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Staff Guidance Memorandum

The Governing Board of the Palo Alto Unified School District (District) is committed to creating a safe learning and educational environment for all students. The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, (such as sexual harassment, sexual violence or harassment based on a protected characteristic), intimidation, bullying and retaliation against students when committed by other students, employees and/or third parties1. Such misconduct negatively effects student learning and school attendance, and the Governing Board desires to provide safe educational setting2 that protect students from physical and emotional harm. The Governing Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who reports, testifies about, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in a District complaint, investigation or grievance process relating to an incident of discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

This Guidance Memorandum for all District staff is designed to summarize information relevant to understanding and accessing the District’s discrimination policies and complaint procedures.

The District policies and procedures summarized by this Guidance Memorandum include BP/AR 5145.3BP 5145.7, and BP/AR 1312.3.