Filing a Complaint

  • Any student or employee who believes that the Public Schools of Brookline has discriminated against or harassed him/her because of his/her age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its services, programs, and activities may file a complaint with a building-based Complaint Manager (names may be found in the Office of the Principal/Head of School).  In addition to the Complaint Managers, complaints may also be filed with the “Complaint Administrators” listed below. 

    • Lisa Richardson, Director of Human Resources (employees)
    • Maria Letasz, Director of Guidance and Clinical Services (students)

    Willfully filing a false complaint is strictly prohibited.


    Student Complaints

    A student who believes that he/she is the victim of harassment should report the matter to a teacher, counselor, or administrator who in turn will notify the Complaint Manager in the school.  As an alternative, a student may report directly to a Complaint Manager. Notice of each school’s Complaint Managers will be posted in a prominent location in the school.  

    All employees of the Public Schools of Brookline must respond to complaints by students of harassment by notifying the building principal or appointed Complaint Manager.  Employees are required to take every report of harassment seriously. 

    A student may also file a complaint alleging harassment by contacting the Complaint Administrator: 

    Maria Letasz, Ed.D.
    Director of Guidance and Clinical Services
    District Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 Coordinator (students)
    2 Clark Road, Brookline, MA 02445 
    (617)730-2460 

    The Deputy Superintendent for Student Services, the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and the Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance are also available to provide information about this policy and the Public Schools of Brookline complaint process. 


    Complaints of Discrimination Based Upon Disability

    A person who alleges discrimination on the basis of disability relative to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a person, who because of a disability needs or is believed to need special education or related services, pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Chapter 766, and/or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, must use the procedure outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Education Parents’ Rights Brochure rather than this Complaint Procedure.  A copy of the brochure is available from the following individual: 

    Maria Letasz, Ed.D.
    Director of Guidance and Clinical Services
    District Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 Coordinator (students)
    2 Clark Road, Brookline, MA 02445 
    (617)730-2460 

    A person with a complaint involving discrimination on the basis of disability other than that described above may either use this Complaint Procedure or file the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education at the address provided at the end of this Complaint procedure.