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This document contains rules and instructions about the filing, investigation and resolution of a Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaint regarding an alleged violation by the Mojave Unified School District of federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs, including non-compliance with laws relating to pupil fees and our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

This document presents information about how we process UCP complaints concerning particular programs or activities that are subject to the UCP.

A UCP complaint is a written and signed statement by a complainant alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or charging pupil fees for participation in an educational activity or non-compliance with the requirements of our LCAP. 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, bullying and non-compliance with laws relating to pupil fees or non-compliance with the requirements of our LCAP. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to a disability or illiteracy, we shall assist the complainant in the filing of the complaint.

The responsibilities of the Mojave Unified School District

We shall have the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

We shall investigate and seek to resolve, in accordance with our UCP process, any complaints alleging failure to comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations including, but not limited to, allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or noncompliance with laws relating to all programs and activities implemented by the Mojave Unified School District that are subject to the UCP.

The Mojave Unified School District developed the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) process with policies and procedures adopted by our governing board. Programs and activities subject to the UCP are:

Adult Education

After School Education and Safety

Agricultural Vocational Education

American Indian Education Centers and Early Childhood Education Program Assessments

Bilingual Education

California Peer Assistance and Review Programs for Teachers

Career Technical and Technical Education; Career Technical; Technical Training

Career Technical Education

Child Care and Development

Child Nutrition

Compensatory Education

Consolidated Categorical Aid

Course Periods without Educational Content (for grades nine through twelve)

Economic Impact Aid

Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, and former Juvenile Court Pupils now enrolled in a school district

English Learner Programs

Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind (Titles I-VII)

Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP)

Migrant Education

Physical Education Instructional Minutes (for grades one through six)

Pupil Fees

Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil

Regional Occupational Centers and Programs

School Safety Plans

Special Education

State Preschool

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education

The following complaints shall be referred to other agencies for appropriate resolution and are not subject to our UCP process set forth in this document unless these procedures are made applicable by separate interagency agreements:

1. Allegations of child abuse shall be referred to County Department of Social Services (DSS), Protective Services Division or appropriate law enforcement agency.

2. Health and safety complaints regarding a Child Development Program shall be referred to Department of Social Services for licensed facilities, and to the appropriate Child Development regional administrator for licensing-exempt facilities.

3. Employment discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints shall be sent to the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

4. Allegations of fraud shall be referred to the Legal, Audits and Compliance Branch in the California Department of Education (CDE).

A pupil fee is a fee, deposit, or other charge imposed on pupils, or a pupil's parents or guardians, in violation of state codes and constitutional provisions which require educational activities to be provided free of charge to all pupils 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.

A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.

2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.

3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

The LCAP is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the revised school finance system that overhauled how California funds its K-12 schools. Under the LCFF we are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how we intend to meet annual goals for our pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to California Education Code (EC) 52060(d).

We ensure annual dissemination of a written notice of our complaint procedures to all students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, school and district advisory committee members, appropriate private school officials or representatives, and other interested parties that includes information regarding allegations about discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Our UCP Annual Notice shall also include information regarding the requirements of EC 49010 through 49013 relating to pupil fees and information regarding the requirements of EC 52075 relating to the LCAP.

Our UCP Annual Notice shall be in English and in the primary language, pursuant to section 48985 of the Education Code, or mode of communication of the recipient of the notice.

The following is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints and ensuring our compliance:

Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement and Instruction

3500 Douglas Avenue

Mojave, CA 93501

(760) 373-4708

stephanienewby@mojave.k12.ca.us

The person or office responsible for compliance and investigations is knowledgeable about the laws and programs assigned to investigate.

The Mojave Unified School District will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified in EC 200 and 220 and Government Code (GC) section 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code (PC) 422.55 or on the basis or a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity we conduct, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance.

Unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints shall be filed no later than six months from the date the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or six months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.

All complainants are protected from retaliation.

