ACCESSIBILITY NOTIFICATION

 

Accessibility Statement

 

Mineral County Schools is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998. Section 508 is a federal law that requires schools to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the school system. The Section 508 Standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at http://www.section508.gov/summary-section508-standards.

 

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on Mineral County Schools’ website, you may do so in any of the following ways:

 

A.       Email rburke@k12.wv.us. Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered. 

B.       Submit written correspondence to Ryan Burke - Accessibility Issue, 36 Baker Place, Keyser, WV 26726. In your correspondence, please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.

 

Mineral County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Mineral County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Individuals who need auxiliary aids or service for effective communication in programs and services conducted by Mineral County Schools should make their needs and preferences known to the county's ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

 

Questions, concerns, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act are forwarded to the county's designated ADA Coordinator.

 

ADA Coordinator:

Dwight Williams
Mineral County Schools
36 Baker Place
Keyser, WV 26726

Telephone: 304-788-4218
Email: 
dewilliams@k12.wv.us

Complaint Procedures

If a person believes that s/he has been discriminated against on the basis of his/her disability, the person may utilize the following complaint procedures as a means of reaching, at the lowest possible administrative level, a prompt and equitable resolution of the matter.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations ("Section 504"), parents and students will be notified of their right to file an internal complaint regarding an alleged violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of Section 504. In addition, students and their parents will be notified of their right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Finally, students and parents will be advised of their right to request a due process hearing before an Impartial Hearing Officer (IHO) regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of persons with disabilities, and their right to examine relevant education records.

Internal complaints and requests for due process hearings must be put in writing and must identify the specific circumstances or areas of dispute that have given rise to the complaint or the request for a hearing, and offer possible solutions to the dispute. The complaint or request for due process hearing must be filed with a CO within specified time limits. The CO is available to assist individuals in filing a complaint or request.

Internal Complaint Procedures

An internal complaint may be filed by a student and/or parent. A student and/or parent may initiate the internal complaint procedure when s/he/they believe that a violation, misapplication, or misinterpretation of Section 504 has occurred. Additionally, the following procedure may be used for any disagreement with respect to actions regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational program or placement of students who are identified as disabled or believed to be disabled pursuant to Section 504, and are not eligible under the IDEIA, except in the case of disciplinary actions where the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct apply. Use of the internal complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies, including the filing of a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights or requesting a due process hearing.

Step 1

Investigation by the Building CO: A student or parent may initiate an investigation by filing a written internal complaint with the Building CO. The complaint should fully describe the circumstances giving rise to the dispute and how the child is adversely affected. The complaint must be filed as soon as possible, but not longer than thirty (30) calendar days after disclosure of the facts giving rise to the complaint. The Building CO shall conduct an impartial investigation of the complaint. As part of the investigation, the Building CO shall permit the complainant to present witnesses and other evidence in support of the complaint. The investigation shall be completed within fifteen (15) school days of the written complaint being filed. The Building CO will notify the complainant in writing of his/her decision.

 

 

Step 2

Appeal to the CO: If the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily at Step 1, the student or parent may appeal the Building CO's decision in writing to the CO. The appeal must be made within five (5) school days following receipt of the Building CO's decision. The CO will review the case, may conduct an informal hearing, and will notify all parties in writing of his/her decision within ten (10) school days of receiving the appeal.

 

 

Step 3

If the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily at Step 2, the student or parent may request a due process hearing, provided the complaint involves an issue related to the identification, evaluation, or placement of the student.

If it is determined that the Complainant was subjected to unlawful discrimination, the Building COs and County COs must identify what corrective action will be taken to stop, remedy, and prevent the recurrence of the discrimination/retaliation. The corrective action should be reasonable, timely, age-appropriate and effective, and tailored to the specific situation.

OCR Complaint

At any time, if a student or parent believes that s/he has been subjected to discrimination based upon his/her disability in violation of Section 504 or the ADA, the individual may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR"). The OCR can be reached at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Office for Civil Rights

100 Penn Square East

Philadelphia, PA 19017-3323

Phone: (800) 368-1019

Fax: (215) 861-4431

TDD: (8000 537-7697