Title IX

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Title IX Coordinator: Ray Kellar
Contact Mr. Kellar by e-mailing rkellar@sisnet.ssku.k12.ca.us or by phone at 530-235-4835
 
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
"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."
 
See Reference Links below for more information
Section 504 and Individuals with Disabilities

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination/harassment on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The District has specific responsibilities related to the provision of a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to school age individuals with disabilities under Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

To meet the criteria for Section 504 protections, a child must:
  • Have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Have a record of such impairment; or
  • Be regarded as having such an impairment
As a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) there is a broader application of the definition of disability under the ADA and Section 504. The new law eliminated the consideration of ameliorative effects of mitigating measures when determining whether a student has a disability, though they remain relevant when evaluating students’ needs for accommodations/services. This means more students may be eligible for Section 504 nondiscrimination protections whether or not they currently need Section 504 plan accommodations/services.

Linda Ryan, Section 504 Coordinator
5805 High School Way
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
530-235-4835 ext 201

Ray Kellar, Title IX Coordinator
5805 High School Way
Dunsmuir, CA 96025
530-235-4835 ext 109
Pregnant and Parenting Teens

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Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Pregnant or parenting students have the right to attend their current school or any district school and to participate in any program or activity for which they would otherwise qualify in an environment free of discrimination or harassment.  Participation in any school or program specifically designed for pregnant or parenting students such as pregnant minor schools or Cal-SAFE programs must be completely voluntary on the part of the student.  Consult with the School Nurse for further information or referrals.

California Pregnant and Parenting Youth Guide

ACLU 2015 Ed Equity Pregnant Parenting Teens CA

A Project of the National Center for Youth Law

“Teen Legal Guide to Sex, Pregnancy and Parenting in California”

www.pregnantyouth.org

Resources for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students

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Resources for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students 

Title IX protects all students, including transgender and gender-nonconforming students, from sex discrimination. Title IX encompasses discrimination based on a student’s nonconformity with sex stereotypes and gender identity, including a student’s transgender status.  Once a school is notified that a student will begin asserting a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school must begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. When a school provides sex-segregated activities or facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity. Moreover, the privacy of students records are protected under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

A school may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other identification document before treating them consistent with their gender identity.

Schools can provide additional privacy options to any student for any reason. The guidance does not require any student to use shared bathrooms or changing spaces, when, for example, there are other appropriate options available.

Schools must:

Respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students, including harassment based on a student’s actual or perceived gender identity, transgender status, or gender transition;
Treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex;
Allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities and access sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity; and
Protect students’ privacy related to their transgender status under Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Resources for Transgender Students

ACLU Schools in Transition 2015

 

Bullying and Hazing

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DJUHSD is committed to providing a safe and civil learning and working environment. The District takes a strong position against bullying, hazing, or any behavior that infringes on the safety or well-being of students, employees, or any other persons within the District’s jurisdiction or interferes with learning or the ability to teach. The District prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or participates in the complaint investigation process.

Bullying and hazing are part of a continuum of aggressive or violent behaviors. Some acts of bullying or hazing can and do constitute other categories of misconduct such as assault, battery, child abuse, hate-motivated incident, criminal activity or sexual harassment and, as such, violate other District policies. In such cases, District personnel are obligated to follow appropriate District reporting guidelines.

Bullying Frequently Asked Questions
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Families
Be An Ally Six Ways
What to Do if Your Child Exhibits Bullying Behavior
Students, Don’t Let Others Bully or Harass You
Internet Safety Strategies for Youth
BP 5131 Conduct
BP 5137 Positive School Climate
BP5131 Bullying

FERPA

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FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

FERPA for Parents and Eligible Students
FERPA for School Officials