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504 Procedures

PROCESS
The 504 Coordinator or designee will notify parents that their child may be in need of 504 services, will request written parent consent for the initial evaluation, and will indicate the date of notification on the 504 Plan. The Principal or designee will determine who will do the evaluation and arrange for its completion after receiving the parent consent. A group will meet within a maximum of 60 days from the date permission is received to write the 504 plan, if one is needed. Group membership will be determined by the Principal. Re-evaluation will take place at least once every four years.

If there is disagreement regarding the 504 Plan or procedures, the Superintendent of Schools (the district's grievance officer) will be notified by the complainant and/or the school 504 Coordinator. The Division of Special Education (207-624-6644) will be notified should outside arbitration be needed.


FORMS
The 504 Plan format will be used as a worksheet for students evaluated for 504 needs, even if they are found not to require a 504 Plan.

Required notifications will be made in writing, and with rights, when a student is re-evaluated and a 504 Plan is written (evaluation, identification, and placement).

Notice of rights under 504 will be distributed at each building through student handbooks. More detailed rights will be given to parents in written form when they are notified their child is being considered for a 504 evaluation.

Written parental consent will be requested prior to initial evaluations.

Persons responsible will be the 504 Coordinators. The Superintendent of Schools will be the district Grievance Officer.

YORK SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
York, Maine 03909
Consent for Individual Evaluation


Dear ________________________________________________,


______________________________________________ is being considered for evaluation to determine whether he/she is in need of services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The recommended evaluation consists of:


Please sign this form to show you agree to the evaluation described and return it to ____________________________________________ at ____________________________.

I give my consent for the evaluations shown above. I understand the nature of and reasons for the evaluations. I also understand my consent is voluntary and may be revoked in writing at any time.


_______________________________________

Parent Signature



NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

York School Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the nondiscrimination policies:


James Amoroso, Assistant to the Superintendent
Office of Superintendent of Schools
469 U.S. Route One
York, ME 03909
(207-363-3403)
(jamoroso@yorkschools.org)


Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Boston Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 33 Arch Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02110-1491. Telephone: 617-289-0111; FAX: 617-289-0150; TDD: 877-521-2172; Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

This notice is available in large print and on audiotape from the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.

YORK SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
York, Maine 03909
504 Plan



Name______________________________________Birthdate_______________Grade_____

School_____________________________________ Date of Meeting_________________


Date of Parent Notice of Referral_______________________________


Purpose of meeting:

_____Initial Placement ____Evaluation Review

_____4-Year Re-evaluation ____Annual Review

_____Update ____Dismissal



1. Describe the nature of the concern:


______________________________________________________________________________



______________________________________________________________________________


2. Describe the basis for the determination of handicap (if any):

Evaluation Procedure/Results:



______________________________________________________________________________



______________________________________________________________________________



3. Describe how the handicap substantially limits a major life activity:

Identification:


______________________________________________________________________________



______________________________________________________________________________



4. Describe the reasonable accommodations that are necessary:

Placement:


______________________________________________________________________________



______________________________________________________________________________



Review/Reassessment Date: ___________________________

(Must be completed)

Participants (Name and Title)

____________________________________________ _____________________________

_________________________________________ ___________________________

_________________________________________ ___________________________

_________________________________________ ___________________________



cc: Student's Cumulative File

Reverse: Information regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 504
OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973


Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a handicap in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a handicap as anyone who:

1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working);

2. has a record of such impairment; or

3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504 the York School Department recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a handicap will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.

The School Department has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

If the parent or guardian disagrees with the determination made by the professional staff of the school district, he/she has a right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to: 1) inspect and review his/her child's educational records; 2) make copies of these records; 3) receive a list of all individuals having access to those records; 4) ask for an explanation of any item in the records; 5) ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child's rights; and 6) a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment.

If there are questions, please feel free to contact the 504 Coordinator for the school at:

April Noble, Village Elementary School: 207-363-4870
Sean Murphy, Coastal Ridge Elementary School: 207-363-1800
Barbara Maling, York Middle School: 207-363-4214
Meghan Ward, York High School: 207-363-3621


NOTICE OF PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY
for persons with disabilities

All programs or activities offered by York School Department when viewed in their entirety shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. Information relating to the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and useable by individuals with disabilities can be obtained by contacting the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator whose name, address and telephone number is listed below:

April Noble, Principal, Village Elementary School, 124 York Street, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4870).
Sean Murphy, Principal, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, 1 Coastal Ridge Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1800).
Barbara Maling, Principal, York Middle School, 30 Organug Road, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4214).
Meghan Ward, Principal, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3621).

Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication in programs and services are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.

This notice is available in large print and on audiotape from the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.


MODIFICATIONS OF POLICIES/PRACTICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

York School Department declares that it will provide reasonable modifications in the implementation of its policies and practices for students with identified disabilities when considered necessary for the student to benefit from his or her educational program.

York School Department also declares that it will provide reasonable modifications in the implementation of its policies and practices for employees or members of the public with identified disabilities when considered necessary for the employee or member of the public to access a service or benefit otherwise available to that person.

