ANNUAL PARENT/GUARDIAN/STUDENT NOTIFICATION




Lashon Academy Charter School

ANNUAL PARENT/GUARDIAN/STUDENT NOTIFICATION 2019-2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

At the beginning of the first trimester of the regular school term or upon enrollment, Lashon Academy Charter Schools (“Charter School,” “School,” “Lashon Academy,” “Lashon Academy City or “LACS”) will notify parents/guardians of their rights or responsibilities under certain provisions of the California Education Code, state law, and federal law. These notifications are outlined below:

AVAILABILITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE: Children—regardless of immigration status (including foster youth and youth with deferred action for childhood arrivals [“DACA”] status) may be eligible for no- or low-cost Medi-Cal insurance. Medi-Cal covers immunizations, checkups, specialists, vision and dental services, and more for children and youth at no- or low-cost. Medi-Cal enrollment is available year-round.

Covered California is where legal residents of California can compare quality health plans and choose the one that works best for them. Based on income and family size, many Californians may qualify for financial assistance. Enroll during Open Enrollment or any time you experience a life-changing event, like losing your job or having a baby. You have sixty (60) days from the event to complete enrollment. Information regarding the availability of insurance is provided with enrollment forms and available at:

http://hbex.coveredca.com/toolkit/PDFs/ALL_IN_Flyer_EnrollGetCareRenew_CC.pdf

Lashon Academy shall not discriminate against a pupil who does not have health care coverage or use any information relating to a pupil’s health care coverage or interest in learning about health care coverage in any manner that would bring harm to the pupil or the pupil’s family.

AVAILABILITY OF PROSPECTUS: Upon request, Lashon Academy will make available to any parent or legal guardian, a school prospectus, which shall include the curriculum, including titles, descriptions, and instructional aims of every course offered. Please note that, pursuant to law, the Charter School may charge for the prospectus in an amount not to exceed the cost of duplication.

DRESS CODE: The School Governing Board has approved a dress code policy for Lashon Academy. A copy of the dress code is available in the Parent/Student Handbook (pgs. 25-26).

EDUCATION OF FOSTER CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The Charter School has adopted a policy governing the education of foster youth, consistent with state and federal law. A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH: The term “homeless children and youth” as defined in federal law (42 § U.S.C. 11434a) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence due to economic hardship. It includes children and youths who:

  1. Are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
  2. Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
  3. Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  4. Migratory children and unaccompanied youth (youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) may be considered homeless if they meet the above definition of “homeless.”

Homeless status is determined in cooperation with the parent or guardian. In the case of unaccompanied youth, status is determined by the School Liaison.

School Liaison:  Board of Directors designates the following staff person as the School Liaison for homeless students (42 § U.S.C. 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii) & (e)(3)(C)(i)(IV)): 

Lashon Academy
Stacy Lee, Principal Lashon Academy Charter School
7477 Kester Avenue. Van Nuys, CA 91405
Phone: 818-514-4566 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Lashon Academy City
Sara Garcia, Director of Education Lashon Academy City
3109 6th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: 213-514-5767 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

The School Liaison shall ensure that (42 § U.S.C. 11432(g)(6)):

  1. Homeless students are identified by school personnel and through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies.
  2. Homeless students enroll in and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed at the Charter School.
  3. Homeless students and families receive educational services for which they are eligible, including services through Head Start programs (including Early Head Start programs) under the Head Start Act, early intervention services under part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, any other preschool programs administered by the Charter School, if any, and referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services and substance abuse services, housing services, and other appropriate services.
  4. Parents/guardians are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.
  5. Public notice of the educational rights of homeless children is disseminated at places frequented by parents or guardians of such youths, and unaccompanied youths, including schools, shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, and in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless youth and unaccompanied youth.
  6. Enrollment/admissions disputes are mediated in accordance with law, the Charter School’s charter, and Board policy.
  7. Parents/guardians and any unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, as applicable.
  8. Charter School personnel providing services receive professional development and other support.
  9. The School Liaison collaborates with State coordinators and community and school personnel responsible for the provision of education and related services to homeless children and youths.
  10. Unaccompanied youth are enrolled in school; have opportunities to meet the same challenging State academic standards as the State establishes for other children and youth; and are informed of their status as independent students under section 480 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and that the youths may obtain assistance from the School Liaison to receive verification of such status for the purposes of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid described in section 483 of the Act.

