Dover Area School District's Nondiscrimination Policy
Dover Area School District's Nondiscrimination Policy
The Dover Area School District is an equal opportunity institution. It will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in the treatment of individuals, or any aspect of its operations, including its employment practices, as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district's activities and programs. The district offers CTE programs in Business, STEM, Visual Communications, and Agriculture. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedure, contact Dr. Troy Wiesting, Title IX Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-292-8066. For information regarding Section 504, contact Mrs. Katherine Guyer, Director of Exceptional Children, email@example.com, or 717-292-3671.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- 1. Mail:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
- 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
- Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- 2. Fax:
- (202) 690-7442; or
- 3. E-mail:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Title IX Overview
The Board declares it to be the policy of this district to provide an equal opportunity for all students to achieve their maximum potential through the programs and activities offered in the schools without discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy or handicap/disability.
The Board also declares it to be the policy of this district to comply with federal law and regulations under Title IX prohibiting sexual harassment, which is a form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex. Such discrimination shall be referred to throughout this policy as Title IX sexual harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX to the district may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, or both.
The district is committed to the maintenance of a safe, positive learning environment for all students that is free from discrimination by providing all students course offerings, counseling, assistance, services, employment, athletics and extracurricular activities without any form of discrimination, including Title IX sexual harassment. Discrimination is inconsistent with the rights of students and the educational and programmatic goals of the district and is prohibited at or, in the course of, district-sponsored programs or activities, including transportation to or from school or school-sponsored activities.
Violations of this policy, including acts of retaliation as described in this policy, or knowingly providing false information, may result in disciplinary consequences under applicable Board policy and procedures.
Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Troy Wiestling
4500 Intermediate Avenue
Dover, PA 17315
Title IX Trainings
September 15, 2021
Materials: Dover ASD Title IX Training September 15, 2021
Participants included Dr. Troy Wiestling, Kristina Jacoby, Matt Ulmer, Rina Houck, and Kelly Cartwright
Title IX Resources
Incident Report Form: Sexual Harassment Affecting Students
Incident Report Form: Sexual Harassment Affecting Staff
Policy: Discrimination/Title IX Sexual Harassment Affecting Students
Policy: Discrimination/Title IX Sexual Harassment Affecting Staff
Anti-bullying, SEL programming
Dover Area School District is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for all of our learners. Much time is spent in education discussing the academic standards that must be achieved, and while critical, we also believe that teaching and nurturing the growth of social and emotional skills in our students is essential. All buildings in the Dover Area School District focus intentional programming, strategies, and resources on teaching and promoting the following skills:
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Decision Making
The development of these skills has been proven to enhance students’ resilience, reduce problem behaviors, reduce bullying, improve academics, and promote career readiness. According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), 92% of surveyed executives say skills such as problem-solving and communicating clearly are equal to or more important than technical skills.
Dover Area School District has incorporated the following programs and resources to guide our efforts and build the skills necessary to create a collaborative and safe environment for all of our students: DESSA, Satchel Pulse, Responsive Classroom, Sanford Harmony, & Habitudes. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, the links are available below. We are fully committed to this goal, and for students who violate the expectations by participating in hurtful, harmful, harassing, or bullying behavior, our code of conduct outlines reparative and disciplinary actions that will be followed.
We will need the community to assist us in building this culture. We rely on our students, families, and community to help us identify students in need. If you have a concern for a student who is being mistreated, bullied, or harassed, please reach out to the statewide reporting center, Safe2Say, at 1-844-723-2729.
Satchel Pulse: www.satchelpulse.com
Sanford Harmony: www.sanfordharmony.org