Diocesan Policy on Students with Special Needs

Administrative Manual Policy 5110

No child whose parents desire to enroll him/her in a Catholic school in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston shall be denied admission on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age (in accordance with the law). Notwithstanding the forgoing, students with disabilities will be considered for admission subject to the discretion of the principal, considering the extent of the disabilities and special needs of the student and the resources and accessibility of the school to meet such needs.

Catholic schools are exempt from compliance with the public accommodation provisions of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Every local effort shall be made to provide each qualifying Catholic child the opportunity to attend a Catholic school regardless of the financial situation of the family. Families should seek the advice of their Pastor/Designated Pastor if a financial problem exists. Each local Catholic School Consultative Board is encouraged to have a local tuition assistance program to help families that cannot afford all or part of the tuition.