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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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It’s with a heavy heart that I share some sad news today.  As you may have already heard, Sunday morning we lost long-time colleague and friend, Kathy Aplanalp.  Kathy was a Teacher, Counselor and always an advocate for the students in Colusa USD.  We will miss her bright smile, wonderful laughter, and keen insights.  Kathy made CUSD a better place with her presence, and impacted the lives of thousands of students over the years. Our deepest condolences go out to her family. 


Please watch your children closely for the next few days as this type of news can, obviously, be very difficult for young people to process.  How children react will depend on the relationship they had with Mrs. Aplanalp, their age, level of development, and their prior experience with death. Your child may: appear unaffected, ask questions about the death often, be angry or aggressive, be withdrawn or moody, be sad or depressed, become fearful or scared, have difficulty sleeping or eating.  


We suggest you listen to your children. If they want to talk, answer their questions simply, honestly and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly.  You should see these behaviors fade over time.  Share with your child's teacher any concerns you might have about how they are dealing with this loss.  We do have extra counselors and support staff on standby if students or staff need to talk.  The experts in these matters tell us the best thing to do is allow for the grieving process, but return to normal operations as quickly as possible.  Children often take comfort in the safety of familiar routines.  


At this time we have no details on any services or about donations for Kathy’s children.  When we get that information, it will be shared to everyone as well.


Thank you,

Dwayne Newman



Stomach Flu Symptoms Cause Concern

An increase in stomach flu symptoms among our students is causing concern for CUSD Staff. District staff suspect  that Norovirus may be causing the illnesses.  Norovirus is a tough germ that survives for long periods on surfaces, and is hard to kill with common household cleaners. We need your help to stop further spread of illness in our schools.


Norovirus Symptoms

Symptoms include a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping. Some students have had a low-grade fever. The symptoms of norovirus illness usually begin about 12-48 hours after exposure to the virus.


How It Spreads

Norovirus easily spreads from person-to-person. The illness can spread when:

  • You have direct contact with another infected person (for example, when caring for someone with illness, or sharing food with someone who is ill).
  • You touch a surface or object (such as toys, bathroom faucet, etc.), contaminated with norovirus and then place your hands in your mouth.
  • You eat food or drink liquids contaminated with norovirus.

Steps You Can Take

While there is no treatment or vaccine for norovirus, it is important to drink plenty of liquids. This replaces fluid lost from throwing up or diarrhea and prevents dehydration.


 You can help slow the spread of illness, by taking these steps:

  • Keep your child(ren) home from school as soon as symptoms begin, and for at least 48 hours after vomiting or diarrhea symptoms have stopped.
  • Help your child learn to wash his or her hands properly with soap and water.
  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food or touching your mouth.
  • Don’t share food or drinks with other people, especially when you’re sick or they’re sick.
  • Don’t prepare food for others if you have vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Immediately flush vomit or diarrhea, or dispose of it in a trash can.
  • Clean and disinfect the areas where someone vomits or has diarrhea; use a solution of one part bleach mixed with nine parts water.
  • Immediately remove and machine wash and dry any clothing or linens soiled by vomit or diarrhea.

Please call your health care provider if you have concerns regarding this illness.


The district will take extra steps in cleaning and disinfecting to help slow the spread of whatever is causing the illness.  After school each day, custodial staff will be using cleaners specifically formulated to kill the virus.  During school, restrooms and high traffic areas will be cleaned more frequently.  Students and staff will be encouraged to follow steps which limit viral spread: frequent hand washing, not sharing food, cleaning surfaces often, etc. 

Board Meeting Information

Regular Board Meeting - June 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM

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





2016-17 UCP Annual Notice

Colusa Unified School District


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:


Name or 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 [name of agency] and/or 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 from the District Office.  Call 530.458-7791.  

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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.