Compliance Plan

Pine Island Public Schools Section 504 Compliance Plan
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds from the US Department of Education. To qualify for section 504, a student must be determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Each school in the Pine Island Public School District has a 504 coordinator (the school counselor or social worker) who will work with the school team to address 504 referrals and accommodations. For further information regarding section 504, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Section 504 Compliance Plan:
            The compliance plan serves students, parents, employees, applicants for employment, and programs within Pine Island Public School District no. 255.
  1. The Pine Island School District assures students, parents, and applicants for employment, and employees that it will not discriminate against any individual with disabilities.
  1. The following persons are designated as section 504 compliance coordinator:
Cheryl Kuss,
504 coordinator
  1. Parents/guardians are provided a copy of parent and student rights.
  1. An appeal/grievance process is available and provided in the parent and student rights, as well as upon request.
  1. Notice to students, parents, employees, and the general public of nondiscrimination assurances and parent and student rights and identification, evaluation and placement will be disseminated annually in the following manner:
  1. Announcement in office and school buildings
  2. Posted notice in each school building
  3. Posted on the school website
Additionally, the notice will be included in the professional handbook of       district employees, the Student Code of Conduct, school-home communications, and in the parent/student handbook.
  1. Pine Island Public School has established the following local grievance procedure to resolve complaints of discrimination on the basis of a disability:
Grievance Procedures/Impartial Hearing:
  1. Any employee, parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the Pine Island Public School District, or student(s) eighteen (18) years of age or older may file a grievance if she or he believes there has been a violation of Section 504.
  1. Any grievance must be filed within five (5) days after the alleged violation occurred. The grievance must fully state the facts of the alleged violation and the remedy that is being sought.
  1. The grievance shall be submitted to the Building Principal, who shall investigate the circumstances of the alleged violation. The Building Principal shall make a written report of his or her findings of fact and conclusion within five (5) days.
  1. If the grievance has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the grievant, he or she may appeal the decision of the Building Principal to the District Superintendent within five (5) days of the receipt of the report.  After investigation and within five (5) days of receipt of the appeal, the District Superintendent shall affirm, reverse, or modify the report.
  1. Following the decision of the appeal to the Building Principal the grievant may alternately request an impartial hearing up to 30 calendar days following the Section 504 Team decision.  In order to request an impartial hearing, the request must be in writing and must include:
i.The child’s name;
ii.The address of the child’s residence;
iii.The name of the school the child is attending;
iv.A description of the nature of the problem, including facts relating to the problem; and
v.A proposed resolution to the problem to the extent known and available to the grievant.
  1. The complaint must be signed by the grievant, the child’s legal parent or guardian, or by legal counsel. The complaint must be sent to:
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office (Region V)
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street Suite 1475
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Phone: (312) 730-1560
Fax: (312) 730-1573
TDD: (312) 730-1609
  1. Any party aggrieved by the decision of the District Superintendent or the impartial hearing shall have the right to notify the Office of Civil Rights with respect to the said decision.
  1. The local district will conduct an annual child find campaign to locate and identify all Section 504 qualified individuals with disabilities who reside within the jurisdiction of the local district.
  1. The local district will inform all individuals with disabilities and their parent/guardians of the local district’s responsibilities and procedural safeguards under Section 504.
The Pine Island Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, marital status, national origin, or other legally protected categories in its educational programs, activities, employment, or student admissions policies, procedures, or practices.
Inquiries regarding compliance with the above can be directed to:
Section 504 Coordinator: Cheryl Kuss
                                    Phone: (507) 356-3218
k-8 Building Principal: Cynthia Hansen
                                    Phone: (507) 356-2488
Superintendent: Tamara Berg-Beniak
                            Phone: (507)356-4849