NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: GHC is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on an individual's sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, age, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, religion, color or mental or physical disability or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation. Harassment under Title IX (sex), Title VI (race, color, or national origin), and Section 504 and Title II of ADA (mental or physical disability, including a perception that the person has any of those characteristics or that the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics) is a form of unlawful discrimination that will not be tolerated by the school. Harassment is intimidation or abusive behavior toward a student/employee that creates a hostile environment, and that can result in disciplinary action against the offending student or employee. Harassing conduct can take many forms, including verbal acts, graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening or humiliating.
This nondiscrimination policy covers admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, school programs and activities, including vocational education. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in the school’s programs or activities.
Additional information prohibiting other forms of unlawful discrimination, inappropriate behavior, and/or hate crimes may be found in this handbook. It is the intent of the school that all such policies are read consistently to provide the highest level of protection from unlawful discrimination in the provision of educational services and opportunities. The school prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or who participates in a complaint investigation. The California Code of Regulations provides that “No person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any local agency’s program or activity on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, age, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, including a perception that the person has any of those characteristics or that the person is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics in any program or activity conducted by an ‘educational institution’ or any other ‘local agency that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance.” 5 CCR Section 4900(a).
The California Code of Regulations defines “gender” as: “sex, and includes a person's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth.” 5 CCR Section 49 10(k). GHC prohibits discrimination in all school programs and activities on the basis of gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, among other things.
GHC maintains “a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.” Transgender and gender nonconforming students are protected from discrimination and harassment in the public school system. Students shall have access to the restroom and locker room that corresponds to their gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school. Where available, a single stall bathroom or locker room area may be used by any student who desires increased privacy, regardless of the underlying reason.
GHC will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaint of harassment and take appropriate corrective action, if warranted. Inquiries, complaints, or grievances regarding harassment as described in this section, above, should be directed to the Charter School Uniform Complaint Procedures (“UCP”) Compliance Officer:
Brian Bauer, Executive Director (or designee)
10535 Zelzah Ave.
Granada Hills, CA 91344