PUBLIC NOTICE - Non-Discrimination
The Hopkinton Public Schools has a zero tolerance policy for civil rights violations. School Committee Policy AC addressing Non-Discrimination may be found at http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/schoolcommittee/policies/A/AC.pdf
It is the role of the Hopkinton Public Schools to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all its students without distinction based on race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. Discrimination, sexual and bias-motivated harassment, and violations of civil rights disrupt the educational process and will not be tolerated. Because of the importance of this issue, this policy provides explicit definitions clarifying the scope and intent of the policies and procedures for its implementation.
It shall be a violation for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel to engage in sexual or bias-related harassment (referred to as “wrongful harassment”) or to violate the civil rights of any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel. A failure of such personnel to address conduct, which violates this policy, also constitutes a violation of civil rights. Conduct amounting to a hate crime is a particularly serious infraction that will result in referral to law enforcement agencies.
Each school will act to investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual or bias-related harassment or violations of civil rights and will take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who is found in violation.
The Hopkinton Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment in its programs and activities.
In addition, the Building Principal is charged with ensuring that educational programs comply with all aspects of law pertaining to the educational rights of students with qualifying disabilities.
Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Building Principal. Issues or complaints that cannot be resolved at the building level can be brought to the attention of the District §504/ADA Coordinator, or to the Massachusetts Department of Education or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Robert Berlo, M.Ed. is the school district coordinator for Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, §504/ADA, Chapter 622, and coordinator for the provisions of all Massachusetts laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination. The grievance procedures set forth in Hopkinton School Committee policy ACER can be used to resolve any discrimination complaints alleging non-compliance with any of the above statutes and related regulations.
Robert Berlo, M.Ed., Coordinator
Non-Discrimination Compliance and Homeless Liaison
Hopkinton Public Schools
89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
MA Department of Education Bureau of Special Education Appeals
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Edward McCormack Bldg, Room 701
Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109