Legal Notices and Disclaimers
Student Non-Discrimination Policy and Complaint Procedure
A. Non-Discrimination Policy
The Rockdale County Board of Education ("Board") desires that all students receive the benefit of an adequate education. With this view in mind, the Board prohibits unlawful discrimination against students because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability, or other protected group status or activity (e.g. opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in the statutory complaint process) in its programs and activities or employment in its programs or activities. In keeping with this commitment, the Board will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or other unlawful treatment of its students. As set forth herein, the Board designates the following employee of Rockdale County Public Schools ("District") to handle inquiries regarding the District's non-discrimination policies:
Chief Officer for Safe Schools and Student Affairs
Rockdale County Public Schools
954 North Main Street
Conyers, GA 30024
Phone: (770) 483-4713
See Board Policy
Descriptor Code: JCA
Civil Rights of Minors
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Equal Opportunity Employment
The School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sex in its employment practices. It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and all accompanying regulations.
Any employee, applicant for employment, or other person who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed in violation of this policy must make a complaint in accordance with the procedures outlined below.
Complaints made to the School District regarding alleged discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin in violation of Title VI; religion or sex in violation of Title VII; sex in violation of Title IX; disability in violation of Section 504 or the ADA, or on the basis of age in violation of the ADEA, will be processed in accordance with the following procedure:
1. Any employee, applicant for employment, or other person with a complaint alleging a violation as described above shall promptly notify, in writing or orally, either the principal for his/her school or the appropriate coordinator designated from time to time by the Board of Education. If the complaint is oral, either the coordinator or school principal to whom the complaint is made shall promptly prepare a memorandum or written statement of the complaint as made to him or her by the complainant and shall have the complainant read and sign the memorandum or statement if it accurately reflects the complaint made. If the complaint is made to a school principal, he or she shall be responsible for notifying the appropriate coordinator of the complaint.
2. If the alleged offending individual is the coordinator designated by the Board of Education, the complaint shall either be made by the complainant to the Superintendent or, if the complaint is initially made to the school principal, reported by the principal to the Superintendent. If the alleged offending individual is the Superintendent, the complaint shall be made to the designated coordinator, who shall, without further investigation, report the complaint to the Board chairperson.
3. The coordinator or his or her designee shall have fifteen work days to gather all information relevant to the complaint made, review the information, determine the facts relating to the complaint, review the action requested by the complainant, and attempt to resolve the complaint with the complainant and any other persons involved. The coordinator or designee shall prepare a written response to the complaint detailing any action to be taken in response to the complaint and the time frame in which such action will be taken and copies of this response shall be furnished to the complainant, the appropriate coordinator and the Superintendent or his or her designee.
4. If the complaint is not resolved at the conclusion of this fifteen-day period or if the complainant is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, the complainant shall have the right, within five work days of receiving a copy of the written response, to have the complaint referred to the Superintendent of Schools. If the alleged offending individual is the Superintendent, the complainant may have the complaint referred to the Board of Education, rather than the Superintendent.
5. The Superintendent shall have fifteen work days to review the complaint and the response of the coordinator or designee and attempt to resolve the complaint. The Superintendent shall furnish to the complainant a written response setting forth either his or her approval of the action recommended by the coordinator or designee or the action to be taken by the School District in response to the complaint in lieu of that recommended by the coordinator or designee and the time frame in which such action shall be taken.
6. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the response of the Superintendent, then the complainant shall have the right, within fifteen work days of the receipt of the written response of the Superintendent, to have the complaint referred to the Board of Education. In order to have the Board review the Superintendent's decision, the complainant must file with the Superintendent a written statement setting forth the reasons he or she disagrees with the response of the Superintendent and the action the complainant is requesting the School District to take. The complainant shall also include in the written response a request that his or her complaint be referred to the Board of Education.
7. Within thirty work days of receipt of the written request of the complainant, the Superintendent shall present the matter to the Board of Education at its regular meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. The Board shall review the original complaint, the response of the coordinator or designee, the response of the Superintendent, and the response of the complainant. In addition, the Board may, but is not required to, hear directly from any individuals with knowledge of any relevant facts relating to the complaint.
8. The Board of Education will either uphold the recommendation of the Superintendent or require the School District to take some other action in response to the complaint. A copy of the action of the Board will be furnished to the complainant, either as a part of the minutes of the Board of Education or as a separate written statement. The Board shall be the final reviewing authority within the School District.
9. This policy is not intended to deprive any employee of any right they may have to file a grievance pursuant to any other policy of the local Board of Education, specifically the policy designed to implement Official Code of Georgia Annotated 20-2-989.5, where appropriate. This policy is not intended to provide an alternative process for resolving evaluation and employment disputes where there already exists a due process procedure mandated by state law or State Department of Education regulations, specifically including, but not limited to, hearings to be conducted pursuant to the Fair Dismissal Act of Georgia. The complainant retains at all times the right to contact the Office of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other appropriate state or federal agency with regard to any allegations that the system has violated the statutes described above.
10. The School District shall be responsible for distributing and disseminating information relevant to this policy and procedure to employees through appropriate procedures.
11. No reprisal shall occur as a result of reporting unlawful discrimination or harassment under this policy, and any attempt to retaliate against a complainant shall be disciplined as is appropriate.
12. The confidentiality of any individual making a complaint or report in accordance with this policy, to the extent it is reasonably possible and in compliance with law, shall be protected, although the discovery of the truth and the elimination of unlawful harassment shall be the overriding consideration.
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As required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Rockdale County Public Schools is committed to providing all students, parents, and community members, including those with disabilities, with equal access to web-based information and services. Auxiliary aids, alternative formats, and language services may be available at no charge upon request. Please contact the Chief of Strategy and Innovation at 770-483-4713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or 954 North Main Street, Conyers, Georgia 30012 if you need assistance with or have concerns or a complaint about web-based information and services. Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered. Again that email address is r c p s i n f o @ rockdale dot K 12 dot G A dot U S
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Public Notice: Website Legal Disclaimers
Unless otherwise indicated, the materials (“Materials”) displayed on the Website and individual school Webpages of Rockdale County Public Schools (“District”) are the property of the District and are protected by United States and international copyright laws. This includes, but is not limited to, the compilation, selection, arrangement and presentation of all Materials (including information in the public domain), the overall design of District Web site, and the computer programs that create the Web page displays.
Any visitor to the District Website is hereby granted permission to access and print Materials from this website for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Any other copying, distribution, modification, transmission or dissemination of the Materials displayed at the District’s website by means now known or hereafter developed, is strictly prohibited without the express prior written permission of the District.
Unless otherwise indicated, Rockdale County Public Schools (“District”) logos and approved wordmarks, including but not limited to individual school names, school shield designs, school athletics identities, and school mottos are trademarks or service marks of the District and may not be used or displayed in any manner without the express prior written permission of the District. All other trademark or service marks that appear on the District Website are the property of their respective owners.
c. Links to External Sites
The Rockdale County Public Schools (“District”) Website or some of its Webpages may provide links to other Internet Websites or resources not hosted on the District Web server (“External Sites”). As a visitor to the District Website, you agree and acknowledge that the District:
(i) Has provided these links to External Sites for your convenience only;
(ii) Has no control over these External Sites;
(iii) Is not responsible for the availability of these External Sites; and
(iv) Does not endorse nor is responsible or liable for any content, advertisements, products, or other materials on or made available from these External Sites.
Further, you acknowledge and agree the District shall not be responsible or liable, either directly or indirectly, for any error, damage or loss caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any content, goods, or services available on or through these External Sites.
d. Limitations of Liability
Visitors and users agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the members of the Rockdale County Board of Education, Rockdale County Public Schools, its officers, employees, agents, successors and assignees (the "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), regardless of outcome, caused by, arising out of, or otherwise sustained as the result of the use of Rockdale County Public Schools’ technology.
ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FURTHER, ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKES NO WARRANTIES THAT THE FUNCTIONS, SERVICES, OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY, THROUGH, OR RELATED TO ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TECHNOLOGY WILL BE ERROR FREE OR WITHOUT DEFECT. IN NO EVENT SHALL ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AS A RESULT OF, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, EQUIPMENT DOWN-TIME, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF DATA, LOST PROFITS OR REVENUES, LOSS OF INFORMATION, OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT THE ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAD BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. ROCKDALE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXPLICITLY DENIES RESPONSIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS THAT MAY ARISE THROUGH THE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF ITS TECHNOLOGY.
f. Copyright Infringement Complaints
Rockdale County Public Schools (“District”) respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow the instructions provided under Contact Information and provide the District's Chief of Innovation and Strategy with the written information specified:
(i) An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
(ii) A description of the copyrighted work allegedly infringed upon;
(iii) A description of where the alleged infringing material is located on the District Web site;
(iv) Your e-mail and postal address, as well as your telephone number;
(v) A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the use of the alleged infringing material is unauthorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(vi) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are either the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
g. Contact Information
If you wish to contact Rockdale County Public Schools to request permission to use any Materials you may send a letter delivered by first class U.S. Mail, postage prepaid to the following addresses:
Chief of Strategy and Innovation
954 North Main Street
Conyers, Georgia 30012
Public Notice: Rockdale County Public Schools High School Diploma Petition Form
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House Bill 91, which was signed into law on March 30, 2015, states that on or after the effective date of this law, students shall no longer be required to earn a passing score on the graduation tests to earn a high school diploma if the student has otherwise met all state and local graduation requirements.
You may complete and submit this form if you completed all coursework required to receive a diploma for your year of graduation from Rockdale County Public Schools. Previous graduation requirements included passing the Georgia High School Graduation Tests, Georgia High School Writing Test, and Basic Skills Test.
Submit this completed, signed form and a copy of your government issued photo identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, etc.) by mail or in person to the high school that you last attended / graduated. Incomplete information and/or documentation may delay processing.
For assistance in accessing the Diploma Petition Form, contact the high school you last attended. Rockdale County High School's front desk phone number is 770-483-8754. Heritage High School's front desk phone number is 770-483-5428. Salem High School's front desk phone number is 770-929-0176. Or click here for Directory of RCPS schools.
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Parents' Right to Know Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Paraprofessionals
Date: July 6, 2016
In compliance with the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Rockdale County Public Schools would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s). The following information may be requested:
Whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s requirements for certification for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or certification criteria have been waived;
The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s qualification, please contact your principal at the schools listed below.
Alpha Academy, Alex Guilford, 770-922-8636, email@example.com .
Barksdale Elementary, Susan Norton, 770-483-9514, firstname.lastname@example.org .
CJ Hicks Elementary, Tiwon Toney, 770-483-4410, email@example.com .
Conyers Middle, Allison Barbour, 770-483-4410, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Davis Middle, Randy Goerner, 770-388-5675, email@example.com .
Edwards Middle, Fred Middleton, 770-483-3255, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Flat Shoals Elementary, Tammy Smith, 770-483-5136, email@example.com .
Heritage High School, Greg Fowler, 770-483-5428, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hightower Trail Elementary, Penny Mosley, 770-388-0751, email@example.com .
Honey Creek Elementary, Hillary Meeler, 770-483-5706, firstname.lastname@example.org .
JH House Elementary, Kim Melly, 770-483-9504, email@example.com .
Lorraine Elementary, Dr. David Ray, 770-483-0657, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Memorial Middle, Michell Glover, 770-922-0139, email@example.com .
Peek’s Chapel Elementary, Brian Travis, 770-761-1842, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pine Street Elementary, Kim Vier, 770-483-8713, email@example.com .
Rockdale Career Academy, Jill Oldham, 770-388-5677, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rockdale County High School, Frank Daniels, 770-483-8754, email@example.com .
Rockdale Magnet School, Dr. Debra Arnold, 770-483-8737, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rockdale Open Campus, Andrea Nelson, 770-388-5727, email@example.com .
Salem High School, Tonya Bloodworth, 770-922-0176, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Shoal Creek Elementary, Patrice Graham, 770-929-1430, email@example.com .
Sims Elementary, Dr. Chara Moore, 770-922-0666, firstname.lastname@example.org .