Section 504 is a federal statute designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of a disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In accordance with Section 504, a qualified student with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities shall not, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any program or activity offered by FPCS.
Qualifying a student under Section 504 is made on a case-by-case basis. The Student Support Services Team (SSS Team) along with the 504 Coordinator at the individual campuses will review each referred child’s individual profile to determine whether there is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The SSS Team/504 Coordinator will convene a 504 meeting with the parent(s) to review the nature and severity of the impairment, its duration or expected duration and the impact of the impairment on the child’s opportunity to access and benefit from programs and activities offered by Friendship PCS.
If a student is determined eligible for services under Section 504, a plan will be developed that specifies the adaptation, accommodations, and modifications that a student may need to participate in programs and activities offered by Friendship PCS. If you believe your child has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, you may contact the 504 Coordinator at the campus where your child attends. The name of the 504 Coordinator for each campus may be obtained from the school’s front office.