Section 504

Welcome to the Section 504 Student Support site.

Please see attached files and links below for more information.

NOTICE OF PARENT/STUDENT RIGHTS

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The following is a description of the rights granted by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (" Section 504" ) to parents and their children who are identified as disabled. The school district is responsible to inform you of decisions about your child and of your rights if you disagree with any of those decisions.

You have the following rights:

  1. To have your child take part in, and receive benefits from, public education programs
    without discrimination because of his/her disability;
  2. To have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law;
  3. To receive notice from the school with respect to the identification, evaluation, educational
    program or placement of your child;
  4. According to the Department of Education' s 504 Regulations, to have your child receive a
    free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-disabled
    students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to reasonable
    accommodations, modifications, andrelated aids and services necessary for your child to
    benefit from his or her educational program.
  5. To have your child educated in comparable facilities and receive comparable services to
    those provided non-disabled students;
  6. To have decisions regarding your child' s evaluation, program and placement based upon a
    variety of information sources, and made by persons familiar with the student, the
    evaluation data, and the placement options;
  7. To have your child re-evaluated periodically, to the extent necessary, including before any
    significant changes are made to your child's educational program or placement;
  8. To have your child receive an equal opportunity to participate in extra-curricular school
    activities;
  9. To examine all relevant educational records relating to decisions regarding your child's
    identification, evaluation, education program, and placement;
  10. To obtain copes of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively
    deny you access to the records;
  11. To receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and
    interpretations of your child's records;
  12. To request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to
    believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of
    your child. If the school district refuses this request for amendment, it shall notify you
    within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing;
  13. To file a complaint through local complaint procedures regarding any alleged violation of the
    Rehabilitation Act;
  14. To request an impartial hearing, to be conducted by a person who is not an employee of the
    district, to dispute decisions or actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation,
    educational program or placement as a student with a disability. You and your child may
    take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you at your own
    expense. Questions about how to request a hearing may be forwarded to the person
    responsible for the district' s compliance with Section 504 listed below;
  15. To have the decisions made by hearing officers or others reviewed in state or federal court.

The person in this District who is responsible for assuring that the District complies with Section 504 is:

Jennifer Donlon and Kelly Stokes

Notice of Procedural Safeguards

In the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (the reauthorization of the IDEA, 2004), the Congress required the U.S. Department of Education to publish and widely disseminate ' model forms' , that are " consistent with the requirements of [Part B of the IDEA]" and " sufficient to meet the requirements." This notice of procedural safeguards has been provided to the states.

Please see the links and files below for Section 504 information.

Related Links

Equity and Access: Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act
http://www.maine.gov/education/vocequity/section504.htm

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