About Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Have a question about student 504 eligibility?
The first point of contact for Section 504 questions or discussions is at the building level. Please contact your student's counselor for specific questions regarding your student.
Section 504 is an anti-discriminatory, civil rights statute developed in 1973. It prohibits the discrimination of students with disabilities from any program/activity that receives federal funding. Section 504 requires the needs of students with disabilities are met under reasonable accommodations. Under Section 504, a student with a disability is defined as a person who: 1.) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; 2.) has a record of such an impairment, or 3.) is regarded as having such an impairment.
It is the responsibility of school districts to identify and evaluate students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the intent of the District is to identify, evaluate and provide them with appropriate educational services. For those students who need accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District shall establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards. The safeguards shall cover students’ identification, evaluation, and educational placement. This system shall include notice, an opportunity for the student’s parent or legal guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with opportunity for participation by the student’s parent or legal guardian, and a review procedure. (Reference Board Policy 2410)