Annual Notifications

Attendance & Chronically Absent (Fine for Non Attendance)

Attendance fine - Annual Notification of Obligations Under C.G.S. 10-184

Connecticut General Statute 10-184 provides:  All parents and those who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments. Subject to the provisions of this section and section 10-15c, each parent or other person having control of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend a public school regularly during the hours and terms the public school in the district in which such child resides is in session, unless such child is a high school graduate or the parent or person having control of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools. For the school year commencing July 1, 2011, and each school year thereafter, the parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may consent, as provided in this section, to such child’s withdrawal from school. Such parent or person shall personally appear at the school district office and sign a withdrawal form. Such withdrawal form shall include an attestation from a guidance counselor or school administrator of the school that such school district has provided such parent or person with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community. The parent or person having control of a child five years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age and the parent or person having control of a child six years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is seven years of age. The parent or person shall exercise such option by personally appearing at the school district office and signing an option form. The school district shall provide the parent or person with information on the educational opportunities available in the school system.

Connecticut General Statute 10-185 provides that each day's failure to comply with these requirements is a separate offense, punishable by a $25.00 fine.

See also, Policy #5113 Attendance

So that we may seek to inform you if your child is absent without explanation, the law also requires that we obtain from you a telephone number or other means of contacting you during the school day. Please complete the online registration information. Also for more information, please reference the online Student Handbook.

Bus & Transportation

Transportation Handbook - Middletown Public Schools

Click here to be directed to the Bus Routes & Transportation website for more information.

Child Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Assault

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Reporting of Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse:

#5141.4 - Policy

#5141.4 - Regulation

FERPA Statement .- Student Records, Directory Information - Release of Information to Military Recruiters

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA

Policy #5125 Student Records; Confidentiality- Directory Information

Policy 5125 - Form 1 - Release of Confidential HIV-Related Information

Policy 5125 - Form 2 - Transfer of Confidential Student Information

Policy #5145.14 On-Campus Recruitment - Release of Information to Military Recruiters or Institutions of Higher Education

Further, and in accordance with state and federal law and guidance, the District may disclose education records to another school for enrollment purposes, which may include exploration of educational placement options by the District or educational placement decisions made by a planning and placement or Section 504 team, or in order to explore placement options for the provision of alternative educational opportunities.







Food Services

Click here to be directed to the Food Services Website containing more details concerning our programs, including free or reduced meals, HUSKY Plan, etc.

View #6142.101 Wellness Policy

Green Cleaning Program

No parent, guardian, teacher or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect.

View Middletown School Districts' Green Cleaning Statement and Product Chart

#3524.2 - Policy Hazardous Material in Schools - Green Cleaning

 

Other resources:

Click here to be directed to the Facilities Department website.

Health Management Plan (Food Allergy/Asthma/Diabetes)

Medicaid Billing

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows certain services provided under an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to be covered by Medicaid. Medicaid funds help pay for the costs of providing these services. 

Medicaid Letter to Families 2018


Billing Medicaid for Health Related Services in an IEP, Information for Families


Medicaid Parental Consent Form 2019

 

Billing Medicaid for Health Related Services in an IEP, Information for Families Spanish


Medicaid Consent Form Spanish


Click here
to be directed to the Middletown Public Schools Pupil Services and Special Education website.

Parents’ Rights/Responsibilities

All parents are entitled to:

  • Inspect and review their child’s educational records during regular business hours.
  • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational record.
  • Request the amendment of the student’s educational records to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights or other rights.

See Policy #6172.4 Parent Involvement.

Pest & Asbestos Information

The Middletown Public School District has implemented an integrated pest management program that involves reducing the number of food storage sites within district buildings and carefully controlling the use of herbicides and pesticides on district property.

In compliance with recently passed state legislation, principals at all Middletown public schools will notify parents/guardians and staff of their building's IPM program and herbicide/pesticide application program. Any parent/guardian or staff member wishing to receive advanced notification of the pesticide and herbicide applications may submit a written request, preferably at the beginning of the school year, to the appropriate school principal.

