2009 California Education Code - Section 234-234.3 :: Article 5.5. Safe Place To Learn Act

EDUCATION CODE
SECTION 234-234.3

234.  (a) This article shall be known and may be cited as the Safe
Place to Learn Act.
   (b) It is the policy of the State of California to ensure that all
local educational agencies continue to work to reduce
discrimination, harassment, and violence. It is further the policy of
the state to improve pupil safety at schools and the connections
between pupils and supportive adults, schools, and communities.

234.1.  The department, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
64001, shall monitor adherence to the requirements of Chapter 5.3
(commencing with Section 4900) of Division 1 of Title 5 of the
California Code of Regulations and Chapter 2 (commencing with Section
200) as part of its regular monitoring and review of local
educational agencies, commonly known as the Categorical Program
Monitoring process. The department shall assess whether local
educational agencies have done all of the following:
   (a) Adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination and harassment
based on the characteristics set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal
Code and Section 220.
   (b) Adopted a process for receiving and investigating complaints
of discrimination and harassment based on the characteristics set
forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code and Section 220.
   (c) Publicized antidiscrimination and antiharassment policies,
including information about the manner in which to file a complaint,
to pupils, parents, employees, agents of the governing board, and the
general public. The information shall be translated pursuant to
Section 48985.
   (d) Posted antidiscrimination and antiharassment policies in all
schools and offices, including staff lounges and pupil government
meeting rooms.
   (e) Maintained documentation of complaints and their resolution
for a minimum of one review cycle.
   (f) Ensured that complainants are protected from retaliation and
that the identity of a complainant alleging discrimination or
harassment remains confidential, as appropriate.
   (g) Identified a responsible local educational agency officer for
ensuring district or office compliance with the requirements of
Chapter 5.3 (commencing with Section 4900) of Division 1 of Title 5
of the California Code of Regulations and Chapter 2 (commencing with
Section 200).

234.2.  The department shall display information on curricula and
other resources that specifically address bias-related discrimination
and harassment based on the characteristics set forth in Section
422.55 of the Penal Code and Section 220 on the California Healthy
Kids Resource Center Internet Web site and other appropriate
department Internet Web sites where information about discrimination
and harassment is posted.

234.3.  The department shall develop a model handout describing the
rights and obligations set forth in Sections 200, 201, and 220 and
the policies addressing bias-related discrimination and harassment in
schools. This model handout shall be posted on appropriate
department Internet Web sites.


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