Rights as a Parent or Guardian

Parents’ Rights Afforded By Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973

The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with disabilities. The intent of the law is to keep parents/guardians fully informed concerning decisions about their child and to inform them of their rights if they disagree with any of these decisions.

Parents have the right to:

  1. Participation of your child in school district programs and activities, including extracurricular programs and activities, to the maximum extent appropriate, free of discrimination based upon the student’s disability and at the same level as students without disabilities.
  2. Receipt of free educational services to the extent they are provided students without disabilities.
  3. Receipt of information about your child and your child’s educational programs and activities in your native language.
  4. Notice of identification of your child as having a qualifying disability for which accommodations may need to be made and notice prior to evaluation and placement of your child and right to periodically request a e-evaluation of your child.
  5. Inspect and review your child’s educational records including a right to copy those records for a reasonable fee; you also have a right to ask the school district to amend your child’s educational records if you feel the information in the records is misleading or inaccurate; should the school district refuse to amend the records, you have a right to a hearing and to place an explanatory letter in your child’s file explaining why you feel the records are misleading or inaccurate.
  6. A hearing before an impartial hearing officer if you disagree with your child’s evaluation or placement; you have a right to counsel at the hearing and have the decision of the impartial hearing officer reviewed.

If you believe the school is not following your child’s Section 504 plan or your child is experiencing discrimination or harassment, you can file a formal complaint.

  • File a complaint through the Johnston Community School district by filling out this Section 504 Due Process Hearing Request Form and returning it by email, mail or in person to the district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Adam Busch.
  • You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights at (206) 607-1600 (TDD: 1-800-877-8339), or visit the website, www.ed.gov/ocr.
  • You may contact the Chicago Office for Civil Rights:
    U.S. Department of Education
    Citigroup Center
    500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
    Chicago, IL 60661-4544

For the Section 504 Coordinator at the Johnston Community School District:
Contact Student Services at (515) 278-0470
Adam Busch: Student Services Coordinator, adam.busch@johnston.k12.ia.us

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Director of Student Services
District Office

The name and position of the person responsible for Section 504 coordination and compliance at each school building is listed below:

Beaver Creek Elementary:

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Assistant Principal
Beaver Creek Elementary

Horizon Elementary:

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Assistant Principal
Horizon Elementary

Lawson Elementary:

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Assistant Principal
Lawson Elementary

Timber Ridge Elementary:

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ESOL Teacher
Horizon Elementary, Lawson Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary

Wallace Elementary:

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Assistant Principal
Wallace Elementary

Summit Middle School (grades 6-7):

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Summit Middle School
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Summit Middle School
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Summit Middle School

Johnston Middle School (grades 8-9):

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Johnston Middle School
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Johnston Middle School
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Johnston Middle School

Johnston High School (grades 10-12):

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Johnston High School
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