Section 504

What is Section 504?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education. The Center School District is a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education and, therefore, is covered by Section 504.

The purpose of Section 504 is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity provided by school districts that receive federal financial assistance. Otherwise stated, the purpose is to ensure that students who are eligible under Section 504 have educational opportunities equivalent to those of their nondisabled peers. Therefore, it is the responsibility of regular education staff and building administration to implement those practices and procedures necessary for a school to fulfill the requirements of this law. At each school within the Center School District, the responsibility for insuring Section 504 compliance rests with the building principal or principal’s designee, also referred to as the Building 504 Representative.

Section 504 Disability Definition

Under Section 504, a person with a disability is defined as an individual who:

Has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;

Has a record of such an impairment; or

Is regarded as having such an impairment.

Students who satisfy the first definition above are entitled to a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) in the least restrictive environment. FAPE, under Section 504, is defined as the provision of regular or special education and related services that are designed to meet the individual educational needs of the disabled student as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students. Students who satisfy only the second and third definitions are not entitled to FAPE, but are entitled to be free from discrimination.

For more information about Section 504

For specific details regarding referral, eligibility and services required under this Federal Law, please refer to the important links below. In addition, parents and staff members are encouraged and invited to contact the School Principal, the Section 504 Building Representatives for the school, or the District 504 Coordinator.

504 Public Notice

504 Public Notice (PDF)

504 Notice of Non-Discrimination

504 Notice of Non-Discrimination (PDF)

504 Notice of Parent and Student Rights

504 Notice of Parent and Student Rights (PDF)

504 Parent’s Guide Brochure

504 Parent's Guide Brochure (PDF)

504 Manual

504 Manual (PDF)

504 Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers

504 Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers -(PDF)

504 Request for Medical Information

504 Request for Medical Information (PDF)

504 Student History

504 Student History (PDF)

Contact Information - Building 504 Coordinators

School Building 504 Coordinator Phone Email
Boone Elementary Jenny Morris 349-3680
Center Elementary Rosyln Christopher 349-3476
Indian Creek Elementary Tracye Smith 349-3490
Red Bridge Elementary Courtney Lumbard 612-4231
Center Middle School Kathleen Easton 612-4055
Center Middle School Laura Partridge  612-4027
Center Middle School Dawn Vandehey 612-4025
Center High School Jeannette Giangrosso 349-3454
Center High School Hannah O'Donnell 349-3378
Center Alternative School Michelle Gibson 349-3662