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Notice of Student Non-discrimination/Notice of Non-discrimination

The San Mateo-Foster City School District is committed to making schools free from unlawful discrimination and providing equal opportunities for all individuals in education.

The district prohibits discriminatory practices whose purpose or effect has a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.  The district promotes programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.

Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.  Any employee who permits or engages in discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

A student or parent/guardian who believes that discrimination has occurred may contact the principal for immediate resolution at the site.  A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinators.

Student Sexual Harassment Policy

San Mateo-Foster City School District is committed to making our schools free from sexual harassment.  This means that the district prohibits harassment made by someone from or in the educational setting.  Sexual harassment can be such actions as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting.

The district prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

The district further prohibits sexual harassment in which a student’s grades, benefits, services, honors, program or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.

How to File a Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment Complaint

The district believes discrimination, harassment, and bullying issues should first try to be resolved at the school site.  As such, students, parents/guardians may report:

  • Any act of discrimination, harassment, or bullying by a student, staff member or third party to the site principal.  The responsible school official will conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the complaint.  A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinators.
  • When sexual harassment is reported, interim steps will be taken to stop harassment and protect the victim from further harassment pending outcome of the complaint.

At any time during the complaint process students or the parent/guardian may contact the Title IX Coordinators to file a complaint directly with the district.  A student or parent is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinators.

Donna Lewis
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
San Mateo-Foster City School District
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA  94404
650-312-7288
 
Molly Barton
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
San Mateo-Foster City School District
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA  94404
650-312-7341

Filing a Uniform Complaint

At any time during the site resolution process, students or parent/guardians may file a Uniform Complaint Form which can be obtained from the school, district Student Services Office or on the SMFCSD website.  The Uniform Complaint should be filed with the Human Resources Department.  (Uniform Complaint Procedures - Board Policy 1312.3)
 

Investigation of a Uniform Complaint

The San Mateo-Foster City School District will immediately undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the allegations and provide a written report within 60 days of when the complaint was filed.  The report will include a summary of the facts, a decision on the complaint, reason for the decision and corrective actions that have or will be taken, including remedies for the victim.  The complainant has the right to present witnesses and evidence.

Action

If the district determines that its policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, or bullying have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or dismissal will be taken.  Remedies will also be provided to the victim and remedial action(s) will be required of the school site.

- Remedial actions will be taken that are designed to end the harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects on the harassed student.

- Follow up with the student will occur to ensure the harassment has stopped and that there is no retaliation.

The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process including witnesses.  A separate Uniform Complaint may be filed if retaliation occurs against any individual involved in the processing of discrimination, harassment, or bullying complaint.  Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.

A student who has a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment should contact the school principal for immediate resolution at the school site.  A student or parent/guardian is not required to attempt resolution through the school site before contacting the District Title IX Coordinators.

 
Donna Lewis
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
San Mateo-Foster City School District
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA  94404
650-312-7288
 
Molly Barton
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
San Mateo-Foster City School District
1170 Chess Drive
Foster City, CA  94404
650-312-7341
 

Statute of Limitations

Any parent, guardian, individual, organization has the right to file a written complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying on the basis of a protected characteristic within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged incident. The timeline for filing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying is extended by the Superintendent or designee, upon written request by the complainant setting forth the reasons for the extension. Such extension by the Superintendent or designee shall be made in writing. The period for filing may be extended by the Superintendent or designee for good cause for a period not to exceed 90 days following the expiration of the six month time period. The Superintendent shall respond immediately upon a receipt of a request for extension.