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Students with Disabilities

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009, Revised: 5/22/2012
7000 - Students

7620 SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

SUBJECT:  STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

The Board of Education affirms its compliance with those sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 dealing with program accessibility.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in federally assisted programs or activities solely on the basis of disability. The District shall make its program and facilities accessible to all its students with disabilities.

The District shall also identify, evaluate and extend to every qualified student with a disability under Section 504 a free, appropriate public education, including modifications, accommodations, specialized instruction or related aids and services, as deemed necessary to meet their educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.

Prior to the beginning of each school year, the District shall issue an appropriate public announcement which advises students, parents/legal guardians, employees and the general public of the Board's responsibilities under Section 504. Included in this announcement will be the name of the Section 504 Coordinator. In addition, the Section 504 Coordinator shall provide information, including complaint procedures, to any person who feels that his/her rights under Section 504 have been violated. Should a hearing be requested in compliance with the complaint procedure the burden of proof shall rest with the party initiating the complaint.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 United States Code (USC) Section 794 et seq.

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