For any homeless student who enrolls at the Charter School, a copy of the Charter School’s complete policy shall be provided at the time of enrollment. A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

ENGLISH LEARNERS: Lashon Academy is committed to the success of its English Learners and support will be offered both within academic classes and in supplemental settings for students who need additional support for English language learning. Lashon Academy will meet all applicable legal requirements for English Learners as they pertain to annual notification to parents, student identification, placement, program options, English Learners and core content instruction, teacher qualifications and training, reclassification to fluent English proficient status, monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness, and standardized testing requirements. Lashon Academy will implement policies to assure proper placement, evaluation, and communication regarding English Learners and the rights of students and parents.

FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS (National School Lunch Program): Lashon Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Applications for free or reduced-price meals are included in the first day packets to all families and can also be obtained on the Charter School website and in the main office. All families are encouraged to complete the application form in order to include as many eligible students as possible. Completed application forms can be returned to the main office. The Charter School will provide each student who meets federal eligibility criteria for free and reduced-price meals with at least one free or reduced-price, nutritionally adequate meal per school day.

Lashon Academy also maintains a School Wellness Policy pursuant to state and federal requirements. A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

TEACHER QUALIFICATION INFORMATION: All parents or guardians may request information regarding the professional qualifications of classroom teachers and/or paraprofessionals.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code and the California Code of Regulations, children must have a minimum number of immunizations (shots) before they can attend school. Immunization records will be required for all incoming students. Verification of immunizations will be completed with written medical records from the child’s doctor or immunization clinic. To ensure a safe learning environment for all students, the Charter School follows and abides by the health standards set forth by the state of California. Students will not attend school until all required records have been received. The immunization status of all students will be reviewed periodically.  Those students who do not meet the State guidelines may be excluded from school until the requirements are met. Students who have been exposed to a communicable disease for which they have not been immunized may be excluded from school at the discretion of the Charter School.

These required immunizations include:

Child’s Grade

List of shots required to attend school

Entering Kindergarten

 

Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DTaP) – Five (5) doses Polio – Four (4) doses

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) – Two (2) doses Hepatitis B (Hep B) – Three (3) doses

Varicella (chickenpox) – Two (2) doses

 

NOTE: Four doses of DTaP are allowed if one was given on or after the fourth birthday. Three doses of Polio are allowed if one was given on or after fourth birthday. MMR doses must be given on or after first birthday.

Entering 7th Grade

Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis (Tdap) – One (1) dose

Varicella – Two (2) doses

 

NOTE: In order to begin 7th grade, students who had a valid personal belief exemption on file with a public or private elementary or secondary school in California before January 1, 2016 must meet all requirements for children 7-17 years old (i.e., polio, MMR, chickenpox and primary series for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), in addition to the 7th grade requirements for Tdap and two (2) doses of Varicella.

INVOLUNTARY REMOVAL PROCESS: No student shall be involuntarily removed by Lashon Academy for any reason unless the parent or guardian of the student has been provided written notice of intent to remove the student no less than five (5) schooldays before the effective date of the action (“Involuntary Removal Notice”). The written notice shall be in the native language of the student or the student’s parent or guardian or, if the student is a foster child or youth or a homeless child or youth, the student’s educational rights holder. The Involuntary Removal Notice shall include the charges against the student and an explanation of the student’s basic rights including the right to request a hearing before the effective date of the action. The hearing shall be consistent with Lashon Academy’s expulsion procedures.  If the student’s parent, guardian, or educational rights holder requests a hearing, the student shall remain enrolled and shall not be removed until Lashon Academy issues a final decision. As used herein, “involuntarily removed” includes disenrolled, dismissed, transferred, or terminated, but does not include suspensions or expulsions pursuant to Lashon Academy’s suspension and expulsion policy.

