• File: AC

    NONDISCRIMINATION

    Public schools have the responsibility to overcome, insofar as pos­sible, any barriers that prevent youth from achieving their po­tential.  The public school system will do its part.  This commit­ment to the community is affirmed in the following statements of the School Committee’s intent to:

    1. Promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the State and Federal Constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations.

    2. Encourage positive experiences in human values for children, youth and adults, all of whom have differing personal and family characteristics and who come from various socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups.

    3. Work toward a more integrated society and to enlist the support of individuals as well as groups and agencies, both private and governmental, in such an effort.

    4. Use all appropriate communication and action techniques to air and reduce the grievances of individuals and groups.

    5. Carefully consider, in all the decisions made within the school system, the potential benefits or adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all segments of society.

    6. Initiate a process of reviewing policies and practices of the school system in order to achieve to the greatest extent possible the objectives of this statement.

    The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. If you have a complaint or feel that you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, sex, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation, register your complaint with the Title IX compliance officer.

    LEGAL REFS.:

    Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972

    Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375 

    Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972

    Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

    Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    Education For All Handicapped Student Act of 1975

    M.G.L. 71B:1 et seq. (Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972)

    M.G.L. 76:5; 76:16

    Chapter 622 Regulations Pertaining to Access to Equal Educational Opportunity, adopted 6/24/75, as amended 10/24/78

    Board of Education Chapter 766 Regulations, adopted 10/74, as amended through 3/28/78

    Board of Education 603 CMR 26:00

    CROSS REFS.:        

    ACA- ACE   Subcategories for Nondiscrimination

    GBA, Equal Opportunity Employment

    JB, Equal Educational Opportunities

    NOTE:  This category is for a general policy covering all types of nondiscrimination and relating to students, staff, and others.  Federal and State laws apply.

    If a policy relates to staff only, to students only, or a particular form of non-discrimination, it is better filed elsewhere.  Appropriate codes for such statements are indicated by the cross-references.

    Regulations pertaining to all forms of nondiscrimination – or a procedure all persons can resort to for redress of grievances related to nondiscrimination – would follow under code AC-R.

    Law in most instances requires official School Committee approval of regulations in this area.