be a regular residence is covered.
According to the approved board policy, homeless students being served at LSC will have access to the education and other services needed to ensure that an opportunity is available to meet the same academic achievement standards to which all students are held.


LSC will ensure that homeless students are not stigmatized nor segregated on the basis of their status as homeless. A homeless student will be admitted to LSC in alignment with the school’s established enrollment policy. Transportation will be provided to and from the student’s current school of origin at the request of the parent, or in the case of an unaccompanied student, the district’s liaison for homeless students.


Click here to access LSC’s board-approved policy and supplemental resources regarding compliance with the McKinney-Vento Act. 


For more information, contact Dr. Trevor Ivey at (803) 830-5966.  

USDA Information

K-12 by Elior will be awarded the Vended Meals Contract for Liberty STEAM Charter School.

 

Learn more about the contract.