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Section 504

Section 504 Defined

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities.

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Eligibility under Section 504

Children with disabilities may be eligible for special education and related services under Section 504. That’s because Section 504′s definition of disability is broader than the IDEA’s definition. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
  • have a record of such an impairment; or
  • be regarded as having such an impairment.

Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE means providing regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.

The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity must be made on the basis of an individual inquiry. The Section 504 regulatory provision…defines a physical or mental impairment as any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities. The regulatory provision does not set forth an exhaustive list of specific diseases and conditions that may constitute physical or mental impairments because of the difficulty of ensuring the comprehensiveness of such a list.

Major life activities, as defined in the Section 504 regulations…include functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. This list is not exhaustive. Other functions can be major life activities for purposes of Section 504. In the Amendments Act…Congress provided additional examples of general activities that are major life activities, including eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating. Congress also provided a non-exhaustive list of examples of “major bodily functions” that are major life activities, such as the functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions… the Section 504 regulatory provision’s list of examples of major life activities is not exclusive, and an activity or function not specifically listed in the Section 504 regulatory provision can nonetheless be a major life activity. 

Office for Civil Rights
Protecting Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities

Please direct all inquiries to:

Jennifer Campbell 

Section 504 Program Coordinator

Bossier Parish School Board

2500 Viking Drive

Bossier City, LA 71111

(318) 549-6165

jennifer.campbell@bossierschools.org
 

Non-Discrimination Statement

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Bossier Parish School Board Notice of Non Discrimination

The following statement is presented for information to all students, parents of students, employees of the Bossier Parish School Board, and/or any other third party involved with the Bossier Parish School Board, Bossier Parish, Louisiana. This notice is to be permanently posted and displayed in a prominent place within each Bossier Parish School Board facility.

 

The Bossier Parish School Board fully demonstrates its intent to comply with the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (hereinafter “Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual harassment and sexual assault); Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. The Bossier Parish School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

 

The Bossier Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age 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 policy:

 

For questions/concerns regarding Title IX:

Name and/or Title: Bettye McCauley
Director of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator
Address: P.O. Box 2000 – Benton, Louisiana 71006-2000
bettye.mccauley@bossierschools.org
Telephone: 318-549-5010

 

For questions/concerns regarding Title VI and/or Age Discrimination Act:

Name and/or Title: Sherri Poole
Director of Human Resources
Address: P.O. Box 2000 – Benton, Louisiana 71006-2000
sherri.poole@bossierschools.org
Telephone: 318-549-5021

 

For questions/concerns regarding Section 504

Name and/or Title: Jennifer Campbell
Section 504 Coordinator
Address: P.O. Box 2000 – Benton, Louisiana 71006-2000
jennifer.campbell@bossierschools.org
Telephone: (318) 549-6165

 

For questions/concerns regarding Title II

Name and/or Title: Terrie Johnson
Supervisor, 9-12 Instruction
Address: P. O. Box 2000 – Benton, Louisiana 71006-2000
terrie.johnson@bossierschools.org