PRIVACY POLICY

We respect your right to privacy while visiting our website. Our policy describes how we collect, store and distribute the personal information of website visitors. Personal information includes names, addresses, email addresses, website activity and any other personal information you might leave or that is available to us as a result of using our website.  While we only integrate, recommend, link to or otherwise associate with 3rd parties we believe to respect your right to privacy as we do, we cannot guarantee they will do so and we encourage you to review their privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.

If you submit contact information through this site, you may receive communications from us, either by post, telephone, email or other method. If you do not wish to receive such communications, please contact us so we may remove your from our contact lists.

Navigation Data

As you navigate our website it collects some basic technical information, including your ISP, IP address, referral data, web browser and operating system. We do not collect personal information unless you submit it through a form or otherwise intentionally do so.

We use the information described above to analyze web traffic in order to improve the website for our visitors.

Cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data that we store in and retrieve from your web browser in order to enhance the usability of our website. For example, after logging into our website we store that information in a cookie in order to keep you logged in as you navigate our website.

Distribution of Data

We do not share, sell or use information derived from website visitors for commercial purposes.  We take reasonable care to secure information taken from our website and protect from unauthorized distribution.  Should you believe information from our website was taken without our authorization please contact us immediately.

3rd Parties

Our website contains many links to other websites. We cannot control nor take responsibility for the privacy practices or content of other websites and encourage you take appropriate and reasonable care when visiting websites we link to or any other website.

SECTION 504

Section 504 is an Act that prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability.  The regulations implementing the Act define a person with a 504 disability as anyone who:

  1. Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities (education is a major life activity);
  2. Has a record of such impairment; or
  3. Is regarding as having such an impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Amador County Unified School District and the Amador County Office of Education recognize a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

The Amador County Unified School District and the Amador County Office of Education have the responsibility to provide a free and appropriate education to all students.  Under the Act, this includes the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to provide services and reasonable accommodation(s) to assure a free and appropriate education.

Information Regarding Section 504: Procedural Safeguards

Section 504 is an Act that prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability.  The regulations implementing the Act define a person with a 504 disability as anyone who:

  1. Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities (education is a major life activity);
  2. Has a record of such impairment; or
  3. Is regarding as having such an impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Amador County Unified School District and the Amador County Office of Education recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

The school district and county office of education have the responsibility to provide a free and appropriate education to all students.  Under the Act, this includes the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the student is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to provide services and reasonable accommodation(s) to assure a free and appropriate education.

 

Parent/Student Rights

  1. The right to be informed of all rights under Section 504. (This notice will serve to advise all interested parties concerning these rights).
  2. The right to an appropriate education designed to meet the student’s educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.
  3. The right to placement in the least restrictive environment.
  4. The right to an evaluation prior to an initial Section 504 placement and subsequent significant change in placement.
  5. The right to be notified in writing of all the District decisions concerning identification, evaluation, or educational placement.
  6. The right for the parent/guardian or a qualified disabled student to review relevant records at the school site or at the District Office.
  7. The right to appeal decision(s) made by the District relating to the identification, evaluation, or education placement/services recommended for the student.

 

Section 504 Coordinators

LocationCoordinatorPhoneEmail
Amador County USD & COESean Snider(209)-257-5353ssnider@acusd.org
Amador High SchoolNicole Gravette(209)-257-7300ngravette@acusd.org
Argonaut High SchoolCarrie Foster(209)-257-7700cfoster@acusd.org
Educational OptionsLori Martinez(209)-257-5100lmartinez@acusd.org
Ione Junior High SchoolDeborah Cardin(209)-257-5500deborah.cardin@acusd.org 
Jackson Junior High SchoolHeather Minton(209)-257-5700hminton@acusd.org
Ione Elementary SchoolJeni DeWalt(209)-257-7000jdewalt@acusd.org
Jackson Elementary SchoolBarbara Magpusao(209)-257-5600bmagpusao@acusd.org
Pine Grove Elementary SchoolJohn Hawley(209)-296-2800jhawley@acusd.org
Pioneer Elementary SchoolCarmen Glaister(209)-295-6500carmen.glaister@acusd.org
Plymouth Elementary SchoolJoseph Horacek(209)-257-7800joseph.horacek@acusd.org
Sutter Creek Elementary/Primary SchoolTia Peters(209)-257-7200tpeters@acusd.org

TITLE IX COMPLIANCE

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. 20 U.S.C.§ 1681(a)

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. While Title IX is a very short statute, Supreme Court decisions and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education have given it a broad scope. For example, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence since it creates a hostile educational environment. Under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding.