Pesticide/Herbicide Notification letter to Parents, Guardians and Staff from Peter Staye, Director of Facilities Operations, dated October 28, 2020.
IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Program Summary 2020 -- Pesticide/Herbicide Listing dated October 27, 2020.


Integrated Pest Management Plan

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Information concerning the Middletown Public Schools Integrated Pest Management Plan can be found in the following pdf files:

View our 
Policies & Bylaws for the latest policies:

#3524.1 Policy - Pest Management/Pesticide Application

#3524.1 Regulation - Pest Management/Pesticide Application


Asbestos Management Plan

Asbestos Management Plan Notification Letter to Parents, Guardians and Staff from Peter Staye, Director of Facilities, dated September 10, 2020. 

 


Click here to be directed to the Facilities Department website.

Asbestos Management Plan

Asbestos Management Plan Notification Letter to Parents, Guardians and Staff from Peter Staye, Director of Facilities, dated September 10, 2020. 

 


Click here to be directed to the Facilities Department website.

Policies, Regulations and Forms pertaining to Students

The following listed policies, regulations and/or formspertain to students and may be accessed by clicking on the underlined policy number.

Access the entire Policy, Bylaws & Regulations Manual which site contains all policies & bylaws adopted by the Middletown Board of Education.

NOTE: Policies may be updated and changed throughout the year. Always check our website for the most current document.

Policy # & Link Name of Policy, Regulation, Form, etc.

