Gaston County Schools ADA

  • Americans with Disability Act Statement of Compliance
    This notice is provided as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    The ADA is a federal law enacted in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, state and local government operations, transportation, and telecommunications.

    Under the ADA, it is unlawful to discriminate in employment against individuals with disabilities, or to refuse to accommodate the known disability of an otherwise qualified individual, unless to do so causes undue hardship. The ADA Coordinator should be contacted with any issues related to ADA by calling (704)866-6245.

    Gaston County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Gaston County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices. 
     
    Questions, concerns, complaints (Please see grievance procedure below), or requests for additional information regarding the ADA may be forwarded to Gaston County Schools’ designated ADA Coordinator. If you require special accommodations, please contact us in advance and we will endeavor to assist you.
     
    If you would like to request a sign language interpreter in advance, please complete the form in the link below.


    Judy Leahy, Director of Compliance
    Gaston County Schools ADA Coordinator
    jmleahy@gaston.k12.nc.us
    704-866- 6245

    Gaston County Schools Grievance Procedure 

    Grievance procedures are established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For employee related grievances please refer to Board Policy 7200. For grievances made by parents or students please refer to Board Policy 4030. Both policy links are listed below for your convenience. 

    GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES-EMPLOYEES

    GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES-PARENTS & STUDENTS

    If a grievant believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability, the grievant should submit a written complaint containing information about the alleged discrimination, including the name, address and phone number of the grievant and location, date and description of the problem.

    Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

    A complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designees as soon as possible but no later than 30 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

    Judy Leahy, Director of Compliance
    Gaston County Schools ADA Coordinator
    215 W. Third Ave 
    Gastonia, NC 28052 
    704-866- 6245

    jmleahy@gaston.k12.nc.us


    Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 10 calendar days after the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of Gaston County Schools and offer options or substantive resolution of the complaint.

    If the response by the ADA Coordinator does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision of the ADA Coordinator within 15 calendar days after the receipt of the response to the Superintendent or his/her designee.

    Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Superintendent or his/her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting the Superintendent or his/her designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

    All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator, appeals to the Superintendent or his/her designee will be kept by Gaston County Schools for at least three years.

    Website Accessibility/Compliance

    Gaston County Schools is working with Blackboard, our website provider, to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access a page or document on the website, you may contact the Communications Department via email at communications@gaston.k12.nc.us or by phone at (704) 866-6117.