Important Notices & Policies
- Bullying Prevention
- Complaint Procedures
- Nondiscrimination Statement
- Parents Rights & Responsibilities/Student Code of Conduct
- Title IX
- Suicide Prevention
Bullying / Discrimination / Harassment
The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District is committed to providing a safe, secure, and healthy environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential.
The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying, discrimination, or harassment on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying, discrimination, or harassment of any student.
No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel. (Board Policy 5131.2, Bullying; Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5145.3, Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District has developed strategies for bullying prevention and intervention to help keep students safe and ensure a healthy learning environment.
If an instance of bullying or harassment occurs, or if you wish to report something that is abusive in nature or a potential threat, Dry Creek offers anonymous reporting through STOPit.
STOPit! is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying and cyber abuse, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators.
STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe. With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video.
Definition of Bullying
Ed. Codes §§ 234, 234.1, 234.2, 234.3, 234.5, 234.6
“Bullying” means any severe (can be once, if severe) or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more of the following:
- Sexual Harassment (§ 48900.2)
- Hate Violence (§ 48900.3)
- Threats, harassment, intimidation (§ 48900.4)
- Has or reasonable predicted to have one or more of the following (looking at impact):
Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil's or those pupils' person or property.
Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.
Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
To file a complaint, click HERE.
Community Resources & Publications
Bullying Module (DOCX)
The California Department of Education Online Bullying Training Module and Bullying presentation is mandated by Assembly Bill 1993 and California Education Code Section 32283.5.
Bullying at School (PDF)
This California Department of Education publication addresses bullying behavior and hate-motivated behavior including definitions, effects, and prevention strategies.
STOPit Access codes
In order to report an anonymous incident using our online reporting tool STOPit, you must first enter an access code coinciding with the school you attend.
The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School continues its work on building community and positive school climate by participating in the programs below. Talk with your school site teacher or administrator to learn more about the programs available at your school.
The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District has the responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing education programs. The district shall investigate any complaint alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging unlawful discrimination, and shall seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the district’s procedures.
The early informal resolution of complaints at the site level is encouraged whenever possible.
After you have sought resolution with those directly involved at the school site and a resolution is not reached, there are 3 main categories of complaints for the next step: If unsure of your category, a General Complaint is an appropriate start since it can be adjusted to another type as needed.
A Williams Complaint concerns deficiencies related to instructional materials, conditions of facilities that are not maintained in a clean or safe manner or in good repair, and teacher vacancy or misassignment.
General & Uniform Complaints
A Uniform Complaint alleges a violation of federal or state laws governing educational programs, including allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and failure to comply with laws relating to pupil fees. Title IX violations shall also be reported via the Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP).
A General Complaint is one that does not fit into either of the other categories. This form is used following a discussion with the site manager or principal that does not lead to a resolution. Once a general complaint is filed, it can be moved to either of the other categories if it is appropriate.
Sexual Harassment/Title IX Complaints
A complaint of sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex in the educational setting, under certain conditions. Please see the Title IX / Sexual Harassment webpage for more information:
DCJESD Nondiscrimination Statement: The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, disability, race or ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or gender expression, immigration status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
For concerns, questions, or complaints, contact the following:
The information contained in this document is important for you and your child(ren). Please review each section to familiarize yourself with Education Code 48900 pertaining to your rights, responsibilities, and important policies of the district.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education, including K-12 schools. Title IX is a federal law that promotes equity in education by ensuring that girls and women receive equal resources and treatment in the classroom and provides protections for students who are sexually harassed and discriminated against and/or bullied based on their gender.
In addition to this federal law, the California Education code similarly prohibits schools discriminating against its students on the basis of sex (Education Code sections 220-221.1).
Sexual harassment is also in violation of Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District board policies and administrative regulations. All forms of sexual harassment, whether student to student, staff to student, or student to staff, are prohibited at DCJESD schools.
What is Sex-Based Discrimination?
Harassment and other discrimination on the basis of sex include, but are not limited to, the following prohibited practices:
- On the basis of sex, exclusion of a person or persons from participation in, denial of the benefits of, or subjection to harassment or other discrimination in, any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other program or activity.
- On the basis of sex, provision of different amounts or types of student financial aid, limitation of eligibility for student financial aid, or the application of different criteria to applicants for student financial aid or for participation in the provision of student financial aid by others. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit an educational institution from administering, or assisting in the administration of, scholarships, fellowships, or other forms of student financial aid, established pursuant to domestic or foreign wills, bequests, trusts, or similar legal instruments or by acts of a foreign government, which require that awards be made to members of a particular sex; provided, that the overall effect of the award of these sex-restricted scholarships, fellowships, and other forms of student financial aid does not discriminate on the basis of sex.
