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  • 1. CIVIL RIGHTS Friday, August 23, 13
  • 2. Why Provide Training? ✤Annual training for all employees is mandated by Department of Education. ✤The training will help to protect both individuals and the district and ensures that all employees know their rights and responsibilities. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 3. Goals of the District ✤ The Belchertown Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all programs and facilities are accessible to all. ✤ The district actively seeks to prevent discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, religion, race, or sexual orientation, or against persons with actual perceived sexual Friday, August 23, 13
  • 4. reporting violations If you feel you have experienced a Civil Rights Violation of any kind or have witnessed a Civil Rights Violation of any kind, make your building administration aware immediately, or contact Dr. Judith C. Houle, Civil Rights Coordinator at Central Office Friday, August 23, 13
  • 5. Federal Law Title vi Friday, August 23, 13
  • 6. Federal Law- Title VI: ✤ Protects against discrimination based on race, color, and national origin. ✤ Applies to students, parents, and employees. ✤ Prohibits discrimination in student class assignments or ability tracking and protects English Language Learner (ELL) students. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 7. Federal Law Title IX Friday, August 23, 13
  • 8. Federal Law - Title IX: ✤ Prohibits discrimination or harassment related to gender, including sexual harassment. ✤ Refer to the district’s sexual harassment policy for specifics regarding steps taken to investigate. ✤ Refer all Title IX issues to your Building Aministrator. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 9. ✤ Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment due to inappropriate speech, materials, or actions. ✤ Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other conduct, physical or verbal, of a sexual nature. ✤ Sexual harassment interferes with school or work performance and creates an intimidating or offensive environment. Title IX: Understanding Sexual Harassment Friday, August 23, 13
  • 10. ✤Examples of prohibited activities that might create a hostile work/learning environment might include: 1.Vulgar or explicit sexually related epithets, abusive language. 2.Sexually explicit behavior or indecent exposure by students or employees. 3.Graffiti, posters or calendars. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 11. Reporting Requirements ✤ Any employee or student who believes he/she has been the victim of harassment or discrimination should report it to a building administrator, counselor, or a teacher. ✤ Active investigations will result from the report, as applicable and may result in sanctions up to suspension or dismissal. ✤ If the conduct violates the law, the appropriate authorities will be notified. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 12. Federal Law Section 504 Friday, August 23, 13
  • 13. ✤Prohibits discrimination against: 1.Access to programs and facilities. 2.Free appropriate public education for elementary and secondary students. 3.Employment. ✤Applies to special education services, evaluations, and IEPs, as well as, student discipline. (American Disabilities Act) Federal Law- Title II Friday, August 23, 13
  • 14. Federal Law - Section 504: ✤ Requires that no qualified disabled person shall be discriminated against or be excluded from participation in an activity. ✤ A disability is a mental or physical impairment that limits a person’s major life activity (self-care, walking, seeing, learning, breathing, speaking, working. ✤ Requires that reasonable accommodations/ modifications must be made to provide access to programs and/or facilities. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 15. ✤ No discrimination against a person with a disability will be permitted in any of the programs of the Belchertown Public Schools. ✤ Questions about eligibility and enforcement should be directed to the District’s 504 Coordinator Lynn Forgette. Section 504 continued: Friday, August 23, 13
  • 16. 1.Enlist parents, students, and community groups in the effort. 2.Monitor the school climate. 3.Foster respect and appreciation for diversity. 4.Be sensitive to religious holidays. Tips for Addressing Harassment|Discrimination Friday, August 23, 13
  • 17. 5.Implement measures to address harassment immediately and effectively. 6.Collaborate with law enforcement. 7.Review crisis intervention plans. 8.Document and report all harassment incidents. Friday, August 23, 13
  • 18. the end Friday, August 23, 13

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