521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination

Centennial School District Policy #521

Adopted:      12/15/2014      
Replaces POLICY #6521

Revised:       10/18/21                                      

521      STUDENT DISABILITY NONDISCRIMINATION

I.          PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), need services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.

II.        GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A.        Disabled students who meet the criteria of Paragraph C. below are protected from discrimination on the basis of a disability.

B.         The responsibility of the school district is to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504, need services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.

C.        For this policy, a learner who is protected under Section 504 is one who:

1.         has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities; or

2.         has a record of such an impairment; or

3.         is regarded as having such an impairment.

D.        Learners may be protected from disability discrimination and be eligible for services, accommodations, or programs under the provisions of Section 504 even though they are not eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

III.       COORDINATOR

Persons who have questions or comments should contact The Director of Special Education (651) 792-5000. This person is the school district’s Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 coordinator. Persons who wish to make a complaint regarding a disability discrimination matter may use the accompanying Student Disability Discrimination Grievance Report Form. The form should be given to the ADA/Section 504 coordinator.

IV.       GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE:

A. A student, parent or employee can file a complaint with OCR at any time at:  

Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office U. S. Department of Education
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 730-1560

Facsimile: (312) 730-1576

Students, parents and employees may file a complaint of discrimination with:

MN Department of Human Rights
Griggs Midway Building 540 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 201
Saint Paul, MN 55104
(800) 657-3704
(651) 539-1100
TDD (651) 296-1283

Employees may file a complaint of discrimination with:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
330 S. 2nd Avenue, Suite 720
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(800) 669-4000

B. Students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education that includes general education, special education, and/or related aids and services. 

Legal References:      Pub. L. 110-325, 122 Stat. 3553 (ADA Amendments Act of 2008, § 7)

29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq. (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, § 504)

34 C.F.R. Part 104 (Section 504 Implementing Regulations)

 Cross References:      MSBA/MASA Model Policy 402 (Disability