Access to quality education is a fundamental right of every student and is fully guaranteed and protected by the California Constitution. Education plays a central role in our society and numerous laws are designed to promote equality in educational opportunities and to safeguard all students from discriminatory practices in public schools.
The duty to protect children in the public schools from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying is the responsibility of the local education agency (LEA). California Education Code (EC) Section 200 et seq., is a comprehensive statutory scheme, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of various protected groups. Specifically, Education Code Section 220 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes as described in Penal Code Section 422.55.
The Lucerne Elementary School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a persons association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact: