Compliance

Our Community School complies with regulations from the state of California (CDE), Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Charter School Division as our authorizer. Many of these compliance documents are easily accessible for all to learn more about our school. 
 
Charter Renewal Petition
In order to continue operating, every charter must be re-authorized (or renewed) every five years. Our current charter is below and valid from 2015-2020.
 
California School Dashboard is an online tool that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the state and local indicators included in California's school accountability system. The Dashboard is a key part of major shifts in California K-12 schools, changes that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. The Dashboard provides information that schools can use to improve.
Please click here to access information about OCS on the CA Dashboard
 
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is completed annually and approved by our Board of Directors. The LCAP is focused on eight priority areas:
1. Student Achievement  - improving student achievement and outcomes
2. Student Engagement - improving student engagement, including attendance
3. Other Student Outcomes - measuring other student outcomes, including physical education and the arts
4. Parental Involvement - involving parents and guardians so the community is engaged in decision-making
5. School Climate - highlighting school climate and "connectedness"
6. Basic Services - providing all students with high-quality teachers, instructional materials, and safe learning environments.
7. Common Core - support the implementation of new, rigorous academic standards in California schools
8. Course Access - ensuring every student has access to courses that prepare them for college and career
Please see below for the current 18-19 OCS LCAP.
 
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
California state law requires all public schools to distribute an annual School Accountability Report Card. The SARC is an effective way to provide parents with important information about a school’s academic and demographic data, class sizes, and information about the school’s curriculum. Our Community School’s most recent 2016-17 SARC is below.
 
Uniformed Complaint Policy and Procedures (UCP)

OCS's UCP is part of our governance documentation. A complaint is a written and signed statement alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. UCP complaints are regarding the violation of specific federal and state program that use categorical funds. OCS's updated UCP is below. 

Title IX Policy in accordance with SB1375

Discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are all disruptive behaviors, which interfere with students’ ability to learn and negatively affect student engagement, diminish school safety, and contribute to a hostile school environment.  As such, Our Community School prohibits any acts of discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, intimidation, and bullying altogether. This policy is inclusive of instances that occur on any area of the school campus, at school-sponsored events and activities, regardless of location, through school-owned technology, and through other electronic means. For details, please see our Title IX Policy below.

Suicide Prevention Policy
Our Community School recognizes that suicide is a major cause of death among youth and should be taken seriously. To attempt to reduce suicidal behavior and its impact on students and families, the Board of Directors has developed prevention strategies and intervention procedures in compliance with Education Code section 215 and AB 2246. Please see below for a copy of the Suicide Prevention Policy.
 
Education Protection Account (EPA)
With the November 2012 passage of Proposition 30, which temporarily increases the personal income tax rates for upper‐income taxpayers and the sales tax rate for all taxpayers1, the state established the Education Protection Account (EPA). Revenue generated from the increased taxes are deposited into the EPA and distributed to districts and charter schools on a quarterly basis. While funds from the EPA are part of a district’s or charter school’s general purpose funding, Proposition 30 specifies that EPA funds may not be used for administrative salaries or benefits or any other administrative costs. From an accounting perspective, EPA revenue and expenditures must be coded separately (under resource code 1400, created specifically for EPA funds) and from an operational perspective, governing boards must determine the use of EPA funds at an open public meeting. This determination must occur annually.
Please see below for the 16-17 EPA Actuals and the 17-18 EPA Plan. 
 
Wellness Policy
A local school wellness policy is a written document of official policies that guide a local educational agency (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. OCS's Wellness Policy (adopted 16-17) is a part of our Parent Handbook. Also, you can access it below.