Required Parent Notifications

Hate Motivated Behavior

The Governing Board is committed to providing a safe learning environment that protects students from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and other behavior motivated by a person’s hostility towards another person’s real or perceived ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, or any other physical or cultural characteristic. The Superintendent or designee shall design strategies to promote harmonious relationships among students, prevent incidents of hate-motivated behavior to the extent possible, and address such incidents if they occur.

Policy 5145.9: Hate-Motivated Behavior
Bullying Prevention Resources

Resources from California Department of Education

Below is a regional list of California organizations providing support to the youth and their families who have been subjected to school-related discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. This also includes resources for youths affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home, school, and in the community.   

Regional List

The California Department of Education (CDE) provides these lists of support organizations for individuals or families seeking assistance with discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying and youths affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home, school, and in the community, with questions or concerns. In providing these links, the CDE does not endorse and makes no guarantees or warranties whatsoever concerning the linked Web sites nor any organizations or individuals associated with these Websites. Individuals or families considering utilizing any of these support organizations are encouraged to conduct sufficient research to determine which organization(s) are suitable for their specific situation and needs.

Student Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance is available to purchase. More information is available at the links below.

Suicide Prevention

Per California Education Code 215, the District has a policy and procedureon suicide prevention that reflects age-appropriate support for students, K-8.  The policy is linked below.

5141.42 BP Suicide Prevention

5141.42 AR Suicide Prevention 

Title IX

What is Title IX?
Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

Additional Title IX Resources

Title IX Coordinator:
Jennifer Coronel
4750 Date Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 669-5700
Jennifer.Coronel@lmsvschools.org

Your rights under the law:

  • You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
  • You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  • You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
  • You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
  • You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
    • Equipment and supplies.
    • Scheduling of games and practices.
    • Transportation and daily allowances.
    • Access to tutoring.
    • Coaching.
    • Locker rooms.
    • Practice and competitive facilities.
    • Medical and training facilities and services.
    • Publicity.
  • You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
  • You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
  • 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.
  • You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
  • You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.

When must a complaint be filed?
The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination. The time for filing may be extended for up to 90 days by the Superintendent or designee for good cause upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. (5 CCR 4630)

Filing a complaint:
The complaint shall be presented to the compliance officer who shall maintain a log of complaints received, providing each with a code number and a date stamp. For complaints regarding Title IX, you may complete a Uniform Complaint using the links below

In addition, the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights has additional information on their website. A complaint must ordinarily be filed within 180 days of the last act of discrimination. If your complaint involves matters that occurred longer ago 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. You may also contact the Office of Civil Rights at 800-421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov .

Uniform Complaint Procedures

What is a Uniform Complaints Procedures (UCP) complaint? 
For students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, school and district advisory committees, appropriate private school officials or representatives, and other interested parties, the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations and has established procedures to address allegations of unlawful discrimination and complaints alleging violation of state and federal laws governing educational programs.  

A Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaint is a written statement alleging discrimination, harassment, or a violation of a federal or state law or regulation. A UCP compliant must be filed by way of the Uniform Complaint Procedures as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600-4687. Issues that may involve filing a complaint using the UCP are under various state and federal programs that use categorical funds such as Child Care and Development Programs, Child Nutrition Programs, Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs, Federal Safety Planning Requirements, Migrant Education, and Special Education Programs. The UCP process will also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees and other charges for participating in educational activities. Detailed information, including complaint forms, timelines, and the appeal process, can be found below. 

A Williams Complaint, another type of UCP complaint, regards instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils, and teacher vacancy or misassignment, and may be filed anonymously. The District has a complaint form available for these types of complaints, but will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing. Detailed information, including the complaint form, can be found below. All complaints must be filed in writing with the District compliance officer:

Jennifer Coronel, Program Manager, Student Support
4750 Date Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 668-5700
jennifer.coronel@lmsvschools.org

Additional Resources:

California Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity

California Department of Education Uniform Complaint Procedures

US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Williams Settlement 

What is the Williams Settlement? 

Education Code 35186 created a procedure for the filing of complaints concerning deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, and teacher vacancy or misassignment. The complaint and its response are public documents as provided by statute. Complaints may be filed anonymously; however, if a response is requested, contact information shall be provided. Williams complaint forms are available, but the District will not reject a complaint if the form is not used as long as the complaint is submitted in writing.  

The following links provide a copy of the notice that can be found in every classroom, and the forms used to file a complaint related to the Williams Settlement:

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