Mission statement of school and/or district
0521 Equal Opportunity
1110.1 Parent Involvement POLICY
1110.1 REG Parent Involvement - Regulation
1250 Visits to the School
1324 Solicitation of Funds and Gifts, Grants and Bequests
1324 FORM Solicitation of Funds and Gifts, Grants and Bequests - Form
1331 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Free Environment
1600 Possession and Use of Deadly Weapons or Firearms
3524.1 Pest Management/Pesticide Application - Policy
3524.1 REG Pest Management/Pesticide Application - Regulation
3524.2  Hazardous Material In Schools - Policy
3524.2 List  Green Cleaning Product Chart Listing
3541 Transportation
3541 HANDBOOK Transportation - HANDBOOK is the Regulation
3541.5 REG Transportation Complaints & Procedures - Regulation
3542.411  School Nutrition Programs Civil Rights Complaint Procedures
3542.43 Food Service - Charging Policy
4111 Recruitment and Selection- Policy
4111 REG Recruitment and Selection - Regulation
5112 Ages of Attendance
5114 Discipline (formerly Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
5118.1 Homeless Students
5121 Examinations/Grading/Rating/Extra Credit
5123 Promotion/Acceleration/Retention
5124 Reporting to Parents
5125 Student Records, Confidentiality - Directory Information
5125 - Notification Notification of Rights under FERPA
5125 - Form 1 Release of Confidential HIV-Related Information
5125 - Form 2 Transfer of Confidential Student Information
5125.11 Health/Medical Records
5125.11 - Form 1  HIPAA-Compliant Authorization for Exchange of Health & Education Information 
5131.1 Bus Conduct
5131.1 HANDBOOK Transportation - HANDBOOK is the Regulation
5131.111 Video Surveillance
5131.3 Student Parking and Driving - Middletown High Students
5131.3 FORM Middletown High School Travel Waiver for "Off Site" Practice or Home Contest
5131.5 Students - Vandalism by Minors
5131.6 Drugs and Alcohol Use by Students
5131.61 Chemical Health Policy for Athletics
5131.81 Student Use of District's Computer Systems & Internet Safety - Policy
5131.81 REG Student Use of District's Computer Systems & Internet Safety - Regulation
5131.82 Use of Private Technology Devices by Students
5131.9 Gang Activity or Association
5131.911 Bullying Behavior in the Schools POLICY
5131.911 PLAN Safe School Climate PLAN ( takes place of regulation)
5131.911 APPENDIX Safe School Climate Plan - Appendix - Strategies
5131.911 NOTICE Annual Bullying Notice
5132 Dress and Grooming - Policy
5132 REG Dress and Grooming - Regulation
5141.21 Administering Medications
5141.231 Psychotropic Drug Use
5141.25 Plan Food Allergy/Asthma/Diabetes Management Plan dated 11/20/2020
5141.3 Health Assessment and Immunization - Policy
5141.3 Statement Religious Exemption Statement
5141.31 Health Examinations for Interscholastic Athletic Participation
5141.4 Reporting of Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse - Policy
5141.4 REG Reporting of Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse - Regulation
5141.4 CHECKLIST Reporting of Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse- Checklist
5141.5 Suicide Prevention/Intervention
5142 Safety-Personal/Possessions
5144.1 Physical Restraint(s)/Seclusion - Policy
5144.1 REG Physical Restraint(s)/Seclusion - Regulation
5144.1 - Form 1 Incident Report of Physical Restraint - Form 1
5144.1 - Form 2 Incident Report of Seclusion - Form 2
5145 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Policy
5145 REG Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Regulation
5145 NOTICE Section 504 Notice of Parent/Student Rights
5145.12 Search and Seizure
5145.14 On-Campus Recruitment (Only for MHS Handbook)
5145.4 Non-Discrimination
5145.4 REG  Non-Discrimination Complaints 
5145.5 Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment - Policy
5145.5 REG Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Harassment - Regulation
5145.5 FORM Report form for Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
5145.53 Gender Identify and Expression -Policy
5145.53 REG Gender Identify and Expression - Regulation
5145.511 Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Program
6112 School Day - Policy
6112 REG School Day - Regulation - Arrival/Dismissal Times
6115 Ceremonies/Observances - Policy
6115 REG Ceremonies/Observances - Regulation
6140 Curriculum - Policy
6140 REG Curriculum - Regulation
6141.312 Migrant Students
6141.3291 One-to-One Device Program - Policy
6141.3291 REG One-to-One Device Program - Regulation
6141.3291 Form 1 Form 1 - One-to-One Device Protection Plan
6141.3291 Form 2 Form 2 - Student Pledge for Device Use
6141.3291 Form 1&2 Form 1 & 2 above combined - SPANISH
6141.3291 Form 3 Form 3 - Opt out of Taking a Device Home
6141.3291 Form 3  Form 3 - Opt out of Taking a Device Home - SPANISH
6142.61 Physical Activity - Policy
6142.101 Student Nutrition and Physical Activity - Policy
6145.2 Athletic/Extracurricular Activities - Policy
6145.2 REG Athletic/Extracurricular Activities - Regulation #1
6145.3 Publications
6145.6 Travel and Exchange Programs (Only for MHS Handbook)
6146 Graduation Requirements (Only for MHS Handbook)
6146.1 GradingAssessment Systems/Weighted Grades
6153 Field Trips and Community Service
6154 Homework/Make-up Work
6159 Individualized Education Program/Special Education Program
6161.3 Comparability of Service
6162.51 Student Privacy
6162.511 Access to Instructional Material
6164.11 Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol
6164.12 Acquired Immune Deficience Syndrome (AIDS)
6171 Special Education
6171.2 Preschool Special Education
6172.4 Parent Involvement
6173 Homebound/Hospital Instruction - Policy
6173 - REG Homebound/Hospital Instruction - Regulation
6173 - FORM Homebound/Hospital Instruction - Form
6176 Career and Vocation Education
7230.02 Indoor Air Quality


Policies, Bylaws & Regulations MANUAL

Access the entire Policies, Bylaws & Regulations Manual which site contains all policies & bylaws adopted by the Middletown Board of Education.

NOTE:  Policies may be updated and changed throughout the year. Always check our website for the most current document.

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment ("PPRA")

Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (“PPRA”)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, affords parents and eligible students (i.e. students over 18 or emancipated minors) certain rights with respect to the administration of student surveys, the collection and use of personal information, and the administration of certain physical exams.  These rights include:

  1. the right of a parent to inspect, upon request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to a student;

     

  2. the right of a parent to inspect, upon request, any survey concerning one or more of the following confidential topics:
    1. political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
    2. mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
    3. sex behavior or attitudes;
    4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
    5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
    6. legally recognized privileged relationships, such as those with lawyers, doctors, physicians, or ministers;
    7. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent; or
    8. income, other than as required by law to determine eligibility for certain programs or for receiving financial assistance under such programs;

     

  3. the right of a parent to consent before a student is required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the confidential topics (see #2, above, a-h) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education;

     

  4. the right of a parent to inspect, upon request, any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.  Instructional material means any instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, including printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet) but does not include academic tests or academic assessments;

     

  5. the right of a parent to inspect, upon request, any instrument used in the collection of personal information from students gathered for the purpose of marketing, selling or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose.  Personal information means individually identifiable information including, a student or parent’s first and last name, a home or other physical address; a telephone number or a social security number;

                                  

  6. the right of a parent whose student(s) is scheduled to participate in the specific activities provided below to be directly notified of the specific or approximate dates of the following activities, as well as the right of a parent or eligible student to opt-out of participation in these activities:
  1. activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose);
  2. the administration of any survey containing confidential topics (see #2, above, a-h); or
  3. any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school, scheduled by the school in advance, and unnecessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student. Such examinations do not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening or other examinations permitted or required by State law.

Parents and eligible students may not opt-out of activities relating to the collection, disclosure, and/or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing education products or services for, or to students or educational institutions, such as the following:

  1. college or other post-secondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;
  2. book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;
  3. curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools;
  4. tests and assessments used by elementary and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students;
  5. the sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities; and
  6. student recognition programs.

To protect student privacy in compliance with the PPRA, the Middletown school district has adopted policies regarding these rights.  Parents and/or eligible students who believe their rights have been violated under the PPRA may contact:

            Family Policy Compliance Office
            U.S. Department of Education
            400 Maryland Avenue, SW
            Washington, D.C.  20202-8520

School Readiness (Preschool or Child Care Program)

If you would like assistance finding a preschool or child care program for your child, contact the School Readiness Coordinator at the Middletown Board of Education at 860-346-7354. You can also download the brochure and contact School Readiness programs directly for enrollment information.

Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-77, child care services and school readiness programs administered by a public school system are not required to be licensed by the Office of Early Childhood.  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-77; Conn. Agencies Reg. § 10-212a-1(43).  Section 2 of Public Act 16-100 amends Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-77 to require that public school districts inform the parents/guardians of any children receiving services or enrolled in such programs that the public school district is not licensed by the Office of Early Childhood to provide such services or offer such programs.  We recommend that school districts also inform parents/guardians that public school districts are exempt from such licensure requirements.

School Readiness Brochure 

Visit our School Readiness site

Special Education and Student Services

Click here to be directed to the Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services website.

Annual Notifications:


Special Education Evaluations:

If you suspect that your child may have a disability, you may request a PPT (Planning and Placement Team) meeting through your building principal. Parents or guardians are notified five (5) days in advance by mail of the PPT meeting to discuss the referral. You may request a meeting in advance of the PPT to discuss the process and ask any questions you may have. There are also many resources on this site that you may find helpful.  At the referral PPT, you will have an opportunity to share your concerns and the school staff will review your child's performance. If the PPT determines that your child needs to be evaluated, school staff will conduct the evaluations with parental consent.

A multidisciplinary evaluation must be conducted to determine eligibility.  Within forty (40) school days from the date of the referral, the completed evaluations are reviewed at the PPT meeting to determine eligibility. You will be offered a meeting in advance of the PPT to review the evaluations and ask questions regarding the results.   If the student is eligible, an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) is developed and implemented with your consent. The team including school staff, parents and administration will develop the specialized instruction and support services related to the areas of disability identified through the evaluation and identification process.



