Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law aimed at supporting students who are experiencing cognitive or physical impairments that limit major life activities.
Students who qualify for services under Section 504 will receive accommodations based on their Service Plan to ensure their success in a general education classroom. Students receiving services under Section 504 are responsible for all content standards for their enrolled grade level and must meet all promotion standards to be promoted to the next grade.
If a student is experiencing any cognitive or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, their legal guardian may contact YES Prep to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services. A legal guardian or adult student (age 18 or over) may request an evaluation for Section 504 services at any time.
Should the student's family or school staff suspect a need for specially designed instruction through special education services, they can refer the student for a special education evaluation at any time.
The Section 504 Parent and Educator Resource Guide, created by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is available at this link: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/504-resource-guide-201612.pdf.
For Section 504 services and questions, contact Dr. Marva Gavins at 713-967-9000.