Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Section 504 and the ADA Grievance Procedures

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the West Shore School District provides you the following grievance procedures that incorporate due process standards and provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.

Any person may use these procedures to resolve complaints of disability discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Complaints are not limited to student education, but are applicable to other aspects such as nonacademic services, extracurricular activities, employment, facilities, and communications.

Complainants are encouraged, but not required, to first informally meet with appropriate building level personnel to resolve any matter related to discrimination under Section 504/ADA. If the complainant does not desire to begin with an informal complaint, or is not satisfied with the outcomes of the informal complaint, he or may file a grievance.

The complainant may also file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at any time before or during these grievance procedures.

Formal complaints may be made to the District’s Section 504 Coordinator who will provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.

  • Complaints should be made in writing to the coordinator and include the name, address and phone number of the person making the complaint, as well as a summary of the complaint and desired resolution. The complaint must state the problem to be discriminatory.
  • The District Section 504 Coordinator will thoroughly investigate the complaint, gathering evidence and statements from all involved parties. The 504 Coordinator will maintain the files / records relating to such grievances.
  • The investigation should be completed within ten (10) school days and a written response and resolution, if required, will be provided to the complainant.

For more information, please contact the District's Section 504 Coordinator:

Dr. Jennifer Leese
Director of Pupil Services
West Shore School District
507 Fishing Creek Road
Lewisberry, PA  17339
717-938-9577



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