Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. Section 504 ensures that students with medical or other disabilities have equal access to an education. Qualified students may receive accommodations and modifications planned by persons knowledgeable about the students, the meanings of evaluation data, and placement and accommodation options. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
Additional information and resources on 504 are provided below, including but not limited to a link to the Board’s applicable policies and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions about Section 504, you should feel free to contact the Section 504 coordinator in your child’s school, who are as follows: Erich Breyer, for Anna C. Scott Elementary School; Aprel King, for the Leonia Middle School; and Mark Sernatinger, for Leonia High School. Additionally, you may also contact the District’s Section 504 Coordinator, Xanthy Karamanos.
We have also provided links to resources for parents that can help to answer questions you may have.
Section 504 information from the NJDOE: https://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/504/