Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is an anti-discrimination statute that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 requires evaluation, identification, provision of appropriate services, and procedural safeguards. 

 

The Section 504 regulation requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified student. Under Section 504, the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services is designed to meet the individual educational needs of individuals with disabilities as adequately as the needs of individuals without disabilities. The provision of FAPE under Section 504 provides equal access to education and is documented via a Section 504 plan. 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, as developed by the Section 504 team.

 

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 a disability.
 

What qualifies a student for a Section 504 Plan? The Section 504 regulatory provision of 34.C.F.R. 104.35(c) requires school districts to ensure the determination that a student is eligible for special education and/or related aids and services be made by a group of knowledgeable persons, including persons knowledgeable about the meaning of the evaluation data.

 

To be eligible under Section 504, a student must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

 

  • A physical or mental impairment refers to any physiological disorder or condition or any mental or psychological disorder.
  • Impairments which are episodic or in remission are a disability if they would substantially limit a major life activity when active.
  • Major life activities are activities that the average person in the general population can perform with little or no difficulty. Major life activities are functions including, but not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and operation of bodily functions. The Section 504 team may determine that another activity not listed herein is a major life activity for a student.
  • The Section 504 team must then determine if a student’s impairment substantially limits the performance of the identified major life activity, in comparison to the manner, condition, and duration that same age, non-disabled peers in the general population perform that major life activity.

 

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

 

504 Coordinators

Pleasanton Unified School District

School Site:

504 Coordinator/Contact Information

Alisal Elementary

 

1454 Santa Rita Road

94566

Julie Berglin

[email protected]

 

925-426-4200

Donlon Elementary

 

4150 Dorman Road

94588

Danielle Tremain

[email protected]

 

925-426-4220

Fairlands Elementary

 

4151 W. Las Positas Blvd.

94588

Kaycie Norton

[email protected]

 

925-426-4210

Hearst Elementary

 

5301 Case Avenue

94566

Beth Louderback

[email protected]

 

925-426-3772

Lydiksen Elementary

 

7700 Highland Oaks Drive

94588

Jennifer McCullough

[email protected]

 

925-426-4420

Mohr Elementary

 

3300 Dennis Drive

94588

Lydia Rice

[email protected]

 

925-426-4256

Valley View Elementary

 

480 Adams Way

94566

Andrea Withers

[email protected]

 

925-426-4230

Vintage Hills Elementary

 

1125 Concord Street

94566

Terri Quesinberry

[email protected]

 

925-426-4240

Walnut Grove Elementary

 

1999 Harvest Road

94566

Kristina Brown

[email protected]

 

925-426-4250

Hart Middle School

 

4433 Willow Road

94588

Caroline Fields

[email protected]

 

925-426-3102

Harvest Park Middle School

 

4900 Valley Avenue

94566

Gigi Kruse-Silva

[email protected]

 

 

925-426-4444

Pleasanton Middle School

 

5001 Case Avenue

94566

Arley Hill

[email protected]

 

925-426-4390

Amador Valley High School

 

1155 Santa Rita Road

94566

Athena Duran

[email protected]

 

 

925-461-6100

Foothill High School

 

4375 Foothill Road

94588

Jen Friesen

[email protected]

 

925-461-6600

Village High School

&

Pleasanton Virtual Academy

 

4645 Bernal Avenue

94566

Joe Viviani

[email protected]

 

 

925-426-4260

 

Here is some additional information about 504 Plans from Understood.org:

Understanding 504 Plans

 

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