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Public Charter Schools must be sure there are no gaps in providing diabetes-related services and have proper grievance procedures in place to resolve disputes under Section 504

Monday, June 24th, 2013

District of Columbia Pub. Charter Schs., 60 IDELR 231 (OCRXI, D.C. (DC) 2012)—in this case, multiple parents of children with diabetes brought complaints against the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools for failing to provide diabetes-related services at school, in violation of Section 504. There was not an adequate number of staff members who were properly trained to administer diabetes-related services, such as administering insulin or glucagon. When a nurse was unavailable to address the students’ diabetes-related needs, the student would either be sent home, the parents would be called to administer the services, or 911 would be called. OCR found that 13 of the Public Charter Schools had failed to provide a FAPE to students with diabetes, and 11 of those schools resolved the allegations by timely submitting Section 504-compliant plans and evidence that an appropriate number of staff members were trained to administer diabetes-related services. The other two schools signed Resolution Agreements agreeing to take multiple actions in order to come into compliance with Section 504. All 13 schools also resolved the allegations regarding inadequate due process standards and grievance procedures, either by coming into timely compliance or signing Resolution Agreements. OCR was satisfied with the response by the Public Charter Schools and closed its investigation.

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