Statement of Non-Discrimination: Watchung Hills Regional High School recognizes the contributions of all people to our society. We find the practice of discrimination abhorrent to the proper conduct of a public school, and therefore will not tolerate discriminatory practices. Persons perpetrating an act of bias will be subject to suspension as well as possible criminal prosecution. The Watchung Hills Regional High School District complies with Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title XI”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (the “Age Discrimination Act”), and their respective implementing regulations which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood traits. The district provides equal access and opportunity in employment and enrollment in all its programs and activities, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, maritalstatus, affectional or sexual orientation, a typical hereditary cellular or blood traits. Student questions or complaints of discrimination should be directed to Mrs. Catherine Angelastro, Director of Guidance and Affirmative Action Officer, at (908) 647-4800. Staff questions or complaints of discrimination should be directed to Mrs. Beth Scheiderman of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer at (908) 647-4800.
Persons who believe that they are the subjects of discrimination may seek redress through the following procedure:
1. Present a written complaint to the affirmative action officer within 30 calendar days. The AAO shall investigate and try to resolve the complaint on an information basis.
2. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the disposition, then a written complaint is filed with the principal. The principal shall communicate a decision in writing within 10 days school days.
3. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the principal’s disposition, then a written complaint should be made within 15 days to the superintendent. The superintendent shall communicate a decision in writing within 10 school days.
4. If the grievant or AAO is not satisfied with the superintendent’s disposition, then a written complaint should be made within 15 days to the board to request a review. The board will have 10 days to respond to said request.
5. In addition, inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA, or the Age Discrimination Act may also be directed to the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 33-130, New York, New York 10278, (212)264-4633.