Sublette County School District No. 9 has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints against the District relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title II of the Act states, in part, that "no otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination" in programs or activities sponsored by a public entity.
Complaints should be addressed to the Business Manager, Sublette County School District No. 9, P. 0. Box 769, (307) 276-3322, who has been designated to coordinate ADA compliance efforts.
I. A complaint should be filed in writing or verbally, contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly describe the alleged violation of the regulations.
2. A complaint should be filed within 10 working days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation. Processing of allegations of discrimination which occurred before this grievance procedure was in place will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
3 . An investigation, if deemed appropriate, will follow a filing of complaint. The investigation will be conducted by the compliance officer. These rules contemplate informal but thorough investigations, affording all interested persons and their representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit relevant evidence.
4 . A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution if any, will be issued by the compliance officer, and a copy will be forwarded to the complainant, no later than 10 working days after the complaint is filed.
5 . The complainant may appeal the determination of the compliance officer to the Board of Trustees within 10 working days of receipt of the compliance officer's determination. The appeal must be in writing, and copies of the original complaint, the report of the investigation (including hearing minutes) and the written determination of the compliance officer. The Board may, in its discretion, convene a hearing at which the parties may present additional testimony and argument.
6. Within 10 working days of the filing of appeal, the Board will provide both parties with a written decision. If the Board is not scheduled to meet within 10 working days of the filing, a written decision will be provided within two working days following the next scheduled meeting.
7. The ADA coordinator will maintain the files and records of Sublette County School District No. 9 relating to the complaints filed.
(Adoption date 1/20/93)