Five Changes Needed

Schools around San Diego enforce these basic steps to promote a healthy, respectful school environment. It is time CUSD does the same.

Previously, the DAG rated cyberbullying as a 4 and harassment was considered a lesser offense and rated a 3. In-person harassment or slurs can be, as we know, more hurtful than cyberbullying. CUSD informed students that in-person harassment is a serious offense.

The CUSD Superintendent’s Office must provide a clearly written summary of the process for reporting harassment and the subsequent steps after a student or parent reports the incident. Families want to know who to report to and how and when CUSD will follow-up with them.

The CUSD Superintendent must designate at least two well-trained professionals to oversee the DAG process of handling complaints to ensure consistency in the discipline of the harasser and protection of the harassed student.

CUSD staff must create age-appropriate DAG summaries for each school and post these at school, in locker rooms, classrooms, and online. Staff must review the DAG summary with students and parents at the beginning of each semester. Currently, the DAG is embedded in the CUSD’s registration packet and students most often do not see it and parents often do not read the lengthy document.

The CIF Code of Conduct prohibits the use of racial slurs on and off the field and requires all team members to sign the CIF Code of Ethics, but not all CUSD players do. Currently the CIF Code of Conduct is embedded in the CUSD’s lengthy online registration packet and some players never read it, or their parents sign for them. The Athletic Director must require all coaches to review the CIF Code of Conduct with players in person and have the players sign the CIF agreement before each season. Additionally, the Superintendent and Athletic Director must consistently enforce disciplinary action when there is a violation of the CIF Code of Conduct with all players whether they are high or low performing.