EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
In recognition of the diversified characteristics and needs of our students and with the keen desire to be responsive to them, the School Committee will make every effort to protect the dignity of the students as individuals. It also will offer careful consideration and sympathetic understanding of their personal feelings, particularly with reference to their race, class, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, physical and intellectual differences, homelessness, disability, and belief systems.
To accomplish this, the School Committee and school staff will make every effort to comply with the letter and the spirit of the Massachusetts equal educational opportunities law (known as Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971), which prohibits discrimination in public school admissions and programs. The law reads as follows:
“No child shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and course of study of such public school on account of race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”
This will mean that every student will be given equal opportunity in school admission, admissions to courses, course content, guidance, as well as extracurricular, daily school and athletic activities.
All implementing provisions issued by the Board of Education in compliance with this law will be followed.
LEGAL REFS.: Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal
Opportunity Act of 1972
Executive Order I 1 246, as amended by E.O. I 1 375
Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
M.G.L. 76:5; 76:16 (Chapter 622 OF THE Acts of 1971)
Board of Education Chapter 622 Regulations Pertaining to access to Equal Educational Opportunity, adopted 6/24/75, amended 10/24/78
Board of Education, Chapter 766 Regulations 10/74 – amended through 3/28/78
603 CMR 26:00
CROSS REF.: AC, Nondiscrimination
First Reading: 09-21-05
Second Reading, First Vote: 10-19-05
Final vote: 11-16-05
Amended (gender identity) 09-27-12
School Committee Reviewed and approved as amended 04-16-15