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504 Student Accommodations

Overview

The goal of Section 504 is to provide our students with disabilities equal access to Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, often referred to as "Section 504," is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Its purpose is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities and are not excluded or denied benefits due to their disability.

School Duties When Accomodating Students With 504 Plans

Schools must provide appropriate accommodations, aids, and services to eligible students who need these accommodations to participate in, and benefit from, their education.

This includes all programs and activities sponsored by the school, such as sports and field trips. These accommodations, aids, and services are described in a 504 plan.

Section 504 Information

How Do I Get My Child Evaluated if They Need 504 Accomodations?

The school must have consent from a parent or guardian before the evaluation begins. Without consent, a 504 team cannot evaluate a student or continue the 504 process. 

To determine whether or not a student needs a 504 plan, the school must follow these three steps:

What's Next if My Child Qualifies for a 504 Plan?

How to File a Complaint

If you believe the school is not following your child’s Section 504 plan or your child is experiencing discrimination or harassment, you can file a formal complaint.

District's Section 504 Coordinator/Compliance Officer

Almai Malit
Executive Director Equity Student Success and Strategic Engagement
253-840-8864

OSPI

On the OSPI Equity and Civil Rights Webpage, find information about how to file a formal complaint and follow the steps.

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (Seattle Office)

206-607-1600

TDD: 1-800-877-8339

www.ed.gov/ocr

Contact Info

If you disagree with the district's decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program, or placement under Section 504, contact the district's Section 504 Coordinator/Compliance Officer:

Almai Malit
Executive Director Equity Student Success and Strategic Engagement
253-840-8864

 

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