State and Federal Regulations/Legal References

Weston Public Schools are in full compliance with the requirements of the State of Massachusetts and the Federal government.  To learn more about these requirements, click on any of the links on the left.

 

Legal References

 

1964-Civil Rights Act: Title VI
"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."


Information is on file at Case House or through the Title VI Hotline: 1-888-TITLE-06

 

M.G.L. Chapter 76, Section 5

“Every person shall have a right to attend the public schools of the town where he actually resides, subject to the following section. No school committee is required to enroll a person who does not actually reside in the town unless said enrollment is authorized by law or by the school committee. Any person who violates or assists in the violation of this provision may be required to remit full restitution to the town of the improperly-attended public schools. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in 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, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”

 

Complaint Manager for Weston Public Schools: 

Pamela Bator, Assistant Superintendent

Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

781-786-5220

 

Homeless Student Liason for Weston Public Schools

Dr. Marguerite (Midge) Connolly, Director of Student Services

Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

781-786-5240

 

1972-Educational Amendments: Title IX
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal aid."


Information is on file at Case House or through the Website: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/TitleIX


Complaint Manager for Weston Public Schools:

Pamela Bator, Assistant Superintendent

Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

781-786-5220

 

1973-Rehabilitation Act: Section 504
1999-Americans with Disabilities Act


No "otherwise qualified handicapped individual" shall be excluded from participation in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.


An individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.


School systems have a responsibility to provide a free and appropriate education (FAPE). An "appropriate" education means an education comparable to that provided to students without disabilities. Parents have due process rights.


504 referrals must be made through the student’s guidance/adjustment counselor. Students found not eligible for services under Section 504 may appeal the decision to Dr. Marguerite (Midge) Connolly, Weston’s District 504 Coordinator.


Information is on file at Case House or through Office of Civil Rights: 1-800-368-1019 -800-368-1019 FREE
Section 504 Coordinator  Pamela Bator, Assistant Superintendent

Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

781-786-5220

 

Title II Coordinator: Pamela Bator, Assistant Superintendent

Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493

781-786-5220

 

Chapter 269: Section 17. Hazing; organizing or participating; hazing defined
Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.


The term “hazing” as used in this section and in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.


Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.

 

 

Weston Public Schools is committed to non-tolerance for harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, age or disability.

 

 

 

 
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