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Section 504

What is a Section 504 Plan?

A Section 504 Plan is a legally binding document. It is designed to assist an eligible student by setting out the services the student will need in order to participate in the regular or general education program.

When does a student qualify under Section 504? 

The decision regarding whether or not to identify a student under Section 504 is made on a case-by-case basis.

The Section 504 Committee reviews each student’s individual information to determine whether there is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The committee considers the nature and severity of the impairment, its duration or expected duration, and the long-term impact of the impairment on the student’s opportunity to access and benefit from programs and activities offered by the district. If the student is eligible and receiving special education and related services, the student is eligible under Section 504; however, the student’s IEP satisfies the district’s Section 504 obligations.

For further information, please review the district’s 504 brochure and Department of Education Parent and Educator Guide links below.

Department of Education Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504

Department of Education Parent and Educator Guide to Section 504

504 Brochure

504 Brochure


Dennis Fare, E.d.D.

504 Compliance Officer