(SECTION 504 NOTICE)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal mandate that protects students with disabilities. Under Section 504, it is the responsibility of the School District to identify and evaluate students who, within the intent of Section 504, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.
Disabled students are protected from discrimination the basis of a disability. For this policy, a student who is protected under Section 504 is one who:
1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning; or
2. has a record of such impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such impairment.
Students may be protected from disability discrimination and be eligible for services, accommodations, or programs under the provisions of Section 504 even through they are not eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Section 504 services can be requested by the students, his/her parents or guardians, or by the faculty and administration. Pre-determination meetings are held to determine the nature of the disability and the plan that will be put into place. Parents will be asked to come to a yearly meeting to review the plan.
The following person has bee designated the School District’s appointed Section 504/ADA Coordinator to coordinate and handle inquires regarding the School District’s Section 504 policies:
Superintendent of Schools
305 Ochre Street West
Comfrey, MN 56019
Further information can be obtained from the Office of Civil Rights (Region V) – United States Department of Education for Civil Rights, Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street – Suite 1475. Chicago, IL 60661. Grievances or complaints of discrimination under this policy may be filed with the School District’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator pursuant to the School District’s Discrimination, Harassment and Violence Policy and Procedures, a copy of which is available from the School District office or the Section 504/ADA Coordinator.