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603.12 Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who:

  1. has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities;
  2. has a record of such an impairment; or
  3. is regarded as having such an impairment.

The first prong is used to determine eligibility for Section 504 services.

The District acknowledges its responsibility under Section 504 to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability shall knowingly be permitted in any program or practices in the school district.

The District shall ensure compliance with the requirements of Section 504 by taking action, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide written assurance of non-discrimination whenever the district receives federal money.
  • Designate an employee to coordinate the District’s Section 504 compliance activities; include this employee’s name in annual notices. Provide grievance procedures to resolve complaints filed by students, parents, and/or employees.
  • Provide notice to students, parents, employees, unions and professional organizations of nondiscrimination in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities.
  • Annually identify and locate all Section 504 qualified disabled children in the district’s geographic area who are not receiving a public education.
  • Annually notify disabled students and their parents/guardians of the District’s responsibilities under Section 504.Establish and notify parents/guardians of procedural safeguards regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of students being considered for or provided with special instruction or related services. Such safeguards include;:
    • notice of rights;
    • an opportunity to examine relevant records;
    • an impartial hearing initiated by either parents/guardians or the District, with opportunity student and/or parent/guardian participation. The student/parent is entitled to have representation by legal counsel;
    • a review procedure.

Legal Reference:
Rehabilitation Act of 1973

 Cross Reference:
603.03 Special Education Services
603.13 Procedural Safeguards and Record Keeping for Special Education

507.80 Students with Special Health Needs

 

Approved:
March 25, 2002

Reviewed:
January 13, 2010
August 17, 2015

December 21, 2020

Revised:
March 22, 2010
August 17, 2015

December 21, 2020