Published 8/18/2021 at 12:50 p.m. MT

Context

Our mission at Prenda is to Empower Learners. We believe all children deserve this opportunity and we seek to build inclusive, diverse learning communities built on a foundation of trust.

Prenda Guides are independent contractors who are thus independently responsible for enrollment at their microschool. That being said, there are two guidelines guides must abide by while enrolling students in their microschool.

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prevents sex-based discrimination in any school or other education program that receives federal money. All Prenda microschools with students enrolled through a charter or district school, or enrolled through a federal grant program, will be responsible for complying with Title IX requirements.

  1. All students are welcome. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, gender expression, race, color, age, family structure, religion, national origin, disability, or exceptionality. This is especially important with regard to Title IX concerns, where:

    No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
  2. Student safety is at our core. We promise Prenda families that their students will have a safe learning environment. Use your professional judgment when considering whether a student would be a good fit for your microschool, but do not use discriminating factors to weigh fit.

Application

Two relevant examples:

  • A Guide is aiming to build an all-male microschool. A parent with a female child wishes to enroll in their microschool. The child is otherwise a great fit, with the exception of her sex. Our Guide should accept this student.
  • A Guide receives an application to her microschool from a student who has been expelled from or is facing an expulsion hearing at their current school. The Guide discusses the student’s disciplinary record with the parents and decides whether to admit the student to the microschool.

These guidelines are more stringent for Guides operating public pay microschools through a charter or school district partner. Any program that receives public funding must be highly conscientious of Title IX.

If you are seeking guidance, please contact safety@prenda.co for support from the Trust and Safety Team.

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