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Maura Heatey Tex: ($08) 7: THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Centaat Massacnusetts Division 10 Mecianic Street —Surre 301 Worcester, MAssacHuserrs 01608 7600 Artoesey Gexenat Fax: ($08) 798-1991 Swe arass 04 ag July 23, 2018 By First Class Mail Ms, Cynthia Kwiecinski Chairperson os Easthampton School Committee 50 Payson Avenue, 2 Floor Easthampton, MA 01027 Re: _ Review of Compliance with Memorandum of Agreement Dear Chair Kwiecinski; ‘As you know, the Easthampton Public School District (“EPSD") and the Attorney General’s Office (“AGO”) entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (“MOA”) in August 2017. Over the last en months, we have periodically requested updates from EPSD concerning implementation of the MOA and its broader efforts to address problems within the school environment at Easthampton Iligh School (“ELIS”). After recently meeting with the new Superintendent, Allison Leclair, we are encouraged by her commitment to take the steps required to foster an environment that is positive, welcoming, and inclusive for all students. As part of our review, we identified several provisions of the MOA that were not ‘complied with during the 2017-18 school year, In particular, EPSD and EHS did not develop compliant policies concerning bias-related harassment or police involvement at EHS; provide ‘compliant training for all EHS students on bullying and harassment; or seek or receive approval from the AGO for new policies and trainings, including EPSD's agreement with the Easthampton Police Department conceming the Student Resource Officer Program. We are confident that EPSD and Superintendent Leclair will promptly address these ‘outstanding items leading into the 2018-19 school year. We recognize that EPSD already has taken steps along these lines, We will continue to review implementation of the MOA and work ‘with EPSD to ensure full compliance with its terms, Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me, © i Attomey General ce: Russell Dupere, Esq.