Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment

Responding to Incidents of Discrimination and Harassment In the Needham Public Schools

The Needham Public Schools are committed to providing equal educational opportunities and a safe learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  Our policy against all forms of discrimination and harassment is clear and can be found HERE (link to SC Policy AC)

The Needham Public Schools does not discriminate against students, parents, employees, or the general public based on race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation disability, or age.  Discrimination or harassment by administrators, teachers, certified and support personnel, students, vendors and other individuals at school or at school sponsored events is unlawful and is strictly prohibited.

The Needham Public Schools has adopted Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedures found HERE and Title lX Sexual harassment Grievance Procedures found HERE.

How to make a complaint of Discrimination of Harassment (excluding sexual harassment)

Any student, employee or other individual who believes that he/she has been discriminated against or harassed should report their concern promptly to the school principal, or to the District's Civil Rights Coordinator.  If the school principal receives the report, he or she will notify the Civil Right's Coordinator of the Complaint.  Students, employees or other individuals who are unsure whether discrimination or harassment has occurred are encouraged to discuss the situation with the school principal.  Discrimination/Harassment Incident Report can be found HERE.

The District's Civil Right's Coordination is:

For employees:                                     Alex McNeil
                                                                     Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources                                                                      
                                                                     alexandra_mcneil@needham.k12.ma.us                                                            
                                                                     781 455 0400 x11208

For students and families:               Mary Lammi
                                                                    Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services
                                                                    mary_lammi@needham.k12.ma.us
                                                                    781 455 0400 x11213

How to make a complaint of Sexual Harassment under Title IX

The Needham Public Schools ("District") will promptly respond to all reports alleging sexual harassment as defined by Title IX regulations.  Any District employee who has knowledge of an allegation of sexual harassment must inform the Title IX Coordinator or the Building Principal (who shall take responsibility for notifying the Title IX Coordinator).  The employee's knowledge may be based upon personal observation or upon a report from the alleged victim or from anyone else.  The Title IX Complaint Form can be found here.  

The Coordinator's contact information is a follows:

For employees:
               Alexandra Montes McNeil, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
               781-455-0400 x 11208
               alexandra_mcneil@needham.k12.ma.us
               1330 Highland Avenue
               Needham, MA. 02492

For Students and Families:
               Tom Denton, Director of Guidance
                781-455-0800 x 11230
                tom_denton@needham.k12.ma.us
                609 Webster Street
                Needham, MA. 02494

Click on the link below for Needham Public Schools Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures:
Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures
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