Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Statement

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

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, educational institutions are responsible for preventing sexual discrimination against their students and employees.  Sexual harassment is considered to be a form of sex discrimination.  If sexual harassment involves a minor student in a school setting, it can be considered a criminal offense under laws relating to child abuse.

The Title IX Coordinators

For all concerns arising between students and/or an adult and a student, please contact:

Christina Guarini
Director of Guidance
508-230-1284
cguarini@sersd.org

 

For all concerns arising between staff members and other adults, please contact:

Holly McClanan
Executive Director of Human Resources and Compliance
508-230-1245
hmcclanan@sersd.org

 

A detailed description of the complaint and grievance process may be found in the Student Handbook.

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