Upon parent/guardian request for a hearing, Lashon Academy will provide notice of hearing consistent with its expulsion hearing process, through which the student has a fair opportunity to present testimony, evidence, and witnesses and confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, and at which the student has the right to bring legal counsel or an advocate. The notice of hearing shall be in the native language of the student or the student’s parent or guardian or, if the student is a foster child or youth or a homeless child or youth, the student’s educational rights holder and shall include a copy of Lashon Academy’s expulsion hearing process.

If the parent/guardian is nonresponsive to the Involuntary Removal Notice, the Student will be disenrolled as of the effective date set forth in the Involuntary Removal Notice. If parent/guardian requests a hearing and does not attend on the date scheduled for the hearing the Student will be disenrolled effective the date of the hearing.

If as a result of the hearing the student is disenrolled, notice will be sent to the student’s last known district of residence within thirty (30) days.

A hearing decision not to disenroll the student does not prevent the Charter School from making a similar recommendation in the future should student truancy continue or re-occur.

SECTION 504 PLAN: Lashon Academy recognizes its legal responsibility to ensure that no qualified person with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of the Charter School.  Lashon Academy is committed to complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 504, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as (but not limited to) self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, or learning.  In order to educate children who, have an impairment which limits a major life activity, the School will provide reasonable accommodations.  The parent of any student suspected of needing or qualifying for accommodations under Section 504 may make a referral for an evaluation to the Principal. A copy of the Charter School’s Section 504 policies and procedures is available upon request at the main office.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Lashon Academy recognizes that when unidentified and unaddressed, mental health challenges can lead to poor academic performance, increased likelihood of suspension and expulsion, chronic absenteeism, student attrition, homelessness, incarceration, and/or violence. Access to mental health services at the school and in the community is not only critical to improving the physical and emotional safety of students, but it also helps address barriers to learning and provides support so that all students can learn problem-solving skills and achieve in school and, ultimately, in life. The following resources available to your child:

Available on Campus: Lashon Academy has implemented a school based mental health program for youth across the School. Services include, but not limited to:

  • School-based counseling services – your child is encouraged to directly contact a Lashon Academy counselor by coming into the main office during school hours and making an appointment to speak with a counselor. The counseling office can also be reached at 818 514-4566. Our School counselors support students by providing assessment of social/emotional needs, individual sessions (E.g., teaching stress, coping or anger management skills), group or parent consultations whenever a student is having a difficult time due to academic stress, life skills, grief/loss, transition to changes in their environment, or social concerns, including isolation. Counseling services, whether provided by our School or by an outside provider listed in this letter, are voluntary. Services also include crisis response and linking youth and families to community based mental health or social services. Services are provided by licensed mental health professionals. Our work involves working closely with youth, parents and staff to ensure students are able to meet their academic goals.
  • Special education services – if you believe your child may have a disability, you are encouraged to directly contact the school principal at 818 514-4566 to request an evaluation.
  • Prescription medication while on campus – if your child requires prescription medication during school hours and you would like assistance from School staff in providing this mediation to your child, please contact the school principal at 818 514-4566.

Available in the Community:

  • San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center Inc.- Programs serve infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and transition age youth diagnosed with serious emotional disorders, in addition to adults and older adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Available at 818 901-4830.
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services- provides free mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services. Available at 424-362-2900.

Available Nationally:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – This organization provides confidential support for adults and youth in distress, including prevention and crisis resources. Available 24 hours at 1-800-273-8255.
  • The Trevor Project – This organization provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Available at 1-866-488-7386 or visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/.
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America – This organization is a community- based mentorship program. Community-specific program information can be found online at https://www.bbbs.org or by calling (813) 720-8778.

ORAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT: Students enrolled in kindergarten in a public school or while enrolled in first grade if the student was not previously enrolled in kindergarten in a public school are required to have an oral health assessment completed by a dental professional. Please contact the main office if you have questions about this requirement.

PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY: Lashon Academy aims to provide all students in our school significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps while abiding by guidelines within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (“ESEA”). The Charter School staff recognizes a partnership with families is essential to meet this goal. Our Parent and Family Engagement Policy leverages and promotes active involvement of all families as partners with schools to ensure student success. A copy of the Charter School’s complete Policy is available upon request in the main office.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND RIGHT TO REFUSE: All pupils are to have completed a health screening examination on or before the 90th day after the pupil’s entrance into first grade or such pupils must have obtained a waiver pursuant to Health and Safety Code Sections 124040 and 124085. This examination can be obtained from your family physician or possibly through the services provided by your County Health Department. Information and forms are distributed to pupils enrolled in kindergarten. If your child’s medical status changes, please provide the teacher with a physician’s written verification of the medical issue, especially if it impacts in any way your child’s ability to perform schoolwork.

A parent/guardian having control or charge of any child enrolled in the Charter School may file annually with the School Principal a written and signed statement stating that he or she will not consent to a physical examination of the child. Thereupon the child shall be exempt from any physical examination, but whenever there is a good reason to believe that the child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, the child shall be sent home and shall not be permitted to return until the school authorities are satisfied that any contagious or infectious disease does not exist.

SCHOOL BUS AND PASSENGER SAFETY: Upon registration, Lashon Academy is required to provide safety regulations to all kindergarten through sixth (6th) grade new students and students who have not previously been transported by school bus. Additionally, Lashon Academy must also provide safety instruction to all students in kindergarten through eight (8th) grade who receive home-to-school transportation.  A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN: Lashon Academy has established a School Safety Plan. The Plan is available upon request at the main office.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Lashon Academy is dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of the academic environment and society. Lashon Academy provides special education instruction and related services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (“IDEA”), Education Code requirements, and applicable policies and procedures of the Los Angeles County Charter SELPA. These services are available for special education students enrolled at the Charter School. We offer high quality educational programs and services for all our students in accordance with the assessed needs of each student. Lashon Academy collaborates with parents, the student, teachers, and other agencies, as may be indicated, in order to appropriately serve the educational needs of each student.

Pursuant to the IDEA and relevant state law, Lashon Academy is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating children enrolled at Lashon Academy with known or suspected disabilities to determine whether a need for special education and related services exists. This includes children with disabilities who are homeless or foster youth. Lashon Academy shall not deny nor discourage any student from enrollment solely due to a disability. If you believe your child may be eligible for special education services, please contact the school principal-Lashon Academy, Stacy Lee 818-514-4566 or Director of Education, Sara Garcia 213-514-5767.

STATE TESTING: Lashon Academy shall annually administer required state testing to the applicable grades (e.g., the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress [“CAASPP”].)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a parent’s or guardian’s written request to Charter School officials to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of the state assessments shall be granted.

STUDENT RECORDS, INCLUDING RECORDS CHALLENGES AND DIRECTORY INFORMATION: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 business days after the day the Charter School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Charter School Principal or designee a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The Charter School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Charter School to amend a record should write the Charter School’s Principal or designee, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed. If the Charter School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the Charter School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. If the Charter School decides to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the Principal must order the correction or the removal and destruction of the information and inform the parent or eligible student of the amendment in writing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the Charter School discloses personally identifiable information (“PII”) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to Charter School officials with legitimate educational interests. A Charter School official is a person employed by the Charter School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the Charter School’s Board of Directors. A Charter School official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the Charter School who performs an institutional service of function for which the Charter School would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another Charter School official in performing his or her tasks. A Charter School official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the Charter School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled, if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

Note that Charter School will not release information to third parties for immigration-enforcement purposes, except as required by law or court order.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Charter School to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202

  1. The right to request that the Charter School not release student names, addresses and telephone listings to military recruiters or institutions of higher education without prior written parental consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from student’s education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to Charter School officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the Charter School to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A Charter School may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student to the following parties:

