Section 504

What is Section 504?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights act prohibiting discrimination based on a disability. The statute ensures that an eligible student with an impairment receives reasonable accommodations necessary for the student to access school-related programs and activities.

Who is covered?

A student may be considered disabled under the definition of Section 504 if the student has, or has a record of, or is regarded as having, a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. Examples of conditions which may qualify an individual for 504 services include chronic asthma, communicable diseases, attention deficit disorder, social phobia, obesity, allergies, epilepsy, and Tourette's Syndrome.

Referral and Eligibility Process

The referral process shall be initiated by the 504 chairperson, usually the school counselor, in response to any verbal, written, or electronic request by any appropriate party familiar with the student's education or from the school's Intervention Team.

The Section 504 committee, which includes the parent, shall determine if the student meets the requirements of an eligible individual under Section 504 by discussing the following: (a) if a mental or physical impairment exists, (b) if the impairment substantially limits any of the student's major life functions, (c) how the impairment affects the student across the educational program, and (d) if the student is eligible for an accommodation plan.

Section 504 Plan

The Section 504 committee shall write a Section 504 plan for eligible students.

Accommodations shall be included in the 504 plan, along with any modifications or services the student may need. Educational services, testing accommodations, and extracurricular activities shall be considered during the decision-making process. Accommodations and adaptations shall not lower, or substantially or fundamentally alter, Louisa County Public Schools standards.

Student participation in the Standards of Learning (SOL) and District Assessments shall be determined and documented on the student's 504 plan.

Section 504 plans shall be reviewed at least annually and eligibility is determined at least every three years by the Section 504 committee.

Section 504 inquiries may be submitted to the Section 504 school contact below. Questions may also be directed to Kathy Wash, Lead Section 504 Coordinator, or Carla Alpern, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, at 540-894-5115.

Section 504 Coordinators

Jouett Elementary School Justin Grigg
Moss-Nuckols Elementary School Steve Allen
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Laura Moore
Trevilians Elementary School Christy Conway
Louisa County Middle School (6) Annie Floyd
Louisa County Middle School (7) Jaclyn Jacobson
Louisa County Middle School (8) Sarah Porter
Louisa County High School Kristin Chapman
Louisa County High School Allison Coleman
Louisa County High School Jennifer Purcell
Louisa County High School Jessica Rabil
Louisa County High School Jerry Slaughter

For Section 504 nondiscrimination policy and grievance procedures, please click here.

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