Policy for Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability:
It is the policy of School Administrative Unit #22 that no
otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his
or her disability, be excluded from participation in, or denied
the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
program or activity sponsored by this district. The intent
of School Administrative Unit #22 is to meet the obligations
of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Americans With Disabilities 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
2. has a record of such an impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such an impairment.
Notice of the District's policy on non-discrimination in employment
and education programs shall be stated in the local School
Board policy manual, posted throughout the district, and published
in district statements regarding the availability of employment
positions or educational services.
Visually impaired students, parents and employees
may be informed of the non-discrimination policy, of the Coordinator's
identity and address, and that inquiries can be directed to
the Section 504 Coordinator, by public announcements, telephone
contact, and by informing local advocacy groups for the visually
impaired on an annual basis.
The School District will provide parents of disabled students
with notice of their parental rights, the opportunity to examine
relevant records, and impartial hearing with the opportunity
for parental participation and representation by counsel,
and a grievance procedures.
No employee or candidate for employment shall be discriminated
against in recruitment, employment, promotion, training, or
transfer solely because of her/his disabling condition, provided
that freedom from that condition is not a bonafide occupational
No candidate for employment shall be required to answer a
question regarding a disabling condition which is not directly
related to an essential function of the position for which
she/he applied. No such candidate shall be discriminated against
on the basis of a disabling condition which is not directly
related to the essential function of the position for which
she/he has applied.
The School District may make pre-employment inquiry into an
applicant's ability to perform job-related functions.
Reasonable modifications in scheduling and the assignment
of duties, not directly affecting the instructional program,
shall be made to accommodate employment conditions to the
needs of disabled employees.
Program and Facilities
A free and appropriate public education shall be provided
for each child determined to be in need of services. Such
services or program shall be provided in the least restrictive
environment in barrier-free Facilities comparable to those
provided to non-disabled students.
No otherwise qualified student with disability will be denied
participation in co-curricular, intermural, or interscholastic
activities or any of the services offered or the recognition
rendered regularly to students in the district.
The educational program of the District shall be equally accessible
to all students at each grade level in accordance with State
and Federal statutes. Barrier-free access to school facilities
shall be provided to the extent that no disabled person is
denied the opportunity to participate in a District program
available to non-disabled persons.
The Superintendent and/or designee shall ensure that procedures
for implementing Section 504 and for handling grievances related
thereto are in place and made available to any interested
employee, parent, student or community member.
ADOPTED: 21 December 1993