Lawsuit against Bradley County Schools claims they denied extended education to child with cancer for home schooling
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BRADLEY COUNTY, Tennessee —
A lawsuit against Bradley County Schools claims they denied a child with cancer an extension of homeschooling.
The lawsuit says Caroline, 7, is a student at Waterville Elementary School.
Caroline is battling kidney cancer, while her doctors treat her with radiation and chemotherapy, according to the lawsuit.
He says the cancer and treatments are hard on Caroline’s already fragile immune system.
The lawsuit says the treatments are working, but doctors have indicated she won’t be able to return to school until January.
The lawsuit says Caroline was already receiving instruction from a BCS teacher in her home.
But the lawsuit says that when his parents requested an extension of his medical homeschooling on doctor’s orders, Bradley County Schools denied him.
Despite the risk of serious illness or even death, the lawsuit says BCS ordered him to return to school and discontinued medical home education.
The lawsuit claims this is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its counterpart, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
We have contacted Bradley County Schools about the lawsuit.
They tell us in a press release…
“We are aware of the recently filed lawsuit. We are committed to providing all students, including students with disabilities, illnesses, or other challenges, with the best education possible. We have done so in this case, and we We are prepared to continue to do so for this student and for everyone. Since this matter is in litigation, we have no further comment at this time.
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