Title IX Non-Discrimination

Public Notification of Rights of Homeless Students

School Registration of Homeless Students

Virginia Virtual Academy is committed to educating homeless student and youth and will serve each homeless student according to the student’s best interest. Homeless student and youth shall not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless.

Virginia Virtual Academy shall comply with the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, with respect to the enrollment of homeless student and youth. The division superintendent shall promulgate regulations and/or procedures consistent with the requirements of the Act and the provisions of this policy.

Equal Educational Opportunities

Virginia Virtual Academy’s educational programs and services shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students and shall not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or on any other basis prohibited by law.  Virginia Virtual Academy also supports equal educational opportunities and treatment of all students regardless of gender expression.  Further, no student, on the basis of gender, shall be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities. Virginia Virtual Academy encourages school employees, patrons and students to promptly report all incidents of alleged discriminatory conduct.

Title IX and Non-Discrimination Notice

Virginia Virtual Academy is committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, which includes gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence, as regulated by Title VII and Title IX, and to insuring the accessibility of appropriate grievance procedures for addressing all complaints regarding all forms of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Virginia Virtual Academy reserves the authority to independently deal with sex discrimination and sexual harassment whenever becoming aware of their existence, regardless of whether a complaint has been lodged in accordance with the grievance procedure set forth below.

Information and Assistance

Definition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (for Students):

  • Sex discrimination occurs when a person, because of his or her sex, is denied participation in or the benefits of any education program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
  • Sexual harassment is conduct that: 1) is sexual in nature; 2) is unwelcome; and 3) denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school's educational program or activity. Sexual harassment can be verbal, nonverbal or physical.

Definition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (for Employees):

  • Sex discrimination occurs when a person who is qualified for a position at issue is subjected to an adverse employment action because of his or her sex.
    • Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 1) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment; 2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or 3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the employee's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Any individual, who believes he/she may have experienced any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, or who believes that he/she has observed such actions taking place, may receive information and assistance regarding the School’s policies and reporting procedures from any of the following:

Title IX Coordinator:

Katy Luke
2300 Corporate Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: 571.207.7450

VAVA Staff Title IX Training

  • All VAVA staff are trained on Title IX in the areas of Sexual Harassment (staff and student), Regulatory and Subregulatory Guidance, Relevant Terminology, School Policy, and Federal Guidelines.

VAVA Title IX Coordinator Training

  • VAVA’s Title IX Coordinator will be trained in policy, grievance procedures, investigation and pending Virginia Department of Education training availability.

Other Key Contacts

McKinney Vento and Foster Care Point of Contact
Katy Luke

EL Coordinator  and Overview
Heather Goltry

504 Coordinator and Overview

Virginia Virtual Academy follows the Virginia Department of Education’s guidance regarding 504 service plans.  A 504 plan provides services and accommodations to the learning environment for students with special needs.  If you have questions regarding a possible or current 504 plan, please contact Christine Taylor, Special Programs Manager, chrtaylor@k12.com or 703-596-5588