Parent Concerns and Complaints
Concerns vs. 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.
The "General Reporting Form" immediately below can be completed / submitted for any of the areas discussed below or for any issues a person believes rise above a concern.
The Tulare City School Board takes seriously its obligations to ensure that no student or employee suffers discrimination / harassment on the basis of sex, as defined in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Title IX, a federal law enacted in 1972, 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.
The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex. The District is required by Title IX not to discriminate on the basis of sex. The requirement not to discriminate based on sex extends to admission and employment. Inquiries should be referred to the Title IX Coordinator (see below).
The complaint procedures described here shall be used to address any complaint governed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 alleging that a district employee (AR 4119.12) or student (AR 5145.71), while in an education program or activity in which a district school exercises substantial control over the context and respondent, was subjected to one or more of the following forms of sexual harassment: (34 CFR 106.30, 106.44)
- A district employee conditioning the provision of a district aid, benefit, or service on a person's participation in unwelcome sexual conduct
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the district's education program or activity
- Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in 20 USC 1092 or 34 USC 12291
Reporting Discrimination / Harassment
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, by mail to the office address, or the "General Reporting Form" listed above for the Title IX Coordinator.
After the report has been received, the Title IX Coordinator will reach out to the individual affected by the alleged misconduct, provide supportive measures, discuss the grievance policy, and offer the opportunity for the complainant to file a formal complaint if the behavior meets the Title IX definition of sexual harassment. If a formal complaint is filed, appropriate steps will be taken to investigate. Upon completing the investigation, the outcome will be shared with all stakeholders.
If a party does not agree with the final determination made by the district, or has concerns of noncompliance with Title IX or actions that would be prohibited by Title IX, he / she may appeal the determination in accordance with School Board Policy AR 4119.12 (employees) or AR 5145.71 (students).
23-24 Title IX Training Materials
- Title IX Coordinator Training
- Title IX Investigator Training
- Title IX Informal Resolution Facilitator Training
- Title IX Decision Maker Appeals Training
- Title IX Athletics Training
TCSD Title IX Coordinator: Philip Pierschbacher
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel
600 N. Cherry, Tulare, CA 93274
E-mail: [email protected]
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.
Williams Act Uniform Complaint Procedures
The Governing Board desires to identify and resolve any deficiencies related to Williams Act Complaint Procedures:
- 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.
- School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.
- 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.
Compliance Officer: Philip Pierschbacher
Assistant Superintendent, Personnel
600 N. Cherry, Tulare, CA 93274
504 Coordinator: Tara Houston
Director I, Educational Options
600 N. Cherry St. - Tulare, CA 93274
Title II Coordinator: Debbie Portillo
Director I, Learning Supports
600 N. Cherry St. - Tulare, CA 93274
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1328
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