Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination of pupils with disabilities in school systems. This law specifically prohibits discrimination against students with physical or mental impairments and guarantees them a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
It is a civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. To be eligible to receive assistance under a Section 504 plan, the student must be found eligible as being an individual with a disability or as an individual with an impairment that “substantially” reduces or lessens a student’s ability to access the learning in the educational setting because of a learning, behavior or health related condition.
Please contact the counselor or principal at your students' school with questions about the district's Section 504 Plans.