Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) provides assistance to school districts, parents, and students upon request. Additionally, regulations and publicly issued policy guidance is available on the OCR’s website. For any questions, please contact Victoria Kalscheuer, Director of Pupil Services, at 920-478-3633x x, 1024.