Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

What is Section 504
Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This area allows students to receive additional support that may not qualify for Special Education. 

All Texas LEAs are required to post a direct link to the specific TEA webpage on their website. The link contains the information in the document related to SB 139 mentioned in OSEP Requirement 2. This is intended to provide Texas families with information regarding the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 
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Students protected under Section 504
Section 504 protects students with disabilities under this umbrella who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. In order to gain protection from Section 504, a student must be identified as: "(1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment" (TEA, 10/01/2021). Section 504 requires Calvin Nelms to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE). A student qualifies under this area who have a physical or mental impairment that drastically limits one or more major life activities.

Evaluation
An evaluation in any secondary school will determine whether a child is qualified as a disabled student. The evaluation process is the first step. Section 504 requires the evaluation process to ensure that children are correctly classified to be placed. The evaluation may include the following: Past STAAR assessments, Teacher Evaluations, and Observations, Classwork, Current and past report cards, Parent Concerns, Attendance, Vision and Health Screening, Benchmark, and/or Formal Assessment.

Placement

After the evaluation is complete and the student is identified as being eligible for regular or section 504 services, a decision must be made regarding the type of Section 504 services the student requires. The students 504 Committee will make these decisions, at the Initial 504 Meeting.

Procedural Safeguards
As a Public secondary school, we employ procedural safeguards in regards to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of students who, need or are believed to need specialized instruction or other services.

How to file a complaint