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Uniform Complaint Procedures

The Paradise Unified School District will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified in Education Code section 200 and 220 and Government Code section 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 or 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 program or activity conducted by the agency, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance.

The UCP shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in:

  • Bilingual Education
  • California Peer Assistance and Review Programs for Teachers
  • Career Technical and Technical Education and Career Technical and Technical Training
  • Career Technical Education
  • Child Care and Development
  • Child Nutrition     
  • Compensatory Education
  • Consolidated Categorical Aid
  • Course Periods without Educational Content
  • Education of Pupils in Foster Care and Pupils who are Homeless
  • Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind
  • Local Control Accountability Plans (including Charter Schools as described in EC §§ 47606.5 and 47607.3);
  • Physical Education Instructional Minutes
  • Pupil Fees
  • Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil
  • Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
  • School Safety Plans
  • Special Education
  • State Preschool
  • Tobacco-Use Prevention Education

Any individual, public agency, organization may file a written complaint alleging a matter which, if true, would constitute a violation by the District of federal or state laws or regulations governing the programs and activities as well as allegations of unlawful discrimination identified above. UCP complaints are to be submitted in writing to:

Paradise Unified School District
Tom Taylor, Director of Human Resources
6696 Clark Rd.
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 872-6400
 

Any person with a disability or who is unable to prepare a written complaint can receive assistance from the site-administrator/designee or by calling the Department of Human Resources at (530) 872-6400.

Parent and Student Processes References

The administrative regulation 1312.3 will provide detailed steps to filing a written complaint. It is a PUSD regulatory document to help you with the necessary documentation to submit your complaint (see Attachments below). The board’s policy 1312.3 is the district’s assurance to you of its responsibilities in accordance with district’s policy and other state and federal regulations (see Attachments below). The entire Uniform Complaint Procedures is also attached, including the UCP Annual Policy (see Attachments below).

The District assures confidentiality to the maximum extent possible. The District prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or anyone who participates in the complaint investigation process Complainants are advised that civil law remedies may also be available to them.

The sixty (60) day timeline for the investigation and District response shall begin when the written complaint is received by the Department of Human Resources.

Attachments

 
 

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Positive School Climate

 
As appropriate, the district shall provide students with instruction, in the classroom or other educational settings, that promotes social-emotional learning, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, character/values education, respect for cultural and individual differences, self-esteem development, assertiveness skills, and appropriate online behavior.
 
Such instruction shall also educate students about the negative impact of bullying, discrimination, intimidation, and harassment based on actual or perceived immigration status, religious beliefs and customs, or any other individual bias or prejudice.
 
The Superintendent or designee shall provide training to teachers and other school staff to raise their awareness about the legal obligation of the district and its employees to prevent discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of district students. Such training shall be designed to provide staff with the skills to:
  1. Discuss the diversity of the student body and school community, including their varying immigration experiences
  2. Discuss bullying prevention strategies with students, and teach students to recognize the behavior and characteristics of bullying perpetrators and victims
  3. Identify the signs of bullying or harassing behavior
  4. Take immediate corrective action when bullying is observed
  5. Report incidents to the appropriate authorities, including law enforcement in instances of criminal behavior
Based on an assessment of bullying incidents at school, the Superintendent or designee may increase supervision and security in areas where bullying most often occurs, such as classrooms, playgrounds, hallways, restrooms, and cafeterias.
 

Intervention

 
Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop means for students to report threats or incidents confidentially and anonymously.
 
School staff who witness an act of bullying shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so. (Education Code 234.1)
 
When appropriate based on the severity or pervasiveness of the bullying, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of victims and perpetrators and may contact law enforcement.
 
The Superintendent, principal, or principal's designee may refer a victim, witness, perpetrator, or other student affected by an act of bullying to a school counselor, school psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, school nurse, or other school support service personnel for case management, counseling, and/or participation in a restorative justice program as appropriate. (Education Code 48900.9)
 

Reporting and Filing of Complaints

 
Any student, parent/guardian, or other individual who believes that a student has been subjected to bullying or who has witnessed bullying may report the incident to a teacher, the principal, a compliance officer, or any other available school employee. Within one business day of receiving such a report, a staff member shall notify the principal of the report, whether or not a uniform complaint is filed. In addition, any school employee who observes an incident of bullying involving a student shall, within one business day, report his/her observation to the principal or a district compliance officer, whether or not the alleged victim files a complaint.
 
Within two business days of receiving a report of bullying, the principal shall notify the district compliance officer identified in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.