The Park School will complete steps 1-6 below in the following instances:
When a parent or guardian of a child applying for admission notifies The Park School that, for the application process, the parent will be requesting a reasonable accommodation, auxiliary aid/service, or modification (collectively, “accommodation”) of the School’s policies, practices, or procedures based on the child’s disability; and
When a parent or guardian of a child applying for admission notifies The Park School that, if the child is admitted, the parent will be requesting a reasonable accommodation, auxiliary aid/service, or modification (collectively, “accommodation”) of the School’s policies, practices, or procedures based on the child’s disability.
1. The appropriate School administrator, typically the Director of Admission, will invite the parents/guardians to have a discussion about the student and the specific disability at issue. The School reserves the right to ask an additional staff member from the School community to take part in this discussion.
2. If accommodations are requested, the School may request appropriate documentation concerning the disability and/or the requested accommodation and may arrange to observe the child in their current classroom or childcare setting.
3. Once the appropriate information is gathered, The Park School will conduct an individualized assessment of the applicant and his or her needs, ensuring that The Park School’s application process and eligibility criteria for admission do not screen out or tend to screen out applicants with disabilities.
4. The Park School will assess and determine whether the requested accommodations are reasonable and necessary in order for the applicant to complete the application process for, or to attend Park School, as applicable. If The Park School believes the requested accommodations are not reasonable, Park School will determine whether it could implement alternative accommodations that would enable the applicant to access Park’s programs and benefits.
5. The Park School will also assess and determine whether making the requested accommodations would constitute a fundamental alteration to the nature of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations at the School.
- If The Park School determines they would constitute a fundamental alteration, it will then determine whether the School could implement alternative accommodations that would not constitute a fundamental alteration.
- If the requested accommodations (or alternative accommodations identified by The Park School in accordance with paragraph 5a) do not constitute a fundamental alteration, the School will:
- For the application process, implement the accommodations as requested.
- For the admissions decision, determine whether to admit the applicant
consistent with The Park School’s admissions preference structure and in a matter which does not screen out or tend to screen out applicants with disabilities.
6. The Head of School will review and approve any decision to (a) deny accommodations during the application process and (b) any decision to deny admission to an applicant with a disability on the basis of fundamental alteration. The Park School shall notify the child’s parent, in writing, of the reason(s) for the denial.