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(8.25) What can I do if teachers or other school staff physically or emotionally abuse my child?

(8.25) What can I do if teachers or other school staff physically or emotionally abuse my child?

Whether it is in the context of “discipline” or otherwise, a complaint may be filed with the California Department of Education (CDE) under the Uniform Complaint Procedure if: (1) a child or group of children is in immediate physical danger; or (2) the health, safety or welfare of a child or group of children is threatened. The CDE must directly intervene and not refer the complaint to the school district for a local investigation. [5 C.C.R. Secs. 4611(a) & 4650(a)(7)(C).] See questions regarding Compliance Complaints in Chapter 6, Information on Due Process/Compliance Procedures.

If the school district violates any of the state laws regarding emergency interventions, you can also file a special education compliance complaint with the California Department of Education (CDE). [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.151-153.] See questions regarding Compliance Complaints in Chapter 6, Information on Due Process/Compliance Procedures.