Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act reflects Congress' intent that schools receiving federal funding provide protections and services to students with disabilities.
Palo Alto Unified School District has two important responsibilities to students with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
All such students are entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in the services, programs, and activities offered in public schools, without discrimination. In addition, all such students are provided with a free appropriate education, which may include special education, related services, appropriate accommodations, and other supports to allow them to access a school's educational services through the creation and implementation of a Section 504 service plan.
As a recipient of federal funds and a school district dedicated to ensuring that all students access excellent teaching and learning, the Palo Alto Unified School District is committed to ensuring that all students eligible under Section 504 are protected from discrimination and receive necessary educational services, accommodations and supports at school. More information about Parent Rights and Procedural Safeguards are available below:
- Board Policy 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504
- Administrative Regulation 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504
- Notice of Parent Rights and Procedural Safeguards Under Section 504 (see below)
If you believe that your child would meet the criteria for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please contact the school secondary counselor or Site 504 Leads listed below. The site 504 Lead can discuss your child's needs and provide you with information on how to initiate the process as appropriate.
If you have questions about 504 Plans or would like to request a review for assessment, please contact Mental Health & Wellness.