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File:  AC




Public schools have the responsibility to overcome, insofar as possible, any barriers that prevent children from achieving their potential. This commitment to the community is affirmed in the following statements of School Committee’s 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 and regulations.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. Provide a safe, positive educational environment that enables students to access all programs.


  1. Promote dialog within the schools to discuss accommodations or changes that may be necessary to ensure that students may access all programs.


  1. Encourage all school community members to recognize that any nondiscrimination procedures must be adapted to the needs of individual children on a case-by-case basis.


  1. 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.


  1. Initiate a process of reviewing policies and practices of the school system in order to achieve to the greatest extent possible the objective of  this statement.


  1. Use all appropriate communication and actions to air and reduce the grievances of individuals and groups.


The Committee’s policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to any Gardner public school or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age. If you have a complaint or feel that you have been discriminated against because of your of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age register your complaint with the Title IX compliance officer.


[Adopted: 3/8/99]


[Revised: November 2001]

[Reviewed: March 2011]

[Revised:   March 11, 2013]

[Revised:  September 2013]

[Revised: April 2017]




Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972

Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375

Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Education For All Handicapped Children Act of 1975

M.G.L. 71B:1 et seq. (Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972

M.G.L. 76:5; Amended  2011

M.G.L. 76:16 BESE regulations  603 CMR 26.00 Amended 2012, 603 CMR 28.00



ACA-ACE, Subcategories for Nondiscrimination

GBA, Equal Opportunity Employment

JB, Equal Education Opportunities



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