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Educational Equity

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Turlock Unified School District provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, actual or perceived race, creed, religious beliefs, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, veteran or military status, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, and mental or physical disability. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Director of Student Services at (209) 667-0887 or 1574 Canal Drive, Turlock, CA 95380.   

Title IX

Title IX and Nondiscrimination refer to federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education:

  • Students have the right to equal learning opportunities in their schools.
  • Students and employees may not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to harassment or other forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in any program or activity.
  • All SPORTS are open to all students irrespective to sex.
  • Students may not be required to take and/or may not be denied enrollment in a course because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Students have the right to be evaluated and graded without regard to their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Students must be provided counseling and guidance that is not discriminatory.
  • Counselors may not urge students to enroll in particular classes or programs or activities based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Schools must offer female and male students equal opportunities to play sports.
  • Equipment and supplies, game and practice schedules, budgets, coaching travel allowances, facilities, publicity, support services and tutoring offered to teams are to be equivalent between male and female teams.
  • Pregnant and parenting students have the same right as any other student to continue in their regular school and in any program for which they qualify.

Dress Code Guidelines

Dress Code (EC §§35183, 35183.5, 51101)

The District Governing Board has approved a dress code guidelines adopted by your child’s school. It is the District’s intent to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students, grades K-12. The purpose of our dress guidelines are to ensure that student clothing does not present a health or safety hazard or create a distraction that would interfere with the educational process. It is expected that clothing worn to school activities be neat, clean, acceptable in appearance, and be within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for school. (EC §35291.5; B.P. 5132)(c)

 

The District believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Districts expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction, which would interfere with the educational process.

 

The District recognizes that, in order to promote student safety and a positive school climate, the staff, parents/guardians, and students must be involved in the development of the policy. Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about the school dress code at the beginning of the school year and when revised. A student who violates the minimum Dress Code shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

The following items are specifically prohibited at school or school-related activities including athletic events. In addition, any apparel, hair style, cosmetic or jewelry, even if not specifically mentioned below, which creates a safety concern, draws undue attention to the wearer, or tends to detract from the educational process is also prohibited:

  • Pictures and/or writing on any clothing which promotes, glorifies or advertises drugs, alcohol, violence, racial/cultural superiority, sexual innuendos, tobacco or “gang” affiliation.
  • Bandanas, hairnets, gang symbols, or display of gang colors, prison insignia, t-shirts which fall to mid thigh or lower, the number 13 (XIII) or 14 (XIV) or any other attire that may be determined to denote gang membership or messages.
  • Gang related writing/slogans on backpacks, binders, tattoos and other accessories to be determined.
  • Gang related tattoos must be covered.
  • Jewelry, chains, spiked accessories, shoelaces, buttons that advertise or promote profane, obscene, illegal, immoral or gang comments.
  • Any color or color combination scheme worn in a manner that suggests a possible affiliation with a gang and/or causes a disruption of the school day.
  • Only authorized (administration approved) hats or any knit caps displaying school of attendance team/mascot logos, school club logos or hats used for sanctioned school activities may be worn on campus during normal school hours, to and from school, at authorized bus stops, and on buses. However, exceptions may be made in special situations (e.g., medical, weather, etc.) with prior authorization.
  • Disruptive body piercing (eyebrows, nose, and lips) is not permitted.
  • Non-prescription sunglasses worn indoors.
  • Patches, emblems, tattoos, flags and clothing depicting vulgarity, profanity, or sexual content, or clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal substances, or clothing that is perceived degrading to others shall not be permitted. This shall include but is not limited to the following: Black Panthers, Confederate Flag, Nazi Swastika, Gang Symbols, and/or hate groups of any sort, etc.
  • See-through clothing, clothing that reveals a bare midriff or chest, or clothes that expose the body in a sexually suggestive manner are not acceptable.
  • Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, tube tops, halter tops, and spaghetti straps are not acceptable.
  • Sagging or baggy pants that do not fit the waist or that are drastically altered or frayed are not acceptable.
  • Skirts, shorts, and dresses that are more than 4 inches above the knee, or are form-fitting or tight around the body (such as bike shorts).
  • Attire that may be used as a weapon may not be worn, including steel-toed boots, chains, and items with spikes or studs.
  • Any fashions that draw undue attention to the wearer, or detract from the educational environment.

(Note: Since every school may develop a dress and grooming code which exceeds the District’s minimum dress code, it is crucial that parents/guardians become familiar with the dress code of their child’s school. Please contact your child’s school for more information.)

Sexual Harassment Policy

The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.  The District prohibits sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons doing business with or for the District on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.   Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.

Sexual harassment is defined by California Education Code § 212.5 as any 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 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.

Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.  Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager can be an appropriate intervention.   Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred.  School personnel are to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one had been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again.  These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action.  This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of the Turlock Unified School District.

 

Any student or employee of the District who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should bring the problem to the attention of the school site administrator or the school’s Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem.  The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process.  Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.

For inquires about District policies and procedures related to sexual harassment

Including how to file a sexual harassment complaint, contact:

Director of Human Resources

(209) 667-0887

For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student –to-employee, or

Work/employment related discrimination or harassment, contact:

Director of Student Services

(209) 667-0887

Both offices are located at:

Turlock Unified School District

1574 East Canal Drive, Room WW6

Turlock, CA  95380