Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
 
Section 504 is the section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which applies to students with disabilities. Basically it is a civil rights act which protects the civil and constitutional rights of students with disabilities. Section 504 prohibits school districts which receive federal funds from discriminating against otherwise qualified students solely on the basis of handicap. Section 504 is enforced by the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The acting Section 504 Officer is Michael Corso, Supervisor of Guidance provides additional oversight to the compliance of 504 activity as needed.  Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal directly for information regarding the status of your child's 504. 
 
 
 
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Statement of Equity

 

The New Jersey Constitution and implementing legislation guarantees each child in the public schools equal educational opportunity regardless of race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or social or economic status. To assure these basic rights, the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education have developed regulations outlined in New Jersey Administrative Code 6:4-1.1 etc. sec. which specifically implement N.J.S.A. 18A:36-20 and the State Board of Education resolution concerning sex equality in education programs.  The Affirmative Action/Equity Officer/Title 9 is Shelley LaForgia and Michael Corso.
 
 
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FERPA
 
 
FERPA General Guidance for Students
FERPA is a Federal law that applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the U. S. Department of Education. The statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the Department's regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.
Under FERPA, schools must generally afford students who are 18 years or over, or attending a postsecondary institution:
  • access to their education records
  • an opportunity to seek to have the records amended
  • some control over the disclosure of information from the records.
Access to Education Records
Schools are required by FERPA to:
  • provide a student with an opportunity to inspect and review his or her education records within 45 days of the receipt of a request
  • provide a student with copies of education records or otherwise make the records available to the student if the student, for instance, lives outside of commuting distance of the school
  • redact the names and other personally identifiable information about other students that may be included in the student's education records.

Schools are required by FERPA to: 
  • Create or maintain education records;
  • Provide students with calendars, notices, or other information which does not generally contain information directly related to the student;
  • Respond to questions about the student.

 

Disclosure of Education Records
A school must: 
  • Have a student's consent prior to the disclosure of education records;
  • Ensure that the consent is signed and dated and states the purpose of the disclosure.

A school MAY disclose education records without consent when: 
  • The disclosure is to school officials who have been determined to have legitimate educational interests as set forth in the institution's annual notification of rights to students;
  • The student is seeking or intending to enroll in another school;
  • The disclosure is to state or local educational authorities auditing or enforcing Federal or State supported education programs or enforcing Federal laws which relate to those programs;
  • The disclosure is to the parents of a student who is a dependent for income tax purposes;
  • The disclosure is in connection with determining eligibility, amounts, and terms for financial aid or enforcing the terms and conditions of financial aid;
  • The disclosure is pursuant to a lawfully issued court order or subpoena; or
  • The information disclosed has been appropriately designated as directory information by the school.


 

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