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UNIFORM COMPLAINTS & PROCEDURES

Uniform Complaint Procedures

We are primarily responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Any student, staff member or parent/guardian who feels that unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or sexual harassment has occurred should immediately contact a teacher, the school principal or our district Title IX compliance officer. Copies of the complaint procedures are available free of charge at school or district offices at the district office.

Uniform Complaint Process

Obtain a copy of the form here, any school site or Title IX compliance officer. Submit the complaint form to the Title IX compliance officer.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & Labor Relations
217 Rex Avenue
Jackson, CA 95642
209-257-5331
complianceofficer@acusd.org

Investigation

Our district will investigate the complaint and provide a written report of the investigation and decision within 40 calendar days of when the complaint is filed.

Mediation

Mediation is optional. It involves a third party who assists the parties in resolving the dispute. If mediation is used, the timelines are extended by 30 days.

Appeals

If the person making the complaint disagrees with our district’s decision, he/she has five days to appeal the decision to the school district board of education; or alternatively, 15 days to appeal the decision to the California Department of Education. A person filing a complaint may also seek civil law remedies, subject to certain timelines.

At any time, a complainant has the right to file a complaint alleging violations of federal laws or regulations, prohibiting unlawful discrimination, , intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation, sexual preference, ancestry, ethnic group identification, gender, gender expression, gender identity, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Complaints will be kept as confidential as appropriate. Amador Unified prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned. If you have a uniform complaint, contact a teacher, principal, site administrator or our district office.

For concerns that do not meet uniform complaint guidelines, contact your school site for assistance.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY

To ensure that parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs are provided with opportunities to be involved in their children’s education, the Superintendent or designee shall:

  1. Involve parents/guardians of participating students in the joint development of the Title I local educational agency (LEA) plan pursuant to 20 USC 6312 and the process of school review and improvement pursuant to 20 USC 6316 (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee may:
    1. Establish a district-level committee including parent/guardian representatives from each school site to review and comment on the LEA plan in accordance with the review schedule established by the Board of Education
    2. Ensure that there is an opportunity at a public Board meeting for public comment on the LEA plan prior to the Board’s approval of the plan or revisions to the plan
    3. Ensure that school-level policies on parent involvement address the role of school site councils and other parents/guardians as appropriate in the development and review of school plans
  2. Provide coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee may:
    1. Assign person(s) in the district office to serve as a liaison to the schools regarding Title I parent involvement issues
    2. Provide training for the principal or designee of each participating school regarding Title I requirements for parent involvement, leadership strategies, and communication skills to assist him/her in facilitating the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities
    3. Provide ongoing district-level workshops to assist school site staff and parents/guardians in planning and implementing improvement strategies, and seek input from parents/guardians in developing the workshops
    4. Provide information to schools about the indicators and assessment tools that will be used to monitor progress
  3. Build the capacity of schools and parents/guardians for strong parent involvement (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee shall: (20 USC 6318)
    1. Assist parents/guardians in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content standards and academic achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children
    2. Provide materials and training to help parents/guardians work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement
    3. Educate teachers, student services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents/guardians, in the value and utility of parent/guardian contributions and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents/guardians as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent/guardian programs, and build ties between parents/guardians and the schools
    4. To the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Preschool Youngsters, public preschool, and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents/guardians in more fully participating in their children’s education
    5. Ensure that information related to school and parent/guardian programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents/guardians of participating students in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents/guardians can understand
    6. Provide other such reasonable support for parent involvement activities as parents/guardians may request
    7. Inform parents/guardians and parent organizations of the existence and purpose of parent information and resource centers in the state that provide training, information, and support to parents/guardians of participating students. In addition, the Superintendent or designee may:
    8. Involve parents/guardians in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training
    9. Provide necessary literacy training, using Title I funds if the district has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training
    10. Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents/guardians to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions
    11. Train parents/guardians to enhance the involvement of other parents/guardians
    12. Arrange school meetings at a variety of times or, when parents/guardians are unable to attend such conferences, conduct in-home conferences between parents/guardians and teachers or other educators who work directly with participating students
    13. Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent involvement
    14. Establish a district-wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement in Title I programs
    15. Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities
    16. Make referrals to community agencies and organizations that offer literacy training, parent education programs, and/or other services that help to improve the conditions of parents/guardians and families
    17. Provide a master calendar of district activities and district meetings
    18. Provide information about opportunities for parent involvement through the district newsletter, web site, or other written or electronic means
    19. Engage parent-teacher organizations to actively seek out and involve parents/guardians through regular communication updates and information sessions
    20. To the extent practicable, provide translation services at school sites and at meetings involving parents/guardians as needed
    21. Provide training and information to members of district and school site councils and advisory committees to help them fulfill their functions
    22. Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of staff development activities related to parent involvement
    23. Include expectations for parent/guardian outreach and involvement in staff job descriptions and evaluations
  4. Coordinate and integrate Title I parent involvement strategies with Head Start, Preschool Youngsters, public preschool, and other programs (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee may:
    1. Identify overlapping or similar program requirements
    2. Involve district and school site representatives from other programs to assist in identifying specific population needs
    3. Schedule joint meetings with representatives from related programs and share data and information across programs
    4. Develop a cohesive, coordinated plan focused on student needs and shared goals
  5. Conduct, with involvement of parents/guardians, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the schools served by Title I (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee shall:
    1. Ensure that the evaluation include the identification of barriers to greater participation in parent involvement activities, with particular attention to parents/guardians who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background (20 USC 6318)
    2. Use the evaluation results to design strategies for more effective parent involvement and, if necessary, to recommend changes in the parent involvement policy (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee may:
    3. Use a variety of methods, such as focus groups, surveys, and workshops, to evaluate the satisfaction of parents/guardians and staff with the quality and frequency of district communications
    4. Gather and monitor data regarding the number of parents/guardians participating in district activities and the types of activities in which they are engaged
    5. Recommend to the Board measures to evaluate the impact of the district’s parent involvement efforts on student achievement
  6. Involve parents/guardians in the activities of schools served by Title I (20 USC 6318)The Superintendent or designee may:
    1. Include information about school activities in district communications to parents/guardians
    2. To the extent practicable, assist schools with translation services or other accommodations needed to encourage participation of parents/guardians with special needs
    3. Establish processes to encourage parent/guardian input regarding their expectations and concerns for their children

