It is the policy of the North Middlesex Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, homelessness, or age in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Federal Educational Amendments and Chapter 622 of the State Acts of 1971. Chapter 622 states that “no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against an 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.” Title IX states, “No person shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits or activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance.” Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX M.G.L. Ch. 622, or M.G.L. Ch. 76, Sec. 5 may be directed to the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Curriculum, North Middlesex Regional School District (978)-597-8713.
If a student, parent or employee does have a grievance, the suggested policy for prompt and equitable resolution is as follows:
- Students, parents or employees should be required to bring any allegations of discrimination to the attention of the building principal or supervisor.
- If the matter is not resolved within seven days, the individual may appeal, in writing, to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel.
- If, at the end of fourteen days, the matter remains unresolved, the individual has the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. All allegations of discrimination are to be communicated to the Superintendent of Schools, in writing.
- The Superintendent of Schools will investigate the complaint and respond, in writing, or meet personally with the complainant(s) no longer than fourteen days after having received the complaint.
- If the matter remains unresolved for the complainant(s), the complainant(s) has the right to invoke the complaint procedure for Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971.