What is Section 504?
Section 504 refers to a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The primary purpose of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is to ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against.
Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students with a physical or mental impairment, substantially limiting one or more major life activities.
A 504 plan provides accommodation(s), not modifications.
- Accommodation = changes how a student learns
- Modification = changes what a student learns
Who is Eligible?
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- have a record of such an impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment
For questions related to Section 504, contact the school psychologist at your student's school.
Current VASD K-12th Grade Students
We understand the importance of providing tailored educational support to every student. If you believe your child may benefit from accommodations under Section 504, we invite you to utilize our Request for 504 or Special Education Evaluation Form. This form allows you to formally request an evaluation to determine eligibility for these services, ensuring that your child's unique learning needs are met. Our dedicated team is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment. After submission, your request will be received by your student's school's special education/pupil service team. Someone from the team will contact you within 48 hours regarding the next steps.