Section 504 of Americans with Disabilities Act provides students with disabilities equal access to educational services. The school counselors work with students, their families, and staff to develop 504 plans that ensure eligible students receive the accommodations necessary to access the instruction provided by the district. For more information contact your student’s school counselor or call the Special Services Department.
It is the intent of the Montesano School District to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled under this policy, even though they are not eligible for services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law which protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. A child is a "qualified disabled person" under Section 504, if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for ones self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and is between the ages of 3 to 21 years old.
Once eligibility under Section 504 has been determined, the process moves to the development of a Student Accommodation Plan. This plan is to be developed by a professional team. Each student accommodation plan should be reviewed by the team every year.