  1. Charter School officials who have a legitimate educational interest as defined by 34 C.F.R. Part 99;
  2. Other schools to which a student seeks or intends to enroll so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer. When a student transfers schools, the Charter School will mail the original or a copy of a student’s cumulative file to the receiving district or private school within ten (10) school days following the date the request is received from the public school or private school where the pupil intends to enroll. Charter School will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of the request for records at his/her last known address, unless the disclosure is initiated by the parent or eligible student. Additionally, Charter School will give the parent or eligible student, upon request, a copy of the record that was disclosed and give the parent or eligible student, upon request, an opportunity for hearing pursuant to Section (IV)(3) above;
  3. Certain government officials listed in 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1) in order to carry out lawful functions;
  4. Appropriate parties in connection with a student’s application for, or receipt of, financial aid if it is necessary to determine eligibility, amount of aid, conditions for aid or enforcing the terms and conditions of the aid;
  5. Organizations conducting certain studies for the Charter School in accordance with 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(F);
  6. Accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions;
  7. Parents of a dependent student as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
  8. Individuals or entities, in compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. Subject to the exceptions found in 34 C.F.R. § 99.31(a)(9)(i), reasonable effort must be made to notify the parent or eligible student of the order or subpoena in advance of compliance, so that the parent or eligible student may seek a protective order;
  9. Persons who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies;
  10. State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law;
  11. A foster family agency with jurisdiction over a currently enrolled or former student, a short-term residential treatment program staff responsible for the education or case management of a student, and a caregiver (regardless of whether the caregiver has been appointed as the pupil’s educational rights holder) who has direct responsibility for the care of the student, including a certified or licensed foster parent, an approved relative or nonrelated extended family member, or a resource family, may access the current or most recent records of grades, transcripts, attendance, discipline, and online communication on platforms established by Charter School for student and parents, and any individualized education program (“IEP”) or Section 504 plan that may have been developed or maintained by Charter School; and/or
  12. A victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceedings conducted by Charter School with respect to that alleged crime or offense. Charter School discloses the final results of the disciplinary proceeding regardless of whether Charter School concluded a violation was committed.

“Directory Information” is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Charter School may disclose the personally identifiable information that it has designated as directory information without a parent’s prior written consent. The Charter School has designated the following information as directory information:

  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s address
  3. Parent’s/guardian’s address
  4. Telephone listing
  5. Student’s electronic mail address
  6. Parent’s/guardian’s electronic mail address
  7. Photograph
  8. Date and place of birth
  9. Dates of attendance
  10. Grade level
  11. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  12. Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  13. Degrees, honors, and awards received
  14. The most recent educational agency or institution attended
  15. Student ID number, user ID, or other unique personal identifier used to communicate in electronic systems that cannot be used to access education records without a PIN, password, etc. (A student’s social security number, in whole or in part, cannot be used for this purpose.)

If you do not want the Charter School to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the Charter School in writing at the time of enrollment or re-enrollment. Please notify the Principal. A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

Lashon Academy
Stacy Lee, Principal Lashon Academy Charter School
7477 Kester Avenue. Van Nuys, CA 91405
Phone: 818-514-4566 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Lashon Academy City
Sara Garcia, Director of Education Lashon Academy City
3109 6th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: 213-514-5767 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION (Education Code §§ 200, 220; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973): Lashon Academy does not discriminate against any student or employee on the basis of actual or perceived race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical/mental disability, immigration status, pregnancy or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes in the California Penal Code.

Your child has a right to a free public education, regardless of immigration status. Additional resources for immigrant students and family members developed by the California Attorney General are accessible at http://oag.ca.gov/immigrant/rights. Lashon Academy will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in School programs.

Lashon Academy adheres to all provisions of federal law related to students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”).

The Charter School is committed to providing a work and educational atmosphere that is free of unlawful harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex); Titles IV, VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race, color, or national origin); The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; The Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the IDEIA; and Section 504 and Title II of the ADA (mental or physical disability). Charter School also prohibits sexual harassment, including cyber sexual bullying, and harassment based upon pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, religious affiliation, creed, color, immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation. Charter School does not condone or tolerate harassment of any type, including discrimination, intimidation, or bullying, including cyber sexual bullying, by any employee, independent contractor or other person with which Charter School does business, or any other individual, student, or volunteer. This applies to all employees, students, or volunteers and relationships, regardless of position or gender.

