Section 504 Disability Non-Discrimination

Section 504 is part of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is a civil rights act that protects the rights o people with disabilities. The last states that no person with a disability can be excluded from or denied benefits of any program provided by public schools. Congress requires that school districts make their programs and activities accessible as well as usable to all individuals with disabilities.
Section 504 regulations require school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified person with a disability. Section 504 is the responsibility of general education and is not a special education program. No state or federal funding is provided to assist in the complying with Section 504.
Section 504 defines a person as disabled if he or she has (or is perceived to have) a mental or physical impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities. This includes caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, and other activities.
In order to determine eligibility for services and accommodations, a team of individuals who are knowledgeable about the student must evaluate the student and the results must be shared at a team meeting in which parents and the student are involved. If it is determined that a student has a disability under Section 504, the school district must develop and implement a plan that details the needed services and/or accommodations.

Responsibilities of the School District
  • Provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)
  • Provide assurance of nondiscrimination
  • Provide a written plan developed annually
  • Provide grievance procedures to resolve complaints
  • Annually identify and notify all qualified students with disabilities and parents of the district's Section 504 responsibilities
  • Provide accessible services or facilities 
• Determined by a group of persons knowledgeable about the student and the impact of disabilities on learning. This can include the principal, classroom teachers, school psychologist, other educators, parents and students;
• Services are to be documented in an annual 504 plan and reviewed periodically to determine needed modifications in academic requirements, instruction and supports that will enable the student to participate in the general education program.
• Identify needed accommodations for participation in state and local district testing.
• Adjust physical supports or remove barriers
• Modify schedules, assignments, tests and other items as needed
Building 504 Contact Person
The contact person in each school building is the building principal, dean or general education teacher assigned by the building principal. Please contact them if you have concerns about your child.
Additional Resources
Contact the Red Wing District 504 Coordinator - Cherie Johnson at ,
call 651-388-4441 or write at Goodhue County Education District, 601 Buchanan Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Disability Nondiscrimination Statement
The Red Wing School District #256 shall not discriminate against qualified individuals because of disabilities in employment, or educational services. ISD #256 shall make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental disabilities of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability unless the accommodations would impose undue hardship on the operation of the business of ISD #256. Disabled students are protected from disability discrimination and may be eligible for services under the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 even though they do not require or are eligible for IEP services as described under federal law known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA.

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