Title IX - Nondiscrimination - 504 Compliance
Dear MERSD Community Members,
It is the policy of Manchester Essex Regional Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and/or disability in the admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. Additionally, all persons associated with Manchester Essex Regional Schools, including, but not necessarily limited to, the School Committee, the administration, the staff and the students, are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. Any person who engages in sexual harassment while acting as a member of the school community will be in violation of this policy.
Any member of the school community who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment will report the incident(s) to the designated grievance officer and/or the building principal. Dr. Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, has been appointed as the Coordinator for Non-Discrimination Compliance and is designated to handle inquiries and/or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policy (Title I, II, VI, IX) and/or complaints regarding sexual harassment.
Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Dr. Allison Collins, Director of Student Services, has been appointed as the district 504 Compliance Coordinator. Dr. Collins & Dr. DeRoche can be reached at the Manchester Essex Regional Schools District Office, 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA 01944, or (978) 526-4919. The following people have been appointed as 504 Compliance Coordinators at their respective buildings and can answer all inquiries and/or complaints with regards to the Section 504 statute.
You may direct additional inquiries about non-discrimination and 504 compliance to the Superintendent's Office, Manchester Essex Regional Schools District Office, 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester, MA 01944, 978-526-4919
Bullying Prevention & Intervention
Dear MERSD Community Members,
MERSD expects that all members of the school community will treat each other in a civil manner and with respect for differences.
MERSD is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyber-bullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive effort to promote learning, and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behaviorhat can impede the learning process.
MERSD acknowledges that members of certain student groups, such as students with racial, ethnic, religious, physical disabilities, students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and homeless students may be more vulnerable to becoming targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing. The school or district will take specific steps to create a safe, supportive environment for vulnerable populations in the school community, and provide all students with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to prevent or respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.
The following people are the builidng contacts for can answer all inquiries and/or complaints with regards to bullying prevention and intervention:
At any time you may direct inquiries to Dr. Julie DeRoche, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, who serves as the Coordinator for Non-Discrimination Compliance or Pamela Beaudoin, Superintendent of Schools - 978-526-4919.
Documents & Resources
Advisories from Dr. Elizabeth Englander - MARC