Non-discrimination policies

Grace Raih filed this request with the Boston Public Schools of Boston, MA.


From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination and anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.

Any and all records, reports or documents generated between the last two years that detail all voluntary agreements made between the school and The Office of Civil Rights following a discrimination complaint on the basis of sex.

Any and all records, reports or documents regarding St.2011, c.199, An Act Relative to Gender Identity (, that inform school policies regarding gender identity and expression. These reports should include, but are not limited to, student sexual health education.

Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to parents that outline policies regarding transgender students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Grace Raih

From: Weir, Richard

Hi Grace,
I received your public records request and have forwarded it to our legal
office for review. We will be in touch soon with a response.

*Richard Weir*

Director of Communications

Boston Public Schools

2300 Washington Street, Boston MA 02119

Cell phone: (617) 480-7987 Office: (617) 635-6766

From: Ocasio, Alissa

Dear Ms. Raih:

Please find attached Boston's written response to your April 6, 2017 public
records request as well as responsive documents.


Alissa Ocasio, Esquire
Legal Advisor
Office of the Legal Advisor | Boston Public Schools
2300 Washington Street, Boston MA 02119 | 617-635-9320

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From: Grace Raih


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Grace Raih