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Anti-Discrimination Statement

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to creating a discrimination-free environment. DCPS does not discriminate and does not tolerate discrimination in its education programs or activities (including employment therein or admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual assault), age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, source of income, credit information, or status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking.

To view our Notice of Non-Discrimination, relevant policies and to learn more about Anti-Discrimination within DCPS visit: dcps.dc.gov/anti-discrimination. For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Comprehensive Alternative Resolution & Equity (CARE) Team by mail at 1200 First St NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002; by phone at (202) 442-5405 or by email at [email protected]. To file a sex-based discrimination complaint, contact the Title IX Coordinator by mail at 1200 First St NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002; by phone at (202) 442-5405 or by email at [email protected].

The Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the District of Columbia is required to identify all children with disabilities from birth to 22 years of age. By identifying children with disabilities, the District of Columbia can provide them with the support and services they need to succeed in school. The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools identify children between the ages of 3 and 22. This includes DC children who do not yet attend school and out-of-state children who attend private schools in the District. The IDEA Part B Notice of Procedural Safeguards provides an explanation of the parents' rights in the special education process. 

About the DC Language Access Act

You have the right to access all our services in your primary language at no cost to you. This includes having the right to request a translator and to have any vital documents translated into your primary language. Visit the Office of Human Rights to learn more about your rights listed in the Language Access Act.

Download the District of Columbia IDEA Part B Notice of Procedural Safeguards Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities in these languages: