Section 504 Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of the Monroe County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of disability. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Board of Education has adopted a grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations implementing the Act.

Complaints or reports of violations should be made to Teresa Bullard, Section 504 Coordinator, Director of Special Services, Monroe County Board of Education, 109 Pickens Street, Monroeville, AL 36460, Office Telephone (251) 743-6047, Fax (251) 575-5764, who has been designated to coordinate the efforts of the Board of Education to comply with Section 504.

Any student who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, or a representative acting on the student’s behalf, may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for the Board of Education or its personnel to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the
investigation of a grievance.

Procedures:

• Grievances must be submitted to the Section 504 Coordinator within 180 days of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action.

• A complaint must be in writing, containing the name and address of the
the person filing it as well as the name of the student subjected to discrimination and must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought.

• The Section 504 Coordinator or his or her designee, shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it will be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to review relevant records and submit evidence relevant to the complaint. The Section 504 Coordinator will maintain the files and records of the Board of
Education relating to such grievances.

• The Section 504 Coordinator will issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after it is filed. 

• The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the Section 504 Coordinator by writing to the Superintendent of the Monroe County Board of Education within 15 days after receiving the Coordinator’s decision. The Superintendent, or his or her designee other than the Section 504 Coordinator, shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later
than 30 days after the appeal is filed.

• The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.

The Board of Education will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons are provided reasonable and appropriate accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing audio recordings of material for the blind, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504 Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements upon request.