Responding to Incidents of Hate or Bias

ABRSD is committed to maintaining aschool environment that values civil discourse and diversity and in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate harassment of staff or students based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, active military/veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. In addition, students who are homeless or of limited English-speaking ability are also protected from discrimination in various opportunities available through the District. 

Any individual who wishes to file a complaint alleging harassment may inform any trusted staff member or a supervisor.  If an employee does not wish to discuss the issue with a staff member or supervisor, or who feels that the problem was not addressed in an effective manner, the employee should contact:

Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
15 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720

978-264-4700 x3213

For more information, please refer to our Discrimination and Harassment Prevention webpage or our Protocols for Responsing to Hate and Bias 

RSD Protocols for Responding to Hate and Bias
Protocolos Para Responder a Incidentes Que Involucren Odio o Prejuicio
Protocolos Para Responder ao Ódio e Preconceito

What if I am a parent, guardian, or community member?

According to the Massachusetts School Hate Crime Resource Guide (pg. 19-20):

Parents or guardians of children who witness or experience bias-motivated incidents should contact the school principal to report the incident, or contact the person designated to receive reports of bias-motivated incidents at either the school or district level.Parents, guardians, and community members who witness bias-motivated incidents or are informed of bias-motivated events between students or with students should contact the school principal or designated official to report the incident. Property destruction or bias-motivated harassment or violence within the community should be reported to the principal, designated official, or school resource officer.

Should community members or parents/guardians witness bias-motivated incidents that threaten the greater community or a protected group, they should contact local law enforcement. For instance, if school or public property is defaced with threatening graffiti, objects, or destruction of property representing a protected group, then community members should notify law enforcement as well as school administrators. Whereas, if community members or parents witness a bias-motivated incident that is non-violent between students, then the school resource officer, school administrators or the designated officials should be informed of the event. The designated officials will subsequently determine potential police involvement.

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