Report 2012-108 Recommendation 11 Responses
Report 2012-108: School Safety and Nondiscrimination Laws: Most Local Educational Agencies Do Not Evaluate the Effectiveness of Their Programs, and the State Should Exercise Stronger Leadership (Release Date: August 2013)
Recommendation #11 To: Sacramento City Unified School District
To ensure that it is effectively preventing and addressing incidents of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in its schools, Sacramento City Unified should ensure the impartial resolution of complaints by not assigning the investigation to site administrators or other staff specifically named in the complaint.
1-Year Agency Response
Complaints simultaneously filed against school staff AND school site administrator generates two complaint investigations instead of one. Specifically, the school administrator is the investigator of record for the school staff related complaint and the site administrator's supervisor, the Area Superintendent, is the investigator of the allegations against the school administrator.
Additionally, the district has modified its complaint log database to include target dates (30-day and 45-day) within the 60-day investigation period to contact or "check-in" with the designated investigation(s) responsible for resolving the case. These periodic check-in's are avenues to determine current status of complaint investigations and provides an opportunity to offer assistance to the investigator to ensure compliance established deadlines.
- Completion Date: August 2014
- Response Date: October 2014
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented
6-Month Agency Response
The district failed to update its response in the recommendations database.
- Estimated Completion Date: 8/20/2014
- Response Date: August 2014
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: No Action Taken
Despite our requests, Sacramento City Unified failed to update its response in the recommendations database.
60-Day Agency Response
The District has implemented a changed policy as follows:
Complaints simultaneously filed against school site staff AND school site administrator generates two complaint investigations instead of one. Specifically, the school administrator is the investigator of record for the school staff complaint and the Area Superintendent assigned to the school is the investigator record for the allegations against the school administrator.
- Completion Date: June 2013
- Response Date: December 2013
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending
The district did not provide documentation to support its fully implemented status. It has agreed to provide these documents as part of its 6-month response.
- Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation
Agency responses received are posted verbatim.