Section 504 Information
Upon receipt of a 504 referral, the 504 Committee will meet to determine whether your child is eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This meeting is necessary to determine the most appropriate school program for your child.
On this webpage, you will find information regarding Section 504, Parent/Student Rights Information, Due Process Review Procedures, a Parent/Guardian Referral Form, and a supporting documentation request. In order for 504 Committee to consider this referral, parents/guardians must return the Parent Consent/Receipt Form, the Release of Information Form, and the 504-Referral Form. Also include a professional evaluation which may come from your child’s medical doctor or a mental health professional. Following receipt of these documents by your child's school counselor, the 504 Committee will meet to discuss your child’s eligibility. You may choose to be present at any meeting where your child is being discussed. Please inform your son’s/daughter’s counselor if you would like to attend.
Section 504 only applies to persons considered to have a disability as defined in the 504 Act. As a result, the question of eligibility is a critical issue. According to the law, the HCRHS 504 Committee has sole authority to determine eligibility. When determining the eligibility of individuals for Section 504 protections and services, the following questions must be addressed by the HCRHS 504 Committee:
1. Is there a physical or mental disability?
2. If so, does it impair a major life activity?
3. If so, is the degree of impairment substantial?
In the educational environment at HCRHS “learning” is most often the major life activity being affected. If so the HCRHS 504 Committee must ask:
1. Is the student currently being discriminated against?
2. Does the student have a disability that is substantially affecting his learning?
3· Is the student being excluded from participation in the learning environment because of the disability?
4. Are accommodations necessary to give the student an equal opportunity to succeed in the learning environment?
504 is about granting accommodations to give equal opportunity to succeed. 504 is not about granting eligibility in anticipation of possible discrimination. The committee will keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child.
For more information and to download and print forms, please click on the following links: