Section 504


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
 ("Section 504") provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. (” A school district, as a recipient of federal funds, is required to comply with the provisions of Section 504 with respect to its students.

In order to qualify for services under Section 504, a student must be a qualified individual with a disability who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities, (ii) has a record of such impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment” (29 U.S.C. § 705 (20); 34 C.F.R. 104.3 (j) (1). The second and third prongs of this provision protect from discrimination those students who may in fact not have a disability but who have a history of a disability or are perceived by others to have a disability.

Section 504 Procedural Safeguards
Board Policy for Section 504
Board Procedure for Section 504
Procedure Handout
What You Need to Know - Section 504