WHAT IS SECTION 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights act prohibiting discrimination based on a disability. Section 504 guarantees the right to full participation and access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. This statute ensures that an eligible student with an impairment will have reasonable accommodations made in order to access school related programs and activities.
WHO IS COVERED?
To qualify for protection under section 504 the student, through verification of formal school testing or other professional evaluation, must have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing speaking, breathing, learning or working. In addition, such limitations must significantly affect the student’s access to educational activities requiring accommodations not provided to other students of the same age or ability.
The 504 eligibility determination is made by the school’s 504 team, which most often consists of teachers, parents, school nurse, school counselor and others involved with the child. If the team determines that a child qualifies for Section 504 supports, the team is responsible for developing a plan to accommodate the child’s educational needs.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE? WHO DO I CONTACT?
Oak Grove School has a qualified and knowledgeable team that will work to gather information and determine if your child qualifies for 504 accommodations. If you have questions about the 504 process or are concerned about a particular child, please contact Oak Grove School’s 504 Coordinators, Kathryn Mason, School Counselor, 802-254-4678 or Kim Rose, School Nurse, 802-254-3740.