Title IX Information and Requirements

The Board of Education recognizes that harassment of employees (including all staff, applicants for employment, both paid and unpaid interns, exempt and non-exempt status, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers, regardless of immigration status) and certain “non-employees” (which includes contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultant and other persons providing services pursuant to a contract, or their employees) on the basis of sex, gender and/or sexual orientation is abusive and illegal behavior that harms targets and negatively impacts the school culture by creating an environment of fear, distrust, intimidation and intolerance. The Board further recognizes that preventing and remedying such harassment in schools is essential to ensure a healthy, nondiscriminatory environment in which students can learn and employees and “non-employees” can work productively.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is unlawful under federal, state, and (where applicable) local law. Sexual harassment includes harassment on the basis of actual or perceived or self-identified sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender status. Sexual harassment of a student can deny or limit the student's ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities from the school's program. For the complete policy, please see policy 0110 in the Fallsburg CSD Policy Manual https://boardpolicyonline.com/?b=fallsburg.

The District’s Non-Discrimination Policy:
See Policy 0110 Sexual Harassment

The contact information for the district’s Title IX Coordinator(s):
Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent of Schools
[email protected]
(845) 434-6800 ext 1215

Superintendent's Title IX Coordinator Designees:

Dr. Sally M. Sharkey, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
[email protected]
(845) 434-6800 ext 1204

Mr. Daniel Grecco, Business Manager
[email protected]
(845) 434-6800 ext 1219

The following trainings were completed:

  1. All Staff Refresher Trainings:
  1. Staff received refresher training on the opening conference days in Summer 2020 on Sexual harassment and discrimination from School attorney, Donald Budmen.
  2. All Staff received refresher training on 9/6/22 on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination from School Attorney Donald Budmen

2. Other Title IX Staff received the following training and information:

  1. Title IX Training 9/15/20 1pm to 4pm by attorney Susan St. Johns from Ferraro Law Firm
  2. Title IX Training 1/7/2021, MASLA Webinar
  3. Title IX Year End Review 1/28/2021 ICS K-12 Year End Review Webinar ICS Compliance Solutions
  4. 2/11/2021 Title IX Training, MASLA Webinar
  5. Title IX Training 7/21/2021- 8:30-11:30 - MASLA Summer Conference, Dominic D'Imperio, Esq. Director of Labor Relations, OCM Boces
  6. Title IX Training 8/17/21- 10-11:30 Attorney Don Budmen, Ferrara Fiorenza  (training provided for all district administrators) Click here for the presentation
  7. 12/6/2021 Title IX training, MASLA Webinar
  8. 9/22/22 MASLA Title IX Training: Agenda, Part 1 of Presentation, Part 2 of Presentation
  9. 7/19/23 MASLA Title IX Training Discrimination & Investigations Presentation
  10.  4/15/24 MASLA Title IX Training Discrimination & Investigations Presentation

Certificate of training:
2/11/21 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
12/6/21 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
7/20/22 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
9/22/22 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
3/3/23 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
7/19/23 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf
4/15/24 Title IX Training Cert (Sharkey).pdf

Archived Training Materials:
In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, 34 C.F.R. § 106.45 (b)(10), Masla and the school district attorney have provided required training to all Title IX personnel including the District’s Title IX Coordinator(s), Investigator(s), Decision-Maker(s), and Facilitator(s).  
Training materials used to train the district’s Title IX personnel:

MASLA Title IX Presentation (2-11-2021)

Title IX: New Compliance Requirements; Training to Comply (Susan Johns, Esq.) (2020)

Q&A on Executive Order 13899- Combatting Anti-Semitism (1-19-2021)

U.S. Department of Education Title IX Final Rule Overview (2021)

Summary of Major Provisions of the Title IX Final Rule and Comparison to the NPRM (2021)

Title IX Definitions:

Grievance: A complaint involving an alleged violation, interpretation, or application of any article of Part 86, Rules and Regulations, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), as amended, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Student: Any person enrolled as a student in any school and/or educational or recreational program authorized by the School District.
Employee: Any full time or part-time teacher, secretary, clerk, custodian, cleaner, administrator, or other person receiving compensation for services rendered to the School District.

Compliance Officer: The person designated by the School District Board of Education to coordinate efforts to comply with Title VI, Title VII and Title IX Rules and Regulations, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Procedures for the District

When the district receives a complaint about alleged sexual harassment, the district must follow the district's sexual harassment prevention policy by investigating the allegations through actions including:

• Speaking with the complainant

• Speaking with the alleged harasser

• Interviewing witnesses

• Collecting and reviewing any related documents

While the process may vary from case to case, all allegations should be investigated promptly and resolved as quickly as possible. The investigation should be kept confidential to the extent possible.

Document findings of the investigation and basis for the decision along with any corrective actions taken, and notify the complainant (if the complainant is a student, also notify the parent/guardian) and the individual(s) against whom the complaint was made. This may be done via email.

Revised 9/27/2022

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