504 - Annual Notification:

State Department of Education Complaint Resolution Procedure

State Department of Education Complaint Resolution Procedure

Under federal law, school districts must inform “teachers, staff, parents and appropriate private school officials or representatives” of the procedures developed by the Connecticut State Department of Education for resolving complaints alleging a violation of one of the ten enumerated federal statutes and regulations pertaining to certain federally funded educational initiatives (i.e. Reading First; Even Start Family Literacy Programs; Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities etc.).  34 C.F.R. § 299.10.   The specific ten federal statutes and regulations are listed in the state’s complaint resolution procedures. 

Student Code of Conduct

The School Code of Conduct policy has been incorporated into the Discipline (formerly Suspension/Expulsion/Due Process)
Policy 
#5114

Student Data Privacy

Information concerning student data privacy contracts signed by the Board and vendors is available on the Middletown Schools website / District Info / Student Data Privacy.  

The direct link is as follows:

https://sites.google.com/mpsct.org/studentdataprivacy

Policy #6162.51 - Student Privacy


Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications

YOUR RIGHT TO REQUEST INFORMATION CONCERNING TEACHER AND PARAPROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

            As a parent of a student enrolled in Middletown Public Schools, under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, you have a right to request the following information concerning the qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals who work with your child:

  1. Whether your child’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  2. Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  3. Whether your child’s teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of his or her certification; and
  4. Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and, if so, the paraprofessionals’ qualifications.

If you wish to obtain this information, please contact Geen Thazhampallath, Chief of Talent & Performance Management, 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457 at 860-638-1446.

Click here to be directed to the Office of Talent & Benefits.

Title VI, VII, and Title IX Statement - Non-Discrimination

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, alienage, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy in any of its education programs, activities, or employment policies.  All educational programs and offerings, including vocational education and extracurricular activities, subscribe to this policy. Marco Gaylord, Chief of School Operations and Communications, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the district non-discrimination policies and may be reached at 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT  06457; phone (860) 638-1485; email gaylordm@mpsct.org

Title VI, VII and Title IX Statement

In compliance with regulations implementing Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1973, and applicable state laws, the Board of Education prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, or past or present physical or mental disability. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, direct or indirect demands or requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, gestures or other physical actions of a sexual nature when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's educational success;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting such individual; or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

The District Titles VI and VII and IX Coordinator is:

Marco Gaylord, Director of Operations 
311 Hunting Hill Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 638-1485 or (860) 638-1465
Fax: (860) 638-1425

Email: gaylordm@mpsct.org

Inquiries may be directed to the coordinator or to the Boston Office:

Region I - Boston (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Regional Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Education
8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 0109-3921
Voice phone (617) 289-0111
FAX (617) 289-0150
TDD (877) 521-2172

Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

Grievance procedures are available which provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging violations of Titles VI and VII and Title IX. These procedures are available to all participants, students and employees in the Middletown School System and are contained in this handbook.

Notification of Grievance Procedures

The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or Veteran status, national origin, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or past or present physical or mental disability in any of its education programs, activities or employment policies. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, the following grievance procedure is presented:

The purpose of this procedure shall be to settle equitably, at the lowest possible administrative level, issues which may arrive with respect to possible discrimination within the Middletown School System. The grievance proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.

1. Level One - School Principal/Building-Level Title IX Coordinator

If a complainant is not satisfied with the disposition of the problem through informal procedures, he/she may submit his/her claim as a formal grievance in writing to the Principal.

The Principal shall within fifteen (15) days render a decision and the reasons therefore in writing to the complainant, with a copy to the Superintendent of Schools.

2. Level Two - District Coordinator for Title IX Activities

In the event that such aggrieved participant in the school system is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level One, or in the event that no decision has been rendered within fifteen (15) days after presentation of the grievance, he/she may file a written grievance directly to the District Title IX Coordinator.

This use of the Level Two process may be initiated at any time during the school fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) in which a Level One decision is unacceptable to the aggrieved party.

