Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance, such as school districts. The law requires that school districts provide a free and appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.
Students covered under Section 504 are ultimately provided the right to have their individual educational needs met as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.
Qualified Students Protected
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- Have a record of such an impairment; or
- Be regarded as having such an impairment
For more information on Section 504 or if you believe you child should receive Section 504 services, please contact the assistant principal at your child's school.