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Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Section 504 establishes a student’s right to full access and participation to education and all school-related activities and require schools provide appropriate services to meet the individual needs of qualified students. ​

Keeneyville D20 must provide a free appropriate public education to students within the district who are eligible under Section 504.  Instruction must be individually designed to meet the needs of those students as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities. An appropriate education under Section 504 requires that the services be uniquely tailored to meet each student’s needs.

Although Section 504 does not require schools to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) with annual goals, the school does provide written documentation for each student identified and provide accommodations and/or services under Section 504.  If school staff or a parent suspect that a student may need a 504 Plan, a referral should be made, evaluations conducted, and possible identification determined by a team knowledgeable about the student.  If the student is identified, the team may develop a Section 504 Plan.

If your child has a disability, which “substantially limits one or more major life activities,” please contact your child’s principal for additional information.