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Non-Discrimination Policy

The Board of Trustees is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in district programs and activities. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.


All individuals shall be treated equitably in the receipt of district and school services. Personally identifiable information collected in the implementation of any district program, including, but not limited to, student and family information for the free and reduced-price lunch program, transportation, or any other educational program, shall be used only for the purposes of the program, except when the Superintendent or designee authorizes its use for another purpose in accordance with law. Resources and data collected by the district shall not be used, directly or by others, to compile a list, registry, or database of individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status or any other category identified above.

District programs and activities shall be free of any racially derogatory or discriminatory school or athletic team names, mascots, or nicknames.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually review district programs and activities to ensure the removal of any derogatory or discriminatory name, image, practice, or other barrier that may unlawfully prevent an individual or group in any of the protected categories stated above from accessing district programs and activities. He/she shall take prompt, reasonable actions to remove any identified barrier. The Superintendent or designee shall report his/her findings and recommendations to the Board after each review.

All allegations of unlawful discrimination in district programs and activities shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with the procedures specified in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.

Pursuant to 34 CFR 104.8 and 34 CFR 106.9, the Superintendent or designee shall notify students,
parents/guardians, employees, employee organizations, applicants for admission and employment, and sources of referral for applicants about the district's policy on nondiscrimination and related complaint procedures. Such notification shall be included in the annual parental notification distributed pursuant to Education Code 48980 and, as applicable, in announcements, bulletins, catalogs, handbooks, application forms, or other materials distributed by the district. The notification shall also be posted on the district's web site and social media and in district schools and offices, including staff lounges, student government meeting rooms, and other prominent locations as appropriate.

In addition, the annual parental notification shall inform parents/guardians of their children's right to a free public education regardless of immigration status or religious beliefs, including information on educational rights issued by the California Attorney General. Alternatively, such information may be provided through any other cost-effective means determined by the Superintendent or designee. (Education Code 234.7)

The district's nondiscrimination policy and related informational materials shall be published in a format that parents/guardians can understand. In addition, when 15 percent or more of a school's students speak a single primary language other than English, those materials shall be translated into that other language.

Access for Individuals with Disabilities

District programs and facilities, viewed in their entirety, shall be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and any implementing standards and/or regulations. When structural changes to existing district facilities Southern Humboldt Joint Union School District are needed to provide individuals with disabilities access to programs, services, activities, or facilities, the
Superintendent or designee shall develop a transition plan that sets forth the steps for completing the changes.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district provides appropriate auxiliary aids and services when necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. These aids and services may include, but are not limited to, qualified interpreters or readers, assistive listening devices, assistive technologies or other modifications to increase accessibility to district and school web sites, notetakers, written materials, taped text, and Braille or large-print materials.

Individuals with disabilities shall notify the Superintendent or principal if they have a disability that requires special assistance or services. Reasonable notification should be given prior to a school-sponsored function, program, or meeting.

The individual identified in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures as the employee responsible for coordinating the district's response to complaints and for complying with state federal civil rights laws is hereby designated as the district's ADA coordinator. He/she shall receive and address requests for accommodation submitted by individuals with disabilities, and shall investigate and resolve complaints regarding their access to district programs, services, activities, or facilities.

District Superintendent
110 School Road, PO Box 650
Miranda, CA 95553
[email protected]


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap (or disability) or age and prohibits sexual harassment in any of its policies, procedures or practices. The District does not allow retaliation against any person who complains, testifies, or in any way participates in the District's complaint procedure.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, the District's programs and activities, including vocational education. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the District's programs.

Inquiries regarding the equal opportunity policies, the filing of grievances, or to request a copy of the district grievance procedures may be directed to Stephanie Steffano-Davis, Superintendent, 110 School Rd Miranda, CA 95553, 707-943-1789.

Inquiries regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the district's compliance with those provisions may also be directed to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA, 94105. (BP 0410)


Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District no discriminan en base a la raza, al color, al origen nacional, al sexo, la minusvalía (o discapacidad) o edad y prohíbe el acoso sexual en cualquiera de sus políticas, procedimientos y prácticas. El distrito no permite represalias contra cualquier persona que presente una denuncia, testifique o de cualquier forma participe en el procedimiento de denuncia del distrito.

Esta política de no-discriminación cubre la admisión y acceso a, y el tratamiento y empleo en, los programas y actividades del distrito, incluyendo educación vocacional. La carencia del dominio del idioma inglés no será un impedimento para la admisión y participación en los programas distritales.


Las preguntas en relación a las políticas de igualdad de oportunidades, la presentación de denuncias, o para solicitar una copia de los procedimientos distritales de quejas y agravios pueden dirigirse a: Stephanie Steffano-Davis, Superintendent, 110 School Rd Miranda, CA 95553, 707-943-1789.

Las preguntas en relación a leyes y reglamentos federales sobre no-discriminación en educación o el cumplimiento distrital con esas provisiones también pueden dirigirse a Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA, 94105. (BP 0410)