ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES (UCP)
The Sutter County Superintendent of Schools Office (SCSOS) has the primary responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. We have established Uniform Complaint Procedures (UPS) to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and non-compliance of our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
SCSOS shall investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group identified in Education Code section 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity conducted by SCSOS. Read full SCSOS Annual Notification Letter here.
What is a UCP complaint?
A complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) is a written and signed statement by an individual, public agency, or organization alleging a violation of federal or state laws governing certain education programs.
What agencies are subject to UCP?
The UCP covers alleged violations by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) (school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools) and local public or private agencies which receive direct or indirect funding from the State to provide any school programs, activities, or related services.
What educational programs are services and covered by UCP?
1. Adult Education
2. After School Education and Safety
3. Agricultural Career Technical Education
4. American Indian Education Centers and Early Childhood Education Program Assessments
5. Bilingual Education
6. California Peer Assistance and Review Programs for Teachers
7. Career Technical and Technical Education; Career Technical; Technical Training (State)
8. Career Technical Education (Federal)
9. Child Care and Development
10. Child Nutrition
11. Compensatory Education
12. Consolidated Categorical Aid
13. Course Periods without Educational Content
14. Economic Impact Aid
15. Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, former Juvenile Court Pupils now enrolled in a school district, and Pupils from Military Families
16. Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind (Titles I-VII)
17. Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP)
18. Migrant Education
19. Physical Education: Instructional Minutes
20. Pupil Fees
21. Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil
22. Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
23. School Safety Plans
24. Special Education
25. State Preschool
26. Tobacco-Use Prevention Education
What issues are not covered by the UCP?
Not all complaints fall under the scope of the UCP. Many concerns are the responsibility of the LEA, including classroom assignments, common core, grades, graduation requirements, hiring and evaluation of staff, homework policies and practices, provision of core curricula subjects, student advancement and retention, student discipline, students’ records, The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, the Brown Act, and other general education requirements. The LEA, however, may use its local complaint procedures to address complaints not covered by the UCP.
In addition, the following complaints are referred to other agencies for appropriate resolution and are not subject to the UCP:
1. Allegations of child abuse are referred to County Departments of Social Services, Protective Services Divisions, or appropriate law enforcement agency.
2. Health and safety complaints regarding a Child Development Program are referred to the Department of Social Services for licensed facilities, and to the appropriate Child Development regional administrator for licensing-exempt facilities.
3. Employment complaints are sent to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
4. Allegations of fraud are referred to the responsible Division Director at the California Department of Education (CDE).
AR 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedure
SP 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedure
BP-E 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedure FORM (to file a complaint)