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Procedural Safeguards and Grievances

Curriculum and Instruction
Board Policy: 08.132 AP. 1

Procedural Safeguards and Grievances
Parents and/or students (Grades P-12) may petition for identification or may appeal non-identification or appropriateness of services.
1.                  The appealing party shall submit in writing to the Gifted-Talented Coordinator specifically why s/he believes that screening results are not accurate or talent pool services or service options in the gifted and talented student services plan are not appropriate and why an exception should be made or reconsideration given.
2.                  The Gifted-Talented Coordinator shall compile student data and present that along with the petition or appeal to the Selection/Placement Committee. The information presented shall include a recommendation accompanied by available substantiating evidence.
3.                  The Committee shall hear appeals, make a recommendation, and respond in writing to the appealing party within ten (10) working days of receipt of the appeal and accompanying information. If the appeal concerns the nonavailability of appropriate service options, the Committee shall consult with the school council.
4.                  If the Committee rules in favor of the grievant, the following option shall apply as appropriate:
a)                  S/he may participate in the program as soon as the parent or guardian signs the required permission form.
b)                  A change in either the gifted and talented student services plan or provision of services shall be made in a timely manner.
5.                  If the Committee rules against the grievant, a further written appeal may be made to the Superintendent, who must respond in writing within ten (10) working days of receipt of the appeal.
6.                  Should the Superintendent uphold the decision of the Selection/Placement Committee, the appealing party may petition the Board, which will have the final decision in the case. The Board shall make a determination at the next regular meeting following receipt of the appeal.