Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a disability as anyone who:
- Has mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
- Has a record of such an impairment; or;
- Is regarded as having such impairment.
The 504 team will evaluate the nature of the student’s suspected disability.
- This may include a review of educational records and/or medical records; or if a child is suspected as having a disability under IDEA a full psycho-educational evaluation may be warranted.
- The evaluation must be sufficient to accurately and completely assess possible eligibility and service options.
- A final decision regarding eligibility will be made by the 504 team, which will consider whether or not the disabling condition substantially limits a major life activity, such as learning, walking, hearing and concentrating.
- The results of the evaluation will be documented.
- If the student is found to be a qualified student with a disability, the District will develop and implement a 504 plan.
What to do if you suspect your child may need a 504 plan
- Contact your school site counselor and/or principal and schedule a Student Study Team (SST) meeting and/or 504 meeting to consider developing a 504 plan.
- Provide the team with any documentation you might have regarding your student’s disability.
|Ricardo Chavez||Section 504 District Coordinator|