Section 504

   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 accomodations, 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:

 

Building

Building 504 Coordinator

ALC

Adrian Norman, Principal

Congdon Park ES

Kathi Kusch Marshall, Principal

Denfeld HS

Tonya Sconiers, Principal

East HS

Danette Seboe, Principal

Homecroft ES

Amy Worden, Principal

Lakewood ES

Darren Sheldon, Principal

Laura MacArthur ES

Nathan Glockle, Principal

Lester Park ES

Sue Lehna, Principal

Lincoln Park MS

Jacob Hintsala, Assistant Principal

Lowell ES

Jen Larva, Principal

Myers-Wilkins ES

Elisa Maldonado, Principal

Ordean-East MS

Rachel Jackson, Assistant Principal

Piedmont ES

Beth Shermoen, Principal

Residential Sites

Denise Clairmont, Principal

Stowe ES

Cynthia Maldonado, Principal

 

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 annually) 

III.  Refer to the MDE Section 504 website for resources and information regarding Section 504:

http://www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/StuRight/Sect504/index.html

 

IV.  School Board Policy (5154):  Student Disability Nondiscrimination:

Purpose

 

The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students 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.      Disabled students 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 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 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.

 

Coordinator

Persons who have questions, comments, or complaints that are not resolved at the building level should contact the Assistant Superintendent regarding grievances or hearing requests regarding disability issues.  This person is the school district’s ADA/504 Coordinator.

 

Legal References:  29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq. (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, § 504) 34 C.F.R. Part 104 (Implementing Regulations)


Adopted:          11-21-1995  ISD 709 
Revised:           05-19-2009  ISD 709