Disability Policies

Non-Discrimination Notice

In accordance with the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, The Park School will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, including but not limited to its application process and admissions decisions. The Park School will not impose or apply eligibility criteria that screen out or tend to screen out individuals with disabilities from fully and equally enjoying any of its goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations, unless such criteria can be shown to be necessary for the provision of the those benefits being offered. The Park School will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, or procedures when such modifications are necessary to access its goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities, unless the modifications would constitute a fundamental alteration.  
 

Policy with Regard to Candidates with Disabilities

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.  

Policy with Regard to Current Students with Disabilities

When a parent or guardian of a current Park School student requests that the School provide a reasonable accommodation, auxiliary aid/service, or modification (collectively, “accommodation”) of Park’s policies, practices, or procedures based on the student’s disability, The Park School shall complete the steps below:

  1. The appropriate School teacher or administrator will invite the parents/guardians to have a discussion about the student and the specific disability at issue. The School may ask additional staff members from the School community to take part in this discussion.     
  1. If accommodations are requested, the School may request appropriate documentation concerning the disability.  
  1. The Park School will assess and determine whether the requested accommodations are reasonable and necessary in order for the applicant to attend. If The Park School believes the requested accommodations are not reasonable, the School will determine whether it could implement alternative accommodations that would enable the student to access Park’s programs and benefits.
  1. 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 accommodations do not constitute a fundamental alteration, the School will implement the accommodations as requested.
  1. The Head of School will review and approve any decision to deny accommodations to a student with a disability. The Park School shall notify the child’s parent, in writing, of the reason(s) for the denial.  

Requests for Removal or Relocation of Architectural Barriers

The Park School strives to ensure that students with disabilities have access to all areas of campus commensurate with their age-group peers.  If an applicant or a current student has a disability that requires removal or relocation of architectural barriers, parents should submit a request to Kimberly Boyd, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, (617) 274-6011, boydk@parkschool.org. The School will then:
  1. Discuss with the parent the reasons why the removal or relocation of architectural barriers is needed; and
  1. Determine whether the removal or relocation of architectural barriers is readily achievable, and if so, complete the removal or relocation.
  1. The Head of School will review and approve any decision to deny removal or relocation of architectural barriers and The Park School shall notify the child’s parent, in writing, of the reason(s) for the denial.  

Park School Event Accommodation and Relocation Policy

The Park School strives to ensure that students, staff, and visitors with disabilities have appropriate access to events hosted on campus. Given the age of certain of school facilities, architectural barriers may exist that require advance notice and planning to address accessibility needs. The Park School will make every effort to schedule events in accessible locations. In some instances, barriers may need to be removed, if readily achievable, or events may be relocated to provide accommodations or assistance to individuals with disabilities attending those events.

Notice:     Pre-event publicity, whether by flyer, website, or other means, will include information on how potential participants may request accommodations and information about venue accessibility.

Requests for Accommodation or Relocation:     Individuals seeking accommodations in order to participate in campus events are encouraged to provide as much advance notice as possible, preferably a minimum of two weeks advance notice where feasible, given the amount of lead time that may be necessary to relocate an event from an inaccessible to accessible location or to provide certain other accommodations.  In the event that advance notice is not provided or not possible, The Park School will make best efforts to accommodate individuals. To inquire about accessible features of a venue or to request the relocation of an event, please contact Kimberly Boyd, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, (617) 274-6011, boydk@parkschool.org.  

Response to Requests for Access:     When the School receives a request for access, including a change in the location of an event, the School will make good faith efforts to identify an alternate venue that is accessible or to find other means of providing access.  Inquiries or requests concerning accommodations should be directed to Kimberly Boyd, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, (617) 274-6011, boydk@parkschool.org.  

Additional Requests:     All additional requests can be directed to: Kimberly Boyd, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, (617) 274-6011, boydk@parkschool.org.