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Mission Statement

The Mission of CUSD is to provide a safe, student-centered, high quality education to ALL students. 

Vision Statement

To provide, in cooperation with our families, an excellent, well-balanced education where students gain skills necessary for success in an ever-changing world. 


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Native American Day - September 22


California is one of the richest states in the nation, in part because of the culture, heritage and diversity of its many federally recognized Native American tribes. From the Kumeyaay in San Diego to the Consolidated Tribes of Round Valley, to the Yurok in the Klamath Basin, or locally, the Cortina Band of Pomo Indians and the Cachil Dehe band of Wintun Indians, the indigenous people of California each have a unique culture which has lasted for many thousands of years. Today there are more than 100 recognized tribes in California; more than any other state in the nation.


An acknowledgment of the California Indians came in 1968 when Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for the fourth Friday of each September to be American Indian Day. It was hoped that this acknowledgment would help to inform the general public about Native American heritage and the problems that are confronted by tribal people in California.


For years, California tribes have celebrated the fourth Friday of September by renewing their ties to the Earth and keeping alive the ways of their ancestors. It was in 1998 when the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1953 (Baca), establishing the day as an official day of education. Today, people of all ages celebrate California Native American Day by learning more about the culture, heritage and traditions of the California Native Americans and or attending a local California Native American Days Celebration.

September is School Attendance Awareness Month

Click on the Administration tab, then Superintendent's Bulletin for comments from Mr. Newman about the importance of regular school attendance.  

UCP Annual Notice for 2017 – 2018

For students, employees, parents/guardians, school and district advisory committee members, private school officials, and other interested parties


The Colusa Unified School District  has the primary responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. We have established Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and the non-compliance of our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).


We will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified in Education Code section 200 and 220 and Government Code section 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 or on the basis or a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity conducted by the agency, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance.


The UCP shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in:


After School Education and Safety

Agricultural Vocational Education

Career Technical Education

Child Nutrition        

Compensatory Education

Consolidated Categorical Aid

Course Periods without Educational Content

Education of Pupils in Foster Care and Pupils who are Homeless

Every Student Succeeds Act / No Child Left Behind

Local Control Accountability Plans (including Charter Schools as described in EC §§ 47606.5 and 47607.3);

Migrant Education

Physical Education Instructional Minutes

Pupil Fees

Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil

Regional Occupational Centers and Programs

School Safety Plans

Special Education

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education


A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
  2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

A pupil fees or LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complainant provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support the complaint.


A pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity.


A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.

We shall post a standardized notice of the educational rights of foster and homeless youth, as specified in Education Code Sections 48853, 48853.5, 48853.5, 49069.5, 51225.1, and 51225.2. This notice shall include complaint process information, as applicable.

Complaints other than issues relating to pupil fees must be filed in writing with the following designated to receive complaints:


Title: Superintendent

Unit or office: Colusa Unified School District

Address: 745 Tenth Street, Colusa, CA 95932

Phone: 530.458.77791E-mail address:

A pupil fees complaint is filed with the principal of a school.
Complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, 
must be filed within six (6) months from the date the alleged discrimination, 
harassment, intimidation, or bullying, occurred or the date the complainant 
first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, 
intimidation, or bullying, unless the time for filing is extended by the Superintendent 
or his or her designee. 

Complaints will be investigated and a written Decision or report will be sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the complaint. This time period may be extended by written agreement of the complainant. The person responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and complete the investigation in accordance with local procedures adopted under section 4621. 


The complainant has a right to appeal our Decision of complaints regarding specific programs, pupil fees and the LCAP to the California Department of Education (CDE) by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving our Decision. The appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the originally-filed complaint and a copy of our Decision.


The complainant is advised of civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other remedies or orders that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws, if applicable.


A copy of our UCP compliant policies and procedures is available free of charge.

Standards Based Grading: a better way to communicate about student learning

Interested in learning more about Standards Based Grading?  Click on the Administration tab above and then select Superintendent's Bulletin. 

CHS Parents can Help with District Funding

CUSD recently calculated that the district loses out on $70,000 each year.  The loss results from a lack of Free Lunch Applications being completed at the High School.


The state’s public school funding formula ties school revenue to the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced priced meals.  Each year about 75% of the students at BPS and EMS are found to be eligible for the federal program.  However, because many parents of CHS students decide not to fill out the application, the CHS eligibility averages closer to 55%.  CUSD Chief Business Official, Sheryl Parker, estimates that 20% difference will cost the district about $70,000 during the 17/18 school year. 


Facts about the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FRPM) Program:

  • Eligibility depends on family income.  However the income limit amount changes each year, so parents should apply each year.
  • Applying for the program does not mean the student must eat school lunch.
  • It only takes about 5 minutes to fill out the application.  
  • Who applies and whether the application is approved is highly confidential information.  Only the student and their family know if they are eligible.  At the point of sale, FRPM eligible students are not treated any differently than students paying full price for the meal. 
  • The CHS cafeteria currently serves over 80% “scratch cooked” meals; very little pre-packaged food is offered.  Delicious, healthy food and a salad bar are options for students each day.  
  • The CHS cafeteria is undergoing remodeling this summer.  Nutrition Services Director Leasa Hill says,  " Students at CHS should expect cutting edge service and next level entrees will soon be available at CHS.  Parents should apply so their students don't miss out." 


Applications are being mailed to every family in the district. Everyone is encouraged to apply.  The guidelines for eligibility change, therefore some families who were not eligible in the past may be eligible this year.  It is important for all parents to fill out the application, and particularly so for parents of CHS students.  The additional funding may be used for computers, textbooks, classroom supplies – anything the students need. 


A few minutes of your time will help fund additional educational opportunities for all our students.


Thank you

2017-18 DRAFT LCAP

A public hearing regarding the 2017-18 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Click here to view the DRAFT version. 

Colusa High School Graduation 2017

RiverHawks Graduation Ceremony - June 1st, 2017

CAHS & Home School Graduation Ceremony - May 31st, 2017

Colusa County

Safe Routes to School


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Infinite Campus

Today: 9/25/17
All Day: CHS ESA Sophomores @ Castle Crags
1:00 PM 7-9 Brass, Travis AF Brass Clinic
3:30 PM CHS Tennis @ Wheatland
5:00 PM CHS Volleyball @ Wheatland

Emergency Operations Manual

Click here to view the Emergency Operations Manual. 

Check out the DO News

Click here to view the past Golden Apple Recipients


Click on Administration, then Superintendent's Bulletin for our monthly newsletters. 

The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Board Meeting Information

Special Board Meeting - September 26, 2017 5:15 PM

Location: 745 Tenth St. Colusa, CA 95932 - Conference Room 

Click here to view the agenda.