1510 AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
It is the policy of the Board of Education that no qualified individual with a disability will, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program, activity, or services sponsored by this Board. The Board will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (hereafter referred to as the Act).
Notice of Board Policy 1530 – Equal Educational Opportunities and Board Policy 5750 – Equal Educational Opportunity will be included in the Board policy manual, posted throughout the district, and referenced in any district statement regarding the availability of employment positions or educational services.
No employee or candidate for employment will be discriminated against in recruitment, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, job training, transfer, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment solely on the basis of a disability, provided the employee or candidate can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the position sought or held.
No candidate for employment will be required to answer a question or submit to an examination regarding a disability except as such disability relates directly to perform job-related functions. No candidate will be discriminated against on the basis of disability that is not directly related to the essential function of the position for which he/she has applied.
Reasonable accommodations, not directly affecting the educational and/or instructional program, will be made to accommodate employment conditions to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities, such accommodations may include, but are not limited to: making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, job restructuring, part-time modified work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position, acquisition or modification of equipment or devices, appropriate adjustment or modifications of examinations, training materials or policies, the provision of qualified readers or interpreters, and other similar accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
The district will furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity conducted by the district.
Facilities Maintenance and Accessibility
No qualified individual with a disability will because of the school district’s facilities being inaccessible or unusable by disabled persons, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity offered by the Board. No new facilities will be constructed that do not fully comply with the Act. Alterations to existing facilities or part thereof, will be altered in such a manner to the maximum extent feasible, that the facilities are readily accessible and suable by individuals with disabilities who have a need to access Board facilities.
The district will maintain facilities and equipment required by the Act to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.
Service, Program, and Activity Access
The district will make reasonable accommodations so that services, programs, and activities are readily accessible and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities.
Evaluation and Compliance
The Superintendent or designee will evaluate district programs and practices on nondiscrimination, in accordance with law, and will report to the Board accordingly. Assurances of compliance will be submitted as required by law.
The district, with the assistance of interested persons, who may include individuals with disabilities or members of organizations representing individuals with disabilities, or other interested community members and staff, will evaluate its current services, policies, practices, and the effects thereof with regard to the requirements of the Act and make necessary modifications to meet the Act requirements. If such modifications would result in a fundamental alteration of the nature of the affected program or activity, or undue financial or administration burden, the district will provide access through means which would not result in a fundamental alteration or undue financial or administrative burden. 28 CFR §35.150(a).
For a period of at least three years following completion of the self-evaluation, the district will maintain on file, available for public inspection, a list of those interested persons consulted, a description of the areas examined and problems identified, and modifications made.
Enforcement – 28 CFR §35.107
The Board will designate the Business Administrator as district coordinator for matters dealing with ADA compliance. The district coordinator can be contacted at the following address or telephone number:
Office Address: 539 Route 517
Vernon, New Jersey 07462
Telephone Number: 073-764-2900
Grievance Procedures are outlined in Regulation 1510.
Guarantee of Rights
The Board will not interfere, directly or indirectly, with any person’s exercise or enjoyment of the rights protected by the Act.
The Board will not discriminate against any person for that person’s opposition to any act or practice made unlawful by law or this Policy or for that person’s participation in any manner in any investigation or proceeding arising under the Act.
The district is not required to permit an individual to participate in or benefit from the district’s services, programs, or activities when that individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
Policy and Regulation 1510 will be available to any other member of the public in the district’s Policy and Regulation Manual
42 U.S.C. 12101 (American with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended)
N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.
N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1 et seq.
34 CFR Part 104
Adopted: February 2017