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Policy: GAEB
Policy for Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability: Section 504


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 and working);
2. has a record of such an impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such an impairment.


Notice

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.

Employment

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 qualification.

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