ADDITIONAL POLICIES THAT RELATE TO STUDENTS
It is the policy of the Brockton Public Schools to promote and maintain an educational environment that is free from any type of harassment, including inappropriate touching, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Cases of inappropriate sexualized behavior by young children will be handled sensitively, professionally, and on an individual basis by all school staff.
When students under the age of seven exhibit sexually inappropriate behaviors, including intentionally inappropriate touching, parents will be informed of the incident and invited to be present when the student is questioned, if feasible. Students under the age of seven are usually considered victims of, or witnesses to, the inappropriate sexual behavior of others, rather than perpetrators, and cannot be criminally prosecuted. However, depending upon the nature and severity of the behavior, certain cases of sexual assault may be reported to the School Police for further investigation and eventual referral to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. A 51A may be filed with the Department of Children and Families.
When elementary school students (over the age of seven) exhibit sexually inappropriate behaviors, including intentionally inappropriate touching, parents will be informed of the incident and invited to come to school, if feasible, before the student is questioned further. In all cases, parents will be requested to attend a school conference where the behaviors will be discussed by the building administrator and the school adjustment counselor. A home visit will be scheduled if requested by the parent.
Civil Rights and Harassment
It is the policy of the Brockton Public Schools to provide an educational environment which is free from discrimination. Parents who feel that their young children have been victimized because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation may contact any member of the school staff who will assist in reporting the incident to the school system’s Equity Officer. Disciplinary measures in response to civil rights/harassment cases may include, but not be limited to office referral, parental conference/notification, notification of School Police, detention, suspension and/or exclusion, depending on the severity of the case. The Brockton Public Schools’ Civil Rights Discrimination Grievance Procedure can be accessed through our website at:
https://www.brocktonpublicschools.com/uploaded/DistrictDepartments/StudentSupportServices/CivilRightsDiscriminstionGrievance_Procedure_10-17-2017.html, or by contacting your school office.
Sharon R. Wolder, Chief Officer of Student Support Services, is the designated Equity Officer for cases involving students. Sharon Wolder is vested with the authority and responsibility of processing all complaints of discrimination, including harassment complaints. Sharon Wolder’s office is located in the Crosby Administration Building at 43 Crescent Street, Brockton, MA 02301-4311, (508) 894-4341.
Students have the right to a full and adequate education that enables them to develop an understanding of themselves and their environment.
The Brockton Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 76, s.5. If parents or students are not satisfied with the results of the investigation and the action taken, a formal complaint may be filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 33 Arch Street – Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110-1491, (617) 289-0111.