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.  

    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.

    The referral process shall be initiated by the 504 Coordinator, Sandy Simone, in response to any written request initiated by any appropriate party familiar with the student’s education.
    The Section 504 committee 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.  

    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. 

    Should you have any questions regarding Section 504 at Harmony Township School, please contact Brian Staples, 504 Coordinator, at 908-859-1001 x150.