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Uniform Complaint Procedures

Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) Annual Notice

2018-2019 School Year

For students, employees, parents/guardians, school and district advisory committee members,

private school officials, and other interested parties

                                                                                                                      

 

The Claremont Unified School District annually notifies our its students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, the district advisory committee, school advisory committees, appropriate private school officials, and other interested parties of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) process.

The Claremont Unified School District is primarily responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including those related to unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group, and all programs and activities that are subject to the UCP.

Programs and Activities subject to the UCP:

  • Adult Education
  • After School Education and Safety
  • Agricultural Career Technical Education
  • American Indian Education Centers and Early Childhood Education Program Assessments
  • Bilingual Education
  • California Peer Assistance and Review Programs for Teachers
  • Career Technical and Technical Education; Career Technical; Technical Training (State)
  • Career Technical Education (Federal)
  • Child Care and Development
  • Child Nutrition
  • Compensatory Education
  • Consolidated Categorical Aid
  • Course Periods without Educational Content
  • Economic Impact Aid
  • Education Of Pupils In Foster Care, Pupils Who Are Homeless, Former Juvenile Court Pupils Now Enrolled In A School District, and Pupils Of Military Families
  • Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind (Titles I–VII)
  • 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 Safety Plans
  • Special Education
  • State Preschool
  • Tobacco-Use Prevention Education

Pupil Fees:

A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  • A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
  • A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  • A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.
  • A pupil fees complaint may be filed with the principal of a school or our superintendent or his or her designee. A pupil fees and/or an LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously, however, the complainant must provide evidence or information leading to evidence to support the complaint.
  • A pupil enrolled in a school in our district shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity.
  • A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.

Additional Information:

We shall post a standardized notice of the educational rights of pupils in foster care, pupils who are homeless, former juvenile court pupils now enrolled in a school district, and pupils in military families as specified in Education Code Sections 48645.7, 48853, 48853.5, 49069.5, 51225.1, and 51225.2.  This notice shall include complaint process information, as applicable.

Contact Information:

The staff member, position, or unit responsible to receive UCP complaints in our agency is:

Kevin Ward, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center (CUSD District Office)
Human Resources Department

170 W. San Jose Ave., Claremont CA 91711

909-398-0617

kward@cusd.claremont.edu

Complaints will be investigated and a written report with a decision will be sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the complaint. This time period may be extended by written agreement of the complainant. The person responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and complete the investigation in accordance with our UCP policies and procedures.

The complainant has a right to appeal our Decision of complaints regarding specific programs and activities subject to the UCP, pupil fees and the LCAP to CDE by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving our Decision. The appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the originally-filed complaint and a copy of our Decision.

We advise any complainant of civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other remedies or orders that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws, if applicable.

Copies of our Uniform Complaint Procedures process shall be available free of charge.

Please see the following information regarding UCP complaints:

 

Williams Complaint Procedures

 

A complaint regarding textbooks and/or instructional materials, faciliites or teacher vacancy or misassignment are considered Williams complaints.

Williams complaints may be filed in the following areas:

     Textbooks and Instructional Materials

  • A pupil, including an English learner, does not have standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials or state-adopted or district-adopted textbooks or other required instructional materials to use in class.
  • A pupil does not have access to textbooks or instructional materials to use at home or after school. This does not require two sets of textbooks or instructional materials for each pupil.
  • Textbooks or instructional materials are in poor or unusable condition, have missing pages, or are unreadable due to damage.
  • A pupil was provided photocopied sheets from only a portion of a textbook or instructional materials to address a shortage of textbooks or instructional materials.

Facilities

  • A condition poses an urgent or emergency threat to the health or safety of students or staff, including: gas leaks, nonfunctioning heating, ventilation, fire sprinklers or air-conditioning systems, electrical power failure, major sewer line stoppage, major pest or vermin infestation, broken windows or exterior doors or gates that will not lock and that pose a security risk, abatement of hazardous materials previously undiscovered that pose an immediate threat to pupils or staff, structural damage creating a hazardous or uninhabitable condition, and any other emergency conditions the school district determines appropriate.
  • A school restroom has not been maintained or cleaned regularly, is not fully operational and has not been stocked at all times with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels or functional hand dryers.
  • The school has not kept all restrooms open during school hours when pupils are not in classes and has not kept a sufficient number of restrooms open during school hours when pupils are in classes.

Teacher Vacancy or Misassignment

  • Teacher vacancy - A semester begins and a teacher vacancy exists. (A teacher vacancy is a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.)
  • Teacher misassignment - A teacher who lacks credentials or training to teach English learners is assigned to teach a class with more than 20 percent English learner pupils in the class. 
  • Teacher misassignment - A teacher is assigned to teach a class for which the teacher lacks subject matter competency.

 

Williams Complaint Form (click to download)

 

Notice of Class Action Settlement

Notice of Class Action Settlement in the Williams v. State of California Class Action Lawsuit (English),www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/noticeenglish.asp

Notice of Class Action Settlement in the Williams v State of California Class Action Lawsuit (Spanish),www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/noticespanish.asp

Summary of Notice of Class Action Settlement

Summary of Notice of Class Action Settlement in the Williams v. State of California Class Action Lawsuit (English),www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/sumnoticeenglish.asp

Summary of Notice of Class Action Settlement in the Williams v. State of California Class Action Lawsuit (Spanish),www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/sumnoticespanish.asp