Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice

Nondiscrimination Statement (All Grade Levels)

In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination and as required by law, TXESP, a school within Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, disability, age, or any other basis prohibited by law, in providing education services, activities, and programs, including CTE programs, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The following district representatives have been designated to coordinate compliance with these legal requirements.

Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment or gender-based harassment:

Elizabeth Nelson, Head of School
Address: 1955 Lakeway Drive, Suite 250B, Lewisville, TX 75057
Phone: (972) 420-1404

ADA/Section 504 Manager

ADA/Section 504 Manager Courtney Williams, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability or

Kathy Richey, Sr. Manager of Special Programs
Addres: 1955 Lakeway Drive, Suite 250B, Lewisville, TX 75057
Phone: (972) 420-1404

All other concerns regarding discrimination:

Elizabeth Nelson, Head of School
Address: 1955 Lakeway Drive, Suite 250B, Lewisville, TX 75057
Phone: (972) 420-1404

Title IX: Sexual Harassment/Abuse

Sexual harassment or abuse may occur through student to student, student to adult, or adult to student interaction. Sexual harassment of a student by another student includes unwanted and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature, whether by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors.

Sexual harassment of a student by an employee includes any welcome or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal (oral or written), physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature. It also includes such activities as engaging in sexually oriented conversations for purposes of personal sexual gratification, telephoning a student at home or elsewhere to solicit inappropriate social relationships, physical contact that would be reasonably construed as sexual in nature, and enticing or threatening a student to engage in sexual behavior in exchange for grades or other school-related benefit.

Sexual abuse is defined as “illegal sex acts performed against a minor.” It may include but is not limited to fondling, sexual assault, or sexual intercourse. Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that must be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Students shall not engage in unwanted or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another student or a District employee. This prohibition applies whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors. All students are expected to treat other students and District employees with courtesy and respect, to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive, and to stop these behaviors as directed.

Any District employee who receives information about sexual harassment or sexual abuse of a student that may reasonably be characterized as known or suspected child abuse or neglect shall make the reports to appropriate authorities, as required by law. The District shall notify the parents of all students involved in sexual harassment by student(s) when the allegations are not minor. The District shall notify parents of all incidents of sexual harassment or sexual abuse by a District employee. All reports of sexual harassment that are not minor shall be referred to the Title IX coordinator. Oral complaints shall be reduced to writing to assist in the District's investigation. To the greatest extent possible, complaints shall be treated as confidential. Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation. The District shall not retaliate against a student who in good faith reports perceived sexual harassment or sexual abuse.

Sexual harassment or abuse of students by District employees may constitute discrimination on the basis of sex and is prohibited by Title IX (the federal law prohibiting gender-based discrimination by schools that receive federal funds). Students and/or parents are encouraged to discuss requests or concerns with the principal or Elizabeth Nelson, Head of School, who serves as the District Title IX Coordinator for students.

A complaint alleging sexual harassment by another student or sexual harassment or sexual abuse by a staff member may be presented by a student and/or parent in a conference with the principal or with the District Title IX Coordinator. A person of the same gender as the student ordinarily will hold the first conference with the student.  The conference will be conducted within five (5) days of the request. The principal or Title IX Coordinator will coordinate an appropriate investigation, which ordinarily will be completed within ten (10) days. The student and/or parent will be informed if extenuating circumstances delay completion of the investigation. The student will not be required to register a complaint to a person who is the subject of the complaint.

If the resolution of the first complaint is not satisfactory to the student or parent, the student or parent within seven (7) days may request a conference with the superintendent or designee who shall schedule and hold a conference.  Prior to the conference, the student or parent should submit a written statement that includes a description of the complaint, any evidence in its support, the resolution sought, the student’s and/or parent’s signature, and the date of the first conference with the principal or Title IX Coordinator. 

If the resolution of the second complaint is not to the student’s or parent’s satisfaction, the student or parent may present the complaint to the Board of Trustees at the next regular meeting. The complaint shall be included as an item on the agenda posted with notice of the meeting. Lack of official action by the Board of Trustees upholds the administrative decision at the second complaint. Announcing a decision in the student’s or parent’s presence constitutes communication of the decision.

The Board of Trustees shall hear complaints alleging sexual harassment or abuse in a closed meeting, unless otherwise required by the Open Meetings Act.

After exhausting District remedies, a complaint also may be filed separately with the Office of Civil Rights, Region VI,1200 Main Tower Building, Dallas, Texas 75202.