School Safety Coordinators
HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION
Any and all forms of harassment or discrimination based on race, ethnic group, religion, gender, color, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or actual or perceived sexual orientation which includes perceptions of a person's identity, appearance or behavior is expressly prohibited under VUSD policies 5123.3 and 5145.7 and State law, including Education Code Section 220 and Penal Code Sections 422.6 and 422.76.
Intimidation, harassment, or retaliation of any students is prohibited. Teachers and staff shall be alert and immediately responsive to student conduct, which may interfere with another student's ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities or privileges. School Safety Counselors are designated at each school site whose role will include accepting complaints of harassment or discrimination.
School Safety Counselor at Golden West High School: Michel Lambert
Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed or discriminated against should immediately contact either the School Safety Counselors or the principal. Each harassment or discrimination complaint shall be promptly investigated in a way designed to respect the privacy of all parties concerned. If a situation involving harassment is not promptly remedied by the school safety counselor, or principal, a complaint may be filed with the school’s Area Administrator, with the Director of Student Services or may be reported on the district confidential hot line (559)730-7999.
Students who harass other students shall be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including counseling, suspension and/or expulsion. An employee who permits or engages in harassment may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
SEXUAL AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION HARRASSMENT
The prohibition on retaliation, the consequences for sexual harassment and the grievance complaint procedures applicable to sexual harassment are equally applicable to harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender. Visalia Unified School District is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from harassment (includes any conduct or communication that harasses which is based on race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual harassment) of any student by an employee, student, or other person at school or any school-related activity.
Students shall be assured that they need not endure any form of harassment, including harassment because of sexual orientation. They shall further be assured that they need not endure, for any reason, any harassment, which impairs the educational environment or a student’s emotional well-being at school. They shall be informed that they should immediately contact the school safety counselor, principal, or designee if they are being harassed.