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District should have adequate back-up plan in case accommodations become temporarily unavailable.

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Bellingham (MA) Public Schools, 59 IDELR 142 (OCR 2012):  The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) concluded that a school district failed to comply with Section 504 when it lacked an adequate back-up plan for a student with a hearing impairment while his FM system was out for repair.  The student required use of the FM system to adequately access his educational program, however his FM system constantly broke down early in the school year.  Implementation of the FM system was sporadic through the end of October, when it was finally repaired by the manufacturer.  However, while it was unavailable, the district had no alternate accommodation to allow the student adequate access to his education.  Accordingly, the district violated Section 504.

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