Petaluma City Schools | BP 5145.9 Students
The Board of Education affirms the right of every student to be protected from hate-motivated behavior. It is the intent of the Board to promote harmonious relationships that enable students to gain a true understanding of the civil rights and social responsibilities of people in our society. Behavior or statements that intended to discriminate against or to willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, oppress or threaten by force or threat of force any individual on the basis of his/her actual perceived race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, sexual orientation, physical/mental disability, religious beliefs or practices shall not be tolerated.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)
(cf. 5136 - Gangs)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)
Any student who feels that he/she is a victim of hate-motivated behavior shall immediately contact the principal or designee. If the student believes that the situation has not been remedied by the principal or designee, he/she may file a complaint in accordance with district complaint procedures.
(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)
(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)
Staff who receive notice of hate-motivated behavior or personally observe such behavior shall notify the principal, Superintendent or designee, and law enforcement, as appropriate. Students demonstrating hate-motivated behavior shall be subject to discipline in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.
(cf. 3515.3 - District Police/Security Department)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))
In addition, the district shall provide counseling and appropriate sensitivity training and diversity education for students exhibiting hate-motivated behavior. The district shall also provide counseling, guidance and support, as necessary, to those students who are the victims of hate-motivated behavior.
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff receive appropriate training to recognize hate-motivated behavior and methods for handling such behavior in appropriate ways.
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)
(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)
(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)
The district shall provide age-appropriate instruction to help promote understanding of and respect for human rights.
At the beginning of each school year, students and staff shall receive a copy of the district's policy on hate-motivated behavior.
48900.3 Suspension for hate violence
186.21 Street terrorism; legislative findings and declarations
13023 Reports by law enforcement of crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability
13519.6 Hate crimes, training courses and guidelines
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 18
245 Federally protected activities
Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1995
ALAMEDA OFFICE OF EDUCATION & CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Hate-Motivated Behavior in Schools: Response Strategies for School Boards, Administrators, Law Enforcement and Communities, 1997
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS & NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL PUBLICATIONS
Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools, 1999
California Association of Human Relations Organizations: http://www.cahro.org
United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/index.html
Policy PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS
adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California
Amended: June 22, 2004