Civil Rights

It is the policy of the Hingham Public Schools that all programs, activities, courses of study, and employment opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Coordinator of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for the Hingham Public Schools

The person serving as the Coordinator of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for the Hingham Public Schools is Dorothy H. Galo, Superintendent for the Hingham Public Schools. Title VI “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on race, color and national origin.” Anyone having questions or concerns about Title VI with respect to the Hingham Public Schools should contact Dr. Galo at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. She can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.

Coordinator of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

The person serving as Coordinator of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for the Hingham Public Schools is James M. LaBillois, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Hingham Public Schools. Title IX “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits in education programs based on sex.” Anyone having questions or concerns about Title IX with respect to the Hingham Public Schools should contact Dr. LaBillois at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. He can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.

Coordinator of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 

The person serving as Coordinator of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for the Hingham Public Schools is Heather Rodriguez, Director of School Counseling Services for the Hingham Public Schools. Section 504 “prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on disability.” Anyone having any questions or concerns about Section 504 with respect to the Hingham Public Schools should contact Ms. Rodriguez at Hingham High School, 17 Union Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. She can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1560, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)741-1515.

School District Homeless Education Liaison

The person serving as School District Homeless Education Liaison for the Hingham Public Schools is James M. LaBillois, Assistant Superintendent. The McKinney-Vento Education Act for Homeless Children and Youth requires that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. Anyone having questions or concerns about the legal rights of homeless children or youth should contact Dr. LaBillois at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. He can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.

Title II, ADA Compliance Liaison

The person serving as the contact for concerns about school facilities and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 is John Ferris, Director of Business & Support Services. Anyone having questions or concerns about Title II with respect to the Hingham Public Schools should contact Mr. Ferris at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. He can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.

The grievance procedure for any individual who believes that s/he has been discriminated against is on the reverse side of this sheet.

Massachusetts Public Records Access Officer

Massachusetts Public Records Law, Chapter 66, Section 10 of the Massachusetts General Laws, applies to records made or received by a Massachusetts governmental entity. To request records from Hingham Public Schools, contact the Records Access Officer, Dorothy H. Galo, Superintendent for the Hingham Public Schools. Contact Dr. Galo at the School Department, 220 Central Street, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043. She can be reached by telephone at 781-741-1500, by e-mail at [email protected], or by fax at (781)749-7457.

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Grievance Procedure

1. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should contact in writing the appropriate coordinator as soon as possible, normally within thirty days of the discrimination.

2. The Coordinator will meet with the person(s) to discuss the situation within seven days of receiving the written complaint.

3. The Coordinator will have fourteen days to respond to the grievance in writing.

4. If the grievance is not settled at this level, a representative from the Office of Civil Rights or the Department of Education will be contacted for remediation.