Escondido Union HSD | BP 1312.3 Community Relations
Uniform Complaint Procedures
The Governing Board recognizes that the district is primarily responsible for complying with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The district shall investigate and seek to resolve any complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying and shall seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the district's uniform complaint procedures. (5 CCR 4620)
The district shall follow uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, including actual or perceived genetic information, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, mental or physical disability, age, and actual or perceived sex characteristics such as sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. Uniform complaint procedures shall also be followed on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any district program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance. (5CCR 4610)
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
(cf. 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment)
(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)
(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)
Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used to address any complaint alleging the district's failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participation in educational activities, education for foster and homeless students, reasonable accommodations for parenting students, course assignments, the requirements for the development and adoption of a school safety plan, and state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, after school and safety programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, Local Control Funding Formula programs and the LCAP implementation process and special education programs.
A student fee is a fee, deposit, or other charge imposed on pupils, or a student's parents/ guardians, in violation of state codes and constitutional provisions which require educational activities to be provided free of charge to all students without regard to their families' ability or willingness to pay fees or request special waivers. Educational activities are those offered by a school, school district, charter school, or county office of education that constitute a fundamental part of education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)
(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)
(cf. 3320 - Claims and Actions Against the District)
(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)
(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)
(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)
(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)
(cf. 6152 - Class Assignment)
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)
(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)
(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)
(cf. 6174 -Education for English Language Learners)
(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)
(cf. 6178 - Vocational Education)
(cf. 6178.1 - Work Experience Education)
(cf. 6200 - Adult Education)
A complainant is any individual, including a person's duly authorized representative or an interested third party, public agency, or organization who files a written complaint alleging violation of federal or state laws or regulations, including allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying and noncompliance with laws relating to student fees. Escondido Union High School District will provide an opportunity for complainants and/or representatives to present evidence or information. Complaint forms are available in the principal's office at each school site and at the district office. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to a disability or illiteracy, Escondido Union High School District shall assist the complainant in the filing of the complaint.
Complaints related to sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff, and teacher vacancies and misassignments shall be investigated pursuant to the district's Williams uniform complaint procedure (AR 1312.4).
(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)
The Board prohibits retaliation in any form for the filing of a complaint, the reporting of instances of discrimination, or for participation in complaint procedures. The identity of a complainant alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying will remain confidential as appropriate. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades, or work assignments of the complainant.
The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible.
Upon receipt of a written qualifying complaint from an individual, public agency or organization, uniform complaint procedures shall be initiated. The Superintendent or designee shall distribute full information about these procedures.
When an allegation that is not subject to the UCP is included in a UCP complaint, the district shall refer the non-UCP allegation to the appropriate staff, agency and/or to the corresponding resolution process as outlined in the in board policies and administrative regulations, and shall investigate and, if appropriate, resolve the UCP-related allegation(s).
The Board recognizes that a neutral mediator can often suggest an early compromise that is agreeable to all parties in a dispute. In accordance with uniform complaint procedures, whenever all parties to a complaint agree to try resolving their problem through mediation, the Superintendent or designee shall initiate a mediation process before beginning a formal compliance investigation. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that mediation results are consistent with state and federal laws and regulations. Complainants have the right to pursue civil law remedies under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.
The Board acknowledges and respects student and employee rights to privacy. Discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the facts. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Superintendent or designee on a case-by-case basis.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain records of all UCP complaints and the investigations of those complaints in accordance with applicable law and district policy.
(cf. 3580 - District Records)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that employees designated to investigate complaints are knowledgeable about the laws and programs for which they are responsible.
Such employees may have access to legal counsel as determined by the Superintendent or designee.
(cf. 9124 - Attorney)
(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Material)
(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)
(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination
222 Reasonable accommodations; lactating students
8200-8498 Child care and development programs
8500-8538 Adult basic education
18100-18203 School libraries
32289 School safety plan, uniform complaint procedures
35186 Williams uniform complaint procedures
37254 Intensive instruction and services for students who have not passed exit exam
41500-41513 Categorical education block grants
48853-48853.5 Foster youth
48985 Notices in language other than English
49010-49013 Student fees
49060-49079 Student records
49490-49590 Child nutrition programs
51225.1-51225.2 Foster youth and homeless children; course credits; graduation requirements
51228.1-51228.3 Course periods without educational content
52060-52077 Local Control and Accountability
52160-52178 Bilingual education programs
52300-52490 Career technical education
52500-52616.24 Adult schools
52800-52870 School-based program coordination
54000-54028 Economic impact aid programs
54100-54145 Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Act
54400-54425 Compensatory education programs
54440-54445 Migrant education
54460-54529 Compensatory education programs
56000-56867 Special education programs
59000-59300 Special schools and centers
64000-64001 Consolidated application process
11135 Nondiscrimination in programs or activities funded by state
12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act
422.55 Hate crime; definition
422.6 Interference with constitutional right or privilege
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
3080 Application of section
4600-4687 Uniform complaint procedures
4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6301-6577 Title I basic programs
6601-6777 Title II preparing and recruiting high quality teachers and principals
6801-6871 Title III language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students
7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
7201-7283g Title V promoting informed parental choice and innovative programs
7301-7372 Title V rural and low-income school programs
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr
Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: August 5, 2014 Escondido, California
revised: December 13, 2016