3. Level Three - Superintendent of Schools

In the event that the aggrieved participant in the school system is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level Two, or in the event no decision has been rendered within fifteen (15) days after the meeting with the Coordinator, he/she may file a written grievance indicating such dissatisfaction, with the Superintendent of Schools.

The use of the Level Three process may be effected at any time during the school year (July 1 - June 30) in which a Level Two decision is unacceptable to the aggrieved party. Within twenty (20) school days after receiving the written grievance, the Board of Education shall meet with the aggrieved party and the Coordinator for the purpose of resolving the grievance. The Board of Education must render a decision in writing regarding the grievance within fifteen (15) school days of the Level Three meeting.

Click here to be directed to the Title IX website.


Title IX - Non-Discrimination

PROHIBITION OF SEX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT 

It is the policy of the Middletown Board of Education (the “Board”) for the ­Middletown Public Schools that any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment is prohibited in the Board’s education programs and activities, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to substantial control by the Board. Students, District employees and third parties are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful of the rights of students, District employees, and third parties. It is the policy of the Board to maintain a working environment free from harassment, insults or intimidation on the basis of an employee's sex and free from discrimination based on sex.  Verbal or physical conduct by a supervisor or co-worker relating to an employee's sex that has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, unreasonably interfering with the employee's work performance, or adversely affecting the employee's employment opportunities is prohibited.

Any employee or student who engages in conduct prohibited by the Board’s Policy regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel) shall be subject to disciplinary action.  Any third party who engages in conduct prohibited by the Board’s Policy regarding the Prohibition of Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Personnel) shall be subject to remedial measures, which may include exclusion from school property.


Sex discrimination
occurs when a person, because of the person’s sex, is denied participation in or the benefits of any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Sexual harassment under Title IX means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

(1) An employee of the Board conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the Board on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo);

(2) Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education programs or activities; or

(3) “Sexual assault” as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), or “stalking” as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30). 

NOTICE OF THE TITLE IX COORDINATOR

The District’s Title IX Coordinator is Marco Gaylord, Chief of School Operations and Communications. Any individual may make a report of sex discrimination and/or sexual harassment directly to the Title IX Coordinator using any one, or multiple, of the following points of contact :

Marco Gaylord, Director of Operations 
311 Hunting Hill Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 638-1485 or (860) 638-1465
Fax: (860) 638-1425

Email: gaylordm@mpsct.org

The Title IX Coordinator manages the District’s compliance with Title IX, Title VII and Connecticut law with respect to sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination and is an available resource to anyone seeking information or wishing to file a formal complaint of same. When a student, District employee, or other participant in the District’s programs and activities feels that such person has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex in any District program or activity, including without limitation being subjected to sexual harassment, such person may contact the Title IX Coordinator or utilize the Title IX, Title VII and Connecticut law grievance systems set forth herein to bring concerns forward for the purpose of obtaining a prompt and equitable resolution.

Report Form for Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment

Video Surveillance

NOTICE 5131.111

MIDDLETOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Middletown, Connecticut

NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS REGARDING THE USE OF

VIDEO RECORDERS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Video cameras will be in use on school buses to monitor school transportation and will be video recording bus routes at random during the upcoming school year. Students will not be notified when a recording device has been installed on their bus.

Recordings shall be reviewed on a routine basis by the principal and evidence of student misconduct will be documented. Students found to be in violation of the district's bus conduct rules, as contained in the student handbook, shall be notified and disciplinary action will be initiated under the guidelines contained in the district's discipline procedures for district-approved student transportation.

Video recordings shall be treated as protected student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The following guidelines shall apply:

1. Recordings shall remain in the custody of the school district; 

2. Parents or students over the age of 18, who wish to view a video recording in response to disciplinary action taken against a student may request such access under the procedures set out in the Student Records Management policy of the district;

3. Persons unrelated to a disciplinary incident shall not be permitted to view bus videotapes.