In compliance with its obligations under both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Independent School District 709 does not discriminate against otherwise qualified students with disabilities in the provision of educational programs and activities.
It is the intent of Independent School District 709 to provide a free and appropriate public education to each Section 504 qualified and eligible student with a disability within its jurisdiction. Students, who because of a disability, need or are believed to need reasonable accommodations, services, and/or programs are addressed under this policy. A qualified student has (1) a physical or mental impairment (2) that substantially limits (3) a major life activity.
Students who are identified as individuals requiring special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) criteria are not addressed under this policy, as the needs of such students are provided for under state and federal law, and ISD 709 special education procedures.
For more information contact the ISD 709 Section 504 Coordinator: Amy Starzecki, Assistant Superintendent. Additionally, every school has a Section 504 Coordinator as outlined in the list below.
I. Building Contacts for 2016-17:
II. Required district forms to be completed for Section 504 Plans.
The following forms are required to be completed:
· Section 504 Plan
Section 504 Procedural Safeguards (should be provided to parents
III. Refer to the MDE Section 504 website for resources and information regarding Section 504:
IV. School Board Policy (521): Student Disability Nondiscrimination:
The purpose of this policy is to protect students with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.
General Statement of Policy
A. Students with disabilities who meet the criteria of Paragraph C below are protected from discrimination on the basis of a disability.
B. It is the responsibility of the school district to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.
C. For this policy, a learner who is protected under Section 504 is one who:
1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including learning; or
2. has a record of such impairment; or
3. is regarded as having such impairment.
D. Learners may be protected from disability discrimination and be eligible for services, accommodations, or programs under the provisions of Section 504 even though they are not eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Persons who have questions or comments should contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent, 215 N. 1st Ave E, Duluth, MN 55802, (218)336-8739. The Assistant Superintendent is the school district’s Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 coordinator. Persons who wish to make a complaint regarding a disability discrimination matter may use the accompanying Student Disability Discrimination Grievance Report Form. The form should be given to the ADA/Section 504 coordinator.
Legal References: Pub. L. 110-325, 122 Stat. 3553 (ADA Amendments Act of 2008, § 7)
29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq. (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, § 504)
34 C.F.R. Part 104 (Section 504 Implementing Regulations)
Cross References: MSBA/MASA Model Policy 402 (Disability Nondiscrimination)
Replacing: Policy 5154