Information for Families: Civil Rights in Washington Schools
Find information about rights under nondiscrimination laws for students, families, and communities.
Information, Resources, & FAQs
These are some of the most common nondiscrimination topics that come up in Washington state K-12 public schools.
- 504 Plans and Students With Disabilities
- Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment
- Gender-Inclusive Schools: Protections for Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students
- Interpretation and Translation
- Religion in Schools
- Equity in Student Discipline
- Equity in School Athletic Programs
Each school district in Washington has designated coordinators who are responsible for responding to questions and concerns about possible discrimination, including a civil rights compliance coordinator, a Title IX officer, and a Section 504 coordinator. A discussion with these coordinators is often the best first step you can take to address a concern about possible discrimination. Share what happened and let the coordinator know what they can do to help resolve the problem.
If parents, students, school staff, or community members believe that a student has experienced discrimination or discriminatory harassment, there are steps they can take to resolve these concerns.