504 services are available for district students who have a handicapping condition that may interfere with their learning. Individuals considered eligible for protection from discrimination under Section 504 are those who have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity. To make the determination of "disability" under Section 504, both conditions must be present. Students are referred to the 504 committee by parents, and/or school staff. When the district 504 committee receives a referral they will review data and related information to determine eligibility for services. Parents will be invited to participate in the 504 process. Students who are eligible for 504 services will receive an individualized 504 Accommodation plan. The committee will review this plan at least annually. The 504 student will have a case manager to monitor his/her progress and to act as a liaison with the teaching staff and family. Mary McIsaac, AMS Counselor, will be serving as the District 504 Coordinator and District 504 Compliance Officer. She can be reached at 908-996-6811 ext. 235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Regarding Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 is an Act prohibiting discrimination against anyone with a handicap in any program receiving federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a handicap as anyone whom:
1. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, including such activities as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.
2. Has a record of such impairment; or
3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the school district recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a handicap will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices of the school system.
The school district has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, afford access to educational services.
Alexandria Township Schools
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 obligated 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
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, and related 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 reevaluated 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 grievance through local grievance 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 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.