Non-discrimination policies

Grace Raih filed this request with the Colorado Department of Education of Colorado.
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From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.

Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”. For reference, these letters are available at the following URLs respectively: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/941551/download

Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education.

Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to schools in the last five years that outline policies regarding transgender or gender non-conforming students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Grace Raih

From: Grasmick, Erica

Hello Ms. Raih,

We are in receipt of your April 10, 2017, Colorado Open Records Act request for:

“Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.

Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”. For reference, these letters are available at the following URLs respectively: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/941551/download
Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education.

Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to schools in the last five years that outline policies regarding transgender or gender non-conforming students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.”

We are working to provide you with the requested records. So as to ensure a thorough and exhaustive search of potentially responsive records is conducted, the Colorado Department of Education hereby notifies you, that per C.R.S.§ 24-72-203(3)(b), we require an additional seven working days to respond to your request.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Regards,
Erica

Erica Grasmick
Communications Coordinator
Communications Division
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Room 515, Denver, CO 80203
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From: Smith, Dana

Dear Ms. Raih,

We have received your April 10 request under the Colorado Open Records Act for the following:

· Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.

· Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”.

· Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education.

Attached are documents responsive to your request.
In addition, you can find publically available information about this subject on our website below:

· Transgender Students - http://www.cde.state.co.us/cde_english/titleix-transgenderstudents

· Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) - https://www.cde.state.co.us/mtss

· PBIS and bullying prevention - https://www.cde.state.co.us/pbis/bullying/index

· School mental health services/ school mental health professional development.

o http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/RS-Psych

o https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatoreffectiveness/ssppsychologistrubric

o https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatoreffectiveness/sspsocialworkerrubric

· Project Aware, which aims to build a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated school behavioral health services system. http://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/projectaware

· The US Department of Education’s “Supportive School Discipline Community of Practice” (SSDCOP). Colorado was one of nine states that participated in the SSDCOP and this work is represented in our dropout prevention and student engagement work. http://www.cde.state.co.us/dropoutprevention and http://www.cde.state.co.us/pbis/bullying/climateculture.

Your request for “Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter” is extremely broad. An initial search for all emails to the department with the term transgender students resulted in more than 10,000 emails. It will take multiple hours to sort through these emails in order to provide you with emails from just educational institutions, as you requested. Would you be willing to narrow your request by selecting certain staff for whom you would like us to search communications, and/or would you be willing to provide us with domain names of the education institutions in which you are interested?
Please feel free to call me to discuss the communications you are seeking.

Sincerely,

Dana

Dana Smith
Chief Communications Officer
Communications Division
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P 303.866.6682
201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
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Dana Smith
Chief Communications Officer
Communications Division
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P 303.866.6682
201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
smith_d@cde.state.co.us | www.cde.state.co.us

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From: Grace Raih

Good afternoon,

I really appreciate all the information you have complied. In regards to narrowing my request for communications regarding both "Dear Colleague" letters, I would like to include Boulder High School, Eagleside Elementary School and Cherry Creek High School. I hope this is sufficient.

Thank you,

Grace Raih

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