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MARTIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS - SECTION 504


The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with disabilities. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.

You have the right to:

1. Receive all information in your native language and primary mode of communication.

2. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disabling condition.

3. Receive notice with respect to identification, assessment, or provision of instructional services for your child under a 504 Accommodation Plan.

4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.

5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided non-disabled students.

6. Have assessment and educational decisions and decisions regarding services be based upon a variety of information sources, and by persons who know your child, the assessment data, and service options.

7. Have an assessment and/or periodic reassessment before any significant change in programs/services.

8. Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extracurricular activities offered by the district.

9. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, assessment, educational program and services.

10. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records.

11. Receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child’s record.

12. Request amendment of your child’s educational records if there is a reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this request it will notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing.

13. Have reasonable accommodations made to provide equal access for you or your child to effectively participate in meetings, activities or events sponsored by the school/district or provided in district facilities.

14. File a local grievance with the principal of your child’s school.

15. Request an impartial due process hearing related to decisions or actions regarding your child’s identification, assessment, educational program or services. You and your child may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. Hearing requests must also be made to the district’s Section 504 Compliance Officer.

Lisa Bowen

Section 504 District Coordinator

Martin County Schools

300 North Watts Street

Williamston, NC 27892

Telephone # (252) 792-1575 Fax # (252) 792-1965

16. File a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights. The address of the Regional Office which covers North Carolina:

District of Columbia Office

Office for Civil Rights

US Department of Education

1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 316

PO Box 14620 Washington, DC20044-4620


For additional information about your rights under Section 504, 
you can visit the Office of Civil Rights website by selecting on the following link: