Non-Discrimination Policy

Notice of Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Piedmont Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, immigration status, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Harassment/Bullying/Sexual Harassment/Hate-Motivated Behavior

The Governing Board is committed to maintaining a safe environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The Board prohibits, at any district school or activity, unlawful discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the actual or perceived characteristics specified above. The Board also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files  a complaint or report of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. Students or employees who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation bullying or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action. Students should report any harassment, intimidation or bullying to the school principal or other staff member and may file a complaint under the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedures.

BP/AR 5145.3 – Non-Discrimination and Harassment

BP/AR 5145.7 – Sexual Harassment

BP/AR 5131.2 – Bullying

BP/AR 5145.9 – Hate-Motivated Behavior

BP/AR 5141.52 – Suicide Prevention

Process

A student or parent/guardian who believes that discrimination has occurred may contact the principal for immediate resolution at the site. A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX or ADA/504 Coordinators.  A complaint must ordinarily be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination.  Alternately initial reports may be submitted via the web at our Speak Up PUSD form: http://bit.ly/speakuppusd

The Uniform Complaint Procedures chart can assist in determining which procedure to follow.

 

At any time during the site resolution process, students or parent/guardians may file a Uniform Complaint Form.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or the designated District Uniform Complaint Officers below:

District  Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Cheryl Wozniak
Director of the Curriculum and Instruction
Piedmont Unified School District
760 Magnolia Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611
cwozniak@piedmont.k12.ca.us
510-594-2687

 

Inquiries may also be referred to the:

California Department of Education

The California Code of Regulations (Title 5, Section 4600 et seq.) requires the districts, among other things, to adopt and publish procedures referred to as the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying complaints. The district must notify students, employees, and parents, as well as others, of its local complaint procedures and identify the person or persons responsible for processing complaints.

The district has 60 days to complete an investigation and provide a written decision to the person filing the complaint. If the person disagrees with the findings of the investigation he/she has the right to appeal those findings within 15 days of receiving the decision to the CDE. In addition, an appeal to the Department can be filed should the district fail to provide a written response. This appeal must be received by the Department within 15 days of the date the response was due.

For any questions regarding appeals please contact the Education Equity UCP Office at 916-319-8239 or e-mail eeucpo@cde.ca.gov.

 

Inquiries may also be referred to the:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: 415-486-5555
FAX: 415-486-5570; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

Prior to filing a complaint with OCR against an institution, a potential complainant may want to find out about the institution’s grievance process and use that process to have the complaint resolved. However, a complainant is not required by law to use the institutional grievance process before filing a complaint with OCR. If a complainant uses an institutional grievance process and also chooses to file the complaint with OCR, the complaint must be filed with OCR within 60 days after completion of the institutional grievance process.

District Section 504/ADA Coordinator

Information regarding Section 504 Services can be found here.

Hillary Crissinger
Director, Special Education/Student Services
Piedmont Unified School District
760 Magnolia Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611
hcrissinger@piedmont.k12.ca.us
510-594-2733

PUSD’s uniform complaint policy

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