Grievances & Nondiscrimination Policies
The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of grievances at the classroom or school site level whenever possible, and encourages parents and guardians to discuss their concerns directly with the school site employee(s) in question. The charter organization’s Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures provides guidelines and directions for the resolution of grievances. In this regard, the objective is to perpetuate a climate of collegiality, mutual trust and respect by resolving differences in a timely, objective and equitable manner. Most conflicts can be resolved without implementing the procedures outlined in this policy, but when these informal attempts at resolution are unsuccessful, this policy will be enacted.
The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Discovery Charter School programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, 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.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site director. A copy of Discovery's Uniform Complaint Policy is available upon request, and a link can be found above in the Grievance paragraph. (Board policy 160627.1)
Title IX and Complaints
Title IX – Sex Based Discrimination and Sex Equity in Education
Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Discovery Charter Schools fully complies with Title IX. Discovery Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities it operates. Discovery Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations may be referred to the Title IX coordinator.
– Debby Perry
STUDENT & EMPLOYEE TITLE IX RIGHTS
Under California Education Code section 221.8:
- a) You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
- b) You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
- c) You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
- d) You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
- e) You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
(1) Equipment and supplies.
(2) Scheduling of games and practices.
(3) Transportation and daily allowances.
(4) Access to tutoring.
(6) Locker rooms.
(7) Practice and competitive facilities.
(8) Medical and training facilities and services.
- f) You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
- g) You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
- h) You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
i)You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
- j) You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.
FILING A COMPLAINT
- a) A complaint regarding discrimination or harassment based on sex must ordinarily be filed with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights within of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer than this and you are requesting a waiver, you will be asked to show good cause why you did not file your complaint within the 180-day period. If you have questions about your situation, you can contact the California branch of the Office for Civil Rights at the address listed below. A complaint filed with the Charter School under our UCP alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying must be initiated no later than from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.
- b) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has its own policies and procedures for investigating complaints. Please review the above link for more information about this process. A complaint filed with the Charter School under our UCP or Title IX/ Harassment/ Intimidation/ Discrimination/ Bullying policy will be investigated in compliance with those policies.
- c) There are a variety of ways to file your complaint. You can use the U.S. Office for Civil Rights electronic complaint form filed directly through their website; or mail, email, or send by facsimile your own letter or a completed copy of the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form.
– You can send a completed version of this form or your own letter via email, facsimile, or regular mail to the following addresses:
To file a UCP or complaint under our Title IX/ Harassment/ Intimidation/ Discrimination/ Bullying policy directly with the Charter School, please follow procedures set forth in those policies.