Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. It is a protection from discrimination, which provides for an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment based on the student’s unique needs. It prohibits denial of participation in public education, or the benefits offered by school programs because of a student’s disability.
A written request is made to the school Section 504 coordinator by the teacher, other school personnel familiar with the student, or parent in a letter or using a Request Form.
The school provides a timely response and schedules a date for the evaluation meeting, request for records by the parent/guardian, and provide a copy of the procedural safeguards.
- Does the student have a potentially limiting mental or physical disability or impairment?
- Does the student's disability impair a major life activity (i.e. seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, working, performing manual task, learning, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, speaking)?
- Is the degree of impairment substantial?
34 CFR 104.36, 29 USC 706 (28)
Following the 504 Team Meeting, if the parent/guardian is not in agreement with the team’s decision, an appeal process may address this concern. An informal review of the site procedures by the District 504 Coordinator will be scheduled upon meeting with the education rights holders.