The district’s Board policy and administrative regulation containing parent involvement strategies shall be incorporated into the LEA plan and distributed to parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs. (20 USC 6318)

School-Level Policies for Title I Schools

At each school receiving Title I funds, a written policy on parent involvement shall be developed jointly with and agreed upon by parents/guardians of participating students. Such policy shall describe the means by which the school will: (20 USC 6318)

  1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents/guardians of participating students shall be invited and encouraged to attend, in order to inform parents/guardians of their school’s participation in Title I and to explain Title I requirements and the right of parents/guardians to be involved
  2. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, for which related transportation, child care, and/or home visits may be provided as such services relate to parent involvement
  3. Involve parents/guardians in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parent involvement policy and, if applicable, the joint development of the plan for school-wide programs pursuant to (20 USC 6314)The school may use an existing process for involving parents/guardians in the joint planning and design of the school’s programs provided that the process includes adequate representation of parents/guardians of participating students.
  4. Provide the parents/guardians of participating students all of the following:
    1. Timely information about Title I programs
    2. A description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet
    3. If requested by parents/guardians, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions related to their children’s education, and, as soon as practicably possible, responses to the suggestions of parents/guardians
  5. If the school-wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents/guardians of participating students, submit any parent/guardian comments when the school makes the plan available to the district
  6. Jointly develop with the parents/guardians of participating students a school-parent compact that outlines how parents/guardians, the entire school staff, and students will share responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents/guardians will build a partnership to help students achieve state standards. This compact shall address:
    1. The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables participating students to achieve the state’s student academic achievement standards
    2. Ways in which parents/guardians will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television viewing; volunteering in the classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to their children’s education and the positive use of extracurricular time
    3. The importance of communication between teachers and parents/guardians on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum:
      1. Parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as it relates to the student’s achievement
      2. Frequent reports to parents/guardians on their children’s progress
      3. Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s classroom, and observation of classroom activities
  7. Build the capacity of the school and parents/guardians for strong parent involvement by implementing the activities described in items #3a-f in the section “District Strategies for Title I Schools” above
  8. To the extent practicable, provide full opportunities for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents/guardians with disabilities, and parents/guardians of migrant children, including providing information and school reports required under 20 USC 6311(h) in a format and language such parents/guardians can understand

If the school has a parent involvement policy that applies to all parents/guardians, it may amend that policy to meet the above requirements. (20 USD 6318)

Each school’s parent involvement policy shall be made available to the local community and distributed to parents/guardians of participating students in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents/guardians can understand. (20 USC 6318)

The principal or designee, jointly with parents/guardians of participating students, shall periodically update the school’s policy to meet the changing needs of parents/guardians and the school. (20 USC 6318)

District Strategies for Non-Title I Schools

For each school that does not receive federal Title I funds, the Superintendent or designee shall, at a minimum:

