Grievance and Hearing Procedure

Elementary and secondary educational programs are required to establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards with respect to the identification, evaluation, or provision of services under Section 504 (34 CFR §104.36). This system includes notice, an opportunity for the parents or guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with the opportunity for participation by the parent or guardian and representation by counsel, and a review procedure. Individuals disagreeing with the identification, evaluation, and/or provision of services have several options available under Section 504, including:

  • Filing a complaint or grievance through the district's discrimination complaint procedure (required under Section 504 and the Florida Educational Equity Act)
  • Requesting a hearing before an impartial hearing officer
  • Filing a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

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