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Parent education event on bullying, harassment and civil rights with OCR Thursday, May 16 at Ohlone

Original post made by CAC parent, Midtown, on May 12, 2013

Representatives from the U.S. Dept of Education Office for Civil Rights will
be providing a workshop on bullying/harassment based on race, sex, or disability on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the MP room at Ohlone School (950 Amarillo Avenue in Palo Alto). Parents and all community members are welcome and invited to attend.
The presentation will include:
A brief introduction to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR);
Information about bullying/harassment based on race, national origin, disability, or sex (including not conforming to gender stereotypes);
How a school learns about bullying/harassment;
Appropriate response and possible remedies;
How to file a complaint with OCR;
Q&A with OCR attorneys on these and other topics including IEP and 504 issues; and
Who to contact if you have more questions.
A flyer and more information is here: Web Link
This parent education event is sponsored by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), Parent Advocates for Student Success (PASS), Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), and We Can Do Better Palo Alto.


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Posted by Jls mom of 2
a resident of JLS Middle School
on May 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Jls mom of 2 is a registered user.

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I read the posting of JLS mom of 2, above, removed. I wonder why? I will deeply appreciate the opportunity understand the rationale guiding the removal - that would spare the time the commenter is taking to post. Eileen 1 asked several times as well, in various situations. Seems to me that the only info that should not be allowed posted is personal info about individuals, especially kids.
I wonder if these are liability issues? Is it possible that the owner of this board is responsible as to the facts posted here? If so, is there a way to create an open board? I would, if I could.
And yes - it is off topic of the thread. sorry.
Thank you CAC parent for letting all who read these threads know about this event! Thank you for organizing!

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Posted by PA mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you so much for holding this great event! This is very important esp for Duveneck school. I am definitely coming. I wish I could understand why this is so bad in Palo Alto? Thanks!

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Posted by Jordan Parent
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

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Posted by Overblown
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on May 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

This whole bullying issue is overblown. Yes, there is bullying in every public school, but hardly in PAUSD. There are a few squeaky wheels who are sending everyone into a tizzy. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] I have two children and we have experienced bullying at Jordan and Duveneck, but the administrations gladly worked with us and we had immediate results without having to threaten them with lawsuits. We politely spoke with the principals and the bullying ended immediately. Jordan administration is constantly sending anti-bullying messages to the students.

[Portion removed.] The Jordan campus is large enough for children to stay apart from each other; if it's a real issue, the Jordan administration will allow schedule adjustments.

If a parent thinks a school can stop girls from making hostile comments or negative facial expressions, the parent is expecting too much. How can anyone possibly stop such antics?

Girls Middle School is located near Jordan and Stratford is next door for those who prefer to send their children elsewhere.

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Posted by Judy Heumann
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I don't understand the vitriolic postings on this thread. It shows the need to hold discussion of these issues in a safe environment. Thank you to CAC, PASS ,SEAN and WCDBPA for organizing this event.