Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights/nondiscrimination statute that guarantees all students equal access to their education. Section 504 requires identification, evaluation, provision of appropriate services and procedural safeguards.

Under Section 504, classroom teachers and other general education staff are responsible for providing reasonable accommodations and/or services necessary for eligible students to participate in and benefit from public education.

If a child does not require special education or is not eligible for Special Education services, he or she may be eligible for a 504 Plan. A student is eligible if he or she has a permanent, medically documented physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Physical or mental impairments include physiological disorders, disfigurements, mental or psychological disorders, emotional or mental illness and specific learning disabilities. If the student has one of these handicaps and it impacts major life activities such as learning, the student may qualify for a 504 Plan.

Section 504 prohibits districts from the following (34 CFR Section 104.4):

  • Excluding an individual with a disability from participation in any district program or activity;

  • Denying an individual with a disability the benefits of any district program or activity;

  • Subjecting an individual with a disability to discrimination solely by reason of his/her disability.

If a student with a disability requires a special education program to benefit from his/her education, then it is district policy that the student be provided with an IEP after all procedures, including assessment and IEP meeting, have been followed.

What qualifies a student for a Section 504 Plan?

A student with a Section 504 disability has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, AND, has a record of such impairment, OR, is regarded as having such an impairment.

What is a Physical or Mental impairment?

 A physical or mental impairment is any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss; or, any mental or psychological disorder such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness and learning disability. (34 CFR Section 104.3(j)(2)(i)).

What is a Substantial Limitation?

A substantial limitation is a limitation that affects a person’s ability to perform an activity in relation to the average person in the general population. The student is not compared to their peer group, but to the average person in the general population. In determining whether a student’s disability substantially limits a major life activity entitling the student to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), districts will usually focus on behavior and learning.

In the 2008 reauthorization, it was clarified that impairments which are episodic or in remission are a disability if they would substantially limit a major life activity when active.

What is a Major Life Activity?

Major life activities are activities the average person in the general population can perform with little or no difficulty, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, standing, lifting, thinking, concentrating, interacting with others, sleeping, bending, reading, thinking, and communication. (42 USC Section 12102(1)(B).

For more information, please contact the 504 Coordinator at your student's school.


504 Coordinators

Pleasanton Unified School District 

School Site: 

504 Coordinator’s Name

Contact Information

Alisal Elementary


1454 Santa Rita Road


Lisa Padway



Donlon Elementary


4150 Dorman Road


Carole Stothers



Fairlands Elementary


4151 W. Las Positas Blvd.


Kaycie Woldhuis



Hearst Elementary


5301 Case Avenue


Beth Louderback



Lydiksen Elementary


7700 Highland Oaks Drive


Hilary Sowers



Mohr Elementary


3300 Dennis Drive


Lydia Rice



Valley View Elementary


480 Adams Way


Andrea Withers



Vintage Hills Elementary


1125 Concord Street


Leslie Navarrette



Walnut Grove Elementary


1999 Harvest Road


Dwight Pratt



Hart Middle School


4433 Willow Road


Mary Geasa



Harvest Park Middle School


4900 Valley Avenue


Gigi Kruse-Silva



Pleasanton Middle School


5001 Case Avenue


Arley Hill



Amador Valley High School


1155 Santa Rita Road


Melanie Harris



Foothill High School


4375 Foothill Road


Jen Friesen



Village High School


4645 Bernal Avenue


Terry Conde




Here is some additional information about 504 Plans from

Understanding 504 Plans


*Please see the below attached file for the District’s 504 Procedural Safeguards.