Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and states, “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…” [29 U.S.C. Sec. 794]. Under the provisions of Section 504, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who (I) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.
Schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. KTEC High School is obligated to notify the community of its responsibilities under Section 504 regarding the identification, evaluation, and the provision of appropriate accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Following the referral and evaluation process, if a student is found to be a student with a disability, a Section 504 Accommodation Plan will be developed in collaboration with the school-based team as well as the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). Accommodations and protections are designed to provide the student with opportunities to participate in and benefit from educational programs and activities. The provision of services are developed to meet the individual educational needs of a student with a disability. KTEC High School will make reasonable accommodations for a student with a disability unless it can be demonstrated that the accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the program. A Section 504 Accommodation Plan shall be reviewed and revised at least annually, and a re-evaluation shall be completed every three years.
The Section 504 coordinator annually notifies school staff members regarding KTEC High School’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability and its obligation to identify and provide appropriate educational services for students with disabilities.
For additional information on Section 504, please visit the website for the Office of Civil Rights.