Reporting bullying & harassment
Education is responsible for administering and enforcing the laws governing the State’s educational programs. Some of these programs require processes for responding to complaints from students, parents, or community members of schools or school districts. In 1990 Education proposed new regulations to establish a Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) for its then‑existing educational programs that required complaint procedures—the Special Education and Consolidated Categorical Aid programs—as well as for numerous other programs. The UCP provides a formal system for processing complaints from individuals, public agencies, or organizations alleging violations of state or federal laws that govern specified educational programs. Programs and Subjects Within UCP Scope For complaint and appeal processing information relating to the programs listed below: Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Pupils Adult Education After School Education and Safety Agricultural Career Technical Education Career Technical and Technical Education and Career Technical and Technical Training Programs Child Care and Development Programs Compensatory Education Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs Course Periods without Educational Content Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any protected group as identified under sections 200 and 220 and Section 11135 of the Government Code, including any actual or perceived characteristic as set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code, 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 an educational institution, as defined in Section 210.3, that is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from, any state financial assistance Educational and graduation requirements for pupils in foster care, pupils who are homeless, pupils from military families and pupils formerly in Juvenile Court now enrolled in a school district Every Student Succeeds Act; Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) Migrant Education Physical Education Instructional Minutes Pupil Fees Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil; Regional Occupational Centers and Programs School Plans for Student Achievement School Safety Plans Schoolsite Councils State Preschool State Preschool Health and Safety Issues in LEAs Exempt from Licensing
Transgender & Gender-creative Youth
In California, Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1266, also known as the “School Success and Opportunity Act,” was introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on February 22, 2013 and requires that pupils be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs, activities, and use facilities consistent with their gender identity, without respect to the gender listed in a pupil’s records. AB 1266 is codified at Education Code section 221.5(f), which provides: A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records. Additionally: No person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code, including immigration status, in any program or activity conducted by an educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance, or enrolls pupils who receive state student financial aid.
Students with Exceptional Needs (Disabilities)
SELPAs provide targeted technical assistance, facilitate collaborative decision-making, and connect families and students with local educational agencies and the larger community. Children between 5 & 18 years of age who have one of the following disabilities and need specialized educational services have the right to receive special education and related services: intellectual disabilities; hearing impairments (including deafness); speech or language impairments; visual impairments (including blindness); emotional disturbance; orthopedic impairment; autism; traumatic brain injury; other health impairments; specific learning disabilities; developmental delay.
California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)
The California Healthy Youth Act has five primary purposes: -To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy; -To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family; -To promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development; -To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end; and -To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to have healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors.