Winchester Public Schools also has specific responsibilities under Section 504 with respect to providing access to appropriate educational services for students who qualify under Section 504. These responsibilities include the obligation to identify, to evaluate, and to afford access to appropriate educational services. If the parent or guardian disagrees with the decisions made by the professional staff of the school district with respect to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of their child, he/she has a right to an impartial hearing. Additional written information about an impartial hearing is available on request from the Section 504 Coordinator.Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. §794, ("Section 504"), prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, and requires recipients of such assistance to take positive steps (such as providing accessibility and reasonable accommodations) to ensure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in their programs and activities.
A student with a disability under Section 504 means any student who:
Has a disability, which substantially limits one or more of the student’s major life activities and has a record of such a disability.
Or, is regarded as having such a disability.It is important to note that any student eligible for special education and related services is also protected from discrimination under Section 504, but that not all students who are eligible under Section 504 meet the eligibility requirements for special education and related services. A student who is suspected of requiring special education and related services should be referred for a special education assessment. If an IEP (Individualized Education Program) team finds the student is not eligible for special education, but suspects the student has a disability, it may refer the student for the Section 504 evaluation process.
Notice of Parent and Student Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Note: Major life activities may include but are not limited to functions such as bending, breathing, caring for one’s self, communicating, concentrating, eating, hearing, learning, lifting, performing manual tasks, reading, seeing, sleeping, standing, speaking, thinking, walking, and working. Major life activities may also include, but not be limited to: functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, and digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.
Persons who feel that they may have been discriminated against on the basis of disability should contact:District Section 504 Coordinator
Winchester Public Schools
338 Main Street
Winsted, CT 06098
(1) Source: U.S. Department of Labor
504 Rehabilitation Act
(2) Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights