Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedures
SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
It is the policy of the West Amwell Township Elementary School Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students within its jurisdiction who are handicapped consistent with the definitions set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and of the Americans with disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. No student solely by reason of his or her handicap as defined in these Acts, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity operated by the school district.
504 Grievance Procedure
A parent or guardian who believes that the district is violating Section 504/ADA procedures may file a grievance with the district.
A parent or guardian who believes that they, or their child, have not received proper services or
accommodations which are therefore a violation of Section 504/ADA, should file the complaint with the 504/ADA Coordinator, Ms. Jaimie Swingle at (609) 397-0189 ext. 205 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The complaint should be in writing and explain why the complainant believes there is a violation of the law. Upon receiving the complaint, the 504/ADA coordinator will schedule an informal hearing within fifteen (15) working days. The parent/guardian has the right to be accompanied by counsel.
At the informal meeting, the purpose is to clarify each party's concerns and understandings of the specific alleged violation. At the informal meeting the parties will attempt to resolve the complaint. A description of the alleged violation will be reduced to writing.
If it is determined that a satisfactory conclusion cannot be reached a meeting will be scheduled within five (5) working days with the superintendent or assistant superintendent of schools.
If after meeting with the superintendent or assistant superintendent of schools, the complainant
believes that the violation remains unresolved, the complainant may request a meeting with the Board of Education.
The Board of Education will arrange such a meeting within thirty (30) calendar days of such a request and hold such a meeting within the rules, regulations of the board, and in accordance with prevailing law.