Palo Alto school officials will discuss "lessons learned" from a federal civil rights investigation into a bullying case at a Palo Alto middle school in public Board of Education study session Tuesday morning.
The discussion will include updates from school district staff members about the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which in December found that the district's mishandling of a middle-school disability-based bullying case violated the civil rights of a student.
The OCR currently is investigating two other complaints against the district, one in a middle school alleging racial discrimination and the other a complaint alleging disability-based bullying at Duveneck Elementary School.
Tuesday's OCR-related briefings come as part of a presentation of a "safe and welcoming schools action plan," a district initiative to "re-evaluate, refine and fortify" efforts to "ensure that all students feel safe and connected at school.
"The district has been working with the Office for Civil Rights to address gaps in our current policies and procedures so that teachers, administrators and students have the necessary tools to promote a safe and welcoming school environment for all students," Superintendent Kevin Skelly wrote in background material to accompany Tuesday's discussion.
The study session is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11:15 Tuesday, May 7, in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. It will be recorded and should be available by 4 p.m. on the Midpeninsula Community Media Center website. At 11:15 a.m. the board is scheduled to go into closed session to discuss Skelly's employee evaluation.
At 6:30 p.m. the board will hold its regular meeting, also in the boardroom at 25 Churchill Ave.
Agenda topics include a vote on proposed raises for teachers, managers and staff and discussion of a draft statement of support for residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, who face potential closure of the park. The 375 residents of the park include 103 students who attend Palo Alto public schools and 22 children of preschool age.
Also on the agenda are new or updated board policies on Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, guidance counseling, high-school graduation requirements, suspension and expulsion and fees and charges.