We advise complainants of the right to pursue civil law remedies under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws.

If the Mojave Unified School District finds merit in a complaint regarding Pupil Fees, Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, and former Juvenile Court Pupils now enrolled in our school district, Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil, Course Periods without Educational Content (grades nine through twelve), and Physical Education Instructional Minutes (grades one through eight), we shall provide a remedy. In the case of complaints regarding Course Periods without Educational Content, Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil, and Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, and former Juvenile Court Pupils now enrolled in our school district, the remedy shall go to the affected pupil. In the case of complaints regarding Pupil Fees, Physical Education Instructional Minutes and LCAP, the remedy shall to go all affected pupils and parents/guardians.

A pupil fees complaint may be filed with the principal of a school or our superintendent or his or her designee.

A pupil fees complaint and/or an LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance.

A pupil fees complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.

We ensure an attempt shall be made in good faith to engage in reasonable efforts to identify and fully reimburse all pupils, parents and guardians who paid a pupil fee within one year prior to the filing of the complaint.

We will provide an opportunity for complainants and/or representatives to present evidence or information.

Refusal by the complainant to provide the investigator with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or to otherwise fail or refuse to cooperate in the investigation or engage in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in the dismissal of the complaint because of a lack of evidence to support the allegations.

Refusal by the Mojave Unified School District to provide the investigator with access to records and/or other information related to the allegation in the complaint, or to otherwise fail or refuse to cooperate in the investigation or engage in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in a finding based on evidence collected that a violation has occurred and may result in the imposition of a remedy in favor of the complainant.

The complaint will be investigated and a written report with a Decision will be issued to the complainant by us within 60 days from the date of the receipt of the complaint, unless the complainant agrees in writing to an extension of time.

This report will contain the following elements:

i. The findings of fact based on the evidence gathered.

ii. Conclusion of law.

iii. Disposition of the complaint.

iv. The rationale for such a disposition.

v. Corrective actions, if any are warranted.

vi. Notice of the complainant's right to appeal our Decision to the CDE.

vii. Procedures to be followed for initiating an appeal to CDE.

An appeal is a request made in writing to a level higher than the original reviewing level by an aggrieved party requesting reconsideration or a reinvestigation of the lower adjudicating body's decision.

A complainant may appeal our Decision of a UCP complaint regarding all specified federal and state educational programs subject to the UCP.

To appeal a UCP complaint Decision the complainant must file a written appeal within 15 days of receiving the Decision to CDE. This appeal to the CDE must fully explain the basis for the appeal, stating how the facts of our Decision are incorrect and/or the law is misapplied.

In addition the appeal shall be sent to CDE with: (1) a copy of the original locally filed complaint; and (2) a copy of our Decision of this original locally filed complaint.

Federal and State laws cited:

20 United States Code (USC) 6301 et seq.

34 Code of Federal Regulations (cfR) 299.11 & 300.510-511

California Education Code (EC) 200, 220, 222, 234.1-234.5, 262.3, 8200-8493, 8500-8538, 32280-32289; 33380-33384, 35186, 44500, 47606-47606.5, 47607.3, 48645.5, 48853, 48853.5, 48985, 49010-49013, 49069.5, 49490-49570, 51210, 51223, 51225.1, 51225.2, 51228.1-51228.3, 52059, 52060-52075, 52160, 52300-52480, 52500-52616.4, 54440-54445, 56000-56865, 59000-59300, 64000 (a)

California Government Code (GC) 11135

California Health and Safety Code (HSC) 104420

California Penal Code (PC) 422.55

California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) 300, 309, 602

California Code of Regulations Title 5 (5 CCR) 4600-4687

Policy MOJAVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 26, 2006 Mojave, California

revised: September 13, 2012

revised: February 14, 2013

revised: June 26, 2014

revised: August 13, 2015

revised: September 10, 2015

revised: November 10, 2016

revised: June 29, 2017