Section 504 Accommodations
The administration and staff of District 401 work to ensure that any student who is disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.
What is Section 504?
Section 504 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.
The law establishes a student’s right to full access to and participation in education and all school-related activities. It requires schools to provide appropriate services to meet the individual needs of qualified students.
Who Qualifies Under Section 504?
A student is considered "qualified" under Section 504 if the student has a disability, which is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Major life activities include caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks and learning.
District 401's Policy on Section 504
Procedures and practices in this area are governed by District 401's policy on 504 accommodations, which can be found in Section 6:120 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual. The policy includes the following provisions:
The School District shall provide a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the District, as required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and implementing provisions of the School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. The term "children with disabilities," as used in this policy, means children between ages 3 and 15 (inclusive) for whom it is determined, through definitions and procedures described in the Illinois State Board of Education's Special Education rules, that special education services are needed.
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 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act even though they do not require services pursuant to the IDEA.
A searchable online version of the Board of Education’s Policy Manual can be found here.