• 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 https://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, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, athletic performance, homelessness, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition, academic performance, or proficiency in the English language.  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, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, athletic performance, homelessness, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition, academic performance, or proficiency in the English language, 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.

    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.

    Dr. Carol Cavanaugh, Title IX Coordinator & Title VI, Non-Discrimination Coordinator (Students)
    Hopkinton Public Schools
    89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
    Phone: 508-417-9360

    Kim Pulnik, Title VI, Non-Discrimination Coordinator (Staff)
    Hopkinton Public Schools
    89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
    Phone: 508-417-9360

    Dr. Karen Zaleski, Title II, ADA Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, Homeless Liaison, Title VI, Non-Discrimination Coordinator (Special Education)
    Hopkinton Public Schools
    89 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton, MA 01748
    Phone: 508-497-9850

    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