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2162 Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

This is School Board Policy 2162. View Superintendent Procedure 2162SP

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services.  Students may be disabled under this policy even though they are not eligible for services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).  

Section 504 is a civil rights law that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.  A child is a “qualified disabled person” under Section 504 if he or she (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and (2) is between the ages of 3 to 21 years old. 

The district will comply with the federal policies that require free appropriate public education (“FAPE”), Child Find, equal educational opportunity, confidentiality of information, parent involvement, participation in least the restrictive environment, evaluations, placement, re-evaluation, programming to meet individual needs, placement procedures, non-academic services, preschool and adult education programs, disciplinary exclusion, transportation, procedural requirements, appropriate funding, accessibility, special issues related to drug or alcohol addicted students, special considerations for students having AIDS or HIV infection, and special issues related to ADD/ADHD students. 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish and distribute the Section 504 Administrative Guide of procedures to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 are educated in full compliance with the law.