Title IX Compliance
PROHIBITING SEX-BASED DISCRIMINATION
Each student and employee has a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No district student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in all educational programs and activities, including athletic programs. No person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity operated by the El Centro Elementary School District (ECESD). Title IX protects all participants in ECESD's educational programs and activities, including students, parents, employees, and job applicants. ECESD does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and to enroll in any school or program for which they would otherwise qualify at any stage of the pregnancy. They have the right to remain in their regular or current school program, including elementary or middle schools, honors and magnet programs, special education and non-public school placements, alternative/options programs, migrant education, free and reduced lunch programs, and services for English learners, and any others for which they are otherwise qualified. This would also include participation in the following: promotion, awards, ceremonies; field trips; student clubs, councils, after-school activities, and any other school-related programs. Students cannot legally be expelled, suspended, or otherwise excluded from, or required to participate in, school programs solely on the basis of their pregnancy-related conditions or parental status.
In addition to Title IX, the California Education Code prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools. (California Education Code §§ 220-221.1.) Other state and federal laws also prohibit discrimination and ensure equality in education. Please refer to the following Board Policies and Administrative Regulations for more information on the District’s antidiscrimination policies.
*Information provided here applies to every ECESD school site and all ECESD programs and activities.