Charter School will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaint of harassment and take appropriate corrective action, if warranted.  Complaints, inquiries or grievances alleging noncompliance with the School’s policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to Lashon Academy’s Uniform Complaint Procedures (“UCP”) Compliance Officer:

Lashon Academy
Stacy Lee, Principal Lashon Academy Charter School
7477 Kester Avenue. Van Nuys, CA 91405
Phone: 818-514-4566 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Lashon Academy City
Sara Garcia, Director of Education Lashon Academy City
3109 6th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: 213-514-5767 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

A copy of the School’s nondiscrimination policy is available in the school office.

TITLE IX, HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, DISCRIMINATION & BULLYING POLICY: Lashon Academy believes all students have the right to a safe and civil learning environment. Discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are all disruptive behaviors which interfere with students’ ability to learn, negatively affect student engagement, diminish school safety, and contribute to a hostile school environment. As such, Lashon Academy prohibits any acts of discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, intimidation, and bullying altogether. This is inclusive of instances that occur on any area of the school campus, at school-sponsored events and activities, regardless of location, through school-owned technology, and through other electronic means. A copy of the complete Policy is available upon request at the main office.

Lashon Academy defines “discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, intimidation, and bullying” as the intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, written communication, or cyberbullying, including cyber sexual bullying, based on the actual or perceived characteristics of disability, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, ancestry, race or ethnicity, immigration and citizenship status, religion, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, age, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation. In addition, bullying encompasses any conduct described in the definitions set forth in this Policy. Hereafter, such actions are referred to as “misconduct” prohibited by this Policy.”

To the extent possible, Lashon Academy will make reasonable efforts to prevent students from being discriminated against, harassed, intimidated and/or bullied, and will take action to investigate, respond, and address and report on such behaviors in a timely manner. Charter School staff who witness acts of misconduct prohibited by this Policy will take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so.

Moreover, Lashon Academy will not condone or tolerate misconduct prohibited by this Policy by any employee, independent contractor or other person with whom Lashon Academy does business, or any other individual, student, or volunteer. This Policy applies to all employee, student, or volunteer actions and relationships, regardless of position or gender. Lashon Academy will promptly and thoroughly investigate any complaint of such misconduct prohibited by this Policy and take appropriate corrective action, if warranted.

Title IX, Harassment, Intimidation, Discrimination and Bullying Coordinator:

Lashon Academy
Stacy Lee, Principal Lashon Academy Charter School
7477 Kester Avenue. Van Nuys, CA 91405
Phone: 818-514-4566 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Lashon Academy City
Sara Garcia, Director of Education Lashon Academy City
3109 6th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: 213-514-5767 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE (“UCP”): Lashon Academy has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Lashon Academy is the local agency primarily responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing educational programs. Lashon Academy shall investigate and seek to resolve complaints using policies and procedures known as the Uniform Complaint Procedure (“UCP”) adopted by our Governing Board for the following types of complaints:

  1. Unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any protected group, including actual or perceived discrimination, on the basis of the actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, mental disability, physical disability, ethnic group identification, immigration status/citizenship, gender expression, gender identity, gender, genetic information, nationality, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, medical condition, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation, 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 Charter School program or activity.
  2. Violations of state or federal law and regulations governing the following programs including but not limited to: After School Education and Safety Programs, Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs, Child Nutrition Programs, Compensatory Education, Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, former Juvenile Court Pupils, Pupils from Military Families, Migratory Pupils, Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) / Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Migrant Education Programs, Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind Act (2001) Programs (Titles I-VII), including improving academic achievement, compensatory education, limited English proficiency, and migrant education, Special Education Programs, State Preschool, Bilingual Education, Comprehensive School Safety Plans, and Tobacco-Use Prevention Education.
  3. Noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees. A student enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity. A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
  • A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory or is for credit.
  • A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  • A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

A pupil fee complaint shall not be filed later than one (1) year from the date the alleged violation occurred. Complaints of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees are filed with the Principal.  A complaint regarding pupil fees may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information to support an allegation of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees.

