Legal Notifications

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The Hall County Board of Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The Hall County Board of Education complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The Hall County Board of Education expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of The Hall County Board of Education employees to perform their expected job duties is not tolerated.


State law prohibits discrimination based on gender in athletic programs of local school systems (Equity in Sports Act, O.C.G.A.-20-2-315). Students are hereby notified that Hall County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its athletic programs. The Sports Equity Coordinator for this school system is Mr. Gordon Higgins. Inquiries or complaints concerning sports equity in this school system may be submitted to the Sports Equity Coordinator.

The Hall County School District does not discriminate in its education and employment programs on the basis of religion, age, race, color, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, and disability. This district complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX education amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Perkins CTE Act of 2006. Inquires may be made to Mr. Gordon Higgins regarding Title VI, Title IX and the Perkins Act at: Hall County Schools, 711 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.

Section 504 is an Act that prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who: Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working); Has a record of such impairment; Is regarded as having such an impairment. In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Hall County School System recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system. Our Section 504 Compliance Coordinator for the Hall County School System is Ms. Catherine Culver.

Family Medical Leave Information
Family Medical Leave

Student Reporting of Acts of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
“20-2-751.7(a)  The Professional Standards Commission shall establish a state mandated process for students to follow in reporting instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school employee toward a student which shall not prohibit the ability of a student to report the incident to law enforcement authorities.  Each local school system shall be required to implement and follow such state mandated process and shall include the mandated process in the student handbooks and in employee handbooks or policies.”

(a)    Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse of sexual misconduct by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor, or administrator at his/her school.

(b)    Any teacher, counselor or administrator receiving a report of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee shall make an oral report of the incident immediately by telephone or otherwise to the school principal or principal’s designee, and shall submit a written report of the incident to the school principal or principal’s designee, within 24 hours.  If the principal is the person accused of the sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, the oral and written reports should be made to the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee.

(c)    Any school principal or principal’s designee receiving a report of sexual abuse as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 shall make an oral report immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused.  The report should be made by telephone and followed by a written report in writing, if requested, to a child welfare agency providing protective services, as designated by the Department of Human Resources, or, in the absence of such agency, to an appropriate police authority or district attorney.

Reports of sexual misconduct against a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee not covered by O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 or 20-2-1184 shall be investigated immediately by school or system personnel.  If the investigation of the allegation of sexual misconduct indicates a reasonable cause to believe that the report of sexual misconduct is valid, the school principal or principal’s designee shall make an immediate written report to the superintendent and the Professional Standards Commission Ethics Division.

Listed Below are Definitions for “Sexual Abuse” and “Sexual Misconduct”.

“Sexual Abuse” means a person’s employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing any minor who is not that person’s spouse to engage in any sexual act as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5.

“Sexual Misconduct” includes behavior by an educator that is directed at a student and intended to sexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child.  Educator sexual misconduct by an educator may include, but is not limited to, the following behavior:

1.     Made sexual comments, jokes or gestures.

2.     Showed or displayed sexual pictures, photographs, illustrations, or  messages.

3.     Wrote sexual messages/graffiti on notes or the Internet.

4.     Spread sexual rumors (i.e., said a student was a gay or lesbian)

5.     Spied on students as they dressed, showered or used the restroom at school.

6.     Flashed or “mooned” student.

7.     Touched, excessively hugged or grabbed students in a sexual manner.

8.     Forced a student to kiss him/her or do something else of a sexual nature.

9.     Talked or asked about a student’s developing body, sexuality, dating habits, etc.

10.   Talked repeatedly about sexual activities or sexual fantasies.

11.    Made fun of your body parts.

12.   Called students sexual names.


The Hall County Schools operates under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law and is self-insured. The following guidelines have been designed to help you avoid problems should a work-related injury occur.

  • Report the accident immediately to your supervisor no matter how insignificant it may seem
  • Complete an Employee Injury Report Form (provided by the workers’ compensation coordinator at your location) and return it to your principal/supervisor.  Delay in notification could result in denial of payment for any medical services rendered.
  • If the injury necessitates medical attention, notify the workers’ compensation coordinator at your location, who will then call and authorize care with the doctor. The “Panel of Physicians” and a “Bill of Rights for the Injured Worker” are posted at each facility of the Hall County Schools.
  • In case of an emergency, you may seek medical treatment from an emergency facility until the immediate emergency is over.  However, a doctor from the “Panel of Physicians” must provide any additional medical treatment you receive.
  • If you miss work as a result of a compensable injury, you may be entitled to receive pay for lost time.  In order to do so, you must complete an Election Form (which may be obtained from the workers’ compensation coordinator at your location). This form should be returned to the same office.
  • If you have questions regarding workers’ compensation benefits, the “Panel of Physicians”, medical bills, etc., contact Candy Thomas at (770) 534-1080 x255 at Hall County Schools’ central office.