• Papillion La Vista 504 Background and Policy

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that has been in effect since 1973. For many years, its main trust has been to regulate employment for individuals with disabilities. However, within the last decade, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), charged with the enforcement of 504, has become proactive in the field of education of individuals with disabilities. Advocacy organizations and the legal system have increasingly focused on Section 504’s requirement to ensure the education system provides the full range of accommodations and services necessary for students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from public education programs and activities. The information is this guide focuses upon the education-related issues of Section 504. – CASE, Fourth Edition

    When School Staff Should Consider the Existence of a 504 Disability:

    1. When a parent frequently expresses a concern about their child’s performance
    2. When serial suspensions occur for a student
    3. When retention is considered for a student
    4. When a student shows a pattern of not benefiting from instruction
    5. When a student returns to school after an extended illness or injury
    6. When a student returns to school after being released from a treatment center or institution
    7. When a student is referred for evaluation for IDEA, but the IEP team decides there is no reason to suspect a disability under IDEA
    8. When a student is evaluated and not eligible under IDEA
    9. When a student exhibits a chronic health condition
    10. When a student is in danger of dropping out of school
    11. When substance abuse is an issue

    Note: These circumstances do not mean that a student should have a 504 accommodation plan.

    To view PLC Schools Board policy 6304 Students with Disabilities who Qualify for Section 504, click here.

    Notice of Nondiscrimination
    Papillion La Vista Community Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age or other protected status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
    Students: Paul Bohn, Director of Student Services, 420 South Washington Street, Papillion, NE 68046 (402) 537-6214 (pbohn@paplv.org). Employees and Others: Dr. Renee Hyde, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, 420 South Washington Street, Papillion, NE 68046 (402) 537-6206 (rhyde@paplv.org). Complaints or concerns involving discrimination or needs for accommodation or access should be addressed to the appropriate Coordinator. For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact OCR at 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, Missouri 64114, (816) 268-0550 (voice), or (877) 521-2172 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or ocr.kansascity@ed.gov