Notice of Uniform Complaint Procedures

 The Pacific Union SchoolDistrict shall follow the uniform complaint procedure described below whenaddressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination based on actual orperceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race,ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability,or age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group withone or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program oractivity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance.  The uniform complaint procedure described below shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failureto comply with state and/or federal laws in consolidated categorical aidprograms, migrant education, career technical and technical education andtraining programs, child care and developmental programs, child nutritionprograms, special education programs, and federal safety planning requirements.  Individuals, agencies, organizations,students and interested third parties have the right to file a complaint usingthis procedure described below. The district shall have the primary responsibility to ensure compliancewith applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

 Complaints must be filed inwriting and with the appropriate compliance officer identified below.  Complaints alleging discrimination mustbe filed not later than six (6) months from the date the alleged discriminationoccurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts ofthe alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by thedistrict superintendent or his or her designee.

 Complaints will beinvestigated and a written decision sent to the complainant within sixty (60)days from the receipt of the complaint. This sixty (60) day time period may be extended by written agreement ofthe complainant.  The district’sperson responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and completethe investigation in accordance with sections 4680-4687 and in accordance withlocal procedures adopted under section 4621.  If the complainant is not satisfied with the localeducational agency’s decision, the complainant may file within fifteen (15)days of receipt of the decision a written appeal with the California Departmentof Education (CDE) in Sacramento, California.  The appeal to CDE must include a copy of the locally-filedcomplaint and a copy of the district’s decision.

 Complainants may also pursueavailable civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions,restraining orders or other orders in federal or state court.  Further information about such remediesmay be available through a public or private interest attorney, the CountyLawyer Referral Service, Legal Aide Society, a mediator, or dispute resolutionservice.

 A copy of the district’spolicy and complaint procedures may be obtained free of charge through theoffice of the Superintendent of the Pacific Union School District.

Compliance Officer:  Superintendent/Principal

Address:                 Pacific Union School District

  3001 Janes Road

Arcata,Ca. 95521

Phone: 707 822 4619