• Assembly Bill 34:
    Bullying, Suicide, and Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies and Procedures 

    Alameda County Court and Community Schools are committed to providing a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm.  No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, visual, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel, or retaliate against them for filing a complaint or participating in the complaint resolution process.

    Together we can:

    • Develop positive relationships
    • Teach and learn about each other, our cultures, our experiences and our shared values
    • Examine our personal biases and counter negative stereotypes
    • Identify unsafe or disrespectful words and behaviors and take action to learn better and correct them
    • Celebrate our diversity
    • Be allies and support one another

    Bullying 

    Bullying has harmful effects on student well-being, student learning and school attendance.

    All students, staff and adults in the lives of students have a role to play to ensure a safe, respectful and supportive environment for our youth to thrive in.  

    If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or harassment, there are several different ways to get help:

    1. You can talk with a trusted adult (parent, teacher, principal, etc.) right away 
    2. You can submit a uniform complaint with Cindy Charan, ACOE Chief of People and Leadership (510) 670-4265 ccharan@acoe.org

    Board Policies

    BP 5131.2: Bullying/Cyberbullying
    BP 6163.4: Student Use of Technology
    BP 5137.2: Positive School Climate


    BULLYING PREVENTION RESOURCES

    StopBullying.gov
    What is Bullying?
    Warning Signs a Youth is being Bullied
    Bullying and LGBTQ+ Youth
    Bullying and Youth with Disabilities
    Respond to Bullying
    Cyberbullying Resources
    CDE Bullying Prevention Resources
    Protecting our Child From Electronic Aggression CDC (PDF)
    Common Sense Media


    Suicide Prevention

    The Governing Board of Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and that an even greater amount of youth consider (17 percent of high school students) and attempt suicide (over 8 percent of high school students) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).

    The possibility of suicide and suicidal ideation requires vigilant attention from our school staff. As a result, we are ethically and legally responsible for providing an appropriate and timely response in preventing suicidal ideation, attempts, and deaths. We also must work to create a safe and nurturing campus that minimizes suicidal ideation in students.

    Alameda County Schools Crisis Response Manual and Suicide Prevention Policy are found in the Comprehensive School Safety Plans at https://www.acoe.org/Page/1028

    Board Policies

    Policy 5141.52: Suicide Prevention
    BP 5137.2: Positive School Climate

    If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, poses an immediate threat to themselves or others, or is being hurt by someone, call 911 for immediate help.


    SUICIDE/CRISIS RESOURCES: 

    Crisis Support Services of Alameda County1-800-309-2131
    Crisis Support Services, Alameda County 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (24 hours)
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK|
    24 Hour Textline text “START” to 741741
    Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454
    Childhelp® Child Abuse Prevention 1-800-4-A-CHILD (224453)
    National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
    TrevorProject (LGBTQ+ youth) 1-866-488-7386
    Trans Lifeline  (trans & questioning folx can talk to a trans person) 1-877-565-8860
    Hayward Police Dept. Youth & Family Services Bureau 1-510-293-7048
    California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200 (24 hours)
    California Peer Run Warm Line: 1-855-845-7415 (24 hours)
    National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673) or Live Chat (24 hours)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
    Family Paths Parenting Stress Helpline: 1-800-829-3777 (Biling/Multilingual translation; community resources and mental health services)


    Title IX: Sex Discrimination/ Harassment

    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education.– Applies to non-discrimination based on sex/gender to all recipients of federal funds, both public and private institutions– Applies to issues of program equity, such as in athletics, and also to sexual harassment and sexual assault.

    The Alameda County Office of Education is committed to provide an education environment free of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law.

    Complaints should be filed with the ACOE Title IX Compliance Coordinator:  
    Cindy Charan
    ACOE Chief of People and Leadership
    ccharan@acoe.org (510) 670-4265
    https://www.acoe.org/Page/2413

    For more information see ACOE’s: Uniform Complaint Procedures: Rules and Instructions

    Board Policies

    BP 5145.7: Sexual Harassment
    BP 5157: Gender Identity And Access
    BP 5137.2: Positive School Climate
    BP 0410: Nondiscrimination In County Office Programs And Activities
    AR 1312.3: Community Relations: Uniform Complaint Procedures
    BP 1312.7: Complaints Concerning Discrimination


    Resources:

    Bay Area Women Against Rape: (510) 845-7273
    Child Protective Services 24-hour line to report abuse / neglect: (510) 293-7048 
    Crisis Text Line:Text MFHA to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling.
    National Domestic Abuse Hotline: (800) 799-7233
    National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline:1(800) 656-4673