Parent Concerns and Complaints

Tulare City School District empowers its school leadership with the ability to make site-based management decisions. The District also recognizes that each of its schools has its own unique campus culture and climate. While we are fifteen schools rising together, school leaders are encouraged to make individual decisions that best meet the needs of their school community.

As leaders of their own campus, your school site principal should be your first stop when you have a concern about your child’s educational experience. If your first efforts to address a problem with your child’s teacher are unsuccessful, please contact your child’s principal to seek assistance.  It is essential that the principal be included in the process.  You should expect that your school site contacts will treat your concern with an appropriate level of seriousness, and make every effort to reasonably respond to the issue you raise.

What is a concern?

A concern indicates a level of dissatisfaction in regard to a person or service within the organization and a request for information and/or resolution.

What is a complaint?

A complaint is a formal request to investigate allegations of non-compliance with District policy, procedure or statute.  A formal complaint is a written statement, signed and verified under the penalty of perjury, by a complainant via a letter or on forms provided by the District which alleges a specific violation, by a District employee, of a District policy, procedure or statute. 
When a person files a formal complaint, district administration will follow the sequence listed under AR 1312.1, Complaints Concerning District Employees, available on the Board Policies page.

If any person desires to file a formal complaint, they may place their complaint in writing and submit to:

Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel
600 N. Cherry, Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 685-7200


Uniform Complaint Procedures

The district shall use the uniform complaint procedures to resolve any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in district programs and activities based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. 

Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used to address any complaint alleging the district's failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participation in educational activities, the requirements for the development and adoption of a school safety plan, and state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control Accountability Plan, migrant education, career technical and technical education and training programs, childcare and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs.


Title IX and Sex Discrimination

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Education Code 221.8 states that students have the following rights:

  • 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.

To file a complaint under Title IX, please follow the same guidelines indicated for Tulare City School District Uniform Complaint Procedures (BP/AR 1312.3). 

School Site Title IX & Gender Equity Coordinator 
School Site Principal 

Tulare City School District, Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel
600 N. Cherry, Tulare, CA  93274
(559) 685-7200
E-mail: ppierschbacher@tcsdk8.org 

Office of Equal Opportunity 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
Sixth Floor, Suite 6NW14G
131 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20507
Tel: 202-663-7081
Fax: 202-663-7003
E-mail: contact_oeo@eeoc.gov

U.S. Department of Education 
Office for Civil Rights 
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1328
Tel: 1-800-872-5327


Williams Act Complaint Procedures

The Governing Board desires to identify and resolve any deficiencies related to:

Williams Act Complaint Procedures

  1. There should be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials in usable condition. For there to be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials, each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.
  2. School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.
  3. There should be no teacher vacancies* or misassignments**. There should be a teacher assigned to each class and not a series of substitutes or other temporary teachers. The teacher should have the proper credential to teach the class, including the certification required to teach English learners if present.

*Teacher vacancy means 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.

**Misassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.

For more information, please see page 16 of the Parent/Student Handbook.