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School board to review revisions to discrimination, harassment policy

Also: Student support strategies, topics for labor negotiations with classified union

San Ramon Valley school board members are set Tuesday to finalize updates to the district's policies on discrimination and harassment, aimed at aligning language in the policies with existing law and requirements.

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Updates include changes to the language of the board's general policies on bullying, discrimination and harassment, as well as to sexual and gender-based harassment prohibited under Title IX.

The revised policies set for the board's consideration Tuesday elaborate on what kinds of actions are prohibited according to policy, what the protocol for responding to complaints looks like, and how information about these policies is to be disseminated to parents and students.

In addition, they include updates such as clarity on anti-retaliation measures in the complaint process, and changes in language that reflect the most recent changes to language in Title IX.

Ilana Samuels, director of communications at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, said that these updates are part of an ongoing process that school districts throughout the state undergo, as required by changes to federal, state, and local regulations. She added that changes to the policies at SRVUSD are reflective of this, not a response to any issues in particular that the district has faced.

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SRVUSD board members are set to meet in an open session at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 16) in the district's headquarters at 699 Orchard Drive in Danville. The meeting will also be streamed online. The agenda is available here.

In other business

* Board members are set to hear an informational update on student support strategies. The report points to the difficulties students face in returning to in-person learning following the pandemic, including an uptick in disruptive behavior and difficulty in social interactions between students.

The report highlights existing strategies in the district for dealing with these difficulties, and appropriate responses at both the district and site-specific levels.

* The board is set to consider adopting a resolution allowing for provisional internship permit requests. The measure comes as school districts and other sectors grapple to find a sufficient number of employees, and after the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing decided to replace emergency permits with provisional internship permits.

* The board is set to hold a public hearing and consider accepting a joint initial proposal for topics to broach in labor negotiations between the district and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021.

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School board to review revisions to discrimination, harassment policy

Also: Student support strategies, topics for labor negotiations with classified union

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 15, 2021, 9:13 pm

San Ramon Valley school board members are set Tuesday to finalize updates to the district's policies on discrimination and harassment, aimed at aligning language in the policies with existing law and requirements.

Updates include changes to the language of the board's general policies on bullying, discrimination and harassment, as well as to sexual and gender-based harassment prohibited under Title IX.

The revised policies set for the board's consideration Tuesday elaborate on what kinds of actions are prohibited according to policy, what the protocol for responding to complaints looks like, and how information about these policies is to be disseminated to parents and students.

In addition, they include updates such as clarity on anti-retaliation measures in the complaint process, and changes in language that reflect the most recent changes to language in Title IX.

Ilana Samuels, director of communications at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, said that these updates are part of an ongoing process that school districts throughout the state undergo, as required by changes to federal, state, and local regulations. She added that changes to the policies at SRVUSD are reflective of this, not a response to any issues in particular that the district has faced.

SRVUSD board members are set to meet in an open session at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 16) in the district's headquarters at 699 Orchard Drive in Danville. The meeting will also be streamed online. The agenda is available here.

In other business

* Board members are set to hear an informational update on student support strategies. The report points to the difficulties students face in returning to in-person learning following the pandemic, including an uptick in disruptive behavior and difficulty in social interactions between students.

The report highlights existing strategies in the district for dealing with these difficulties, and appropriate responses at both the district and site-specific levels.

* The board is set to consider adopting a resolution allowing for provisional internship permit requests. The measure comes as school districts and other sectors grapple to find a sufficient number of employees, and after the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing decided to replace emergency permits with provisional internship permits.

* The board is set to hold a public hearing and consider accepting a joint initial proposal for topics to broach in labor negotiations between the district and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021.

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