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Title IX – Gender Equality

Each student and employee has a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination. No student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education. Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender. Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.


Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and to enroll in any school or program for which they would otherwise qualify at any stage of the pregnancy.  They have the right to remain in their regular or current school program, including elementary or secondary schools, honors and magnet programs, special education and non-public school placements, alternative/options programs, migrant education, free and reduced lunch programs and services for English Learners, and any others for which they are otherwise qualified. This would also include participation in the following: graduation, awards, ceremonies; field trips; student clubs, councils, after-school activities, and any other school-related programs. Students cannot legally be expelled, suspended, or otherwise excluded from, or required to participate in school programs solely on the basis of their pregnancy-related conditions, or marital or parental status.


Port of Los Angeles High School Board Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender. Title IX requires that every school district or institution have a designee to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.

Uniform Complaint Procedures 

To report a verbal or  written complaint, POLAHS students or parents/guardians of POLAHS students should submit the POLAHS Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) Form to the school principal within six months from the date the alleged incident occurred or first obtained knowledge. Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site. Complaints may be mailed to POLAHS, 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro, CA 90732, Attn: Principal, Tom Scotti or delivered to the front desk.

If the complainant is dissatisfied with the school-site resolution, the complainant may file a written POLAHS Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP) Form directly with the Board of Trustees. This will begin the investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.  Complaints may be mailed to POLAHS, 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro, CA 90732, Attn: Board of Trustees or emailed to board@polahs.net.


An appeal may be made in writing to:
California Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814