Section 504 Appeal Procedures
Contact information for the Section 504 Compliance Officer is as follows:
Dr. Tony LaRocca
298 Hillside Avenue
Allendale, New Jersey 07401
201-327-8700 ext. 501 (office)
Appeal Process for a Denied Section 504
If a parent/guardian or student is dissatisfied with the decisions of the Section 504/I&RS Team regarding the identification and evaluation for a student with a disability, then he/she may file a Section 504 Appeal within 30-days of the Section 504/I&RS Team’s decision by completing the Request for Section 504 Appeal form. The form is obtained from and submitted to the NHRHS Section 504 Compliance Officer.
- The NHRHS Section 504 Compliance Officer will conduct an adequate, reliable, and impartial review of the complaint, which may include interviewing the complainant and select members of the Section 504/I&RS Team. The NHRHS Section 504 Compliance Officer will provide notice to the parties in writing of the outcome of the complaint and the basis for the decision within thirty (30) days of receipt of complaint, excluding extenuating circumstances.
- Should the investigation show that prohibited actions occurred then NHRHS will take steps to prevent the recurrence of any prohibited actions and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.
Complaints to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
This procedure does not deny the right of the parent/guardian or student to file a formal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights if the parent believes that the school system has committed a violation that falls under the jurisdiction of that office. The Office for Civil Rights is an investigatory office of the United States Department of Education, and it handles Section 504 complaints separately and independently of the local hearing process, and in accordance with the guidelines set forth in OCR’s Complaint Resolution Manual.
Complaints to the Office for Civil Rights may be sent to:
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Office for Civil Rights, Region II
U.S. Department of Education
26 Federal Plaza
33rd Floor, Room 33-130, 02-1010
New York, NY 10278-0082
212-264-4633 TD 212-264-9464