The Sweetwater Union High School District shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying against an individual or group based on age; gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; sex, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently on the basis of sex; race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, immigration status; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
El distrito Sweetwater Union High School District estarán libres de discriminación, acoso, intimidación, e intimidación escolar en contra del individuo o grupo basada en edad, género, identidad o expresión de género, o información genética, sexo, posible o legítimo padre, madre, o familia, o estado civil que ocasione distinción de trato al alumno en base al sexo, raza, color, religión, ascendencia, origen nacional, estado de inmigratorio, identificación con un grupo étnico, discapacidad física o mental, orientación sexual; o por la percepción de una o más de dichas características, o la asociación con una persona o grupo con una o más de dichas características percibidas o reales.
On August 14, 2020, the United States Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule became effective. Though there may be some public controversy about the changes to Title IX legislation, the District’s obligation and commitment to respond to, investigate and act upon reports of sexual harassments, sexual assault or other violations to Title IX law remain the same. We look forward in the coming weeks to working with staff and students to develop and provide additional resources for our students related to reporting and preventing teen sexual and/or dating violence.Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states: “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 receiving federal financial assistance.” In accordance with federal Title IX statutes and similar State statutes, the Board prohibits any discrimination based on gender, sex, or sexual orientation in any District educational program or activity, including, but not limited to program and activities; course accessibility; counseling; physical education; athletics; sexual harassment; pregnant and parenting students; extra-curricular activities, programs and clubs.Further, the Board of Trustees affirms the Sweetwater Union High School District’s commitment to Title IX legislation through the ongoing support of the Final Joint Compliance Plan for Girls Sports at Castle Park High School. This plan ensures that female student-athletes at Castle Park High School and throughout the District have access to supports and resources to promote athletic participation and excellence.With regards to allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, District employees will continue to follow and enforce California and District procedures which include receiving reports of misconduct, prompt intervention, thorough investigations and disciplinary actions, when warranted.