Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate disability discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal funds. Since all public school districts receive federal funds, all public school districts must comply with Section 504.
If a child is unable to fully access public education due to some temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, the parent may call the school counselor to consult on developing a Section 504 plan to make accommodations and modifications to improve the child's access to his or her education.
A Parent Guide to Free Appropriate Public Education
(under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) was developed by Puget Sound Educational Services District with consultation from Region X Office of Civil Rights. This document includes information to guide parents and educators in understanding the meaning of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under Section 504, highlights the major differences between Section 504 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and answers frequently asked questions.
BISD School Board Policy #2163
and Procedures #P2163
outline the district's policy on the Education of Students with Disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Bainbridge Island School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, nation origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. This holds true for all students who are participating in education programs, extracurricular activities. as well as the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Questions and or complaints regarding Section 504 should be directed to Diane Leonetti, Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer.
Executive Director, Special Services
Section 504/ADA Coordinator