School District Responds to Civil Rights Audit

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Every six years, the school district undergoes a comprehensive audit from the state Department of Education known as a Comprehensive Program Review (CPR).   As part of this audit, a team from the state reviews extensive documentation and records provided by the district to assess the our compliance with regulations regarding the use of federal funds in the areas of Title 1 , English Language Learners,Special Education and Civil Rights. Earlier this year, we received a report from the state summarizing the results of their visit to the district.  Overall we were pleased with the results but there were a few standards in which we received a rating of partially implemented that required an action plan.  We welcome the feedback from the state and we appreciate the acknowledgment of the many ways we are meeting the standards.  We are viewing these recommendations as part of our plan to continuously improve our implementation of these critical areas.

One of the requirements from the state  is that the district share results with the public. Jack Tiano, who is the on-sight coordinator for this project, has had this information posted on his page but I am not sure that the public will know where and how to access this information. Jack has asked me to share the following information with the public.

Last year, Georgetown Public Schools engaged in a coordinated program review in the area of Civil Rights.  As a result of this review, there were some policies and procedures that required updating.  These included:

  1. The School Committee Non-Discrimination Policy
  2. The School Committee Policy regarding Pregnant Students
  3. The School Committee Policy regarding Extracurricular Activities
  4. The district’s code of conduct procedures for students with disabilities
  5. The School Committee Policy regarding Physical Restraint

Georgetown Public Schools has met its obligations regarding this review.  All of these updates can be found on the district website, under the Student Services tab.  Next Click on DOE Review, then Civil Rights, and finally the policy or procedure you would like to review.  I have provided a link to the first policy change below.

http://www.gssapp.org/GeorgetownPublicSchools/studentservices/co-curricular-and-extracurricular-activities

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please reach out to me.

We have one year to come into full compliance with any standards in which an action plan is needed. I am pleased to say that most of the district’s responses have either been completed or are in process and we continue to work with the state to ensure that all actions meet with their requirements. We expect to have any required actions completed in advance of this timeline. and as we move forward, we expect to be in full compliance on all standards required by the state  every year.

We are 100% committed to using this feedback as part of commitment to continuous improvement. If you have any questions about this information, please contact me at jacobsc@georgetown.k12.ma.edu  or Jack Tiano at jack.tiano@georgetown-schools.net. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.