Notice of Parent and Student Rights

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), revised on January 1, 2009, are civil rights laws which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Under Section 504 a student is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as, but not limited to, learning, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, working, etc. Section 504 and the ADA also apply to students with a record of having such impairment, or who are regarded as being disabled even if they are not truly disabled.
The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.
The following is a description of the rights granted by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”) to parents and their children who are identified as disabled. The school district is obligated to inform you of decisions about your child and of your rights if you disagree with any of those decisions.

You have the following rights:
1. To have your child take part in, and receive benefits from, public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disability;
2. To have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law;
3. To receive notice from the school with respect to the identification, evaluation,educational program or placement of your child;
4. According to the Department of Education’s 504 Regulations, to have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with nondisabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to reasonable accommodations, modifications, and related aids and services necessary for your child to benefit from his or her educational program;
5. To have your child educated in comparable facilities and receive comparable services to those provided non-disabled students;
6. To have decisions regarding your child’s evaluation, program and placement based upon a variety of information sources, and made by persons familiar with the student, the evaluation data, and the placement options;
7. To have your child re-evaluated periodically, to the extent necessary, including before any significant changes are made to your child's educational program or placement;
8. To have your child receive an equal opportunity to participate in extra-curricular school activities;
9. To examine all relevant educational records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, education program, and placement;
10. To obtain copes of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records;
11. To receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child's records;
12. To request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this request for amendment, it shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing;
13. To file a complaint through local complaint procedures regarding any alleged violation of the Rehabilitation Act;
14. To request an impartial hearing, to be conducted by a person who is not an employee of the district, to dispute decisions or actions regarding your child's identification,evaluation, educational program or placement as a student with a disability. You and your child may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you at your own expense. Questions about how to request a hearing may be forwarded to the person responsible for the district’s compliance with Section 504 listed below;
15. To have the decisions made by hearing officers or others reviewed in state or federal court.

The person in this District responsible for assuring that the District complies with Section 504 for students and employees is:
Roberta Keane
Bedford School District
103 County Road
Bedford, NH 03110
(603) 627-1776

Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Bedford School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, family responsibilities, national/ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability in its programs, activities,and employment practices.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Michael Fournier, Interim Superintendent
Bedford School District
103 County Road
Bedford, NH 03110
(603) 472-3755