0521 - Equal Opportunity plan/Nondiscrimination

Policy 0521(a)

Mission – Goals – Objectives


The District shall promote nondiscrimination and an environment free of harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, alienage, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board.  The Board’s prohibition of discrimination or harassment in its educational programs or activities expressly extends to academic, nonacademic, and extracurricular activities, including athletics.  It is also the policy of the Board of Education to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, alienage, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or gender identity or expression. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

For the purposes of this policy, “race” is inclusive of ethnic traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.  “Protective hairstyles” includes, but is not limited to, wigs, headwraps and hairstyles such as individual braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs.

For the purposes of this policy, “genetic information” means the information about genes, gene products, or inherited characteristics that may derive from an individual or a family member.  “Genetic information” may also include an individuals’ family medical history, the results of an individual’s or family member’s genetic tests, the fact that an individual or an individual’s family member sought or received genetic services, and genetic information of a fetus carried by an individual or an individual’s family member or an embryo lawfully held by an individual or family member receiving assistive reproductive services.

For the purposes of this policy, “veteran” means any person honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from active service in, the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and any reserve component thereof, including the Connecticut National Guard. 

For the purposes of this policy, “gender identity or expression” means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.

0521(b) Mission – Goals – Objectives

In keeping with requirements of federal and state law, the District strives to remove any vestige of discrimination in employment, assignment and promotion of personnel; in educational opportunities and services offered to students; in student assignment to schools and classes; in student discipline; in location and use of facilities; in educational offerings and materials; and in accommodating the public at public meetings.

The Board encourages staff to improve human relationships within the schools and to establish channels through which citizens can communicate their concerns to the administration and the Board.

The Superintendent shall appoint and make known the individuals to contact on issues concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974, Title VI,  Title VII, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues.  The Board will adopt and the District will publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints.

Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against an individual because he/she has opposed any discrimination act or practice or because that person has filed a charge, testified, assisted or participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing. ADA further prohibits anyone from coercing, intimidating, threatening or interfering with an individual for exercising the rights guaranteed under the Act.

(cf. 4111/4211 – Recruitment and Selection)
(cf. 4111.1/4211.1 – Equal Employment Opportunity/ Minority Recruitment)
(cf. 4118.11/4218.11 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf.4118.112/4218.112 - Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
(cf. 4118.14/4218.14 – Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability)
 (cf. 5145.5 – Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.6 – Student Grievance Procedure)

0521(c) Mission – Goals – Objectives

Legal Reference:         Title
VII, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq.
                                    29 CFR 1604.11, EEOC Guidelines on Sex Discrimination.
                                    Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.
                                    34 CFR Section 106.8(b), OCR Guidelines for Title IX.
                                    Definitions, OCR Guidelines on Sexual Harassment, Fed. Reg. Vol 62, #49, 29 CFR Sec. 1606.8 (a0 62 Fed Reg. 12033
                                    (March 13, 1997) and 66 Fed. Reg. 5512 (January 19, 2001)

                                    20 U.S.C. 7905 (Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act contained in No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
                                    Meritor Savings Bank. FSB v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)
                                    Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, No. 97-282 (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26,1998)
                                 Gebbser v. Lago Vista Indiana School District, No. 99-1866, (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26,1998)
                                    Davis v. Monro County Board of Education, No. 97-843, (U.S. Supreme Court, May 24, 1999.)
                                    The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, 38U.S.C. §4212
                                    Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
                                    Connecticut General Statutes
                                    46a‑60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited.
                                    10-15c Discrimination in public schools prohibited. School attendance by five-year olds.
                                    (Amended by P.A. 97-247 to include “sexual orientation” and P.A. 11-55 to include “gender identity or expression”)

                                    10-153 Discrimination on account of marital status.
                                    17a-101 Protection of children from abuse.
                                                            The Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
                                                            Public Law 111-256
                                                            Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory 128 S.Ct. 2395, 76 U.S.L.W. 4488 (2008)
                                                            Federal Express Corporation v. Holowecki 128 S.Ct. 1147, 76 U.S.L.W. 4110 (2008)
                                                            Kentucky Retirement Systems v. EEOC 128 S.Ct. 2361, 76 U.S.L.W. 4503 (2008)
                                                            Sprint/United Management Co. v. Mendelsohn 128 S.Ct. 1140, 76 U.S.L.W. 4107 (2008)

Policy adopted:  December 2, 2014                              
NEWTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Newtown, Connecticut

Revised:  September 8, 2021 




(For complaints based on race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, alienage, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or gender identity or expression)

Name of the complainant        _______________________________________________
Date of the complaint  ______________________________________________________
Date of the alleged discrimination/harassment __________________________________
Name or names of the discriminator(s) or harasser(s)  ____________________________

Location where such discrimination/harassment occurred ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name(s) of any witness(es) to the discrimination/harassment     ___________________________________________________________________________

Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged discrimination or harassment          
Proposed remedy ____________________________________________________________________________________

Signature of Complainant


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