STUDENT AND PARENT NOTICE FOR SECTION 504

Section 504-U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Leicester Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identification, religion, national origin, or handicap in the operation of the educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required under Title IX of the U.S. Acts of 1972 and Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or that no person will be excluded from or discriminated against admission to the public schools of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, gender, gender identification, religion, national origin, or handicap as mandated by the Massachusetts Acts of 1971 and Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The coordinator for compliance in the school district is the building principal, the School Psychologist, the Team Chairs and the Director of Student Services.

Notice
Leicester Public Schools
Information Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


Section 504 is an Act which 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:

  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 an impairment or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Leicester Public Schools 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.

The school district 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 the right to a hearing with an impartial hearing officer.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also specifies right related to educational records. The Act gives the parents or guardian the right to:

  1. Inspect and reviews his/her child’s education 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
  6. A hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment

If there are questions, please feel free to contact Michael Wood, Director of Student Services, at (508) 892-7040.


Notice
Leicester Public Schools
Student and Parent Notice Regarding Grievance Procedure for Section 504


To: All Students and Parents in the Leicester Public Schools

The following notice is to inform you that the schools of the Leicester Public School District do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identification, religion, national origin, or handicap in the operation of the educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required under Title IX of the U.S. Acts of 1972 and Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or that no person will be excluded from or discriminated against admission to the public schools of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, gender, gender identification,religion, national origin, or handicap as mandated by the Massachusetts Acts of 1971 and Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The School District in complying with the laws of Massachusetts and the Federal Government notifies you of this action and informs you that the coordinator for compliance in your school district is your building principal, the Section 504 Coordinator, and the Director of Special Education Services.

The grievance procedure is noted below. The purpose of this grievance is to allow any citizen to be heard and recorded regarding Title IX, Chapter 622, and Section 504, and further inquiries should be directed to the team chair or building principal.


Grievance Procedure for Title IX, Chapter 622, and Section 504

Statement of Definition:
A grievance is any alleged violation of the School Committee policy regarding Title IX of the Federal Acts of 1972, Chapter 622 of the Massachusetts State Law of 1971, and Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Grievance Procedure:
Step 1.An alleged grievance must be filed with the building coordinator (principal or designee) in writing within thirty (30) days of the alleged grievance. The building coordinator shall meet with and respond to the aggrieved party, in writing, within fifteen (15) days.

Step 2.If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at step 1, the aggrieved party may within fifteen (15) days upon receiving the decision rendered at step 1 file the alleged grievance with the district coordinator, Director of Student Services, who shall respond in writing and meet with the aggrieved party in an attempt to resolve the alleged grievance within fifteen (15) days.