HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

WENHAM, MA

A1006

SECTION 504: GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access to services, treatment or employment in its programs or activities. Any complaints of discrimination in violation of federal law should be addressed through the following grievance procedure:

STEP 1: MEETING WITH SECTION 504 BUILDING COORDINATOR

Complainants are encouraged to try to resolve problems promptly through informal dispute resolution. The complainant shall meet informally with the person designated as the Section 504 coordinator for the building ("Section 504 Building Coordinator") wherein the circumstances giving rise to the grievance arose in order to discuss his/her complaint. The Building Coordinator will investigate, documenting all steps (including dates and nature of meetings, disposition and dates of disposition), and will reply in writing within five business days of the initial meeting.

STEP 2:  WRITTEN COMPLAINT

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 1, the complainant may file a written grievance with the Section 504 Building Coordinator within ten (10) business days of disposition at Step 1. The written complaint must include:

The Section 504 Building Coordinator will conduct a full investigation of the grievance and will prepare a written report of the investigation that will include:

The Building Coordinator will submit said report to the Superintendent of Schools/Section 504 District Coordinator for review. If the Building Coordinator believes the grievance is valid, the Building Coordinator will recommend appropriate action to the Superintendent of Schools/Section 504 District Coordinator.

The report will be filed with the Superintendent/Section 504 District Coordinator within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the written grievance. A copy of the report will be provided to the complainant.

The Superintendent/Section 504 District Coordinator will make necessary findings based upon the investigation and report of the Building Coordinator and if the grievance is valid, the Superintendent/Section 504 District Coordinator may accept the Building Coordinator's recommendations and/or make other appropriate recommendations in his/her discretion. Any and all recommendations of the Superintendent/Section 504 District Coordinator shall immediately be implemented by the District. A copy of the Superintendent/Section 504 District Coordinator's findings and/or recommendations will be provided to the complainant.

STEP 3: APPEAL TO THE BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved through Step 2, the complainant may file a written appeal to the Board of Education, Bureau of Special Education Appeals. The proceedings will be presided over and decided by an impartial hearing officer appointed by the Bureau.

OCR COMPLAINT

At any stage in this grievance procedure, the complainant has the right to file formal complaints with the Regional Office for Civil Rights, 90 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109. Telephone: (617) 223-9662.

Adopted:  October 21, 1999

Reviewed: March 16, 2017