Complaints other than complaints relating to pupil fees must be filed in writing with the following Compliance Officer:

Lashon Academy
Stacy Lee, Principal Lashon Academy Charter School
7477 Kester Avenue. Van Nuys, CA 91405
Phone: 818-514-4566 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Lashon Academy City
Sara Garcia, Director of Education Lashon Academy City
3109 6th Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: 213-514-5767 Fax: 818-337-0102
Email: info@lashonacademy.org

Complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, must be filed within six (6) months from the date the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The Compliance Officer responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and complete the investigation in accordance with California regulations and in accordance with the Charter School’s procedures. The final written Decision or report will be sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the complaint. This sixty (60) day time period may be extended by written agreement of the complainant.

The complainant has a right to appeal Charter School’s Decision to the California Department of Education (“CDE”) by filing a written appeal within fifteen (15) days of receiving the final written Decision. The appeal must include a copy of the complaint filed with the Charter School, a copy of Charter School’s Decision, and the complainant must specify the basis for the appeal of the Decision and whether the facts are incorrect and/or the law has been misapplied.

A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of the Charter School’s complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders. For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under state law, however, a complainant must wait until sixty (60) days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and is applicable only if the Charter School has appropriately, and in a timely manner, apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with 5 CCR  § 4622.

A copy of the UCP shall be available upon request free of charge in the main office. For further information on any part of the complaint procedures, including filing a complaint or requesting a copy of the UCP, please contact the Principal.

EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) (“ESSA”, 20USC 6301 et seq.; EC 313.2 440):

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the ESSA replacing the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLB”). California Department of Education and State board of Education staff have been studying the ESSA and considering the opportunities afforded by the new law to improve outcomes for California’s students. As part of California’s transition to ESSA, California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and assistance programs and will move us toward California’s goal of having a single, coherent local, state, and federal education system. Lashon Academy is committed to ensuring a transparent transition to the new law in order in close achievement gaps, increase equity, improve the quality of instruction, and increase outcomes for all students. The goal of ESSA and Lashon Academy is to:

  • ensure high standards so that children graduate high school ready for college and career;
  • maintain accountability by guaranteeing that when students fall behind, resources are applied toward school improvement, with a particular focus on the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools, high schools with high dropout rates, and schools where subgroups of students are struggling;
  • preserve annual assessments and reduce the often onerous burden of unnecessary and ineffective testing on students and teachers, making sure that standardized tests don’t crowd out teaching and learning, without sacrificing clear, annual information parents and educators need to make sure our children are learning; and
  • provide more children access to high-quality preschool, giving them the chance to get a strong start to their education.
  1. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT CHILDREN: The ESSA requires Lashon Academy to inform the parent or parents of a limited English Proficient (“LEP”) child identified for participation or participating in a language instruction educational program, of the following:
    1. The reasons for the identification of the child as LEP and in need of placement in a language instruction educational program;
    2. The child’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed and the status of the child’s academic achievement;
    3. The methods of instruction used in the program in which the child is or will be participating, and the methods of instruction used in other available programs;
    4. How the program in which the child is or will be participating, will meet the educational strengths and needs of the child;
    5. How such program will specifically help the child learn English and meet age- appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation;
    6. The specific exit requirements for the program;
    7. In the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of the child; and
    8. Information pertaining to parental rights that includes written guidance detailing the right that parents have to have their child immediately removed from such program upon their request, and the options that parents have to decline to enroll their child in such program or to choose another program or method of instruction, if available; and assisting parents in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction, if more than one program or method is offered by Lashon Academy.
  1. INFORMATION ON CHILD’S LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT: Lashon Academy will provide timely information on the level of achievement of your child in each of the state academic assessments.
  1. RIGHT TO INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS AND PARA- PROFESSIONALS: ESSA grants parents the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the children’s classroom teachers, including the following:
    1. Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
    2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
    3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
    4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

This information is available at the main office.  Lashon Academy will provide timely notice if your child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFYING TEACHERS ABOUT DANGEROUS PUPILS: In order to fulfill the

requirements made by Education Code section 49079 and Welfare and Institutions Code section 827 that state teachers must be notified of the reason(s) a student has been suspended. The information provided is for the student’s current teachers only. All information regarding suspension and expulsion is CONFIDENTIAL, is not to be shared with any student(s) or parent(s). Teachers are asked to secure the list so students and others may not view it.

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