- On the basis of sex, exclusion from participation in, or denial of equivalent opportunity in, athletic programs. For purposes of this subdivision, “equivalent” means equal or equal in effect.
- An educational institution may be found to have effectively accommodated the interests and abilities in athletics of both sexes within the meaning of Section 4922 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations as that section exists on January 1, 2003, using any one of the following tests:
- Whether interscholastic level participation opportunities for male and female pupils are provided in numbers substantially proportionate to their respective enrollments.
- Where the members of one sex have been and are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, whether the school district can show a history and continuing practice of program expansion that is demonstrably responsive to the developing interest and abilities of the members of that sex.
- Where the members of one sex are underrepresented among interscholastic athletes, and the institution cannot show a history and continuing practice of program expansion as required in paragraph (2), whether the school district can demonstrate that the interest and abilities of the members of that sex have been fully and effectively accommodated by the present program.
- If an educational institution must cut its athletic budget, the educational institution shall do so consistently with its legal obligation to comply with both state and federal gender equity laws.
- It is the intent of the Legislature that the three-part test articulated in subdivision (d) be interpreted as it has been in the policies and regulations of the Office of Civil Rights in effect on January 1, 2003.
- On the basis of sex, harassment or other discrimination among persons, including, but not limited to, students and nonstudents, or academic and nonacademic personnel, in employment and the conditions thereof, except as it relates to a bona fide occupational qualification.
- On the basis of sex, the application of any rule concerning the actual or potential parental, family, or marital status of a person, or the exclusion of any person from any program or activity or employment because of pregnancy or related conditions. (Education Code section 230)
Title IX Student Rights
You have the following rights under Title IX, to the extent applicable at the District:
- You have the right to fair and equitable treatment and shall not be discriminated against based on your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all extracurricular activities, including both academics and athletics, regardless of your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- You have the right to inquire of the athletic director at your school or appropriate District personnel as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
- You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships, if offered by the District.
- You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all the following related to athletics, if any are provided by the District:
- Equipment and supplies;
- Scheduling of games and practices;
- Transportation and daily allowances;
- Access to tutoring;
- Locker rooms;
- Practice and competitive facilities;
- Medical and training facilities and services; and
- If you are pregnant or parenting, you have the same right as any other student to continue in your regular school and in any program for which you qualify.
- You have the right to have access to a sex/gender equity coordinator, referred to as the Title IX coordinator, to answer questions regarding sex/gender equity laws.
- You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on sex/gender equity laws.
- You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the California Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
- You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
- You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint. (California Education Code section 221.8.)
Sexual Harassment Under Title IX
The Title IX regulations define sexual harassment as conduct, performed on the basis of sex, that satisfies one or more of the following:
A District employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on a student or individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
- Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity; or,
- “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 1229(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30). These definitions are also available in AR 5145.7.
California Education Code section 212.5 defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:
- Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress.
- Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
- The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
- Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.
Title IX Coordinator
In the event of a complaint regarding gender equity or sexual harassment, or discrimination, including harassment, intimidation, and bullying because of actual or perceived disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, contact the following Title IX and Nondiscrimination Coordinator:
Brad Tooker, Ed.D.
8849 Cook Riolo Rd.
Roseville, CA 95747
Filing a Title IX Complaint with DCJESD
To promote prompt and fair resolution of the complaint, the following linked procedures shall govern the resolution, and details our process and policies step by step. Every effort should be made to resolve a complaint at the earliest possible stage. Whenever possible, and if applicable, the complainant should communicate directly to the employee in order to resolve concerns. If a complainant is unable or unwilling to resolve the complaint directly with the employee, he/she may submit an oral or written complaint to the employee's immediate supervisor or the principal, following the provisions of the district's complaint form.
Policies and Procedures:
Title IX Administrative Regulation 4119.12, Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures (Personnel)
Additional Information regarding Title IX and Sexual Harassment Complaints:
- United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Complaint Form
- Complaint Form
- Contact Information: 1-800-421-3481 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- California Department of Education Title IX information: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
The contacts provided here are the recommended starting points to accessing mental health services. The process to initiate and access clinical mental health treatment may vary depending on health insurance providers and availability of services. Sometimes working with multiple agencies and health insurance can be frustrating when you’re trying to help a child get needed mental health supports. We encourage you to not give up, continue to advocate for your child, and be patient with mental health providers as they work to address your needs as quickly and effectively as they’re able.
Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District is committed to promoting student wellness to help all students achieve academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success. Student mental health is supported by DCJESD through a variety of services ranging from school wellness campaigns to more intensive and individualized support programs. We also work closely with partners and community service agencies for additional service considerations to best support our students and families.
Sacramento County Mental Health Access Team