SCHS Student Handbook

Anti Discrimination Policy

Effective March 10, 1994, the state law prohibiting discrimination against students in public schools includes protection against: discrimination based on sexual orientation. As the result of enactment of Chapter 282 of the Acts of 1993, General Laws Chapter 76, section 5 now includes the following provision:

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, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

Enactment of this law advances efforts to ensure that all students may attend school in a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to serious learning.

In addition, as the Board of Education stated in its "Recommendations on the Support and Safety of Gay and Lesbian Students" (May,1993), schools should amend existing anti-harassment policies to include prohibiting violence, harassment, and verbal abuse directed against gay or lesbian students and those perceived to be gay or lesbian. Such incidents shall be treated with the same discipline procedures as other incidents involving bias and hatred.

The school will act to investigate (formal or informal, verbal or written) all complaints of sexual or bias‑related harassment or violation of civil rights. The school will take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy.

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