Section 504 Plans
Under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, some school-age children with disabilities who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Special Education services may be eligible for special protections and for adaptations and accommodations in instruction, facilities and activities. Children are entitled to such protections, adaptations and accommodations when they have a documented disability that: (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (and therefore has a disability) must be made on a case-by-case basis and is subject to review by the school 504 team. After all documentation of the disability and its academic impact for the student is collected, an eligibility meeting will be held with the teacher(s), parent/legal guardian, 504 coordinators, and administrator to determine plan eligibility and appropriate accommodations.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to prohibit discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving Federal money. This statute obligates public schools to provide equal access and equal opportunity to otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. To determine 504 eligibility, a student must demonstrate: as a result of an evaluation, to have a physical or mental disability/impairment (or having a history of a physical or mental disability/impairment) that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
For more information regarding the Section 504 Eligibility process at GCA, please complete this 504 Informational Meeting Request survey for your student(s):
If your student has a current IEP or 504 Plan at GCA, you are not required to complete the above survey.