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Public Notice of Rights, Procedural Protections, and Grievance Procedures Under Section 504

The Canyons School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in admission, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, and activities.

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Procedural Safeguards

The following is a listing of basic procedural safeguards available under Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2009 and Family Education and Rights to Privacy Act.

Parents have the right to:

  1. Have your child take part in and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination based on a disability.
  2. Be advised of your rights under federal law.
  3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, program or placement of your child.
  4. Have evaluations, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by individuals who know the student, disability, evaluation data, and placement options.
  5. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with other students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.
  6. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided to students without disabilities.
  7. Have your child receive reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  8. Give your child an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extracurricular activities offered by the school.
  9. Examine all pertinent records and/or data relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement.
  10. Parents have the right to request a hearing regarding identification, evaluation, or educational placement of individuals with disabilities and to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

Grievance Procedures

If you feel your child is being discriminated against because of his/her disability, the following dispute resolution processes are available to you.

A: Step One: District Investigation

  1. If any person believes that the school or any of its staff have not followed the regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, he/she may initiate a grievance with the District’s Section 504 Coordinator.
  2. Upon request, the District’s 504 Coordinator will provide a copy of the District’s grievance procedures and investigate all complaints in accordance with Section 504 of the rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  3. The District’s 504 Coordinator will review the grievance and meet with the parent/legal guardian to hear their concerns.
  4. The District’s 504 Coordinator will decide whether to seek to mediate the dispute between the parent/legal guardian and school or render a decision regarding the grievance and submit it in writing to the parent/legal guardian.
  5. The District’s 504 Coordinator will respond, in writing, to a parent/legal guardian’s grievance within ten (10) business days.
  6. The board encourages students, parents and guardians to seek informal resolution of their concerns, even after the process has been initiated. If concerns are resolved, the formal grievance can be withdrawn at any time.

Step Two: Due Process Hearing:

  1. If the District’s 504 Coordinator’s mediation effort or written response fails to resolve a parent/legal guardian’s concern, a parent/legal guardian may request an impartial due process hearing.
  2. A request for a District hearing must be filed with the District’s 504 Coordinator within ten (10) business days of receiving a response from the District’s 504 Coordinator or the date of mediation.
  3. The District’s 504 Coordinator shall schedule a hearing before the District’s 504 Hearing Panel or a non-District Hearing Officer.
  4. At the hearing a parent/legal guardian may be represented by legal counsel.
  5. The parent/legal guardian and District 504 Coordinator may make statements and present evidence relevant to the issues.
  6. The Hearing Panel shall be provided a copy of the grievance and the School’s 504 Coordinator’s written response; and
  7. The decision of the District’s 504 Hearing Panel or Hearing Officer shall constitute the final administrative decision on the Section 504 matter.
  8. The determination of the District 504 Hearing Panel or Hearing Officer shall be communicated to the parent/legal guardian within ten (10) business days.

At any time a formal complaint may be filed with the Office of Civil Rights. Contact information for the regional office of Civil Rights is: 

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Civil Rights, Region VIII

Federal Building, Suite 310

1244 Speer Boulevard

Denver, Colorado 80204-3582

Phone: 303-844-5695

Any person with concerns regarding the District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Section 504 and ADA is directed to contact:

Colleen Smith

Responsive Services Program Administrator (District 504 Coordinator)

Address: 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT 84070

Phone: 801-826-5149

E-mail: colleen.smith@canyonsdistrict.org

Parents seeking information regarding their child’s personal 504 plan and relevant records may contact the school principal to schedule a review of records and/or additional copies.

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