504 Plan Process
If your child has a disability impacting one of their major life functions and you would like to create a 504 plan with the school:
1. Contact the school’s 504 Coordinator: Kara Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. A meeting will be set with the 504 Coordinator, the parent, and the classroom teacher.
3. The 504 plan will be written in the meeting, and signed by those in attendance before leaving the meeting.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, persons with disabilities, employees, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the Wasatch Charter School are hereby notified that this district does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.
Any person having inquiries concerning the school district’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Section 504 is directed to contact the following individual who has been designated by the school to coordinate efforts to comply with the regulations regarding nondiscrimination:
Name: Kara Salisbury
Title: Assistant Director, Wasatch Charter School
Programs for Students with Disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 defines a person with a disability as anyone who . . .
Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sleeping, standing, lifting, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, helping, eating, bending, or operation of a bodily function. (This is not an exhaustive list of major life activities, which means even if an activity or function is not listed it can nonetheless be a major life activity.)
The Wasatch Charter School has the responsibility to provide accommodations and services to eligible individuals with disabilities. The Wasatch Charter School acknowledges its responsibility under Section 504 to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability shall knowingly be permitted in any program or practice in the school.
Parent and/or Student Rights under Section 504
The following is a description of some student and parent rights under Section 504 and other federal laws. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.
• Have your child take part in and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination based on a disability.
• Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, program, or placement of your child.
• Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with other students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school make reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.
• Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided for students without disabilities.
• Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources and by individuals who know the student, disability, evaluation data, and placement options.
• Give your child an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities offered by the school.
• Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement.
• File a local grievance with your school if you feel your child is being discriminated against because of their disability.
• Request a due process hearing to help resolve issues with the school.
• Contact the Section 504 Monitor at Utah State Office of Education, Educational Equity Section (801-538-7647).
• File a formal complaint with the regional Office for Civil Rights. The office is part of the U.S. Department of Education. The regional office is located at 1244 Speer Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80204-3582.
SECTION 504 ANNUAL NOTICE
In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly known as Section 504, the School District hereby notifies disabled children and their parents of the School District duty under the Regulations to Section 504.
The School shall provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified child who enrolls in the School regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. The School shall educate each qualified disabled child with children who are not disabled to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the disabled child, and shall also ensure that disabled children participate with non-disabled children in nonacademic and extra-curricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate. A disabled child shall be afforded an equal opportunity for participation in such services and activities.
The School shall provide disabled children an equal opportunity for participation in physical education courses, interscholastic, club or intramural athletics.
The School shall conduct pre-placement evaluations, and shall establish standards and procedures consistent with Section 104.35 for the evaluation and placement of children who need or are believed to need special education or related services. Periodic reevaluation shall be conducted of children who have been provided special education or related services.
Placement decisions shall draw upon information from a variety of sources and shall be made by a group of persons knowledgeable about the child, the meaning of the evaluation data, and the placement options. The School shall establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards that includes notice, and opportunity for the parent to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with the opportunity for participation by the parent and representation by counsel, and a review procedure.
Section 504 Grievance Process