My Rights as a ____ Student

Student Disability Rights

What are my Student Disability Rights? Are there laws that protect me if I have a disability? Yes. The two main laws are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which people usually just call “Section 504.” The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) also protects students with disabilities. …

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Students Experiencing Homelessness

Am I considered “homeless” or unhoused? You may be considered homeless or unhoused if you are: Sharing another person’s house, such as a friend or relative, because your family cannot afford to live alone or because you lost your housing or have nowhere else safe to go. This is often called “doubling up.” For example, …

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Sex Education

What is The California Healthy Youth Act? The California Healthy Youth Act is a 2016 law that requires all California public schools to teach comprehensive sex education to their students at least once in middle school and once in high school. Why does this matter? We know that people have healthier lives when they’re given …

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File a Complaint With Your School

How to File a Complaint with your school related to bullying, harassment, or discrimination. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE AT SCHOOL YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM BULLYING AND HARASSMENT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HOLD YOUR SCHOOL ACCOUNTABLE UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCESS CA Code of Regulations (Title 5, section 4600 et …

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Foster Youth Student Rights

Can I stay in the same school even if I move to a new foster placement? YES. You have the right to remain in your “school of origin.” This includes your previous school, the school you attended in your last “permanent” placement, or any other school to which you felt “connected” in the last 15 …

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LGBTQ Student Rights

Do I have a right to be out at school? YES. You have the right to be out about your identity and to be yourself at school. Do I have the right to keep my LGBTQ identity private? YES. School staff cannot out you to other students or other school staff without your permission, except …

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School Dress Codes & Uniforms

Can my school make a dress code policy? YES1. But your school’s dress code policy cannot be used to disfavor a specific message or single out one particular group of students. Please note charter schools may be subject to different rules than those below. Can my school enforce its dress code policy against only some …

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Immigration & Students

RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION Do I have the right to a K-12 education as an undocumented student? YES. Every child who lives in California has the right to a free public education regardless of the child or his/her family’s race, nationality, sex, religion, whether they speak English or not, and immigration status. Every child in …

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Harassment & Bullying

Harassment and Bullying, and what to do when it happens What is considered bullying and harassment? BULLYING is when a student causes another student to feel less safe, fearful, or like they are unable to participate in school1.  Bullying, often involves an imbalance of power, and can include physical, verbal, or psychological actions against a …

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