Section 504 Plans
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is Congress’s directive to schools receiving any federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operation. Since St. Vrain Valley School District receives federal dollars, it is required to provide eligible disabled students with equal access to services, programs, and activities offered by the District. Section 504 is a civil rights statute and not a special education statute. Therefore, it is the responsibility of regular education staff and building administration to implement those practices and procedures necessary for a school to fulfill the requirements of this law. At each school, the responsibility for ensuring Section 504 compliance rests with the building principal or principal’s designee, sometimes referred to as the building 504 coordinator.
A Parent Guide to Section 504 is designed to provide parents with a short overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as it pertains to St. Vrain Valley School District. While Section 504 defines the equal access requirements for students, employees, and other individuals, this publication will focus on students. This information has been organized around questions parents frequently ask when trying to understand this civil rights statute. Please note that when working with disabled students, Section 504 serves the same purpose as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).