  1. Engage parents/guardians positively in their children’s education by helping them develop skills to use at home that support their children’s academic efforts at school and their children’s development as responsible members of society (Education Code 11502, 11504)
  2. Inform parents/guardians that they can directly affect the success of their children’s learning, by providing them with techniques and strategies that they may use to improve their children’s academic success and to assist their children in learning at home (Education Code 11502, 11504)The Superintendent or designee may provide parents/guardians with information regarding ways to create an effective study environment at home and to encourage good study habits.
  3. Build consistent and effective communication between the home and school so that parents/guardians may know when and how to assist their children in support of classroom learning activities (Education Code 11502, 11504)
  4. Train teachers and administrators to communicate effectively with parents/guardians (Education Code 11502, 11504)
  5. Integrate parent involvement programs into school plans for academic accountability

The Superintendent or designee may:

  1. Include parent involvement strategies in school reform or school improvement initiatives
  2. Involve parents/guardians in school planning processes

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Our board is committed to maintaining an educational environment that is free from harassment and prohibits sexual harassment of students by other students, employees or other persons, at school or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. Our board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against persons who complain, testify, assist or otherwise participate in the complaint process established pursuant to this policy and the administrative regulation.

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

Any student who feels that he or she is being harassed should immediately contact the principal or designee or another district administrator in order to obtain a copy of Administrative Regulation 1312.3 – Uniform Complaint Procedures. Complaints of harassment can be filed in accordance with these procedures. Teachers will discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and assure them that they need not endure any form of sexual harassment.

Our board expects students or staff to immediately report incidents of sexual harassment to the principal or designee or to another district administrator. In any case of sexual harassment involving the principal or any other district employee to whom the complaint would ordinarily be made, the employee who receives the student’s report or who observes the incident shall report to the nondiscrimination coordinator or the superintendent or designee.

Our district prohibits retaliatory behavior against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be promptly investigated, respecting the privacy of all parties concerned.

SPECIAL EDUCATION & COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Our district has programs for any child with special needs, from birth to age 22. We coordinate efforts with local agencies to seek out students with special needs, including students in private schools, highly mobile students, migrant students, homeless students, students who are wards of the state or students who are advancing from grade to grade but are suspected of having a disability. Anyone in the community who knows of a child with exceptional needs should contact their neighborhood school or the district Special Education department.

Families who suspect that their student may have special needs should consult with the principal or resource specialist at the child’s school about special education and the referral process. Before a child can receive services, an assessment of the child’s needs must be conducted with written parental consent. Staff at the school will assist the family and the student and determine whether a special education referral, assessment and/or services are necessary. To schedule an assessment, contact the resource specialist or principal at your neighborhood school. (EC § 56301-56303 and 56321)

Special Education Complaint Procedures

Federal and state laws provide that any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint with the state superintendent of public instruction alleging our district has failed to follow laws governing special education and related services.

If a family believes that their child’s special education program rights may have been violated, they are encouraged to contact the Special Education department. The family may also contact the California Department of Education Complaint Division. All complaints must be in writing. (CCR Title 5, § 3080)

TEACHER QUALIFICATION NOTICES

At the beginning of each school year, local education agencies receiving Title I funds must inform families of their right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher including state credentialing status, baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification or degree held and paraprofessional information. Their qualifications will also be available in the school office. Families of students attending a Title I school will be notified if their child is taught for more than four weeks by a teacher that not met the California definition of a highly qualified teacher.

WILLIAMS ACT SETTLEMENT & COMPLAINTS

 

WILLIAMS SETTLEMENT

The Williams Settlement is a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the State of California claiming the State failed to provide poor and underprivileged students with equal educational opportunities. The Williams Settlement applies to all schools in California and addresses sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials, facility conditions and the vacancy or misassignment of teachers.

Each district classroom has posted the Williams Settlement notice outlining minimum instructional standards including sufficient textbooks, instructional materials, teacher vacancies, staffing misassignments, facilities, available intensive instruction services and complaint procedures. (EC § 35186 and 60119)

Williams Complaints

A complaint alleging any condition(s) specified in the Williams Settlement should be filed with the school principal or designee. The principal or designee will make all reasonable efforts to investigate any problem within his/her authority. He/she shall remedy a valid complaint within a reasonable time period not to exceed 30 working days from the date the complaint was received.

Complaints may be filed anonymously. If the complainant has indicated on the complaint form that he/she would like a response to his/her complaint, the principal or designee shall report the resolution of the complaint to him/her within 45 working days of the initial filing of the complaint. At the same time, the principal or designee shall report the same information to our district superintendent or his/her designee.

If a complainant is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, he/she may describe the complaint to the governing board in open session at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

For complaints concerning a facility condition that poses an emergency or urgent threat to the health or safety of students as described above, a complainant who is not satisfied with the resolution proffered by the principal, district superintendent or his/her designee, may file an appeal to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Complaints and written responses shall be public records.

A complaint form may be obtained at the school office, district office or downloaded from the Amador Unified School District’s website.

You may also download a copy of the California Department of Education complaint form from the California Department of Education website.

 

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