Questions about this policy should be addressed to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator:

April Noble, Principal, Village Elementary School, 124 York Street, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4870);
Sean Murphy, Principal, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, 1 Coastal Ridge Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1800);
Barbara Maling, Principal, York Middle School, 30 Organug Road, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4214);
Meghan Ward, Principal, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3621);
or the Director of Special Services, Susan Macri, Office of Superintendent, 469 U.S. Route One, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1288).

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

York School Department has adopted this grievance procedure to provide a local avenue for persons with disabilities to raise concerns about whether York School Department is fully meeting its obligations under state and federal laws to protect persons with disabilities. This procedure is intended to meet the requirements of the Federal Rehabilitation Act {34 C.F.R. § 104.7 (b)} and the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act {28 C.F.R. § 35.107 (b)}.

Questions about this grievance procedure should be directed to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator:

April Noble, Principal, Village Elementary School, 124 York Street, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4870);
Sean Murphy, Principal, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, 1 Coastal Ridge Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1800);
Barbara Maling, Principal, York Middle School, 30 Organug Road, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4214);
Meghan Ward, Principal, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3621).

STEP ONE

A person with an identified disability, or someone acting on that person's behalf, may file a written grievance regarding compliance with state or federal disabilities laws with the 504 Coordinator where the grievance arose, or with the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator. If filed with the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator, that person shall forward it to the appropriate building principal. No grievance will be heard if it involves actions that occurred more than 60 days prior to the filing of the grievance.

The 504 Coordinator, after consultation with the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator, shall respond in writing to the grievance within fifteen (15) working days of its receipt. Extensions of fifteen (15) working days may be allowed if necessary to address fully the issues in the grievance. The 504 Coordinator's written response shall be forwarded to the grievant and to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.

STEP TWO

If dissatisfied with the response the grievant may obtain a review by the Superintendent of the Principal's decision.

The grievant must request that review within fifteen (15) working days of the decision by the 504 Coordinator. The Superintendent, after consultation with the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator, shall respond in writing to the grievance within fifteen (15) working days. Extensions of fifteen (15) working days may be allowed when necessary to address fully the issues in the grievance. The Superintendent's written response shall be forwarded to the Grievant and to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE:

Except for grievances regarding physical alterations to school buildings or grounds, the decision of the Superintendent shall be final. In the case of grievances regarding physical alterations to school buildings or grounds, a dissatisfied Grievant may obtain a review by the School Committee of the Superintendent's decision.

The Grievant must request that review within fifteen (15) working days of the decision by the Superintendent. The School Committee shall have a reasonable time to schedule a meeting on the grievance and to issue its decision.

PLEASE NOTE:

Nothing in this grievance procedure in any way forecloses a person with a disability from seeking redress for their concerns at any time through other legal avenues, such as through the Office for Civil Right, the Department of Justice, the Maine Human Rights Commission or the Maine Department of Education.

Questions about other legal avenues available for persons with disabilities to pursue compliance concerns under various disabilities laws should be directed to the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator:

April Noble, Principal, Village Elementary School, 124 York Street, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4870);
Sean Murphy, Principal, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, 1 Coastal Ridge Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1800);
Barbara Maling, Principal, York Middle School, 30 Organug Road, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4214);
Meghan Ward, Principal, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3621).

This notice is available in large print and on audiotape from the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator.

YORK SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
469 U.S. ROUTE ONE
YORK, ME 03909

PARENT/STUDENT RIGHTS IN IDENTIFICATION, EVALUATION AND PLACEMENT

Please Keep this Explanation for Future Reference
(Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with handicaps. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.

You have the right to:

1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination because of his/her handicapping conditions;
2. Have the School Department advise you of your rights under federal law;
3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child;
4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-handicapped students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the School Department make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities;
5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided non-handicapped students;
6. Have your child receive special education and related services if she/he is found to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL 101-476) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
7. Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by persons who know the student, the evaluation data, and placement options;
8. Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the School Department;
9. Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extra-curricular activities offered by the School Department;
10. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement;
11. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records;
12. A response from the School Department to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child's records;
13. Request amendment of your child’s educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the School Department refuses this request for amendment, it shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing;
14. Request mediation or an impartial due process hearing related to decisions or actions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program or placement. You and the student may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. Hearing requests must be made to: Dr. Henry R. Scipione, Superintendent of Schools, 469 U.S. Route One, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3403);
15. Ask for payment of reasonable attorney fees if you are successful on your claim;
16. File a local grievance.

The person in this district who is responsible for assuring that the district complies with Section 504 is:

April Noble, Principal, Village Elementary School, 124 York Street, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4870);
Sean Murphy, Principal, Coastal Ridge Elementary School, 1 Coastal Ridge Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-1800);
Barbara Maling, Principal, York Middle School, 30 Organug Road, York, ME 03909; (207-363-4214);
Meghan Ward, Principal, York High School, 1 Robert Stevens Drive, York, ME 03909; (207-363-3621).

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