As part of the Board’s commitment to transparency, the Board plans to update the community weekly via this page, “The Board Report” email, the Superintendent’s Weekly Report and/or Board Meetings (open session) on progress toward understanding and improving PAUSD’s response to sexual harassment, assault and discrimination.

Current Events

6/7/17: John DiPaolo is named temporary Title IX Compliance Officer.  He will be in the District Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6/13-15 to work on the cases that were reported at Palo Alto High School in May and will also assist in preparing a job description for a full-time Civil Rights Compliance Officer.

5/31/17: Special Board Meeting - Title IX Related Investigations and Board Operations

5/30/17: Starting 5/30/17, Board President (Godfrey) and VP (Dauber) meeting with Cozen O’Connor weekly or more.

5/23/17: Agenda item in Regular Board meeting open session.

5/17/17: Cozen O’Connor engaged and started the investigation with an onsite visit 5/24/17. They expect to conclude their investigation before the end of June. At that time we expect an oral report out with a formal written report to follow. The engagement letter for this investigation can be found in the Additional Training & Information section below.

5/17/17: The Agenda Setting Committee of the Board (Board President, Board VP and Superintendent) has added an informational agenda item entitled “District policies on sexual harassment and discrimination” to the 5/23/17 open session for any available updates.

5/16/17: The Board met in closed session which included public comment from ~20 speakers at the outset.  At the close of the meeting the Board issued the following statement.

“The Board met in closed session to evaluate the performance of the Superintendent. The Board directed that the firm of Cozen O’Connor conduct an investigation of how district staff handled the issues surrounding the events at Palo Alto High School that have recently been reported in the media. The firm will provide a report to the Board to assist in further evaluation of the Superintendent’s performance, and to aid the district in addressing any Title IX or other issues. The Board plans to conduct the annual evaluation of the Superintendent in June as scheduled. Consistent with the Board’s commitment to transparency, the Board will share the results of this investigation to the extent possible.”

 

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Definitions

Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP)

The Palo Alto Unified School District maintains a uniform complaint procedure for investigating complaints of: (1) discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying on the basis of actual or perceived characteristics of age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, 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, including retaliation; and (2) complaints of violations of the laws and regulations governing consolidated categorical aid programs, Adult Education, Career/Technical Education, Child Development, Special Education and Nutrition services, or Federal and State Categorical Programs (No Child Left Behind, Title 1, McKinney Vento, English Language Learners, Foster Youth, other programs) and the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participating in educational activities. Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint of noncompliance.  PAUSD’s form can be found here.  The related Board Policy 1312.3 and Administrative Regulation 1312.3 are currently under review by OCR per our OCR RA.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et. seq. (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive or benefit from Federal financial assistance. Generally, a provider may not exclude, deny or provide different or lesser services to applicants or beneficiaries on the basis of sex.  The related Board Policy 5145.7 is currently under review by OCR per our OCR RA.

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Related Board Policies


The following Board Policies (BPs) are under revision per the OCR Resolution Agreement (RA) approved by the Board 2/28/17.  Per the RA the District must revise them and submit the revisions for OCR review and approval by 6/30/17.  These BPs have been revised by staff and legal counsel, reviewed by the Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) on 5/4/17 and submitted to OCR for comment.  Staff is awaiting (as of 5/17/17) input from the OCR.  If input is received in time these BPs will go to the full Board for approval on 6/7/17.