Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial funds. It is the Ames CSD responsibility to identify and evaluate students with disabilities, and if a student is found to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.
The Section 504 regulation from the U.S. Department of Education requires school districts to provide “free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability in its jurisdiction regardless of the nature and severity of the disability that consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student’s individual needs.”
Some students may be protected by Section 504 but not qualify for special education. These students are eligible for accommodations to give them an opportunity to receive an education that is comparable to their peers without disabilities.
Parents are entitled to have the opportunity to review relevant educational records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Parent(s)/guardian(s) shall have the right to an impartial hearing (”Section 504 due process hearing”), with opportunity for participation by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and their counsel. A request for a Section 504 due-process hearing should be made within 30 days of notice of right to file.
The district’s designated 504 Coordinator is the Director of Special Education. Review the 504 handbook for further information.