Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. This law is about ensuring that the student is able to access his/her educational program.
Students with disabilities that substantially limit a major life activity such as learning, working, hearing, speaking, etc. may require an individual accommodation plan or specific services to ensure access to education and school sponsored activities. Section 504 is not special education.
- Civil Rights Legislation
- Vermont’s Guide to 504
- Vermont Family Network Guide
- Kids Legal Website
- Section 504 Student Testimonial
The following OESU personnel provide leadership and planning for 504 plans:
- Bradford Elementary: Adam Norwood, Principal
- Newbury Elementary: Chance Lindsley, Principal
- Oxbow Union High: Jean Wheeler, Principal
- Thetford Elementary: Kevin Petrone, Principal
- Waits River Valley: Carlotta Perantoni, Principal
It is important for parents and caregivers to contact teachers and/or the principal if your child is struggling in school. Don’t let it drag on – it is hard for children to catch up and keep up.